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 June 2016
Sunday 5
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Mackerye End Gardens.  Ride though country lanes to Mackerye End (AL5 5DR). The gardens comprise 15 acres of formal gardens, parkland and woodland, front garden set in framework of formal yew hedges. Admission £5. OS map 166. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.35 train to St Albans, arrive 10.37. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 5
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Not so hilly Chilterns.  As it says on the tin! 80km approx. Meet Marylebone at 08.35 for 08.57 train to Amersham, arrive 09.32.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 5
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
cyclosportif - click for more info
Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo.  135km closed-road Gran Fondo. Enter in advance here. Starts from Peterborough Arena and Showground.
Thursday 9
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Fenchurch St 09.50 for 10.04 train to Upminster, arrive 10.26.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 12
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
It's all about the views.  Of course you'll have to climb to see them! To the White Horse at Sandway for lunch. Flatter in the afternoon. Meet Victoria 08.40 for 09.01 train to Staplehurst, arrive 10.10. Leader meets you here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)

The train departs earlier than previously stated, at 09.01
Sunday 12
hard ride
London to Oxford.  A brisk run to Oxford. 22km/h approx. Meet Rayners Lane (Met line) station at 10.00. Returning by train – we may divert to Oxford Parkway if the group is large to avoid congestion at Oxford station.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
Sunday 12
Audax UK event
The Italian Job.  Islington CC's 100km Audax. Enter in advance here. Starts 08.30 from Finsbury Park.
Saturday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Open Garden Squares Weekend Cycle Ride 1.  Visit some of London's 200+ secret gardens that open this weekend. A £14 pass, obtainable on the day (or for £12 if bought in advance) allows entry to all the gardens all weekend. A leisurely ride - ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Please bring a lock for your bike. Approx. 20 km – average cycling speed 12-16km/h. Lunch en-route. TfL map 14. Meet at Cafe in the Gardens, Russell Square Gardens, WC1B 5EH at 10.00 for 10.15 start.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 19
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Open Garden Squares Weekend Ride 2.  Visit some of London's 200+ secret gardens that open this weekend. A £14 pass, obtainable on the day (or for £12 if bought in advance) is required for entry to the gardens. Ride starts from St Paul's Cathedral (opposite main entrance) at 10.00.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 19
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Riding to the George and Dragon.  A rolling, scenic 70km ride through Kent with most hills in the afternoon. Lunch in Headcorn. (Option for shortening ride by returning from Headcorn or Staplehurst stations). Meet Charing Cross 08.50 for 09.13 train to Tonbridge, arrive 10.07.
(Sarah Khedouri  07904 205623)
Sunday 19
hard ride
Tour of Bedford.  A 90km circuit around Bedford, with a tea stop. Meet St Pancras 09.00 for 09.24 train to Flitwick, arrive 10.36.
(Jo Wright  07815 491097)

Train now leaves later than originally published.
Sunday 19
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 23
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk and hilly Chiltern ride of about 60km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Marylebone 09.30 for 09.47 train to Amersham, arrive 10.32.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Saturday 25
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Between Downs and Weald.  A meandering circular ride of 32km, a country pub (the Kentish Horse at Markbeech), an ancient tree, a dose of Tudor history, and perhaps the most beautiful lost lane in Kent. There are hills – total ascent 400m. Option to return by train (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, purchase a return ticket accordingly.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 26
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Tea for Two!  Easy ride from St Albans to Whitwell via Wheathampstead – one big climb! Lunch at Emily's Tea Shop. Returning to Harpenden via another big climb. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.34 train to St Albans, arrive 10.07. Buy return ticket to Harpenden.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)

Brian is unfortunately unable to lead this ride today, so we have had to postpone it until 17th July – sorry.
Sunday 26
medium paced ride
June abloom in Hertfordshire.  A picturesque ride through lovely lanes to lunch at the Cricketers in Weston. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.05 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.45. Leader joins train en-route.
(Catherine Moye  07909 991283)
Sunday 26
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Surrey Hills.  90km of hilly terrain. Meet Victoria 08.35 for 09.02 train to Purley, arrive 09.23. Leader meets you here for 09.30 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)

