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 February 2015
Sunday 1
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Essex lanes.  Rolling lanes, visiting Greensted, the oldest wooden church in the world. Pub or cafe lunch at Chipping Ongar, afternoon tea at Blackmore. Approx 42km. Meet Liverpool St at 09.45 for 10.05 train to Brentwood, arriving at 10.42. Leader meets you there. Buy return ticket to Shenfield.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 1
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Tried and tested.  Through familiar and well loved lanes on the Herts and Essex borders. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.28 train to Sawbridgeworth, arrive 10.05.
(Simon Slater  07985 251834)

Due to engineering works, the train only goes as far as Broxbourne, so we'll now start the ride from there. We'll still be returning from Sawbridgeworth, so buy a return ticket to there.
Sunday 1
hard ride
Shoreham and back.  Rolling 76km at 21km/h with lunch at Speedgate cafe after 50 km. Some climbing. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Starbucks 54 Greenwich High St SE10 9BL (or 09.10 Lee Station).
(Ruth Evans  07547 702852)

This ride replaces the one originally published for today because of rail engineering work.
Sunday 1
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Essex lanes 5.  95km at 28-30km/h with a brief cafe stop. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Rd, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 8
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Dreamscape.  Dream of a garden city, cycleways, some woods, country lanes, a cafe with its own cycle shop and a rail station with new lifts. One sweet dream came true today, maybe, numerous short hills. Lunch in a cafe or pub. About 50km. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.50 for 10.11 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 10.31. Returning from Hatfield. Assemble outside WGC west entrance.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 8
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
A fair bit of up and down.  By the Thames and in the Chiltern hills. Lunch in Whitchurch and tea in Henley. Meet Paddington 08.50 for 09.15 train to Twyford, arrive 10.05. Leader meets you here.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 8
hard ride
Hertfordshire in winter 4.  100km into the Hertfordshire Lanes. Exact route will depend on the conditions. Bring your Oyster card in case we catch a train back. Meet Barracuda Cafe, 118 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9ED at 08.45 for 09.00 away.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)

Note the change of date – this ride was originally scheduled for 15th February.
Sunday 8
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Hertfordshire and back.  95km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Rd, London N5 1XH (or 09.15 opposite Barracuda Cafe, East Finchley; or 09.25 Post Office, High Street, Barnet).
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(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 15
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  Regular sociable ride – both regulars and newcomers welcome. A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Remember to dress for the weather, it may be cold. Approx. 40 km. Lunch in a pub or cafe. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.50 for 10.11 train to Stevenage, arrive 10.42. Leader meets you here.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 15
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Hills in winter.  Keep you warm - additional benefit as well as the views and a free ride down! Through pretty villages to one with a microbrewery pub. Meet Cannon St 09.05 for 09.27 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.58. Leader meets you here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)

Due to rail engineering work, we will now meet at Cannon St at 08.45 for the 09.10 train to Otford, arrive 09.50. Leader meets you here.
Sunday 15
hard ride
Map of the ride
The Weald in winter.  Up and down on the High and Low Sussex Weald. Around 80km. Meet Victoria 08.55 for 09.17 train to Haywards Heath, arrive 10.08.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)

Note the change of date – this ride was originally scheduled for 8th February.
Sunday 15
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Essex lanes.  95km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Rd, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 22
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 09.35 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)
Sunday 22
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Three score years and ten.  Celebrating the birthday we think will never arrive for us. Twisting and turning through pleasantly hilly countryside to lunch at the Robin Hood and Little John at Rabley Heath. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.04 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.44.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)

This ride replaces the one originally published for today.
Sunday 22
hard ride
Box Hill and back.  Riding out and back for an ascent of Box Hill with a cafe stop. About 90km. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, Trafalgar Square.
(George Ong  07930 441690)

Unfortunately George is unable to lead this ride today, and we have been unable to find a replacement leader, so we have had to cancel this ride – sorry!
Sunday 22
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
cyclosportif - click for more info
The Hell of the Ashdown.  Catford CC's challenging 100km sportif. More details here.

