Weekly Bulletin – 22nd July

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby – Weekly Bulletin
22nd July 2020
Last Sunday there were two Ladies Rides, a short ride and a  long ride – all full, so thanks to everyone for supporting us.

On the longer Sunday Ride Paul pushed us a bit further than we’ve been in recent weeks, taking us through Tysoe and onto the Edge Hill ridge and then back over the Dassett Hils – a most enjoyable ride.

It would still be useful to have more runs leaders for Sundays and Tuesdays. If you are able to lead the occasional ride just send a quick email to me at rides@coventryCTC.org.uk.

Wheelwrights Coast to Coast near Elterwater in 2012. 
Rides will have a maximum of 6-riders and must be pre-booked.

On Sunday 26th July a number of rides will leave the Memorial Park, Park and Ride facility:

0900hrs: Bob Tinley will lead a 50-mile ride to Elkington, Northamptonshire for a picnic lunch. There may not be opportunities for formal coffee stops on the way. Please email Bob Chairman@CoventryCTC.org.uk to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.  

0915hrs: Lester Marriner will lead a 30-mile ride to the Solihull area.  Please carry any refreshments you need and email Lester, lm4451@hotmail.co.uk, to reserve your place and get full details of the ride. 

0930hrs: Dave Hearn will lead a 25-mile ride to Meriden. Please carry any refreshments you need and email Dave, Dave@MargaretHearn.plus.com, to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

On Tuesday 28th July

1000hrs: John Allsop will lead a ride from Stoneleigh to Priors Marston – a picnic should be carried. Please email John, allsopjandg@btinternet.com  to reserve your place and get full details of the ride. 

1015hrs: Alan Jelley will lead a ride from Long Itchington to Fawsley – a picnic should be carried. Please email Alan, alan_jelley@outlook.com  to reserve your place and get full details of the ride. 

 
On Wednesday 29nd July our week-day Ladies Ride will meet at Memorial Park at 09.30 and ride to Whitacre Hall, or Southam. Please contact Vicky, secretary@coventryctc.org.uk to book a place and obtain further details.

Our website also has a list of cafés that are currently open. Please look here: http://live.coventryctc.org.uk/local-cafes. 

Brian Robins of the Veteran Cycle club is keen to meet relatives of anyone who used to work at the Singer Cycle Factory in the late 1800s, just before the turn of the century, when there were over 800 people building bikes.  
If any one does know of a Singer employee in their family history, Brian would be very pleased to be in contact with them, his email is beeahr@live.co.uk. The Veteran Cycle Club, http://www.navcc.co.uk/, links people who have different Veteran bikes across the world!

Two more pictures from Mike’s collection of crazy photographs from around the world; 

Keep safe
Bob

Links to other local clubs

  • Earlsdon Wheelers meet at The City Arms (SP 320 780) at 0930hrs every Saturday. Get full details of the ride here
  • Vista is a Club for visually impaired and sighted cyclists based in Earlsdon. They are always pleased to hear from sighted people who will volunteer to pilot one of their tandems with a blind stoker.  More details
Regards
Bob

Weekly Bulletin – 15th July

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby – Weekly Bulletin
15th July 2020
I apologise for mixing up the dates of rides last week – I hope it didn’t confuse, or deter too many people.  On the basis that the short and long rides on Sunday were full, as was Tuesday’s ride I guess it didn’t cause too much difficulty, but sorry all the same.

On Sunday Nigel took us on an innovative route using a few stretches of old railway round the northern and eastern edges of Rugby and returning round the south.  Everyone found some part of the route that they hadn’t ridden before, so well done Nigel.  

It would still be useful to have more runs leaders for Sundays and Tuesdays. If you are able to lead the occasional ride just send a quick email to me at rides@coventryCTC.org.uk.

Social distancing at the unusual church in Chesterton on Tuesday. 
Rides will have a maximum of 6-riders and must be pre-booked.

