After having advertised the event for the last 4 months I was rather disappointed with the turnout of older bikes for La Nostalgie. However, I brought my Motobecane, Steve W was on his Hetchins and a new rider, Anne, came on her Raleigh. Richard Daniels met us at Ventoux with his well-used Reynolds. It was fairly lumpy route and we went at quite a gentle pace. Unfortunately, Pete Rowbotham suffered a broken rear gear cable before we got to the last (steepest) hill. I think we all deserved the reward of our preferred tipple when we got there. The 'oldies' were the last to leave, so we all rode back together. A pleasant day, overall.
It was a beautiful warm and sunny day for a ride. Some would say too hot, but it was OK while we were on the move. We were originally supposed to go to the Buddhist Centre at Kelmarsh, but more of that anon. Steve took the leisurely group on a relatively direct route, while we went around Rothwell, Old, Holcot, Pitsford Causeway and Brixworth to Cottesbrook and up the hill into Haselbech. When we arrived at the Buddhist Centre we found it was blasted-well closed, so we went around Arthingworth to Gt Oxendon and on to Waterloo Farm. By the time we got there it felt as though we had earned the coffee and cake. This week's photo shows the bikes taking a well-earned rest in the sun.
Pete Jinks took the easy group along the valley to the cafe, while the 'moderate' group went out to Fotheringhay and back via Kings Cliffe and Bulwick. On the way we had a taste of Paris Roubaix (Kirby Lane) and the Strade Bianche (newly-gritted road near Nassington). We also met a character who, on first encounter looked like Tom De Moulin but turned out when we saw him again to be a Marco Pantani replica, complete with full Maglia Rosa and pink shorts, earring and bandana. It's funny what you see around the lanes!
A good turnout and it was nice to have some new faces along on the ride. When we arrived the place was absolutely packed with cyclists. Great atmosphere but temporarily nowhere to sit and a long wait for service.
The drinks and cakes were very good but NO TOILETS - how is that supposed to work?