Club Run to Pensthorpe with Cycling Weekly 30 September 2017
The long awaited day had finally arrived and the club members of NNW welcomed our illustrious guests, Owen and Andy of Cycling Weekly, to their ranks for the club run to Pensthorpe Wild Life Park. Greeting them at the start was our club President Geoff Paice.
There are many ways to navigate from Pretty Corner to Pensthorpe, from the standard to the bizarre, Harvey, however, pulled a real cracker out of the hat which was intent on giving our guests a real taste of the back roads of North Norfolk with a few hills thrown in for good measure. With grass growing in profusion in the middle of the road on some of route and some roads which were almost track like, Owen asked the question “did we come this way often?”. To which one member replied that the smaller roads were reserved for later in the day. In reality, efforts were made to avoid the worst effects of the beginning of the sugar beet season coinciding with the height of the potato season. There wasn’t a single puncture in 30 tyres, averaging about 55 miles each – (1,650 tyre miles?).
Our route to the Courtyard Café was via Gresham, Bessingham, Matlaske, Corpusty, Wood Dalling, Tyby, Guestwick, Wood Norton and Little Ryburgh where three steep hills had to be climbed to reach the stop.
The Courtyard Café always has good quality food and service and certainly did us proud. Blessed by good weather we were able to eat “el fresco”. Greeting us there was club Chairman Chris Knowles.
Our route back to PC was via Little Snoring airfield, Thursford Green, Gunthorpe, Bale, Field Dalling, Saxlingham, Wiveton Downs, Salthouse Heath, High Kelling, Bodham Hill, West and East Beckham.
Conditions: a cool overcast morning followed by a lovely sunny afternoon with a tailwind home. The afternoon ended up so balmy that four Wheelers finished off their day in the Pretty Corner Tea Garden.
Riders: Alban; Amanda; Brian; CJ; Dave C; Geoff; Graham; Harvey; Ian S; John H; John M; Malcolm; Owen; Tessa; Trevor + Geoff Paice at the start; Mike at the cafe; Andy (camion balai and snaps) and Chris Knowles.
The basic club run from PC to PC was 50 miles, but, with a peloton dispersed over an area from Langham to North Walsham and Swanton Abbott, several riders totted up well over 70 miles.
An excellent day’s cycling which no doubt impressed our guests and we await their report in the cycling mag in due course.