Ride report – Thirty miles brisk – Saturday 7th November

Milton led this ride and writes:

Two of us made it to the Moulton start on Saturday for a 30-mile brisk ride to Kelmarsh via Ravensthorpe and back via Old.  It was already raining steadily as we set off and would continue to do so, with a few moments of even heavier rain, until we reached coffee stop at the Buddhist Centre.

As we left for the return there was, I feel sure, a moment of almost dry before the rain began to pelt down again.  It seemed very wet and very windy, but, in fact, we had been lucky.  From Walgrave until home the rain showed us what it really could do and came down in Biblical proportions.  Barely able to see 10 feet in front of us because of water, we were hardly able on occasions to drive the bikes forward because of the wind.

And yet I wondered where everybody was! What could have kept them away?

James and I had a great time which we hope not to experience again for many a long year.

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Crick Loop – Brisk-ish Ride – Saturday morning 13th June

Ian M will be leading Saturday morning’s ride and writes:

Meet: Brampton Valley Way (BVW) / Welford Road Crossing NN6 8AA (There is a BVW car park just up Brampton Lane)

Start: 9.30 a.m.

Distance: 27 miles

Speed: Brisk-ish (slower than Brisk!) – aiming at 14 mph and happy to achieve 13 mph

Elevenses: The Red Lion in Crick

The route is out via the Harlestones, Great Brington and Long Buckby to Crick; return via West Haddon, Ravensthorpe and East Haddon – here on RideWithGPS.  (For avid fans of OS maps, you’ll need *three* sheets – 140, 141 and 152 – as one mile of the route is on a corner of the Kettering & Corby sheet!)

Quiet roads (apart from three very short sections of the A428) – so quiet that on my recce on Tuesday there were two cows on the gated road just north of Watford village!

Elevenses at The Red Lion in Crick after 14 miles. There’s no teashop or café in the village but the pub opens at 11.00 a.m. and offers coffee and a small selection of cakes. (I had the coffee and walnut.)  If we find we’re going to be early then Mary, the landlady, has offered to open for us at 10.45 a.m. and I’ll phone her from Long Buckby.

We should be back at BVW by 12.30 p.m., allowing for the coffee stop.

Questions?  Contact Ian M on 07960 302095.

Ride Report – Sunday 3rd May

Phil L led this ride and writes:

I think we feared the worst as five of us assembled at the start of the Brampton Valley Way for the start of today’s 50-miler … because the rain came down and didn’t stop for the first hour and a half!  And, OK, this was “billed” as the “Four Reservoirs” ride – but they were supposed to be in view on the horizon, not streaming around our bikes!  Was that set in for the day?

Anyhow, by the time we’d had a welcome coffee at Guilsborough, the skies cleared somewhat and we started to dry off.  So we ticked off Pitsford, Hollowell and Ravensthorpe reservoirs before stopping for brunch at Daventry Country Park and its reservoir.

But the climate still had a short, sharp shower up its sleeve as we headed into Brington!

It was an enjoyable ride – good to see folks again!

Ride Report – Leisure Ride – Saturday 25th October

Rowan went on this ride, led by Iain D.  She writes:

Four of us met up at the entrance to the Brampton Valley Way (BVW), near the Windhover pub on Saturday afternoon for what was the last of our summertime rides.

Luckily for us, the sun came out and we enjoyed some very mild, if a little windy, weather as Iain D. led Milton, Dave U. and myself northwards up the BVW path, over loose chippings and through some puddles (eek!) until we hit a beautifully smooth surfaced (in comparison) road towards Creaton village and up the rather steep but scenic hill!

Our ride was rather challenging in terms of ups and downs; certainly it was for me after having a few weeks off from suffering a twisted neck muscle but as we got into the swing of it I would say we might have re-titled our ride “brisk”.

We rode through Creaton, Hollowell, Ravensthorpe, East Haddon and lastly along the Holdenby road towards our refreshment stop, Café Monde, Church Brampton. We went “up hill and down dale” for the whole ride, but I seemed to go up a few gears on the final stretch towards my waiting coffee! Milton left us at this point to go and walk his dog ….

The remaining three of us were very pleased to meet up at our tea stop with John Alcock , who had cycled over from his home in Duston to be with us. Thanks to John we had a great conversation ranging from our shared re-collections of Chesterfield and Worksop to the future of our CTC groups.

Thanks to Iain D for organising this ride and for everyone else’s company.