Sunday, 20 March 2016

20 Mar: Sunday afternoon ride to Potton

John F writes: I and six others joined Sue at Brookside for the afternoon ride to Potton. I was keen to go on this ride because, surprisingly, I had never been to Potton. We set off in good weather but with a nagging north-easterly wind through Coton, Dry Drayton, Hardwick, Bourn and the well-cycled route past Waresley Garden Centre. Thence we turned right on to the quiet lane to Gamlingay Cinques (where I saw my first "fat" bike but did not have chance for a photo).

The start at Brookside, Cambridge

We reached Potton without going through Gamlingay village. This was a very pleasant route with little traffic. We arrived at the Coach House shortly after the regulation time of 3pm. A few late lunchers were still in the pub where we joined by Mike S. The mean GPS readings from the group registered 24.5 miles.


After tea, coffee, cakes and roast potatoes (the latter supplied gratis by mine host) we set off on a delightful route through Wrestingworth to Guilden Morden where I was back on familiar territory as we rode through Shingay, Croydon, Wimpole, Orwell and Barrington. Here a scud of rain persuaded me to stop and put on a waterproof, though this proved unnecessary.

Tea at The Coach House, Potton

I followed the group over Chapel Hill into Haslingfield where the group dispersed to their various homes. I reached home at 6.10pm after an excellent ride of just under 50 miles. Congratulations and thanks to Sue for leading us on an interesting and incident-free route. John Ferguson

1 comment:

  1. Aha - so David T and Sheila were out for a recovery ride the day after a 100K audax - kudos!