CENTRAL LONDON CTC
Tours and weekends away

Acceptance onto tours is subject to places being available and is at the discretion of the leader. Tours may require a deposit to confirm your place.

Netherlands – around the IJsselmeer
Tuesday 30th April – Tuesday 7th May

Catching the Tuesday night ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland, we head north through the sand dunes for two days along the North Sea Route (LF1), with an overnight stop in IJmuiden, to Den Helder. We stay here for two nights, giving us the opportunity to vist the island of Texel.

The Aflsuitdijk

Then we cross the mouth of the IJsselmeer on the 30km-long Afsluitdijk into Friesland with its many lakes, stopping at some of the "elfsteden", before turning south to Emmeloord in Flevoland.

On Monday we either catch a train back south from Leylstad, or cross the IJsselmeer once more, this time on the Houtribdijk, for a train south from Enkhuizen. The Monday night ferry home allows an early morning arrival in London on the Tuesday morning.

Quiet roads and segregated cycle paths throughout (and absolutely no hills!).

Bank holiday weekend only option. It is also possible to catch the overnight ferry from Harwich after work on Friday and travel by train to meet the main group before we cross the Afsluitdijk.

Contact: Thomas James07714 662442.

Welsh Mountains Tour
Sunday 12th May – Monday 20th May

Meet in Bristol centre on Sunday evening. Across the Avon Gorge and into Wales via the Severn Bridge cycle path. Through the Brecon Beacons and Snowdownia National Parks, reaching the sea near Porthmadog and Criccieth.

The Gospel Pass

Highlights include the Gospel Pass in the Black Mountains and the Bwlch-y-Groes before Bala Lake, both long and steep. Walking is allowed: we will wait for you! Optional sightseeing at Caernarfon Castle.

Lots of hills and stunning scenery to enjoy. Roads with mostly light traffic following mainly NCN/RCN cycle routes. Some off-road sections, largely well surfaced.

Contact: Paul Krebs07941 823664.

One-star New Forest Weekend Tour
Saturday 8th – Monday 10th June

In response to member requests, the club has organised a one-star cycling weekend, spending three days in and around the New Forest National Park. This will be a great weekend to ride, relax, and have some fun in a beautiful part of the country!

Over the weekend we will be riding on mainly flat forest cycle paths and quiet country roads. The rides will all be tailored to the one-star standard of the club. It is best if you have done some one-star day rides with us before coming along. There will be about 3-5 hours cycling each day, up to 50km (30 miles) at an easy pace.

We will be staying at the Travelodge at Christchurch in Dorset on the outskirts of the New Forest. As the June days are long, there should be ample time for you to take a stroll through the town after the day's ride, should you wish to explore. Christchurch Priory Church was built in 1094 and has been described by a visitor as 'the most beautiful Church in England'. It is the longest-standing parish church in England. Christchurch Quay is a picturesque part of the town, and a popular spot for swans as well as strollers! New Forest cycle routes and other information can be found here.

We will have breakfast and dinner in local cafes/restaurants/pubs. Lunch is likely be in a cafe or pub or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch if you prefer. Since we will be returning to the same hotel each day, you will be free to opt in or opt out of each day's riding.

Costs (all per person)

Occupancy Deposit Balance Total
Triple £20 £47 £67
Twin £20 £63 £83
Double £20 £58.50 £78.50

Included in these costs are two nights' accommodation (room only, all en-suite) and three days' cycling. Not included are meals or rail travel to and from Christchurch and any local rail journeys.

Reserve now to secure your place

The £20 deposit is required by 31st March. This is payable by bank transfer to the Central London CTC account 10919489 sort code 20-97-58. Please indicate your room preference when reserving. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. The balance is payable by 30th April.

Tour organisers: Shilpa Patel and Paul Krebs
Rides planner: Lisa Percival
Contact for queries and reservations: Paul Krebs07941 823664.

Brevet de Randonneur des Alpes – July 2019

20-21st July 2019 will see the 50th edition of this alpine randonee.

Some information about the event has now been published on the Cyclotouristes Grenoblois website for the event. This year it will start from Bourg d'Oisans (at the foot of Alpe d'Huez) about 50km from Grenoble. Registrations will open in late November.

Four main route options have been published ranging from 180 to 215km. While some people do it in a single day, David plans to take two days, utilising the event baggage service. The first day will include the Cols de Croix de Fer, Glandon and Telegraphe, staying overnight in Valloire. The second day will cross the Cols de Galibier, Lautaret and Saranne and then descend from Alpe d'Huez back to Boug.

David plans to travel out earlier in the week for a few extra days and cols, with two nights in Bourg and an easy/rest day, but still return on Monday after the event. If you want to do only the BRA, the proposal is to take the train to Grenoble and ride to Bourg d'Oisans on Friday, and ride back to Grenoble after the event on Sunday to take the train back to Paris and London on Monday. Flying to Lyon is also a possibility.

Contact: David Kurtz07771 760660.

Almeria to Almeria
27th September – 6th October 2019

Come join us for a challenging 3* tour cycling through the spectacular scenery of Andalucia. You’ll experience some challenging climbs on roads less travelled on by cars and bicycles. You’ll be charmed by the locals, taste the delicacies of the region and maybe learn a bit of Spanish along the way.

This is a point to point tour with one two-night stay so we can ride without baggage and do a bit a laundry mid-trip. Numbers will be capped at 10-12. If travelling with bike box/bag, it can be left/picked up at our first and last hotel stop.

Contact: Sabina Carchesio07817 885946.