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CTC Cambridge

Rides in March and April

At long last, it looks as if winter is coming to an end. With spring due any day now, it's a great time to look at our programme of rides for March and April. Clocks go forward on 25th March. We still start at 9.30am that day, but from the following week our Sunday daytime rides will  
switch to a 9am start. In April these rides will alternate between "full day rides", with stops for coffee, lunch and tea, with shorter rides which omit the tea stop.

On 1st April, our Sunday afternoon rides will move to a later start time, alternating between longer rides at 1.30pm, which will join the all-day ride at tea, and shorter rides at 2pm which we hope will prove attractive to new riders.

Our Thursday rides will also also start to get a bit longer in April to take advantage of the longer days. But we are planning to make some bigger changes to these rides in April or May: please keep an eye on the website to be sure of the correct ride details. We will also announce any changes by email. All our other rides continue as normal, weather permitting.

As always, please remember that we need leaders for many of these rides. Please contact Rupert to volunteer.

Discounts at Outspoken Cycles

Outspoken Cycles are currently offering CTC Cambridge members a 15% discount on any of their individual services: a maintenance training course or a bike service. Please use the code CTC15Spring which is valid up until end of April.

Call 01223 789606 or email team@outspokencycles.co.uk . Just mention the code and your Cycling UK Membership Number when booking.

New committee for 2017-2018

At our AGM on Sunday 12th November a new committee was elected for 2017-2018. The new committee is listed here. Minutes of the AGM are now available here or by following the link on the agenda page.

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 22nd Apr: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 30-40 miles) Meet at 2.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 4.00pm at Lode, Anglesey Abbey. Shorter afternoon ride today - ideal for new riders Leader: Greg Tucker (07774 281591).

Tuesday 24th Apr: Senior Cyclists: lunch meeting Meet for lunch at 12.30pm at Wicken, The Maid's Head. Contact: Clive Peace (07474 711920 or 01223 520723)

Wednesday 25th Apr: Evening ride (leisurely, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Balsham, The Black Bull. Sunset is at 8.14pm tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Thursday 26th Apr: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Newport, Dorrington's Bakery. Lunch is at Much Hadham, Hopley's cafe. Note new 09:15am start Leader: Peter Wilson (07760 324125).

Thursday 26th Apr: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 60-70 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Hauxton, 50 Jopling Way. Coffee is at Newport, Dorrington's Bakery. Lunch is at Much Hadham, Hopley's cafe. Leader: Edward Elmer (07814 674602).

Sunday 29th Apr: Sunday longer ride (moderate, 80-90 miles) Meet at 9.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at St Neots, Ambience Cafe, Riverside Park. Lunch is at Lyveden, Cottage Tea Room (NT). Tea is at Houghton, Houghton Mill (NT). Leader: Alex Brown (07944 193977).

Sunday 29th Apr: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 40-50 miles) Meet at 2.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 4.00pm at Houghton, Houghton Mill (NT). Leader: Leader Needed.

For rides after 29 Apr see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

15 Apr: Sunday afternoon ride to St Neots
Neil writes: I was met at Brookside by seven other riders. Our route out of Cambridge followed the old National Cycle Network route through Girton, Oakington, Longstanton, Swavesey and Fen Drayton, as far as Fenstanton...  (full report)

14 Apr: Saturday ride to Puckeridge
Alex writes: Today was a trial of a new type of ride, the “Saturday café-retour”. The idea is to have a ride with an early start and a single stop so everybody can be back home at lunchtime to enjoy a “free” afternoon...  (full report)

14 Apr: Evening ride to Quy
Nigel writes: Tonight was a mild, dry evening but the dominant weather of the weather was fog. It was not dense and was probably closer to heavy mist than fog, but the result was to make this evening's ride a rather gloomy one...  (full report)

8 Apr: Sunday afternoon ride to Ickleton
David writes: The wise, fair-weather cyclists stayed at home, whereas Mike K, Tom N, Liz G and David S set of from Brookside in the rain and picked up Lali and Mark in Rutherford Road. The forecast of 40% chance of light rain turned out to be 95% of moderate rain...  (full report)

8 Apr: Sunday ride to Red Lodge and Sturmer
Nigel writes: Although spring definitely seems to have arrived, with less wind and much milder temperatures than even a week ago, today was a damp and dreary day, with almost continuous light drizzle interspersed with periods of light rain...  (full report)

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