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Old 2nd October 2013   #1
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2013-11-16 to Cambridge, in time for Zappa!

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.


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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?)
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/244684282

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.

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Old 2nd October 2013   #2
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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!
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Old 2nd October 2013   #3
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In one of those rowing boat things? Cool, but sorry you won't be there for the ride.
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Old 2nd October 2013   #4
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Old 2nd October 2013   #5
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In.

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Old 3rd October 2013   #6
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Would like to do it fixed, depending on schedule.
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Old 3rd October 2013   #7
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Should be up for this! =)

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Old 4th October 2013   #8
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hmm. up for this except I'll need to be back in ldn by about 6pm.
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I'll need to think about it
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Old 4th October 2013   #9
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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.
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Old 5th October 2013   #10
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... and if we makeit super early, there might be time for a swift pint at the end!
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Old 5th October 2013   #11
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Old 5th October 2013   #12
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5. dbr - no lunch stop
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Old 5th October 2013   #13
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1. Ludd
2. Husy
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5. dbr - no lunch stop
6. cnkr - if no lunch stop*
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*but not a hell-for-leather dash
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Old 5th October 2013   #14
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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.
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Old 5th October 2013   #15
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^ that
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Old 5th October 2013   #16
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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.
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Old 5th October 2013   #17
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^ sans me
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Old 5th October 2013   #18
Hefty
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.

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Old 5th October 2013   #19
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16/11/13?
+1 keanulooser (geared)
Need to eat salt beef bagel in am then not stop for lunch...
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Old 5th October 2013   #20
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Old 5th October 2013   #21
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^yep

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Old 5th October 2013   #22
HORRO
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Old 5th October 2013   #23
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Lovely route, the alternative ending last year only improved it. In the diary.
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Old 6th October 2013   #24
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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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Old 6th October 2013   #25
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Old 6th October 2013   #26
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I have to say last year's lunch stop seemed a little langorous for us fixielords, the yacf seemed to get right bedded down for a good hour or more. I'd rather stop for 20 mins (pint + pork scratchings) than soup, pie, salad, all that foff.

Just sayin.
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Old 6th October 2013   #27
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Sounds like a great ride. Sunrise is is 7:20am, sunset at 4:10pm. If we leave at 9am there should be enough time for a social ride pace and a return to London by 6pm.

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6. cnkr - if no lunch stop
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8. keanulooser (geared)
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Old 6th October 2013   #28
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I have to say last year's lunch stop seemed a little langorous for us fixielords, the yacf seemed to get right bedded down for a good hour or more. I'd rather stop for 20 mins (pint + pork scratchings) than soup, pie, salad, all that foff.

Just sayin.
that!
#sandwichesFTW
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Old 6th October 2013   #29
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Sounds like a great ride. Sunrise is is 7:20am, sunset at 4:10pm. If we leave at 9am there should be enough time for a social ride pace and a return to London by 6pm.

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4. apollo
5. dbr - no lunch stop
6. cnkr - if no lunch stop
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9. Jurek
10. Indra
11. Hesa
Ludd's not that much better than me :P
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Old 6th October 2013   #30
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Yeah, come and do a stint on the front [twitch of right elbow]
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Old 6th October 2013   #31
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haha, off course I meant ludd's not that much better than me... he's much more betterer than that.
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Old 6th October 2013   #32
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I'm with Ben on the swift lunch thang.
I'd rather stop a couple of times for 15 mins for Co-Op type cuisine (although there's few opportunities of that nature on this ride) than a Mr.Creosote type feast.
Big Feed happens when I'm home from a ride, and can nom to my heart's content.
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Old 6th October 2013   #33
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there's always Gardies in Cambridge for a chip injection
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Old 6th October 2013   #34
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As in the Gardenia? Do they still exist? That was my introduction to mediterranean chip butties back in the 80s: chips with mayo in a pitta bread.
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Old 6th October 2013   #35
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Food at the Maypole (your destination?) is actually really good, plus you can have BEER. Lasagne easily enough of a carrot for 60 miles.

EDIT - looks like you're aiming for Devonshire Arms? Also a very very good pub. There's a curry house around the corner which is probably Cambridge's best - the Kohinoor.

