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 February 2016
Sunday 7
easy ride - ideal for beginners
True Beginning.  Audley End – country lanes and pub lunch for a perfect winters day. OS 154 and 167. Meet Liverpool St 09.30 for 09.57 train to Audley End, arrive 11.00. Leader meets you there.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)

Note that this is a later train than originally published.
Sunday 7
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Roding or Roothing, Bobbingworth or Bovinger?  Spelling lessons in the Essex lanes. Meet Fenchurch Street 08.45 for the 09.04 train to Upminster, arrive 09.27. Meet leader here.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 7
hard ride
Essex again.  80km rolling terrain in Essex. An easier 3* ride. Meet Fenchurch St 09.20 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 7
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 11
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Liverpool St 09.35 for 09.58 train to Broxbourne, arrive 10.23, or join train at Tottenham Hale at 10.10. Alternative train departs Stratford 10.00 and arrives Broxbourne 10.13). Leader meets you at Broxbourne.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Saturday 13
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Dogs and Ducks.  Explore former dock areas, now transformed into open spaces. About 25km, all hard surface, no hills! Ride starts at 13.00 from Emma Cons Garden, opposite the Old Vic, junction of Waterloo Road and The Cut.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 14
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Chilly Chilterns.  Chilly Chilterns, hilly exercise to loosen the muscles for long summer rides ahead. Meet Baker St 09.20 for 09.35 train to Chalfont and Latimer, arrive 10.25.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 14
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Marden and Smarden.  Steady pace to the Smarden Bell for lunch. A few hills but flattish (for Kent), 55-65 km. Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Marden arrive 10.07. Leaders meet you here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 14
hard ride
Map of the ride
Even more Broken Herts Roads.  80km approx. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.05 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.21. Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 14
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 20
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
A Royal Urban Ride.  Mostly flat with a few hills along the way. It's slightly longer than the usual winter ride with a lovely stop in Windsor. Meet at Waterloo station at 08.40 for 08.58 train to Richmond arriving 09.17. Meet leader at Richmond.
(Sabina Carchesio  07817 885946)
Sunday 21
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  Little Green Cycle Ride for a Rural Delight. A mixture of lanes with rolling countryside and off road tracks, quaint villages and little motor traffic. Ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Dress for the weather. Approx 40 km - average cycling speed on flat roads 15-20km/h, slower on the hills. Lunch in a pub. OS map 166. Meet Kings Cross 09.40 for 10.05 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 10:31 (departs Finsbury Park 10.11). Returning from Knebworth at about 17.00 - buy return ticket to Knebworth.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 21
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Chiltern Rendezvous.  We will follow a route (“Chiltern Rendevous”) mapped out by Jack Thurston in his Lost Lanes book. A hilly ride of 70km and 500 metres climbing on country lanes, taking in Whipsnade, pretty villages, Ivinghoe Beacon and some fine views. Lunch at The Village Swan, Ivinghoe Aston. Meet St Pancras 08.45 for 09.03 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.44.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 21
hard ride
Ride out to the Surrey Hills.  Ride out from town to the Surrey Hills. 80-90km approx, returning from Dorking. Meet Trafalgar Square at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 21
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)

Jon is now unable to lead this ride so we have had to cancel it – sorry!
Thursday 25
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Liverpool St 09.30 for 09.55 train to Shenfield, arrive 10.19, or join train at Stratford at 10.02. Leader meets you at Shenfield.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Sunday 28
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Stop Press: Roy Finds the Garlic.  Around 50km ride in Hertfordshire, with pub lunch. Meet at Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.28 train to Harlow Town, arriving at 09.59.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)

