It's the final weekend of the Doha World Championships and the blue riband events of the Ladies and Mens elite road races are taking place on Saturday and Sunday and we are hoping for good results for Lizzie Deignan and Mark Cavendish.  But as if that is not enough we have some top notch rides of our own as well. [Read More]



Those who are planning on joining the A ride are in for a treat with Alan H as he's off to Westbury Community Cafe who have  an excellent selection of bakery goods to choose from.  It is definitely a tempting option.

The B ride is off on one of Mick H's magical meanders around the myriad marvellous lanes and byways of Northamptonshire and adjoining counties.

We do not currently have anyone committed to leading the C ride - so if that is your preferred ride option drop me a note or sign up on the ride leader schedule - oh,and your  surname does not have to start with "H"

The D ride is most likely to be out and about for those who need to get the miles in and get home quickly.


Enjoy the weekend - hope we see lots of you at the club



Join us for a ladies only, casual group ride through the Northamptonshire countryside. All abilities welcome.

2 rides will leave the club room at 10:30, one ride going slightly quicker and further than the other. 

The first group will go approximately 20 miles at the slowest persons pace. There will be a café stop halfway through the ride. The second group is our “roadie” ride, with speeds between 12 – 15 mph. Both groups will meet at Canons Ashby for a coffee stop, before heading back to the A5 Club rooms. 

There will be someone there incase of any punctures or basic mechanicals and no one will be dropped on either ride, we hope to see you there!

Group 1 - 
Speed -> less than 12 mph 
Distance -> 20 miles (approx)

Group 2 
Speed -> 12- 15 mph 
Distance -> 30 miles (approx)

There is parking behind the club room at the end of Islington rd.

The concept of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series

Riders who take part in one of the qualifier events held worldwide and who finish in the first 25% of their age group receive a UGFWS Qualifiers Medal and qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The World Champions in each age group win the coveted UCI rainbow jersey.

A5 Rangers entered this 84 mile Closed Road Race in 2015 and again this year, 2016.


Riders                         Q         Qualifier Times

Ian Martin                  Q         03:27:15

Ian Baughan             Q         03:48:02

Dave Stimpson         Q         03:48:06

Darren Impey           Q         03:48:07

Andy Shaw               Q         03:50:01

Paul Ranson            Q         03:52:10        

Martin Smith             Q         03:56:19

Gary McDonald        Q         03:56:54

Steve Pullen             Q         03:58:40

Francis Rodriguez   Q         03:59:11


Andrew Overton                   04:10:21

Craig Downhill                     04:21:47

Paul Smith                            04:23:56

Charlotte Gregory                04:39:55

James Beechey                   04:39:57

Dinah Kinnear                      04:49:21

Kevin Bacon                         05:09:59

Mike McGillion                      05:27:09


There were 8,000 entrants for this World Championship Gran Fondo this year. An exceptionally well organised event and riders came from all over Europe and beyond to participate


More photo's on our gallery area






Daventry CC is running its second Sportive in aid of local charities. Last year they raised almost £5,000 for The Myton Hospices  (the club makes no money on this event, it all goes to charity)

This year's event is on Sunday July 10th and the Start/Finish will be at Daventry Leisure Centre.


They have 3 routes, 70 miles, 33 miles and a Family 12 mile ride.


Costs are very reasonable - £15 for the 2 longer runs and £10 for the Family ride.


Full details can be found on our Facebook page


They also have a poster with some additional information



After many telephone conversations and lots of e mails the club has been selected for a slot in the Cycling Weekly “Ride With” section.


There wasn’t a lot of choice for dates so we went for 23 July to give us the best opportunity for decent weather but also that would give us the greatest chance of ensuring the new design club kit delivered.


The main purpose is awareness and to give people an indication or a feeling of what the club is about and what benefits we can provide for both seasoned cyclists, people wanting to ride in a group and obviously people simply wanting to take up cycling. It goes without saying the larger the number of A5 Rangers members that turn up on the day the greater the impact for anybody reading the article.


If we all look resplendent in our new kit with beaming smiles for the camera I’m certain it will be a day to remember and be of benefit to the club and local cyclists.


Jonathan Cox is busy looking at routes and cafes, hopefully with all the rides converging at one location. It may make sense to convene at the Club House for the café stop in order to promote one of our greatest assets.


This is obviously work in progress but we will keep everybody posted.


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