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We are now working on the Autumn runs list for December-February. We are aiming to finalise the list by November 14th, so leaders new and old need to act now to avoid disappointment!

If you’re a CTC member and would like to lead a ride, please contact the ride co-ordinators and let them know. They may be able to suggest a suitable ride if you’re stuck for ideas or otherwise have a look at previous runs lists (link below). Or try something different, perhaps a ride that you like or have been wanting to do.

Ride co-ordinators:

* On-road: Simon Bird

* Off-road: Ian Doyle

Have a look at the draft programme and see where it would fit in with other rides as they are entered.

The full draft programme and any gaps can be viewed:  here

Useful resources:

Reading CTC café map
North Hampshire CTC café map
Previous runs lists

MAJORCA March 19th 2020

Summer is not over if you start thinking about next year. Majorca in March has warmer weather and smooth quiet roads and a lot of cyclists. And this year we are heading to Peguera.

We are planning to go to a different beach hotel on the South side of the Island coast and mountains after 6 years at Puerto Pollensa in the North. Sel & Helen researched the area and our chosen hotel last year and where to ride. The hotel runs a bike hire operation and there are other hire shops in the area. Budget £100 for carbon bike hire. I have no idea yet about electric but bound to be a bit dearer. The hotel hosts Max Huerzeler bike hire which is not surprising since the its more German orientated than the old one. 

The details are pasted below so you can make your own online booking for flights, hotel and bike. Early booking may get you return flights, half board hotel, bike hire and transfers for under £600

Thu 19 Mar 2020 – Departure easyJet EZ8627
• London Gatwick
• LGW 11:25
• to Palma de Mallorca

Wed 25 Mar 2020 – Return easyJet EZ8622
• Palma de Mallorca
• PMI 11:10
• to London Gatwick


Universal Hotel Lido Park, CL Jose Guevara Ur la Romana, 4 – 07160 Peguera

Find hotel details using this link

We have used this group discount link to book

• Thu 19 Mar 2020 – Wed 25 Mar 2020

The best value seems to be doubles especially if you book with no cancellation option. Single seem proportionately dearer than in the past so a financial incentive to find a room-mate. Your dilemma is whether to book early or leave it till last minute which as we are going in March is not such a risk on availability but who knows on price.

You want 6 days HALF board when choosing hotel options and remember to change single room occupancy to 1 unless you have found someone to share with in which case its cheaper.


Max Huerzeler run a bike hire operation from the Lido Park Hotel for more details

As the bikes don’t come with racks for my pannier I bring a frame triangle bag and some straps to carry my jumper and wind proofs. Suggest you hire bikes from Fri 20th to Tue 24th 5 days.

I will sort out group save rail tickets to Gatwick and group Taxi to Peguera in February next year. Budget £45

Email me or text me if you are interested and want more details. The longer you leave it the dearer it gets!

Its about 15 degrees so good for the long gradual climbs. You will still need some warmer clothes for those long descents though. It can still rain in March too.

Sean Hayden

Audax: Upper Thames: 200km: 2nd November

Upper Thames 212k event 2nd Nov 2019

Upper Thames Audax

How about taking part in this pre Christmas challenge and tackling perhaps your last long distance event of 2019 ……….

This event starts and finishes at Cholsey, in South Oxfordshire. The route passes over the Chilterns and the fringes of the Cotswolds with mid-way cafe stop at Chipping Norton. By no means flat but with less than 2000m of climbing the ride is not particularly hilly by Audax standards.

Run by Phil Dyson and in its 13th year this is a well attended event – also raising funds for local charities