HFCC Reliability Ride 2018
All profits go to our local air ambulance.
18th March 2018
After the great success last year, we are delighted to announce the date for our 2018 reliability ride.
Last year, despite the weather gods looking down on us, over 30 hardy souls set off for a tour of our favourite routes and to be greeted on their return with a warm welcome, hot soup, tea and biccies and a good chat about bikes.
This year we’re upping the stakes with a start and finish at the Rushden Transport Museum, where in addition to the soup, rolls and cake, finishers can wind down with a beer (not free I’m afraid – but great value) at the CAMRA award winning station bar.
Three routes to choose from, with check points set up for each.
Although the route is not signed, everyone will get a map, there will be emergency support and a broom wagon to assist anyone who struggles. With staggered start times and a few well selected cafes on route, the aim is that everyone finishes at about the same time to be greeted with a warming soup and bread roll.
The event is free to HFCC members and £5.00 for non members, payable on the day.
All profits will go to the Air Ambulance Service.
The start and finish is The Transport Museum in Rushden. There’s plenty of parking (early birds can park at the station and free parking is less than 50m away) and the venue will be open from 7:30 until 4pm and the bar will stay open until closing time.
30 mile route – start times 10:00 to 10:30
This route winds out through local roads to loop around Sywell Country Park. For those that want a break, the Pumphouse Cafe at the country park offers a warm welcome and a cuppa. The route is generally flat but there are one or two little challenges on the way.
50 mile route – start times 9:00 to 9:30
Initially this follows the same route as the 30 mile ride but continues out toward Brixworth and Spratton. More challenging than the 30, this incorporates a few more hills and takes in some beautiful roads around Church Brampton – where you can grab a cuppa and a bun at Cafe Monde (highly recommended) and then looping back towards the finish. If you fancy a second stop, the route also goes past the Pumphouse Cafe at Sywell country park.
76 mile route – start time 8:30 to 9:00
Following the same route as both the 30 and 50 mile routes, this route is challenging as it takes in some of the best climbs and roads in the area. In the same manner as the 50 miler, this also passes Cafe Monde (highly recommended) and the Pumphouse Cafe at Sywell country park.
We would like you to let us know if you are coming, so we can plan, by clicking ‘going’ on the event facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/events/340008539814108
Please note, minor amendments may be made to the routes up to 48 hours before the event.