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 October 2015
Fri 2 – Sun 4
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Isle of Wight weekend.  Quintessential England in miniature. Fish and chip suppers and plenty of high quality teashops. Very hilly.
(Paul Krebs  07941 823664)
Saturday 3
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Lumpy Lanes.  Including morning coffee at Emily's, Whitwell. Meet Kings Cross 09.10 for 09.35 train to Welwyn North, arrive 10.05.
(Paul Lohr  07956 891490)
Sunday 4
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Around the Hog's Back.  Via Christmas Pie and the Surrey cycleway. About 40km. Early coffee stop, pub lunch, tea at Watts Gallery and maybe a look inside Guildford cathedral. Some off-road but OK for general purpose bikes – but after recent rain, please come prepared for one or two muddy stretches en route. OS map 186. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.10 train to Guildford arrive 10.10. Leader meets you here.
(Robin Hamilton  07812 831494)
Sunday 4
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Surrey Hills. Surrey flats, in that order.  The dense green Hills in the morning, more open country in the afternoon. Meet Waterloo 08.35 for 09.02 train to Dorking, arrive 09.54.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)

Note that we're now using a different train from the one originally published.
Sunday 4
hard ride
To Shoreham and back.  Expect hills and an idyllic village at the turn-around point. Meet the leader at Starbucks, Cutty Sark, Greenwich at 08.45 for 09.00 away, or catch the 08.52 train from Charing Cross to Lee, arrive 09.15, and meet the group there.
(Ruth Evans  07547 702852)
Sunday 4
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
cyclosportif - click for more info
Ride of the Falling Leaves.  Dulwich Paragon's hilly 110km sportif. Meet Bank Station, King William Street at 07.55 for 08.00 away to ride to the start.
Thursday 8
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. Leader meets you at Broxbourne.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Saturday 10
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
Map of the ride
The Great Descents of Kent.  Enjoy two spectacular descents into the beautiful Darenth valley About 40km. Meet Victoria 09.00 for 09.31 train to St Mary Cray, arrive 10.20. Leader meets you here to start ride at 10.30.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)

Note that the train now departs about 10 mins earlier than originally published.
Sunday 11
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Up the Junction!  Watford to Sarrat and back. Meet Euston 08.55 for 09.17 train to Watford Junction, arrive 10.04.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 11
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Fun in Finchingfield.  A ride through the pretty lanes to Finchingfield. Expect about 85km. Meet Liverpool Street 08.40 for 09.02 train to Chelmsford, arrive 09.44. Meet leader here.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)

The train now only runs as far as Chelmsford, so we will start the ride from there.
Sunday 11
hard ride
Map of the ride
Over the Downs to the Greensand Way.  An easier 3* ride. Lunch at the Swan-on-the-Green PH in West Peckham. Potential for tea at Shoreham. There will be hills! Meet Victoria 08.40 for 09.04 train to Swanley, arrive 09.37. Meet leader here.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)

Train times have changed due to engineering works. We will now meet at Victoria at 08.50 to take the 09.15 train to Swanley, arriving 10.02
Sunday 11
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 17
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Figure of Eight from Tonbridge.  Figure of eight ride with Lunch at Powder Mills and Tea at Kelly Holmes' in Hildenborough. Usual sprinkling of hills around here but often options to bale out as we are never far from stations. Meet at 08.50 at Charing Cross for 09.10 train to Tonbridge arriving at 09.50.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Hertfordshire lanes (AKA the Faux Little Green ride).  Approx 41 km easy paced ride in undulating country lanes. Lunch at Ardeley farm tea shop. Meet Kings Cross at 09.35 for the 09.54 train to Hertford North, arrives 10.39 (train departs Finsbury Park at 10.00). Leader meets you there.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)

This is an additional ride, not in our original programme.
Sunday 18
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Pastures new.  Still in Essex looking for something a bit different, but expect stubble in the fields and a touch of autumn in the air. Meet Liverpool Street 08.40 for 09.02 train to Chelmsford, arrive 09.44.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 18
hard ride
Map of the ride
Round Beds.  Visiting Moggerhanger, Milton Ernest and Harrold Odell. 90km with lunch at 60km. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.03 train to Flitwick, arrive 10.06.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 18
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 22
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 25
Audax UK event
Emitremmus Audax, Stevenage.  The ever popular goodbye-to-BST 100km audax. Entry in advance is highly recommended – full details here. Recommended train is the 08.53 from Kings Cross, arriving at Stevenage at 09.16.
 
