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 October 2016
Sunday 2
easy ride - ideal for beginners
More darkest Essex.  From our popular local leader. Pretty lanes guaranteed and a pub lunch. Meet Liverpool Street 08.45 for 09.13 train to Audley End, arrive 10.22. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)

Note that the train now leaves at 09.13, 15 mins earlier than originally published.
Sunday 2
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Classic Essex.  Lunch at Harlow garden centre, tea at Blackmore. Meet Fenchurch St 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57. Meet leader here.
(Joe Collins  07505 874713)
Sunday 2
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Chilterns again.  A slightly shorter exploration of Dr Bob's favourite part of the world. Approx 80km. Meet Baker St 08.50 for 09.05 train to Amersham, arrive 09.54.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 2
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
cyclosportif - click for more info
Ride of the Falling Leaves.  Dulwich Paragon CC’s regular autumn sportif. 70km and 110km routes to choose from. Details here.. For a ride to the start, meet 07.55 for 08.00 away from Bank Station, Lombard Street, EC3V.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 8
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Beyond Metroland.  Explore the Chilterns beyond the suburban sprawl. About 40km. Meet Baker St 09.30 for 09.50 train to Chesham, arrive 10.44.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 9
easy ride - ideal for beginners
The nuclear option.  A chance to visit the former HQ of government if the Cold War had become hot. Country lanes to Blackmore for lunch and then a short ride to the bunker. Tea is available in the bunker canteen. Meet Fenchurch St 09.20 for 09.45 train to Upminster, arrive 10.11.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)

Due to engineering works, we're now using a different train from the one originally published.
Sunday 9
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Ducking in.  Along lanes familiar and unfamiliar to Newney Green. Meet Fenchurch St 09.10 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57. Meet leader here.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 9
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Morning ride.  Brisk 72km out and back through north London to Little Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire at about 20-22km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 12.15. Meet 08.00 outside Tufnell Park tube station for 08.15 depart.
(Linus Rees  07940 803001)
Sunday 9
hard ride
Map of the ride
Romney Marsh and Rye.  An expedition to roads rarely visited by CLCTC. About 90km. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.09 train to Ashford International, arriving 09.47 (alternative cheaper, but much slower, train from Waterloo at 08.28, arriving 09.47).
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 9
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out 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 13
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 Liverpool St 09.30 for 09.50 train to Harold Wood, arrive 10.23.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Sunday 16
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Coastal meander 2.  Easy paced 45km ride through country lanes and along seaside promenades. After a brief ride through historic Canterbury, we're off to the sea through country lanes. Picnic or pub lunch at the historic Reculver Towers, then onto the Viking trail. In the afternoon we'll have a brief visit to the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. The ride will finish in Broadstairs. You can return in your own time since depending on the weather and mood the leader may stay by the seaside until late. There are railway stations nearby on the entire route. Meet St Pancras at 08.45 for the 09.09 train to Canterbury West, arriving at 10.08 (buy return ticket to Broadstairs). Leader meets you at Canterbury.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 16
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Riding south.  Over the North Downs and down into autumn countryside, Expect to encounter hills. Meet Victoria 08.55 for 09.23 train to Woldingham, arrive 09.55.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 16
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
To Windsor and back.  70km with just one nasty hill. An easier 3* suitable for those moving up from 2*. Meet Richmond Station at 09.30. Connecting train departs Waterloo at 09.09, or use Overground or District Line.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 16
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out 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.
Thursday 20
medium paced ride
Blue Oyster Extra.  Herts Pilgrims Progress, via Hatfield, Welwyn & London Colney. Meet King's Cross 09.15 for 09.35 train to Hadley Wood via Potters Bar arrive 10.02 (or direct from Finsbury Park). Leader meets you there at 10.10.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Saturday 22
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Urban Explorer Cycle Ride - parks of NE London.  Woodberry Wetlands is a haven for wildlife and people in Hackney: 17 hectares of reed-fringed ponds and dykes, always free and accessible to everyone. The reserve is five minutes' walk from the densely built up areas of Manor House, Stoke Newington and Woodberry Down. The contrast between the surrounding tower blocks and the wild wetland habitat with old oak trees is almost unbelievable. Minor roads with one big climb to Highgate. A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Approx 29km, average cycling speed on flat roads 16-20km/h, slower on the hills. Lunch in Coal House Cafe. TfL map 14. Meet 10.15 outside Marylebone Station for 10.30 start. Returning to Marylebone about 16.00.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)

