2022 Cycling

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John Thompson Inn, Ingleby

Seven Embers started from Shepshed and followed Velo John west. We paused it for refreshements at Melbourne Hall, then continued to Ingleby in time for lunch.

After Mrs T's carvery at the John Thompson Inn we came back via Calke Abbey and Staunton Harold.

We couldn't raise John Beccles before we started because he had broken his glasses and gone to the opticians. However, he was back home when we returned but missed Tim who was returning his tent.

Only many Embers, but they cycled miles between them.

Foxton Locks Inn, Foxton

Velo John had great plans to lead us to a pub, starting with a climb to East Farndon and then to many more hills up and down. Mutineers then forced a change of plan and we freewheeled to Foxton Locks Inn where we arrived early, even by Embers standards. When the bolts were drawn, we who had been leaning on the door, tumbled in.

After lunch, John was still determined to lead us to a cafe for our cake. However, the promised rain arrived, resulting in another mutiny. Riders broke ranks and fled back to their cars in Market Harborough.

Meanwhile four northern Embers chose different roads and were soaked by the same rain, resulting in many Embers riding miles.

Malt Shovel, Shardlow

The two Ians, Mick, Graham and Simon took a gentle trip up the Worthington Trail to Alvaston via a banana break at Swarkstone Lock. Then onto the Malt Shovel at Shardlow for a pie and pint. Then a leisurely trip back to Worthington car park.

- GB & SO

Five riders on the "official ride", plus four up the downs in Wiltshire and two riding the Yorkshire Dales, gives many Embers and miles.

Stilton Cheese Inn, Somerby

Nine Embers took to the hills from Houghton on the Hill and climbed their way to Somerby on new roads and tracks.

Their efforts were well worthwhile once they reached the Stilton Cheese Inn with a rewarding lunch and birthday drinks from Velo John.

This week many Embers cycled miles.

The route of this ride is shown on the index page map as a blue line.

Thursday, 29 September
Sutton Wharf
CV13 0AL 52.5910N 1.3949W

A possible route from here is shown on the index page map as a pink line.

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