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 March 2015
Sunday 1
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Inter-suburban-spin.  Interesting suburban spin through some of north London's parks and cycle paths with nice cafe lunch stop. Expect some hills. Bring a snack. TfL map 4. Meet Kings Cross 09.30 for 09.56 train to Alexandra Palace, arrive 10.09. Meet leader here.
(John Silvertown  07804 930697)
Sunday 1
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
The Bobbingworth experience.  Essex lanes. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.32 train to Shenfield, arrive 09.58. Leader meets you here.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 1
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Kentish Hills.  As it says on the tin! 80-90km out and back ride. Meet Cannon St 08.30 for 08.53 train to Lee, arrive 09.14. Leader meets you here.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
Sunday 1
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 7
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Urban Explorer Ride.  Cycling to Dulwich Picture Gallery and return. A leisurely ride to visit a place of culture – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. A mixture of royal parks, windmills, art galleries, cycle stadiums and urban roads. Gallery costs £6, senior citizens £5. Remember to dress for the weather, it may be cold. Approx 30km – average cycling speed on flat roads 15-20 km/h.. Lunch at Picture Gallery. TfL maps 14. Meet Kensington Gardens Broad Walk by cafe (nearest post code W2 4RU), north end by Bayswater Road at 10.15 for 10.30 away. Ride ends in Hyde Park – Speakers Corner at approx 16.00.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 8
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Threading the Downs.  Looping east on little lanes in the North Kent hills. Meet Cannon St 08.45 for 09.10 train to Otford, arrive 09.48.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)
Sunday 8
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Windsor and back.  An easier 3* – ideal for 2* riders wanting to try a 3*. Meet Richmond Station 09.15 for 09.30 away.
(Ken Peters  07845 223706)
Sunday 8
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
Sunday 15
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  A day out in Hertfordshire. About 50km. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.50 for 10.12 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.39.
(John Ackers  020 7690 7263)
Sunday 15
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Herts is trumps.  Familiar quiet lanes of Hertfordshire, pub lunch and maybe, if we're quick enough, tea at Emily's. Meet Kings Cross 09.00 for 09.23 train to Stevenage, arrive 09.46.
(Janet Davies  07725 050564)

Because it is Mother's Day today, we've been unable to book a pub for lunch, so please bring some food supplies with you.
Sunday 15
hard ride
Map of the ride
Surrey Hills.  A day exploring the ups and Downs (North mainly). Meet Victoria 08.40 for 09.08 train to Redhill, arrive 09.57.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
Sunday 15
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 21
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The Country Estates of West London.  Discover how it was before Heathrow and the Great West Road. About 21km, at least half traffic-free. Meet Waterloo 12.30 for 12.58 train to Richmond, arrive 13.17. Meet leader there to start ride at 13.30.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 22
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Watford - Mind the Gap.  Pleasant ride out to Flaunden and back. OS map 166. Meet Euston 10.00 for 10.24 train to Watford Junction, arrive 10.39.
(Brian O'Reilly  07805 385896)

Brian is unwell, and we haven't been able to find a replacement leader, so we have had to cancel this ride – sorry!
Sunday 22
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Kentish foray.  Oast houses and chalk hills. Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Headcorn, arrive 10.15.
(Scott Fletcher  07866 374450)
Sunday 22
hard ride
More Surrey Hills - west of last week's.  Lumpy bits around Woking and Guildford. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.00 train to Guildford, arrive 09.53.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 22
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 29
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Oh down to the river - we ride.  We cycle down to the River Lee Navigation using joined up cycle routes via Alexandra Park, Downhills Park, and Markfield Park, with lunch in Springfield Park. Easy pace with some hills. This ride is guaranteed more down than up with a possible tea stop on route to or at Finsbury Park where the ride ends. Approx 40km. TfL maps 7 and 4. Meet Kings Cross 09.15 for 09.41 train to Alexandra Palace, arrive 09.53. Leader meets you there at western exit.
(John Silvertown  07804 930697)
Sunday 29
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 Cannon St 08.45 for 09.10 train to Tonbridge, arrive 09.50.
(Sarah Khedouri  07904 205623)
Sunday 29
Audax UK event
Map of the ride
Stevenage CTC Start of Summertime Audaxes.  60km, 115km and 210km options – more details here. Entry in advance is strongly recommended. For the 115km, catch the 09.23 from Kings Cross to Stevenage, arrive 09.46.
 
