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 June 2017
Sunday 4
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Venture into the land of the giants.  Essex/Herts border. One giant at Brent Pelham, then another at Weston via Cromer Windmill. OK it's their graves, bring a tape measure if you like. Lunch at the Rising Sun at Weston. Quiet lanes, some hills with a little history and local folklore. Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.13 train to Audley End, arrive 10.22. Meet leader here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 4
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
High as a kite.  Expect beech woods, steep hills and the usual Chiltern Church Tea. Meet Baker St 08.50 for 09.05 train to Amersham, arrive 09.54.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 4
hard ride
Surrey Hard and Hilly.  A challenging 82km taking in lots of Surrey hills. Light lunch at 70km. Average speed around 21km/h. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.00 train to Woking, arrive 09.34. Buy return ticket to Guildford.
(Ruth Evans  07547 702852)
Sunday 4
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
cyclosportif - click for more info
Tour of Cambridge.  The third running of a 120km Gran Fondo on closed roads in the Fens.Flat and very fast. More details here.
Thursday 8
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
The Long Good Thursday without Oysters.  A brisk ride of about 120km. Meet Liverpool Street 08.15 for 08.32 train to Billericay, arrive 09.05.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 11
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Ayot St Lawrence gardens.  Visit to two gardens, open under the National Gardens Scheme. Admission £6.00. Ayot St Lawrence is a picturesque small village that used to be the home of George Bernard Shaw. Meet St Pancras 09.15 for 09.35 train to St Albans City, arrive 10.08. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 11
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Perfect Kent.  Churches, oast houses, a cricket field with a giant oak and a gastro pub with its brewery around the back. A favourite venue because it's my birthday. Tea at 1809 in Hildenborough. Meet Cannon St 08.55 for 09.16 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.47. Leader meets you here. Buy return to Tonbridge to have the option of returning from there or Hildenborough and avoid the climb to Sevenoaks after tea.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 11
hard ride
Hertfordshire Lanes.  An easier *** ride of 105km at about 20km/h. Ride out through north London into the quiet lanes of Hertfordshire. Brief morning coffee stop at Little Berkhamsted. Then pub lunch at The Fox, Aspenden. Return to catch train back into London from Potter's Bar. Meet outside Kentish Town station at 08.00 for 08.15 depart.
(Linus Rees  07940 803001)
Sunday 11
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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 17
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.  Ride organised by the LCC. Discover some of London's 200+ secret gardens that open this weekend. A £15 ticket, available on the day, is required to visit the gardens. More information here.
Sunday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Forest Way.  We've done it with sun on ice; let's do it warmer; sun not guaranteed! An out and back ride centred on the cycle route on a disused rail track. Undulating road to and from the start. Lunch in Pooh Bear village and tea in the famous Pantiles. Meet Cannon Street 08.35 for 08.57 train to Tunbridge Wells, arrive 09.51. Leader meets you here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)

Note the change of station.
Sunday 18
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.  Discover some of London's 200+ secret gardens that open this weekend. A £10 ticket, available on the day, is required to visit the gardens. More information here. Ride starts from Russell Square Gardens, near the cafe, at 10:15.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 18
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. Meet Cannon St 08.55 for 09.16 train to Tonbridge, arrive 09.55.
(Sarah Khedouri  07904 205623)
Sunday 18
medium paced ride
includes some offroad - not suitable for light road bikes - click for more info
Rough (and quite hard) Herts.  Bridleways and tracks with some tarmac interludes. Early coffee stop in Trent Park, lunch in Hertford. 70km with train back from Potters Bar. Suitable for tourers / audax bikes but some sectors may have to be walked. Meet for 08.30 away outside Planet Organic, Muswell Hill.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 18
hard ride
Map of the ride
A magical mystery tour.  An easier 3* ride of approx 80km. Meet Paddington 08.55 for 09.13 train to Ealing Broadway, arrive 09.21. Meet leader here for 09.30 start.
(Sabina Carchesio  07817 885946)

Note that ride now starts at Ealing Broadway, not Richmond.
Sunday 18
hard ride
cyclosportif - click for more info
The Italian Job.  Islington CC's 100km sportif. Always well organised and well attended. Starts from Finsbury Park, N4. Entry in advance essential – more details and online entry here.
Thursday 22
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 25
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Tracks and towpaths of north-west Surrey.  40km along the Basingstoke canal, Blackwater valley and Christmaspie trail. Coffee stop, pub lunch, maybe a tea stop too. Some off-road, but OK for general purpose bikes. Meet Waterloo 08.40 for 09.07 train to Brookwood, arrive 09.51. Leader meets you here.
(Robin Hamilton  07812 831494)
Sunday 25
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Midsummer 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 09.52. Leader meets you here.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)

