August 16-18, 2018 Camping Weekend in Rutland

Mike Thomas says:  The long weekend’s camping trip to Rutland was enjoyed by myself, Ann, Sheila, Russ, Tony, John, Peter, Pip, Jeff, Vicky, and Carl on his trike.  We left the Memorial Park with full waterproof gear on, but this was soon put away and we were treated to great weather for the rest of the tour.  The ride to Rutland was tough carrying camping gear up some of the hills in Rutland.  Our ride took us for refreshments at Ullesthorpe, and Cafe Mont Ventoux.  We were surprised to see the expensive cycling kit here, but the food was also good quality. 

Travelling light on Friday we made a circuit to the north east of the campsite in Langham, with an 11’s for coffee at Rassel’s Garden Centre where the bacon sandwiches were very welcome, and the plants on offer superb.  From here we went on to admire the old town of Stamford where the local market was very tempting.  Our return route took us on the cycle path along the north shore of Rutland Water, with an obligatory stop at the huge Rutland Water bike shop. In the evening we all cycled to The Old Buttercross Pub in Oakham where there was a special deal for 2 steaks and a bottle of wine for £20 which most of us too advantage of. 

On the Saturday we went via Oakham to join the cycle path along the southern shore of the reservoir enjoying views of the water and a coffee at Normanton.  It was a hot long ride from here to our next stop at Don Paddy’s cafe in Uppingham.  This is one of the very best cafes favoured by cyclists, one of whom gave us some help with routes and more cafes!  The ride back to the campsite was via Ridlington which is the highest village in Rutland, and an ascent to match.  Back at the campsite we were welcomed by Ann and John who had been shopping in Oakham and we enjoyed a fine salad making use of the campsite picnic tables. 

Sunday’s ride home was 63 miles to the Memorial Park and more for some.  The start of the ride involved retracing our route with its tough ups and downs to Don Paddy’s to refuel  for the long ride home.  Along the way we stopped at Kelmarsh Hall and Cathorpe for refreshments and at the end felt shattered but well satisfied with some great cycling along quiet country lanes and through beautiful villages. 

Thanks to everyone for their help.

Rugby Wednesday Group 25th Anniversary

On the 2nd May the Rugby Group celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a ride to Fenny Compton and a group meal, and an acknowledgement of the role played by Avril in the establishment of the group and continuous support.

With at least 50 rides per year the Wednesday Rides have exceeded 1250 in the 25 years and more than 70 names are recorded in the runs register.


A report from Mark Jacobsen

What miserable weather, wet and windy, as 4 of us set off from Birdingbury for Lighthorne. While extending our coffee stop, the sky turned blue and sunshine greeted us! With 10 at the lunch meet we learned that Graham, Sandra and Avril set off directly for Fenny Compton but, being drenched by Barby, they turned back to change and use four wheels! I reminded Avril of my first ride with CTC Rugby: meeting at Newbold only Avril was there. The rain was certainly worse than yesterday! We rode directly to Ullesthorpe after which it was back home on squelching roads!