James and Brian are leading two rides on Saturday morning:
Two rides – one brisk, one moderate – gathering at the same start point and meeting at the same coffee stop.
Time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, NN3 7TB
Distance: 43 miles (brisk), 37 miles (moderate)
Refreshments: West Lodge Rural Centre: at 23 miles (brisk) or 17 miles (moderate)
Leaders: James (brisk), Brian (moderate)
Return: 1.15 p.m. approx
The brisk pace (14+ m.p.h. average) group starts at Moulton and heads out to Holcot, Brixworth, Naseby and Great Oxendon; then onto Desborough and the West Lodge Farm Rural Centre for coffee. Return via Rushton, Rothwell, Broughton, and Walgrave back to Moulton. Route here on RideWithGPS.
The moderate pace (12+ m.p.h. average) group follows part of the above route but at Brixworth heads by a slightly shorter route to Desborough via Scaldwell and Harrington to the Rural Centre to meet the brisk group. Route here on RideWithGPS.
Questions? James is on 07841 933046, Brian is on 01604 622073 (07722 055149).
Do join us.
Phil J led this ride and writes:
Seven riders gathered at the start for this undulating ride to Naseby including new rider Peter B on his first group ride.
The first descent out of the blocks had a surprising headwind which seemed to be present on a few more of our subsequent drops. Once through the eco village of Upton, St Crispin’s provided the first unlikely climb of the day as we settled into the ride.
We levelled off towards Harlestone before we all got into the small chainring and the slow grind up Church Brampton.
Sedgebrook Hall passed by during another long haul which split the group a bit and took us up to the Market Harborough road and the route to Pitsford. A rapid descent on the busy road was then quickly followed by another testing rise to the entrance of Pitsford Water.
Through Brixworth the group went, when Phil L and I suddenly found ourselves on our own. We’d turned left in full view of the rest of the group but they continued over. Head scratching ensued before the group appeared from another direction much to our relief and amusement.
The fast downhill on the Spratton road came next with Milton suggesting this could be one of the fastest downhills in the area. We all took full advantage of the opportunity and headed for Spratton. The bridge closure wasn’t on our route and we climbed uninterrupted through the village before regrouping at the top for a well earned breather and refuelling.
Over the Welford Road another opportunity to test the descending skills. We dropped swiftly towards Teeton and as expected we soon started to climb as the road ramped up once more.
The journey to Guilsborough was perfect “active recovery” and we enjoyed the dry country roads and comfortable speeds. The road to Cold Ashby seemed rather more caked in dried mud but it was pleasant nonetheless as we started to see the signs for Naseby.
With another couple of miles in our legs All Saints church at Naseby came into view. We arrived at The Old Vicarage café just as some cyclists were leaving but they insisted they had left some cakes for us.
With renovations underway outside we were lead along the corridor to possibly the grandest venue we may have ever had refreshments in. A large dining room with a table that was almost impossible to reach over due to its huge size and a chandelier over the centre. We almost expected a butler to start serving us but various group members took that role upon themselves. The service was equally splendid and the food exquisite.
The loop continued through the Cottesbrooke estate and probably the most hair raising descent of the day. Plenty of gravel and uneven tarmac at the base making it a heart in mouth situation just before entering the village. All safely down and the gated road to Brixworth lead us to the steep climb back into the centre and onto Pitsford once again.
Four of us were lured by a second stop at the Willow Tree Café whilst the remaining three continued home.
The rest of the ride back mirrored the ride out with another mix of testing ascending and fast descending.
This was a pretty difficult ride today with over 3000ft of climbing but all riders performed superbly.
Phil J is leading this ride and writes:
Meeting time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting place: Overslade Close, Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance & pace: 50 miles steady
Refreshments: Naseby, Pitsford Water
This ride initially heads for Pitsford Water / Brixworth Country Park before continuing on a loop towards Naseby and back to Pitsford again before the last leg of the ride home.
Harlestone and the Bramptons are en route to Pitsford giving the ride a few climbs to conquer along the way. Once at Pitsford we’ll head out of the back of Brixworth and the long haul up to Spratton. Teeton, Guilsborough and Cold Ashby are up next and we’ll soon arrive in Naseby and a welcome stop at the Old Vicarage Café. Continuing the loop we head through Haselbech, the Cottesbrooke estate and back up to Brixworth with Pitsford further along. We can stop for another break at the Willow Tree Café if required. The route back home from there pretty much mirrors the route out so there’ll be no surprises in store.
Contact Phil J on 07927 377191 with questions or for more details.
Philip G is leading us on Saturday morning and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way / Welford Road crossing. (This is on the A5199 near The Windhover; there is a BVW car park up Brampton Lane.)
Distance: 37 miles (brisk) or 31 miles (moderate)
Refreshments: The same stop on both ride: either at Mini-Meadows, Welford, at 18 miles or Café Monde, Church Brampton, just before the finish. We’ll agree which one at the start.
These two rides towards Naseby and Welford include varied terrain and some hills.
