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 February 2014
Sunday 2
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
CLUE RIDE: Revisited 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  This easy pace guided cycle ride with occasional stops to listen to commentary is suitable for anybody who can ride 40 km (it may not be suitable for recumbents or full on racers with light tyres). Pub or cafe lunch. Bring warm clothing. TfL map 7. Meet Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3EE northeast corner by public toilets at 10.15 for 10.30 away.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 2
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Tempted by the serpent.  No frills ride to The Viper at Mill Green. Meet Fenchurch St 09.15 for 09.40 train to Upminster, arrive 10.02. Leader meets you here.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)

There are no direct trains to Upminster today, so we will instead meet at 09.15 at Liverpool Street for the 09.44 train to Harold Wood, arriving at 10.11.
Sunday 2
hard ride
A different way to Hertford.  An out-and-back ride to Hertford on slightly different roads than our normal route. Approximately 90km. Meet Cafe Barracuda, East Finchley at 08.45 for 09.00 away and at Barnet Church at 09.15 – leader meets you there.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 9
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Cool Challenge.  Challenge the cool (warm clothes permitted). Depending on weather, about 50km, cycling down country lanes, lunch at a nice country pub. OS map 167. Meet Liverpool St 09,00 for 09.28 train to Audley End, arrive 10.24. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)

Unfortunately John is unwell and so we have had to cancel this ride – sorry.
Sunday 9
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Hertfordshire hills and tracks.  May feature some modest off road but suitable for all types of bikes. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.13 train to Hertford North, arrive 09.55. Leader meets you here.
(Paul Lohr  07956 891490)
Sunday 9
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Ronde de Herts.  Out and back to Hertfordshire. Meet at Barracuda Cafe, East Finchley at 08.45 for 09.00 away.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 16
easy ride - ideal for beginners
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Little Green Ride.  Easy paced sociable ride of about 50km. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.55 for 10.13 train to Stevenage, arrive 10.38.
(Stephen Taylor  07977 235735)
Sunday 16
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Warm up in the Low Weald.  Southwest from Sevenoaks into some lively lanes. We might get tea at Knole. Meet Charing Cross 09.00 for 09.25 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.58.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)

The train now departs from Cannon Street at 09.28 instead of Charing Cross – other details unchanged.
Sunday 16
hard ride
Map of the ride
Harrold Odell.  75km of flattish Bedfordshire lanes. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.04 train to Flitwick, arrive 10.06. Buy return to Bedford.
(Ken Peters  07845 223706)

This is an additional ride, not in the original published programme.
Sunday 16
hard ride
cyclosportif - click for more info
The Hell of the Ashdown.  Catford CC's challenging winter sportive. More details here.
Sunday 23
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
Canals, Parks and Villages of Southwark.  Escape the urban hurly-burly of the inner city into sudden tranquillity, About 25km. TfL maps 1 and 7. Meet Emma Cons Gardens, opposite the Old Vic theatre at the junction of Waterloo Road and The Cut, SE1 at 13.15 for 13.30 away.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 23
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Last on the list.  David takes us on a favourite route to Friday Street for lunch. Meet Blackfriars 08.50 for 09.12 train to Shoreham (Kent), arrive 10.04. Meet leader here.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 23
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Around Essex again.  An easier 3* ride for those wishing to step up from 2* rides. Approximately 80km, fixed-friendly. Meet Fenchurch Street 09.15 for the 09.40 train to Upminster, arrive 10.05.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
 
 March 2014
Sunday 2
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Inter-suburban spin.  Meandering through the suburbs from Alexandra Palace. TfL map 4. Meet Kings Cross 08.50 for 09.13 train to Alexandra Palace, arrive 09.26. Leader meets you here at the west exit.
(John Silvertown  07804 930697)
Sunday 2
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Suffolky Essex.  The only way is up, through winding quiet lanes, to Castle Hedingham for lunch. Meet Liverpool St 08.30 for 09.02 train to Witham, arrive 09.55.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)
Sunday 2
hard ride
Saffron Walden for Lunch.  A brisk 120km with 80km before lunch. Returning from Harlow Town. Meet Le Péché Mignon Café, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)