This ride replaces the one originally advertised for today, which Colin is no longer able to lead.
Sunday 25
hard ride
Map of the ride
Greensand ridge and the Weald.  Easier 3*. Some hills but also some really scenic bits. Approx 90km. Meet Victoria 08.40 for 09.02 train to Redhill, arrive 09.34.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)

Note we will now catch the train from Victoria, not London Bridge.
Sunday 25
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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.
(Phil Coleman  07974 145 457)
 
 July 2017
Saturday 1
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Testing the South Downs.  With an optional ascent of Ditchling Beacon. Meet Victoria 08.45 for 09.06 train to Three Bridges, arrive 09.43.
(Haydee Wilkinson  07596 315490)
Sunday 2
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 08.50 for 09.13 train to BIshops Stortford, arrive 10.09.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 2
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 09.20 for 09.43 train to Broxbourne, arrive 10.15.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 2
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
All-stars ride.  Lunch at Much Hadham. 88km of rolling terrain, with joint lunch with one and two-star rides after 42km. Meet Fenchurch St at 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 9
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Low level Kent (Sutton Valance Figure of 8).  - except for one big hill at the start, to be rewarded with a ruined castle and lovely view. We'll climb it slowly and it's fine to walk! Circular ride from Staplehurst, mostly avoiding big hills. Lunch at the Bell and Jorrocks in Frittenden and tea at Frankies. OS maps 188 and 189. Meet Victoria 08.50 for 09.12 train to Staplehurst, arrive 10.12. Leader meets you here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 9
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Towards the South Downs.  With an optional ascent of Ditchling Beacon. Meet Victoria 08.40 for 09.02 train to Three Bridges, arrive 09.52.
(Haydee Wilkinson  07596 315490)
Sunday 9
hard ride
Surrey Hills.  Surrey Hard and Hilly A challenging 82km of Surrey hills. Lunch at 70km. Average speed around 21km/h. Meet Waterloo 08.15 for 08.35 train to Woking, arrive 09.08. Buy return to Guildford as this is the end point.
(Ruth Evans  07547 702852)
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 Charing Cross 09.20 for 09.39 train to Dartford, arrive 10.24.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)
Saturday 15
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The West London time machine.  From brand-new 21st-century bike trails back through a late 18th-century canal to country estates dating from the 15th to 18th centuries. A return to the 21st century guaranteed! About 24 km, no serious hills. Meet Waterloo 12.40 for 12.58 train to Richmond, arrive 13.17. Leader meets you at Richmond station for a 13.30 start.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 16
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Out West.  Lunch at the White Hart in Little Chalfont and tea at Denham aerodrome. Expect pleasant cycling in between! Meet Marylebone 09.20 for 09.46 train to West Ruislip, arrive 10.07. Leader meets you here.
(Tony Hopkins  07770 952554)
Sunday 16
hard ride
London to Cambridge.  A brisk ride to Cambridge with cafe lunch at approx 65km. About 100km in all. Meet Highbury and Islington station at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 16
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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)
Sat 22 – Sun 23 Jul
hard ride
Map of the ride
Brevet de Randonneur des Alpes.  Trip to Grenoble in the French Alps culminating with riding the 49th edition of the BRA, a 240 km audax with 4000-5000m of climbing over four high cols – Croix de Fer, Mollard, Télégraphe, Galibier.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 23
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Hills around Tonbridge.  Some off-road through woods but mostly on-road. Pleasant views. Plenty of slopes and some hills. 40km ride with 570m of climbing in total. We won't be rushing up them but, if you usually have to walk up hills, then this ride is probably unsuitable for you. Meet Cannon St 09.00 for 09.27 train to Tonbridge, arrive 10.08. Leader meets you here.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 23
medium paced ride
Romping over the Weald.  Lots of woody hilly lanes. Meet Cannon St 08.40 for 08.57 train to Frant, arrive 09.56. We will return from Tunbridge Wells but buy return to Frant.
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)
Sunday 23
hard ride
Map of the ride
The Cols de Rye (not).  A flat ride of about 100km over Romney Marsh taking in the delights of a nuclear power station. A slower, more relaxed 3* ride. Meet St Pancras 08.30 for 09.09 train to Ashford, arrive 09.47. Please meet in good time to allow purchase of group tickets as tickets are otherwise expensive.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 23
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. An easier 4* ride for those wishing to step up from 3* rides. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
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 to Shoreham and back, back in London by about 16.30. Meet London Bridge 09.20 for 09.37 train to Norwood Junction, arrive 09.50. Meet leader here at 10.00 for 10.15 start.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 30
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Tranquil Essex lanes.  Pleasant lanes led by our expert on the Audley End area. The ride will include some local history of the places visited and a pub lunch. The exact route will depend on the abilities and wishes of the riders. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.17 train to Audley End, arrive 10.22. Leader meets you here. Note there will be a change at Tottenham Hale (same platform - leaves Tottenham Hale at 09.40).
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 30
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Fantastic farmland.  A gentle ride on the lanes of eastern Bedfordshire, through the arable fields and historic villages of the Ivel Valley. 56km and total ascent of 195m (undulating rather than hilly). Two short sections of off-road path suitable for any bike. Lunch at The Royal Oak, Potton. Meet Kings Cross 09.30 for 09.52 train to Baldock, arrive 10.31.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 30
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Private wealth and public squalor in the Chilterns.  Some steep hills and expect some poor road surfaces, but beautiful scenery. Approx 80 - 90km. Meet Marylebone 08.40 for 08.57 train to Amersham, arrive 09.32. Meet leader here.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 30
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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)
 