On Sunday 19th July a number of rides will leave the Memorial Park, Park and Ride facility:

0900hrs: Paul Whitehead will lead a 63-mile ride with a coffee stop at Lighthorne and a picnic lunch at Avon Dassett. Please email Paul PW35@hotmail.com to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.  

0915hrs: Mike Thomas will lead a 30-mile ride to Lavender Hall.  Please carry any refreshments you need and email Mike, mike999thomas@gmail.com, to reserve your place and get full details of the ride. 

0930hrs: Marina Friend will lead a 32-mile ladies ride to Hatton and Rowington. Please carry any refreshments you need and email Marina, marinafriend@hotmail.co.uk, to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

On Tuesday 21st July

1015hrs: Mike Thomas will lead a ride from St. Nicholas Park, Warwick to Preston-on-Stour. Please email mike999thomas@gmail.com  to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.  If necessary Bob Tinley will lead an additional ride from Lavender Hall to Yarningale Common.  Mike will forward emails as necessary.

On Wednesday 22nd July our week-day Ladies Ride will cycle out to the Charlecote / Wellesbourne area, 35 miles. Leisurely pace. Please contact Vicky, secretary@coventryctc.org.uk to book a place and obtain further details.

 
This week the 100 women in cycling 2020 were announced as part of the Women’s Festival of Cycling. 
One of these women is Jean Ashton, Margaret Hearn’s mother and she features is in the Cycling UK Newsletter this week, https://www.cyclinguk.org/womensfestival/100women/2020. Look out for No. 39! 
Our local Festival Whatsapp group is very busy sharing ideas on nutrition and training for long rides. Details of this group, future rides and Zoom meetings can be seen using this link to the Women’s page on our website   http://live.coventryctc.org.uk/category/womens-bulletin 

Our website also has a list of cafés that are currently open. Please look here: http://live.coventryctc.org.uk/local-cafes. 

Brian Robins of the Veteran Cycle club is keen to meet relatives of anyone who used to work at the Singer Cycle Factory in the late 1800s, just before the turn of the century, when there were over 800 people building bikes.  
If any one does know of a Singer employee in their family history, Brian would be very pleased to be in contact with them, his email is beeahr@live.co.uk. The Veteran Cycle Club, http://www.navcc.co.uk/, links people who have different Veteran bikes across the world!

Two more pictures from Mike’s collection of crazy photographs from around the world; 

And finally a quiz from Mike Thomas:

The answers can be found on our website at https://live.coventryctc.org.uk/biking-rules-quiz

Keep safe
Bob

Links to other local clubs

  • Earlsdon Wheelers meet at The City Arms (SP 320 780) at 0930hrs every Saturday. Get full details of the ride here
  • Vista is a Club for visually impaired and sighted cyclists based in Earlsdon. They are always pleased to hear

Weekly Bulletin – 8th July

 
 
More information is available about the ladies rides – please see below. 

The longer Sunday ride this week went to Preston-on-Stour – a delightful and largely unknown spot.  On the way home we rode through Snitterfield and, hearing laughter, stopped to investigate.  We discovered a mobile bar had been installed in a converted horsebox.  Well it would have been rude to ride on and we spent a very pleasant half-hour sitting on hay bales and putting the world to rights. The picture is shown below.

It would still be useful to have more runs leaders for Sundays and Tuesdays. If you are able to lead the occasional ride just send a quick email to me at rides@coventryCTC.org.uk.

Enjoying a beer at a mobile bar in Snitterfield last Sunday. 

On Sunday 12th July a number of rides will leave the Memorial Park, Park and Ride facility:

0900hrs: Nigel Hickman will lead a 47-mile ride to Newbold-on-Avon and Long Itchington with a couple of short off-road sections; a sandwich lunch should be carried. Please email nigel.and.terry@care4free.net to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.  

0915hrs: Bob Tinley will lead a 35-mile ride to Ladbroke.  Please carry any refreshments you need and email Bob, Chairman@CoventryCTC.org.uk, to reserve your place and get full details of the ride. 