This replaces the ride originally published for today.
Sunday 26
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 July 2016
Sunday 3
easy ride - ideal for beginners
All-stars ride.  The big get-together. Riding north from Bishops Stortford then south to Much Hadham for lunch to meet up with the two and three-star rides for our summer social. Meet Liverpool St 09.05 for 09.28 train to Bishops Stortford, arrive 10.10.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 3
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
All-stars ride.  Hertfordshire lanes to Much Hadham for lunch with the one and three star riders. Meet Liverpool St 09.30 for 09.57 train to Broxbourne, arrive 10.23.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 3
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
All-stars ride.  80km of gently rolling terrain to lunch at the meet-up at Much Hadham. Meet Liverpool St 08.35 for 08.57 train to Cheshunt, arrive 09.18.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Saturday 9
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rural Delight Cycle Ride - three churches.  Visit Greensted Church, the oldest wooden church in the world, and Willingale of two church fame. A mixture of lanes over gently rolling countryside. A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Approx 40 km, average cycling speed on the flat 16-20km/h, slower on the hills. Pub lunch in Fyfield, tea stop if requested at Blackmore Tea Rooms. OS map 177. Meet Liverpool St 09.30 for 09.55 train to Shenfield, arrive 10.17. Returning from Ingatestone about 16.30 – buy return ticket to Ingatestone.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 10
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Further from the Madding Crowd.  Taking advantage of the longer days to go just a bit further to Great Bardfield for lunch with lots of quiet lanes on the way. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.28 train to Audley End, arrive 10.22. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 10
Audax UK event
Map of the ride
Suburban Breakout.  Central London CTC's own 100km audax. Starts 09.30 from Barracuda Cafe, 118 High Rd N2 9ED. Entry in advance strongly advised — full details here.
Thursday 14
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Fenchurch St 09.50 for 10.04 train to Upminster, arrive 10.26.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Saturday 16
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Dunwich Dynamo.  24th edition of the ever-popular overnight ride to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. Approximately 180km. Starts from Pub on the Park, 19 Martello Street, London Fields, E8 3PE 19.45 for 20.00 away. More information here.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 17
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Tea for Two!  Easy ride from St Albans to Whitwell via Wheathampstead – one big climb! Lunch at Emily's Tea Shop. Returning to Harpenden via another big climb. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.34 train to St Albans, arrive 10.07. Buy return ticket to Harpenden.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)

Note the change of date – this ride was postponed from 26th June.
Sunday 17
medium paced ride
Westward Ho!  Around 65km with a few hills, lunch after 40km. Meet Waterloo 09.00 for 09.25 train to Windsor and Eton Riverside, arrive 10.16. Meet leader here.
(Tony Hopkins  07770 952554)
Sunday 17
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
The only way is Essex.  80km of mixed terrain. Flat for the first 20km then gently rolling. An easier 3* suitable for those moving up from 2*. Meet Fenchurch St 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster arriving at 09.57.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 24
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Coastal meander on the Viking trail.  An easy going ride following the Viking trail on a mostly paved, traffic free, scenic coastal route. Picnic or pub lunch at the historic Reculver Towers. In the afternoon wee'll have a brief visit to the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. The ride will finish in Broadstairs or Ramsgate, depending on weather and timing. You can return in your own time since weather and mood allowing the leader will stay by the seaside until late. There are railway stations nearby on the entire route. Meet St Pancras 09.00 for 09.25 train to Whitstable, arrive 10.38. Leader meets you here. Buy return ticket to Ramsgate.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 24
medium paced ride
Map of the 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 24
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Chilterns with Bob.  100km with plenty of hills, but nothing too outrageous! Meet Marylebone at 08.20 for 08.57 train to Amersham, arrive 09.32.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 24
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 28
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 75km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Waterloo 09.30 for 09.57 train to Teddington, arrive 10.35.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 31
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Up the Junction.  Gentle ride out from Watford Junction to Chipperfield and back. Easy paced ride in undulating terrain. Meet Euston 09.00 for 09.24 train to Watford Junction, arrive 09.44.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 31
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
The Chilterns.  Hills are to be expected. Meet Baker Street 08.45 for 09.05 train to Chorleywood, arrive 09.46.
(Haydee Wilkinson  07596 315490)
Sunday 31
hard ride
London to Oxford.  A brisk 100km to Oxford. Meet at Rayners Lane (Metropolitan Line served by Baker St 08.46 arriving at 09.12) at 09.15 for 09.30 away.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
Sunday 31
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 Fluxman  07946 386138)
 