Unfortunately Philip is injured and unable to lead the ride, so we have had to cancel it - sorry!
Sunday 23
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Meaningless loops in the heart of Herts.  Criss-crossing the map on rolling lanes. Might make tea at Emily's. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.03 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.46.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)
Sunday 23
hard ride
Round Beds.  A tour around Bedford of about 90km. Meet St Pancras at 08.40 for 09.04 train to Flitwick, arrive 10.09.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)

Train details changed - we're going round Bedford, not to Bedford!
Sunday 23
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out 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 27
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.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 30
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Round the Hogs Back.  Via the Christmaspie Trail and Surrey Cycleway. Early stop for coffee, pub lunch, tea at Watts Gallery. 40km with some off-road but OK for general purpose bikes and tourers. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.02 train Guildford, arrive 10.10. Leader meets you here.
(Robin Hamilton  07812 831494)
Sunday 30
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Off to the Fox again.  Make the most of Kelvin's unrivalled knowledge of Essex lanes, lunching in Matching Tye. Meet Fenchurch St 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57. Meet leader here.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)
Sunday 30
Audax UK event
End of Summertime Audax.  Popular 100km Audax from Stevenage CTC. Entry in advance is strongly recommended. Suggested trains are 08.38 or 09.08 from Kings Cross (08.44 or 09.14 from Finsbury Park). More information here.
 
