Last update 19th April

Alex Rendu: Alex has had some work done: two stents inserted somewhere are now speeding the blood around him, presumably making future rides that much easier.

News and Ride reviews: Hot and sunny for both rides to the Penscott Inn in Shipham on 19th April, the hottest April day since 1949. See the route described in photos in the Photo Gallery section.

Upcoming rides: Steve will arrange more leisurely rides on 26 April from Amcor to Slimbridge, and on 3 May from Mangotsfield Station to Bradford on Avon (check for more details on our Facebook page).

Check below for a required pre-order on 26th April and longer Tuesday rides. Note that for the Tuesday rides you must check in with the leader on the Monday evening before.

26 April ride to Slimbridge: the Tudor Arms want us to pre-order lunch. Go to their website here and tell Pete what you want by 22 April. Their 2 courses for £9.95 is NOT available to groups. Touch here to see what you've ordered.

3 May ride to Bradford on Avon: will leave from Mangotsfield Station.

Longer Tuesday rides: A program of rides has been added to the calendar, with one per month between April and September. The first is on 24 April from Congresbury. Touch the item on the Upcoming Events list for more details, or touch here.

Road closures in Downend, Winterbourne and Henfield: South Glos Council wants your views. Touch here to see what's happening.

Looking for a less energetic ride? Don't forget to check the BTOTC Facebook page each Wednesday to see if anyone is offering anything more leisurely. 

For Sale (added 14 March): Just a jacket remaining as Alf has a clear out.

Bike box for hire - reminder: Andy has a box for transporting a bike for hire. Go to the For sale/Wanted page for details.

Bike Bath sportive: Bike Bath on 1 July offers 25, 50 and 80 mile routes, or sign up for a discounted entry fee with the Julian House charity.

Bike recycling: Phil bought his second-hand fixie from Bike Back at Horfield prison. They need volunteers to work with prisoners to rebuild old bikes. Touch here for more details.

Due to an administrative error (Phil’s) we have one brand new size Large BTOTC winter jersey for £37. Anyone interested please contact or send phil an e-mail:

Facebook: BTOTC's Facebook page is here. Contact Andy Short at to join.

Give us your best shot. Dont forget to share your adventures and pictures with your BTOTC colleagues. See Bill or Pete for advice. Have a look in photo gallery/best shot now.

If you have any comments or ideas for content please let me know when I see you next.

Bill Balchin.


As the name suggests, we are a group of mostly (but not all) retired men and women with a shared passion for cycling. Click on the "What we do" button for where we go, how we do it and how it all started.

Contact Pete Campbell on 07896 357 335 for more information.