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CTC Cambridge

Club Gilets ready to order!

CTC Cambridge has commissioned Tineli to produce two different types of gilet in the design shown. The first 30 gilets ordered will be subsidised to the extent of £15 by CTC Cambridge.

If you would like to find out more please send an email to our membership secretary, John Jackson (membership@ctccambridge.org.uk), stating that you give permission for Tineli to email you details of the online 'Club Shop'.

Rides in September and October

Runs secretary Rupert Goodings writes: We're pleased to announce our programme of rides for September and October is now published.

Our Sunday all-day rides continue as before, alternating between "full" day rides (with three food stops) and "light" day rides (with two food stops).

Our Sunday afternoon rides also continue with a mix of longer and shorter rides, but always with a stop for tea!

Our other rides also continue as usual: our Thursday rides, our Saturday Social rides, our Tuesday senior lunch meets and our Wednesday evening rides. The Wednesday evening rides are weekly in September and become monthly from October.   

Our most popular day for riders is Thursday, where we have two separate departure points. We will continue to try out using two separate coffee and/or lunch stops. This seems to have helped to reduce the overload at the smaller cafe stops. However we will try to keep the two rides a bit more connected by having a mix of shared stops and choosing split stops that are closer together.

As always I'd like to invite more members to volunteer to lead our Sunday and Thursday rides. Our existing active leaders are doing a good job but we do need more
of you to take a turn and lead a few rides. Please get in touch if you can help: new leaders and lapsed leaders are both especially welcome. I'm always happy to help with route planning and to supply a complete route if needed.

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!

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

Wednesday 26th Sep: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Shepreth, The Plough. Ride is cancelled because leader is unavailable. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Thursday 27th Sep: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 55-65 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Balsham, The Old Butchers Cafe. Lunch is at Isleham, The Griffin. Leader: Geoff Jones (07971 428715).

Thursday 27th Sep: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 55-65 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Great Shelford recreation ground. Coffee is at Balsham, The Old Butchers Cafe. Lunch is at Isleham, The Griffin. Leader: Ian Bamborough (07817 357580).

Sunday 30th Sep: Sunday light day ride (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Reed, Silver Ball Transport Café. Lunch is at Debden Barns, Elder Street Café and Deli. Leader: Peter Hutchison (01223 722204 (home), 07758 158720 (mob)).

Sunday 30th Sep: 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.

Tuesday 2nd Oct: Senior Cyclists: lunch meeting Meet for lunch at 12.30pm at Swavesey, The White Horse. Contact: Clive Peace (07474 711920 or 01223 520723)

For rides after 3 Oct see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

8 Sep: Fenland Friends 600km Audax
Alex writes: My audax season has not gone to plan: I have the dubious honour of having gained an SR series in DNFs (Did Not Finish) having failed to finish a 200km (crashed on ice), a 300km ride (mechanical failure), a 400km ride (physical failure) and a 1000km ride (mental failure)...  (full report)

13 Sep: Thursday ride to Newport and Great Saling
Edward writes: Today was just about perfect for a day's cycling. Sunny, warm and little wind. So it was good that thirteen riders met in Shelford. Some chose the Rec where it was warmer in the sun and others waited behind the trees in the car park where it was quite a bit cooler...  (full report)

6 Sep: Thursday ride to St Neots and Kimbolton
Edward writes: This morning in Haslingfield we met in benign conditions, in fact nearly perfect for cycling. The weather forecast suggested this would hold until late afternoon, so the chances were that we would get round before any rain appeared...  (full report)

2 Sep: Sunday afternoon ride to Melbourn
Greg writes: I did my best, but the technology defeated me! Actually, since I had announced the change to the ride route to avoid some road closures and the Duxford Soap Box Derby I was feeling that maybe my pre ride conscientiousness and preparation meant my halo could be polished a little more...  (full report)

10 Aug: Thursday ride to Ashwell and Willington
Edward writes: When fifteen cyclists met in Haslingfield this morning it was in vastly different weather conditions to last week and indeed the last three months. Of course it wasn't cold but a very much...  (full report)

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