“Hannah Barnes’ Favourite Ride” – Sunday 2nd March

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

This ride was inspired by an article in Cycling Weekly in July 2013 which described the favourite training route of national rider Hannah Barnes who lives in Towcester and starts/finishes her route there. Hannah does her 40 mile route in about 2 hours but we will probably take a little longer and not just because we start in Northampton!

We’ll start from Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ (behind the Tesco Superstore) at 9.30 a.m. prompt.

Route: Blisworth, Shutlanger, short stretch of A5 then across to Silverstone.  Down past Stowe School and on to Chackmore and the Stowe National Trust property and through the Corinthian Arch for coffee.

On then to Biddlestone, Helmdon, Sulgrave, Thorpe Mandeville, and across to Canons Ashby for lunch at the NT property (sandwiches and baked potatoes are available).  It is a short ride back via Litchborough, Greens Norton and Tiffield to Northampton.  That makes for 54 miles.  It’s hilly in parts but the roads are mainly very quiet.

We will return mid-afternoon. (If you want to join us for just the morning, you could return to Northampton from Stowe.)

Brian Tunbridge 01604 622073 (07722 055149 on the day)

You can see the route here on RideWithGPS.

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Sunday’s Ride – 18th November

Iain Dawson is leading this ride and writes:

This Sunday we’re heading down towards the south-west of the county again.  We’ll be leaving East Hunsbury / Hunsbury Hill (Overslade Close, NN4 0RZ) at 9.30 a.m., approaching Towcester from the north and stopping there for a cup of coffee.

From Towcester we will loop around to approach Silverstone village from the north before heading through Lillingstone Lovell and Deanshanger to lunch at the farm shop/café at Potterspury.

The final leg will see us retrace our route slightly to avoid as much of the A5 as possible before we cross it and head for home via Shutlanger.

I plan to be back at East Hunsbury by 4.00 p.m. but do bring lights just to be on the safe side!

Total distance: 50 miles (approximately).