This ride replaces the one originally published for today.
Sunday 28
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
No fuss, no thrills.  Lunch at the Viper. Meet Fenchurch St 09.20 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57. Meet leader here.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)
Sunday 28
hard ride
Fozzo's near birthday ride to Cambridge.  A brisk 100km ride to Cambridge. Return by train from Cambridge. Meet Highbury and Islington at 08.45 for 09.00 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 28
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 March 2016
Saturday 5
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Back to the trenchers.  Another mysterious Hertfordshire expedition – on Saturday to avoid tomorrow's Mother's Day pub congestion. Meet Kings Cross 09.10 for the 09.35 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.51. Meet leader here.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 6
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Far from the Madding Crowd.  Ride through peaceful bucolic lanes with a local. About 50km with a pub lunch in the middle. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.28 train to Audley End, arrive 10.22. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 6
hard ride
Hertfordshire lanes.  80-100km of rural roads. Meet Kings Cross 08.40 for 09.05 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.21. Meet leader there.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 6
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 10
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  Estuary explorations – Mucking, Shellhaven and Wat Tyler. A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Fenchurch St 09.50 for 10.04 train to Upminster, arrive 10.26. Leader meets you there.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Saturday 12
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The Wandle Valley.  Follow the green slice through the South London suburbs. About 19km, at least half traffic-free. Meet Waterloo 12.45 for 13.07 train to Wandsworth Town, arrive 13.20. Leader meets you here to start ride at 13.30.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 13
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Not Kidding.  The High Weald and Ashdown Forest, including Kidd's Hill, plus an abandoned railway line, so sensible tyres may be useful. Just 58km but some challenging hills! Meet London Bridge 08.40 for 09.01 train to Tunbridge Wells, arrive 09.59.
(Graham Carson  07946 319631)
Sunday 13
hard ride
North Cotswolds.  Rarely visited by CLCTC. Lunch at Hook Norton. Tea at Woodstock. 90km approx. Meet Marylebone 09.10 for 09.40 to Bicester, arrive 10.23.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 13
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jonathan Fluxman  07946 386138)
Saturday 19
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Urban Explorer Cycle Ride.  Route via new Cycle Super Highway 5, Dulwich and Well Parks. A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Approx. 24km – average cycling speed on flat roads 12-16km/h, slower on the hills.Lunch pub/cafe Crystal Palace. TfL cycle map 14. Meet Santander Cycle Hire Station, South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park Corner SW1X 7 at 10.45 for 11.00. Returning to Victoria from Penge East by approx.16.00.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 20
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Essex country lanes.  Easy paced ride in mostly quiet lanes. Pub or cafe lunch at Battlesbridge, afternoon tea at Hadleigh farm cafe. A brief look at the ruins of Hadleigh castle with a view to the estuary. Approx 45 km. Meet at Fenchurch St at 09.35 for the 09.55 train to Laindon, arriving at 10.28. Buy return ticket to Leigh-on-on-Sea. Leader meets you at Laindon.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 20
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Over the Chiltern Escarpment.  Lunch at the Shepherd's Hut in Ewelme. Meet Paddington 08.50 for 09.15 for train to Twyford, arrive 10.03. Meet leader at Twyford.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 20
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
The only way is Essex again.  80km of flat and then rolling terrain. An easier 3* ride, suitable for those looking to move up from 2*. Meet Fenchurch St 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)

Note date change –this ride was originally scheduled for 27th March.
Sunday 20
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Keith Butcher  07709 442700)
Fri 25 – Mon 28 Mar
medium paced ride
South Lakeland Tour.  A spectacular circular four day tour of the southern Lake District over the Easter weekend, staying in youth hostels. More details here.
(Julie-Ann Gillitt  07929 595685)
Sunday 27
medium paced ride
Looking for a Good Easter ...  and other suitable locations in the easy-riding Rodings of Essex. Welcome BST with a lunchtime Huffer and a forest tea. Meet Liverpool St 08.35 for 08.57 train to Sawbridgeworth, arrive 09.38.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)
Sunday 27
hard ride
Ride out to Sevenoaks.  Minimum 60km, option to ride all or part way back. Meet St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square at 08.15 for 08.30 away.
(Ken Peters  07845 223706)

Note date change –this ride was originally scheduled for 20th March.
Sunday 27
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)

Jon is unable to lead today, and most of the regular riders are away for Easter, so we have had to cancel this ride – sorry.
Monday 28
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
cyclosportif - click for more info
Easter Classic.  London Phoenix CC's 110km Essex sportif. Enter in advance here. Starts 09.00 from Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre, Forest Road, IG6 3HN.
 
