Central London CTC blog

Ride reports, maps, pictures, announcements and other news …

Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

Epping Forest Transport Action Group

Posted on Saturday 6 January 2018 by Richard Philpott

As our rides frequently take us through the Epping Forest area, some of you may be interested in a group that has recently been formed to campaign for improved transport there. The Epping Forest Transport Action Group say that one of their highest priorities is developing and improving the cycling infrastructure.

They’d appreciate additional support from local cyclists, and have sent out the following invitation:

“If you’d like to meet us, we will be in the Last Post, in Loughton IG10 1BB on Saturday 24 February from 13.00 to 15.00. Allow us to buy you a drink and introduce ourselves. Even if you could only stop in for a few minutes, it would be great to see you.”

You can find out more, and sign up for their newsletter, on the EFTAG website.


Photo competition

Posted on Monday 4 September 2017 by Richard Philpott

At our AGM on Friday 10 November attendees will be deciding the winner of our new photo competition.

Photos of our rides sent to me (Richard Philpott) between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017 (our club year) inclusive will be included in the “Recent Rides” album on our website and will be reviewed by a small judging panel.

Those considered to be the best ten will be on display at the AGM, with the final winner decided by a vote of those attending.

Casual Cyclists Project

Posted on Saturday 22 April 2017 by Lisa Percival

We have been contacted by a company called Tracsis which is a Transport and Traffic Data Collection company with an office based in North London. They are currently recruiting for individuals to do some cycling surveying work for us around Central London on a casual basis. The work runs for an estimated 6 month period and all other details can be found here.

Note that the company has no connection with Central London CTC or Cycling UK and this post does not in any way represent an endorsement of them by us.

Last Sunday’s group riding skills session …

Posted on Wednesday 8 March 2017 by Stephen Taylor

Unfortunately the weather was against us for our first one and two star group riding skills session last Sunday so we decided to postpone it for the moment. Thank you for everyone who signed up to attend. We will run another session in the near future and we will keep all those who expressed an interest informed. It may take a different format so watch this space.
In the meantime you may be interested in learning a little bit more about what we would have covered. We produced a handout which covers guidance on riding in a group and how to deal with other road users such as drivers, pedestrians and horse riders – you can read it here.

Personalised club frame decals

Posted on Wednesday 22 February 2017 by Richard Philpott

Now available – personalised frame decals including your own name and the CLCTC club logo …

The text is available in a wide variety of fonts, and can be in white or black to suit darker or lighter frame colours.

To order, go to Flandria Bikes and select your chosen font. On the next page, in the “Country Flag” dropdown scroll down to the “Clubs” section at the bottom and choose “Central London CTC”. Prices start at £8 for four decals (ie, enough for two bikes if you put a decal on each side).


Group Training Rides

Posted on Saturday 18 February 2017 by Richard Philpott

Riding with Central London CTC is a friendly and sociable activity. As you cycle along you can get to chat with old and  new friends. However, there are some things you can do to help make your cycling safer as well as fun, especially on today’s busier roads.

We are planning to run two group training sessions in March. The sessions will include practical advice on how to ride next to your fellow cyclists safely, looking out for and dealing with hazards on the road, and interacting with other road users. Experienced riders are urged to attend, as they can help in passing their knowledge on the less experienced riders.

There will be two sessions; for the one and two star riders on 5th March, and for the three and four star riders on the 19th March. Both sessions will start at 09.00, meeting at the Garden Cafe on the Inner Circle of Regents Park. Each session will last approximately an hour.

The trainer is Stephen Taylor, who for many years helped to organise and lead the Little Green Rides and who has also ridden with the 3/4* riders.

Places will be limited to approximately ten per session – if you would like to attend, please email Stephen in advance at sltaylor001@yahoo.co.uk.

Central London CTC Committee

Memories of Graham Watson

Posted on Tuesday 31 January 2017 by Richard Philpott

Graham Watson, a founder member of our club, recently passed away after an accident at his home in New Zealand.

John Aizlewood’s memories of Graham:

“Graham was a founder member of the Camden Section when it was formed through the Central London Clubroom in 1978, and was soon leading rides. He had come to London with the Royal Bank of Scotland, and his organising skills were valuable in the early days, taking the committee posts of Treasurer 1981-83 and then Secretary 1984-88. In the latter role he developed the section and managed the (then) controversial name change to Central London. He was always most welcoming to new riders, and patient with novices, and there was often “tea at leaders” in South Croydon.

