Thursday, 13 January 2011

13 Jan: Thursday ride to Fen Drayton

Edward writes: Seven riders met at Haslingfield Church for the Thursday ride. Some were saying how hot they were! It was certainly a change in temperature and choice of clothing was definitely something to think about. Additionally it was quite breezy. The first part of our ride seemed to be mostly into the breeze, along with the undulating roads it was quite an effort in parts.

We left Haslingfield and made our way through Harlton and over the A603 and through the Eversdens and up to Bourn. This part of the ride is fairly hilly so we had to make one or two stops to keep the group together. From Bourn we crossed the A1198 and did a loop through Great Gransden and Caxton before turning into Cambourne for coffee and cakes at Morrison's. We spent quite a leisurely three-quarters of an hour there before leaving at 12 o'clock.

After coffee, and with a following wind, the ride became a lot easier: we crossed the A428 and headed for Elsworth and Connington before arriving at the Three Tuns at Fen Drayton. Here we were joined by Richard. Lunch was good in what seems to be a popular village pub.

At two o'clock we set off for home (but not before Averil had a puncture) via Swavesey, Longstanton, Oakington and Girton. Leaving Oakington Averil had another puncture (back wheel this time. New tyres, Averil, I think).

After Girton we had to go towards Cambridge along Huntingdon Road before making our way thorough Grantchester and Trumpington. The whole round trip, starting at Haslingfield and finishing at Hauxton, was 44 miles. Edward Elmer.

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