 April 2016
Sunday 3
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Raggle Taggle Bike Ride.  Bike ride through Docklands and alongside the River Lea, reservoirs galore, replete with geese, and a visit to the Ragged School Museum in the afternoon. Lunch at a cafe or pub in Walthamstow (E17 7BH). Approx 42-45 km. TfL maps 7 and 4. Meet at 10.00 at north side of Greenwich Foot Tunnel, E14 3EA. Island Gardens DLR is the closest station.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 3
medium paced ride
Ozone and ice cream.  A linear ride through Sussex to Brighton for sea air and ice cream. Don't miss this opportunity to ride over Ditchling Beacon,a classic climb. Meet at London Bridge at 08.30 for 08.47 train to East Croydon, changing here for 09.12 train to East Grinstead, arrive 09.50. Leader joins train at East Croydon. Returning by train from Brighton – note that it will be necessary to buy single tickets.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)

This replaces the ride originally published for today.
Sunday 3
Audax UK event
Map of the ride
Stevenage Start of Summertime Specials.  60km, 110km and 215km audaxes from Stevenage CTC. Entry in advance strongly advised. More information here. Recommended train for 110km is 08.52 from Kings Cross, arriving Stevenage at 09.16.
Saturday 9
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The Country Estates of West London.  Forget Heathrow and the Great West Road and discover why West London was once a fashionable place to live. About 21km, at least half traffic-free, total ascent only 22 metres! Meet Waterloo 12.35 for 12.58 train to Richmond, arrive 13.17. Meet leader at Richmond to start ride at 13.30.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Saturday 9
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Snakes in No Man's Land.  Between 1* and 2* to the Viper, 50-55km. Meet new friends on a cross-the-boundary ride - an easier 2* ride suitable for those looking to move up from 1* rides. OS maps 177/167. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.30 train to Harold Wood, arrive 10.03. Leader meets you here.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 10
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rural Delight Cycle Ride 1.  Lunch at the PM's local and visit Lacey Green Windmill after lunch. A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Approx. 40km – average cycling speed on flat roads 12-16km/h, slower on the hills. pub lunch at Lower Cadsden. OS maps 165,175. Meet Marylebone at 09.23 for 09.43 to train to High Wycombe, arrive 10.15. Meet leader here. Back in London about 17.30.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 10
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Over the Hills and Far Away.  Heading into the North Downs from Swanley. Up to 75km. Meet Victoria at 08.40 for 09.04 train to Swanley, arrive 09.37.
(Simon Binning  07847 653363)
Sunday 10
hard ride
Map of the ride
Come to Hertfordshire - the county of opportunity!  90km of opportunistic exploration. An easier 3* ride, suitable for those looking to move up from 2*. Meet Kings Cross 08.40 for 09.05 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.21. Meet leader there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 10
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08:30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 14
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Waterloo 09.40 for 10.03 train to Surbiton, arrive 10.26. Meet leader there.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Sunday 17
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Low level Kent.  Staying flattish in the Medway Valley. Circular ride from Staplehurst avoiding big hills. OS maps 188 and 189. Meet Victoria 08.45 for 09.12 train to Staplehurst, arrive 10.10, Leaders meet you here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 17
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Where Herts and Essex meet.   Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.28 train to Broxbourne, arrive 09.53.
(Simon Slater  07985 251834)
Sunday 17
hard ride
Chilterns west of Reading.  Another expedition to roads less travelled. 90km approx. Meet Paddington 08.30 for 08.57 or 09.03 to Reading, arriving 09.32 or 09.37 (note max of 5 bikes on each train).
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 17
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Tue 19 – Mon 25 Apr
medium paced ride
Trans-Pennine Trail.  Coast to coast on the Trans-Pennine trail.
(Paul Krebs  07941 823664)
Saturday 23
medium paced ride
To The George on St George's Day.  An old favourite on an appropriate day. Dragons? Meet Charing Cross at 08.50 for 09.15 train to Tonbridge, arrive 09.57. Leaders meet you here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 24
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Magic of Essex.  An easy paced ride through Essex country lanes. Pub or cafe lunch at Coggeshall, a picture postcard village. Afternoon tea at Layer Marney Tower, a Tudor gatehouse. Meet at Liverpool street at 9.10 for 09.32 train to Witham, arrive 10.21. Leader meets you here.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 24
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Nothing really scary.  But be prepared for a fair bit of Chiltern Hills. About 70km. Meet Marylebone 08.50 for 09.13 train to Beaconsfield, arrive 09.41.
(Tibor Bek  07534 206397)
Sunday 24
hard ride
More Surrey Hills.   Meet Waterloo 08.45 for 09.07 train to Woking, arrive 09.42.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)