A YHA volunteer warden, he was a keen supporter/organiser of weekends and tours as they developed in the early days. Folk evenings at Tanners Hatch YH were one of his particular favourites. He was also a keen supporter of the CND. On the DA committee as the editor of the Pedaller, he regularly contributed articles on the section activities, and photos to the section album, which now form a valuable record. A notable achievement was the first recipient (jointly with Dave Everitt) of the “Velocipede” award for leading a ride which only managed three miles before lunch.

He met his wife Fiona through the section, and left us in 1989 to marry her in New Zealand: we gave him a Campagnolo cork screw as a present for the cyclist who has everything. Mysteriously he appeared on the next rides list, but sensibly declined to fly back to lead it!

A quiet gentleman who was good company on rides, and remembered for his commitment to cycling, friends, and principles.”






Michael Belcher’s memories of Graham:

“I came to cycle touring rather late. I was nearer forty than thirty when I came out on a club ride in the early eighties. It was a whole new world to me and Graham appeared to be at the centre of it. He actively welcomed new comers and sought out new recruits. Helen Dutton who later succeeded Graham as club secretary told me she came out on her first club ride as a result of him striking up a conversation with her on public transport that ended with him giving her a rides programme.

Soon I was enjoying Sunday rides in south east England and going further afield on weekend YH tours organised by Graham. In retrospect (and confirmed by photographs) many of these rides involved us carrying our bikes down muddy tracks. Despite this Graham and his bike always seemed immaculate.

The enjoyment of this combination of fresh air, exercise and companionship together with visiting new places has stayed with me because I’m still doing it. I think it’s true to say that Graham helped develop a template that has been followed ever since. If it changed my life then I’m sure that there are many others who have the same reasons to be grateful to him.”


 Any longstanding members of the Club who remember Graham and wish to get in touch with Fiona may do so at fionahwatson@gmail.com.

Kumi Tashiro Memorial Rides

Posted on Monday 9 January 2017 by Richard Philpott

This week, on Sunday 15th January, we will be running special 1* and 2* rides, with a joint lunch, to remember Kumi Tashiro, who sadly died in November 2016 in Tierra del Fuego, just two weeks away from the end on a ten-month-long ride along the whole length of South America.




Kumi with Coralie and Clement in the south of Chile.


Kumi just before setting off on her trip in early 2016

Kumi just before setting off on her trip in early 2016


Kumi in Chile

Kumi in Chile


Wrld map

A map of some of Kumi’s travels, put together by her friends  (thanks to Rod Dalmaine for the photo).


At a gathering to remember Kumi at her flat.

At a gathering to remember Kumi at her flat.


Here are a few of the tributes to Kumi we have received since her death:

“Kumi was a longstanding and popular member of the club for many years. Her taste and spirit of adventure were second to none. Rest in peace Kumi, I will really miss your unassuming character mixed with such a sense of adventure, and bravery in cycling round places most of us would never dare to go”
(Lisa Percival, secretary of Central London CTC)

“Cycling hero. Kumi was such a strong lady, and much braver than I could ever be”
(Kelvin Dane)

“Kumi was one of those rare people who just seem to be completely nice and completely positive. She was also, for all her small stature and quiet manner, fabulously impressive in what she did. I was in awe of her bravery ”
(Mark Knox)

“We met Kumi at the end of October in the south of Chile, and spent ten days with her. We built a strong friendship very fast, as we were cycling in a very difficult area (unpaved roads, forests, strong winds). We were shocked by Kumi’s death, she was a wonderful woman, we are so sad. She was so kind , our hearts  are full of sadness to think she was alone in her last moments”
(Coralie(Coco) and Clement, a French couple who met Kumi during her South America trip)

“Kumi was an inspiring woman, tiny yet determined…she persevered through all kinds of difficulties and challenges. I am honoured  to have  met her and shared the journey with her. My life is enriched through knowing her, even for a short time. Travel well, my friend, in the hearts of those who knew you”
Sandra and Tim, an Australian couple who joined Coco, Clement and Kumi for  few days on the trip)

“Kumi was the only one in the group who really could understand me and all the travelling I have done in my life. She was made out of the same material I was made of”
(Mickey, a Dutch woman who, like Kumi, had cycled  all over the globe. She led the group Kumi rode with in Alaska and Canada in 2015)

“Kumi rates as possibly the most determined person I have ever known, and certainly one of the nicest, with great concern for others and not a trace of the egoism one often sees in high achievers.  I well remember her persevering with an almost-doomed Easter ride to the Scottish border, when the mileage target knocked most of us out of the running, including me. Only later did I learn that she had done the whole route almost solo and without a hint of protest. I will always remember her.”
(Pat Wheeler)

Use of cookies and logging on this site