CTC afternoon ride to Ickleton


It was a cold day, cold enough for woolly hat and thick gloves, and there was a turnout of six for the CTC afternoon ride. Bob Billingham led us over Chapel Hill to Haslingfield, then through Barrington, Foxton and Fowlmere to Thriplow, where thousands of people had gathered for the daffodil weekend. The village loop was closed to all traffic, so we skirted it to the south and peeped at the displays of daffodils.

From Thriplow we descended to the A505 and then climbed up the gentle slope to Chrishall Grange and Elmdon. On Coploe Hill we came across the tail-enders of the Head2Head London to Cambridge cycle ride for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.

At the Ickleton Riverside Barns we met the day riders. I had some wisdom teeth removed this week, so there was nothing I could eat, and I looked enviously at the other riders’ plates. Cycling just isn’t cycling without cake!

The 42 miles for the afternoon were a bit too much for me with no food: I was close to bonking by the time I staggered home.