By the time of departure numbers had risen to 15 including, I am pleased to report, a strong contingent of new faces: we set off for Hemingford Abbots with fine weather - sunny and warm, but with rather a stiff breeze from the south-west.
I decided to avoid the usual route through Barton, but rather took the Trumpington Road to Grantchester, past Lord Archer's residence immortalised in their turn by Robert Brooke and John Graham.
The size of the group meant that there was a variety of riding speeds, meaning that frequent stops were necessary to re-group; accordingly at Bourn I abandoned plans to press westward through Great Gransden, but rather headed north along the rather shorter route through Knapwell and Conington.
As previously reported in these pages, the Axe and Compass provides well for the cyclist. Besides providing an excellent tea and copious secure cycle parking, it should be noted that they serve ice cream.
I was back in Cambridge shortly after 7pm, having completed a distance of 45 miles. Simon FitzMaurice.
Photos by Julia Hochbach.