We aim to run every ride as advertised above. Any changes or, exceptionally, cancellations will be advertised on our Yahoo e-mail group, our website and our other social media. Check for messages or contact the leader a day or two before the ride for any updates!
For insurance purposes, these rides are for CTC members but we welcome non-members on a trial basis for up to three rides. Special events are open to all.
A = Advanced (typically over 60 miles, 14+ mph average riding speed)
B = Challenging (typically 45-60 miles, 12 mph average riding speed, or shorter-and-faster)
C = Moderate (typically 35-45 miles)
D = Leisurely (typically 10-30 miles)
E = Easy/beginners (typically 10-20 miles)
Club = steady ride
Tourist = includes historical or other visit
Leisure = short distance, easy pace
NMK = ride run by CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes
National = CTC or other national event
Evening = Evening ride to a social meet
Social = Social meet without a planned ride
BVW – Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing NN6 8AA
EH – Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
MCP – Moulton Co-op NN3 7TB
CC – Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road NN4 7AA
Maps are available for start locations here. We aimto cater for a wide range of rider abilities. On C, D & E rides we will wait for the last rider. On A & B rides, riders are expected to meet the average speeds indicated or be able to make their own way home.
For contact on the ride (e.g. if you miss a turn or have a problem at the back of the group), or need to contact the group at the start of the ride, the following are regular riders’ mobile phone numbers:
Secretary – Brian Tunbridge 01604 622073
Rides Secretary – Iain Dawson 0790 999 2468
Mobile phones must not be relied upon but are there as a secondary means of communication on the ride in the event of a problem.
Riders must be prepared for foreseeable problems such as punctures.
Please contact the rides secretary if you would like to attend the Rides Planning Meeting. You are also welcome to forward any suggestions prior to the meeting.
Our rides secretary, Iain Dawson, has had a request for the next rides planning meeting to consider offering mid-week rides. Brian, our secretary, and Philip, our chair, certainly remember the mid-week evening rides – to a pub venue for a social – which happened a few years ago. When Iain mentioned the request, I had the following thoughts:
First, I’m probably in the “target group” that would enjoy mid-week rides and I should therefore put myself forward for leading one or two.
It seems to me that there could be several models of ride:
Copy the Sunday rides – meet at 9.30 a.m., ride through the day with stops for elevenses and lunch.
Copy the Saturday rides – meet at 9.30 a.m. or 2.00 p.m. for just a morning or afternoon ride
Copy Kettering’s Thursday Club rides – meet at the elevenses stop, ride together to the lunch stop, then ride separately home
Copy the 40+ Club rides – ride separately to and from a lunch stop social meeting
And the evening rides that Brian remembers – meet at 7.00 p.m. and ride to a pub to ride home in the dark (more a summer than winter activity for most, I should think)
Now Philip has suggested that the AGM (on Wednesday 24th October, 7.30 p.m., Park Avenue church Rooms) would be the place to gauge interest. Iain is presenting his report as rides secretary (Item 3d) and there’s another chance to put forward ideas for the coming year’s programme at Item 9. So here are some questions to think about – if you too are in the “target group”:
Should we stick to one model of ride?
Or mix and match?
Stick to a set day of the week?
I’d be happy to offer to lead one or two rides on the Thursday Club model, just sorting out a route between elevenses and lunch.
What do you think? I’m hoping for a short but interested discussion at the AGM.
Ian Macsporran presents “From Caen to Cannes: France North to South”, an account of three weeks cycling the length of France in 2011; Phillip Gray and Rowan Ellis present “The Semaine Federale 2011”, an account of a week at a French cycling festival in also in 2011. It all takes place at Park Avenue Methodist Church Rooms, on the corner of Park Avenue and Abington Avenue, Northampton, starting at 8.00 p.m. (Doors open at 7.30 p.m.; refreshments) Entry is £2.00 in aid of Always A Chance.