The ride took place on 2nd August, leaving Sanger Building Reception at 4.05 pm. Conditions were excellent, dry roads, bright sun and blue skies, with occasional cloud cover. 24 or 25C. However, a steady 15 mph wind proved a challenge in some sections of the ride. The leaders, Hyvonen and the Correspondent, set a good pace across town to the guided bus cycle path at Impington, and soon distanced the other 25 riders (who were not seen again) on the run up to St Ives. Turning south towards Papworth, the riders faced the wind and had to work to maintain their pace. The run to Little
Paxton and St Neots was on undulating roads, with one or two 30mph descents (and the occasional rather tiresome motorist) followed by a gradual rise up to Great Gransden. Shortly after, the route turned east for home, and, with a following wind, good surfaces and a helpful gradient, made for a fast run to welcome rehydration and salination courtesy of Kettle Chips and a pint of Black Sheep at the Red Bull on Barton Road. 81km, around 3 hours. Chapeaux!
Futile Cyclist, 5th August