Friday 23 June 2017

Dear Friend

This year's National Road Rally just crept up on me. It was panic stations to get the Matrix on line. I leave notes to remind me what to do but they are inevitably incomplete and too cryptic to make sense of 12 month later. If you are entering the rally I hope you will see some old friends at Kegworth and Syston. If you are not in the competition then I hope you will lend a hand at one of the 65 controls.


National Road Rally

It all kicks off on Saturday, 1 July, special tests at Leicestershire County Hall from 8:30am, rally at noon. The final controls close at 8am Sunday, 2 July. If you haven't entered this unique event yet then you are running out of time!

If you are looking for where this year's Controls are so you can either find them in the dead of night or volunteer to provide an hour or two of duty, we have a map of their locations on line.

For anyone planning their way round this scatter rally in an organised fashion we have made the 2017 Matrix interactive. You still need to choose your own route but this will reduce your hair-pulling and allow you to easily print your route or send it to your smart phone.


Embers Cycling

This week we explored some roads in the Rockingham Forest area between Kettering and Corby. This filled in a previously empty part of our cycling map.

The standard of tuck that we enjoyed at the Spread Eagle and East Carlton Coach House Cafe means we will return to explore that area again and recommend that you join us.

On Thursday, 29 June we are planning to visit Lincoln starting from Woodhall Spa or, to be more accurate, Kirkham Bridge. This is a brilliant ride away from traffic alongside the River Witham. We know all the refreshment stops along the way. We won't be put off by a little rain but if the forecast is poor we will change to a local ride instead.

Next month our start from Canons Ashby is on Thursday, 6 July. This location is more hilly than Lincolnshire. So there will be plenty of walking between the cake shops.