New Riders

If you are joining us for the first time…

Visitors are very welcome – it costs nothing to join our rides. Rides are open to all. Special rules apply to under 18’s (see below). To come on a ride, just turn up at the start point. You don’t have to phone the leader beforehand, unless you want to check some detail about the ride.

Please make sure you bike is in good working order beforehand and bring appropriate clothing allowing for changes in the weather. While there will be many willing hands to help with mechanical problems, all participants should carry a basic toolkit, including a puncture repair kit, spare inner tube & pump. Bring lights in winter in case ride is delayed. Contact the ride leader if you want an estimate of return time.

We have on-road and off-road rides every Sunday and on summer Wednesday evenings. There are also on-road rides each Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays.

  • General information on the rides is available here.
  • Information on off-road riding is available here.
  • The current programme of rides is available here.
  • Details of the meeting point for rides is available here.
  • The guidelines for riding on-road in a group should be read by all riders and are available here.

All our rides are planned and led by experienced cyclists mostly on quiet rural roads and lanes.

If you would like more information about a particular ride please contact the ride leader, whose phone number is included in the rides list.

Regular riders are expected to be members of the CTC. While there will be many willing hands to help with any mechanical problems, all participants should carry a basic toolkit, including puncture repair kit, and a pump.

Under 18’s

  • Off-road: Due to the sometimes difficult conditions for off-road riding any under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must bring a completed Parental Consent Form, available here. Under 16’s are not permitted on the off-road rides.
  • Road rides: Under 18’s are permitted on road rides, but must bring a completed Parental Consent Form to the ride. Forms are available here. Under 16’s  must also complete a form and must be accompanied on the ride by a parent or guardian

Membership

If you’d like to find out more about the CTC, check out the national site at www.ctc.org.uk. There are many benefits from CTC membership, apart from the activities of the local group, including:

  • Regular bi-monthly magazine, packed with technical, touring and campaign information
  • £5m third party insurance cover when cycling
  • Free legal claims adviceAccess to CTC technical advice
  • Access to the extensive CTC touring guides
  • Discounts in many cycle shops

Joining is not expensive. Click on ‘JOIN CTC TODAY’ at  www.ctc.org.uk.