 April 2015
Thu 2 – Mon 6
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Easter in the Yorkshire Dales, Eden Valley and Northern Lakes.  
(Paul Lohr  07956 891490)
Fri 3 – Sun 12
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Easter in Croatia.  
(Sally Doyle  07743 734255)
Sunday 5
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
The Easters at Easter.  Riding through High Easter and Good Easter in search of spring sunshine. Pub lunch and maybe afternoon tea. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.28 train to Sawbridgeworth, arrive 10.05.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 5
hard ride
Riding out to Sevenoaks.  Ride out from the centre of town and return by train. Meet Trafalgar Square 08.45 for 09.00 away.
(Angela Dale  07786 445413)
Sunday 5
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 11
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The Country Estates of Enfield.  Explore the estates of fashionable society of the 16th to 18th centuries, now transformed into country parks. About 23 km. OS map 166. Meet Kings Cross 09.30 for 09.56 train to Enfield Chase, arrive 10.21.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 12
easy ride - ideal for beginners
The Chilterns' Highest Point.  A mixture, lanes, with a few hills and off road tracks. See Earl Howe and the highest point in the Chilterns. A leisurely ride - ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Approx 40 km - average cycling speed on flat roads 16km/h, slower on the hills. Lunch at the Cafe in the Woods, Wendover Woods. OS map 165. Meet Marylebone 09.50 for 10.12 train to Amersham, arrive 10.47. Meet leader here. Returning from Great Missenden, arriving back in London at about 17.30.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)

Due to engineering work, we will now catech the 10.09 train to High Wycombe, arrive 10:42 - meet leader here. Returning from High Wycombe, arriving back in London at about 17.30.
Sunday 12
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Over the Downs to the Greensand Way.  Lunch at Swan-on-the-Green PH in West Peckham. There will be hills! Meet Victoria 08.35 for 09.04 train to Swanley, arrive 09.37. Meet leader here.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 12
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
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 08.49 train to Lee, arrive 09.14, and meet the group there.
(Ruth Evans  07547 702852)
Sunday 12
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Hertfordshire and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Caffè Nero, Highgate, London N6.
(Charlie Keep  07856 401888)

The meeting place for this ride has now changed to Highgate, and the ride now includes some off-road sections – wider winter tyres are advised.
Sunday 19
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
Map of the ride
Little Green Ride.  A day out in Hertfordshire. About 50km. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.45 for 10.11 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.38.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 19
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
All Herts (nearly).  70km, pub lunch by the canal in Hertford, plus afternoon tea. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.28 train to Broxbourne, arrive 09.54. Buy return ticket to Harlow.
(Simon Binning  07847 653363)
Sunday 19
hard ride
London to Brighton - third time lucky?  Brisk spring ride to the coast. Train back to London. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, Trafalgar Square.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)

This is an additional ride, not in the originally published list.
Sunday 19
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Mon 20 – Sun 26
medium paced ride
Walney to Whitby (W2W).  
(Paul Krebs  07941 823664)
Sunday 26
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Tracks and towpaths of North-west Surrey.  About 40km, including some off-road but OK for general purpose bikes. Morning coffee, pub lunch and tea stop. OS map 186. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.07 train to Brookwood, arrive 09.51. Leader meets you here.
(Robin Hamilton  07812 831494)
Sunday 26
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Out of Orpington.  Classic chalk downlands in the North Downs – several steep climbs and a short off road section. Meet Charing Cross 09.00 for 09.25 train to Orpington, arrive 09.49.
(Graham Carson  07946 319631)

Due to the London Marathon, Charing Cross station will be very busy this morning and there will be road closures in the area – we suggest you allow more time than usual to get there and buy your ticket.
Sunday 26
hard ride
Bedfordshire lanes.  80-90km in a less visited county. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.03 train to Flitwick, arrive 10.06.
(Jo Wright  07815 491097)
Sunday 26
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 May 2015
Fri 1 – Tue 5
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Dutch weekend.  
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
Sunday 3
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Lilley Flower Festival.  Flower Festival at Lilley.Lots of lanes and flowers on a ride possibly designed to transport you into Lilley Arms or the village hall for lunch and if time allows to Emilys for tea. OS map 166. Meet Kings Cross 09.15 for 09.41 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 10.24. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 3
medium paced ride
VERVLAMIVM again.  Rolling hills, open fields, hedgerows and country lanes – about 80km. Meet St Pancras 08.40 for 09.04 train to St Albans, arrive 09.37.
(Sally-Anne Dunn  07949 636722)

