The Bedfordshire Road CC Club run to Pattishall, Northants, the cross roads between Banbury Lane and the Roman Road the Watling Street, had all the requirements for an extensive training session.
With the emphasis on low gear work, at a relaxed pace, the Beds Road riders negotiated all the terrain that was in their path.
With the “relatively ” quiet A428 out of the way from start, it was on the quiet lanes around Blisworth, Gayton and Banbury Lane, that the Beds Road riders put their hill climbing expertise to the test, ensuring an extremely good appetite for the Café stop.
At the Café, Graham Laming ordered the full works, an extra large full breakfast with so much food on an extremely large plate, we all wondered how he would pack all those calories into such a small frame! The staff at the Café had to cancel all chicken dinners, much to Mark Holden’s disappointment, in order to cook Graham’s extravaganza breakfast!!
Stocked up with sausages, bacon, beans, toast, fried egg, fried potatoes, beans, tomatoes, black pudding and copious amounts of tea, the Beds Road riders somehow managed to climb on their bikes for the return leg!!
Hill after hill, was climbed on the return leg, first the steady climb out of Towcester, then a short climb out of Stoke Bruerne, followed by steeper ones out of Ashton and Tathall End. All these are mere “speed humps“ compared to Chicheley Hill.
Chicheley Hill, one of the “category” climbs used in the Milk Race in times past, can be seen for several miles in the distance on approaching it, as it stands out like some sort of missile launch pad up the side of a hill! Chicheley Hill was eventually negotiated after experiencing an energy sapping, gut wrenching, air gasping work out to reach the summit.
Well done to Jaouade, on his 1st run of this distance, 6 hours is no mean feat!
The ride home after that, seemed as if we were riding with a tail wind all the way!
Many thanks to Mark Holden for planning and leading the ride.