Hello All

Just a quick note to remind club members about the need to maintain the right standards on our group rides. The vast majority of riders that come out on club rides are tolerant of each other and demonstrate a great awareness of the road traffic laws, as well as being courteous to other road users. However, we have recently witnessed examples of poor riding etiquette and standard   two examples of which a fellow club member felt were bad enough to be brought to the attention of the whole club committee. We do have a guide to the expected Road Ride Etiquette and there is an MTB specific version which complements the Road version.

Given the ever increasing numbers we are getting on a Saturday, it is important that we maintain ride standards to avoid the risk of accidents, to stop us getting a negative reputation with other road users and to set a positive example to younger and newer club members.

If you are unsure about any aspect of group riding, please feel free to email me or another committee member and / or to speak to us or to your ride leader on one of the Saturday rides.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Simon W

****update 25th June. We still need volunteers for marshalling****

We are running round 8 of the Western Summer Cyclocross League in Pittville park, Cheltenham on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 6th July. Again we need volunteers to help set up, run, marshal and clear up after the event. Of course, volunteers will qualify for the club credit scheme.

From 4pm we need help with setting up the course and some clearance of undergrowth etc, setting up HQ and running sign-in. The racing starts with U14s at 7pm when we need marshals in place, and we need help clearing away from about 8,30pm so we can get off the park fairly quickly. If you can offer anything between these times then please will you contact the organiser, Gordon Smillie at g.smillie@blueyonder.co.uk who will particularly appreciate help as this is the first race that he is managing for the club. These are very enjoyable events to see and are the only racing available so close within the borough bounds, so please take the opportunity to help and watch. If you are planning on competing but can help with  other activities then please let Gordon know.


Hello everyone,

This is to remind you about the club social on Saturday 2nd July at 2pm in the pavilion function room at the Royal Oak pub in Prestbury. There will be food, beer, skittles and great conversation with your fellow club mates, what more could you want?! Please spread the word and hope to see you all there.


One of the highlights of the racing calendar hits us this weekend with the C&CCC Road Race which rides through some stunning Cotswolds terrain. If the last one is anything to go, it could offer something to entertain everyone throughout the whole race and even a terrific (punishing) sprint finish! Many of the club are helping to stage the event and there is a small but elite team turning out and hoping for glory in the race itself so why not come along and cheer on the chaps? Cow bells are optional.

The race starts at 9.30am from Manor Farm, Upper Slaughter before heading out for five 12 mile laps around the Naunton Downs. More details can be found on the BC site.  The route will be ridden anti-clockwise with the finish expected sometime around midday…

Steve Poulton of Cheltenham CTC is organising 3 Audax events on 18th June, which will no doubt be of interest to some club members. He says:

On behalf of Cheltenham CTC, I am organising 3 Audax events, 200km, 150km, 100km, which will suit all Club riders:
The 200 over Gospel Pass is a full day out with 3000m of climbing. The 150 takes a similar route through the FoD to Monmouth and Pandy, but routes via Kerne Bridge to climb Yat Rock, to return via Grosmont and the Marcle Ridge. The 100 is a glorious passage through the FoD to Speech House and (descent of) Yat Rock, then cross-country to Hoarwithy Bridge for a return over Marcle Ridge. These are well-proven routes into superb countryside and mostly quiet roads, especially the return after Hoarwithy Bridge (all routes). You approach Gospel Pass from the South to enjoy the wonderful descent into Hay. Brief details and maps are on Local Bike Shop Notice Boards.
Please see the AudaxUK website for entry details (PayPal available).

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