Bring an extra layer as lunch may be al fresco!
Sunday 3
hard ride
Cold Norton.  A fixed friendly jaunt to Cold Norton – an easier 3*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Ken Peters  07845 223706)
Sunday 3
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Down to the sea.  Riding to Brighton at 26-28km/h, returning by train. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at St Martins in the Fields, Trafalgar Square.
(Jim Higson  07577 751350)

This replaces the ride originally published for today.
Saturday 9
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Kentish Greensand.  Lanes, with a few hills and off road tracks, visiting Old Soar Manor (free) and Knole Park (free). A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Approx. 30km – average cycling speed on flat roads 15-20km/h, slower on the hills. Lunch in a pub. OS map 188. Meet Victoria 09.25 for 09.52 train to West Malling, arrive 10.43. Buy single ticket to West Malling – returning from Otford, arriving back in London at about 17.00.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 10
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Susie's scenic Surrey.  Not part of the Olympic route but just as scenic, riding a circular route mostly on country roads and lanes. Coffee stop at Denbies Vineyard, lunch at country pub, tea at cyclists' favourite, Tea-on-the-Green at Brockham. Under 50km. Map OS Explorer 146. Meet Victoria 08.40 for 09.10 train to Boxhill and Westhumble, arrive 10.06. Leader meets you here.
(Susie Kilbride  07778 971400)
Sunday 10
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
A pub called Rodney.  Via Little Baddow and Writtle, about 65km. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.32 train to Shenfield, arrive 09.58. Leader meets you here.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)

There are now no trains to Shenfield today, so we will instead meet at Liverpool St at 09.00 for the 09.20 train to Upminster, arriving at 09.48 – Kelvin will meet us here. We will now lunch in Great Waltham.
Sunday 10
hard ride
To Cambridge.  Ride out to Cambridge, taking in the delights of the guided busway. About 90km, returning by train. Meet Highbury and Islington Stn 08.45 for 09.00 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 10
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 17
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  A day out in Hertfordshire. About 50km. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.45 for 10.11 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.38.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)
Sunday 17
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
North Downs and the Weald.   Meet Cannon St 09.10 for 09.27 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.58.
(Johnny Innes  07748 212375)

Train details have changed – we will now meet at 09.00 at Charing Cross for the 09.25 train to Sevenoaks, arriving at 09.58. Johnny will meet us there.
Sunday 17
Audax UK event
Islington CC's 200km Audax.  Entry in advance is recommended – more details here. Starts at 08.00 from Look Mum No Hands! 49 Old St, EC1V 9HX.

Note that this event is now fully booked and entries on the line will not be possible.
Fri 22 – Tue 26
medium paced ride
Upper Wye Valley weekend.   See the Weekends page for more information.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 24
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Love Herts.  If you like country lanes in May, this is the ride for you. Lunch at a cafe. About 50km. Bring a snack, water and puncture kit with spare tube. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.50 for 10.11 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 10.31. .
(John Silvertown  07804 930697)
Sunday 24
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Half a Ton.  Over towards Yalding, about 80km. Lunch in Headcorn. Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Tonbridge, arrive 09.53.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)

Trains have changed – we will now meet at London Bridge at 08.40 for 09.01 train to Tonbridge, arriving at 09.49. David meets us at Tonbridge.
Sunday 24
hard ride
Hertfordshire explored.  About 80-90km. Easier 3* ride. Meet Barracuda Cafe, East Finchley High Rd 08.45 for 09.00 away.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 24
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 31
easy ride - ideal for beginners
ride from another group - click for more info
Map of the ride
The Great Descents of Surrey.  Enjoy at least two long descents in Surrey's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. About 40km. Meet Waterloo 09.00 for 09.32 train to Epsom, arrive 10.06. Meet leader here.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 31
medium paced ride
Chiltern Rendezvous.  We will follow a route, Chiltern Rendezvous, mapped out by Jack Thurston in his book Lost Lanes. A hilly ride of 70km and 500 metres climbing on country lanes, taking in Whipsnade, pretty villages, Ivinghoe Beacon and some fine views. Meet St Pancras 08.45 for 09.04 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.44.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 31
hard ride
Hard and Hilly.  A challenging 82km of Surrey hills at 21km/h – lunch after 62km. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.07 train to Woking, arrive 09.42. Returning from Guildford – buy a return to Guildford.
(Ruth Evans  07547 702852)

