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.
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 visited the Old Royal Ship at Luckington, a very cycling friendly hostelry, for our annual lunch and prize-giving. This was held on Sunday 6th April and a write-up is in the latest issue of The Tourist.
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.
Veterans’ 100 Miles in 12 Hours
The Veterans’ ride, for cyclists aged over 50, was held this year on Sunday 8th June.
The ride started from Winterbourne Community Centre Car Park, and the route covered South Gloucestershire, the Cotswold Water Park area and as far east as Cricklade. This was an easy-paced ride to be completed within 10 – 12 hours, with a stop for elevenses in Tetbury and lunch in Cricklade. There was a taxing climb before elevenses at Tresham, otherwise the route was gently undulating.
CTC West supports Wye Cycle
We are pleased to have been able to contribute to the development cost of the new Wye Cycle portal which aims to promote all forms of cycling in the Wye and Severn Valleys, and in Monmouthshire. Click here for more information.
CTC West supports proposed Chepstow to Tintern cycle path
Nik Peregrine, who organises some of the Audax rides for CTC West has started a petition to persuade Monmouthshire County Council be restore the disused railway line between Chepstow and Tintern as a shared-use path for cyclists and walkers. For more details, and to sign the all-important petition click here.
For further information about CTC West please email: CTCWest@ctcwest.org.uk