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CTC Cambridge

Rides in January and February

Our programme of rides for January and February has now been published. See our rides list for full details. Our rides are shorter in winter to allow us to return to Cambridge before sunset but you should always bring lights in case we get delayed.

Despite this being the coldest time of the year we have up to five rides a week. However if the weather looks bad (and especially if it looks icy) we may cancel rides. Any last-minute changes or cancellations will always be shown on this website, so it's a good idea to check here before setting off to join a ride.  

Our annual Winter Banquet is at 1pm on Sunday 24th February 2019 at Bourn Golf and Fitness Club. On that day we will have a special ride before the meal.

As always we would like to invite members to lead our rides, especially those on Sundays. If you are a member and are interested in leading a ride, please contact Rupert, our runs secretary (runs@ctccambridge.org.uk). New leaders are always welcome.

Lastly, we'd like to ask members to help us keep informed about any roadworks or road closures which might affect our rides, especially around the A14. If you hear of a road closure, please let us know!

Join us at the 2019 Winter Banquet!

The CTC Cambridge Winter Banquet 2019 will be held on Sunday 24th February 2019 at Bourn Golf and Fitness Club. Here is the menu.   

Two courses are £23.95 and three courses are £27.95. If you'd like to attend then please make your menu choices and send them with your payment to Sue Howell: contact details are on the menu.

Please make your booking by Sunday 10th February.

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!

AGM and new committee

John Seton writes: Thirty-four members attended our AGM on Sunday 4th November 2018 at Hauxton Village Hall. Our special guest was Dr Julian Huppert. Julian is a Senior Trustee of our parent organisation Cycling UK.  

Julian gave a short talk on the role that Cycling UK has played since its foundation in promoting better provision for cycling as well as answering questions and listening to members' views on various topics.

A new committee was elected for 2019. Full details on our about page.

NEW! Meeting agenda, minutes and officers' reports.

Riding guidelines

Rupert writes: We have 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

There's a full index of news items in the News archive

Our next rides

Wednesday 20th Feb: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Balsham, The Black Bull. A winter moonlight ride. A full moon rises at 6.34pm tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Thursday 21st Feb: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Saffron Walden, Mocha Café. Lunch is at Baythorne Hall, Tarka's Cafe. Leader: Leader Needed (what does this mean?).

Thursday 21st Feb: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Great Shelford recreation ground. Coffee is at Saffron Walden, The Temeraire. Lunch is at Baythorne Hall, Tarka's Cafe. Leader: Sarah Carlyle (07889 140306).

Sunday 24th Feb: Special ride (moderate, 30-40 miles) Meet at 10.30am at Brookside. Lunch is at 12.30pm at Bourn Golf and Fitness Club. Ride to annual club lunch. Pre-booked lunch only. Leader: John Jackson (07739 923182).

For rides after 25 Feb see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

14 Feb: Thursday ride to Swavesey and St Neots
Edward wrote:b After a few weeks of indifferent weather the gods played a master stroke today with bright blue skies to welcome us to Haslingfield. It was a little chilly to start with but the weather people promised us a warm day with above average temperatures...  (full report)

10 Feb: Sunday afternoon ride to Duxford
Greg writes: The rain duly fell all morning, writes Greg, and as we all looked out on a fairly drab scene we wondered – would there be anyone else (stupid enough to be) going out in this? At 12.50 at Brookside Greg was on his own and starting to assume that indeed no one else had been so foolish...  (full report)

7 Feb: Thursday ride to Balsham and Dullingham
Edward writes: It was certainly windy this morning, but with a trip to Balsham this would prove a help rather than a hindrance. Better news from the weather people was that the winds would decrease in strength during the afternoon which was more good news as we would be coming back from Dullingham...  (full report)

3 Feb: Sunday afternoon ride to Cambourne
David S writes: Seven of us set off from Brookside for an afternoon ride to Cambourne in glorious sunshine and with a blue sky throughout: Adrian, Mike CC, Simon, Phil, Lalli, Mark and I. Following an...  (full report)

27 Jan: Sunday ride to St Ives and Oldhurst
John S writes: Sharks, Geese and Crocodiles... At last, it was my turn to lead a Sunday winter ride. I woke at 7am with rain battering against the window, to find an email from Alex saying "Take care John - it looks like Sharknado out there ...  (full report)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index