Ride to Olney – Sunday 20th January – CANCELLED

Today’s ride is cancelled. Iain writes: Due to the current road conditions, and the weather for Sunday, the ride has been canceled.

Apologies to anyone planning to ride but it really isn’t safe and that has to be my primary concern.

Hopefully conditions will improve during the week. And the ride will be added to a future programme.

Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, will be leading this ride and writes:

Weather permitting, we’ll be riding out Sunday morning from the Canoe Centre on Bedford Road for a 45-mile-ish loop down to Olney and back, visiting the delights of Salcey Forest and the northern edge of Milton Keynes en route.

We should be back comfortably in daylight but, as with any ride at this time of year, it would be sensible to bring lights, at least ‘be seen’ lights, with you.

We will be keeping an eye on the weather!

Hope to see you there Sunday morning, 9.30 a.m.

Ride Report – NMK AGM & Lunch – Sunday 4th November

Four hardy riders gathered at 9.00 a.m. in Hunsbury on Sunday in what was already pouring rain: two Ians, Brian and our leader Bill.  We offered each other excuses: “I’m enjoying this, actually!” and “I must be mad!”

We made a prompt start.  Well, the sooner we started the sooner we would get to the dry A5 Rangers’ club-house in Towcester!

If the town had been wet, the countryside was flooded.  Pleasant lanes had become quick-flowing streams.  Every road was coated with leaves.  Bill led us straight to the club-house; no meanders; just the hope that we wouldn’t arrive before it was opened.

Forty-five minutes pedalling and the club-house was open.  It had magnificent wall mounted heaters.  They were soon draped with wet gloves, hats, socks … only later did I spot the sign asking us not to dry wet items on the heaters!

The riders from Milton Keynes had tales to tell of roads closed by the floods.  “Car-assisted” members had tales of being drenched in just the 200 metres walk from the nearest car-park.  Hot drinks and cake were consumed with glee.

The AGM commenced promptly at 10.30 a.m. and our thanks are due to Richard Daniells for efficiently chairing the meeting and to Max Scott for providing a sixteen-page report.  They were re-elected to their posts as were Eleanor Weller (Treasurer), Brian Tunbridge (Welfare Officer) and John Cutler (Registration Officer).  The committee now includes members from all the local member groups.

At 11.30 a.m. the meeting ended but the rain had not.  As our lunch was booked for noon at The Butchers Arms in Greens Norton, we were in no hurry to go back outside.  Brian and one Ian set off back to Northampton and endured a pretty wet ride home.  Bill and the other Ian set off for Greens Norton.  It had been a pleasure to put on dried gloves and a warm hat!  By the time we reached the Pegasus crossing at the A43 I was just as wet as I had been earlier.

The pub was welcoming (they’d expressed surprised earlier that twenty cyclists would make the effort).  The Sunday carvery proved popular and an very social lunch was enjoyed by all.

The rain stopped and weak sunshine greeted the end of lunch.  After farewells, Bill and I rode back to Northampton.  We remained dry – but only from the knees up.  Every lane was flooded; the water was pouring off the fields, through the farm gates, and at times straight through hedges.  Roads became rivers.  The A5 between Duncote and Caldecote was flooded with traffic at a standstill.  And it was too cold and too wet to stop for photographic evidence.

Bill and I said our goodbyes at Milton Malsor to take different routes back into town.  My thanks are due to him for leading this intrepid ride.  Our route from Hunsbury to Hunsbury is here – 21  wet miles, and 31 wet miles door-to-door.

This was our wettest ride since Kelmarsh in March. Winter has arrived!

Ride Report – Sunday 1st July

Bill Simpson organised and led the Guy Barber Memorial Ride and writes:

Eighteen riders rolled out from the Bedford Road start, heading eastward, with the company of the River Nene for the opening miles.  I say there were eighteen riders who started, but we were joined by a nineteenth somewhere en-route (but this is another story, isn’t it, Brian?)

Three of the nineteen taking part were females, one of whom, Pippa from Milton Keynes, shared a tandem with her partner Mike Slater.  This I think was a first on the Guy Barber ride.  The other two were Northampton’s Eleanor Weller and Sylvia from Milton Keynes.

The peloton of riders came from an almost 50 percent mix of Northampton and Milton Keynes C.T.C. all of whom are to be thanked for their support.

Between us we raised a total of £95, but we will forward a cheque for £100 to the Headway Charity.

The ride towards St. Neots and the River Ouse on which it sits went by without any hitches.  No mechanicals or punctures encountered, just good banter shared by all as we took advantage of some assistance from the strong wind that was our companion until the return journey.

On the way back it was huddle together and fight the wind, enabling all to return safely via the excellent café stop in the garden centre in Poddington.  Mostly we avoided the rain (mostly).  Many thanks once again for your support.

I look forward to next time.