The brisk ride goes via Naseby, Sibbertoft, Welford, Cold Ashby, Watford and Long Buckby and is here on RideWithGPS.
The moderate ride follows the same route to Cold Ashby and then returns via Guilsborough. It’s here on RideWithGPS.
We hope to see you!
Please let Philip know if you have any questions. Phone 07557 670831 or e-mail email@example.com.
Brisk & Moderate Rides to Welford
Eleven riders – a good number for a December morning – gathered at the Brampton Valley Way meeting point for a morning organised by James. We welcomed new rider, Phil W; and welcomed back John for his first CTC ride since his accident. Drizzle in the air was not going to dampen our spirits.
A late change of plan and routes – our original café stop at Kelmarsh being unavailable because of a Buddhist holiday – meant that we were to head for a café new to nearly all of us: Mini-Meadows Farm Café just outside Welford on the Naseby road. Five riders opted for James’s brisk ride; six for the moderate route plotted by Brian and led by Ian M. James must have taken to heart Mother Theresa’s dictum that “Brisk means Brisk” and by Church Brampton the brisk group was down to four and the moderate group up to seven.
The moderates pedalled through East Haddon, Coton, Guilsborough and Welford to reach the café after seventeen miles at 11.05 a.m. finding the brisks already ensconced – having been through Holdenby, Spratton, Brixworth and Naseby after eighteen lumpier miles in an hour-and-a-quarter! The drizzle hadn’t turned to anything worse but those who had no mudguards had nice stripes-of-honour up their backs.
The café served good coffee and cakes (the Xmas Tiffin was much consumed); conversation was lengthy; and both groups set off again at 11.45 a.m. The moderates pedalled through Naseby (welcoming the easier approach from the north-west), Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Teeton and Holdenby to return to the BVW after 15 miles by 1.15 p.m. The brisks headed on to Sibbertoft, back to Naseby, and then through Kelmarsh, Harrington, Old, Scaldwell, Brixworth, and Holcot before splitting on the edge of Northampton after 28 miles just after 1.30 p.m.
So twenty-nine miles for the moderates, forty-eight miles for the brisks and a splendid morning enjoyed by all.
Thanks to James for the morning plan and to Brian for reminding us of the recommendation for the café from Peter W and the CTC Leicestershire group.
Phil J went on this ride led by Ian M and writes:
Seven riders assembled at Brampton Valley Way on a crisp sunny morning for Ian’s ride north to Kilworth. Milton showed off his new Titanium tourer in stunning silver before we left. Once we departed, the Brampton climb gave the group a heart thumping start to the morning before we settled into an easy pace. With time on our side before the first café was due to open, we ambled along without any great urgency and everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.
The first few miles towards Teeton really undulated. One quick downhill followed by the uphill equivalent almost immediately keeping the ride interesting but the group together. Horses at the Teeton junction gave the group an impromptu stop before moving on through the village. Milton tested the tourer on the downhills and it tested him on the uphills.
Creaton passed in a moment and it wasn’t long before we were meandering through the glorious Cottesbrooke estate anticipating the big climb at the end but Ian cleverly avoided that with a left turn through easier terrain.
Naseby beckoned and with a quick u-turn along the way the seven were back on track as we headed passed the majestic All Saints Church in all its splendour in the morning sun. Skirting the Cottesbrooke estate again gave us a bit of respite along flat roads that allowed the group to up the pace towards the first cafe stop at the World Peace Café at the Buddhist Centre. Right on cue we arrived for elevenses in the tranquil setting with the sun shining perfectly. Over tea and cake riders revealed how many bikes they owned. Some going into double figures!
Leaving Kelmarsh there were six, with Milton going his own way home. The rest of us doubled back and headed up the long haul to Sibbertoft and onto the Welford Road allowing the group to open up a bit on the open roads. The gliding school alongside giving a lovely backdrop against the sunny skies. Now Nick left us. A perfect day for gliding and cycling for that matter!
At the next junction a plane flew low overhead towing a glider on a line on its way to the release altitude. Perfect timing.
A country lane or two later we approached the urban road of North Kilworth before entering the more picturesque location of South Kilworth soon after and made our way swiftly through. After Swinford we entered the impressive grounds of Stanford Hall. Roads that were made just for cycling through. Just walkers and us. Villages with names like Stanford-on-Avon and Clay Coton summed up the wonderful location we were riding in. Purely Idyllic.
Wind turbines seemed visible from all angles in the distance and all moving steadily in the breeze.
The Red Lion at Crick was our next port of call and we were accommodated quickly by the friendly staff. John Cuttler had ridden in and joined us for lunch too. Roast dinners consumed and pints put away we were soon on our way again for the last leg of the ride.
Leaving Crick we headed for Watford – as in Gap not Watford Herts. But not before long we were climbing into Long Buckby and out the other side. A road closure some way along didn’t divert our ride and we breezed through it enjoying closed roads for a while. Brington church then came into view and the mood changed with thoughts of the climb in mind. Probably the hardest climb of the day was left to the end but everyone climbed admirably. The long stretch at Church Brampton was the only rise left to do before turning back the way we had come and the finish at the Windhover.
