With so many riders starting from Hauxton we split into two groups and went to Great Shelford to join the DNA path. This could do with a visit from the mowers as the grass is intruding into the path.
Once we emerged from the hospital limits we climbed over the Gogs and went down to Fulbourn and Great Wilbraham. There was a bit of a breeze coming from the south west and for the most part it gave us assistance. The road down to Six Mile Bottom can often be a bit fraught with fast traffic but today for once none of the cars seemed to be in a race and we all arrived safely in Six Mile Bottom. We crossed the railway and began the long climb towards Brinkley and it was with relief that we reached our turning for Dullingham and for a while leaving the climbing behind us, at least until after lunch.
After Dullingham we joined the B1061 for the run into Newmarket and the Horse Racing Museum for coffee, arriving at 11.15 am, the same time as the city start group.
This would be the last visit to this cafe as it is closing next weekend so that they can prepare for the move to their new premises. They will reopen in September and we were told that there will be provision for parking bicycles, so that’s good news. But above all it will be staffed by the same friendly people as now, so that’s more good news. As always here we enjoyed a nice break which included both Vic F and S and also Peter Woodward and Geoff, and as always the staff coped very well with at least thirty people.
Finally, two groups led by Adrian and Peter left using the back streets of Newmarket to join the B1063 which put us on a long climb past Cheveley to Ashley. The climb wasn’t really hard work and we had the beautiful rolling countryside to enjoy as we rode by. When we reached Dunstall Green we turned towards Ousden and later Hargrave for the final part of our journey down to Depden Green, turning at that well-known landmark the water tower.
For lunch about eight went to the farm shop, which roughly equated to our estimate.
Everyone else sat on the little green with their sandwiches.
Whilst six more went to the farm shop for a cup of tea about a dozen wanted to go back early and it fell to Rupert to lead this group back home. When the final group of about fourteen started the return journey we re-traced our steps back to the Wickhambrook road. Before reaching Wickhambrook Adrian took us a little road called Duddery Lane which took us via a ford over the river and by-passed Wickhambrook bringing us out at Malting Green, a neat Adrian manoeuvre.
Some more country lanes brought us to the A143 at Stradishall for a short ride to the turning to Little Thurlow. We often use this road on our way to Stradishall and usually it is very quiet, but today we met the traffic going to Little Thurlow school and it was very busy.
Soon after we were on the home stretch, passing by Carlton Green, West Wratting, Balsham, Hildersham, Sawston and the Shelfords, finishing at 4.50pm after 64 very pleasant miles. Thanks to our two leaders, with assistance from Rupert, for a successful day out. Edward Elmer
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