CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 20th January 2019

Notices:

  • The next Tuesday show is entitled “Travels with Chris & Paul” and will be presented by Mike Thomas taking us on a walking and cycling oddysey to Cumbria, the Dutch Bulb Fields & the Welsh Coastal Path. The show will take place at The Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry on Tuesday 5th February at 2000hrs.
  • The full slide show timetable can be downloaded here.
  • Here is a list of special events planned for 2019, to put in your diary:

    12th-15th April A weekend tour in The Cotswolds. The tour has proved so popular that we have reached the limit on the numbers Alan is prepared to reserve in the selected hotel. More people are welcome to join the tour but they must book the accommodation themselves. Please contact Alan Jelley for guidance and assistance at: alan_jelley@outlook.com

    14th-25th May A b&b tour in Sardinia, organiser: Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398)

    19th May, Annual Meriden Service, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    2nd June Triennial Veterans (for riders aged over 50-years) 100-mile ride, organiser: Bob Tinley (02476542676, 07717833565). We will anticipate having about 50-riders on this national event and will be riding in groups of 8 to 10, with a leader and back marker in each group. There is no requirement for leaders and backmarkers to be over 50 and will be very pleased for our younger riders to fulfill these roles. We will also need some help with catering at the morning and afternoon tea stops.

    28th-30th June Ladies Tour, organiser: Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196)

CTC Coventry Sunday 20th January

Rides meet at the War Memorial Park by the Park & Ride facility (SP 324 774) at 0915hrs.

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  1. An easy paced ride up to 30-miles long will be led by Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196) to Charlecote, The Garden Store (SP 263 564) and return to Memorial Park.
  2. A longer ride will be led by Jeff Palethorpe (075 1029 7038) to:
    • Hoar Park Craft Village (SP 271 924), for coffee after 13-miles, to
    • Stoke Golding, White Swan (SP 398 974) for lunch after 29-miles and return to
    • Coventry, Memorial Park after a total of 50-miles.

    View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

CTC Coventry Tuesday 22nd January

  • Meeting point: Blooms Garden Centre, Bourton-on-Dunsmore (SP 447 719) at 1015hrs.
  • At approximately 1100hrs the ride will be led by Paul Morton (079 0068 0374) for lunch at Napton, Village Stores (SP 464 608).
  • The ride will return towards Coventry with riders leaving the group when convenient.View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

CTC Rugby Wednesday 23th January

  • Meet at 0930hrs at Newbold Church (SP 487 772)
  • Coffee at Ullesthorpe
  • Lunch at Ullesthorpe
  • Please contact Mark Jacobson (079 8130 9963) for more details.

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 13th January 2019

Notices:

  • The next Tuesday show is entitled “Steam Power & Pedal Power” and will be presented by Dave Hearn about The Great Dorset Steam Fair & The Tour of Britain. The show will take place at The Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry on Tuesday 15th January at 2000hrs.
  • The full slide show timetable can be downloaded here.
  • Here is a list of special events planned for 2019, to put in your diary: 12th-15th April A weekend tour in The Cotswolds. The tour has proved so popular that we have reached the limit on the numbers Alan is prepared to reserve in the selected hotel. More people are welcome to join the tour but they must book the accommodation themselves. Please contact Alan Jelley for guidance and assistance at: alan_jelley@outlook.com14th-25th May A b&b tour in Sardinia, organiser: Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398)19th May, Annual Meriden Service, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)2nd June Triennial Veterans (aged over 50-years) 100-mile ride, organiser: Bob Tinley (02476542676, 07717833565)28th-30th June Ladies Tour, organiser: Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196)

CTC Coventry Sunday 13th January

Rides meet at the War Memorial Park by the Park & Ride facility (SP 324 774) at 0915hrs.

