Wednesday, 16 August 2017

16 Aug: Evening ride to Lode

Nigel writes: Tonight was a classic late-summer evening ride, a relaxed jaunt into the hills east of Cambridge. Joining me at Brookside to enjoy the warm, dry weather were Paul, Dimitris, Camille, John, Neil, Tom and Seb. Our route this evening was a familiar one, possibly the best short loop you can have close to Cambridge. This involved heading out of town along Hills Road and then, after a short diversion around cycleway works near Addenbrooke's, over the Gogs to Fulbourn.

Seb was on his seven-speed Dahon this evening and and told me at the start that he wasn't planning to ride with us for long. Nevertheless he still stayed with us to the top of the Gogs before turning back for home.

Hills Road, Cambridge

After this initial exertion we continued along the flat through the Wilbrahams to Six Mile Bottom. From here Paul took a shortcut along the A1304 whilst the rest of us carried on up the Brinkley Road climb as far as Cemetery Crossroads, turned left for Dullingham, and looped back towards Swaffham Bulbeck.

Balsham Lane, Dullingham

After a short loop around Commercial End at the back of Swaffham Bulbeck we made our way to Lode, arriving at The Shed at 8.20pm, just before sunset. Paul was already inside the pub and we all went in to join him for drinks and food.

Preparing to set off after dinner in Lode

Afterwards we turned on our lights and returned back to Cambridge via Quy, Fen Ditton and the river. I arrived home just before 10pm, having cycled 52km (32 miles). Nigel Deakin

Download GPS track (GPX).

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