Last update 21st October

News and ride reviews: A very autumnal trip to the Fox and Hounds at Acton Turville on 20 October.

Tuesday 29 November ride: David Woodward is leading a ride for the Malvern and Worcester CTC on that day, two days before the BTOTC Christmas lunch. If you're planning on "resting" that week, this may be an opportunity for you to ride. The start is at Upton-Upon-Severn at 10.45am, and will be of a similar style to our Thursday rides. Lunch will be at Newent, after about 24 miles, with a different route back to the start of about 20 miles. Let Pete or David know if you're interested.

Two Tunnels greenway will be closed between Midford and Wellow on alternate Saturdays from 22nd Oct to 28th Jan plus Weds 1st Feb. Scroll down to see the dates.

The Ring O'Bells at Compton Martin: wants a pre-order for our visit on 27 October. See their lunch menu here and their light menu here and let Pete know what you want by 23 October. Check here to see what you ordered.

The Beaufort Arms at Hawkesbury Upton: wants a pre-order for our visit on 3 November. See their lunch menu here and let Pete know what you want by 30 October. Check here to see what you ordered.

Christmas lunch is booked: as usual at the Old Royal Ship in Luckington, on 1st December. The cost this year is £16. Tell Pete if you're going to be there. Touch here to check if you've paid.

New(ish) tech: 
BTOTC has a Facebook group for you to post and reply to messages. Touch here to see it. Use it to see if other members need a slower ride to the Thursday pub, want to join you on a ride on another day, general chat, etc. You will need a Facebook account to join the group. Contact Andy Short at to join.

Leisure cycling among retirees:You'll remember Joe Scalley (student at Bristol Uni) was with us a while ago asking questions. His dissertation has been published and you can see it here.

Exercise Blood Pressure Study: Benjamin Chant, a PhD student at Bristol Uni, has asked if anyone is interested in taking part in a study into the effect of exercise on older people with high blood pressure. Touch here to see a high-level summary, and here to see detailed information for those participating. For more info, or to volunteer, email Ben on or call him on 0117 342 1513. To read an account of Don Ford's experience on the study click here.

Fancy seeing a solar eclipse? Andy Short and Phil Warry are planning to visit Idaho for the 2017 total solar eclipse. The next opportunity is 21st August 2017, in a band right across the States. We plan to fly direct to Salt Lake City, hire a camper van and bikes, then clear off to Yellowstone and other wild areas for day rides over a 2-3 week period. Idaho looks to give the best chance of clear sky for the eclipse.

Anyone interested in joining us? We haven't any firm plans yet except travelling over. If you're interested, email Andy at

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.

Closure dates on NCN24 Midford to Wellow. Saturdays 22 Oct; 5 & 19 Nov; 3, 17 & 31 Dec; 7, 14, 21 & 28 Jan 2017 plus Weds 1st Feb.

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.