A short ride today to the Hoops at Bassingbourn, thank heavens! Bitterly cold. This was our monthly ‘introductory ride’ for newcomers, but no surprise, there weren’t any!

We still managed eight at the start though, Adrian, Angie Wade , Mia , John Davey , Kevin, Geoff, Martin Owen and Roy Larter – with Alan joining en route, which is pretty good considering (9 in total).

One of Adrian’s favourite pub destinations; the only one where you can get a pint of dark mild. Food is always good too.

We took the route to Ashwell through Newnam then onto Steeple Morden and Bassingbourn. The route after Ashwell was the coldest I’ve felt this winter – fortunately the pub was warm inside and we did not have to wait for them to open.

Everyone took the same route back except me, as I was pushed for time and went back along the A505 to Baldock – bad decision and not recommended to ride on this road (but I got back in Hitchin in under one hour. Note: Me and John missing from Photo