Rides in March and April

Spring is here (let's just hope the winds ease off as well before too long), and we're pleased to announce our rides lists for March and April.

We have found some new stops to try - it is good to find some new cafes but we are sad to see old favourites closing this year. Please do help us out here and let the runs secretary know of any new new openings or any closures that you discover.

There are changes to all the Sunday rides when the clocks change.

The Sunday day rides change to an earlier 9am start in April and we also start having longer rides. The first longer "full day" ride is on 2nd April and we then have a mix of longer "full day" rides and the shorter "light day" rides on alternate weekends.

The Sunday afternoon rides change to a later 1.30pm start in April. This earlier start seems to work well and gives us a wider choice of tea stops as many nice cafes close a bit earlier on Sundays.

All our other rides continue with their usual format. In particular the Thursday rides continue with an earlier start time of 9.15am for the city start.

Lastly, a reminder to you all to please volunteer to lead a ride or two so that all our rides have a leader. And a thank you to everyone who has already put their name down. Rupert Goodings, Runs Secretary

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

Latest ride reports

23 Apr: Sunday ride to Ickleton and Buntingford
Nigel writes: I had done rather a lot of cycling over Easter so was happy that today's ride was relatively short: what we call a "short day ride", which means that it had stops for coffee and lunch and then returned back directly to Cambridge without stopping for tea...  (full report)

19 Apr: Evening ride to Hardwick
Nigel writes: It may be late April but it's still getting quite cold in the evenings, so I donned my winter windproof jacket before setting off to Brookside where I was joined by Alex and Sven. This spring...  (full report)

16 Apr: Sunday afternoon ride to Newmarket
Neil writes: Gina, David, John and Simon joined me at Brookside for the Easter Sunday afternoon ride. I led the group out of Cambridge via Hills Road and Worts Causeway, and on through Fulbourn, the Wilbrahams, and Six Mile Bottom...  (full report)

15 Apr: Saturday social ride to Sawston
Ian writes: Somebody casually mentioned after the previous social ride that our next ride would fall on Easter Saturday. I hadn't considered that but I thought "no problem" as I hadn't planned to be away...  (full report)

13 Apr: Thursday ride to Ashwell and Ardeley
Edward writes: In the city Mike P looked after a group of nine and out at Hauxton Edmund had to deal with a group of twenty-one for our ride to Ashwell for coffee and Ardley for lunch. The weather had stepped back a pace from the glorious sunny days we enjoyed for the last couple of weeks...  (full report)

For older ride reports visit our blog pages