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CCA 3 Cafes Classic, Friday 22 March 2019

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Hi all

CCA’'s first Classic of 2019... The 3 Cafes ride.

All welcome - CCA members or not. If you fancy it, please ensure you are self-sufficient in terms of food, drink, cash and navigation: in case you need to find an alternative way back.

Friday 22nd March, 8.30am, Rhubarb & Mustard, Ashwell.

The route is as per last year;

http://www.plotaroute.com/route/24003

The Full English route is 118 miles mostly in Sufferfolk. The pace is the same as the Wells 123 Classic, all-inclusive club run styley. 15-17mph average. It’'ll be a full day and note sunset is around 6pm on that day. So bring lights. This distance, early on the year, with the chance of bad weather, are just the sort of conditions the pro riders take on every Spring. Partly with that in mind - and to be inclusive to all members, there’'s an alternative version;

The Continental route ticks off two of the cafes and is approx 60 miles total to Bury St Edmunds station, for a relaxing train ride back to Ashwell via Cambridge station.

The roads and lanes are a bit tighter in Suffolk at times. It requires a little more single file here and there. Treat it as an opportunity to prove your group riding skills. And there is a small section [2.5 miles] of A-road around Highpoint Prison. Later, Saffron can be a bit heavy in traffic by the time we get there, so we’'ll play it cool and practice commuting skills. As ever, we will do whatever we need to do to stay safe.

Cafe 1
The Blue Egg
35 miles
A bike ride magnet. Top quality food. Super slick, quick service.
http://www.kneadfood.com/

Cafe 2
Maglia Rosso
62 miles
A reet proper destination to mark out the furthest point of the ride and mecca for cycling cafe hunters, complete with converted pub garden into a cyclo-cross track. http://www.magliarosso.co.uk/the-cafe/

Cafe 3
Bicicletta
93 miles
Saffron Walden’'s trendy cycling cafe.
https://www.biciclettavelo.com/caf/

I’ will pre-order lunch at Maglia Rosso. I will ask for your choices closer to the day.
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  • Hi all

    It's really cold right now, but there's hope! It's only about 7 weeks to the CCA Spring Classic. The 3 Cafes ride. So bringing this note to the top. I will post a Maglia Rosso menu later at some point and take people's lunch order.

    thanks

    Martin

    PS. There'll be a new mid-summer Classic this year. Another scenic ride into Suffolk and back. Different route to the 3 Cafes ride. And it will be on a weekend day which I know many people would like. More details soon there.
  • edited February 7
    If you are planning on riding this tough but rewarding season-opening CCA classic, let me know on the forum.

    And take a look at the lunch menu here and let me know your selection here:

    **** LINK TO MENU CHOICE LIST ****

    I can send it on to Maglia Rosso before we get there and save time.

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    **** LINK TO MENU CHOICE LIST ****

  • A reminder of the upcoming CCA Spring Classic. Friday 22 March. Put your name down and add your lunch choices here.

    Martin L
    Bobby B
  • Add me to the list, always a great day out.
  • Martin L
    Bobby B
    Stef

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  • Yup, I should be around for this too
  • Hi Martin - holiday day booked.
    Beens on toast for me.

    mc
  • Hi Martin. Yes would like to do that.
    Baked potato with beans please
    Keith
    Ps. I am looking for the GPS route for the wells 123 .. Can anyone help? Ta
  • edited February 25
    Martin L
    Bobby B
    Stef
    Will
    MC
    Keith

    Any more? Simply put your menu choice here:
    http://listmoz.com/#frN7w7GVkjBHc03LjtF

    Wells ride? Here's the full route that ends in King's Lynn:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28509468
  • Thanks Martin for that
  • Martin L
    Bobby B
    Stef
    Will
    MC
    Keith
    Toma

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  • Count me in MartinL
  • Martin L
    Bobby B
    Stef
    Will
    MC
    Keith
    Toma
    Vince
    Richard P
  • Martin L
    Bobby B
    Stef
    Will
    MC
    Keith
    Toma
    Vince
    Richard P
    Paul S

    That's 10......Getting nearer the Dirty Dozen (cue graphic Martin)
  • That's right Paul. Until then, we have to make do with this:

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    'Only the strongest will survive'. Not quite true. With 10 of us, the less confident will be able to safely draft in the group and save 30% in effort or so.

    Riders.... remember to jot down your Maglia lunch choice HERE.

  • edited March 7
    Martin, I am considering this as its my day off. What time do you normally get back?
  • Hi Chris - it would be good to have your power in the peloton. It's a full-day. Expect to get to Ashwell around 6pm.

    The light is always fading by the time we get back. Bring lights, just in case.
  • edited March 7
    Sounds good - sign me up, if we get back for 6pm i should have time for a pint before home.
  • Martin L
    Bobby B
    Stef
    Will
    MC
    Keith
    Toma
    Vince
    Richard P
    Paul S
    Chris B

    Suddenly, this ride is next Friday. The long-range weather forecast is good. Any more fancy it? Put your name down and jot down your Maglia Rosa lunch choice here:

    http://listmoz.com/#frN7w7GVkjBHc03LjtF

    The menu is at the top of the this thread.

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    See you at Rhubarb & Mustard 8.30am. I'll see if they can open up for coffee.
  • Thanks Martin. Will be a great day and lots of Kms 👍
  • I’m going to have to drop off early, have to work in London in the evening so will have to be on a train from Letchworth around 5.30. Will pop out for the first few hours though...
  • Hi Martin I have now got cover at work and can come. Can I get a tuna melt paninI at MR
  • Hi Martin I now have cover at work so can come Simon
  • Martin Can't see a departure time from Ashwell?
  • Hi Simon,

    Friday 22nd March, 8.30am, Rhubarb & Mustard, Ashwell.

    Although Martin may be a fine waiter (in another life), use the link to order your lunch.

    Simply put your menu choice here:
    http://listmoz.com/#frN7w7GVkjBHc03LjtF

    See You Friday
  • I'm hoping to use my powers of persuasion to get at least two of us from SNCC to join you if we may. Will confirm and do menu choice in a day or two once I've got some promises turned into 'definites'
  • Martin L
    Bobby B
    Stef
    Will
    MC
    Keith
    Toma
    Vince
    Richard P
    Paul S
    Chris B HNCC
    Simon M
    Simon R SNCC
    Simon R's SNCC mate

    See you Friday. I'm hoping Rhubarb & Mustard can open at 8am for coffee. I will confirm. We set off 8.30am from Rhubarb, as one nice group I think.

    The forecast is pretty good.

    If you haven't, please place your lunch order at the link and I will send to Maglia in advance:
    http://listmoz.com/#frN7w7GVkjBHc03LjtF

    Add your name to the list here. Or just turn up on Friday.

    Martin - 07977652247

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  • edited March 18
    Confirmed!

    Rhubard & Mustard will kindly open especially for us this Friday 8am - 8.30am.

    They will be light on staff and ask if you can please pay by cash, keep coffee choice simple, collect your coffee from the till point, and be patient.

    Note there is a loo in Rhubarb's too.

    See you there.

    ...In the cafe. Not the loo.

    A reminding link to the route, this time on RideWithGPS:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27024553
  • Hi Martin, I've booked the day off, so can you add me to the list please.

    Ta
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