 November 2016
Sunday 6
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Epping in Autumn.  Visit The View visitors' centre for a short introduction to the history, flora and fauna of Epping Forest. Coffee stop at High Beech. Pub lunch at The Forest Gate at Bell Common. Tea stop at High Beech or Butlers Retreat. Most of the ride is on forest paths. Mountain bikes are not needed but the ride may be unsuitable for bikes with thin racing tyres or small wheels. OS maps 167 and 177. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.33 for train to Chingford, arrive 10.01. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 6
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Downe and out from Orpington.  A hilly autumn ride including old favourites such as Hogtrough Hill, the popular Toy's hill and the awful Hubbard's Hill. About 70 km. Meet Cannon St 08.45 for 09.12 train to Orpington, arrive 09.45.
(Graham Carson  07946 319631)
Sunday 6
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Paul's TOWIE ride.  80km in flat then undulating Essex. An easier 3*, suitable for 2* riders wishing to try a 3* ride. Meet Fenchurch St 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 6
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 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
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  Brisk and hilly 62km to Shoreham and back. Meet London Bridge 09.30 for 09.50 train to Norwood Junction, arrives 10.03. Meet leader here for 10.15 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Friday 11
AGM
Annual General Meeting and Buffet.  See the AGM page for more details. Starts 19.00 at the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Rd, WC1X 8JR.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Saturday 12
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The Country Estates of Enfield.  Explore the estates of the fashionable set of the 16th-18th centuries, now transformed into country parks.About 22km. Only 47 metres of ascent! Meet Liverpool St 09.25 for 09.45 train to Turkey St, arrive 10.17. Returning from Enfield Town – use Oyster or contactless.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 13
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
As far as we go.  Close to the Essex border to meet our Club's local leader. Always pretty lanes and a nice pub for lunch – but not always sure what county we're in! Meet Liverpool St 08.20 for 08.43 for train to Audley End, arrive 10.00. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 13
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Surrey Hills and Low Weald.  Lunching at Abinger Hatch. Meet Victoria at 08.40 for 09.10 train to Dorking, arrive 10.09.
(Haydee Wilkinson  07596 315490)
Sunday 13
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Box and Botley Hills.  Approx 90km taking in iconic Box Hill and the highest point in Kent. Meet leader at Purley – served by 09.34 train from Victoria, arrive 09.58 or 09.24 train from London Bridge, arrive 10.03.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 13
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon Fluxman  07946 386138)
Saturday 19
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Between Downs and Weald.  A meandering circular ride of 38km, a 4000 year old tree, a dose of Tudor history, a country pub (the Kentish Horse at Markbeech), and perhaps the most beautiful lost lane in Kent. There are hills - total ascent 470m. Train ducking-out option (hourly) from Cowden to London Bridge very near the lunch stop about half way round. Meet Victoria 08.55 for 09.23 train to Lingfield, arrive 10.10. Back at Victoria about 17.00 if all goes well. If you intend leaving the ride at Cowden Station, purchase a return ticket accordingly.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 20
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
If you like climbing, this is it.  Plenty of hills in and around Ashdown Forest and the Sussex countryside, with some great views (on a clear day). Lunch at the Anchor Inn in Hartfield. Meet London Bridge 08.45 for 09.04 train to Haywards Heath, arrive 09.51.
(Tibor Bek  07534 206397)
Sunday 20
hard ride
East Herts.  85km around the lanes of East Herts & Essex. Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.13 train to Broxbourne, arrive 09.45.Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 20
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
Thursday 24
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  Brisk 70km towards Blackmore, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Liverpool St 09.35 for 09.48 train to Chingford, arrive 10.16. Meet leader here.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 27
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Going Undercover.  Ride out from Watford Junction to Chipperfield for lunch returning via Sarratt where Soviet spies McLean and Burgess met incognito prior to being uncovered. Meet Euston 09.00 for 09.24 train to Watford Junction, arrive 09.44.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 27
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Meeting our Match(ing).  70km into the depths of the Essex countryside. Meet Liverpool Street 08.50 for 09.14 train to Harold Wood, arrive 09.41. Meet leader at Harold Wood. Returning from Romford.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 27
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Dr. Bob's lumps and bumps.  Some undulations in the Chilterns. An easier 3* of around 60km. Meet Baker St 08.45 for 09.05 Met line (Amersham branch) train to Chorleywood, arrive 09.46. Leader meets you there.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 27
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 December 2016
Saturday 3
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Gunpowder, treason and plot.  A pleasant meander round Gunpowder Park and other country parks by the River Lea. Lunch at Waltham Abbey with time to view the Abbey. Mostly off road in the morning. May be more road in the afternoon. This will be a gentle ride, suitable for those who are new to group riding. 25-30 km, depending on speed and wishes of group. Meet Liverpool St 09.25 for 09.45 train to Southbury, arrive 10.14.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 4
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
The Hamden Trail.  A Chilterns ride on The Hamden Trail. Named after Sir John Hamden, the ride will take in some of the Chiltern Hills, so expect some climbing. A pub lunch, with afternoon tea if we have time. Meet Marylebone 08.40 for 08.57 train to Amersham, arrive 09.32.
(Winston Lord  07802 687310)
Sunday 4
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Hilly in the morning, hilly in the afternoon.  60km in the North Downs, out of Orpington, then circumnavigating Sevenoaks. Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Orpington, arrive 09.37.
(Simon Binning  07847 653363)
Sunday 4
hard ride
Sevenoaks hinterland.  Approx 90km at 22km/h around Sevenoaks, Hills early and late with flatter middle section. Meet Charing Cross at 08.55 for 09.25 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 10.00.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
Sunday 4
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Sevenoaks saunter.  Some ups and downs in the North Downs. Lunch at the Fountain, Cowden. Meet Charing Cross 08.30 for the 08.55 train to Sevenoaks.
(Martin Hayman  07966 393371)
Thursday 8
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 and hilly ride of about 50km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Victoria 09.30 for 09.52 train to St Mary Cray, arrive 10.15.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 11
medium paced ride
Intricate lanes in the North Downs.  with plenty of warming climbs. Lunch at the Cock in Henley Street. May return from Eynsford. Meet Victoria 08.50 for 09.12 train to Shoreham (Kent), arrive 10.04. Leader joins train en route.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)
Sunday 11
hard ride
Back lanes of North Herts.  80km circuitous route back to North London. Meet Finsbury Park 09.00 for 09.19 train to Hertford North, arrive 09.56 (connecting train leaves Kings Cross 09.08).Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 11
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon Fluxman  07946 386138)
Saturday 17
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Maida Vale Mince Pie Ride.  A short ride along the Regents Canal and back round Hampstead returning for coffee and mince pies at leader's in Maida Vale at around 11.00. Meet outside Maida Vale tube station for 09.30 departure.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)

