Welcome to Cycle Bristol CTC

Who we are

Hello! We are Cycle Bristol CTC, the local member group of Cycling UK, formerly The Cyclists' Touring Club, which is Britain's oldest and largest national cycling organisation.

As our name suggests, our focus is a little different from many other clubs. It's all about the essential spirit of "touring". That doesn't only mean exotic places, however, although there may occasionally be some of those! Our focus is neither speed nor endurance, but the pleasure of being out on the bicycle in pleasant surroundings, both locally and on trips away. On a ride with us you will have the support of experienced leaders and a companionable and varied group. Our members span many ages and levels of fitness. Some of our most active leaders are women. All our rides and trips aim at inclusivity in every sense. While some of our rides take a full day, they are never about competition, endurance, or hurry!

Upcoming events

Christmas Lunch - Saturday 9th December

This year's Christmas lunch is at the White Harte pub near Warmley.

A table is booked for 12pm for 15 people. Here is a link to their Christmas menu.

It is £35 a head for three courses and £30 a head for two courses. There will be two rides on offer on the day, a short and medium ride. Details to follow. Anyone who is interested in attending the Christmas lunch is to pay a £10 deposit; for the CTC bank details, please contact catherine@cyclebristolctc.org.uk by 25 November.

Please confirm your interest in attending the lunch by emailing Karen at karen.deklerk@hotmail.com as soon as possible as we need to manage numbers and book more spaces if needed.

If you could email your menu choice at the same time as confirming attendance that would be greatly appreciated.

Christmas evening social Tuesday 19th December

This year's fun and food will again be at Cosmo at 19:30 where you can eat as much as you like from a choice of cuisines from around the world all for the price of £21.00 (including service charge), payable in advance no later than the 12th December.

Contact jane@cyclebristolctc.org.uk to reserve your place.

We have regular rides. Please keep an eye on any of the below for the programme:

Weekend rides

We organise cycle rides most weekends all year round. The aim of these is to get out in a friendly and supportive group to enjoy the wonderful countryside within reach of Bristol. The rides are led by experienced leaders along routes they have scouted or ridden before. We aim every weekend to offer both an easy shorter ride to a suitable café, and longer and more adventurous "country" ride of up to 100 miles. All ages are welcome, including minors if accompanied by an adult The longer and shorter rides alternate between Saturday and Sunday to give as many people as possible an opportunity to join either or both.

Our shorter café rides are especially designed and run to encourage cyclists, whether new or returners, who want an easy and supportive way of "getting out" on the bike. They start from and return to venues with toilets and parking, run at a very easy pace and take no more than a half day.

On longer Country rides we stop for morning coffee, lunch (usually at a country pub), and where appropriate, afternoon tea.

Almost all our rides (except for a few clearly advertised as such) are run to accommodate the pace of the slowest rider - so you won't get left behind! Joining a ride does not commit you to the whole day. If you prefer, come for the morning or whatever suits. See our Rides Calendar for further details. All the rides' start points and further information about our rides can be found here.

If you are not a member of Cycling UK, you are welcome to come along and try three rides before joining, just turn up at the start.

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. In addition all minors under the age of 18 must complete and bring along this Parental consent form.

Evening Pub Rides

On Wednesday evenings in the summer we enjoy short leisurely rides to a local pub.

Cycle Tours

We aim for a Spring and Autumn weekend away annually, as well as more occasional long weekends (or longer) both in the UK and abroad. Organised and led by our members these offer a slightly more adventurous entry into the spirit of cycle touring, with group support and without any pressure. Accommodation is usually in suitable bunkhouses or camping.

Audax Events

Cycle Bristol CTC members organise and/or promote and support several 100k audax rides and special events during the year. For details look at www.aukweb.net.

Winter Clubroom

From late September to April we have an interesting programme of cycling and other travel presentations as well as quizzes and an auction of cycling bits and pieces. See the Winter programme for more details.

So come and join the happy and friendly world of CTC Club Cycling! Meet new people, keep fit, enjoy yourself and explore the wonderful countryside on our doorstep from your bike!

Our calendar lists forthcoming rides and events. Please feel free to turn up at the start if any appeal to you!

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