A great days riding in perfect weather.
Brian will be leading this ride and writes:
Start: 9.00 am (note: it’s 9am in SUMMER not 9.30)
Start point: Moulton Coop
Distance: 59 miles
Only one refreshment stop
Steady pace ride (average speed 13mph (21kph), speed on the flat 16-18mph). Return to Moulton before 4pm.
The route is via Pitsford along a short stretch of the A508 to Brixworth where we move on to quiet roads through Guilsborough, Naseby (cafe / shop in both) and on to Sibbertoft, Laughton Hills and on to Wistow (31miles), the most northerly point where we stop for an early brunch. There are no planned stops before this so please bring water and a snack. The return route heads South via Lubenham to Naseby, Cottesbrooke and back to Moulton. Depending on the group we have a chance to stop for tea on the way back.
This is a route originally planned by Milton who will be very disappointed not to be doing the few challenging hills on this route. It is mainly on quiet country lanes through some attractive countryside.
More details from Brian on 01604 622073 ( 07722 055149 )
Do join us.
Phil J went on this ride organised by James and writes:
Eight cyclists assembled at Moulton for James’ Queen of the Mountains ride of two halves on a glorious sunny morning. Moderate or brisk? The choice was yours. The sides were quickly picked and gave us four riders in each group. We set off on the long road out towards Holcot and the groups splintered as expected. Our moderate group set into a nice steady pace which included Elspeth once again.
The sun shone but a gentle breeze cooled us sufficiently and made it one of the best days for cycling so far this year. The pace quickened for the moderate group but with still no sign of the faster riders in the brisk group ahead. We meandered through picturesque villages without much traffic to hold us up and it wasn’t long before we were entering the wonderful Cottesbrooke estate with its steep climb at the end. But we skirted round this and soon headed for Naseby with a number of testing hills there instead. Cyclists passed us as we regrouped but we managed to rein one or two of them in on the climbs as they lost power much to our satisfaction.
Some miles on after a short stretch along the busy Market Harborough road we approached the tea stop at the Waterloo Farm Café and a welcome break for us all. The brisk group hadn’t arrived yet as they were still out covering the extra miles and climbs on their own particular route but the “moderates” were ahead of time according to our leader.
We settled onto an outside table and it wasn’t long before the “brisks” arrived and joined us. The location was baked in sunshine and we all enjoyed teas and coffees whilst some got stuck into tasty fayre.
On the move again we all set off together before two became one after the first rise. The route continued through familiar territory including the long haul up Harrington Hill, the final QoM stage, ending at the Tollemache Arms which seemed rather tempting on a hot day but we continued without succumbing to a swift pint or two!
Towards Foxhall a police roadblock was in place and a helicopter circled overhead where a stolen car had been abandoned in the nearby field. Further on Old and Walgrave tested the weary legs of the group before we met up again with the brisk group just outside Holcot.
The final stretch into Moulton was the last couple of miles of the day and we blazed down the road whatever group you were in. James and I had a bunch sprint to the finish which of course he won and punched the air in delight. A great days riding with a choice of ways to do it.
Thanks to James for devising the QoM route. James lead the brisk group at a challenging pace leaving Brian, Phil and Co to enjoy a more steady pace.
Tim, our webmaster, went on this ride and writes:
Eight riders congregated at Moulton Co-op for Brian’s “Steady ride to Saddington”, including five who had been out on the previous day’s “Moderate ride to Everdon Stubbs”. Amongst this keen group of five was new rider Elspeth.
We were blessed with a fine late spring day with only the occasional blast of cold wind to dampen our spirits. We headed out northwards via the familiar villages of Holcot, Walgrave & Old and on through Harrington and Braybrooke before alighting at our morning refreshment stop at Farndon Fields Farm Shop where we indulged in a variety of tea, coffee, cakes, scones & the like to prepare us for the hillier challenges ahead.
After a short section through the outskirts of Market Harborough we were once again treated to quiet country lanes with mostly other cyclists and the odd horse for company. Our relaxed cycling was brought to an abrupt halt however by Laughton Hill, aptly surveyed by the OS to have a gradient of between 14% and 20%. It felt every bit of this as we slowly spun our way to the top where there was a very welcome pause to re-group, have a drink, nibble an energy bar and generally get our breath back.
Quite a long and hilly section then followed as we wended our way north to Saddington and then back south, passing through North Kilworth and Sibbertoft where Nick left our group to head home; and so it was that seven tired cyclists arrived at our lunch stop at Naseby Old Vicarage Tea Room. The ladies were relieved that we were late to arrive (being around 2 p.m. at this point) as they “had had a very busy day”. We had the place to ourselves so could seek out the sunniest spots to rest our tired limbs. Their “busy day” had left its impact on the menu choice – thankfully though, there was just enough to go round even if the bacon butties had to be rationed.
Once replete, we set off on the home leg to Moulton, taking the shortest (and least hilly) route through Guilsborough, Church Brampton and Boughton.
All in all a lovely day’s cycling and many thanks to Brian for organising and leading the ride.