Note change to start time.
Sunday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
From the paddock to the farm.  Leaving Paddock Wood station for lovely Kent countryside and pretty villages. Some hills but we won't be charging up them. Lunch at Frankie's Farm Cafe. OS map 188. Meeting Charing Cross at 08.50 for 09.10 train to Paddock Wood, arrive 10.03. Leader meets you here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 18
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
A short ride for a short day.  40-65 km, depending on the weather. Meet Marylebone 09.25 for 09.46 train to South Ruislip, arrive 10.03. Returning from Ruislip (Met line).
(Stephen Goodwin  07860 318316)
Sunday 18
hard ride
Londonish to Brighton.  A slightly truncated version of the iconic trip! Meet leader at East Croydon for 10.00 start – connecting trains: Victoria 09.32, arrives 09.48. Leader will be on 09.10 from St Pancras arr. 09.55.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 18
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
Sunday 25
hard ride
Map of the ride
Bah Humbug.  An hour of pointless laps around the Outer Circle of Regent's Park. Followed by coffee and croissants in Camden Town. Meet 09.30 opposite The Regent's Cafe on the Inner Circle Regent's Park.
(Ken Peters  07756 103768)
Thursday 29
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
5 Golden Chainrings.  A Blue Oyster Xmas Supplement. Weather dependent - please call/text to check if in doubt. Meet Liverpool St 09.20 for 09.42 train to Cheshunt, arrive 10.09. Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
 
 January 2017
Sunday 1
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The morning after the night before.  A stately and social recovery ride into Herts. Two lumps, one rough track, two pubs. Fixed if you wish. About 60km. Meet 10.00 for 10.15 away from Nineveh (aka Barracuda), 118 High Rd, East Finchley, N2 9ED.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 8
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Plaques Ride.  Tour of Hampstead, Golders Green and Hampstead Garden Suburb to see where the great and the good once lived. Brian will lead on the southern part of the route, and Charles Harvey on the northern. Meet 11.00 outside Finchley Road tube station.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 8
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Back to normal.  The real New Year's riding starts here. Over the North Downs to Oxted for lunch. Hilly of course, but worth it. Meet London Bridge 09.10 for 09.35 train to East Croydon, arrive 09.51. Leader meets you here.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 8
hard ride
Cycling opportunity in the county of opportunity.  Approx 80km in the lanes of Hertfordshire. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.04 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.20.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 8
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 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
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Charing Cross 09.20 for 09.39 train to Dartford, arrive 10.30.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Sunday 15
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Kumi Tashiro Memorial Ride.  A ride to commemorate the life and extraordinary expeditions of Kumi Tashro, who passed away in November. Meeting the 2* ride for lunch at the Duck in Newney Green. Meet Fenchurch St 08.40 for 09.04 train to Upminster, arrive 09.27.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 15
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Kumi Tashiro Memorial Ride.  A ride to commemorate the life and extraordinary expeditions of Kumi Tashro, who passed away in November. Meeting the 1* ride for lunch at the Duck in Newney Green. Meet Fenchurch St 09.00 for 09.25 train to Upminster, arrive 09.48. Meet leader here.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)
Sunday 15
hard ride
Nick's lumpy mattress ride.  Another circuit of Beds. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.04 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 09.31.Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)

This ride will not now take place today. Instead, we shall be supporting the rides taking place to commemorate the life of Kumi Tashiro.
Sunday 15
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)

