Sunday, 22 July 2012

22 Jul: Afternoon ride to Ashwell

John writes: A momentary panic when I saw masses of cyclists turning into Lensfield Road. These were not joining the CTC ride but were on the Bike Events London to Cambridge annual ride. However there were about a dozen riders setting off from Brookside including a few joining a Cambridge CTC ride for the first time. I apologise for not remembering their names but we hope to see them again soon.

On our route to Haslingfield we were greeted by many Bike Events riders. Did they think we were doing the double journey back to London? We enjoyed fine views from the top of Chapel Hill and Croydon Hill. Jacob led a small break-away group off-road into Wimpole Park where we were all reunited. We zoomed downhill to the A428 and into Shingay thence to Guilden Morden where there was a short delay for a puncture. We arrived at St. Mary’s Room Ashwell (not to be confused with the Village Hall or the URC Church Hall) at 4:20 to see Nigel and Gareth. This was my first visit to this tea-stop and we need to forewarn them of our future visits.

After a fairly abstemious tea we mingled with the day riders and all sped back to Cambridge via Steeple Morden, Bassingbourn, Barrington aided by a brisk following breeze. The combined group spread out over several kilometres which made the role of leader redundant. The ride was about 42 miles. John Ferguson

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