0930hrs: Carl Lewis will lead a 30-mile ride to Long Itchington. Please carry any refreshments you need and email Carl, carl.lewis9@icloud.com to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

On Tuesday 14th July there will be one ride:

1015hrs: Alan Jelley will lead a ride from Newbold Comyn to Lighthorne. Please email alan_jelley@outlook.com   to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

July sees the National Celebration of Women’s Cycling being promoted by Cycling UK. As part of the process, Vicky Palethorpe is organising a ladies ride every Wednesday.  There are more details on our website
Wednesday 15th July 9.30 meet at the War Memorial Park for a 30-mile route in the direction of Coleshill. please bring your own refreshments for a picnic.  
Contact vicky: secretary@coventryctc.org.uk  if you wish to attend, a second group may be arranged if more than six ladies are interested .

Our website also a list of cafés that are currently open. Please look here. 

Mike has sent me a collection of crazy photographs from around the world; some of which have an association with cycling.  Here are the first two:

And finally…
My sister told me I couldn’t make a bicycle out of spaghetti
You should have seen her face when i rode pasta.

Bicycle jokes won’t impress you
But a unicycle one wheel.

Keep safe
Bob

Links to other local clubs

  • Earlsdon Wheelers meet at The City Arms (SP 320 780) at 0930hrs every Saturday. Get full details of the ride here
  • Vista is a Club for visually impaired and sighted cyclists based in Earlsdon. They are always pleased to hear from sighted people who will volunteer to pilot one of their tandems with a blind stoker.  More details
Regards
Bob

Weekly Bulletin 1st July 2020

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby – Weekly Bulletin
1st July 2020
Sunday and Tuesday rides are continuing to be popular and our riders are enjoying being able to meet old friends again, having had such limited horizons for so long.  Runs leaders have been having a regular Monday night Zoom meeting where we plan rides for the week ahead, but really we need to be planning further ahead and it would be useful if our leaders would sign up for future rides on our online planning sheet. If you are able to lead the occasional ride just send a quick email to me at rides@coventryCTC.org.uk.
A Sunday ride in 1999 near Stanford Reservoir – doesn’t it look strange with not a helmet to be seen? 
On Sunday 5th July a number of rides will leave the Memorial Park, Park and Ride facility:

0900hrs: Mike Thomas will lead a 55-mile ride to Preston-on-Stour; a sandwich lunch should be carried. Please email mike999thomas@gmail.com to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.  

0915hrs: John Allsop will lead a 30-mile ride to Shustoke Reservoir Please email John, allsopjandg@btinternet.com, to reserve your place and get full details of the ride. 

0930hrs: Vicky PalethorpeI will lead a 25-mile ride to Balsall Common. Please email Vicky, Secretary@CoventryCTC.org.uk to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

On Tuesday 7th June there will be two rides:

1015hrs: Bob Tinley will lead a ride from Stoneleigh Park to Napton Windmill. Please email chairman@CoventryCTC.org.uk   to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

1015hrs: Jill and Peter Seamen will lead a ride from Lavender Hall to Coleshill. Please email pj@seamen.plus.com to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

As part of our Centenary Celebrations next year we have produced a new cycling jersey to show everyone that we are celebrating our centenary and to foster a sense of pride in CTC Coventry.  I am currently taking orders and will send off a bulk order for manufacture on 2nd July.  To be sure of getting the size you want, please place your order on  our website before 1900hrs on 2nd July 2020

Thank you everyone who has been gathering information about where coffees can be obtained at the moment. Mike has collated them and Alan has put them on our website.

It is very easy to get bound up in our own problems, but Vicky has sent me this link about diversity in cycling.

“I’ve really had it with my dog: he’ll chase anyone on a bicycle.”
“So what are you going to do – leave him at the dog’s home? Give him away? Sell him?”
“No, nothing that drastic. I think I’ll just confiscate his bike.” 

