Family ride – Saturday 21st June

Iain D, our Rides Secretary, will be leading this ride and writes:

I have just finished recce’ing the routes for this Saturday’s family-friendly ride. Leaving the Canoe Centre at 9.30 in the morning, we should be out for around two hours, no more. I have devised a couple of options to keep us entertained depending on the group make-up on the day; both routes are comfortably below the 20-mile mark, being twelve miles and ten miles respectively.

Both routes stick mainly to traffic-free cyclepaths and bridleways although we will be taking in the village of Hardingstone and, for those who opt for the longer route, the quiet lanes out to Rothersthorpe and Kislingbury. Some sections are gravel and/or dirt so leave the 23-section tyres at home unless you want a Roubaix type experience. The 35s I recce’d on were more than plush enough and so MTBs are strictly optional.

If you are bringing the family, an idea of numbers would be helpful, but not essential.

Likewise, if any of our more regular riders are likely to be joining us, I’d appreciate the help.

See you Saturday morning, 9.30 a.m. at the Canoe Centre,

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Annual barbecue – Wednesday 26th June

Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, writes:
CTC NMK’s (Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes) annual BBQ is happening on Wednesday 26th June – 7.30 p.m. – at Watery Lane, Nether Heyford. The Northampton section will be joined by Milton Keynes and Kettering sections for a friendly social gathering.
Entry is by ticket only so now that summer’s here (honest!) treat yourselves to a social evening, with food, and contact John Dunkley (01327 342588) now to get hold of your tickets.
Prices are very reasonable at £7.50 per member and the same per guest and profits from the evening get returned into our funds so it’s all in a good cause.
Don’t worry about the weather. John has plenty of gazebos and tents if it is wet. (I’ve checked the forecast and it’s scheduled to be a warm and dry evening.)  The BBQ includes the usual meats and salads including veggie options  plus not-to-be-missed delicious sweets.
Please contact secretary@ctc-northampton.org.uk if you would like to join a group cycling there from Northampton. Start 6.30 p.m. (about 10 miles, leisurely pace, lights needed).

“Cycle 4 Cynthia” Report – Sunday 23rd September

Many CTC Northampton members took part in this year’s “Cycle 4 Cynthia” Ride which started and finished at Althorp; most followed the 50-mile route.  The entry fee and riders’ sponsorship raises money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton.  (It’s a little surprising that entering and sponsoring online isn’t easier.)  The hospice is named after the present Earl Spencer’s grand-mother; hence the venue at the Spencer estate.  This little report is made up from contributions from David, Philip and Alex.  Nick has written an account in his own blog, “Cycling Downhill”.

Nick (“Cycling Downhill” blogger) No 1083

The route had changed from previous years and there was a bit of confusion (pandemonium?) at the start as the organisers – bewilderingly – changed the start line at the last moment.  With over a thousand riders, this didn’t help our plans to meet up.  Five members started together and about ten others were on the ride.  Two CTC couples rode tandems.  Eventually riders got away by 9.45 a.m.  The rain, which had been threatening all morning, came down at 12.30 p.m. and it started to get cold.  This made socialising at the end difficult (everyone went straight home) but we all enjoyed the ride – or, at least, finishing it!

Perhaps the nicest things about the day were the many lovely volunteers and the spectators in the rain giving encouragement to the riders.  So ended the Summer of Cycling!  Congratulations to everyone who finished quite a tough ride!

Summer of Cycling Leisure Ride to Cottesbrooke Saturday 8 Sept 2012

Join CTC Northampton for a short leisure ride on Saturday, 8 September 2012, on the Brampton Valley Way and lovely quiet roads around Cottesbrooke. Meet us at 2 pm at Brampton Valley Way, Welford Road crossing, NN6 8AA.

As part of Northamptonshire’s Summer of Cycling, this ride is open to everyone, including under-16s accompanied by an adult. If you have not ridden with us before, please try to let me know beforehand on chairman@ctc-northampton.org.uk

The route is about 10 miles and mostly flat, with optional hilly loops available for anyone wanting more challenge. Optional refreshment stop at the Brampton Halt pub.

Also excellent preparation for the Cycle for Cynthia Ride on 23 September!

Happy cycling
Philip

Ride report – Sunday 22nd July

Chris W was on this afternoon ride around some local country parish churches, led by our Chair, Philip Gray (under the “Summer of Cycling” banner), and writes:

Philip, thanks for an interesting ride. Quiet and hitherto unknown sites, practically on my doorstep. Pleasant weather and pleasant company, excellent.

Mike H adds this photograph taken at Whiston Church:

July programme

Sunday 1st July – Guy Barber Memorial Ride

Details in last blog.

Saturday 7th July – Reservoir Audax

Three distances: 100, 150 & 200 kms.  Start at Oundle.  Details here.

Sunday 15th July – Ride to Napton-on-the-Hill

A ride of 50 miles, starting at 9.30 a.m. Led by Brian Tunbridge (01604 622073).

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July – Camping weekend at Belton

Details from Max Scott (01536 712507).

Saturday 21st July – Summer of Cycling leisure ride to local parish churches

A ride of 15 miles, starting at 2.00 p.m. from the Canoe Centre.  Led by Philip Gray (01604 720522)

Tuesday 31st July – “Godiva Awakes” at Delapre Park

Details here.