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  1. An easy paced ride up to 30-miles long will be led by George Riches (024 7645 2437, 077 4986 7516) to Stretton-under-Fosse, Malt Kiln Farm (SP 455 814) and return to Memorial Park.
  2. A longer ride will be led by Bob Tinley (024 7654 2676, 077 1783 3565) to:
    • Wellesbourne, Touchdown Café (SP 262 549), for coffee after 17-miles, to
    • Tysoe, The Peacock (SP 340 442) for lunch after 31-miles and return to
    • Coventry, Memorial Park after a total of 60-miles.

    View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.
    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

CTC Coventry Tuesday 15h January

  • Meeting point: Kenilworth, Lil Greens (SP 288 718) at 1015hrs.
  • At approximately 1100hrs the ride will be led by Jeff Palethorpe (075 1029 7038) for lunch at Hampton-in-Arden, Sandwiches@6 (SP 203 808).
  • The ride will return towards Coventry with riders leaving the group when convenient.
    View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.
    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

CTC Rugby Wednesday 16th January

  • Meet at 0930hrs at Birdingbury War Memorial (SP 432 682)
  • Coffee at Lighthorne, Pavillion (SP 341 563)
  • Lunch at Bishops Itchington
  • Please contact Andy (07964 798758) for more details.

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 6th January 2019

Notices:

  • The next Tuesday show is entitled “Steam Power & Pedal Power” and will be presented by Dave Hearn about The Great Dorset Steam Fair & The Tour of Britain. The show will take place at The Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry on Tuesday 15th January at 2000hrs.The full slide show timetable can be downloaded here.
  • Here is a list of the special events for next year to put in your diary:

    12th-15th April A weekend tour in The Cotswolds. The tour has proved very popular and we have reached the limit on numbers in the selected hotel so it is now being closed for accommodation booked by me. If you still wish to come along but book your own accommodation you are welcome. Please contact Alan Jelley for guidance and assistance at:(alan_jelley@outlook.com)

    14th-25th May A b&b tour in Sardinia, organiser: Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398)

    19th May, Annual Meriden Service, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    2nd, or 9th June Triennial Veterans (over 50-years) 100-mile ride, organiser: Bob Tinley (02476542676, 07717833565)

    28th-30th June Ladies Tour, organiser: Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196)

CTC Coventry Sunday 6th January

Rides meet at the War Memorial Park by the Park & Ride facility (SP 324 774) at 0915hrs.

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  1. An easy paced ride up to 30-miles long will be led by Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216) to Brandon Marsh, Badgers Tea Room (SP 386 759) and return to Memorial Park.
  2. A longer ride will be led by Simon Clarke (077 1386 4427) to:
    • Southam, Café 16 (SP 417 617), for coffee after 14-miles, to
    • Fenny Compton, The Wharf (SP 431 533) for lunch after 26-miles and return to
    • Coventry, Memorial Park after a total of 54-miles.

    View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

CTC Coventry Tuesday 8th January

  • Meeting point: Southam, Gateway Café (SP 419 620) at 1015hrs.
  • At approximately 1100hrs the ride will be led by Bob Tinley (024 7654 2676, 077 1783 3565) for lunch at Stretton-under-Fosse, Malt Kiln Farm (SP 455 814).
  • The ride will return towards Coventry with riders leaving the group when convenient.View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

CTC Rugby Wednesday 9th January

  • Meet at 0930hrs at Yelvertoft Village Hall (SP 594 758)
  • Coffee at Broughton Astley
  • Lunch at Welford
  • Please contact Peter Whittle (01455 557213) for more details.

Amendment to CTC Coventry Ride 6th January 2019

Unfortunately all the cafés in Southam that we might have used will be closed on Sunday 6th January. Therefore the all day ride will stop for coffee at the Long Itch Diner (SP 418 644) instead of at the advertised venue.

Please be aware that the leaders of the rides may cancel their ride if they consider that there is too great a risk of meeting ice on the roads.

