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CTC Cambridge

Rides in May

Leaders and more leaders please! We have now published our rides for May but we need more leaders in order to maintain this full program. I estimate it will work if we all try to lead one ride each month. A big thank you to those who do more than their fair share.

May feels like the start of summer as we enjoy the longer days and warmer weather. It means our rides can include some longer routes on both Sundays and Thursdays to visit some more distant lunch stops. But we will be mixing in shorter routes as well, so there should be a ride to suit everyone.

The need for leaders on Sundays (both all-day and afternoon) is my particular focus this month. We need more of you to volunteer to ensure the planned rides can go ahead. Are there any changes to the format of our rides on Sundays which would encourage more people to lead them? Please get in touch with your ideas. Rupert Goodings, Runs Secretary

(The photo above is from our ride on Sunday 21st May 2017).

A new start in Shelford

We're introducing a change to some of our rides on Thursdays, with a new starting point in Great Shelford. Starting on 4th April we will meet in the car park behind the Square and Compasses pub in the High Street, instead of Shelford recreation ground which is a bit congested. (Map)



We'd like to give a big thank you to the landlord for giving us permission to use his car park.  

This is a trial, and only affects those rides that start in Great Shelford. Our Haslingfield and Brookside starts are unchanged.

Please assemble in the car park, not in front of the pub. Cars may be parked here but please park at the far end, away from the pub.

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.

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.

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

Our next rides

Wednesday 22nd May: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Barrington, The Royal Oak. Sunset is at 8.55pm tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Thursday 23rd May: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Ashwell, Days bakery. Lunch is at Willington, Blossom Café (at Home & Garden Centre). Leader: Glyn Jones (07977 907622).

Thursday 23rd May: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Haslingfield Green. Coffee is at Ashwell, Days bakery. Lunch is at Moggerhanger, Garden Rooms Café. Leader: Ian Bamborough (07817 357580).

Sunday 26th May: Sunday light day ride (moderate, 55-65 miles) Meet at 9.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Chippenham, La Hogue. Lunch is at Sturmer, Sturmer Nurseries. Leader: Susan Goodrich (07776 417499).

Sunday 26th May: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 35-45 miles) Meet at 2.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 4.00pm at Melbourn, Royston Wyevale Garden Centre. Leader: Leader Needed (what does this mean?).

Wednesday 29th May: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Balsham, The Black Bull. Sunset is at 9.04pm tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

For rides after 29 May see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

19 May: Sunday afternoon ride to Wicken
David writes: Seven of us set of from Brookside at 2pm, heading for Wicken at 4pm. (Ian W, John E, Neil S, James B, John F, Mike S and David S as leader. It was an uneventful ride:No rain.No punctures...  (full report)

12 May: Sunday afternoon ride to Saffron Walden
Ray writes: Late notice of a change to the start time did not diminish our numbers, with 14 joining the afternoon ride today, 11 at Brookside and 3 en route. It was one of the best cycling days of the year so far, sunny but not too hot with very little wind...  (full report)

9 May: Thursday ride to St Neots and Kimbolton
Edward writes: Today would be one of our longer rides taking in St. Neots for coffee and out to Kimbolton for lunch. The temperature was just about right for a cycle ride at about 11 or 12 degrees where it stayed all day, with overcast skies and a gentle breeze...  (full report)

4/5 May: Brevet Cymru 400km audax
Alex writes: To qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) this year, it is necessary to ride a super-randonneur series of rides recognized by Audax Club Parisien – so, of 200, 300, 400 and 600 km accredited calendar events...  (full report)

28 Apr: Sunday afternoon ride to Wimpole
"April is the cruellest month", writes Greg – well actually T.S. Elliot wrote that bit first! In truth I think we should claim April 2019 as the driest month – since the much-vaunted April showers that should bring forth May flowers seem to have been absent...  (full report)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index