This ride will not now take place today. Instead, we shall be supporting the rides taking place to commemorate the life of Kumi Tashiro.
Sunday 22
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Watch this space!   Check back here later for details.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 22
medium paced ride
Another mystery ride ...   Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.13 train to Broxbourne, arrive 09.45.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 22
hard ride
To Windsor and back.  70km with only one nasty hill. Otherwise as it says on the tin! An easier 3* ride, suitable for 2* riders wishing to try a 3*. Meet leader at Richmond – served by Overground or by 09.25 train from Waterloo, arrive 09.44 for 10.00 away.
(Ken Peters  07756 103768)
Sunday 22
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 26
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Red Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk and hilly Chiltern ride of about 60km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Marylebone 09.40 for 09.57 train to Amersham, arrive 10.32.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Saturday 28
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Docks and Ducks.  And the odd pig and goat. Ride through London's former docks, some now transformed into attractive open spaces. About 23km. Only 23 metres of ascent! Ride starts at 13.00 from Emma Cons Gardens, opposite the Old Vic, junction of Waterloo Road and The Cut.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 29
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Charlie's and Emily's.  Learn that CTC stands for Cafe to Cafe or, alternatively, Coffee, Tea and Cakes, visiting two well-known cyclists' refreshment stops, Charlie's in Wheathampstead and Emily's in Whitwell. OS Map166. Meet St Pancras 09.15 for 09.34 train to St Albans City, arrive 10.08. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 29
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
The rare Essex Hills revisited.  Mainly flattish in between though. Meet Fenchurch St 09.00 for 09.25 train to Upminster, arrive 09.48. Meet leader here.
(Mick O'Rorke  07976 921858)
Sunday 29
hard ride
The North Downs.  Approx 80km. Fairly hilly ride as one would expect! Meet London Bridge 08.45 for 09.04 train to Redhill, arrive 09.40.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
Sunday 29
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 February 2017
Sunday 5
easy ride - ideal for beginners
The Sea! The Sea!  Riding to Southend for some invigorating sea breezes. This is a linear ride. Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.14 train to Billericay, arrive 09.57. Buy return to Southend.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 5
medium paced ride
Hills in Winter.  To warm us up in the morning on way to lunch at the Dog and Bear in Lenham. Flatter in the afternoon. Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Staplehurst, arrive 10.12. Meet leader here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 5
hard ride
London to Cambridge.  Title is self explanatory. Just short of 100km. Cafe lunch at 65km. Meet at Highbury and Islington at 08.45 for 09.00 away. Pick up at Barracuda Cafe, East Finchley at about 09.30.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 5
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
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 Finsbury Park 09.40 for 09.51 train to Hadley Wood, arrive 10.10. Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 12
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Two Saints!  Heavenly bike ride from St Albans to Ayot St Lawrence and praying weather holds to let us head on to Whitwell for lunch before returning to Harpenden. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.33 train to St Albans, arrive 10.08. Leader meets you here.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 12
medium paced ride
Watch this space!   Check back here later for details.
(Catherine Moye  07909 991283)
Sunday 12
hard ride
Hertless 82km.  More of Hertfordshire. Or maybe slightly less. An easier 3*, suitable for 2* riders wishing to try a 3* ride. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.04 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.20.Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 12
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 19
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Far from the madding crowd.  More peaceful Essex, maybe crossing county boundaries. Pretty lanes and a pub lunch on the agenda with our popular local leader. Meet Liverpool St 08.20 for 08.43 for train to Audley End, arrive 10.00. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 19
medium paced ride
Joint ride with West Kent CTC.   Check back here later for details.
(Simon Hattersley  020 8290 4559)
Sunday 19
hard ride
Sevenoaks tour.  A look at the garden county in winter. About 80km. Meet London Bridge at 08.40 for 09.03 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.30.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 19
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 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 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 26
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Brilliant Bears.  Heading west from Bishop's Stortford to Puckeridge, with a quick tea stop in the afternoon, if daylight permits. Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.13 train to Bishops Stortford, arrive 10.09.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)
Sunday 26
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 08.55 for 09.15 train to Basingstoke, arriving 10.06 (or 09.35 train, arriving at 10.28 as a backup in the unlikely event that there is not enough bike space on the earlier train).
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 26
hard ride
Tour of Bedfordshire.  90km approx. A popular ride repeated. Well worth the mildly tedious rail journey. Meet St Pancras at 08.40 for 09.04 train to Flitwick, arrive 10.06.
(Jo Wright  07815 491097)
Sunday 26
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 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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