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CTC Cambridge

Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting of CTC Cambridge will be held at 3pm on Sunday 4th November at Hauxton Village Hall, followed by a club tea during which there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the new committee and socialise with other members. Here is the agenda

We are very pleased that Cycling UK Trustee Julian Huppert will be attending our meeting, and will be able to give us an update on what's happening at a National level in Cycling UK. Julian is also keen to hear members' views and will be very happy to answer your questions.

Please bring your Cycling UK membership card with you if you intend voting on agenda items. Both our rides that day will arrive at Hauxton in good time for the start of the AGM.

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

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).

Thursday 25th Oct: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 60-70 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Ickleton, Riverside Café. Lunch is at Thaxted, The Swan Hotel. Leader: Glyn Jones (07977 907622).

Thursday 25th Oct: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 55-65 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Great Shelford recreation ground. Coffee is at Ickleton, Riverside Café. Lunch is at Thaxted, The Swan Hotel. Leader: Sheila George (07807 827490).

Sunday 28th Oct: Sunday winter ride (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Brookside. Coffee is at Stradishall, Cafe 33. Lunch is at Chippenham, La Hogue. Leader: Leader Needed.

Sunday 28th Oct: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 35-45 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 3.00pm at Saffron Walden, The Curious Goat. Note earlier start: the clocks have changed and we are now on our winter timetable. Leader: Greg Tucker (07774 281591).

Tuesday 30th Oct: Senior Cyclists: lunch meeting Meet for lunch at 12.30pm at Shepreth, The Green Man. Contact: Clive Peace (07474 711920 or 01223 520723)

For rides after 30 Oct see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

18 Oct: Thursday ride to Swavesey and St Neots
Edward writes: Today was mite autumnal with the temperature expected to be no higher than 15C but bearing in mind it's the second half of October nothing to complain about. Our ride today would take us...  (full report)

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)

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