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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 23rd Jan: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Barrington, The Royal Oak. This ride is cancelled because of forecast sub-zero temperatures. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Thursday 24th Jan: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Saffron Walden, Mocha Café. Lunch is at Thaxted, The Swan Hotel. Leader: Alan Tullett (07479 669564).

Thursday 24th Jan: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Great Shelford recreation ground. Coffee is at Saffron Walden, The Curious Goat. Lunch is at Thaxted, Parrishes Restaurant. Leader: Sarah Carlyle (07889 140306).

Sunday 27th Jan: Sunday winter ride (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Brookside. Coffee is at St Ives, Local Cafe. Lunch is at Oldhurst, Johnsons Farm Tea Room. Leader: Leader Needed (what does this mean?).

Sunday 27th Jan: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 35-45 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 3.00pm at Wicken Fen, Cafe. Leader: Leader Needed (what does this mean?).

For rides after 30 Jan see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

13 Jan: Sunday afternoon ride to Waresley
Ding ding, writes Greg, as he rings in the New Year with his new bike bell – ‘Thanks Santa’.The fact that it was mentioned that the ride to Waresley would be the first proper outing for said bell when...  (full report)

13 Jan: Sunday ride to Potton and St Neots
Tom writes: It must have been the mild 13C weather that brought everyone out: we kicked off with thirteen riders, despite this being mid-January. Initially it didn't feel that warm though - a 19 knot westerly...  (full report)

5 Jan: Saturday social ride to Hardwick
Ian writes: First of all I'd like to write a quick thank-you to everyone who supported the 2018 Socials, come rain or shine. This was much appreciated! Overall I believe we had a good year, with just one cancellation,...  (full report)

3 Jan: Thursday ride to Waresley and Bassingbourn
Mike P writes: The opening club ride of the New Year saw seventeen eager members arrive at Brookside on a typically dull and chilly January morning. Conditions were at least dry and settled with negligible wind to speak of...  (full report)

20 Dec: Thursday ride (city start) to Balsham and Saffron Walden
Seb writes: A dozen riders met at Brookside for the City Start of Thursday's ride to Balsham and Saffron Walden, led by Alan. It was a light morning and the temperature was chilly 4 degrees Celsius. We...  (full report)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index