This replaces Roger Fretwell's ride originally advertised for today.
Sunday 9
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
cHilly Chilterns.  Check your brakes for some fantastic descents in this beautiful part of the country. Discover what the Chilterns can throw at you. Turn your legs to jelly. Recuperate and enjoy some amazing food at a rustic pub. Meet Marylebone 09.45 for 10.12 train to Chorleywood, arrive 10.39. Buy return ticket to Amersham.
(Brian O'Reilly  07805 385896)
Sunday 9
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Go west young man!  Riding by the woods and water to the west of London. Meet Baker St 08.45 for Metropolitan line train to Uxbridge (takes about 40mins). Leader meets you at Uxbridge.
(Tony Hopkins  07770 952554)

The Metropolitan line is now closed today, so we will instead meet at Paddington at 09.15 for the 09.45 train to West Drayton, arrive 10.07. Tony will meet us at West Drayton.
Sunday 9
hard ride
A tour of Windsor Great Park.  An 80km easier 3* for those wishing to step up from 2* rides. Meeting Paddington 08.50 for 09.15 train to Slough, arrive 09.46.
(Keith Butcher  07709 442700)
Sunday 9
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Luton Irish.  A brisk ride on an undulating circuit through Ireland and back via quiet lanes. 100km at 25km/h. Meet St Pancras at 08.40 for 09.04 train to Luton, arrive 09.52.
(Damian McNamara  07585 668282)
Sunday 16
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  Third Sunday every month this popular social ride is now a Central London CTC event. Beautiful country lanes with a possible return from Stevenage. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.50 for 10.13 train to Stevenage, arrive 10.38. Train leaves Kings Cross 10.08.
(Pat Wheeler  07788 659743)
Sunday 16
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Unfailing enjoyment.  This part of the country never fails to please; that's why we keep coming back for more. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.28 train to Sawbridgeworth, arrive 10.05.
(Simon Slater  07985 251834)
Sunday 16
hard ride
Map of the ride
Greensand Hills and the Low Weald.  A scenic 100km in south Surrey and north Sussex. Meet London Bridge at 08.40 for 09.03 train to Redhill, arrive 09.34.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
Sunday 23
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Essex estuaries.  Circular ride with pub or cafe lunch at Maldon and afternoon tea at the Paper Mill Lock. Approx 45km. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.32 train to Chelmsford, arrive 10.11. Meet leader here.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 23
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Up the Lea valley.  Following river and canal. Option to return via Epping Forest. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.22 train to Turkey Street, arrive 09.45.
(Simon Hattersley  020 8290 4559)
Sunday 23
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Essex Loop.  An 80km easier 3* for those wishing to step up from 2* rides. Meet Fenchurch St 09.20 for 09.40 train to Upminster, arrive 10.03.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 23
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
We're all in this together.  A brisk ride (with equal turns on the front) out to Essex and back with a short cafe stop.100km at 25km/h. Meet Le Péché Mignon Café, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 30
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride extra.  Get up an hour early for a bonus summer social ride. Beautiful country lanes possibly returning from Stevenage. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.45 for 10.11 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.38 (buy return to Stevenage). Train leaves Kings Cross 10.06.
(Brian O'Reilly  07805 385896)
Sunday 30
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Way out west.  A chance to explore the Vale of Aylesbury. Don't miss it! Meet Marylebone 08.40 for 09.06 train to Haddenham and Thame Parkway, arrive 09.50.
(Scott Fletcher  07866 374450)
Sunday 30
Audax UK event
Map of the ride
The Start of Summertime.  115km/210km Audaxes from Stevenage to Thaxted or Lavenham and return. More details here – advance entry is strongly recommended. Meet King's Cross 09.00 for 09.23 train to Stevenage, arrive 09.46 (for 115km) or at 06.45 for 07.07 train, arriving at 07.46 (for 210km). Route maps here (210km) and here (115km).
 