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 30th December 2018

Notices:

  • The next Tuesday show is entitled “Steam Power & Pedal Power” and will be presented by Dave Hearn about The Great Dorset Steam Fair & The Tour of Britain. The show will take place at The Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry on Tuesday 15th January at 2000hrs.
  • The full slide show timetable can be downloaded here.
  • Here is a list of the special events for next year to put in your diary:

    12th-15th April A weekend tour in The Cotswolds. The tour has proved very popular and we have reached the limit on numbers in the selected hotel so it is now being closed for accommodation booked by me. If you still wish to come along but book your own accommodation you are welcome. Please contact Alan Jelley for guidance and assistance at: (alan_jelley@outlook.com).

    14th-25th May A b&b tour in Sardinia, organiser: Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398)

    19th May, Annual Meriden Service, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    2nd June Triennial Veterans (over 50-years) 100-mile ride, organiser: Bob Tinley (02476542676, 07717833565)

    28th-30th June Ladies Tour, organiser: Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196)

CTC Coventry Sunday 30th December

  • No ride

CTC Coventry Tuesday 1st January

  • No ride.

Rugby Wednesday 2nd January

  • Meet at 0930hrs at Sawbridge (SP 504 660)
  • Coffee at Ryton Pools (SP 371 725)
  • Lunch at Long Itchington
  • Please contact Ed Baughan (01788 567682) for more details.

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 23rd December 2018

Notices:

  • The next Tuesday show is entitled “Steam Power & Pedal Power” and will be presented by Dave Hearn about The Great Dorset Steam Fair and The Tour of Britain. The show will take place at The Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry on Tuesday 15th January at 2000hrs.
  • The full slide show timetable can be downloaded here.
  • Here is a list of the special events for next year to put in your diary:

    16th December Christmas Dinner at Time for Tea, Kenilworth, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    April A weekend tour in The Cotswolds. The tour has proved very popular and we have reached the limit on numbers in the selected hotel so it is now being closed for accommodation booked by me. If you still wish to come along but book your own accommodation you are welcome. Please contact Alan Jelley for guidance and assistance at: (alan_jelley@outlook.com)

    14th-25th May A b&b tour in Sardinia, organiser: Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398)

    19th May, Annual Meriden Service, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    2nd, or 9th June Triennial Veterans (over 50-years) 100-mile ride, organiser: Bob Tinley (02476542676, 07717833565)

    28th-30th June Ladies Tour, organiser: Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196)

Coventry Sunday 23rd December

Rides meet at the War Memorial Park by the Park & Ride facility (SP 324 774) at 0915hrs.

View the weather forecast

  1. An easy paced ride up to 30-miles long will be led by Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216) to Leamington, Victoria Park (SP 312 656) and return to Memorial Park.
  2. A longer ride will be led by Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398) to:
      • Draycote Water (SP 453 815) coffee after 17-miles and back to
      • Mike’s house after a total of  35-miles and return to
      • Coventry, Memorial Park after a total of 38-miles.

    View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

    • Mike and Ann invite all the CycleUK Coventry Group riders to enjoy seasonal mince pies and mulled wine at 71 Cannon Hill Road from 2-4pm after the ride. If you are unable to join the ride, but can join us later that would be great.

Coventry Tuesday 25th December

  • No ride.

Rugby Wednesday 26th December

  • No ride

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 16th December 2018

Notices:

  • The next Tuesday show is entitled “Not a lot of Cycling in Greenland” and will be presented by Peter Milton about mountaineering in Greenland. The show will take place at The Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry on Tuesday 18th December at 2000hrs.
  • The full slide show timetable can be downloaded here.
  • Here is a list of the special events for next year to put in your diary:

    16th December Christmas Dinner at Time for Tea, Kenilworth, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    April A weekend tour in The Cotswolds, organiser: Alan Jelley (alan_jelley@outlook.com)

    14th-25th May A b&b tour in Sardinia, organiser: Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398)

    19th May, Annual Meriden Service, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    2nd, or 9th June Triennial Veterans (over 50-years) 100-mile ride, organiser: Bob Tinley (02476542676, 07717833565)

    28th-30th June Ladies Tour, organiser: Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196)

  • More information on the Sardinia Tour:

    Mike Thomas is planning a 10 day tour of Sardinia next May. This will cross the centre of the island, and round the northern coast with time for sightseeing and enjoying the coast. Planned average daily distances will be 45 miles per day, staying in hotels, and with a non-cycling day. Flights will be from Luton to Olbia. For more details please contact Mike on 02476 692792 or email mike@mikethomas.org.uk.

