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Wheeling to Willingham

 A sunny bank holiday Monday saw Alan, Lewis and two Brian's setting off on a 30 mile loop to Willingham and back. Crossing the Cam on the Chisholm Trail bridge Shelford - Trumpington - Grantchester - Grange Rd - Eddington - Girton - Oakington - Longstanton - Willingham - Rampton - Guided busway - Cambridge North - Chisholm Trail - Cambridge Station - Shelford

Take to the hills

There is no easy way to approach Elmdon. Eight miles south of Shelford and just over the Essex border, it's a stiff climb whichever way we go. Wikipedia sums it up nicely, ' t he hilly topography of the area differentiates it from countryside to the north, which is predominantly  fenland  and flat '. Brian and Alan, wobbling and panting their way to the top . . . . . . but it's worth it for the view Freewheeling back down the hill, we stopped off at El Cafecito for coffee and cake before returning via Thriplow, where the daffodils were still much in evidence. For the record, Alan, Chris, Hilary and two Brians - Yorkie and Brummie - made it to the summit and back, clocking up 23 miles along the way. Well done, team! 23 miles anticlockwise from Shelford

Anyone for golf?

Monday morning saw nine riders head off from Winners for a 25 mile tour of the villages south and west of Shelford, visiting Harston, Haslingfield, Barrington, Shepreth, Meldreth, Melbourn, Fowlmere, Duxford and Whittlesford. Five miles in and groans were distinctly heard from the rear of the peloton as we ascended Chapel Hill - but the reward was coffee and cake at Kingsway Golf Centre. 25 miles anticlockwise For the record the turnout was: Alan, Hilary, Jenny, Jeremy, Paul and all three Brians.

To Balsham and back

Chris, Alan and two Brians slogged up the hill to Balsham for coffee and cake at the Old Butchers, pausing only to take a picture of Alan cruising past Linton water tower. Caffeine levels restored, we freewheeled back down the hill to Abington, dragging the bikes up and over the A11 footbridge before returning via Sawston. 22 miles: Shelford - Stapleford - Sawston - Pampisford - Great Abington - Hildersham - Linton - Balsham - Little Abington - Babraham - Stapleford - Sawston - Shelford

New year, new route

What better way to kick off the new year than exploring the newly opened Chisholm Trail  and its landmark features: the Newmarket Road underpass and the gleaming new bridge over the River Cam. The new Cam crossing - with the old railway bridge in the background So it was that seven riders set off towards Cambridge for the first outing of 2022. Picking up the new trail at Coldham's Common, we followed the impressively wide cycleway past the Abbey Stadium - Brian H here raising an arm in salute to his favourite team - before diving under the busy Newmarket Road and thence on to the magnificent new bridge over the Cam, where we paused for a photo opportunity. Chris, Brian C, Janet, Paul, Brian H and Alan With Cambridge North close by on the other side, it was here we picked up the guided busway heading for Histon and Cottenham where, alas, our leader pulled up with a puncture. Fifteen minutes - not to mention much effing and jeffing - later, Brian was reinflated and back on the road,