 November 2015
Sunday 1
easy ride - ideal for beginners
The Essex I love.  50-55km in the Essex countryside, out and back from Audley End with pub lunch. Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.13 train to Audley End, arrive 10.22. Leader meets you there.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 1
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Maybe a farmhouse tea.  Undulating and picturesque Hertfordshire countryside. Meet St Pancras 08.45 for 09.05 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.44.
(Sarah Khedouri  07904 205623)
Sunday 1
hard ride
Map of the ride
The only way is Essex.  80km in Essex lane, an easier 3* ride. Meet Fenchurch St at 09.20 for 09.40 train to Upminster, arrive 10.02.
(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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 8
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Magic of Essex.  An easy paced ride in country lanes, picnic, pub or cafe lunch by the riverside in Maldon. Possible afternoon tea. OS maps 167, 168. About 45km. Meet Liverpool St at 09.10 for 09.32 train to Chelmsford, arrive 10.12. Leader meets you here.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 8
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
It's not a toy.  An autumn chance to test yourself on Kent's most eagerly anticipated hill of early summer, the popular Toy's Hill. There are other hills too, so expect a harder than average ride! Meet Charing Cross 09.00 for the 09.25 train to Orpington, arrive 09.49.
(Graham Carson  07946 319631)

It's Remembrance Sunday, so there will be road closures around Charing Cross – it might take you longer than usual to get to the station!
Sunday 8
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Kent revisited.  Hilly 85km in Kent. Meet Lee station at 09.15 (train available from Charing Cross at 08.52).
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)

It's Remembrance Sunday, so there will be road closures around Charing Cross – if you are catching the train, it might take you longer than usual to get to the station!
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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jonathan Fluxman  07946 386138)
Thursday 12
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk and hilly 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)
Friday 13
AGM
Annual General Meeting.  Starts at 19.00 at the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road London, WC1X 8JR, and is followed by a buffet meal. More details here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Saturday 14
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
On the edge of the Zone.  A ride through beautiful Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Meet Uxbridge underground (on the Metropolitan line, about 40mins from Baker St) at 09.45 for 10.00 away.
(Sabina Carchesio  07817 885946)

Due to the very poor weather foreast, we have decided to cancel today's ride.
Sunday 15
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
A short ride out to Essex.  65 km or so, with lunch at Ingatestone. Meet Fenchurch St 08.50 for 09.10 train to Upminster, arrive 09.44 (changing trains at Barking). Meet leader at Upminster.
(Joe Collins  07505 874713)
Sunday 15
hard ride
Broken Herts.  About 90km. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.05 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.21. Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 15
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 21
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rural Delight Cycle Ride.  Burnham Beeches and the cycling church. A mixture of lanes, a few hills and off road tracks. A chance to see how the other half live and cycle in the land of movies and TV fantasy. 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 at cafe or pub. OS maps 175 and 176. Meet Marylebone 09.55 for 10.13 train to Beaconsfield, arrive 10.43. Leader meet you there. Returning from Beaconsfield about 16.00.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 22
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  A sociable pootle with a kinder type of cycling than the usual meander. Ideal for anyone able to do 40-50km at a comfortable pace. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.50 for 10.11 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.38 (or join train at 10.05 at Kings Cross). Buy return ticket to Stevenage.
(John Ackers  020 7690 7263)
Sunday 22
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Half a Mile in Essex ...  and 65km in Herts. Pub lunch, afternoon tea in Hertford if daylight permits (total distance 65km). Meet Liverpool St 08.45 for 09.13 train to Harlow Town, arrive 09.54. Returning from Broxbourne (buy return ticket to Harlow).
(Simon Binning  07847 653363)
Sunday 22
hard ride
Map of the ride
The Weald in Autumn.  70km hilly ride through the Sussex Weald and Ashdown Forest. Lunch at the Rose and Crown, Fletching. Meet Victoria 08.45 for 09.12 train to Three Bridges, arrive 10.02.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.

Jon is unable to lead the ride today, and we have been unable to find an alternative leader, so we have had to cancel the ride – sorry.
Thursday 26
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)
Saturday 28
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
Ancient Roads, Ancient Buildings.  Discover some roads that time forgot. Only 25km, all hard surface, some hills. Meet Victoria 09.15 for 09.43 train to Whyteleafe South, arrive 10:32. Leader meets you here. Returning from Coulsdon South.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Saturday 28
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Surrey Hills and Low Weald.   Meet at Victoria at 08.40 for 09.01 train to Dorking, arriving 09.50.
(Haydee Wilkinson  07596 315490)
Sunday 29
easy ride - ideal for beginners
St Albans and Whitwell.  A short ride to Emily's Tea Room for tea and scones! OS map 166. Meet St Pancras 09.15 for 09.34 train to St Albans, arrive 10.07. Meet leader here.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)

Note that ride now starts at St Albans, not Harpenden as originally published – it is the same train from St Pancras.
Sunday 29
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Back to Front Moyes.  A breath of clean cold November air on Essex's leafiest lanes to the Fox Inn at Matching Tye for lunch. Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.14 train to Romford, arrive 09.34. Meet leader here.
(Catherine Moye  07909 991283)

