Sunday, 21 December 2014

21 Dec: Ride to Christmas Lunch

Nigel writes: Today was the day of the club's Christmas Lunch at Bourn Golf Club, and our normal ride was replaced by a leisurely ride to lunch starting at 10:30am. Our leader today was John Ross, with about ten others following behind. After a delayed start when someone discovered a puncture right at the start, we set off north from Brookside, riding through the busy pre-Christmas traffic into the City Centre.

King's Parade, Cambridge

We continued north over Magdalene Bridge and the up to the top of Castle Hill. It was a dull, cloudy day but the roads and sky were dry and it was relatively mild, but with a fairly strong south-westerly breeze.

Castle Hill, Cambridge

We turned onto Histon Road and around the edge of Orchard Park to the busway. 

On the busway near Histon

We followed the busway through Histon and on to Swavesey, where I paused to try out the new public bike pump that has been installed there, just by the bus stop.

Trying out the public bike pump at Swavesey Station

We left the busway at Swavesey and rode south. This took us directly into the wind and we made slow progress as a result. We crossed over the A14 and continued to Boxworth where we turned left to Knapwell. We crossed the old A428 and continued to Bourn. A few minutes later we arrived at Bourn Golf Club for our Christmas Lunch.

I arrived at about 12.40pm, with the rest of the group following about five minutes later. I had been concerned that we would be late for lunch, but I needn't have been worried: the meal this year was at 1pm, half an hour later than last time, and everyone was still mingling sociably in the bar.

Christmas Lunch at Bourn Golf Club

With nearly fifty members at lunch, this was the best-attended Christmas Lunch for many years, a good demonstration of the continuing strength of the club, and no doubt also of the popularity of Bourn Golf Club as a friendly and pleasant lunch venue.

During the meal club treasurer stood up and announced the award of the Len Nice Trophy. This is presented to the member who has done the most for the club over the past year, and is decided by a secret ballot of members held at our AGM in November. This year the trophy was awarded to Edward Elmer, well-known to readers of this blog as the author of our regular Thursday ride reports. (More about the Len Nice Memorial trophy here).

Edward Elmer (left) receives the Len Nice Trophy
from club treasurer Mike Culnane

After lunch we all set off for home. For me this meant heading east along the B1046 to Cambridge. With a strong tailwind I was blown along at 20mph almost all the way. I arrived home at about 4.15pm, having cycled 34 miles.

Download GPS track (GPX).

1 comment:

  1. Excellent day; good ride, company & food! Well done to all concerned & especially well deserved award to Ed. Have a great Xmas break - I may be out tomorrow, but probably not on the club ride! Have fun & thanks to all for making me & everyone else, so welcome. John.