Following last year's highly agreeable LFGSS/YACF mash-up diverted rerun of skive's lovely route from the top end of Brick Lane to Cambridge, it's time to run it again.
NOTE slight alteration to muster station: Leaving as soon as possible after 9am from the old polo court at the top end of Brick Lane. Let's not clutter up the street outside Beigel Bake any more than necessary. You may recall this is where we met two years ago.
This is a gentle and picturesque route (once you're out of London) and it seems to work for a mixture of fixed and geared. All are welcome, but please make sure you are reasonably self-sufficient in terms of maintenance and repairs: we'll happily lend a hand if you have an unscheduled deflation, and we won't be leaving anyone behind except in extremis, but please try to make sure your bike/trike/whatever is reliable and roadworthy.
Here's Rod Munch's computer spy satellite tracker device route thingy (see why I'm called Ludd?)
In the interests of allowing some folk to ride back and others to get trains back, I've suggested we don't stop for an extended lunch at a pub, lovely though that was last year and the year before. So we might skip that left fork to Furneux Pelham and head straight up to Stocking Pelham.
We should probably pause at High Beech tea hut to celebrate the escape from the smoke, and then we can always refuel somewhere like the Londis in Much Hadham if people need to buy food en route.
Very funny. I am slowly learning my lesson about just in time (or not) bike mechanics but I won't be around to demonstrate that for this ride, though, as all things being well, I will be dragging myself along the Thames in a mildy competitive way. Have fun!
In one of those rowing boat things? Cool, but sorry you won't be there for the ride.
Would like to do it fixed, depending on schedule.
Should be up for this! =)
hmm. up for this except I'll need to be back in ldn by about 6pm.
I'll need to think about it
It would be great if you could make it, ian.
If we do without the half way pub, we'd be in cambridge in plenty of time for a return to London by 6. Half the trains back to Kings Cross are a 50 minute journey.
... and if we makeit super early, there might be time for a swift pint at the end!
As it'll be chilly and getting dark early it makes sense to get to the fireside and pints in Cambridge directly. I had a great time doing this ride a couple of years ago but the lunch stop really slowed things down and meant we got there in darkness. I'm not into a dash but a nice brisk pace, accounting for all abilities, would be great.
Obvs I'll be making a break with 30km to go, chugging along at 45kph all the way along the guided bus-way into the town centre for a podium finish.
^ sans me
Boooo. I'd resolved to get the train down and reprazent the Cambridge massif for the next one of these but I'm down to work that morning. :(
Hopefully a friendly colleague will do a swap.
+1 keanulooser (geared)
Need to eat salt beef bagel in am then not stop for lunch...
Lovely route, the alternative ending last year only improved it. In the diary.
The Ickleton Lion (in Ickleton, would you believe?) does good food and is cyclist friendly.
The Dial in Elmdon was the scene of The Sausage Ride (organised by Mike from another place) a couple of years ago - and did, at the time, serve a very good range of sausages.
Although I appreciate that both pubs are well beyond the half way mark....
Oh, and the fat lipped one's parents no longer pull pints in Clavering. I think the place closed a while ago.
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