CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 24th March 2019

Notices:

  • Sadly, our series of Tuesday night slide shows is over until next October. I would like to extend a big thank you to Dave Hearn for organising the shows for more than 30-years – nothing stands still, so if you would like to share your pictures from recent, or not so recent, tours in the 2019/2020 season, Dave will be delighted to hear from you.
  • We have a runs meeting on Friday 22nd March and there are still a few gaps on our dynamic planning chart. Please help us to fill in the gaps to ensure that we have a continuous schedule of Sunday and Tuesday rides for the next quarter.
  • On June 2nd we, CTC Coventry, are hosting one of Cycling UK’s Triennial Veteran’s 100-mile rides for riders over 50-years old. It may seem daunting to ride 100-miles, but it’s taken in easy stages and the camaradery keeps everyone going and its always proved to be a very popular event in the past. Please have a look at our website to read more about it and to download the route and registration documents.
  • Vicky Palethorpe is organising a Ladies Summer Weekend Tour from 28th-30th June. More details are on our website. To book your place please email Vicky, or ring her on 077 222 71196.

CTC Coventry Sunday 24th March

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 Hatton Locks (SP 240 668) and return to Memorial Park. The destination has been changed from the advertised ride to Astley Book Farm to avoid getting mixed up with the Coventry Half Marathon.
  2. A longer ride will be led by Jeff Palethorpe (075 1029 7038) to:
    • Stretton-under-Fosse, Malt Kiln Farm (SP 455 814) for coffee after 17-miles, to
    • Sutton Wharf (SP 412 995) for lunch after 40-miles and return to
    • Coventry, Memorial Park after a total of 62-miles.

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

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

CTC Coventry Tuesday 26th March

  • Meeting point: Hatton Locks (SP 240 668) at 1015hrs.
  • At approximately 1100hrs the ride will be led by Jeff Palethorpe (075 1029 7038) for lunch at Hampton Lucy, Boars Head (SP 255 571) after 19-miles.
  • 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 27th March

  • Meet at 0930hrs at Birdingbury War Memorial (SP 432 682)
  • Coffee at Southam, Gateway Cafe (SP 419 620)
  • Lunch at Byfield, Cross Tree (SP 516 530)
  • Please contact Andy (07964 798758) for more details.

CTC Coventry & CTC Rugby rides for the week beginning Sunday 17th March 2019

Notices:

  • The next Tuesday show will be presented by Jill & Peter Seamen about their cycling tours in Majorca and Britanny. The show will take place at The Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry on Tuesday 19th March at 2000hrs and sadly is the last in this year’s series.
  • We are coming to the end of our current runs lists and are planning rides on Sundays and Tuesdays for the next quarter. Please have a look at our dynamic planning chart and fill in the details of rides you would like to lead – it can be a tried and tested route, or, if you’ve found a new café let’s give it a try. The all day ride normally stops for afternoon tea after the clocks go forward on 31st March, but if you fancy doing something slightly different that’s the leader’s decision. Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to lead rides already.
  • I know that I am always making this plea, but we are currently relying on a small number of leaders and we really need more members to take an active role in running the Club. So please, take the plunge and volunteer to lead a ride – there will normally be someone on hand to help, if necessary.
  • A spare place has become available on Alan Jelley’s Cotswold Tour from 12th to 15th April. Please email Alan if you would like to take up this opportunity. More information is available on our website.
  • On June 2nd we, CTC Coventry, are hosting one of Cycling UK’s Triennial Veteran’s 100-mile rides for riders over 50-years old. It may seem daunting to ride 100-miles, but it’s taken in easy stages and the comradery keeps everyone going and its always proved to be a very popular event in the past. Please have a look at our website to read more about it and to download the route and registration documents. There will be more information coming in the next few weeks, amongst which will be the usual plea for help with catering and generally running the event – it’s a great feeling at the end of a big event to know that you have been part of the team making it possible. So please keep Sunday 2nd June clear for riding or helping to run the event.
  • Vicky Palethorpe is organising a Ladies Summer Weekend Tour from 28th-30th June. More details are on our website. To book your place please email Vicky, or ring her on 077 222 71196.

CTC Coventry Sunday 17th March

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 Carl Lewis (024 7626 7385, 077 6784 7573) to Draycote Water (SP 453 815) and return to Memorial Park.
  2. A longer ride will be led by Mike Thomas (024 7669 2792, 079 2903 8398) to:
    • Leamington, The Pump Rooms (SP 317 656) for coffee after 10-miles, to
    • Wootton Wawen, The Cowshed (SP 158 631) for lunch after 25-miles and return to
    • Coventry, Memorial Park after a total of 48-miles.

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

    View the route in Bike Hike – includes download facility.

CTC Coventry Tuesday 19th March

  • Meeting point: Lavender Hall Fishery, Berkswell (SP 243 778) at 1015hrs.
  • At approximately 1100hrs the ride will be led by Vicky Palethorpe (077 2227 1196) for lunch at Meriden, Stonebridge Golf Course (SP 225 824) after 14-miles.
  • 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 20th March

  • Meet at 0930hrs at Yelvertoft Village Hall (SP 594 758)
  • Coffee at Ullesthorpe, Palmers Garden Centre (SP 518 869)
  • Lunch at Kilby, Dog & Gun (SP 620 954)
  • Please contact Allan Winters (01788 822966) 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.