Ride to Braybrooke and back – Sunday 8th December

Brian, our Secretary, is leading this ride, and writes:

Start: Moulton Co-op   9.30 a.m.   40 miles.   A challenging ride at this time of year.

This will be our last ride before Christmas. A one-stop ride via Braybrooke and then skirting Market Harborough to the Farndon Fields Farm Shop café.  (http://www.farndonfieldsfarmshop.co.uk/the-cafe)

The planned route is Moulton, Walgrave, Draughton, Thorpe Underwood, Braybrooke, Market Harborough, Farndon, Naseby, Guilsborough, Brixworth and back to Moulton (subject to the weather).  There are several short-cut options en route.

We shall ride mainly on quiet roads with the exception of 100m of gravel path around Pitsford Reservoir at the end.

The ride time is just over three hours plus a stop so we should be back before 2.00 p.m. at the latest.  Still worth bringing lights to be seen by at this time of year.

For more details ring Brian on 01604 622073 (or 07722 055149 on the day).  Please check your e-mails on Saturday for any last minute alterations.

For digital map aficionados, the route is here.

P.S. Don’t forget to book the CTC Christmas lunch on the 16th Dec. Details on
www.ctc-northampton.org.uk

Report – Ride on Saturday 12th January

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.

“Phil’s Hills” ride on Sat 27th Oct

Phil Letts is leading this popular ride and writes:

Come and join me on Saturday 27th October at 9.30 a.m. at the start of the Brampton Valley Way (near “The Windhover”) for a brisk (category B) club ride.

We’ll ride about 30 miles taking in the Cols de Teeton, Creaton and Haselbech with a coffee stop either at Guilsborough or at Pitsford before we return via the Cols de
Brixworth, Spratton and Teeton.  Home for lunch.

This is a deliberately brisk and hilly ride to stretch those legs for winter!

I’m on 07512 425957.

Ride Report – Sunday 20th May

Ian Macsporran went on this ride, led by Iain Dawson, and writes:

Five members assembled outside Moulton Co-op at 9.30 a.m. – Iain D (our leader for the day), Brian, Dave, Mike and Ian M – for a loop to the north, around Market Harborough.  Elevenses were planned for the Waterloo Café at Great Oxendon and lunch for the World Peace Café at the Buddhist Centre in Kelmarsh.  It was also agreed that we’d use roads, rather than the Brampton Valley Way, to get to the first café. We started promptly.

 

The route can be found here.  (Speed and ascent details are missing but Brian gives the total ascent as 2,700’.) It was a splendid route, taking us into parts of south Leicestershire we don’t often visit and such delights as a very smoothly surfaced descent from Harrington to Newbottle Bridge and a memorable lane north out of Market Harborough over the A6.

 

We were in good spirits at the Waterloo Café and a bacon sandwich was consumed prior to the expected vegan cuisine of the Buddhists’ café.  Market Harborough and Great Bowden were quiet.  The lane from Great Bowden to Welham is accessible really for non-motorised travellers only and was full of cycles, horses, dogs and ponies.  The descent on the B6047 south of the Langtons was enjoyable then we were up into Foxton and Lubenham and Iain D’s favourite climb through East Farndon.  Quiet lanes took us to the Buddhist Centre at Kelmarsh where disaster almost struck – the café was closed because the Buddhists had all gone to a Spring Celebration.

 

A short detour took us to Kelmarsh Hall and its tea-room.  Added bonus – although it’s probably not official CTC policy to admire motor cars – was to find the Mercedes-Benz Club’s W123 Rally taking place with a host of classic Mercs parked on the drive in front of the Hall.

After lunch, it was a straightforward pedal back though Haselbech, Cottesbrooke and Brixworth to cross the dam at Pitsford Water and return to Moulton.  Brian was a Good Samaritan outside Brixworth, helping a lady cyclist who was trying to get to Hinckley without a map!

 

It was a cool day.  Everyone arrived at the start with plenty of layers on – and none were shed during the entire ride!  We all agreed at the finish, however, that it had been an excellent day’s cycling and that big thanks were due to Iain D.

P.S. Tales of Bromptons, Manchester and Rain!

Further to my stories at the Waterloo Café of the Brompton World Championship Launch last month – riding my Brommie around the Manchester Velodrome, the rain in Manchester, and the Bromptonaut from Sunderland pedalling into the Bridgewater Canal – here is some further amusement/evidence:

The official Brompton Bicycles video of the event with good footage of the velodrome is here – it’s short (1’31”) and even if you don’t blink at 1’07” you’ll miss me.

The best video of the Bromptonaut in the canal is from my friend Mick Blackman here.

My own photos are here.

Ride report – Saturday 24th March

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.

Peter adds:

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!

Saturday afternoon ride to Maidwell – 24th March

This ride on 24th March starts at 2.00 p.m. near “The Windhover” at the Brampton Valley Way (BVW) (map ref SP 736 653).  Brian leads this ride and writes:
This is a ride of 18 miles.  The first part of the route is mainly on road through Pitsford, Brixworth, Scaldwell, Lamport and on to Draughton where we will join the BVW near Maidwell. The first section has a few hills as we climb out of the valley up to Brixworth but when we get to Maidwell it’s all downhill back to the start point (where we will probably stop for tea).
The roads are generally quiet although there will be traffic through Brixworth. BVW is a gravel surface as is the short path around the end of Pitsford reservoir.
More details from Brian on 01604 622073 or 07722 055149 on the day.

Always A Chance Ride – national publicity

There’s been some media coverage for the opening leg of the Always A Chance 92-Club-Relay ride which look place nine days ago from Sixfields Stadium (Northampton Town FC) to the Ricoh Arena (Coventry City FC).

Phil Letts points to an article in The Sun which mentions that,

“Many people have rallied round and taken part in activities, from baking cup cakes to skydiving, to raise money for the cause. The Duston School in Northampton, where Peter (Peter Kouzaris, father of James) teaches history, has raised more than £5,000 and a team recently started a 12-week relay event, which kicked off last week at Northampton Town football ground.

The 92 Club Relay event will see friends, family, organisations and charities run, cycle or rollerblade in a relay to all 92 football league grounds across the county. Peter hopes to run the penultimate leg from Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium to Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground, as both he and James were avid United fans.

The event will finish just after the first anniversary of the boys’ death at the end of April, back at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium.

Peter explained: ‘James would have been running or cycling every leg just like his friends will be doing. He was full of energy and life. We even engraved ‘loved life’ on a bench dedicated to him at Pitsford Reservoir, close to where we live.'”