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CTC Cambridge

First aid training


Nigel, Peter, Rupert and John proudly display the first aid certificates they received following the completion of a training course in February. Ten of our members took this course which involved a full day of training with a qualified trainer. CTC Cambridge supported 50% of the cost.  

We were lucky enough to secure the services of Susan Clements, a vastly experienced trainer who provides much of the first aid training given to "Bikeability" instructors in Cambridgeshire. The course covered all the mandatory components of the "Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 3)" syllabus, including practising cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on dummies and the use of a defibrillator, as well as some cycling-specific scenarios. Peter Wilson, Welfare Officer.

Rides in March


It's now March, and the end of winter is in sight! It's been great to have had an early taste of spring this year, but as usual our rides continue in their winter format until the clocks change at the end of March.

Our Thursday and Sunday rides are starting to get a bit longer as the nights draw out, but we still aim to get home before dark.

Looking ahead, we are planning a modest refresh of our Sunday rides over the summer.  

We will be trying out some new formats aimed at encouraging more of you to lead and join these rides. We have a wide range of people on our rides and the challenge is to find a mix of distances and routes so that everyone can have a ride that they enjoy. New ideas are welcome - both for new stops or for different formats of rides. Please let Rupert know your thoughts.

Lastly, a regular reminder to please take your turn at leading a ride or two. We aim to keep running a full weekly program of rides, and all these rides need a leader. Please contact Rupert if you'd like to lead any of the rides that still need a leader.

The photo was taken on our Sunday ride on 25th March 2018.

Len Nice Trophy

The Len Nice Memorial Trophy is awarded each year for exceptional service to the club, following a vote by members.

This year it was awarded to Angela Taylor (on the left in the photo). The trophy was presented to Angela by our chair, Andy Carlyle, at the club's "Winter Banquet" on 24th February 2019.

More information about the Len Nice Memorial Trophy may be found here.

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

Thursday 28th Mar: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 55-65 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Ashwell, Rhubarb & Mustard. Lunch is at Aspenden, The Fox. Leader: Rupert Goodings (01223 851549).

Thursday 28th Mar: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Haslingfield Green. Coffee is at Ashwell, Days bakery. Lunch is at Aspenden, The Fox. Leader: Mia Matheson (07517 466773).

Sunday 31st Mar: Sunday light day ride (moderate, 55-65 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Brookside. Coffee is at Sturmer, Sturmer Nurseries. Lunch is at Great Bardfield, The Blue Egg. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Sunday 31st Mar: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 35-45 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 3.00pm at St Ives, River Terrace Cafe. Leader: Eva Alldritt (07833 123363).

For rides after 2 Apr see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

10 Mar: Sunday afternoon ride to Anglesey Abbey
Tom writes: Blustery near Bottisham Last Sunday John S led me out into the Fens to meet storm Freya, where my legs seemed to turn to jelly against the relentless wind.Today was another Sunday, another windy day...  (full report)

28 Feb: Thursday ride to Gamlingay and Old Warden
Edward writes: This morning out at Haslingfield fourteen village riders assembled for their ride out to Gamlingay and the Shuttleworth Airfield at Old Warden. After some balmy spring like days today's weather wasn’t quite so good...  (full report)

21 Feb: Thursday ride to and Saffron Walden and Baythorne End
Edward writes: This morning the weather bureau promised a warm day with above average temperatures accompanied by a gentle breeze. At the start it didn't actually feel like that; it was overcast and it felt a bit chilly...  (full report)

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)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index