Day ride – Sunday 9th June

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

This Sunday we’ll be heading over to the west of the county and through the village of Eydon. There’s no special reason for visiting that spot, although I’m sure it’s lovely, but it will give us a chance to try out a different mix of lanes to those we usually ride on.

Total distance is a shade over 50 miles (12 m.p.h. average speed at a steady pace), elevenses will be at Canons Ashby, lunch in Towcester and the weather looks set to continue fine into the weekend so I’ll see you all on Sunday – start at East Hunsbury (Overslade Close, by the library, NN4 0RZ) at 9.30 a.m.

Iain is on 07909 992468

Club ride to Farthingstone – Sunday 17th March

Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, is leading this ride and writes:

This Sunday we’re off to Farthingstone on a 50-mile jaunt taking in a few of the less severe hills to be found in the western half of Northamptonshire.

This is a one-stop ride and Farthingstone Golf Course (where we’ll be taking lunch) is almost exactly at the turning point so we’re looking at two 25-mile legs. Bring extra supplies as necessary.

The route out is fairly circuitous incorporating Everdon Stubbs while avoiding Dodford and Newnham.  The route back brings us through Silverstone and almost through Towcester.  It should be an interesting trip.

We’ll be meeting at a new start location – outside TGI Friday’s at Sixfields at 9.30 a.m.

(If you’re coming to the start by car, please don’t leave it at the start location; there is plenty of parking available down by the lakes, a mere 200 yards away).

See you on Sunday!

Report – Ride on Sunday 10th February

Ian Macsporran went on this ride, led by Bill Simpson, and writes:

Just like the last time we cycled to the A5 Rangers Club-House in Towcester (for the CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes AGM), four wet riders met in the pouring rain at Hunsbury.  This time we were Ian, David, Phil L and our leader Bill.  This time the venue was hosting the annual Cyclists’ Jumble Sale!

Again, we didn’t hang about after 9.30 a.m. and Bill set a good pace to get us to Towcester and dry shelter!  It was the first time I’d been to this annual event and it was fascinating – not just for the items for sale but for the coffee and cake and, of course, the conversations with old friends.

IMGP5682The plan was always that we would make our ways home independently.  Phil pretty much turned round for the return leg straightaway; David must have followed him shortly afterwards; and Bill was to head for a cycle shop in Milton Keynes.

I had two lots of coffee and cake and felt fortified enough not just to skip lunch at Greens Norton (my original plan) but to add to that part of the loop by going through Abthorpe, Slapton and Bradden as well.  Route here.

From Hunsbury back to Hunsbury, this was 26 miles.  Add to and from home, and I enjoyed a damp but worthwhile 37 miles.

Footnote: returning to the town centre down Towcester Road, I stopped to photograph two houses which a friend who grew up in the area told me were the only houses built in a proposed Northampton Garden Suburb.  Photos and more details in my personal blog here.

 

Ride to Towcester – Sunday 10th February

Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, writes:

On Sunday morning, at 9.30 a.m., we will be gathering in East Hunsbury for a ride over to Towcester and the annual cycle jumble at the A5 Rangers Clubroom.

Bill will be leading the group there but it may be a case of making your own way back, especially if you divert to Greens Norton for lunch.

Bring some pennies and stock up on brake blocks and p*nct*re repair kits (or bring some pounds and see what bigger stuff takes your fancy).

Rides Programme – January to March

Compiled by Iain Dawson, our Rides Secretary, here is our programme of rides for January, February and March:

Day/Date Time Miles Rating Type Start Route/Destination Stop(s) (if known) Leader/ Organiser
Sun Jan 20 9:30 45 B Club CC Nene and Ouse – From one to the other and back Olney Iain Dawson 07909 992468
Sat Jan 26 13:30 17 D Leisure BVW Guilsborough   Brian Tunbridge 01604 622073
Sat Feb 2 9:30 35 B Club BVW Brisk morning ride via Dodford, Newnham, Litchborough and Kislingbury   Phil Letts 07512 425957
Wed Feb 6 19:30 Rides Planning Meeting FOLLOWED BY Committee Meeting Iain Dawson 07909 992468
Sun Feb 10 9:30 20 D Leisure EH Towcester Cycle-Jumble
Towcester Bill Simpson 07736 600858
Sun Feb 17 9:30 50 D Club BVW Into Leicestershire – just! Saddington (pub) Ian Macsporran 01604 843894
Sat Feb 23 14:00 20 D Leisure MCP Ecton and Earls Barton Beckworth Emporium Iain Dawson 07909 992468
Wed Feb 27 19:30 Social Open to all Park Ave. Methodist Church Illustrated Talks featuring Classic Tour de France Passes, the Giant’s Causeway Sportive and Hamburg to Dresden on the Elbe Cycle Path.Suggested Donation: £3 Iain Dawson 07909 992468
Sun Mar 3 9:30 53 B Club CC Melchbourne Milton Ernest, Wymington Brian Tunbridge 01604 622073
Sat Mar 9 9:30 35 C Club EH Canons Ashby NT Canons Ashby Philip Gray 01604 720522
Sun Mar 17 9:30 50 D Club SIX Farthingstone Farthingstone GC Iain Dawson 07909 992468
Sat Mar 23 14:00 18 D Leisure CC Gayton Gayton Brian Tunbridge 01604 622073
Wed Apr 17 – Tue Apr 23 CTC Northampton visits ADFC Aachen (Germany) – please email if interested. Iain Dawson 07909 992468
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.

