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Ride – Hatfield Grand Tour
9th January 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
With a news item in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, I hoped to see some new faces on the ride and so we did. On the downside, the weather wasn’t great. Seven of us set off on the ride and seven made it back, but with a change of people along the way (you know who you are!) Given the wettest December on record, doing a bit of unsurfaced bridleway off the Alban Way was a bit risky, but we got through and those on mountain bikes had mud on their wheels, which looks good.
Most of the ride was on local cycle paths and this included our first official rides along the new Great North Road cycle path to Hatfield station and then the not finished but usable shared use path between French Horn Lane and Queensway. Work was very much in progress and is due to finish next month. Our finally loop round the south of town took in Streamwoods, Oxlease Wood and the annoying gates on the Great North Way, National Route 12. (How is any long distance cyclist with panniers is supposed to manage this bit?) Then up to the “Col de Hill Top” and back to town via the University for coffee and cakes. 10 miles without leaving Hatfield and without getting too wet. Not bad for January.