Members cycle ride reports, mostly from club rides but all cycling stories welcome.
Dave's Birthday Ride, 9th June
On a glorious summer’s day eleven riders met at Sawley Marina but were soon reduced to ten when Ian suffered a mechanical and returned home to fix it but hoped to join us for lunch later.
Our route took us to Kegworth, Sutton Bonnington then down the Soar Valley to Cotes where we turned up to Burton on the Wolds and then the long drag up to Six Hills and eventually to Great Dalby for lunch at The Alehouse attached to the brewery.
Excellent ale and food were consumed ( including Bison Burgers) as we sat outside in the warm sunshine. (see photo of John M)
Our return route took us up Longcliffe Hiil to Willoughby, Widmerpool,Wysall, East Leake, West Leake Dark Lane to New Kingston and picking up the cycle path past Radcliffe Power Station and Long Lane back to Sawley Marina for afternoon refreshments. The group split here with the majority going via Shardlow, Ambaston and Elvaston to the river path back to Derby.
58 miles recorded. One incident Kevin punctured near Ratcliffe so make his debut in the 2016 Puncture League.
A tour of JCB Country, 28th April
Twelve riders met at Happy Hens on what felt like a January morning with temperatures just above zero and a keen south westerly blowing, but it was dry.
Strawberry Garden Centre at Bramshall was our agreed destination so we gritted our teeth and headed westward to Longford and Alkmonton where Maurice and Nick made the wise decision to make their’s a morning ride only. At the same time John Moss incurred what proved to be a terminal puncture with the valve pushing through the valve hole into the inner part of the rim. Several attempts to remove it without damaging the rim proved fruitless, it was a job for the workshop. John phoned home and a very understanding wife promised to rescue him. (we think!)
This incident caused a delay to our schedule but rather than curtail the ride we soldiered on through Cubley, Marston, Rocester, (JCB Accademy and JCB Digger Assembly Factory.)
Stramshall then bisecting the JCB Transmission Plant we crossed the A50 to Bramshall for lunch just as the rain forecast for evening arrived four hours early.
Oatcakes were the most popular choice for lunch being in Staffordshire and when we emerged at 2 o’clock the rain was settled well for the rest of the day.
A direct route home was unanimously agreed upon so straight to Uttoxeter where Martin disappeared in the direction of the railway station, then a parallel to route to the A50 via Doveridge, Sudbury, Foston, (JCB Warehouse) and Hatton, (Four of us called for warming refreshment s at the Salt Box) then back home our separate ways.
58 miles recorded. Perhaps we should have curtailed our route after John’s mechanical but being an optimistic bunch it was never contemplated.
Burton Group to Shackerstone Station, 20th March
Burton Group made Shackerstone Station to see the 11.00 departure on last Sunday’s ride to the preserved Battlefield Line. It was the first running weekend of the season and just a single carriage diesel unit was operating. The Station cafe is always welcoming with its memorabilia decorating the rooms and a warming fire in the grate. As Darren said – it was like going back to his grandma’s living room.
We left for Congerstone and a zig-zaggy route to criss cross the railway line through Barton in the Beans and Carlton. We had a look at Market Bosworth Station, the mid station on the line, and the adjacent Marina on the Ashby Canal. At the next bridge the train was due to pass so we waited and waited… and gave up. Nothing can diminish the expectation and it was a peaceful spot.
There was just one climb up to the Bosworth Battlefield Centre and the Tithe Barn Restaurant. It was a pleasure to sit outside in the courtyard, the first time this year.
Dave Mcg Clarke took us along the track through the woods to Sutton Cheney Wharf and Dadlington and then we dropped back to Shenton Station at the end of the line and waited and waited. I always like to give my British Rail Station Announcement impressions at such railway venues and the Gents had some fantastic echo properties. Goodness knows what the people outside thought, maybe they would be rushing for the train to Burton on Trent.
The route back followed the lanes of the Moira Audax through Sibson, Sheepy Parva and Orton on the Hill. We deviated to pass the village pond and thatched cottage in Austrey, the soaring spire of Clifton Campville and the daffodil bedecked churchyard of Lullington.