  • The Cotswold Tour – this is a short weekend tour with options to allow you avoid the need for carrying overnight gear. It is an ideal “taster tour” for anyone who has not done a cycle tour before – we would be delighted for some of our new riders to join the tour.

    Full information can be found on our website. Please contact Alan Jelley for more details.

Coventry Sunday 16th December

This Sunday only the rides meet at the War Memorial Park by the Park & Ride facility (SP 324 774) at 1100hrs.

View the weather forecast

  1. An easy paced ride will be led by Bob Tinley (024 7654 2676, 077 1783 3565) to Hatton Locks (SP 240 668) for a light snack and onto Kenilworth for a pre-Christmas dinner drink. The total distance will be 24-miles.View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

  2. Or, the Meriden Christmas Carol Service starts at 1300hrs. Mulled wine is available before the service to lubricate the vocal chords. Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216) will lead a ride from Meriden after the service to Kenilworth in time for our Christmas Dinner.
  3. And, the (pre-booked) Christmas Dinner will take place at Kenilworth, Time for Tea (SP 280 724) at 1600hrs.

Coventry Tuesday 18th December

  • Meeting point: Hatton Locks (SP 240 668) at 1015hrs.
  • At approximately 1100hrs the ride will be led by Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398) for lunch at Charlecote, The Garden Store (SP 263 564) – this is a change from the previously advertised venue.
  • The ride will return towards Coventry with riders leaving the group when convenient.View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

Rugby Wednesday 19th December

  • Meet at 1030hrs at the Barby Café
  • Christmas Lunch at Kilworth Springs Golf Club (SP 613 827)
  • Please contact Bob Caldwell (0132 7704694) for more details.

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 9th December 2018

Notices:

  • The next Tuesday show is entitled “Not a lot of Cycling in Greenland” and will be presented by Peter Milton about mountaineering in Greenland. The show will take place at The Friend Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry on Tuesday 18th December at 2000hrs.
  • The full slide show timetable can be downloaded here.
  • Here is a list of the special events for next year to put in your diary:

    16th December Christmas Dinner at Time for Tea, Kenilworth, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    April A weekend tour in The Cotswolds, organiser: Alan Jelley (alan_jelley@outlook.com)

    14th-25th May A b&b tour in Sardinia, organiser: Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398)

    19th May, Annual Meriden Service, organiser: Dave Hearn (024 7667 0048, 079 4089 7216)

    2nd, or 9th June Triennial Veterans (over 50-years) 100-mile ride, organiser: Bob Tinley (02476542676, 07717833565)

    28th-30th June Ladies Tour, organiser: Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196)

  • More information on the Sardinia Tour:

    Mike Thomas is planning a 10 day tour of Sardinia next May. This will cross the centre of the island, and round the northern coast with time for sightseeing and enjoying the coast. Planned average daily distances will be 45 miles per day, staying in hotels, and with a non-cycling day. Flights will be from Luton to Olbia. For more details please contact Mike on 02476 692792 or email mike@mikethomas.org.uk.

  • The Cotswold Tour – this is a short weekend tour with options to allow you avoid the need for carrying overnight gear. It is an ideal “taster tour” for anyone who has not done a cycle tour before – we would be delighted for some of our new riders to join the tour.

    Full information can be found on our website. Please contact Alan Jelley for more details.

Coventry Sunday 9th December

Rides meet at the War Memorial Park by the Park & Ride facility (SP 324 774) at 0915hrs.