Note that the ride now starts from Woking, not Guildford as originally advertised.
Sunday 24
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 28
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Fenchurch St 09.50 for 10.04 train to Upminster, arrive 10.26.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Fri 29 – Tue 3 May
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Mayday in the Netherlands.  Three day trip over using the overnight ferry to Hoek van Holland on Friday night. Return Monday night for work on Tuesday morning. Our annual trip to the Netherlands this year will visit the islands of Zeeland with their historic small towns and modern flood defences.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
 
 May 2016
Sunday 1
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Lilley Flower Festival.  Cycle up the Mimram valley to Lilley (LU2 8LN) for the annual flower festival. Modest admission charge. Country lanes and some off road suitable for a touring bike. Although Charles does his best to avoid hills it is impossible to avoid them completely. OS map 166. Meet Kings Cross at 09.40 for 10.05 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 10.31. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 1
medium paced ride
Basingstoke loop.  75km through delightful and undulating countryside, with a bit of history on the important Tudor mansions and an interesting old church that we pass. Lunch at a 17th Century thatched pub - the Swan, Sherborne St John. Meet Waterloo 08.20 for 08.42 train to Basingstoke, arriving 10.06, or 09.05 train, arriving at 10.28.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)

The train times above are different from those originally published, because of engineering works.
Sunday 1
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Hills of Surrey & Kent. And a bit of Sussex too!  100km of hilly stuff with fast flat bits in between. Meet London Bridge 08.40 for 09.02 train to Purley, arrive 09.23. Meet leader here for 09.30 start.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 1
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Keith Butcher  07709 442700)
Saturday 7
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Walnut Tree revisited.  Still good for food and we'll find you a pretty route there and back. Meet Charing Cross at 08.50 for 09.15 train to Tunbridge Wells, arrive 10.09. Leaders meet you here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 8
easy ride - ideal for beginners
North Downs (and ups!).  Explore the western reaches of the North Downs Coffee in Odiham, pub lunch, maybe afternoon tea too. Some hills but at a leisurely pace. OS map 186. Meet Waterloo at 08.40 for 09.07 train to Winchfield arrive 10.09. Leader meets you there.
(Robin Hamilton  07812 831494)
Sunday 8
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
A return to the land of the kite.  Chiltern escarpment and valleys – expect lots of hills, rewarded by a Church tea. Meet Baker Street 08.50 for 09.05 train to Amersham, arrive 09.55.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 8
hard ride
cyclosportif - click for more info
Tour d'Essex.  67km, 116km and 177km rides starting from Redbridge Cycling Centre. Forest Rd, Ilford IG6 3HP. More information here.
Sunday 8
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 12
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Finsbury Park 09.40 for 09.51 train to Hadley Wood, arrive 10.10. Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 15
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Here be Dragons.  A ride round some of the quietest lanes in darkest Essex with some interesting history as well - and a pub lunch. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.28 train to Audley End, arrive 10.22. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 15
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Lunch at the Ferryboat.  Over the Chiterns to lunch at the Ferryboat in Whitchurch, afternoon tea in Henley-on-Thames. Meet Paddington 08.45 for 09.15 train to Twyford, arrive 10.04.
(Haydee Wilkinson  07596 315490)
Sunday 15
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Say hello to the Queen.  A tour of Windsor Great Park, among other attractions. About 75km, with an optional detour for light refreshments at leaders afterwards. Meet Richmond station at 09.15 for 09.30 away (Richmond is served by trains on the District line, on the Overground and from Waterloo).
(Ken Peters  07845 223706)