 August 2017
Sunday 6
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Free entry ...  because the grounds of Sissinghurst Castle with its beautiful buildings and an arch with a view, are crossed by bridleways. Cafe or restaurant available for lunch but also a lovely picnic spot. Bring your National Trust card if you have one. You may get half an hour to look round Sissinghurst Gardens (which, sadly, are not free). Suitable for hybrids, tourers and mountain bikes. Road bikes with skinny tyres may be uncomfortable! 23km in the morning, the afternoon is shorter. Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Staplehurst, arrive 10.12. Meet leader here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 6
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Back to the Chilterns.  Climbing Ivinghoe Beacon and various other parts of the Chilterns. A lumpy ride of about 70km, with lunch at 37km at The Greyhound in Aldbury. Meet Baker St 08.30 for 08.50 train to Chesham, arrive 09.44.
(Tibor Bek  07534 206397)
Sunday 6
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Hertfordshire Lanes.  A faster and longer ** ride of 105km at about 20km/h. Ride out through north London into the quiet lanes of Hertfordshire. Brief morning coffee stop at Little Berkhamsted. Then pub lunch at The Fox, Aspenden. Return to catch train back into London from Potter's Bar. Meet outside Kentish Town station at 08.00 for 08.15 depart.
(Linus Rees  07940 803001)
Sunday 6
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Paul's original TOWIE ride.  80km in undulating Essex. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.23 train to Upminster, arrive 09.49.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 6
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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 10
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 Victoria for 10.02 train to Sutton, arrive 10.28, or Blackfriars for 10.00 train, arrive 10.36.
(Felix Ormerod  020 8986 6689)