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Old 6th October 2013   #36
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As in the Gardenia? Do they still exist? That was my introduction to mediterranean chip butties back in the 80s: chips with mayo in a pitta bread.
it was there up until this summer, now closed for 'renovation' I've just heard. 'twas a favourite for late-night post-library greek burgers and such.
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Old 6th October 2013   #37
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The Ickleton Lion (in Ickleton, would you believe?)
You mean it isn't the Ickleton in Lion?

I'm disappointed that this isn't going via Luddenhoe End, natch.
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Old 7th October 2013   #38
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I see that Mario is still running the Maypole, some 30 years since I first went there!

And the route posted above seems to miss out the guided bus route on the final approach to the city centre. What I cannot for the life of me remember is how we got from the DNA path onto that new section of road that leads up to Addenbrookes - from there I remember we head west on a spur of guided busway and then right which takes us directly to the station. Did we just climb up the embankment and over the crash barrier?
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Old 7th October 2013   #39
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d-goods thanks for Kohinoor recommendation. I really like the Devonshire a lot.
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Old 7th October 2013   #40
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What I cannot for the life of me remember is how we got from the DNA path onto that new section of road that leads up to Addenbrookes - from there I remember we head west on a spur of guided busway and then right which takes us directly to the station. Did we just climb up the embankment and over the crash barrier?
As I recall, we didn't use the busway to get to the station....
Hills Road, the A1307 is how we reached the station from Addenbrookes last year.
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Old 7th October 2013   #41
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Aha, thanks for filling in the gaps in my memory Jurek!
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Old 7th October 2013   #42
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cool beans.

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Old 7th October 2013   #43
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Follow the DNA path until it turns sharp right away from the railway line. Ignore this right turn, you go straight on under the road bridge, follow path and TL at road onto cycle lane. In about 300 metres TL over the rail bridge (guided busway). When over the bridge TR at busway junction and follow path to station. Much better than the road route.

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I see that Mario is still running the Maypole, some 30 years since I first went there!

And the route posted above seems to miss out the guided bus route on the final approach to the city centre. What I cannot for the life of me remember is how we got from the DNA path onto that new section of road that leads up to Addenbrookes - from there I remember we head west on a spur of guided busway and then right which takes us directly to the station. Did we just climb up the embankment and over the crash barrier?
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Old 7th October 2013   #44
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I don't know why people are so bothered with the DNA path. It's a bit of fun and no cars but its over in a few minutes. Taken as a whole, the route through Newton, Gt Shelford, then over the DNA path into the guided bus route is a great way to finish the ride, but the DNA bit itself is only a small bit of that. I hope to join you for the ride - missus is hosting her baby shower that day so have the finest excuse.
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Old 8th October 2013   #45
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I'm not sure anyone's particularly excited by it - it just provides a pleasant traffic-free interlude and some folk then enjoy racing along the guided busway, and I quite like the way it starts down that little residential cul-de-sac at Gt Shelford.

Will you be joining us, either for the last stretch or for the pub?
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Old 8th October 2013   #46
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Can't wait to try out my Waffa winter jersey. I'm gonna be so much more prepared this year, it's almost like I'm a real bicyclist.
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Old 8th October 2013   #47
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I grew up right near Duddenhoe End - there are some great pubs round there.

The Axe and Compasses in Arkesden does cracking food and local pints
The Cricketers Arms in Rickling Green has awesome beer garden
The Bell in Wendens Ambo was CAMRA North Essex pub of the year 2013

All kind of on your way...
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...it just provides a pleasant traffic-free interlude and some folk then enjoy racing along the guided busway, and I quite like the way it starts down that little residential cul-de-sac at Gt Shelford.
This. Was on it on Sunday night.

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Will you be joining us, either for the last stretch or for the pub?
In some way for sure. Ideally, getting the train down and riding back. If its raining I'll drive to the pub :)
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Old 8th October 2013   #49
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Im up for this
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Old 8th October 2013   #50
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This. Was on it on Sunday night.
Did you see any of those weirdo old folk with long roller blades and ski poles?

A new and unwelcome phenomenon in the last few weeks. They fail the poles around over the whole width of the track whilst travelling at roughly jogging pace.
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