Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, went on this ride led by Philip Gray and writes:
On a chilly, but ice- and snow- free morning, eight of us (Hi Alex, Hi Kieran) gathered outside the Co-op in Moulton for the first ‘brisk’ ride of the year.
Our leader, Mr Gray, had planned us a route that he said didn’t involve too many hills but the lack of hills didn’t really matter as we were soon getting our exercise thanks to a stiff easterly blowing straight into our faces. Oddly, it seemed less of a wind when it was behind us.
Having made it up to Broughton fairly easily, and from there past the old airfield at Harrington to Kelmarsh, we hit slightly lumpier territory climbing out of Kelmarsh (no stopping for tea!) and down to Maidwell where we regrouped. From there, back roads through Draughton and Scaldwell took us over a few more lumps before we crossed Pitsford on the causeway to make the J-Gallery in Moulton in good time for a coffee.
Thanks to Philip for planning such an inventive route, and to Phil Letts for keeping watch at the back of the group. Hopefully we’ll see more of you on the next rides, including Phil Letts’ brisk ride on February 2nd.
Chris went on this ride to Maidwell and writes:
Thank you, Brian, for a pleasant pootle around the environs of North Northants., if that is not tautology? Wasn’t the Brampton Valley Way dry & dusty? Combined with the sight of Pitsford Reservoir so low, we are in for a drought summer, if our wonderful weather can be relied on.
And thank you from me, too! Apologies for cutting out towards Holcot – legs getting wobbly, and time getting on. But what a wonderful day!! Pitsford Reservoir certainly looks far too empty!
Sunday 4th March – A ride to East Carlton Country Park
Brian Tunbridge, our Secretary, leads this ride from Moulton (outside the Post Office / Co-op Store). It’ll be a challenging ride of 50 miles at an average speed of 12 m.p.h. Brian can be contacted on 01604 622073.
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March – A weekend ride to National Forest Youth Hostel, Moira, Derbyshire
Bill Simpson, our Treasurer, leads a weekend ride for advanced riders. About 60 miles on each of the two days at an average speed of 12 to 14 m.p.h. Bill wanted people to book with him by 5th February; if the hostel still has spaces, you could ring him on 07736 600858.
Sunday 18th March – A ride to Buckingham
Mike Hart leads this ride, starting from the Canoe Centre on Bedford Road at 9.30 a.m. Another challending ride of about 55 miles at an average speed of 12 m.p.h. Stopping at Stoke Bruerne as well as refreshments at Buckingham. Mike’s contact number is 01604 631965.
Saturday 24th March – A ride to Maidwell
Brian Tunbridge leads a leisurely ride of about twenty miles, starting from the Brampton Valley Way (near “The Windhover”) at 2.00 p.m. His contact number is 01604 622073.
The 62k is an introduction to Audax riding. The 115k is the original “Ugley Nasty Ride”. These two events are Brevets Populaires (BP). The 210k is a BRM event (Brevet de Randonneur Mondiaux) over the classic distance.
All the details, including entry forms and route sheets, are here.
Full details about U.K. Audax rides are here.