Note change of trains and start point because of the major engineering work at Waterloo.
Sunday 13
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Scarecrow festival.  A ride to the Scarecrow Festival at Flamstead. A surreal experience! Low mileage but there are hills. Options to spend most of the time at the Festival or to ride on further for a pub lunch at Studham. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.34 train to Harpenden, arrive 10.14. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 13
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The long ride to a cream tea.  An early start for a longer-than-usual 100km ride in Essex, followed by a cream tea at leader's. Meet Liverpool St 07.55 for 08.14 train to Romford, arrive 08.34. Leader meets you here.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 13
medium paced ride
includes some offroad - not suitable for light road bikes - click for more info
Herts Woodland.  60km of minor roads, byways, and bridleways in the Hertfordshire woods. Gravel paths, grass, and singletrack. Suitable for cyclocross, adventure, gravel bikes, MTBs, and road and touring bikes with at least 28mm wide tyres. Expect some muddy sections. Lunch at Little Berkhamsted. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.04 train to Potters Bar, arrive 09.18.
(Linus Rees  07940 803001)
Sunday 13
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Just the long ride (unless you want cream tea).  A semi joint outing with the 2*'s - option to switch groups at halfway. And eat cake. Meet Liverpool St 08.30 for 08.53 train to Upminster, arrive 09.19. Returning from Romford.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 13
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. An easier 4* ride for those wishing to step up from 3* rides. Meet 08.15 for 08.30 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
Saturday 19
medium paced ride
includes some offroad - not suitable for light road bikes - click for more info
Map of the ride
Herts Gravel Grinder.  A challenging 85km on minor roads, byways and bridleways. Ride out through north London into south east Hertfordshire. Ideal for cyclocross, MTBs, and road and touring cycles with at least 28mm wide tyres. Expect some muddy sections. Morning stop at Trent Park. Lunch at Little Berkhamsted. Meet 08.00 outside Kentish Town station for 08.10 depart. Train back to London from Potters Bar.
(Linus Rees  07940 803001)
Sunday 20
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blackberry Picking on the Towpath.  ...if they are still around! Bring boxes for fruit. Lunch at a cafe in Waltham Abbey or Wetherspoons in Cheshunt. Feel free to bring a picnic if the weather is good. Opportunity to take the train from Cheshunt (to Liverpool Street) after lunch if you only want to do the morning. Tea stop on the way back at the Markfield Beam Engine. Meet 10.00 at the Pavillion Cafe (and toilets), Victoria Park. Nearest London Overground stations are Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 20
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Chiltern rendevous.  We will follow a route ("Chiltern Rendevous") mapped out by Jack Thurston in his Lost Lanes book. 70km and 500m climbing on country lanes, taking in Whipsnade, pretty villages, Ivinghoe Beacon and some fine views. Lunch at The Village Swan, Ivinghoe Aston. Meet St Pancras 09.10 for 09.34 train to Harpenden, arrive 10.14.
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 20
hard ride
Grayson Perry's house.  A brisk ride(102km) to Wrabness to view Grayson Perry's house from a respectful distance with lunch at Tiptree Jam factory. Meet Liverpool St 08.40 for 09.05 train to Shenfield, arrive 09.31. Buy return to Manningtree.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 20
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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 24
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk and hilly ride of 60-65km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Charing Cross 09.20 for 09.36 train to Orpington, arrive 10.12.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Saturday 26
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
The great descents of Kent.  Enjoy two spectacular descents into the beautiful Darenth Valley. About 40 km. Meet Victoria 09.30 for 09.51 train to St Mary Cray, arrive 10.15. Leader meets you here to start ride at 10.20.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Saturday 26
medium paced ride
Cobham Loop Test.   Meet Waterloo 08.25 for 08.44 train to Richmond, arrive 09.06. Meet leader here for 09.30 start.
(Sabina Carchesio  07817 885946)

Rescheduled from 12th August
Sunday 27
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Down to the beech.  A hilly bank holiday weekend outing among the Chiltern beechwoods, with the usual church tea. Meet Baker St 08.50 for 09.05 train to Amersham, arrive 09.54.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 27
hard ride
The Cambridge Fens.  A far flung outing with flat, and very different scenery. About 100km. Meet Kings Cross 08,30 for 08.52 train to Cambridge, arrive 09.55. Buy return ticket to Cambridge North.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 27
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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.
 
 September 2017
Sunday 3
medium paced ride
September's here in Hertfordshire.  A scenic ride through lovely lanes to lunch at the Cricketers in Weston, then on to afternoon tea at Emily's. Meet St Pancras 08.35 for 08.54 train to Harpenden, arrive 09.44. Leader joins train en-route.
(Catherine Moye  07909 991283)
Sunday 3
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Hertfordshire lanes.  An outing through rolling lanes in Herts. 80 - 100km depending on wishes of the group. Meet Nineveh cafe (formerly Barracuda) 118 High Road N2 at 09.15 for 09.30 away.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 3
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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.
Sunday 10
easy ride - ideal for beginners
The Milton Route.  40km of lovely rolling Chiltern Countryside, with a pub lunch, afternoon tea and a few hills. Departing from and returning to Amersham - details to follow.
(Winston Lord  07802 687310)
Sunday 10
medium paced ride
Cobham loop.   Meet Waterloo 08.25 for 08.44 train to Richmond, arrive 09.09. Meet leader here for 09.30 start.
(Sabina Carchesio  07817 885946)
Sunday 10
hard ride
Sevenoaks hilly.  A brisk 22km/h average ride through the garden county. Very scenic. Meet Charing Cross 08.50 for 09.10 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.46.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)
Sunday 10
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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 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)
Sunday 17
medium paced ride
Sideways from Stevenage.  Up to 80km in the lanes of Hertfordshire. Initially heading east out of Stevenage for lunch, returning westwards for late afternoon tea, if time permits. Meet Kings Cross 08.55 for 09.22 train to Stevenage, arrive 09.46.
(Simon Binning  07847 653363)
Sunday 17
hard ride
Cotswold explorer.  Well worth the longer journey for some wonderful scenery and less busy roads. About 100km. Coffee stop as well as lunch! Meet Marylebone 08.10 for 08.35 train to Oxford Parkway, arrive 09.29. Returning from Oxford.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 17
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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.
Sunday 24
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Steeped in history.  Charming villages and churches in a rustic setting. Enjoy peaceful Essex lanes away from the hurly burly of the everyday. Exact mileage to suit riders' abilities. Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.13 train Audley End, arrive 10.22 Meet leader here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 24
medium paced ride
Lunch by the river.  Over the Chilterns to lunch by the river at Benson. Returning via Henley (option for tea) before returning to either Twyford or Maidenhead. Meet Paddington 08.30 for 08.48 train to Twyford, arrive 09.36. Meet leader here.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 24
hard ride
Round Beds.  A circuit around Bedford. About 90km. A more relaxed, slower 3* ride. Meet St Pancras 08.30 for 08.54 train to Flitwick, arrive 10.06.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 24
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. An easier 4* ride for those wishing to step up from 3* rides. 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
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of up to 70km, mainly gentle unsurfaced trails, with lunch in Stanstead Abbots. 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)
 
