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CTC Cambridge

Rides in May

Leaders and more leaders please! We have now published our rides for May but we need more leaders in order to maintain this full program. I estimate it will work if we all try to lead one ride each month. A big thank you to those who do more than their fair share.

May feels like the start of summer as we enjoy the longer days and warmer weather. It means our rides can include some longer routes on both Sundays and Thursdays to visit some more distant lunch stops. But we will be mixing in shorter routes as well, so there should be a ride to suit everyone.

The need for leaders on Sundays (both all-day and afternoon) is my particular focus this month. We need more of you to volunteer to ensure the planned rides can go ahead. Are there any changes to the format of our rides on Sundays which would encourage more people to lead them? Please get in touch with your ideas. Rupert Goodings, Runs Secretary

(The photo above is from our ride on Sunday 21st May 2017).

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.

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

Saturday 4th May: Saturday short?social ride (leisurely, 15-25 miles) Meet at 10.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Abington, . Leader: Ian Wright (07907 774939).

Sunday 5th May: Sunday full day ride (moderate, 75-85 miles) Meet at 9.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Gamlingay, Woodview Farm Cafe. Lunch is at Baldock, Tapps Garden Centre. Tea is at 4.00pm at Westmill Tea Room. Leader: Alan Tullett (07479 669564).

Sunday 5th May: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 45-55 miles) Meet at 1.00pm at Brookside. Tea is at 4.00pm at Westmill Tea Room. Earlier start today to allow for more leisurely ride to tea. Leader: Ian Bamborough (07817 357580).

Wednesday 8th May: 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 8.34pm tonight. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).

Thursday 9th May: 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. Leader: John Jackson (07739 923182).

Thursday 9th May: 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: Sharon Jackson (07969 412967).

For rides after 10 May see our rides list.

Latest ride reports

28 Apr: Sunday afternoon ride to Wimpole (full report)

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)

We have many more ride reports in the Ride reports index