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CTC Cambridge

Rides in September and October

Runs secretary Rupert Goodings writes: We're pleased to announce our programme of rides for September and October is now published.

Our Sunday all-day rides continue as before, alternating between "full" day rides (with three food stops) and "light" day rides (with two food stops).

Our Sunday afternoon rides also continue with a mix of longer and shorter rides, but always with a stop for tea!

Our other rides also continue as usual: our Thursday rides, our Saturday Social rides, our Tuesday senior lunch meets and our Wednesday evening rides. The Wednesday evening rides are weekly in September and become monthly from October.   

Our most popular day for riders is Thursday, where we have two separate departure points. We will continue to try out using two separate coffee and/or lunch stops. This seems to have helped to reduce the overload at the smaller cafe stops. However we will try to keep the two rides a bit more connected by having a mix of shared stops and choosing split stops that are closer together.

As always I'd like to invite more members to volunteer to lead our Sunday and Thursday rides. Our existing active leaders are doing a good job but we do need more
of you to take a turn and lead a few rides. Please get in touch if you can help: new leaders and lapsed leaders are both especially welcome. I'm always happy to help with route planning and to supply a complete route if needed.

Sixty years of runs lists

CTC Cambridge has organised cycle rides in the Cambridge area since 1921. For many years we published regular printed "runs lists" which listed the rides we had arranged.  

You can now view a selection of runs lists from the period 1957 to the present day here. It's fascinating to browse these historic documents and compare what the club did then with what it does now. Look out for some familiar names!

Committee for 2017-2018

At our AGM on Sunday 12th November a new committee was elected for 2017-2018. The new committee is listed here. Minutes of the AGM are now available here or by following the link on the agenda page.

Riding guidelines

Rupert writes: We have recently published a set of riding guidelines. These have been specially written for use on our club rides. They give an introduction to the main elements of good group riding, and they are intended to replace some of the older information on the website.  

We'd like to invite everyone who rides with us to take a look at these riding guidelines to refresh your understanding of how best to ride in group. Most of you will know the basics, but there are probably a few tips for everyone. Small improvements by everyone should help our groups - and especially the larger groups - ride more safely without spoiling the social interaction that makes our rides so enjoyable.

If you have any questions or comments you are welcome to contact me or any member of the main committee. Contact details are on our contacts page. Rupert Goodings, Runs Secretary

Our next rides

Thursday 18th Oct: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 60-70 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Swavesey, Compass Cafe (Bethel Baptist Church). Lunch is at St Neots, The Weeping Ash. Leader: John Jackson (07739 923182).

Thursday 18th Oct: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 55-65 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Haslingfield Green. Coffee is at Swavesey, Compass Cafe (Bethel Baptist Church). Lunch is at St Neots, Ambience Cafe, Riverside Park. Leader: Sharon Jackson (07969 412967).

Saturday 20th Oct: Saturday short social ride (leisurely, 15-25 miles) Meet at 10.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Shepreth, Teacake Café. Leader: Ian Wright (07907 774939).

Sunday 21st Oct: Sunday light day ride (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at St Neots, Ambience Cafe, Riverside Park. Lunch is at Kimbolton, Olivers Cafe. Leader: Sheila George (07807 827490).

Sunday 21st Oct: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 2.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 4.00pm at Potton, The Coach House. Leader: Leader Needed.

Tuesday 23rd Oct: Senior Cyclists: lunch meeting Meet for lunch at 12.30pm at Fen Drayton, The Three Tuns. Contact: Clive Peace (07474 711920 or 01223 520723)

Wednesday 24th Oct: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.00pm at Hemingford Abbots, The Axe and Compass. Our first moonlight ride of the winter. A 99% moon rises at 6.14pm tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

For rides after 24 Oct see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

Chris's "Four Minute Mile" DIY+ECE 300km Audax
Chris writes: I've been thinking of trying to ride 300km in one day for about three years, ever since I ended up riding 260km due to the lack of cycle provision on trains back from Norwich. At the time...  (full report)

4 Oct: Thursday ride to Ashwell and Aspenden
Sheila writes: It was a cold, misty start when ten of us met st Haslingfield but, with the promise of a warm day once the sun showed itself, we set off up Chapel Hill where we picked up some additional riders, bringing the numbers to 14...  (full report)

27 Sep: Thursday ride to Balsham and Isleham (City start)
Geoff writes: Having been riding with the Cambridge CTC for the past 10 months I thought it was now time to try my hand at being a Group Leader on one of their City Thursday rides.First thing I had to...  (full report)

27 Sep: Thursday ride to Balsham and Isleham (Village start)
Edward writes: Earlier in the week our village ride to Balsham and Isleham had no leader and it would have been a great shame if the ride had to be cancelled as the weather was nigh on perfect. Therefore we owe a debt of gratitude to Ian Bamborough who stepped in fairly late on to rescue the ride...  (full report)

8 Sep: Fenland Friends 600km Audax
Alex writes: My audax season has not gone to plan: I have the dubious honour of having gained an SR series in DNFs (Did Not Finish) having failed to finish a 200km (crashed on ice), a 300km ride (mechanical failure), a 400km ride (physical failure) and a 1000km ride (mental failure)...  (full report)

We have many more ride reports. Open the index and select "Ride reports".