 October 2017
Sunday 1
easy ride - ideal for beginners
After the harvest.  Up and over: and then downhill into Surrey through late summer countryside. Meet Victoria 09.10 for 09.34 train Coulsdon South, arrive 09.59.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 1
medium paced ride
Essex hills revisited.   Meet Fenchurch St at 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57.
(Mick O'Rorke  07976 921858)
Sunday 1
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Somewhere in Surrey.  A slower, more relaxed 3* ride. Meet Waterloo 08.25 for 08.44 train to Richmond, arrive 09.09. Meet leader here for 09.30 start.
(Sabina Carchesio  07817 885946)
Sunday 1
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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 8
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Stumped for a title.  Heading out into the lanes around Stevenage, for lunch at the Cricketers in Weston, then to Emily's for afternoon tea, time permitting. About 50km. Meet Kings Cross 08.55 for 09.22 train to Stevenage, arrive 09.46.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)
Sunday 8
medium paced ride
Tonbridge figure of 8.  What an exciting variation from a circular or out and back route! - because the lunch stop at the Plough, Powdermills and tea at Cafe 1809 are close together. Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Tonbridge, arrive 09.40. Meet leader here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 8
hard ride
Our salute to Sussex.  About 85km with a some steady climbs including an ascent of Devil's Dyke from the easier side where lunch will be taken. Meet Blackfriars 08.30 for 08.50 train to Haywards Heath, arrive 09.56.
(Thomas James  07714 662442)
Sunday 8
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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 12
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursdays Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, with lunch in High Wych. 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.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 15
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Training day.  Check back here later for details.
(Stephen Taylor  07977 235735)
Sunday 15
medium paced ride
Training day.  Check back here later for details.
(Stephen Taylor  07977 235735)
Sunday 15
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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 21
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Beyond Metroland.  Leave the suburban sprawl behind on this ride in the Chilterns! About 40 km. Meet Baker St 09.30 for 09.50 train to Chesham, arrive 10.44. Leader meets you here to start ride at 10.50.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 22
medium paced ride
To be confirmed ...  Check back here later for details of today's ride.
(Jenny Atkinson  )
Sunday 22
hard ride
The nuclear option.  105km in the flat bits of Essex, taking in the Magnox nuclear power station. Meet Liverpool St 08.40 for 09.02 to Shenfield,arrive 09.31.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 22
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 100km at 25-27km/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 29
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Museum of Docklands.  A short urban ride to the Museum of Docklands. Riding out from Pancras Road on CS3. Plenty of time at the museum and lunch either at the museum's own cafe or in the Ledger Building (a Wetherspoons pub) next door. Return on the "scenic route" following the Thames. Meet 11.00 on Pancras Road between Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, near the German Gymnasium.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 29
medium paced ride
Half way to paradise.  Though end of summer woodlands and fields of stubble. Meet Liverpool St 08.50 for 09.13 train to Cheshunt, arrive 09.40.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 29
Audax UK event
Emitremmus Desrever.  Stevenage CTC's ever-popular 67km and 100km audax-style events, now rebadged as Cycling UK Challenge Rides.. Entry in advance is advised - more information will be available 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.
** Medium distance 55-85km (35-55 miles) – steady pace yet time to enjoy lunch, etc.
*** Faster and generally longer 70-110km (45-75 miles) and often hilly – suitable for a light touring or road bike ...
**** Faster again, averaging 26-28m/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.
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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