This ride replaces the one originally advertised for today.
Sunday 15
Audax UK event
The Great Escape.  Islington CC's 200km Audax. Enter in advance
here.
 Starts 08.00 from Look Mum No Hands! on Old Street.
Saturday 21
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rural Delight Cycle Ride 2 - looking for David in Witney.  Try the new rail service to Oxford to explore the lanes to Witney, returning via the city of dreaming spires. A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Approx. 65km – average cycling speed on flat roads 12-16km/h. Pub lunch in Witney. OS map 164. Meet Marylebone at 09.15 for 09.35 train to Oxford Parkway, arrive 10.32. Buy return to Oxford, back in London about 18.00.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Saturday 21
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Kentish Apple Blossom.  Through the North Down to lunch at the Cock Inn, Henley Street. Potential for tea at Shoreham before returning from Swanley. A last opportunity for some pre-tour hill training! Meet Victoria 09.00 for 09.22 train to Swanley, arrive 09.48.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 22
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Ayot St. Lawrence Manor House Gardens.  This gem is hidden in the backwaters of Ayot St Lawrence and is only occasionally open to the public. Admission £5. Expect country lanes with some off-road suitable for a touring bike. Although Charles endeavours to avoid hills on this occasion newcomers should note that Ayot St Lawrence (AL6 9BP) is at the summit of a big hill! OS map 166. Meet Kings Cross 09.40 for 10.05 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 10.31. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 22
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Follow the master.  ... of the Essex lanes. Meet Fenchurch St 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)
Sunday 22
hard ride
London to Cambridge.  A brisk 100km, with lunch at Buntingford (after 60km), returning by train to Kings Cross or Liverpool St. Meet Highbury and Islington at 08.45 for 09.00 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)

This replaces the ride originally published for this date.
Sunday 22
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 26
medium paced ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Charing Cross 09.15 for 09.32 train to Dartford, arrive 10.15.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Fri 27 – Sun 5 Jun
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Far north of Scotland.  Eight day trip to Cape Wrath. Starting at Inverness going via Tain, Dornoch, Altnaharra, Durness, Kyle of Tongue. Returning via Lairg/Carbisdale. More details here.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Fri 27 – Sun 5 Jun
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Croatia and Montenegro.  Starting and finishing in Dubrovnik this tour will take in the spectacular scenery of Montenegro, skirting Lake Shkoder, before venturing over another border to visit Shkoder, the most historic town in Albania. More details here.
(Sally Doyle  07743 734255)
Saturday 28
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
Map of the ride
The Great Descents of Surrey.  Enjoy two long descents in Surrey's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. About 40km. Meet Waterloo 09.00 for 09.32 train to Epsom, arrive 10.06. Meet leader here.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 29
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rip it up and start again.  A ride of approximately 50km in the Essex countryside, with pub lunch and afternoon tea. Meet Liverpool St at 09.00 for 09.28 train to Harlow Town, arrive 09.59.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)

This replaces the ride originally published for today, due to rail engineering works.
Sunday 29
hard ride
Map of the ride
Hertfordshire lanes.  An easier 80km in Hertfordshire. An easier 3* ride, suitable for those looking to move up from 2*. Meet Kings Cross 08.40 for 09.05 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.21. Meet leader there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)

This replaces the ride originally published for this date.
Sunday 29
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Monday 30
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Chillin' in the Chilterns.  Cake, conversation and bluebells. Meet Baker Street 08.45 for 09.05 train to Chorleywood, arrive 09.46.
(Julie-Ann Gillitt  07929 595685)

This is an additional ride, not in the original programme.
 