 August 2016
Saturday 6
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Cut your own thwart.  In the two-metre-wide Cut-a-Thwart Lane or a number of other delightful Essex Lanes. About 45km. Easy pace - no cut-thwart competition! Meet Liverpool St 09.15 for 09.38 train to Chelmsford, arrive 10.12.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 7
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Balcombe Loop.  70km in the lovely countryside to the north of Brighton. Views and hills but not Ditchling Beacon. Pub lunch. Meet Victoria 09.00 for 09.27 train to Balcombe, arrive 10.18.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 7
hard ride
London to Cambridge.  A brisk 100km to the other place! Lunch at Buntingford at about 65km. Meet Highbury and Islington at 08.45 for 09.00 away. Pick up at Barracuda cafe East Finchley at 09.30 approx.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 7
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 11
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 10.24.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Sunday 14
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Two Hursts.  Staplehurst via the idyllic Bedgebury Pinetum to Hawkhurst for lunch. Tea at Frankie's Farm Shop (at Staplehurst Nursery) if there's time. Some hills but we'll take them slowly. About 45km. Meet Cannon St 08.25 for the 08.46 train to Staplehurst, arriving 09.46. Leader meets you here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 14
medium paced ride
Definitely a Fox and maybe a Duck too.  Up to 80km, with a pub lunch and afternoon tea. Mainly in Herts, with a little bit of Essex for good measure. Meet Liverpool St 08.15 for 08.43 train to Bishops Stortford, arriving 09.40.
(Simon Binning  07847 653363)
Sunday 14
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
The end of Metroland.  100km of varied terrain. Expect some hills. Meet Marylebone at 08.30 for 08.57 to Amersham arriving 09.32.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 14
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.
Saturday 20
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Rural Delight Cycle Ride - the Devil's Punch Bowl.  The Devil's Punch Bowl is a large natural amphitheatre and beauty spot near Hindhead, Surrey, in England, and is the source of many stories about the area. The London to Portsmouth road (the A3) skirted the centre of the site before the long Hindhead Tunnel was built in 2011. A mixture of quiet lanes, with a few hills and off road tracks. Suitable for hybrid and touring bikes but not road bikes with narrow tyres. A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Approx 40 km, average cycling speed on flat roads 16-20km/h, slower on the hills. Lunch in a cafe. OS map 186. Meet Waterloo 09.20 for 09.45 train to Guildford, arrive 10.23. Returning by train from Godalming at 16.25 – buy return ticket to Godalming.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 21
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Scarecrow Festival.  A ride to the Scarecrow Festival at Flamstead. A surreal experience! Low mileage but there are hills, with the option to spend most time at the Festival rather than mostly riding. Meet St Pancras 09.15 for 09.36 train to Harpenden, arrive 10.15. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 21
medium paced ride
The Chilterns up to Wendover Woods.  Don't expect a flat ride! Meet Baker St 08.45 for 09.05 train to Amersham, arrive 09.54.
(Tibor Bek  07534 206397)
Sunday 21
hard ride
Sussex and the downs South and North.  80km of fairly hilly terrain tackled at a sensible pace. An easier 3* suitable for those moving up from 2*. Meet Victoria 08.55 for 09.17 train to Gatwick, arrive 09.47. Meet leader here for 10.00 start.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
Sunday 21
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 25
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)
Saturday 27
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Great Descents of Kent.  Enjoy two spectacular descents into the beautiful Darenth valley.
About 40km.
 Meet Victoria 09.20 for 09.52 train to St Mary Cray, arrive 10.15. Meet leader here.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 28
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Watch this space!   Check back here later for details.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 28
medium paced ride
Watch this space!   Check back here later for details.
(Catherine Moye  07909 991283)
Sunday 28
hard ride
cyclosportif - click for more info
Hertfordshire Sportive.  A well organised series, with 160km, 100km and 52km options on some familiar roads, starting near Potters Bar station. More information here.
Sunday 28
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)
 