Note change of date – this ride was originally published for 17th May.
Sunday 31
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 June 2015
Sunday 7
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Chilterns Highway 61 revisited.  About 50km. Delightful country lanes with hills. Meet Marylebone 08.50 for 09.12 train to Chalfont and Latimer, arrive 09,43. Returning from Amersham or Chesham.
(Brian O'Reilly  07805 385896)
Sunday 7
medium paced ride
Memory Lanes.  Re-cycled from 10 years ago. Kent lanes and pub with some hilly bits. We'll see if we can also find a tea stop ... Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Tonbridge, arrive 09.53.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 7
hard ride
Map of the ride
Benson, and possibly hedges, but not the two together!  Over the Chilterns to lunch by the river at Benson. Returning via Henley (option for tea) to Maidenhead. Meet Paddington 08.40 for 09.02 train to Twyford, arrive 09.49 – meet leader here. Returning from Maidenhead.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 7
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
cyclosportif - click for more info
Tour of Cambridgeshire.  132km closed road sportif starting from Peterborough. More details here.
Saturday 13
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Open Garden Squares Weekend Cycle Ride 1.  Explore some of London's secret gardens that open specially this weekend. TfL maps 6. A leisurely ride – ideal for newcomers to group cycling. Please bring a lock for your bike. A £12 ticket, obtainable on the day, allows entry to all the gardens all weekend. Approx. 20 km – average cycling speed about 15km/h. Lunch at one of the gardens. Meet at Monument to the Great Fire of London at 10.00 for 10.15 start.
(Philip Benstead  07949 801698)
Sunday 14
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Open Garden Squares Weekend Cycle Ride 2.  Discover more of London's secret gardens that open specially this weekend. A £12 ticket, available on the day, covers entrance to all the gardens all weekend.  Ride starts from the Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens at 10:00.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 14
medium paced ride
Some hills.  And maybe tea too. Meet Charing Cross 08.30 for 08.55 train to Tunbridge Wells, arrive 09.49.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 14
hard ride
Watch this space!   Check website nearer the date for details of today's ride.
(Ken Peters  07845 223706)
Sunday 14
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop.Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 21
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Little Green Ride.  A day out in Hertfordshire. About 50km. OS map 166. Meet Finsbury Park 09.45 for 10.11 train to Knebworth, arrive 10.38.
(Brian O'Reilly  07805 385896)
Sunday 21
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Making the most of the longest day.  Central London's Century ride – a 160km (100 miles) loop around Essex at 2* pace, so expect an early start and a late finish. Meet Fenchurch St 07.50 for the 08.10 train to Upminster, arrive 08.32. Leaders meet you here.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 21
hard ride
To Hertford and back.  About 90km. Easier 3*. Meet Highbury and Islington Stn 08.45 for 09.00 away. Pick up at Barracuda Cafe, East Finchley at 09.25.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 21
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out of town and back.  90-100km at 26-28km/h with a brief cafe stop. Contact leader prior to the ride if this is your first 4*. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away at Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, London N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 27
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
In and Out of the Thames Valley.  Our inaugural Saturday ride. Through the Chiltern woods and lanes, dipping down to the river valley for lunch at Whitchurch and tea at Henley-on-Thames. Meet at Paddington 08.50 for 9.12 train to Twyford, arrive 10.00.
(Sarah Khedouri  07904 205623)
Sunday 28
easy ride - ideal for beginners
"The tide is high...".  A gentle ride to the sea via Essex country lanes. Approx. 45km. Pub or cafe for lunch stop. Weather allowing, some might have a swim. OS map 178. Meet Fenchurch Street 09.50 for the 10.10 train to Laindon arriving 10.42. Leader meets you there. Buy a return ticket to Southend Central.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 28
medium paced ride
More Essex lanes.   Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.32 train to Chelmsford, arrive 10.11.
(Shalamar Leroy-Smith  07780 837024)
Sunday 28
hard ride
Burgess Hill(s).  Exploring the Sussex Weald. Meet Victoria 08.50 for 09.17 train to Burgess Hill, arrive 10.05.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
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 [email protected], 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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