2022 Cycling

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Toby Carvery, Binley

Official ride this week took eight cold Embers from Lutterworth, heading past Magna Park and the pig farm that is Pailton. There was a welcome coffee break at Stretton under Fosse where we were glad to sit inside for a change.

Meanwhile the Twians were cycling their own patch and sampling a cafe they found in Asfordby.

The main group proved that they are still big kids who cannot cycle through a tunnel or under a bridge without ringing their bells and going "WOOOooo°°°!"

This week many Embers managed to ride miles between them.

Stilton Cheese Inn, Somerby

This week seven Embers led by Derek Jordan on roads and tracks that we haven't tried before ... and will avoid in future.

Derek took us to the Stilton Cheese Inn on the other side of Burrough Hill, but at least we had plenty of practice hills on the way.

This week many Embers (plus Jack Frost) were out for miles between them.

The Bell, Burton Overy

Another frosty Thursday but that didn't put off eight hardy Embers who set out from Shady Lane, or Mush and Richard C who cycled north to Shepshed.

After a stop for a hot drink in Great Glen we went straight to the Bell at Burton Overy. The pub quickly filled up so we were glad that Velo John booked our table on Wednesday.

We kept the miles down today, because of the cold and short daylight. But we made time to pause again at Wistow on the way home.

Ben Crossley, Simon Over, Mick Ayriss, Grahame Billington, Derek Jordan, John Ashworth, Ian Bower, Carol Homa in a photo that you can roll your mousewheel to zoom in and click to pan.

This week many Embers combined cycled miles without losing any appendages to frostbite.

Railway Inn, Glenfield

Eight errant Embers on a quest for cake on what may be euphemistically described as a damp day. We picked up the same trail that we followed in November, but this time took a short-cut from Abbey Park into Glenfield where Ricardo had booked us a table at the Railway Inn.

For riders returning to the start in Kirby Muxloe there was one more brief stop at the Royal Oak for coffee and cake.

Despite the damp, many Embers managed to survive miles on the ride up to Christmas.

Grove Farm, Leicester

Thirteen Embers gathered at Cosby and our first disappointment was the Cafe in the Nook was closed. So, after a brief shower we set off for Cafe Oasis in Enderby. There we learnt that the Red Lion was not open at lunch time and the Elephant and Castle couldn't fit us in. So we made for Grove Farm where we were able to book a table. That gave us time for a brief ride along Great Central Way and back for lunch.

After our carveries and refreshments, courtesy of Richard Sleath, we returned to Great Central Way where we divided and went in opposite directions, wishing each other a Happy New Year.

Ian Bower and Mick Ayriss cycled locally, so all many Embers were out tracing miles this week.

Thus ends 2022 with a total of 55 rides and 19,055 miles.

Let's see what next year holds in store.