91km, 718m climbing….scorching day!

On the hottest April day since 1949, I hit the ‘hills’ of Northamptonshire with a group that meets up every Thursday in different locations. The idea is to gather at a coffee stop, the organiser gives out the route sheets and takes bookings for lunch, then everyone takes to the road in self-selected groups to meet at the pub for lunch, and from there everyone makes their own way home.rape_flower_field_2_by_sophiaiws-d540rv9

I always ride out to the café, do the ride in between, then ride home again, usually logging up between 80-100km, so it can occupy most of the day. This particular group has been meeting for 40-50 years, and some of the originals are still there, not riding the miles as they used to, but still active. And each one is a ‘cycling encyclopaedia’ of bicycle wisdom, anecdotal stories of their achievements and near-misses, and often masters of the art of bicycle-fettling. I always enjoy their company.

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on April 19, 2018, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Those flowers (are they marigolds, I am so bad with flower names) are so beautiful, oh my goodness! Looks like a great ride 🙂

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  2. Not marigolds, but a very common crop in the UK called ‘Rape’…..the basis of many oil products.

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  3. Thank you for the info, I do know about rapeseed oil, now I know what the flowers look like 🙂

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