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Riding with CTC Cambridge
If you enjoy sociable and non-competitive cycling in the local countryside, for an afternoon, a whole day and occasionally for longer, CTC Cambridge is the club for you.
We're a local group of CTC, the National Cyclists' Association. You don't have to be a member of CTC to try us out. Non-members should print out and complete a guest entry form and give it to the ride leader at the start of the ride. If you become a regular (more than five rides) you will be expected to join. Find out how to join. There are some additional guidelines and requirements for riders under the age of 18.
As a club, we are open to everyone with an interest in cycling. Cycling with CTC offers an environmentally-friendly and enjoyable way of keeping fit, making friends and exploring some of the country lanes, villages, cafes and pubs in the Cambridge area.
Read Our weekly rides programme for a description of the various rides we run each week.
You might also like to read this article about CTC Cambridge on the website of Cambridge Cycling Campaign.
Taking part in rides
Although the leader and the other riders will try to look after you when on the ride, you do need to be fairly self-sufficient and responsible for your own safety:
1. Make sure your bike is in good working order. Check the brakes work and make sure that you can use all the gears. Put some oil on the chain if it looks a bit dry or rusty. And check the tyres are pumped up fully.
2. Carry enough tools to allow you to mend a puncture. This means a puncture repair kit, a spare tube, a pump, tyre levers and a spanner if necessary to remove your wheel.
3. Bring enough cash for the refreshment stops or to pay for a taxi home in the event of a complete breakdown.
4. Bring lights if needed.
CTC national office has produced a useful guide to cycling with a group (pdf) which includes some important safety advice.
What to wear
Wear whatever you like and feel comfortable in, though make sure it is appropriate to the weather.
Although many of our members wear specialised cycling clothing (lycra shorts, etc) quite a few don't, and you shouldn't feel you need to wear anything in particular to "fit in".
However cycle-specific or similar sports clothing is often the most comfortable and can add greatly to your cycling pleasure. Your ride leader and other members will be pleased to give advice.
The best approach is to dress in layers so you can adjust your clothing according to the changing weather and how warm you are feeling, and since this is Britain come prepared for rain.
Cycling for pleasure
If you're looking for sociable and non-competitive bike rides in the local countryside, CTC Cambridge is the cycling club for you.
Our next rides (to 2 May)
Sunday 26th Apr: Sunday all-day ride (moderate, 65-75 miles) Meet at 9.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at St Neots, Market Café. Lunch is at Biggleswade, Jordan's Mill. Tea is at 4.00pm at Ashwell, Parish Church Room. Leader: John Ross (07876 551210).
Sunday 26th Apr: Sunday afternoon ride (moderate, 35-45 miles) Meet at 1.30pm at Brookside. Tea is at 4.00pm at Ashwell, Parish Church Room. Leader: John Ferguson (01223 366887).
Tuesday 28th Apr: Senior Cyclists group (leisurely) Meet for lunch at 12.30pm at Shepreth, The Green Man. Contact leader for more information Leader: David Sennitt (07761 284010).
Wednesday 29th Apr: Evening ride (moderate, 25-35 miles) Meet at 6.30pm at Brookside. Pub stop is at 8.30pm at Barton, The White Horse Inn. Sunset tonight is at 8.21pm. Leader: Nigel Deakin (07747 105576).
Thursday 30th Apr: Thursday ride (moderate, 60-70 miles) Meet at 9.30am at Haslingfield Green. Coffee is at Gamlingay, LJ's Sandwich Bar. Lunch is at Moggerhanger, Woodland Café. Leader: Tony Holmes (01223 842871).
Saturday 2nd May: Saturday short social ride (leisurely, 15-25 miles) Meet at 10.00am at Brookside. Coffee is at Milton Country Park. Leader: Julia Hochbach (07597 917485).
What we do
We organise four or five cycle rides a week throughout the year. Newcomers are welcome on all our rides.
On most Sundays we have two rides: an all-day ride (from 60 to 90 miles) and an afternoon ride (30-50 miles), though on some Sundays in winter we have just a single ride. We also have shorter Saturday morning rides (15-25 miles) twice a month at a slower pace than the Sunday rides. We hold a mix of rides during the week. On Tuesdays our senior cyclists' group rides at a gentle pace to a pub for lunch and back (30-40 miles). On Wednesdays in the summer (and occasionally during the winter) we have short evening rides. And on Thursdays we have a very popular all-day ride that starts out-of-town and is usually shorter than the Sunday rides (at around 40-70 miles).
Find out more about riding with CTC Cambridge.
For a calendar of all our rides see our monthly rides lists (see links on left).
You don't have to be a member to try us out, but if you become a regular you are expected to join. Find out how to join here.