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CTC Cambridge

Book your place for tea on Sun 28 July

On Sunday 28th July we have a home tea (renamed "Le Tea", to celebrate the final day of Le Tour) in West Wratting. Numbers are limited so advance booking is essential. Please book your place by sending an email to Rupert (runs@ctccambridge.org.uk) by 24th July. Advance booking is requested even if you intend to join one of our rides on the day.  

As usual we have two rides: both will arrive at the tea stop at 3pm. Our morning ride will start at the special time of 10am (details) with a stop for brunch before continuing to tea. Our afternoon ride starts at 1pm (details) and will ride directly to the tea stop.

Note that tea is at 3pm: this is earlier than usual so that we can enjoy a more leisurely event. The cost is £4, paid on the day. Please bring small notes or exact change. Partners are welcome (one guest per member).

Melbourn to Royston Consultation

The Greater Cambridge Partnership have started a public consultation on the next steps for the "Melbourn Greenway". This is the new name for the cycleway alongside the A10 between Cambridge and Royston. Find out more and read our views.

A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet

Highways England have started a public consultation on building a completely new 10-mile section of dual carriageway between the Caxton Gibbet roundabout near Cambourne and the Black Cat roundabout south of St Neots. We are currently preparing a detailed response on behalf of CTC Cambridge. Please help us to polish our proposals. Inevitably this new road will have a big impact on cycle journeys in the area and we believe that a series of important cycle-related improvements are needed to mitigate this impact. Read our comments and find out how you can help.

Summer socials: dates for your diary

We're delighted to announce that we have two major social events planned for the summer months. We'll be providing more information nearer the time, but for now please put the following dates in your diary.

On Sunday 28th July we have a special afternoon tea at Peter and Lesley's house in West Wratting.

On Sunday 1st September Andy and Sarah will be hosting another barbecue at their house in Little Chesterford.

Join our email group!

All members, especially those who take part in our rides, are warmly invited to join our email group.

This is a mailing list to which any member can send messages, but it's mainly used to announce updates or extra information about our rides.

If you don't join the email group you may miss out on these announcements (though we will always announce last-minute changes or cancellations on our website).

So why not sign up? Find out more or go directly to the sign-up page.

Mill Road: bridge closed, street open

Mill Road railway bridge is closed to all vehicles, including cycles, from Monday 1st July to Sunday 25th August whilst works are completed on the railway. Pedestrians (and people wheeling their bikes) can still use the bridge except on eight days (details) when the bridge will be closed to everybody.  

In addition major gas works on the Romsey side of the bridge have reduced the width of Mill Road to a single lane, with traffic signals controlling the flow of traffic.

To avoid all this cyclists can use the cycle bridge from Rustat Road to Devonshire Road. But don't avoid the area altogether! Mill Road itself is still very much open, and the reduced motor traffic is making it a much nicer place to visit.

Busway closed between Orchard Park and Histon

The cycleway alongside the guided busway (and the busway itself) has been closed between Orchard Park and Histon since Saturday 22nd June. This is because of roadworks on the A14 bridge. This closure will remain in place for nearly ten weeks, until Friday 30th August. Diversion map (pdf).

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

Our next rides

Wednesday 24th Jul: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Shepreth, The Plough. Sunset is at 9.03pm tonight. Leader: Tom Nash (07801 431494).

Thursday 25th Jul: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Stradishall, Cafe 33. Lunch is at Castle Hedingham, Buckley's Tea Room. Leader: John Jackson (07739 923182).

Thursday 25th Jul: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Great Shelford, Square and Compasses. Coffee is at Stradishall, Cafe 33. Lunch is at Wickham St Paul, Spencers Farm Shop Cafe. Longer ride today. Leader: Sheila George (07807 827490).

Sunday 28th Jul: Special ride Meet at 10.00am at Brookside. Lunch is at Sturmer, Sturmer Nurseries. Tea is at 3.00pm at West Wratting, Le Tea (P&L home tea). Special Home Tea ride - early lunch stop followed by home tea. Prebooked tea only. Leader: Alan Tullett (07479 669564).

Sunday 28th Jul: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 40-50 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 3.00pm at West Wratting, Le Tea (P&L home tea). Special Home Tea ride - earlier start followed by home tea. Prebooked tea only. Leader: Phil Norris.

For rides after 30 Jul see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

18 Jul: Thursday ride to Reed and Much Hadham
Edward writes: Gone was the sunshine of recent days to be replaced by a light persistent drizzle to greet the nine riders who came out to Haslingfield for the ride to Reed and Much Hadham; back at Brookside ten riders started...  (full report)

15 Jul: Sunday afternoon ride to Wicken
Greg writes: Despite Ed asserting in his most recent ride report that the Sunday ride on 14th July would be the event of the summer, I was less than sure that anyone else would come out to play on a day when so many other sporting events were on offer...  (full report)

11 Jul: Thursday ride to Balsham and Clare
Edward writes: It was near perfect weather at today's start in Great Shelford where ten riders met, equally divided between men and women to show that we are doing our bit for diversity. Our trip today...  (full report)

3 Jul: Evening ride to Balsham
Yasmin writes: There was a good turn out for my first ride as a leader: when I got to Brookside (early!), Geoff was already there, talking to Sally on his phone. Others arrived: Paul on his e-bike, Alan and Tom M...  (full report)

Another report from France
David S writes: Seb’s excellent account of his recent trip reminded me that I (with three others) recently completed a similar ride, but instead of taking 14 days, we took three years (elapsed time)! We did not climb Mont Ventoux and we took a short cut by finishing in Montpellier, rather than Nice...  (full report)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index