Members cycle ride reports, mostly from club rides but all cycling stories welcome. Page 2

Thu 1st Oct, Newstead

8 riders out today, plus Ian who just turned up at Denby for the coffee!. Myself (leader to Newstead), Dave W, Steve, Malcom (leader from Newstead), Gordon, John S, Graham, and Martin. The promised sun didn’t materialise until after we had finished lunch. I had to return direct home from Newstead as I needed to fully discharge the battery on my new ebike as part of the battery conditioning procedure. It finally expired at the top of Riddings Hill. Perfect timing as that is a real groveler!. Downhill all the rest of the way home. I got 138 miles out of the full charge, including plenty of hills.

Alan Wright, Photo Dave Walker

The Memorial Plaque at Tissington, 27th Sept Burton Group

Terry,Glen and Darron Nicholls , Pete took the riders to meet me in Sudbury and from there we went to Marston Montgomery and then to Clifton . During our journey the sun filtered through the cold mist to reveal a beautiful sunny day. Following refreshment at Fairways Pete made his way home we then went to Ashbourne and followed the Tissington trail as far as Thorpe where we joined the gated road and rejoined the trail at Allsop el Dale and then nice gentle ride to Tissington where we viewed the Plaque. As you can see it is no longer supported and is leaning against the Beech tree.however the residents next to copse have kindly agreed to look after it until such time I can return and make it more secure.
Tea was had at the Old Barn Cafe which by this time the weather was glorious.
Afterwards we resumed our ride and made our way to Thorpe,Mappleton and Oakover to Doveridge. I said my goodbyes at Sudbury and continued to home. What a great day.  Thanks to my cycling friends.
Norman Clucas

Sun 13th Sept - Burton Group Trent Lock

The Burton group had a leisurely ride last Sunday to Trent Lock, a major junction on the canal and rivers network. The mid morning stop at Breedon Garden Centre was reached by way of Repton, Ticknall, the Staunton Harold Reservoir track, Melbourne and Wilson. Beth’s Kitchen was fairly quiet and here Nottingham Group President Keith Alderman joined us for a chat and a few miles to meet his group who were going to Elvaston Castle.
We joined the Cloud Trail for some traffic free miles to Weston on Trent. Rides this way are far from quiet, Donington Park had a motor event on and after Shardlow we had the delights of the A50 alongside as we followed the whirligig cycleway to Trent lane just before the motorway. The single track lane then led us to Sawley and we followed the towpath alongside the River Trent. “The Coffee Kiosk” has opened up at the first lock although it is weather variable. It has outdoor seating so it is closed if raining (don’t visit too soon since they will be closed until 7 October, after then ring 01159 727651 to check if open for the day). I did not want to miss the huge selection of teas at the Trent Lock tearooms so we carried on the river path only to find the Tea Room was closed, probably for holidays. Here the Erewash Canal and the River Soar join the River Trent and just upstream the Trent and Mersey Canal commences. Giant signposts keep the boats from going astray. There was plenty of activity on the river with boats, barges and a flotilla of dinghies making use of the light wind.
We returned to the previous café for lunch and sitting alongside the river watched the various craft going by.
Return was via Kegworth, Long Whatton, Diseworth, Breedon and Ticknall.

Ian Hill

Thursday 3 Sept Informal Ride

My original intention was to go to Felly Priory which is in the Notts/Derby Border country, a lumpy ride through some urban and industrial landscape, but having lost a night’s sleep with chronic backache and sciatica I was having second thoughts as I slowly made my way to Hollies Farm cafe to meet the group.Having dosed on painkillers and applied ibuprofen gel to the affected areas I was hoping a gentle ride may ease the symptoms.
Seven of us met up but Alan was only there for the coffees (2), and a message from a distressed Peter R saying he could not locate us from the information supplied by Google on his iphone meant that only six of us set off for a gentle ride to the Ferrer’s Centre at Staunton Harold for lunch, Peter did manage to meet us there and joined us for the afternoon.We are clubbing together to buy him an OS 1:25000 map of Derby as a Xmas present.
Our route took us through Dale Abbey, Stanton-by-Dale, Risley, Breaston, Sawley, Long Lane to Kegworth. En-route we explored the possibility if the eastbound cyclepath to Nottingham went westbound to the M1 junction, it does not! but we cycled along a smooth tarmac track almost to the M1 but it finished in a farmyard.
From Kegworth we made for Long Whatton, Diseworth, Tonge Breedon, Burney Lane to Scotland and eventually to Staunton Harold.After lunch now up to seven riders we went to the foot of Pistern Hill by the new Calke Park circular track then followed this over the fields to Ticknall, Milton and Ingleby added a bit of mileage before calling at Swarkestone Garden Centre for afternoon refreshments. The group split here for homeward journeys and an earlier than usual finish.
49 miles recorded and by the end of the day I was pain free, well my back was but the legs were a bit stiff.

Dave Walker, Photos Peter Roberts

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