 April 2014
Saturday 5
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Country Estates of West London.  Forget Heathrow and the Great West Road and find out why West London was once a fashionable place to have your country estate. TfL map 6. Meet Waterloo 13.10 for 13.28 train to Richmond, arrive 13.47. Leader meets you here at 14.00.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Saturday 5
offroad, muddy - with mountain bikes
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
More Essex, obviously!  See some TOWIE art; on Kelvin and on the famous Thameside graffiti wall. Mountain bike ride. Meet Fenchurch St 09.10 for 09.30 train to Upminster, arrive 09.55. Leader meets you here.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)
Sunday 6
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
C.L.U.E. Ride.  Urban Exploratory of the parks of NW London, Welsh Harp and Harrow Museum and some of the lesser known parks of NW London (it may not be suitable for recumbents or road bikes with narrow tyres). An easy paced ride with occasional stops to listen to commentary, around 40 km. TfL maps 3/4/7. Pub or cafe lunch. Meet 10.15 Marylebone Station by main entrance for 10.30 away. Return by train from Harrow-on-the Hill to Baker Street.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 6
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Pure pleasure!  Early April in Kent. Expect some hills and trees coming in to leaf. Reasonably brisk pace. Meet Cannon St 09.00 for 09.28 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.58.
(Robert Hanwell  07947 479644)
Sunday 6
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Tour of Herts.  A 95km ride out to Hertfordshire and back. Meet Café Barracuda, East Finchley, N2 9ED at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sat 12 – Sun 20
medium paced ride
Easter in the French Jura.  Forests and lakes and possibly more challenging cols in the limestone Jura mountains of eastern France.
(Paul Krebs  07941 823664)
Sunday 13
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Follow the Bear again (this time without rain?).  Into Essex for a an undulating experience. Approximately 50km with pub lunch, returning from Cheshunt. OS maps 166 and 167. Meet Liverpool St at 09.00 for 09.28 train to Sawbridgeworth, arrive at 10.05.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)
Sunday 13
medium paced ride
Queen of Herts.  For those who didn't want the King Size version last week – around 80km of country lanes. Meet Kings Cross 08.40 for 09.06 train to Welwyn North, arrive 09.34.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 13
hard ride
London to Cambridge.  Riding straight out; train back. Approximately 95km. Meet Highbury and Islington Station at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Thu 17 – Mon 21
medium paced ride
Coast-to-Coast at Easter.  From Carlisle and the Irish Sea to the North Sea, returning from Sunderland or Newcastle.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
Thu 17 – Mon 21
medium paced ride
Easter in the Wye Valley and Wales.  From Bristol to the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons.
(John Aizlewood  020 8742 1626)
Sunday 20
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  Third Sunday every month this popular social ride is now a Central London CTC event. Beautiful country lanes with a possible return from Stevenage. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.45 for 10.11 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.38 (buy return to Stevenage). Train leaves Kings Cross 10.06.
(Pat Wheeler  07788 659743)
Sunday 20
medium paced ride
Old Dog - New Tricks?  Come and see what can be found from my new base. Hills, inevitably; woods, thankfully; nice pub lunch, hopefully. Meet Cannon Street 09.00 for 09.29 train to Tunbridge Wells, arrive 10.19.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 20
hard ride
The Surrey Hills.  A challenging 90km from Woking to Guildford. Meet Waterloo 08.30 for 08.54 train to Woking, arrive 09.27 (buy return to Guildford).
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)

This replaces Jon McColl's ride originally advertised for today.
Monday 21
hard ride
cyclosportif - click for more info
London Phoenix Easter Classic.  112km sportif into Essex and back. More information here. Fairlop Waters Country Park, Forest Road, IG6 3HN.
Sunday 27
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
C.L.U.E. Ride.  Urban Exploratory ride of the parks of south east London plus Eltham Palace (English Heritage). And some lesser known parks of SE London. An easy pace ride with occasional stops to listen to commentary, around 40 km (most suited to touring or hybrid bikes). Pub or cafe lunch. Maps TfL 7 and11. Meet Charing Cross 09.20 for 09.50 train to Blackheath, arrive 10.10.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)