Note that we're now using a slightly later train than originally published.
Sunday 29
hard ride
Pilgrims Way with hills.  Approx 80km along the North Downs. Meet Purley station at 09.45 for 10.00 away (connecting trains leave Victoria at 09.32 or London Bridge at 09.34).
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 December 2015
Saturday 5
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Saturday Only Destination.  A trip through Burnham Beeches and the Chilterns to lunch at Saunderton. Meet Paddington 08.50 for 09.04 train to Taplow arriving 09.40. Leader meets you there.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 6
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Kentish Winter Wonderland.  Castles, lakes, deer parks, mills, romping hills and tiny lanes. Meet Victoria 08.45 for 09.12 train to Sevenoaks. arrive 09.45.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)
Sunday 6
hard ride
To Shoreham and back.  Expect hills and an idyllic village at the turn-around point. 80km at 21 km/h. Meet Starbucks, Cutty Sark, Greenwich at 08.45 for 09.00 away.
(Ruth Evans  07547 702852)
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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 10
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 12
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Urban Explorer Cycle Ride.  Tired of London, tired of life - the river Thames and docklands and eco parks. Mostly quiet roads and Thames paths. A chance to see how London is always changing. Ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Dress for the weather. Approx 25km, average cycling speed on flat roads 15-20km/h, no hills. Lunch in cafe or pub. TfL cycle maps 7, 14 and Central. Meet by Evans Cycles at southern end of London Bridge at 10.30 for 10.45 start. Finish near St Pauls cathedral at about 15.00.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Saturday 12
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 08.50 for 09.10 train to Marden arrive 10.04. Leaders meet you here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 13
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Lee Valley exploratory.  Easy meandering ride of about 50km with possible return by train. Meet Dalston Overground Station 09.45 for 10.00 away.
(Pat Wheeler  07788 659743)
Sunday 13
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Ducking out ...  following Christine and Richard through the Essex lanes. Meet Liverpool St 09.20 for the 09.44 train to Harold Wood, arriving 10.11. (Returning from Romford – buy return to Harold Wood, or use Oyster). Leaders meet you at Harold Wood.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)

This replaces the ride originally published for today.
Sunday 13
hard ride
Another trip to the garden county.  Hilly ride in Kent. 85km approx. Meet Lee station at 09.15 (train available from Charing Cross at 08.52).
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 20
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  Sociable ride - see our website nearer the time for details. Meet Finsbury Park 09.50 for 10.11 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.38 (or join train at 10.05 at Kings Cross).Buy return ticket to Stevenage.

We have been unable to find a leader for this ride, so we have had to cancel it – sorry!
Sunday 20
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
A short ride for the shortest day.  Lunching at Chipperfield - about 40-55km. Meet Ruislip tube station at 10.30 (about 30mins from Baker St on the Metropolitan line).
(Stephen Goodwin  07860 318316)
Sunday 20
hard ride
Map of the ride
A shorter expedition to Herts.  An easier 3* ride in Hertfordshire - 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 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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Friday 25
hard 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.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 27
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Hampstead Blue Plaque Ride.  Tour of Hampstead to see where the great and the good once lived. TfL map 4. Meet 11.00 outside Finchley Road tube station.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 27
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Uphill in the morning and uphill in the afternoon.  How come? Come and find out. Lunch at Oxted. Meet Victoria 09.15 for 09.35 train to East Croydon, arrive 09.53. Leader meets you here.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 27
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Windsor Loop.  Flat loop to Windsor with coffee stop. Return to leaders for light lunch, fun, games, social ... Meet Willesden Junction for 10.00 away. Trains from Euston (09.37 arrives 09.51) or Highbury & Islington (09.29 arrives 09.55).
(Angela Dale  07786 445413)

This ride replaces the one originally published for today, which Paul is now unable to lead due to unforeseen cat-sitting duties.
 
 January 2016
Friday 1
hard ride
The morning after the night before.  A fixed-friendly ride to the Moletrap at Tawney Common for the hair of the dog. About 60km, back by around 15.00. Meet 10.00 for 10.15 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 3
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Smarden Bell.  Steady pace to the Smarden Bell for lunch. A few hills but flattish (for Kent). About 50km. OS maps 188 and 189. Meet London Victoria 08.40 for 09.07 train to Marden, arrive 10.07. Leaders meet you here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)

Lisa is unable to lead today, so Roy will do so instead. All other details are unchanged.
Sunday 3
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
We're off to visit the trenches!  It's all a mystery! Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.28 train to Cheshunt, arrive 09.50. Meet leader there.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)

