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CTC Cambridge

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.

Rides in April

We have now published our programme of rides for April. Now that the clocks have changed (on 29th March) we switch to our summer timetable. From April our rides on Sunday rides start at 9am and 2pm and our Wednesday evening rides become weekly. Our Sunday and Thursday rides get a bit longer, with some of the Sunday 9am rides becoming "full-day rides" with three food stops, including meeting the 2pm afternoon ride for tea.

A new month means that we need a new set of ride leaders. Please do try and volunteer at least one week in advance of the ride date so that the ride status is not left in limbo. We will be operating a new ride policy in future where we will cancel rides 48 hrs in advance if there is still no leader in place. Rupert Goodings, Runs Secretary

Photo from our ride on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

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

Thursday 25th Apr: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Gamlingay, LJ's Sandwich Bar. Lunch is at Henlow, The Five Bells. Leader: Peter Wilson (07760 324125).

Thursday 25th Apr: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Haslingfield Green. Coffee is at Gamlingay, LJ's Sandwich Bar. Lunch is at Henlow, The Five Bells. Leader: Sharon Jackson (07969 412967).

Sunday 28th Apr: Sunday light day ride (moderate, 60-70 miles) Meet at 9.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Saffron Walden, The Curious Goat. Lunch is at Clare, Platform One Cafe. Late change of coffee stop. Leader: Sheila George (07807 827490).

Sunday 28th Apr: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 35-45 miles) Meet at 2.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 4.00pm at Wimpole Hall, The Old Rectory Restaurant. Leader: Greg Tucker (07774 281591).

For rides after 1 May see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

4 Apr: Thursday ride to Balsham and Clare
Edward writes: This morning we met for the first time at the Square and Compasses pub in Great Shelford owing to the ongoing works at the recreation ground. First we must give thanks to the landlord who has kindly given his permission for us to use the pub car park...  (full report)

28 Mar: Thursday ride to Ashwell and Aspenden
Mia writes: I led, we rode, the sun shone. Ian W broke 3 spokes climbing Chapel hill soon after we set off. However he had not only a spoke key but also a spare spoke in his saddle bag! Temporary repair complete, Ian cycled 21 miles back to Fen Dutton in time for coffee...  (full report)

24 Mar: Sunday afternoon ride to Melbourn
Ray writes: Eleven riders met at Brookside for this afternoon's ride out to Melbourn. It was the first Sunday in several weeks that we weren't faced with blustery winds and the threat of rain. Instead, the sun shone down and we had nothing more than a strong, cool breeze to contend with...  (full report)

10 Mar: Sunday afternoon ride to Anglesey Abbey
Tom writes: Blustery near Bottisham Last Sunday John S led me out into the Fens to meet storm Freya, where my legs seemed to turn to jelly against the relentless wind.Today was another Sunday, another windy day...  (full report)

28 Feb: Thursday ride to Gamlingay and Old Warden
Edward writes: This morning out at Haslingfield fourteen village riders assembled for their ride out to Gamlingay and the Shuttleworth Airfield at Old Warden. After some balmy spring like days today's weather wasn’t quite so good...  (full report)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index