KEY

RATING
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)

TYPE
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

START
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 aim to 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.

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).

Ride Report – NMK AGM & Lunch – Sunday 4th November

Four hardy riders gathered at 9.00 a.m. in Hunsbury on Sunday in what was already pouring rain: two Ians, Brian and our leader Bill.  We offered each other excuses: “I’m enjoying this, actually!” and “I must be mad!”

We made a prompt start.  Well, the sooner we started the sooner we would get to the dry A5 Rangers’ club-house in Towcester!

If the town had been wet, the countryside was flooded.  Pleasant lanes had become quick-flowing streams.  Every road was coated with leaves.  Bill led us straight to the club-house; no meanders; just the hope that we wouldn’t arrive before it was opened.

Forty-five minutes pedalling and the club-house was open.  It had magnificent wall mounted heaters.  They were soon draped with wet gloves, hats, socks … only later did I spot the sign asking us not to dry wet items on the heaters!

The riders from Milton Keynes had tales to tell of roads closed by the floods.  “Car-assisted” members had tales of being drenched in just the 200 metres walk from the nearest car-park.  Hot drinks and cake were consumed with glee.

The AGM commenced promptly at 10.30 a.m. and our thanks are due to Richard Daniells for efficiently chairing the meeting and to Max Scott for providing a sixteen-page report.  They were re-elected to their posts as were Eleanor Weller (Treasurer), Brian Tunbridge (Welfare Officer) and John Cutler (Registration Officer).  The committee now includes members from all the local member groups.

At 11.30 a.m. the meeting ended but the rain had not.  As our lunch was booked for noon at The Butchers Arms in Greens Norton, we were in no hurry to go back outside.  Brian and one Ian set off back to Northampton and endured a pretty wet ride home.  Bill and the other Ian set off for Greens Norton.  It had been a pleasure to put on dried gloves and a warm hat!  By the time we reached the Pegasus crossing at the A43 I was just as wet as I had been earlier.

The pub was welcoming (they’d expressed surprised earlier that twenty cyclists would make the effort).  The Sunday carvery proved popular and an very social lunch was enjoyed by all.

The rain stopped and weak sunshine greeted the end of lunch.  After farewells, Bill and I rode back to Northampton.  We remained dry – but only from the knees up.  Every lane was flooded; the water was pouring off the fields, through the farm gates, and at times straight through hedges.  Roads became rivers.  The A5 between Duncote and Caldecote was flooded with traffic at a standstill.  And it was too cold and too wet to stop for photographic evidence.

Bill and I said our goodbyes at Milton Malsor to take different routes back into town.  My thanks are due to him for leading this intrepid ride.  Our route from Hunsbury to Hunsbury is here – 21  wet miles, and 31 wet miles door-to-door.

This was our wettest ride since Kelmarsh in March. Winter has arrived!

CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes AGM – Sunday 4th November

For CTC Northampton, our “parent group” is CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes.  This is the parent group for CTC Kettering and CTC Milton Keynes as well as ourselves.

On Sunday 4th November, our parent group holds its AGM at the A5 Rangers Club-room on Watling Street in Towcester at 10.30 a.m.  We meet for refreshments at 10.00 a.m. and, when the meeting is over at noon, we go for lunch to “The Butcher’s Arms” in Greens Norton.

Everyone is very welcome.  You will find a link to the Agenda towards the bottom of CTC Kettering’s home page.

If you would like to cycle to the meeting from Northampton, there will be a ride led by Bill Simpson starting at Hunsbury Hill Library (Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ) at 9.00 a.m.  Bill can be contacted on 07736 600858.  We will cycle from the meeting to Greens Norton and cycle home after lunch.