Due to engineering work, we will now meet at Cannon Street at 09.30 for the 09.52 train from there – other details are unchanged.
Sunday 27
medium paced ride
Basingstoke loop.  A ride through delightful and undulating countryside, full of pretty hamlets and passing some important Tudor mansions and churches. Meet Waterloo 08.30 for 08.54 train to Basingstoke, arrive 09.46 (with 09.15 train, arriving 10.06, as backup if there isn't enough bike space on the first one). Leader meets you here.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 27
hard ride
Map of the ride
The North Downs and the Medway.  A scenic 95km around north Kent. Meet Victoria at 08.40 for 09.05 train to Rochester, arrive 09.47.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)

Due to engineering works, we will take the same train but to Maidstone East instead, arriving 09.56, and start and end the ride there.
Sunday 27
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Luton Loop.  A brisk and undulating circuit around Luton. 100km at 25km/h. Meet St Pancras at 08.40 for 09.04 train to Luton, arrive 09.52.
(Damian McNamara  07585 668282)
 
 May 2014
Fri 2 – Tue 6
medium paced ride
Dutch Tulip Fields.  On the night ferry to Holland then through the old cities of Delft, Leiden and Haarlem. See the weekends page for more details.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
Sunday 4
easy ride - ideal for beginners
"Lilley's wearing 'em".  Lilley Flower Festival. Lots of lanes and flowers on a ride possibly designed to transport you into Lilley's Arms or somewhere special for lunch. OS map 166. Meet Kings Cross 09.15 for 09.41 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 10.23. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 4
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Follow the Bear to the Beehive.  Ride out through Walthamstow and Woodford for pub lunch in Essex. Return from Enfield Town. Meet at the Pavilion Cafe. Victoria Park, E9 7DE at 09.30 for 09.45 away.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)
Sunday 4
hard ride
There is such a thing as society.  Lunch at The Norton: a community-owned pub in Cold Norton. A brisk, fixed-friendly 100km ride with 75km before lunch. Returning from Chelmsford. Meet Le Péché Mignon Café, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Ken Peters  07845 223706)
Monday 5
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
"The Belmont Rattler".  Discover the old haunts of the Belmont Rattler, includes some off-road sections (most suitable for hybrid and touring bikes). OS maps 166 and 176. Meet Euston 09.40 for 10.05 train to Harrow and Wealdstone, arrive 10.18. Meet leader here by the exit of platform 6. Returning from Watford Metropolitan line station – buy travelcard to include Watford Metropolitan Station.
(Elaine Spencer  020 8427 5036)
Saturday 10
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Friends Life Women's Tour.  Riding out (and back) to see the Friends Life Women's Tour as the peloton passes through Hertford. Meet at Cafe Barracuda, East Finchley at 09.45 for 10.00 away.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 11
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Shipwrights Way.  Starting from Petersfield follow the ancient route taken by the shipwrights with their oak timber for the first Royal Navy battleships. Ferry from Hayling Island. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.00 train to Petersfield, arrive 10.28. Buy return rail ticket to Portsmouth Harbour.
(David Vines  07787 718707)
Sunday 11
medium paced ride
Tour of the nuclear bunker.  By popular demand. A chance to look round the HQ of government during and after a nuclear war. Admission £7 (no credit cards). Lunch in Blackmore. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.32 train to Chelmsford, arrive 10.11. Return from Shenfield – buy return to Chelmsford.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 11
hard ride
Hertford Express.  A brisk ride to Hertford and back. Stopping only for an expresso. Approximately 90km. Meet Café Barracuda, East Finchley, N2 9ED at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Charlie Keep  07856 401888)
