Wednesday, 8 February 2017

8 Feb: Evening ride to Lode

Nigel writes: My companions this evening, for what will probably be our coldest evening ride this winter, were John S, Gareth and Alex. The temperature was about 1C at the start and dropped slightly as the evening progressed, but there was very little wind and as a result I felt relatively comfortable inside my four layers of clothing. Nevertheless a cold night is not a time to linger, so we rode one of our classic evening loops at a relatively brisk pace.

Our route took us out of Cambridge along Hills Road to Addenbrooke's, where we turned left onto Wort's Causeway for the climb over the Gogs to Fulbourn.

John (left) and Alex climb The Gogs, with the Biomedical Cranes behind

From Fulbourn we continued through Great and Little Wilbraham to Six Mile Bottom. Here we divided, with Alex, Gareth and me carrying on up Brinkley Hill to Cemetery Crossroads and then turning left for a loop round via Dullingham and Swaffham Bulbeck, whilst John took a short-cut via the A1304.

Alex, Gareth and I reached Swaffham Bulbeck at about 8.15pm, which allowed time for a short loop around Commercial End before arriving in Lode at 8.20pm. We stopped at "The Shed", a new pub which we first visited in December, where John was already settling comfortably into a drink.

Dinner in Lode

We all ordered food and spent a pleasant half hour before returning back home to Cambridge via Quy. I arrived home at about 9.50pm, having cycled 51km (31 miles). Nigel Deakin

Download GPS track (GPX).

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