Next Sunday’s ride leaves the Abbey Arcade, by the Market Place, High Street, Burton at 09.30 for a visit to the poignant ruins of Grace Dieu Priory in Leicestershire (this is a change since the Awheel magazine was printed). Elevenses will be at Beth’s Kitchen at Breedon on the Hill Garden Centre if any riders from Burton or Derby wish to meet there. Lunch will be at St Joseph’s Tea Room by Mount St Bernard’s Abbey.
Burton ride to Blore Church Sunday 13th march
The Burton Groups’ ride yesterday was to Blore Church on probably the best day of the year so far. The little lane through Rodsley made a change to get to the elevenses stop at Fairways Garden Centre Clifton. We were quite pleased to arrive just behind Mercia Lloyd’s Cycling Club when they had set off 15 minutes ahead of us from Burton. Maybe I should mention that they had done 15 miles more than us! Too much chat and stops for us. Still we all enjoy the same cake.
Okeover Park is always a delight and then we climbed up to Blore, a hamlet of a few scattered farms and a hall nestling by the church,.Neil Platts gave us a guided tour of the church including the impressive Bassett memorial. It certainly is a quiet spot. We then climbed further with views over Ilam and to the hills in front of Dovedale. Further views were had from the Weaver Hills although it was a little hazy. Still, the receding hills in varied shades of grey and blue makes a fine vista. We met a couple walking who were in Derby Ivanhoe Cycling Club and joining the reunion on Friday. A late lunch was taken at Doveleys before returning through the lanes of Marston Montgomery and Boylestone.
Next Sunday’s ride heads into Leicestershire and to Shackerstone Railway.
Saturday Hilly Rides
For a few weeks in the Spring of 2016. we ran a series of Hilly Saturday rides. These were intended as practice for those going on a Wales Tour in May, but were open to all and good fun in themselves – I think fun is the right word!
Five out on the first one. I enjoyed both the ride and the company. Nice to meet Naomi for the first time Darron impressed not only by riding over from Burton but treating us to a speedy display of puncture fixing, hardly left time for the advice. Wendy and Pete good company as always. Everyone did fine on the hills, but I’m feeling it now!
Eight riders out on the second short hilly ride, including four getting some practice in for LLC. We were rewarded with some lovely Spring sunshine, a few lanes some of us (including me) hadn’t ridden before and lots of excellent views. The breeze going North was a bit fresh at times, it rained just long enough for people to put waterproofs on, otherwise we were really lucky with the weather.
Another week – Just Darron and myself out today, what we lacked in participants we made up for in altitude! There’s good reason I usually avoid some of those roads. Still great weather and the route was very scenic.
Part of the attraction of a shorter ride is it leaves time to do other things with the rest of the day, but I haven’t done much this afternoon that involved getting out of a chair!
Five of us out on today’s hilly ride, a bit damp at times and blustery at others, but mostly fine, Maybe not quite as scenic as some previous rides, still plenty of hills (880m according to Garmin) and some lanes I don’t think any of us had ridden before. All good fun
Three castles Thu 18th Feb
Eleven riders met at the Bikeworks on a cold but sunny morning and were later joined by Martin at lunch swelling our number of diners to twelve. Our first castle was at Duffield and we rode there via Little Eaton and as the photo shows there is not a lot left to see and the information board has also disappeared. Next to the remains of Mackworth Castle with our route taking us up Cumberhills to Quarndon Common then down Inn Lane toKedleston Road, Markeaton Lane and Mackworth village. The remains are in the form of a turreted gatehouse which was a rather ostentatious entrance to the rest of the castle which was originally of wooden construction, built in 14th/15th century.Our lunch destination was Cherry Tree Farm at the Burton Services near Willington adjacent to the A50 so we followed Brun lane to Langley Common, Radbourne, Etwall and through the four way TTL’s at Willington to lunch. The pub looked very busy so we opted for the L4 Lunch Bar in the main services area which was good value for money.From here a convoluted route was followed to our final ‘castle’ at Elvaston. Findern, Stenson, Arleston, Deepdale Lane and the narrow road from Barrow Hill parallel to the A50 and Swarkestone Garden Centre brought us to the A514 we turned right at Cuttle Bridge for Weston, Aston, Shardlow and Ambaston arriving at Elvaston before the cafe closed so Alan could top up his caffeinne levels before riding home to Ripley. The rest the group continued through Alavston to the river path where we split for home.
49 miles recorded with no incidents.
Dave Walker/Photo Paul Hilditch