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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, leading the way to Landbeach and thence Milton.

Our plan had been to pull in for refreshments at the café in the country park, but as this was chock-full of families enjoying the tail end of their Christmas holiday, we thought it best to press on, retracing our route via bridge, underpass and common, before heading home by way of Cherry Hinton Hall Park.

25 miles clockwise

All agreed it was wonderful to have a new cycle friendly route across town - and we look forward to seeing the next phase of the Chisholm Trail materialise in the near future.