Sunday, 7 March 2010

7 Mar: Afternoon ride to Balsham

Peter Hutchison writes: It was a beautiful day today, with hardly a cloud in the sky, though very cold. So I was surprised that there were only six of us at Brookside this afternoon. Mike K led us up to Midsummer Common and out of town along the Jubilee cycleway, which was quite busy with walkers tempted out by the sun. After crossing under the A14 we turned off down to Six Mile Bottom (see photo below with Mike in the lead), and I finally started to warm up as we picked up some speed.

At Six Mile Bottom we turned left and then rode up the hill from Westley Bottom (see photo below with Mike and Jacob in the lead, followed by Bob), and then through the lanes past the Woodland Cemetery to Weston Colville. Mike decided we had time for an extra loop and led us through Weston Green and to the Bell at Balsham. We met up with a few more people there, making 10 for tea.

After tea we split up in to several parties. I joined a group heading straight back to Cambridge, which made good time with the wind behind us. We had the benefit of a dramatic sunset over the trees through Fen Ditton and Ditton Fields. I arrived back home at 6.20 having cycled 34 miles. Mike reports that he had a good ride back through Dullingham and the Bulbecks. Peter Hutchison.

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