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Satnav
Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:05 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 04 Jun 2007 Posts: 867
Meet: Former Lime Kiln, (Little People Nursery)

Time: Summer Schedule
Group 1 ???
Group 2 8.45am for prompt 9.00am start - circa 18.5mph

Leaders:
Group 1: ??
Group 2: Sat-Nav

Cafe: Syston Fruit Farm 11am

A 57 mile route this week with 600m of climbing to get us back going after last week's washout. We head East to Belvoir Castle then round the back lanes to Croxton Kerrial. This avoids Denton Hill but does mean a short distance on the A607 before turning off to head East towards the South Side of Grantham. We use a proper bridge to cross the A1 then turn South to Little Ponton and left into the village. Half a mile of OK but not brilliant road before under the railway bridge and right up the little picturesque road through Woodnook. We join the more main roads to High Dyke then down to Londonthorpe and through Belton to the cafe. (32 miles 11am)

Return is 25 miles on flat roads through to Long Benington, Staunton, Orston, Elton, Granby, Barnstone, Langar and Cropwell Bishop. We should be back at the former Lime Kiln by 1.30pm. Total 57 miles

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Satnav
Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:51 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 04 Jun 2007 Posts: 867
A very tough ride today but looking back a very rewarding workout. Temperatures topping twenty degrees brought in by the strong Southerly winds meant Summer kit was plenty but we had to be on guard for gusty gate openings.

A quick start for all eleven of us meant it was sensible to split into two groups by Harby. The quicker group headed South up Harby Hill into the wind whilst the rest of us made for Belvoir Castle.

The roads round Woolsthorpe, Harston and out to Croxton Kerrial were reasonably sheltered from the worst of the wind but were, for certain, appealing to ride down due to the variety of Autumn hues on the trees and hedgerows surrounding.

A very brief stint on the A607 rewarded us with the flat and direct quiet road coming out at the top of Toll Bar Hill just South of Grantham. We really motored down this road. Turning right and South, we were into the teeth of the worst the wind could do to slow us. It was a grind down here with a new, large roundabout providing a challenging to guess where the wind was. At Little Ponton, we turned into more sheltered lanes and went up through the Derbyshire feeling Woodnook Valley although it is all too easy to miss this not very obvious turning.

Once on the main road at the end of the Valley, it was tailwind, rapid progress to the cafe. I think we were all ready for the excellent food in offer.

We knew the return journey would be a headwind challenge and so it was wince we turned West for Westborough after an initial quick ride to Marston and Hougham. Despite the wind the pace remained high so we were all working really hard. Andrew had ridden out from home to the Lime Kiln so he knew what we were in for and had the luxury of a tailwind final leg when he left us at Staunton. Adam went home with Andrew as he had had to guess his insulin dose at the cafe and got it not quite right as his monitor failed to give him a reading. It's easy to forget what a tough ask a club run is with type 1 diabetes and just how well he does. He is fine now and has consumed a bacon and egg roll and is just about to do some serious damage to a homemade lasagne and Bakewell tart.

The ride for the rest of us from Staunton was tough into the wind and we shared the turns on the front in the bright sunshine. I think we were all thoroughly spent by the time we got home. I had an 18.0mph average and I think some good colour or is it windburn.

Next week - colours of Autumn in Charnwood.
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AndrewW
Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:04 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 05 Nov 2011 Posts: 275
Brilliant riding by everybody today. Tough day in the saddle but fantastic fun, really really enjoyed todays ride and pleased to hear Adam is feeling better. Thank you to Tim for once again organising and leading it.
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StewartB
Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:34 am Reply with quote
Joined: 25 Feb 2016 Posts: 86
None of us had downloaded the route so the decision at the split was try - and guess where we think we are going, or go somewhere that we know. Option 2 won out. We actually avoided Harby hill, turned right towards Long Clawson and ended the outward/headwind/rolling leg at Tilton.

Some KOMs followed on the return for Lou - the guys got the same time but she is top of the list 😀

I was hanging by the end (more like the middle) so turned back at Waltham to avoid more headwind. Average was over 30kmph despite all the slowing down for me. Headwind time was nearly 60%.
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