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CTC Cambridge

Design our next Club Jersey!

John Jackson writes: We recently asked members whether they would like us to order some new club kit, and received a positive reply.

So now we'd like to give members the opportunity to have a go at designing it. Why not have a go!   

To help (or hinder you), we've provided pictures of the 'recent' gilet and the 'old' Club jersey. Click for a larger version.

Designs can be done in any medium (pen/pencil with colour annotations, felt-tip/crayon or using something like Microsoft Paint). Once you’ve produced your design please send an electronic (scanned or photographed) copy to membership@ctccambridge.org.uk by Sunday 2nd February.

Your design ideas don't have to be 'perfect': the suppliers will work them up for final approval, but it would be helpful if you could ensure that we know your proposals for colours, wording (font), and any special design features.

All designs submitted will appear on our website prior to announcing the winner (unless you request otherwise). The winning design will be selected by the Committee and the winning designer will receive £30 to go towards the purchase of a jersey.

We look forward to receiving your design ideas! John

Busway blues this winter

Dangerous barriers installed at Biomedical Campus

On the south side of Cambridge, staggered cycle barriers have been installed across the busway cycleway near the the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, on the east side of the bridge over the railway.

They are dangerous as they are hard to see, especially in the dark. They are positioned at the bottom of a steep slope which makes them a collision hazard for downhill cyclists and creates a difficult manoeuvre for uphill cyclists. They will increase conflict and congestion on this very busy path, and will create particular difficulties for people using large bikes such as those towing child trailers. We support Camcycle's campaign to get them removed.

Busway cycleway closed between Orchard Park and Histon

North of Cambridge, the busway cycleway is once again closed between Histon and Orchard Park because of A14 works. The closure began on 6th January and will "last for approximately one month". The alternative route via the big A14 roundabout south of Histon is difficult because the cycleway on the east side of the roundabout is currently closed due to the same A14 works.

Works on the cycleway between Histon and Oakington

A company called Harlaxton Engineering is laying power cables down the side of the busway cycleway between Histon and Oakington. The cycleway will remain open. Work was suspended over Christmas and has not yet (11 Jan) restarted, but when it does we expect the cycleway past the works to again become muddy and reduced in width to a mere "1.2m", with signs saying "cyclists please dismount". Work will continue through to "mid March".

Flooding between Swavesey and St Ives

The busway cycleway is still closed between Swavesey and St Ives Park and Ride due to flooding. The normal on-road diversion route is via Swavesey, Fen Drayton and Fenstanton, entering St Ives via the old bridge. This adds an extra 3.1miles (5km).  

The main area of flooding is between Swavesey Church and Fen Drayton, so a shorter off-road diversion is currently (11 Jan) possible via Swavesey village, Swavesey windmill and the RSPB access track to Fen Drayton Lakes busway stop. Between there and St Ives the path is not flooded but there is slushy debris on the path. If there is further heavy rain this section may flood again. (Thanks Ian W for the report).

Please let us know if you have any updates.

Award of 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 Sheila George. The trophy was presented to Sheila by our chair, Andy Carlyle (on the right in the photo), at the club's Christmas Lunch on 15th December.   

Sheila was nominated because of her service to the club in leading a great many rides over the past year.

More information about the Len Nice Memorial Trophy may be found here.

The Christmas Lunch was attended by 38 members and friends of CTC Cambridge at The Crown in Linton. People enjoyed good food and good conversation. In addition to presenting the Len Nice Trophy to Sheila, Andy also gave a big "thank you" to Sue for organising the event. More photos of the Christmas Lunch

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

Our next rides

Thursday 23rd Jan: Thursday ride - city start (moderateThis ride is graded as "moderate". We will go at a steady touring pace, averaging around 12 mph. More, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.15am at Brookside. Coffee is at Newport, Dorrington's Bakery. Lunch is at Thaxted, The Swan Hotel. Leader: Mike Pearce (07836 229712).

Thursday 23rd Jan: Thursday ride - village start (moderateThis ride is graded as "moderate". We will go at a steady touring pace, averaging around 12 mph. More, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Great Shelford, Square and Compasses. Coffee is at Newport, Dorrington's Bakery. Lunch is at Thaxted, The Swan Hotel. Leader: Edmund Rose (01223 846943 or 07783 049846 on the day).

Sunday 26th Jan: Sunday winter ride (moderateThis ride is graded as "moderate". We will go at a steady touring pace, averaging around 12 mph. More, 50-60 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Brookside. Coffee is at Sturmer, Sturmer Nurseries. Lunch is at Saffron Walden, The Temeraire. Leader: John Seton (07447 010628).

Sunday 26th Jan: Sunday afternoon ride (moderateThis ride is graded as "moderate". We will go at a steady touring pace, averaging around 12 mph. More, 30-40 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 3.00pm at Duxford, Graystones Cafe. Leader: Ray Miller (07910 591846).

For rides after 29 Jan see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

Andy and Sarah's Pacific Coast Tour 2019
Andy writes: It all started with "where shall we go this year?" We had cycled in India in 2017 and in Taiwan in 2018 so it seemed sensible for us to try a different culture this time. We therefore decided to visit the USA and cycle down the Pacific West Coast...  (full report)

4 Jan: Saturday Social ride to Oakington
Ian writes: Today's Saturday Social, the first of this new decade, saw eleven riders leave Brookside, heading across Parker's Piece towards Riverside. Once across the Green Dragon bridge, with the towpath...  (full report)

10-14 Oct: Milan to Venice Charity Bike Ride
Fiona writes: I joined this lively group of 70 women for three days of cycling in Northern Italy. The ride was in support of Women V Cancer, the umbrella for the three charities Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust...  (full report)

Breeze rides in our area
Liz writes: On Thursday 12 September I joined the village start from Haslingfield. I took part on this ride on a beautiful sunny morning led by Sheila commencing up the steep Barrington Hill. As is usual...  (full report)

12 Sep: Thursday ride to Reed and Much Hadham
Edward writes: From the beginning this looked as it if it would be a good day for cycling: sunny, warm, and a bit of south-westerly breeze. In other words a good September day. Encouraged by this good...  (full report)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index