 June 2016
Sunday 5
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Mackerye End Gardens.  Ride though country lanes to Mackerye End (AL5 5DR). The gardens comprise 15 acres of formal gardens, parkland and woodland, front garden set in framework of formal yew hedges. Admission £5. OS map 166. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.35 train to St Albans, arrive 10.37. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 5
medium paced ride
To be decided ...   please check back here later for details of today's ride.
Sunday 5
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Not so hilly Chilterns.  As it says on the tin! 80km approx. Meet Marylebone at 08.35 for 08.57 train to Amersham, arrive 09.32.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 5
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
cyclosportif - click for more info
Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo.  135km closed-road Gran Fondo. Enter in advance here. Starts from Peterborough Arena and Showground.
Thursday 9
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Fenchurch St 09.50 for 10.04 train to Upminster, arrive 10.26.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 12
medium paced ride
It's all about the views.  Of course you'll have to climb to see them! To the White Horse at Sandway for lunch. Flatter in the afternoon. Meet Victoria 08.45 for 09.12 train to Staplehurst, arrive 10.10. Leader meets you here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 12
hard ride
London to Oxford.  A brisk run to Oxford. 22km/h approx. Meet Rayners Lane (Met line) station at 10.00. Returning by train – we may divert to Oxford Parkway if the group is large to avoid congestion at Oxford station.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
Sunday 12
Audax UK event
The Italian Job.  Islington CC's 100km Audax. Enter in advance here. Starts 08.30 from Finsbury Park.
Saturday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Open Garden Squares Weekend Cycle Ride 1.  Visit some of London's 200+ secret gardens that open this weekend. A £14 pass, obtainable on the day (or for £12 if bought in advance) allows entry to all the gardens all weekend. A leisurely ride - ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Please bring a lock for your bike. Approx. 20 km – average cycling speed 12-16km/h. Lunch en-route. TfL map 14. Meet at Cafe in the Gardens, Russell Square Gardens, WC1B 5EH at 10.00 for 10.15 start.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 19
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Open Garden Squares Weekend Ride 2.  Visit some of London's 200+ secret gardens that open this weekend. A £14 pass, obtainable on the day (or for £12 if bought in advance) is required for entry to the gardens. Ride starts from St Paul's Cathedral (opposite main entrance) at 10.00.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 19
medium paced ride
Riding to the George and Dragon.  A rolling, scenic 70km ride through Kent with most hills in the afternoon. Lunch in Headcorn. (Option for shortening ride by returning from Headcorn or Staplehurst stations). Meet Cannon St 09.10 for 09.27 train to Tonbridge, arrive 10.07.
(Sarah Khedouri  07904 205623)
Sunday 19
hard ride
Tour of Bedford.  A 90km circuit around Bedford, with a tea stop. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.05 train to Flitwick, arrive 10.07.
(Jo Wright  07815 491097)
Sunday 19
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 23
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk and hilly Chiltern ride of about 60km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Marylebone 09.30 for 09.47 train to Amersham, arrive 10.32.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Saturday 25
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Short but sweet.  A meandering circular ride of 42km, a country pub, an ancient tree, a dose of Tudor history, and perhaps the most beautiful lost lane in Kent. Relatively easy (they are short) hills. Meet Victoria 08.55 for 09.23 train to Lingfield, arrive 10.10.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 26
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Tea for Two!  Easy ride from St Albans to Whitwell via Wheathampstead – one big climb! Lunch at Emily's Tea Shop. Returning to Harpenden via another big climb. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.34 train to St Albans, arrive 10.07. Buy return ticket to Harpenden.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)

This replaces the ride originally published for today.
Sunday 26
medium paced ride
June abloom in Hertfordshire.  A picturesque ride through lovely lanes to a pub lunch in Hertford. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.05 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.45.
(Catherine Moye  07909 991283)
Sunday 26
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Kentish Hills.  85km of hilly terrain. Meet Lee Station at 09.15 for 09.30 away, or catch 08.52 train from Charing Cross to Lee and meet leader there.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
Sunday 26
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Ride Guide

To email the leader of any ride, please visit our website at www.centrallondonctc.org.uk. For general enquiries, contact the Secretary, Lisa Percival by email at secretary@centrallondonctc.org.uk, or by phone on 07985 731101.

* Easier and shorter rides – about 50km (30 miles) – which are ideal if you are new to cycle touring or prefer a more leisurely ride. Accompanied older children welcome although it is advisable to contact the ride leader beforehand. Please bring the recommended map(s).
** Medium distance 55-85km (35-55 miles) – steady pace yet time to enjoy lunch, etc.
*** Faster and generally longer 80-120km (50-75 miles) and often hilly – suitable for a light touring or road bike ...
**** Faster again, averaging 26-28m/h (several rides will average 28-30km/h) and approximately 90-100km (55-65 miles), with a brief cafe stop for lunch. These rides are for experienced Audax or Sportive riders training for their next event, or for those who just like it hard. Bring a summer road bike or, if the conditions are likely to be wet, a light winter bike with full mudguards and, preferably, a long rear mudflap. Be prepared to do your turn on the front and accept that you may get dropped if you can't keep up!
Off-road Mainly on tracks or trails, perhaps muddy – not suitable for lightweight road bikes.
Audax Official Audax event – more info from www.audax.uk.net.
Zone6 Start & finish in travelcard/freedom pass area – low travel cost.
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