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Satnav
Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:28 pm Reply with quote
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Meet: Former Lime Kiln now Little People's Nursery,

SUMMER TIMETABLE SO 8.30am meet for 8.45am START

Time:
Group 1 ??? - limited numbers due to UCI event in Yorkshire?
Group 2 8.30am for 8.45am start - circa 18.5mph
Group 3 8.30am for 8.45am start

Leaders:
Group 1: ??
Group 2: - Sat-Nav
Group 3: - Simon - same start and cafe - different route

Cafe: Syston Fruit Farm (38 miles - 11.00am)

Lovely weather forecast. The ride into the quiet lanes South East of Grantham before heading up to the excellent Syston Fruit Farm. We head out to Belvoir Castle before Woolsthorpe then climbing out towards Denton and over the A607 for Denton Hill itself. That's most (though not all) of the rides 650m of climbing done. Over the A1 at Great Ponton - care as usual here. Then its out to Boothby Pagnell, Ingoldsby, Humby, Ropsley over the A52 to Welby. We then go via Londonthorpe and the back of Belton House to the cafe (38 miles 11.00am)

Return is 23 miles on the familiar Westborough, Long Benington, Staunton, Orston, Elton, Granby route to be back at Lime Kiln by 1.30pm. Wind direction is SE so that should mean the return is not headwind. Total 61 miles.

The strava Link is:

https://www.strava.com/routes/21757303

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simonh
Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:12 pm Reply with quote
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Same start time and starting point as the other groups and same cafe stop but a cafe direct route of 56 miles, in total. Mainly flat.

The outbound route goes to Bottesford via Harby and then to Long Bennington, Westhorpe, Hougham, Gelston, Hough on the Hill and Barkstone. Cafe at Syston Park Farm Shop.
Return via Marston,Westhorpe, Long Bennington, Orston and Granby. Langar and Cropwell Bishop.

Hope to see you on Saturday. Average speed 15/16mph.The route is fairly flat. Not much climbing.Lovely descent after Hough on the Hill down to Barkestone.

Come and give it a go! A great ride guaranteed.

Simon Hall
Group 3 Club Run leader.
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Satnav
Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:29 pm Reply with quote
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Just eight out across two groups today with Group 1 riders saving themselves for the UCI Worlds Sportive tomorrow. Those that were out got treated to a beautiful sunny day with exceptionally good light clarity. The latter normally means wind and there was a South East wind today which strengthened through the morning as we predominantly rode into it.

Group 2 and 3 rode out together through Harby and down Long Lane to Redmile cross roads where we split. Group 2 took the lower route out through Bottesford to Long Benington whilst Group 2 took the higher route round the South of Grantham featuring climbs out of Woolsthorpe to Denton and then the shorter, but steeper climb out of Denton over the A607.

Once the climbs were done we had some head wind to tackle as we headed over the A1 at Great Ponton, onto Boothby Pagnall (which had been treated to 200m worth of new luxuriously smooth proper Tarmac) and Ingoldsby. There was hardly a car to be seen and we were soon through Humby which is home to a small semi detached house front garden packed and immaculately presented with full size railway furniture - 1960's level crossing gate, signals, some rail track and miscellaneous signage. The road through Humby is no where near as immaculate being full of holes. The good news was that the wind had swung behind us so we made quick progress to the cafe where Group 3 were outside enjoying the beautiful day.

We all chatted together and I enjoyed the new and highly recommended peanut butter stack alongside the customary eggy bread and beans. Mike and Martin asked for two eggs so they had a pause whilst the chicken was squeezed to yield the extra eggs. Great stop as always.

We had been talking about old cars and by coincidence followed a Morris Minor out if the cafe. It was running rich, probably had the choke out, so was quite smelly as well as having the usual Morris Minor sonorous trumpet noise when you change gear (showing my age).

Once we turned left after the initial stint on the A607, the road to Marston was a joy of tailwind assistance. We made the most of the quickest, easiest ride for a long time through Hougham and onto Westborough. We have suffered many a headwind battering as the road crosses open fields - but not today. Progress continued quickly all the way home with tail or cross wind and I was back home not long after 1pm with a good 18.7mph average in the clock. Very enjoyable group.

The order of new design club kit will have been landing on people's doorsteps this week and it certainly was too warm for any of the autumn winter stuff I had bought but it was great to see everyone out in club kit today - looked very professional. We all wish Chris a speedy recovery and I have confirmed with him that he was not out for a first ride in his new kit when the accident happened on Friday - that would have just been the cherry on a not very pleasant cake.

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simonh
Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:09 pm Reply with quote
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[Another enjoyable group ride. Just three of us this week. Perfect weather and 52 miles covered at an average of 16.4 mph..
Sitting outside at the café was a treat at this time of year
Group 3 will join Group 2 next week for the Hill climb and Freewheel competition. Andrew and Lynn will lead the ride on Saturday 5th October.. Thanks .

Simon Hall
Group 3 Club run leader.[/b]
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