Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised: our leader today was Eva, whose rides have a happy association with good weather. They are also famed for their large turnouts, and although the numbers today weren't perhaps as large as her previous ride in January, they were very good nontheless, with thirteen riders at Brookside: Rupert, Mike CC, Neil T, Neil S, John E, Alex, Jim, Steve, Chris, Gareth, Carol, Eva and me.
Our direction today was east, but with the Cambridge Half Marathon causing our normal route along the river to be closed we set off south-east along Hills Road instead.
Hills Road, Cambridge
Gareth was clearly in the mood for a fast ride today and he was soon speeding off into the distance, never to be seen again. The rest of us followed at a more leisurely pace, turning left at Addenbrooke's onto Wort's Causeway for the long but gentle climb over the Gogs.
Climbing the Gogs
We dropped down the other side to Fulbourn and then continued through Great Wilbraham to Little Wilbraham.
Regrouping in Fulbourn
When we reached Little Wilbraham I was expecting Eva to take us east to Six Mile Bottom. Howeveer that would have been too predictable and instead we turned north-east for Bottisham and Swaffham Bulbeck.
We continued to Swaffham Prior where we turned left for a loop around Swaffhan Prior Fen before turning back towards Reach and Burwell.
Swaffhan Prior Fen
From Burwell we rode to Exning and then on into Newmarket (with Nigel leading Alex and Chris along the complicated and bumpy NCN 51 route into the town). There we stopped for coffee at Coffee and Co.
Several members were already at the cafe, including Adrian, Keith and Geoff. Two other groups of cyclists had arrived just before we did so we had quite a wait for our coffee and cakes but it was very pleasant to sit outside enjoying the unexpected spring sunshine.
Coffee in Newmarket
With rain forecast to arrive at 2pm we all decided to return back to Cambridge. I rode back in a group led by Rupert, taking a route via Dullingham and Westley Bottom to Six Mile Bottom. This took us into quite a strong headwind, but we didn't have far to go and it was still bright and sunny,.
Eagle Lane, Dullingham
When we reached Little Wilbraham I turned off with Alex towards Great Wilbraham and returned to Cambridge via Fulbourn and Cherry Hinton. I arrived home at 1.45pm, having successfully beaten the rain and having cycled 47 miles. The rain (which was just a bit of brief drizzle) arrived about half an hour later.
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