Saturday 17
offroad, muddy - with mountain bikes
Ware this time?  Mostly river and canal side ending in Ware mid-afternoon. Suitable for tourers (unless heavy rain beforehand). Meet at Cutty Sark in Greewich at 09.30 or 15 mins later at the north side of the Greenwich foot tunnel. Options to train back, various, or blast back waterside.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Super Trouper.  Join the Rough Stuff Fellowship for a ride with some off road to Thame for a light spot of tea or coffee, then a loop down to Tetsworth for lunch. Returning via the Phoenix Trail at Towersey. Suitable for touring and hybrid bikes.OS map 165. Meet Marylebone 08.40 for 09.06 train to Princes Risborough, arrive 09.43. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  Every third Sunday of the month a day out in Hertfordshire. About 50km. For newcomers and familiar faces. Come and enjoy cycling along some of Hertfordshire's most beautiful lanes OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.45 for 10.10 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.38 (buy return to Stevenage). Train leaves Kings Cross 10.05.
(Pat Wheeler  07788 659743)
Sunday 18
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
West is best.  Chiltern contours around Pangbourne. Lunch at Whitchurch and tea at Henley. Meet Paddington 08.30 for 09.02 train to Twyford, arrive 10.02.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 18
Audax UK event
The Great Escape.  Islington CC's 200km Audax out to Essex and back. More info here. Look Mum No Hands!, Old Street, EC1V 9HX.
Fri 23 – Tue 27
medium paced ride
Blackpool and the Forest of Bowland.  Heed the call of the North West from Blackpool to the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales. See the weekends page for more details.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Saturday 24
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
The Great Descents of Surrey.  Enjoy two long descents through Surrey's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Approximately 40km, some hills. OS maps 176 and 187. Meet Waterloo 09.00 for 09.24 train to Epsom, arrive 09.57. Leader meets you here.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 25
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rural Retreats.  Surrey Hills, off road opportunities suitable for hybrid and touring bikes. Easy paced ride over hilly terrain with occasional stops to view attractions. Around 40 km. Pub or cafe lunch. OS map 187. Meet Victoria 09.10 for 09.40 train to Boxhill and Westhumble, arrive 10.36.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 25
medium paced ride
An embarrassment of riches.  Passing the gates of Cliveden we go through Cookham to Marlow and into the Chilterns. Lunch at Fingest and then the hills begin to kick in with vineyards and a steep climb. About 75km. Meet Paddington 08.30 for 09.04 train to Maidenhead, arrive 09.28.
(Clifford French  07957 168801)
Sunday 25
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Tour of Herts 2.  Riding out and back into Hertfordshire. An easier 3* for those wishing to step up from 2*. Approximately 90km. Meet Café Barracuda, East Finchley, N2 9ED at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 25
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Hilly Kent.  A hard and hilly 100km at 25km/h around Sevenoaks. Meet Charing Cross at 08:30 for 08.55 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.28.
(Martin Hayman  07966 393371)
Saturday 31
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
East India and beyond.  Second chance to travel to East India using the DLR. You will be pleasantly surprised at what this area which is full of history has to offer. OS maps 166, 167 and 177. Meet outside Stratford Station at 09.45 for 10.00 DLR train to East India or at East India DLR station at 10.15.
(Pat Wheeler  07788 659743)
Sat 31 – Sat 7
medium paced ride
Drome Provencale in France.  From the plains of the Drome Valley to the lavender fields, hills and cols of the Drome Provencale. See the tours for more details.
 
