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CTC Cambridge

Grand February Lunch

The CTC Cambridge Grand February Lunch will be held on Sunday 24th February 2019 at Bourn Golf and Fitness Club. This event was a great success last February, so make a note in your diary now! More information will be available soon.

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.

NEW! Meeting agenda, minutes and officers' reports.

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

Thursday 13th Dec: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Cottenham, Community Centre. Lunch is at Huntingdon, Alex's cafe. New lunch stop. Leader: Rupert Goodings (01223 851549).

Thursday 13th Dec: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Haslingfield Green. Coffee is at Cottenham, Community Centre. Lunch is at Huntingdon, Alex's cafe. New lunch stop. Leader: John Seton (07447 010628).

Saturday 15th Dec: Saturday short social ride (leisurely, 15-25 miles) Meet at 10.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Milton Country Park. Leader: Ian Wright (07907 774939).

Sunday 16th Dec: Sunday winter ride (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Brookside. Coffee is at Newmarket, the Tack Room café at Palace House. Lunch is at Chippenham, La Hogue. Leader: Leader Needed (what does this mean?).

Sunday 16th Dec: 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: Leader Needed (what does this mean?).

Wednesday 19th Dec: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Lode, The Shed. Another winter moonlight ride. The moon is 89% tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

For rides after 19 Dec see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

1 Dec: Yasmin's "Stansted Express" + ECE 200km Audax
Yasmin writes: On the night before my third 200km audax my husband Chris was enjoying thinking about the audaxes he's done this year. "I was really pleased at attempting the Spring Dash [on 17th March],...  (full report)

9 Dec: Sunday afternoon ride to Duxford
It is apparently the 'awards season' at this time of year, writes Greg. Whilst CTC Cambridge might not bother the voters for Sports Personality of the Year 2018 (shame though that is), it soon became apparent...  (full report)

9 Dec: Sunday ride to St Neots and St Ives
Sheila writes: Despite threatening dark clouds and Greg's attempts to lure cyclists onto the afternoon ride (how does he write such entertaining narratives - should Greg decide to run a creative writing course...  (full report)

6 Dec: Thursday ride to Saffron Walden and Dullingham
Edward writes: We assembled in Great Shelford in mild, drab overcast conditions. This was a day which looked as if it would rain even if the forecast suggested this would be limited to the odd afternoon shower...  (full report)

25 Nov: Sunday ride to Potton and Biggleswade
Tom writes: This truly was a day of firsts, not just for the afternoon riders but for the day riders too.This was the first time I had led an all-day ride. In such circumstances, it was great to have a good team of riders with me right from the start, with twelve of us ready to 'Go West' at 9...  (full report)

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