• A huge weekend in the saddle for DCC members training for the clubs 2019 Daventry to Paris event. A quick and completely unscientific look at Strava confirms that at least fifty riders of all abilities rode a total of 214 miles over the three days of the bank holiday.

    Saturday’s ride, a rolling out and back to Moreton in the Marsh was singled out for it’s coffee stop at the universally praised Cotswold Cycles who did a great job of feeding and watering over fifty hungry cyclists!

    Cotswolds Cycles
    Cafe Stop at Revolution Cycles

    A shorter day on Sunday mercifully meant a lie in and less time in the rain which made several unwelcome appearances during the ride. A coffee stop at LeisureLakes Bikes at the end of the day provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate club Women’s Officer Sonia’s birthday with, you guessed it, coffee and cake!

    Happy Birthday to You!

    Saving the longest ride for last, Sunday saw two groups complete the out and back trip to Long Crendon which will be the first stop on Day 1 of the Daventry to Paris ride, giving most people their first taste of what to expect come the big event!

    The ride to Long Crendon is notorious for (DCC Chairman) Neal’s infamous promise that it is “relatively flat”. Which is largely true, except for the 4798 ft of climbing along the way! For anyone who rode Daventry to Paris in 2017 when the weather conditions were akin to a monsoon of biblical proportions, Sunday’s ride represented an opportunity to see what the route was like with their eyes open!

    With the usual coffee stop closed for the bank holiday the group was forced to stop at the local services where the unenviable choice of Gregg’s, Subway or Burger King was offered to all. With many riders looking markedly stronger on the way home after their mid-ride Whoppers suspicions were raised that the burgers may have been supplied by Alberto Contador.

    If proof were needed that DCC’s committee members take their responsibilities seriously then look no further than club Welfare Officer Dr Matt who, sensing the symptoms of an imminent bonk in Chairman Neal Malone, offered up his water bottle which was promptly returned to him empty.

    “This was full a second ago!”

    Overall a fantastic weekend with new friendships formed and camaraderie that will last all the way to the Champs Elysee. Congratulations to all those who took part – bring on Paris!