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CTC Cambridge

Join us at the 2019 Winter Banquet!

The CTC Cambridge Winter Banquet 2019 will be held on Sunday 24th February 2019 at Bourn Golf and Fitness Club. Here is the menu.   

Two courses are £23.95 and three courses are £27.95. If you'd like to attend then please make your menu choices and send them with your payment to Sue Howell: contact details are on the menu.

Please make your booking by Sunday 10th February.

New committee elected for 2019

John Seton writes: Thirty-four members attended our AGM on Sunday 4th November at Hauxton Village Hall. Our special guest was Dr Julian Huppert. Julian is a Senior Trustee of our parent organisation Cycling UK. Julian gave a short talk on the role that Cycling UK has played since its foundation in promoting better provision for cycling as well as answering questions and listening to members' views on various topics.

A new committee was elected for 2019. Full details on our about page.

NEW! Meeting agenda, minutes and officers' reports.

Rides in November and December

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

We've all put our clocks back which means colder days and dark evenings, so remember to bring good lights. It's also a good idea to fit mudguards to reduce the spray from your back tyres..  

Our rides during the winter are shorter than during the summer so that we can complete most of the ride in daylight. However please always check this website before you set off in case we need to make last-minute adjustments if the weather is poor.

As usual, this new set of rides means that we need leaders. If you are able to lead any of these rides please send me an email at runs@ctccambridge.org.uk. You can plan your own route or you can ask us to provide one for you. If you are tempted to lead a particular ride, but think that it looks too long, then please get in touch - I am happy to consider shorter options.

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!

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 19th Dec: Evening ride (moderate plus, 30-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Lode, The Shed. Another winter moonlight ride. The moon is 89% tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Thursday 20th Dec: Thursday ride - city start (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Balsham, The Old Butchers Cafe. Lunch is at Saffron Walden, The Temeraire. Leader: Alan Tullett (07479 669564).

Thursday 20th Dec: Thursday ride - village start (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Great Shelford recreation ground. Coffee is at Balsham, The Old Butchers Cafe. Lunch is at Saffron Walden, The Curious Goat. Leader: Sheila George (07807 827490).

Sunday 23rd Dec: No Sunday ride today.

For rides after 26 Dec see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

13 Dec: Thursday ride to Cottenham and Huntingdon
Rupert writes: Coffee at Cottenham! A phrase that may have struck fear into the heart of some city ride leaders making them reluctant to pick up the lead. With good reason: it is a tricky route to plan...  (full report)

1 Dec: Yasmin's "Stansted Express" + ECE 200km Audax
Yasmin writes: On the night before my third 200km audax my husband Chris was enjoying thinking about the audaxes he's done this year. "I was really pleased at attempting the Spring Dash [on 17th March],...  (full report)

9 Dec: Sunday afternoon ride to Duxford
It is apparently the 'awards season' at this time of year, writes Greg. Whilst CTC Cambridge might not bother the voters for Sports Personality of the Year 2018 (shame though that is), it soon became apparent...  (full report)

9 Dec: Sunday ride to St Neots and St Ives
Sheila writes: Despite threatening dark clouds and Greg's attempts to lure cyclists onto the afternoon ride (how does he write such entertaining narratives - should Greg decide to run a creative writing course...  (full report)

6 Dec: Thursday ride to Saffron Walden and Dullingham
Edward writes: We assembled in Great Shelford in mild, drab overcast conditions. This was a day which looked as if it would rain even if the forecast suggested this would be limited to the odd afternoon shower...  (full report)

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