The keen eyed amongst you will have noticed that there are currently no leaders for the rides scheduled on Tuesday 24th April and and Sunday 10th June. I am expecting to be away on these dates but have planned a route if anyone would like to follow it. The coffee stop for the Tuesday ride could be the new Stag Cafe just outside Elmswell, or Teacups in Woolpit on Sunday. The route heads to Lavenham for Lunch which should present some opportunities to suit (even perhaps a picnic from the Co-op…), before heading back to town. If anyone would like the gpx file for the route, please get in touch.
Dates have been set for our rides in the early months of 2018 and follow the usual pattern of fortnightly rides on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The dates are set out in the calendar with details of Ride Leaders and coffee and lunch stops to come when the Rides List is published.
Please note that there are no rides planned for 24th December, 28th December and 2nd January.
With grey skies holding in heat, a temperature of 9 degrees and a light westerly wind gave benign conditions for the 8 riders, comprising the usual suspects, turning out at Nowton Park for todays ride.
Although our first objective, West Stow Country Park, lies to the north west of Bury St Edmunds, our ride Leader led us away eastwards towards Rougham before we turned north to begin our loop to West Stow. This route gave us the opportunity to try out some of the newly constructed bike paths on the east side of Rougham Airfield.
Flat terrain through Great Livermere and Ingham saw us making good progress to our coffee stop though quite what the Saxon warriors thought of our arrival is anyones guess.
The flattish terrain continued as we made our way westwards into the breeze and crossed the A14 at Kentford.
It was now that the second half of the ride began with a steady climb towards Gazeley. A few more roller coaster downs and ups led us to lunch at The Fox Inn at Ousden. Here we were very well looked after with lunch including a bonus trifle which some were later to regret…
A couple more rides on the roller coaster were aided now by the following wind as we made our way back to Nowton Park for goodbyes and thanks to our ride leader Colin.