March 2017 – Cycling News

Brackley Nova   March 2017

The first Sunday of March we were rained off for cycling, but by the second weekend, cabin fever had set in!






March 12th   Ride

Six brave (or mad) cyclists met at the Leisure Centre to ride in the rain and mist to Kizzies at Lower Heyford. After climbing Great Aston hill, John suggested we added a loop which took in Duns Tew and Middle Barton which was agreed and enjoyed by all. Arriving at Kizzies we had the place to ourselves and enjoyed our traditional tea/coffee and cake. The ride back to Brackley was still wet until about 6 miles from home, when the rain stopped and the sun popped out to laugh at us.

March 19th   Café of the Month – Kizzies

A mixed group of seven riders set off from Brackley Leisure Centre, where it was decided to ride to Kizzies at Lower Heyford into a very strong, gusty headwind to get the benefit of a good tailwind on the return journey home. Several riders took advantage of the dry roads to bring out their “Go Faster” summer bikes as we make the change from the heavier winter bikes. The group reassembled at the top of Aston Hill for the A group to add a further loop while the B group headed straight to Kizzies to be first for tea and cake. The return home was brisk with a great tailwind assist.

A Crank Too Far

Owen rode on his own to Syresham for 10.30. 20 minutes later Steve, Malcolm and Richard Clarke arrived, followed shortly by John Doolittle, Hilary and Bruce Maggs.

The whole group set off back via Wappenham, Helmdon, and Sulgrave. On the climb from Wappenham to Helmdon, the group split, but came back together unexpectedly in Sulgrave, where Steve was stopped with a loose, out of line LH crank which proved not rideable. We left Steve at the pub while Bruce went home to get his car to take Steve back to Evenley.

Just one of the advantages of riding in a group. The trick is to offer the same advantage to those at the back as well as those at the front!

March 26th   British Summer Time begins…

There were 5 of us that went for a ride to Harley Equestrian Centre into a biting easterly wind via Magpie Farm, Culworth, Morton Pinkney, Preston Capes, and Woodford Halse to Harley Equestrian Centre, then back via Eydon, Culworth and Wardington.  A nice lumpy 40-mile ride.

Some club members have been producing their new bike purchases for 2017.

This one is knitted!