Monday, 23 February 2009

Rides planned for this week (23 Feb - 1 Mar)

Tuesday 24th February: Pensioners' section. Meet for Lunch at 12.30. For details phone 01954 210692 on Monday evening after 7.30pm. Organiser: Peter Rowell.

Thursday 26th February:
Meet at 9.30am at Haslingfield Church for a day ride. Bring your own coffee. Lunch is at the Fishing Lodge, Clavering Lakes. Leader: Greta Lumbers.

Sunday 1st March: Meet at 9.30am at Brookside for a day ride. Coffee is at Malton Golf Club; Lunch is at the Shuttleworth Museum at Old Warden. Then we join the afternoon ride for tea. Leader: Mike Cousins.

Sunday 1st March: Meet at 2.15pm at Brookside for an afternoon ride. Tea is at 4.30pm at The Cock PH, Gamlingay. Leader: Jacob Hassan.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

22 Feb: Afternoon ride to Newnham via Dullingham

Today's Sunday afternoon ride was held on a dry, mild but rather dull day. After meeting as usual at 2.15pm at Brookside, Mike K led eight of us east out of Cambridge along the Jubilee Cycleway to Quy. Then we turned right towards Little Wilbraham and Six Mile Bottom. After reaching Six Mile Bottom Mike led us up the hill that leads to West Wratting. However before we reached the top of the hill Mike led us back north again, past the Woodland Cemetery, to Dullingham. This is a very pleasant area of rolling farmland and narrow lanes.

Mike's original plan had been to continue to Swaffham Bulbeck but we decided we wouldn't have enough time so took the more direct route back via the main Newmarket Road. Although this A-road was very quiet it was nice to join the cycle track at Bottisham. We then returned to Cambridge via Quy, Fen Ditton and the Jubilee Cycleway again before heading across the city centre to arrive at our tea stop - Jim's house in Newnham - over half an hour late. At tea we met the riders from the day ride as well as serveral other members.

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Club member John L (who led last week's day ride to Puckeridge) is 80 tomorrow and so we had a cake and candles to mark the occasion.

Today's mileage (including the very short return to Cambridge city centre after tea) was 33 miles.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

15 Feb: Sunday morning ride to Barkway

There were seven of us at Brookside in Cambridge at 9.30am this morning: myself, Simon, Ian, Julia, Mick, Joseph. John L was wearing the leader's jersey. John anounced that the announced coffee stop had been changed to Barkway Golf Club and that Lunch was now at the Crown, Puckeridge.

We set off towards Trumpington and the Shelfords and from there continued to Newton and Fowlmere. The weather was milder than on recent mornings but it was also rather dull. It remained dry apart from the occasional spot of drizzle as we continued south across the A505 to Chrishall Grange. Then a gentle climb to Heydon and on to Great Chishill, which as I always tell people when we ride that way is the highest village in Cambridgeshire at an altitude of 146 m/480 ft. Then we sped down the hill and turned left to Nuthampstead. Although all the roads so far had been clear of snow and ice the little lane through Nuthampstead had a line of muddy snow down the middle so we had to take slightly more care. We arrived at Barkway Golf Club for coffee shortly afterwards, where we met Adrian, Vic, Mike S and perhaps one or two others who had obviously been given word of the change in coffee stop.

My big discovery of the day is that Barkway Golf Club serve an excellent plate of bread pudding for 50p. Perfect for passing cyclists. Washed down with an entirely satisfactory cappucino at £1 this makes £1.50 which is better value than even Wetherspoons - and in rather more pleasant surroundings.

After coffee John and some others pressed on to Lunch in Puckeridge but most of the group decided to head home in small groups. I stuck with Simon on a route via Barkway (village of shoescrapers), Great Chishill and Heydon (again), Elmdon, Ickleton and the usual way home via the Shelfords and the DNA path. On the way back it started to rain, with light drizzle increasing to heavy drizzle, so it was nice to arrive home in time for a late lunch at about 1.30pm. Distance: 43 miles.

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Sunday, 1 February 2009

1 Feb: Sunday morning ride to Saffron Walden

There were four of us at Brookside at 9.30am: Averil, Tom, Jerry and Nigel. The appointed leader Mike K was indisposed so Nigel led the ride south to Saffron Walden, talking a more or less direct route via the Shelfords, Whittlesford, Duxford, Ickleton and over Coploe Hill to Catmere End. The weather forecast had promised clouds and a freezing wind, but in fact it turned out to be neither especially cold nor especially windy, and we enjoyed sunshine for most of the morning. From Catmere End we took the narrow "transmitter road" over the hill from Littlebury Green down to Wendens Ambo. A few miles later we arrived in Saffron Walden where we stopped for coffee at the Temeraire. Mick and Adrian were there already.

Whilst we sat drinking our coffee (large latte and blueberry muffin: £1.99) we watched a flurry of snow pass over outside, a reminder that the forecast was promising snow for the afternoon. Although I offered to lead us on to Haverhill for lunch there was a general consensus to head back home instead. Jerry suggested we take a indirect route back via Ashdon, Linton and Balsham and everyone agreed.

In the event, we never saw any more snow and it stayed sunny for almost the whole journey home. though a cold wind continued to threaten from time to time. I was back home by about 1.30pm for a late lunch. Distance: 40 miles.

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