Nigel writes: Summer seems to have arrived at last, and a hot afternoon was followed by a very warm evening. Eight riders turned up at Brookside for this evening's ride: Julia, Peter D, Mike K, John F, Rob, newcomers Tiia and Daffyd, and me. We set off south from Brookside, down Trumpington Road and left into Barrow Road.
This brought us onto Long Road where we joined the Busway Cycleway to Addenbrooke's and the DNA path to Great Shelford. From there we turned towards Little Shelford and the long road south to Whittlesford. The speed was satisfyingly brisk from the start, and Julia seemed every bit as energetic as she was last week.
We rode through Whittlesford and continued to Duxford, where Julia suggested we take the road to Hinxton. This passes through a ford, and as usual we used the footbridge rather than risk slipping in the slime.
We continued on to Ickleton and the climb up Coploe Hill, at the top of which we paused for the customary group photo.
After dropping down the other side of Coploe Hill we turned right onto Royston Lane, a long, undulating and very lovely lane marred only by the bumpy surface. This brought us to Chrishall Grange. It was now about 8.10pm, which gave us just enough time to ride through Fowlmere and Shepreth to arrive in Barrington and our pub stop at the Royal Oak just after 8.30pm.
It was still quite light, and very warm, and we sat outside with our drinks and some shared bowls of chips.
Afterwards we turned on our lights for the climb over Chapel Hill to Haslingfield and the final few miles via Barton to Cambridge. I arrived back home at 9.50pm, having cycled 34 miles.
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