Boston? New York? Lincoln! - East Mids Road Cycle Day 1

Road Cycling
Apr 30

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124km (75 miles) with 730m (2,395ft) of elevation - a few very doable hills and plenty of flat fenland.

Boston? New York? Lincoln! is a three-day cycle around the East Midlands from Leicester, taking in Boston, New York (yes - New York) and Lincoln . . .

In the 15th century Boston was the wealthiest port in England outside London. Set in the Fens, a region of farmland reclaimed from coastal marshes, Boston was where English wool was loaded onto ships to trade with Hanseatic league cities in northern Europe.  

Due to this trade, Boston became a centre of intellectual influence from continental Europe, including the teachings of Calvanism.  In 1607, a group of pilgrims from Nottinghamshire attempted to escape pressure to conform with the teaching of the Church of England by going to the Netherlands from Boston. At that time, unsanctioned emigration was illegal, and they were brought before the court in the Boston Guildhall. Most of the pilgrims were released fairly soon, and the following year, left for the Netherlands. In 1620, several of them were among a group who set sail for New England in the Mayflower, and established the better known city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Our ride on day one takes us to this very historic town. We'll start off in lovely Leicester and head east through the rolling countryside of 'High Leicestershire', then out onto the flat (very flat) fenlands of Lincolnshire.  We should have time to swing by the National Trust's Woolsthorpe Manor - the home of Sir Isaac Newton and what's probably the world's most famous (second most famous?) apple tree . . .

We should arrive in Boston early enough to check out some of the town's historical buildings, including St Botolph's Church, nicknamed the "Boston Stump" - one of the largest parish churches in England, with one of the tallest medieval towers in the country.

The cycle will be relatively moderate, but long - at approximately 124km (75 miles) with 730m (2,395ft) of elevation, but you'll need to be a confident road cyclist, as most of the distance is on-road (albeit mostly relatively quiet country roads).  The proposed route can be viewed and the GPX downloaded from here.  

** This will be a book your own accommodation trip, to suit your own tastes and budget, with plenty of options to choose from in Boston.  Skip plans to stay at the Premier Inn (Wainfleet Road, Boston, PE21 9RW). **

If you have any questions about the event or the route please contact Skip.


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Image credits: Images 4.5 and 6 are Pixabay public domain free use photos.  All other photos provided by the event leader and permission is granted to ODL for their use and re-use.

Boston Stump
Boston Lincs
Cyclist Front
Apple Tree
Cyclist Grass
Boston Stump
Boston Lincs
Cyclist Front
Apple Tree
Cyclist Grass


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