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Four cyclist and a Walker

24th April 2022 20 miles

The four cyclist Alan, Andrew, Charles and Nick departed from the Red Cow at the appointed hour. The actual number who were going to ride had fluctuated through out the day. We had thought about calling off the ride but as it was a nice day and it was the first ride after the clubs 11th birthday ride we decided to go ahead.

With Maurice being away the ride was led by Andrew.

The ride took us down and through Duxford, Hinxton, Ickleton, Littlebury Green, Elmdon and back up to the Red Cow at Chrishall.


The four riders

The ride passed without incident or really of anything of note until we were passing the meadow between Hinxton and Ickleton, then one of the cyclists spotted a familiar looking walker. Yes, it was Martin who, only a few hours before hand had dropped out of the ride, claiming he had a zoom meeting to attend.

Martin the walker, looking sheepish.

The cyclists greeted Martin with calls that he should be on his bike. Martin smiled back sheepishly, like a young lad having been caught doing something.

Friendly banter was exchanged with Martin over the river. After a few minutes (much to Martin’s relief) the cyclists headed off.

The ride passed without any further thing of note.

Thanks to Andrew for planning and leading the ride.

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What time to cycle?

Duxford 19.2 miles.

That was the question occupying the minds of the Windmill cycling group over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of January. We may have officially retired from work but with grand father duties, committee membership plus the many other things of everyday life getting a time to ride on Monday the 10th of January was proving problem After many what app messages a time of 12:30 was agreed which would allow Grandfather duties to be completed and if we rode fast meetings to be attended.

At the appointed time Alan, Andrew, Charles, Debra, Graham, Martin, Rod, Sandra and Victor met outside The Plough at Duxford.

Once agreeing that we should cycle as 2 groups we set of on route in a snake like fashion. However within a few miles we managed to sort ourselves into 2 groups.

Like the previous Monday in which the route seemed to encompassed every hill in the North Essex Hertfordshire boarder, which were many. The route took in all the hills in the South Cambrideshire area which were few. In fact there was only one hill of note on the planned route. That was Chapel hill at Haslingfield which is steep, but short

The route took in Whittlesford, Newton, Harston, Haslingfield, Barrington, Shepreth and Fowlmere.

There were no incidents of any note to report. In fact for a change the only wildlife of note which was identified by Sandra was a Fieldfare, and that was only its call.

I am glad to say with a combination of start time and cycle pace that we managed to accommodate most people for the ride.

Thanks to Martin for the route and to everybody who rode for another enjoyable ride.

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Rainy Days and Mondays

4th October Planned route length 20 miles

Inspired by Martins last blog on the monday rides and the weather I have decided to scatter a few song titles in this blog. (a few off them may have been slightly changed to fit. How many can you spot)?

In 1970 Creedence Clear Water asked Have you ever seen the rain. Well on monday the 4th of October 2021 as Alan, Jenny, John, Maurice, Nick and Simon set of from the Old Bull at Lower Langley there were no signs of rain other than a Few Fluffy White Clouds.

The 20 mile route was to take us through Barley, Anstey, Brent Pelham and back to the Bull at Lower Langley.

On route just passed Maurices house we picked up Rod, who because of the fuel situation decided to leave the car at home and to pick us up on route.

Smiles before the rain

Rod ’s pictures before the rain.

As we set off up towards the Joint we could see A Change was Gonna Come. Sure enough Rain started falling. Those not wearing water proof jackets quickly stopped to get them on. With Large Rain Drops Stared Falling on our Heads Nick sped off up to Barkway. Once we caught up with him we found him sheltering in a bus stop. Asked why he stop there he replied I can’t Stand the Rain.

After a few minutes sheltering in the bus stop we agreed that the rain was not going to stop and the best approach was to Make it Through the Rain. Passing by the golf course and looking south west we could see Hard rain was going to fall. Sure enough Down Came the Rain it bounced off the road and dripped in through our waterproofs. At this point there was No Singing in the rain and certainly No Laughter in the Rain.

At Anstey we took the collective decision that we did not want to be Fools in the Rain so in order to get back as fast as we could we would truncate the route.
At Meesden the temperature dropped and the rain turned to hail, stinging any exposed skin.

Approaching Nicks house Maurice asked, if any of us wanted to Shelter from the Storm. At this point we were all thinking Who is going to stop the Rain. However as we were all wet through and starting to feel the cold we decided to carry on back to the Bull.

Coming down the hill into Lower Langley the rain stopped and the clouds parted allowing us to See clearly the Bull Now that the Rain was gone.

A few wet cyclist squelched into the Bull to drink a well earned pint.
If not the most enjoyable ride we have ever been on it was certainly one of the most memorable.

For those who went on the ride it was generally agreed that that was the heaviest rain that we had ever cycled.

For those wondering what the song titles were (poetic licence was used on some) here is a list.

Rainy days and Mondays. The carpenters

Have you ever seen the Rain. Credence Clearwater

Fluffy White Clouds. The Orb

A Change is gonna come. Sam Cooke

Rain. Madonna

Rain drops keep falling on my head. B J Thomas

Down game the rain. Mitch Murry

I can’t stand the rain. Tina Turner

Singing in the Rain. Gene Kelly

Laughter in the Rain. Neil Sedeka

A Hard Rain is going to fall. Bob Dylan

Make it through the rain. Mariah Carey

Fool in the Rain. Led Zeppelin

Shelter from the Storm. Bob Dylan

Who is going to Stop the Rain. Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

I can see clearly now the rain has gone. Jimmy Cliff