And finally Mike has sent me this imaginative video about a steam bike.  Have a look and perhaps you might be inspired.

Keep safe
Bob

Links to other local clubs

  • Earlsdon Wheelers meet at The City Arms (SP 320 780) at 0930hrs every Saturday. Get full details of the ride here
  • Vista is a Club for visually impaired and sighted cyclists based in Earlsdon. They are always pleased to hear from sighted people who will volunteer to pilot one of their tandems with a blind stoker.  More details
Regards
Bob

Weekly Bulletin 24th June 2020

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby – Weekly Bulletin Amended
24th June 2020
Sorry – I’ve got the Sunday Ride mixed up and has now been corrected.

The format for Sunday and Tuesday rides that we have developed has worked very well.  We’ve been forced to change the way we organise the rides and this, in turn, has caused us to change our meeting points and refreshment stops.  This has injected a new vitality into the programme.  Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that – the limit of six people per ride requires more leaders  than in the past.  You can see where this is going, but it really does require all our current leaders to step forward to lead rides and, even better, we need more people to volunteer to lead rides. It’s very easy to volunteer… just send a quick email to me at rides@coventryCTC.org.uk.

Lunch stops last Tuesday at Earlswood Lakes and Stretton-on-Dunsmore 

On Sunday 28th June a number of rides will leave the Memorial Park, Park and Ride facility:

0900hrs: Jeff Palethorpe will lead a longer ride to Snitterfield. Please email j.palethorpe@icloud.com to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.  

0915hrs: Lester Marriner Friend will lead a 30-mile ride to Knowle. Please email Lester, lm4451@hotmail.co.uk, to reserve your place and get full details of the ride. 

0930hrs: If more than 6 people want to register with Lester’s ride Paul Whitehead will lead a ride to Stretton-on-Dunsmore. Please email Paul, pw35@hotmail.com to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

On Tuesday 30th June there will be two rides:

1015hrs: Alan Jelley will lead a ride from Newbold Comyn to Chesterton Windmill. Please email alan_jelley@outlook.com  to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

1015hrs: Mike Thomas will lead a ride from Kenilworth to Wolston. Please email mike999thomas@gmail.com to reserve your place and get full details of the ride.

As part of our Centenary Celebrations next year we have produced a new cycling jersey to show everyone that we are celebrating our centenary and to foster a sense of pride in CTC Coventry.  I am currently taking orders and will send off a bulk order for manufacture on 1st July.  Alan Jelley has prepared an ordering system for us on the website. You can place your order here.  

Just be careful because people are going crazy from being in lockdown! Actually, I’ve just been talking about this with the microwave and toaster while drinking coffee and we all agreed that things are getting bad. I didn’t mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything. Certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant. In the end, the iron straightened me out as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing. The vacuum was very unsympathetic… told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over! The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion and didn’t say anything but the doorknob told me to get a grip.  The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to ……..yes, you guessed it  …..pull myself together! 

Keep safe
Bob

Links to other local clubs

  • Earlsdon Wheelers meet at The City Arms (SP 320 780) at 0930hrs every Saturday. Get full details of the ride here
  • Vista is a Club for visually impaired and sighted cyclists based in Earlsdon. They are always pleased to hear from sighted people who will volunteer to pilot one of their tandems with a blind stoker.  More details
Regards
Bob

Government guidelines on coronavirus

In the light of the government instructions tonight (16-03-2020)concerning the coronavirus outbreak we have decided to cancel our Tuesday and Sunday rides with immediate effect until further notice.

I am sorry about this, but we have no practical alternative as there is general advice that pubs and cafés should be avoided.  This is most unfortunate and I have huge sympathy for the owners and staff of these premises, but we cannot continue group riding in these circumstances.

I will keep you informed of the status of our rides as the situation evolves, but it will take the form of an occasional message and not a regular weekly message.

In the meantime I hope you will find ways of maintaining your fitness. 

Regards
Bob