He reports that the A1 was very difficult to cross.
I think there is no single ‘magic’ solution to this problem, but some times of day are worse than others.
Roger first rode the route a decade ago and at that time assisted me with an update about the road closures relating to the Stoke Hammond & Linslade western bypass; this time he advised that Froghall Road at the south end of Ampthill is closed. On Saturday 21 January 2017, Nick Lee rode it Oxford-bound in 6h45m including stops.
I suspect it was just as well that he did ride it that quickly, as he will have been trying to keep warm: the temperature was below freezing when he set off, and barely rose above 2°C all day. (Weather data from University of Cambridge Digital Technology Group.) Thanks to Nick for advising of the road closure at Ashendon.
On Saturday 16 July 2016, Tim Pickersgill rode from Oxford to Cambridge , in the course of riding 329km from Faringdon (SW of Oxford). He used the Kingswood diversion to avoid Ashendon hill which, under the circumstances, is quite understandable!
The instructions are intended to replace the need for a map, and they guide the user along quiet roads.
Mary’s in 4h58m; and even taking into account a brunch-stop in Cambridge it took him 12h21m from Carfax to Carfax (14h43 for the full day’s riding).
On Saturday 10 October 2015, Bruce Hill rode from Oxford towards Cambridge (turning off after Gamlingay to go to Eltisley); he was on day 2 of a longer ride from Bristol, completing each leg in around six hours.
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