View the weather forecast

  1. A moderately paced ride of under 30-miles will be led by Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196) to Berkswell, Lavender Hall Fishery (SP 242 779) and back to War Memorial Park.
  2. A longer ride will be led by Bob Tinley (024 7654 2676, 077 1783 3565) to:
    • Knowle, Wyndley Garden Centre (SP 183 758), for coffee after 12-miles, to
    • Lighthorne, Pavillion (SP 341 563) for lunch after 35-miles and return to
    • Coventry, Memorial Park after a total of 55-miles.

    View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

Coventry Tuesday 11th December

  • Meeting point: Blooms Garden Centre, Bourton-on-Dunsmore (SP 447 719) at 1015hrs.
  • At approximately 1100hrs the ride will leave for lunch at lunch at Fenny Compton, The Wharf (SP 431 533).
  • The ride will return towards Coventry with riders leaving the group when convenient.View the route with Open Street Maps – showing tea stops.

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

Rugby Wednesday 12th December

  • Meet at 0930hrs at Newbold Church (SP 487 772)
  • Coffee at Brandon Marsh, Badgers Tearoom (SP 386 759)
  • Lunch at Long Itchington
  • Please contact Ross Spall (07773 658869) for more details.

August 16-18, 2018 Camping Weekend in Rutland

Mike Thomas says:  The long weekend’s camping trip to Rutland was enjoyed by myself, Ann, Sheila, Russ, Tony, John, Peter, Pip, Jeff, Vicky, and Carl on his trike.  We left the Memorial Park with full waterproof gear on, but this was soon put away and we were treated to great weather for the rest of the tour.  The ride to Rutland was tough carrying camping gear up some of the hills in Rutland.  Our ride took us for refreshments at Ullesthorpe, and Cafe Mont Ventoux.  We were surprised to see the expensive cycling kit here, but the food was also good quality. 

Travelling light on Friday we made a circuit to the north east of the campsite in Langham, with an 11’s for coffee at Rassel’s Garden Centre where the bacon sandwiches were very welcome, and the plants on offer superb.  From here we went on to admire the old town of Stamford where the local market was very tempting.  Our return route took us on the cycle path along the north shore of Rutland Water, with an obligatory stop at the huge Rutland Water bike shop. In the evening we all cycled to The Old Buttercross Pub in Oakham where there was a special deal for 2 steaks and a bottle of wine for £20 which most of us too advantage of. 

On the Saturday we went via Oakham to join the cycle path along the southern shore of the reservoir enjoying views of the water and a coffee at Normanton.  It was a hot long ride from here to our next stop at Don Paddy’s cafe in Uppingham.  This is one of the very best cafes favoured by cyclists, one of whom gave us some help with routes and more cafes!  The ride back to the campsite was via Ridlington which is the highest village in Rutland, and an ascent to match.  Back at the campsite we were welcomed by Ann and John who had been shopping in Oakham and we enjoyed a fine salad making use of the campsite picnic tables. 

Sunday’s ride home was 63 miles to the Memorial Park and more for some.  The start of the ride involved retracing our route with its tough ups and downs to Don Paddy’s to refuel  for the long ride home.  Along the way we stopped at Kelmarsh Hall and Cathorpe for refreshments and at the end felt shattered but well satisfied with some great cycling along quiet country lanes and through beautiful villages. 

Thanks to everyone for their help.

Women’s Festival of Cycling

Thanks very much to Vicky Palethorpe, who organised a very successful ladies ride on Sunday 15th July.

Ready to set off from Memorial Park, Coventry
Ready to set off from Memorial Park, Coventry

 

 

 

 

Vicky writes: 

CTC Coventry held a Ladies Ride last Sunday as part of the Women’s Festival of Cycling being held in July this year. This ride was one of hundreds organised across the country and listed nationally. 

9 women,  including seasoned club members much newer ones and a visitor, enjoyed a gorgeous ride to Hunningham and back. The coffee break was a great opportunity to talk about our cycling and what are our hopes and ambitions for the year ahead.