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CTC Cambridge

New committee elected for 2019

John Seton writes: Thirty-four members attended our AGM on Sunday 4th November 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.

Rides in November and December

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

We've all put our clocks back which means colder days and dark evenings, so remember to bring good lights. It's also a good idea to fit mudguards to reduce the spray from your back tyres..  

Our rides during the winter are shorter than during the summer so that we can complete most of the ride in daylight. However please always check this website before you set off in case we need to make last-minute adjustments if the weather is poor.

As usual, this new set of rides means that we need leaders. If you are able to lead any of these rides please send me an email at runs@ctccambridge.org.uk. You can plan your own route or you can ask us to provide one for you. If you are tempted to lead a particular ride, but think that it looks too long, then please get in touch - I am happy to consider shorter options.

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!

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

Sunday 18th Nov: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 35-45 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 3.00pm at Saffron Walden, Bicicletta Coffee. Leader: Ray Miller (07910 591846).

Wednesday 21st Nov: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Shepreth, The Plough. Our second moonlight ride of the winter. The moon is 97.8% tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Thursday 22nd Nov: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Lode, Anglesey Abbey. Lunch is at Kentford, Lanwades Park. Leader: Rupert Goodings (01223 851549).

Thursday 22nd Nov: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Great Shelford recreation ground. Coffee is at Lode, Anglesey Abbey. Lunch is at Chippenham, La Hogue. Leader: Sheila George (07807 827490).

Sunday 25th Nov: Sunday winter ride (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Brookside. Coffee is at Potton, The Boundary Cafe. Lunch is at Biggleswade, Jordan's Mill. Leader: Leader Needed.

Sunday 25th Nov: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 30-40 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 3.00pm at Wimpole Hall, The Old Rectory Restaurant. Shorter afternoon ride today - ideal for new riders. Leader: Leader Needed.

For rides after 25 Nov see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

15 Nov: Thursday ride to Swavesey and Oldhurst
Edward writes: The unseasonably mild weather continues. If this carries on it might be Christmas on the beach! After a slightly murky early morning by the time we met in Haslingfield the sun was starting to burn its way through and the nice day promised look like being fulfilled...  (full report)

11 Nov: Sunday ride to Reed and Saffron Walden
Sheila writes: Whilst this might be a poor comparison to other ride reports, I thought I should record what turned out to be a delightful ride, despite things not running entirely to plan. I failed to...  (full report)

27 Oct: Yasmin's Cambridge Autumnal 200km Audax
Yasmin writes: I'd slept all right, but woke in a sweat. In my dream, my mother-in-law and a friend from secondary school (who I last saw in 1995) were visiting. But for some reason, instead of going to greet them, I stay in the kitchen chopping apples...  (full report)

28 Oct: Sunday afternoon ride to Saffron Walden
Greg writes: "Curiouser and Curiouser" wrote Lewis Carroll, and Greg writes the same thing again. Today's ride was to a new venue – The Curious Goat in Saffron Walden – and it was a trip with some Wonderland moments...  (full report)

25 Oct: Thursday ride to Ickleton and Thaxted
Edward writes: This morning in Great Shelford we met in bright but coldish conditions but the forecast reckoned that the temperature during the day would reach 15C which it duly did. All day it would remain bright...  (full report)

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