Following the AGM in October many members will be aware that I’m your new on-road contact on the committee for 2013/14. The main function of the On-road Liaison post is to assist the Runs secretary in co-ordinating road rides of all kinds for the quarterly list. Additionally, if there is anything that you, as CTC members wish to say to the committee about the on-road rides or activities of the group, you can contact me on my ‘official’ email address
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t currently lead rides and would like to give it a try, send me a mail.
Below is an invitation from CTC Wantage. If you are interested in these rides please contact Steve Boreham at email@example.com
For fans of mince pies we do have our own mince pie ride coming up on Sunday December 22nd as well.
On behalf of CTC Wantage, you are invited to join us on our annual festive ride from Wantage to Uffington White Horse Hill, which again is in aid of Whizz Kidz, the children’s mobility charity. This year the date is Sunday 8th December.
Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to join us at Wantage Market Place at 9.45-10am for the start of the rides or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11.15 to 12.00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz Kidz.
We will have road rides at 1*, 2* and 3* grades and an off-road ride – see separate ride entries on our website (www.ctcwantage.org.uk) for route details. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration. There will be a short briefing at 10 am. The 3* and off-road rides will set off soon after, the 2* ride 5 mins after that and the 1* at about 10:15.
Afterwards the rides will continue to The Black Horse in East Hanney for a pub lunch (at 13:00). There will also be a ride directly back to Wantage.
It would greatly help our planning if you could give us some advance notice of likely numbers. In particular, if you would like to join us for the lunch then you need to let us know for numbers ASAP. Please contact Steve Boreham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News of a bike jumble soon.
When: 10am to 2pm, Sunday 8th December 2013
Where: Forest Park Community Centre, Horndean Road, Forest Park, Bracknell, RG12 0XQ
Price: Free to enter or £10 for a table if you want to sell your wares (contact email@example.com to reserve a table).
We’re planning a tour to Yorkshire to see the Tour de France next year. Thanks to Lesley for the reminder! Predictably, accommodation in the area is already in short supply but there should be camping options still available.
Looking at the proposed routes staying somewhere in the Leeds/Bradford area will place us in the epi-centre for the two stages and so gives us plenty of options about how much to see (Grand Depart, finishes, hill climbs, sprints etc.). I’m reliably informed by the evergreen Mr Lomas that the final routes will be published in October this year so we’ll firm up the options then.
Sharon’s helping out with a hotel option (a Holiday Inn) which is looking very promising in terms of value for money. We’ll call this the “Kinda luxury” option. I’d also like us as a club to be able to offer the option of camping as well. We’ll call this the “Fresh Air” option.
So first for the “Kinda luxury” option. This will be around £30-£40 per-person-per-night and you should be prepared to share as single rooms are not readily available. Can you let me know very soon if you want this option as we need to book quickly; and I mean within the next couple of weeks. A deposit will also be extracted out of your hands when I make the booking.
Second for the “Fresh Air” option. If this is the option you want please let me know so I can maintain a list. If you can volunteer to manage this part (look for camp sites, book and manage the money) then I’d appreciate the help.
Also I’ll look into the rental of a trailer to haul bikes and luggage to and from Yorkshire (yes I do have a towing hook). Trains to and from that area are likely to be very busy, and not just with other cyclists, and we don’t know yet whether the train operating companies will be offering additional bike space. Also I know people have bike racks for their cars but not usually for 4 people which leads to sub-optimal use of the car. So a trailer may give us some flexibility around transportation. If you do know of anything suitable that can be borrowed then let me know.
Okay that the basic plan for now. Questions, responses? But most importantly let me know if you want the “Kinda Luxury” option very soon please.
You can now view past rides on the website, we have rides going back to March 2006.
Go to the current rides page, click ‘Show past rides’, and then choose the date range you want to see, initially it will show the last 3 months.
Reading CTC is organising two events: 101km and 208km.
These events start and finish at Grazeley, south of Reading where there will be refreshments provided. The routes use mainly B-roads and unclassified roads, with little A-road. From Grazeley the routes go through Mortimer, Aldermaston, Brimpton and south of Newbury to Kintbury, across Kintbury Common to the first control at the Tutti Pole Cafe in Hungerford. Riders on the 200 event will then continue westwards through Bedwyn, Pewsey and the Lavingtons to Bratton, which is just short of Westbury. After another cafe stop at the Pickleberry Cafe riders will retrace the route to Hungerford for a second visit to the Tutti Pole Cafe. Both rides proceed eastwards from Hungerford via Boxford, Hermitage, Yattendon and Theale back to Grazeley.
Entries are now open, see the AUK website for the 100 and the 200.
You can enter on-line: it’s quick and easy!
Last year the events attracted 200 entries and raised £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The site is being in the process of restored. Those members who have accounts to log in will not currently be able to use them. Posts since last November have not been restored.
If there is something that is important then email me and I may be able to obtain a clean copy from the database backup.
The runs list is up to date.
Update Minutes of the 2012 AGM are available here: 2012 AGM – READING CTC Minutes
The annual reports for the 2012 AGM are available here: Annual reports for Reading CTC 2012 AGM
The minutes from the 2011 AGM are available here: 2011 AGM – READING CTC Minutes
If you use the Look Out at Bracknell Forest be aware that they are introducing car park charges from the 17th September, click here for more information.