 September 2016
Sunday 4
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Over the Hills but not too Far Away.  Heading into the North Downs from Swanley. Expect hills, but we avoid the steepest. Around 45km. Meet Cannon St 09.20 for 09.45 train to Swanley, arrive 10.08.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)
Sunday 4
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Downe and the Downs.  A hilly 70km ride across the Downs and the Weald and back, maybe taking in a Tatsfield Tea on the way. Meet Charing Cross 09.00 for 09.25 train to Orpington, arrive 09.50.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 4
hard ride
Map of the ride
A foray into the Cotswolds.   Meet Marylebone 08.15 for 08.40 train to Bicester North arriving 09.45.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 4
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 8
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk and hilly Chiltern ride of about 60km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Marylebone 09.30 for 09.47 train to Amersham, arrive 10.32.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 11
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
The Milton Trail.  The 40 km Milton Trail is so named because of the area's connection to John Milton – this is where he wrote his epic poem 'Paradise Lost'. We will aim for a pub lunch and afternoon tea, time permitting. This is the Chilterns so expect some hills! Meet Baker St 08.45 for 09.05 train to Amersham, arrive 09.54. Meet leader here.
(Winston Lord  07802 687310)
Sunday 11
medium paced ride
Hills in the afternoon.  About 65km of rolling lanes, with lunch at the Cricketers in Weston, a pub with a wood-fired pizza oven. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.34 train to Harpenden, arrive 10.14.
(Sarah Khedouri  07904 205623)
Sunday 11
hard ride
Aylesbury loop.  90km. Longer and gently rolling before lunch. Shorter and much steeper after! Meet Euston 08.30 for 08.55 train to Tring arriving 09.29.
(PJ Champault  07879 400415)
Sunday 11
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)
Sunday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Epping Forest Ride.  Visit The View visitors' centre for a short introduction 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 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 wheel bikes. OS maps 177 and 167. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.33 train to Chingford, arrive 10.01. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 18
medium paced ride
Tunbridge Wells circular.  Taking in Bedgebury Pinetum, a pub lunch and maybe tea. Fairly hilly. Meet Charing Cross 08.30 for 08.55 train to Tunbridge Wells, arrive 09.51. Leader meets you here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 18
hard ride
Ware next?  90km of rolling terrain in Hertfordshire. An easier 3* suitable for those moving up from 2*. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.05 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.21. Meet leader here.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 18
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 22
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Waterloo 09.45 for 10.03 train to Surbiton, arrive 10.26.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Sunday 25
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Merry-Go-Round.  An exciting up and down 'whizz' of a cycle ride in the Chilterns. Hilly, so oil the muscles. Meet Baker St 09.15 for 09.35 train to Chalfont Latimer, arrive 10.20. Returning from Chesham.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 25
medium paced ride
Mellow September, please.  The Swan at West Peckham after a couple of hills to work up an appetite for their good food and home brewed beer. Tea stop if weather good or quicker return if not. Meet Charing Cross 09.00 for the 09.25 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 10.00. Leader meets you here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 25
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Surrey Hills.  95km including Leith and Box Hills. Meet Victoria 08.40 for 09.02 train to Purley, arrive 09.23.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 25
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.
 
 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 09.00 for 09.28 train to Audley End, arrive 10.22. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 2
medium paced ride
Ducking out.  Along lanes familiar and unfamiliar to Newney Green. Meet Fenchurch St 09.00 for 09.25 train to Upminster, arrive 09.48. Meet leader here.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 2
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 2
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)
Saturday 8
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
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 Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.32 train to Chelmsford, arrive 10.11. Returning from Shenfield.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 9
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Classic Essex.  Lunch at Harlow garden centre, tea at Blackmore. Meet Fenchurch St 09.00 for 09.25 train to Upminster, arrive 09.48. Meet leader here.
(Joe Collins  07505 874713)
Sunday 9
hard ride
Round Beds.  A tour around Bedford of about 100km. Meet St Pancras at 08.40 for 09.00 train to Bedford, arrive 09.50.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
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
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
Watch this space!   Check back here later for details of today's ride.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 16
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
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
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 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.
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)
Sunday 23
medium paced 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
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
To Windsor and back.  70km with just one nasty hill. Light refreshments at leader's afterwards. 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.
(Ken Peters  07845 223706)
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.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
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 09.00 for 09.25 train to Upminster, arrive 09.48. Meet leader here.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)
Sunday 30
Audax UK event
End of Summertime Audax.  Popular 100km Audax from Stevenage CTC. More information here.
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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