 June 2014
Sunday 1
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rural Revelation.  Off road opportunities suitable for hybrid and touring bikes. lunch at a rustic PH. OS maps 154 and 167. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.28 train to Audley End, arrive 10.24. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 1
medium paced ride
The Far East.  Heading towards the marshes for lunch at Maldon and tea at Hanningfield. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.32 train to Shenfield, arrive 10.01.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)
Sunday 1
hard ride
More hilly Kent.  A challenging 90km riding out to Sevenoaks. Return by train. Meet Trafalgar Square, north-east corner by St Martins-in-the-Fields at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Angela Dale  07786 445413)
Sunday 1
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Capital to coast.  An undulating then flat and fast ride to Maldon. Returning by train from Chelmsford. 120km at 25km/h. Meet Le Péché Mignon Café, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sat 7 – Sat 14
medium paced ride
Royans et Vercors in France.  A week in the Isere valley or climbing gorges and crossing plateaux. Staying in the Chateau du Cholet. See the tours for more details.
Sunday 8
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Scenic Surrey.  A quick coffee stop at Denbies Vineyard before meandering along scenic country roads and lanes to a pub lunch. Later, afternoon tea at Brockham, a cyclists' favourite, then return to station. OS map 187. Meet at Victoria 08.50 for 09.10 train to Boxhill and Westhumble, arrive 10.06. Meet leader here.
(Susie Kilbride  07778 971400)
Sunday 8
medium paced ride
Chiltern Hills.  Hills, beech woods, hills and a Chiltern church tea. Meet Marylebone 08.40 for 09.06 train Princes Risborough, arrive 09.43.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 8
Audax UK event
Two Counties 100.  Hertfordshire Wheelers' 100km Audax. More info here. Meet Liverpool St 08.25 for 08.52 train to Ware, arrive 09.36.
Saturday 14
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Open Gardens Weekend 1.  Explore some of London's secret gardens that open to the public only for this weekend. A £12 ticket, available on the day or £10 if pre-booked, is required to visit the gardens. Approximately 24km, fairly flat. More information here. Meet Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens at 10.00 for 10.15 start.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 15
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Open Gardens Weekend 2.  Explore some of London's secret gardens that open to the public especially for this weekend. An entry ticket is required to visit the gardens; £12 on the day or £10 in advance. Approximately 24km, fairly flat. More information here. Meet Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens at 09.45 for 10.00 start.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 15
medium paced ride
Jam for tea.  Longish ride with a fine lunch in Castle Hedingham and classic English tea in the Tiptree factory tea shop. Meet Liverpool St 08.40 for 09.02 train to Hatfield Peverel, arrive 09.49. Leader meets you here.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 15
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
One third of the revolution.  A third of the outer circumference of London by bike. Approximately 120km. Returning from Ruislip. Meet Fenchurch St 09.20 for 09.40 train to Upminster, arrive 10.03.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 15
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Luton Loop 2.  A brisk and undulating circuit around Luton. 100km at 25km/h. Meet St Pancras at 08.40 for 09.04 train to Luton, arrive 09.52.
(Damian McNamara  07585 668282)
Sunday 22
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Explore the western reaches of the North Downs.  Coffee in Odiham, pub lunch - maybe a tea stop in Hartley Wintney too. 40km with some hilly bits, but at a leisurely pace. OS map Explorer 144. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.07 train to Winchfield, arrive 10.09. Meet leader here.
(Robin Hamilton  07812 831494)
Sunday 22
medium paced ride
Hills in high summer.  Through rolling, open country with maybe a skylark or two. Pub lunch and afternoon tea in the sunshine. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.04 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.44.
(Sarah Khedouri  07904 205623)
Sunday 22
hard ride
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Saturday 28
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rural Retreats.  Nuclear option to Dungeness. See a wilderness of windswept vistas and a grown-up train set with an SSSI thrown in. Ticket £32.50 return (£21.45 with railcard). An easy pace ride with occasional stops to view attractions, around 60 km. Pub or cafe lunch. OS map 189. Meet St Pancras 08.50 for 09.10 train to Ashford. arrive 09:48. Planning to arrive back at St Pancras around 18.00.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 29
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Flower Power.  Nice selection of country lanes with possibility of some off road with some hills. A chance to see Bennington Lordship – admission £5) and some local gardens. Pub or cafe for lunch and afternoon tea at Bennington Parish Hall. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.45 for 10.10 train to Welwyn North, arrive 10.34. We hope to return to Finsbury Park around 18.15. Buy a return ticket to Stevenage.
(John Silvertown  07804 930697)
Sunday 29
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Do or die.  Central London's century. 160km (100 miles) through Essex at a 2* pace, jointly led by Christine and Richard. Meet Liverpool St 07.50 for 08.14 train to Romford, arrive 08.34. Leaders meet you here.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 29
hard ride
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Ride Guide

To email the leader of any ride, please visit our website at www.centrallondonctc.org.uk. For general enquiries, contact the Secretary, Christine Johnson, by email at [email protected], or by phone on 07971 294523.

* 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 25kph and longer (100km+, 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 light winter or summer road bike, 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 rough tracks perhaps muddy – mountain bikes normally used.
Audax Official Audax event – more info from www.audax.uk.net.
Zone6 Start & finish in travelcard/freedom pass area or not using trains at all – low or no travel cost.
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