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Satnav
Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:43 pm Reply with quote
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Meet: Keyworth, Main Square

Time: 8.30am meet for 8.45am depart -Summer timing
Group 1 ???
Group 2 circa 18.0mph
Group 3 -

Leaders:
Group 1: ??
Group 2: Sat-Nav
Group 3: tbc

Cafe: Wing Hall (35 hilly miles) - 10.45am

A hilly one this week with 1,300m of climbing but the wonderful Rutland Countryside to enjoy and the eccentric chic of Buttonhole Cafe at Wing Hall.

Route out is from Keyworth down the Wreake Valley to Gaddesby, and Twyford before the back road climb from John O'Gaunt to Tilton joining the B road for the last bit of climb. We then take the undulating road down to Brauston and the back lane to Ridlington. The approach to Ridlington has the Special Category climb of the day. Once done it is not too far to Wing Hall where roaming chickens and three toilets where there is only room for two await. (35 miles 10.45-11.00am)

Return journey is upto Oakham. This time we take the road into Oakham and turn left at the lights to climb up new to club run Cold Overton Road to Knossington and then Somerby. We drop down to Burrough and then take the little lane from Burrough to Great Dalby. A familiar stretch back through Asfordby & Grimston before along the top of Old Dalby (Nottm Lane) to Willoughby (30 miles). Total is 65 miles with hills so a good stretching ride. back at Keyworth by 1.30pm.


The strava Link is:

https://www.strava.com/routes/20999350
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simonh
Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:09 am Reply with quote
Joined: 04 Jun 2007 Posts: 519 Location: Woodborough
Group Three will be an available option on Saturday.
Wing Hall is always an enjoyable and character-building route.
Do they still serve Afghan biscuits?

Simon Hall
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F=ma
Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:25 am Reply with quote
Joined: 12 Apr 2012 Posts: 1471 Location: Trent Bridge
simonh wrote:
Group Three will be an available option on Saturday.
Wing Hall is always an enjoyable and character-building route.
Do they still serve Afghan biscuits?

Simon Hall
Nah. Never been seen since that day in 2012...

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aka F=ma. For an object if high mass (m), it takes a lot of force (F) to create any acceleration (a) - except when going downhill!
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StewartB
Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:53 am Reply with quote
Joined: 25 Feb 2016 Posts: 114
Should be out assuming weather stays OK.
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GraemeScott
Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:46 pm Reply with quote
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I plan to be out weather permitting.
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Satnav
Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:59 pm Reply with quote
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This week the turnout was plenty at twenty. However, we still are struggling for Group Three riders. We started out as two groups with Simon staying with us until the roads started to get hilly.

The sunshine made me put on sun cream this morning but that was the jinx as it was a cool start and it looked like it was raining in Leicester. A showery vista came into view whilst dropping into the Wreake Valley between Ragdale and Hoby. Fortunately, things were getting brighter by Gaddesby. The wind was a noticeable Westerly and soon blew us to Twyford. From Twyford we inadvertently played cat and mouse with another cyclist. We had soon caught him up despite his speeding up although a split in the group meant we sat behind before passing him on the lane upto Twyford. Regrouping at the B6047 junction before the final climb upto Tilton meant he came past again without a word. Upto Tilton we overtook him again before stopping again in the village to regroup, at which point he overtook us again. Whilst we waited, a group from Leics Forest CC were in pursuit of the lone cyclist on the undulating road down to Braunston and Oakham. Later in the distance, we could see he had been passed by them and we were about to pass him again when he turned off.

We all enjoyed the fast 40mph descent into Braunston and were just about to turn right to Brooke and Ridlington when Sarah's tyre punctured with a bang. A quick change then at the first pedal stroke another instant blow out. There was a tear in the tyre we didn't see first time so with a tyre boot Graeme, Sarah and John set off the two miles to Oakham Cycle Centre. John had also got a problematic bulgy tyre. The ten minute stop left the remaining four of us to do the really hilly bit to Wing Hall but also meant we missed a heavy shower that had clearly just happened around Ridlington.

At the cafe, Simon rejoined us just as we were tucking into beans on toast. A new variation we hadn't seen was served. Beans on toast in a large soup/pasta bowl with toast arranged around the side like shark fins popping out of the ocean of beans. No butter but Poppy got four slabs to make up.

We fixed up to meet the others at the bike shop in Oakham after a successful repair and a coffee stop for them in Oakham. A picture was shared of Sarah on a my little pony bike as we had hoped the bike shop was not just in that end of he market. We needn't have worried as they did have a range of full size spares.

The remains hilly ride back was going well until Like got the final puncture of the day near March House Farm. We said hello to Andrew Walters going in the other direction and Simon caught us back up. It had been a mare of a day for tyre problems and this seemed echoed by the nearby flock of sheep who were very vocal In bleating what sounded just like he word mare rather than baa.

It was a later arrival back at Keyworth than planned but we all had a throughly good, if hilly ride out. Luke had certainly picked a tough one to come back from his holidays to.
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StewartB
Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:10 pm Reply with quote
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A good sized group one today, with the numbers boosted by guest star Ollie from OVB, and special guest star Stephane from Brussels Cycling.

We hit the rain as well, probably just after the Tilton Roller coaster. That probably made up everyone's minds to push on rather than stop at Wing.

Some birdwatching event (?) meant that the A6003 was pretty log jammed with cars so that section wasn't particularly pleasant either.

Small mechanical issue for Mike on the hill out of Oakham meant the group split briefly before getting back together around Knossington.

By the time we hit Somerby we were all feeling like missing the stop might not have been a great idea so pulled over at the Pop up Cafe for some coffee, cake and wasp wafting.

Good solid ride back meant I had an average over 32kmph on a pretty lumpy course. Looks like quite a few Strava top 10s shared out on the way.

Thanks all for another good ride.
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simonh
Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:56 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 04 Jun 2007 Posts: 519 Location: Woodborough
What a great route. Thanks,Tim.
Group 3 had a grand day out.

SimonH
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