We are now working on the Winter 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

22 EARLYBIRDs for MAJORCA 2018 so far

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

22 including no less than 9 ladies booked so far. If you want to join us at your own risk we should be able to offer a range of pace and destinations from our small band of veteran leaders.

Our details are pasted below so you can make your own online booking for flights, hotel and bike.

Early booking should get you flights, hotel, bike hire and transfers for approx £500. A bargain!

Thu 15 Mar 2018 – Departure easyJet EZ8627
• London Gatwick
• LGW 11:30
• to Palma de Mallorca

Wed 21 Mar 2018 – Return easyJet EZ8622
• Palma de Mallorca
• PMI 11:05
• to London Gatwick

FERGUS Style Pollensa Park SPA, Carrer de Bot, Pollensa, Mallorca, 07470 Spain
• Thu 15 Mar 2018 – Wed 21 Mar 2018

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.

BIKE HIRE PROCYCLES opposite the hotel for 5 days from Fri 16th. You send them your measurements to set up the bike. We usually pick them up the evening before to save time and queuing in the morning. We store them securely in the hotel basement. You can take your own but it costs much the same. Pro Cycles also lead rides but at much racier pace than me. 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.

With so many going we seem to be clearing Procycle out of bikes in some sizes so nearby alternatives are..

2GOCYCLING website

Mallorca Bike Hire website

Rent March Bike Hire website

Book bikes for early collection Fri 16th March 2018 and return evening of Tue 20th 2018. We get away with 5 days at Procycle but you may have to book them from midday Thu 15th and you should have plenty of time for a test run.

I will sort out group save rail tickets to Gatwick and Taxi to Puerto Pollensa in February next year. Budget £50

Email 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

Kennet Valley Audax events 10th March 2018

Reading CTC is organising two events: 100km and 200km

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 Café 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 café stop at the Pickleberry Café riders will retrace the route to Hungerford for a second visit to the Tutti Pole Café.  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!

Mick Simmons