CTC is an independent national cycling charity which aims to inspire and help people to cycle and keep cycling. CTC encourages all types of cycling, on the road or off it, and can support you if you already ride, or would like to ride, to work or school, for health, touring, sport and leisure – or just because it’s fun.
CTC has been working for cycling for over a century. Nationally and locally, the organisation uses its knowledge to influence decision makers and help people discover how cycling can change lives. CTC relies on 70,000 members, volunteers, grant funders and partners for support. Without them, it would not be able to do vital work in communities inspiring hundreds of thousands of people across the UK to cycle.
On joining the CTC, one automatically becomes a member of the CTC Group closest to where one lives. Each local Group is an association of members who have come together to encourage cycling in all its aspects and to foster social spirit amongst its members. CTC West currently has around 3,900 members living within its boundary.
Within CTC West there are six Groups: Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Frome, Stroud Valleys, and Swindon. To find out about any of these please visit their web sites by selecting the Group links above. Alternatively, to find out about CTC, select this link.
Geographically, CTC West includes Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and most of Somerset and Wiltshire. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes the Cotswolds, Mendips and Quantock Hills, part of Exmoor, the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean and the Wiltshire Downs, all of which are ideal for cycling.
CTC West and its Groups enable members to enjoy regular club rides which, together with the CTC national programmes, provide a comprehensive series of events throughout the year catering for the interests and abilities of most cyclists. Many of these events qualify for the CTC Tourist Competition, details of which can be found on the CTC web site.
In addition to running cycling events, CTC West holds a lunch at Luckington at which annual awards are presented. CTC West members can participate in CTC national events, including the York Cycle Show, and the CTC Birthday Rides.
The latest issue of The Tourist magazine, dated December 2013, is now available and can be downloaded here. If you would like to contact the editor of The Tourist you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual General Meeting
The 2012/2013 Annual General Meeting of CTC West was held on 3rd November. The Annual Report, which was produced following the AGM is available here
CTC West Annual Lunch and Presentation of Awards
Once again we are visiting the Old Royal Ship at Luckington, a very cycling friendly hostelry, for our annual lunch and prize-giving. This will be held on Sunday 6th April. The meal will be a traditional Sunday lunch with a choice of two starters, two meats and two puddings, with a vegetarian choice, at a cost of £13.95** for three courses which includes tea or coffee. Vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan options will be available.
**As last year. CTC West will subsidise the meal to the tune of £5.00, thereby reducing the cost to £8.95..
We will meet at the Old Royal Ship at 12.00 for a 12.30 start.
Demand for places is expected to be high and accomodation is limited to about 60 at the pub so please book your place with your Member Group secretary before 18th March.
CTC West Castle Combe Church Service
Held every year since 27th May 1945, the Castle Combe church service is a celebration of cycling, and a service of thanksgiving for the men in cycling battalions who fell in the Great War and for the many cyclist soldiers, commandos and paras who did not return from World War II.
The Castle Combe church service, like the services held in May on the village green at Meridian, the centre of England, and at Coxwold, a few miles north of York, is now a memorial service and an informal, ecumenical gathering – especially for today’s cyclists in the West Country.
This year’s service will be held at St Andrews Church, Castle Combe on Sunday 13th April at 2.30pm, and will be followed by tea and cake served in the church.
Bath Two Tunnels Project
On Saturday 6th April 2013 Bath saw the opening of the longest cycling tunnel in the UK, and possibly in Europe. This new route has been constructed on part of the disused Somerset and Dorset Railway line to the south of Bath city centre. It is intended for use by cyclists and walkers. For details of this exciting new route and its history look at: http://www.twotunnels.org.uk/
There was a festival to mark the opening, and this offered something for everyone: live music, food, stalls and of course the chance to cycle along the Two Tunnels ‘greenway’ on its official opening day.
Trienniel Veterans’ 100 Miles in 24 Hours
The Trienniel Veterans’ ride, for cyclists aged over 50, was held on Sunday 9th June 2013.
The ride started from Winterbourne Community Centre Car Park, and the route covered South Gloucestershire, the Cotswold Water Park area and west Wiltshire. This was an easy paced ride to be completed within 10 – 12 hours, with stops for elevenses, lunch and tea; lunch was provided by the WI. There was a taxing climb before elevenses up and over the edge of the Cotswolds at Tresham, otherwise the route was gently undulating.
For further information about CTC West please email: CTCWest@ctcwest.org.uk