Wednesday, 17 September 2014

17 Sep: Evening ride to Great Wilbraham

Nigel writes: The nights are drawing in, with sunset at 7.15pm, and the nights are getting cooler, but this evening was dry with a slight breeze, offering good conditions for our penultimate evening ride of the summer season. My companions for the ride were Gareth, on his trusty Dawes Horizon, and Chris, on an Airnimal Chameleon similar to the one I was riding.

Our route this evening was a clockwise loop, north-east to Quy, Bottisham and Swaffham Bulbeck, south-east to Dullingham and then south along the B1052 to West Wratting before turning west for the descent down to Six Mile Bottom and the road to the Wilbrahams. We left Cambridge in daylight (Gareth spotted a heron flying above the river on Stourbridge Common) but by the time we had reached Dullingham it was quite dark.

As has been the case in recent weeks the speed was high, with Gareth leading at a rapid pace and with Chris and me behind, with me occasionally taking a turn at the front when I felt a surge of energy.

Because of the high speeds we reached Great Wilbraham rather earlier than planned, at about 8.15pm. After a pleasant drink we got back on our bikes for the short ride back to Cambridge via Fulbourn and Cherry Hinton. I arrived back home at 9.20pm, having cycled 35 miles.

Download GPS track (GPX).

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