Note that the ride will now be starting from Cheshunt, instead of Broxbourne, because of engineering works.
Sunday 3
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Not too hilly Chilterns.  A brisk winter outing to Bob's favourite hills. About 60-70km. Meet Baker St 08.50 for 09.05 train to Amersham, arrive 09.55.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)

Cancelled due to heavy rain forecast throughout day. A few laps of Regents Park for those who turn up at 08.50 at Baker Street.
Sunday 3
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)
Sunday 10
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Tragical History Tour.  Charles takes you to places of historic interest in or near St Albans. Two battlefields, iron age fortifications, an Antarctic explorer, a field marshal, a playwright and a Grade 1 listed manor house. Lunch at Wheathampstead. Ride is unsuitable for the history averse. OS map 166. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.34 train to St Albans, arrive 10.07. Meet leader here. Buy return ticket to Harpenden as the ride returns from there.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)

Due to the recent rain, some of the roads in the area may be flooded and we may need to divert from the planned route. Bring some dry socks!
Sunday 10
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Sampling the Thames Valley.  Lunch at Whitchurch, back through Henley. Meet Paddington 08.50 for 09.15 train to Twyford, arrive 10.02. Meet leader there.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 10
hard ride
West Kent loop.  80-90km. There will be hills ... Meet Charing Cross 08.55 for 09.19 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 10.04.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)

Note that the train now leaves a little later than originally published.
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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 14
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 65km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Kings Cross 09.45 for 10.05 train to Potters Bar, arrive 10.21, Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 17
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  Sociable ride in the Hertfordshire lanes. Meet Finsbury Park 09.50 for 10.11 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 10.31 (or join train at 10.05 at Kings Cross). Returning from Hatfield – buy return ticket to Welwyn Garden City. Meet leader at WGC.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)

Note that the ride now starts from Welwyn Garden City, not as previously advertised.
Sunday 17
medium paced ride
Tonbridge figure of eight.  West first, East after lunch at Powder Mills. The usual hills round here but with possible bail out options as we are never far from a station. Meet Charing Cross 08.55 for 09.19 train to Tonbridge, arrive 10.11. Leaders meet you there.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)

This ride is cancelled due to ice and snow.
Sunday 17
hard ride
More broken Herts roads.  Approx 80km in Herts. Meet Kings Cross 08.35 for 08.58 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.12. Leader meets you there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)

Due to the forecast icy conditions, this ride has been cancelled. We will instead do a few laps of Regents Park, starting at 09.20, followed by coffee at the Tennis Club on the Inner Circle.
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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)

Due to the forecast icy conditions, this ride has been cancelled. We will instead do a few laps of Regents Park, starting at 09.20, followed by coffee at the Tennis Club on the Inner Circle.
Sunday 24
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Urban Explorer Cycle Ride.  Wimbledon Common - looking for the Wombles. Mostly quiet roads and off road tracks. Ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Dress for the weather. Approx. 32 km - average cycling speed on flat roads 15-20km/h, slower on the hills. Lunch at cafe or pub. TfL maps 7 and 10. Meet Kensington Gardens Broad Walk by cafe at north end at 10.45 for 11.00 away. Ride returns to Kensington Gardens at about 15.30.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 24
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Essex hills.  Crays Hill and the Langdon Hills. Meet Fenchurch St 09.20 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57.
(Mick O'Rorke  07976 921858)
Sunday 24
hard ride
Short ride and social.  A very short ride followed by soup and snacks at Angela and Ken's place in Acton. Meet Richmond station at 10.30.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)

Nick will now lead the ride instead of Ken. Also, note that there are no trains from Waterloo to Richmond today. Overground and District lines services are running normally.
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 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 28
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 65km, back in London by about 16.00. Meet Fenchurch St 09.20 for 09.41 train to Upminster, arrive 10.03.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Saturday 30
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Winter Warmer.  Lunch at Sandway to visit an old favourite with new owners. Some Kentish ups and Downs to keep you warm with great views from the top and a free ride down. Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Staplehurst, arrive 10.07. Leaders join train en route.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 31
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Following the Mimram.   Meet Finsbury Park 08.55 for 09.17 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.39. Leaders meet you there.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 31
hard ride
Ride out to St Albans.  A shorter winter ride of about 70km. There will be a couple of short off road sections. Meet West Hampstead Thameslink station at 09.45 for 10.00 away.
(Jo Wright  07815 491097)

We have had to cancel this ride – sorry!
Sunday 31
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.
(Keith Butcher  07709 442700)
 
 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)

Note that we are now starting from Chalfont and Latimer, not Amersham as originally published.
Sunday 14
medium paced 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.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
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
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
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 08.50 for 09.23 train to Lingfield, arrive 10.09.
(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)
Thursday 25
medium paced 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
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)
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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