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Satnav
Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:27 pm Reply with quote
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Meet: Keyworth, Main Square

Time: All groups meet 8.30am meet for 8.45am depart

Cafe: Launde Abbey (30 miles with hills) - 10.45am
Cafe: Dairy Barn (23 miles with a few less hills) - 10.45am

I have put two routes up this week so the Group 3 can, depending on who turns out (Andrew is leading in the abcence of Simon), have the choice of going a shorter, less hilly route to Fernley's Dairy Barn that is a total of 46 miles.

LAUNDE ABBEY:
A strange wind day with North East in the morning swinging to South East by lunchtime. Surely we can't get a cyclist's heaven of a tailwind both ways on what seems a day made for an equidistant out and back trip out to Launde Abbey. The route goes down into the Wreake Valley to Queniborough before climbing up via Keyham to Tilton then taking the main road initially to Launde Abbey. When leaving the main road at the right fork for Launde, the road is poorer so please take care on this stretch especially under the tree cover where falling leaves may mean Autumn slippier roads. Cafe is at 30 miles which allowing for hills, we should arrive by 10.45am and we have a table booked and alerted to a Group 1 express coffee stop.

Return journey is also 30 miles and has the inevitable climb from Launde upto Somerby followed by the rewarding and hopefully tailwind descent down to Twyford via Burrough. Its onto Ashby Folville and Rearsby before Seagrave, the little Berrycott Lane, Wymeswold, Wysall and finally the four telegraph pole nemesis hill to Keyworth. Arrive back at Keyworth (cafe stoppers) by 1.15pm

The strava Link is:

https://www.strava.com/routes/22045223

FERNLEY'S DAIRY BARN:
Allowing Group 3 the choice (as Launde does not really have an easy way to get there), there is the option of a shorter 46 mile route stopping at Dairy Barn at the halfway point. This has 665m of climbs vs the 1,000m of the Launde Abbey 60 mile route. No table booked here (01664 774050 is the phone number).

The strava Link is:

https://www.strava.com/routes/22045328

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AndrewW
Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:11 pm Reply with quote
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Unfortunately unexpected grand parent duties have arisen for Saturday so I am not now available to lead group 3. Apologies for the late notification.
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PatrickE
Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:21 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Tim

I will be riding on Saturday but as I have (stupidly) entered the Monsal head hill climb on Sunday, I will be adjusting my route knocking off a few miles and more importantly hills. Adjusted route is below in case anyone else wants a slightly shortened route also.

FYI I will be riding at a very steady pace on the way back.

https://www.strava.com/routes/22061669

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StewartB
Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:52 am Reply with quote
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Just wondering with the weather, is there an alternative, not as likely to be flooded route?

The Wreake isn't in great shape at the moment apparently.
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Satnav
Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:03 pm Reply with quote
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Here is an alternative route to Launde further East and higher via Baggrave Hall avoiding Thrussington and Rearsby. The road between the two villages has been flooded this week although the causeway is open without silt. Happy to go with either route depending on views in the morning.

https://www.strava.com/routes/22071988

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Satnav
Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:47 pm Reply with quote
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Just eight out today so we set off as one with Patrick, Stu and Lou doing an excellent pacing job to cater for all down the Wreake Valley to Hoby. We split at the fork with the early pace setters heading left for Brooksby and the rest of us right for Thrussington.

What would await us at Thrussington on the Rearsby Road? Midweek pictures had shown water across the road lapping at the elevated causeway. Diversion signs were still present. We tentatively approached the bridge at the end of the village with its hump disguising what was to come on the other side. I was first over the bridge and there it was a dry road with just some gravel at the edge and not even any silt. There was a smell reminiscent of seaweed laden seaside rockpools - damp vegetation odour abounded.

Our passage was clear but every upside has a cost and wasp moment of the week came on this stretch of road when one of the stripey critters, not quite the words Dave used, stung him on the skin right next to the edge of his helmet. Ouch.

Once through Rearsby, Queniborough and Barkby we started the climb upto Tilton and hardly saw any traffic up this road nor down again towards Launde. The little side road to Launde off the Tilton To Oakham road had been gravelled in places meaning caution was the word although we still did startle of group of chickens (or was it grouse). The sharp hills and descents in the final approach to Launde were free of fresh surface dressing so we pulled quickly into a very quiet Launde Cafe.

With a bit of holding of handset in the air, Dave established a signal enough to get coverage of the rugby which we watched whilst tucking into our various beans, toppings and toast. Lots of coffee were as ever a bonus. A lovely stop we much enjoyed leading upto the inevitable climb out.

Fresh gravel on the route out meant caution once more but we were not the slowest on the road as we closed in on an old tractor pulling a laden and leaky tank of fermented, runny silage. We kept our distance.

After climbing upto Somerby, we all enjoyed the descent down to Twyford before making our way back over the causeway to Thrussington. No wasps this time thankfully. The final leg was up over the A46 and down to Seagrave. The building site on the left revealed for the first time a colossal structure. It was either a large bridge or something that resembled a huge sports stadium. Not sure what is going up.

We returned to Keyworth via Six Hills, Wymeswold and Wysall giving it our best efforts up Dave's nemesis hill. Well done to James who stuck with us all the way round and was looking forward to a sneaky sofa snooze post ride as a result.

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Satnav
Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:44 pm Reply with quote
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The building near the A46 at Seagrave is a new training ground for Leicester City FC. Press says it is a £120m contract.

By the way, did anyone have good luck today after the black cat ran in front of us at Somerby and just missed bringing the lot of us off - which wouldn’t have been too lucky.

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