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CTC Cambridge

Closure of NCN 51 near Ditton Meadows

The wooden jetty that takes NCN 51 under the railway in eastern Cambridge will be completely closed from 10am on Monday 12th August until summer next year. This is because a new river bridge is being constructed here as part of the Chisholm Trail. As part of these works, this narrow wooden jetty will be replaced to make it wider.

This closure affects everybody cycling along the river between central Cambridge and east Cambridge, Fen Ditton, Quy and points beyond. For more information, including a map showing the closure point and a suggested alternative route (using Newmarket Road railway bridge), see this page from Camcycle.

Summer Barbecue

Sarah and Andy write: Once again, we are delighted to host the CTC Cambridge Summer Barbecue at 2pm on Sunday 1st September at our house in Little Chesterford. The cost is £7 for food and soft drinks including tea and coffee. Advance booking is essential.

To reserve your place, print out the booking form (pdf) and send it with your payment to Rupert, either in person or by post to the address given on the form. Book your place by 24th August, please.  

This event was a great success last year and the year before: the highlight of the social calendar, and tickets were snapped up. (Photos of the 2017 event are here). Numbers this year are limited to 40 so early booking is recommended. We're looking forward to seeing you all there!

Both rides that day will make their way to the barbecue.

Alex and Glyn's Raid Pyrénéen

In June Alex and Glyn rode the Raid Pyrénéen Randonneur. Read how "flip and flop" coped with record-breaking temperatures to complete the journey successfully in Alex's report. (See also Seb's report from 2013).

Ray in Cumbria and the Dales

Ray has just returned from a short tour in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. Read his report here.

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

Sunday 25th Aug: Sunday full day ride (moderate, 80-90 miles) Meet at 9.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Saffron Walden, Mocha Café. Lunch is at Hatfield Broad Oak, Cammas Hall. Tea is at 3.30pm at Hare Street, The Sunflower Tea Room. Leader: Sheila George (07807 827490).

Sunday 25th Aug: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 50-60 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 3.30pm at Hare Street, The Sunflower Tea Room. Earlier start today to allow for longer ride to tea. Leader: John Ferguson (01223 366887 or 07881 632920).

Wednesday 28th Aug: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Babraham, The George Inn. Sunset is at 7.56pm tonight. Leader: Ray Miller (07910 591846).

Thursday 29th Aug: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at St Neots, Ambience Cafe, Riverside Park. Lunch is at Kimbolton, The New Sun Inn. Start is Brookside as usual. Previous start was a mistake. Leader: John Jackson (07739 923182).

Thursday 29th Aug: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Haslingfield Green. Coffee is at St Neots, Ambience Cafe, Riverside Park. Lunch is at Kimbolton, Olivers Cafe. Leader: Ian Bamborough (07817 357580).

For rides after 31 Aug see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

29 Aug - 7 Sep 2013: Seb's Raid Pyrénéen Touriste
Seb M writes: Le Raid Pyrénéen Touriste is a tourist version of the better-known Raid Pyrénéen Randonneur. Both start and finish at the same places – Hendaye on the Atlantic coast and St Cerbère on the Mediterranean...  (full report)

28 Jul - 4 Aug: Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales
Ray writes: I had been planning a cycling tour of the Yorkshire Dales for some time; this year I finally got my act together and made it happen. I booked a holiday cottage through Airbnb in the small village of Dent in Cumbria...  (full report)

24 - 28 June: Le Raid Pyrénéen Randonneur
Alex writes: Le Raid Pyrénéen Randonneur is a timed long distance cycling challenge established in 1950 by Cyclo Club Béarnais. To succeed, one must ride a set route between the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, staying close to the Spanish border, in under 100 hours...  (full report)

21 Jul: Sunday afternoon ride to Ashdon
John F writes: This was to be my first visit to the Ashdon Museum since its refurbishment, a favourite tea stop for CTC Cambridge. Perfect cycling weather despite a stiff southerly breeze tempted 13 riders to Brookside for the 1...  (full report)

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)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index