Last update 28th November 2015

News and ride reviews: Reports on Dave Ashton's condition after a crash, and a report on our ride to the Cotswold Edge Golf Club, on 26 November. Also included are Shirley's thoughts on leading a ride for the first time. 

Related to the subject of cycling accidents is the suggestion that UK law should be changed to include "presumed liability" (common across the rest of Europe) where in the absence of witnesses, a motorist hitting a cyclist would be presumed to be at fault. See this link, and other similar pieces are available on the web.

BTOTC Xmas Lunch - 3 December: The ride to the Old Royal Ship leaves Mangotsfield station at 10:00. Click here to see who'll be there.

Semaine Federale 2016 – Dijon

31st July – 7th August 2016

Group Transport option
The Semaine Federale is a week of bicycle touring held in a different area of France every year.
Daily rides of varying distances are organised each day plus coach trips, and walks for the 12,000 plus participants.

Next year’s event is being held in Dijon in the Côte-d'Or region of France.   Come along and discover the rich heritage of this city, gateway to the great wines of Burgundy.  The region is dotted with beautiful villages and towns including the ancient and historic town of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy .. Each day you will discover many tourist attractions in this beautiful area.
This is a fabulous area for cycling but getting there is not easy!  With this in mind Bristol CTC are looking into hiring a coach – an option that worked well for us in 2014.  In order for this to be viable we will need at least 16 people.  The cost will be in the region of £300 which will include 2 nights’ hotel accommodation on route. The coach will depart from Bristol on 30th July and return on 8th August.
Traditionally most Cycle Bristol CTC members camp at the event, but if you are interested in coming along and camping is not for you there are plenty of alternatives:  hotels, hostel  type accommodation, gites, staying with families etc.
More details about the event can be found on the website
You will be responsible for booking your own accommodation and registration but assistance is readily available.
If you are interested please contact Jane ( or 07816281672) ASAP.

Cycle disruption in Bath: The section of Two Tunnels path between the Hope and Anchor and the Wellow trekking centre will be closed every other Saturday until 1st Feb 2016. The dates are 21 Nov, 5 Dec, 19 Dec, 2 Jan, 9 Jan, 16 Jan, 23 Jan, 1 Feb.

Strawberry Line petition: The Strawberry Line Society wants to get funding to extend the path to go between Clevedon and Shepton Mallett. If you like the idea, go to their website here to sign their petition.

Completion of route 15 (Coxgrove hill to Yate)
South Glos Council has received government money for cycle works and are seeking bids from local Councillors. Claire Young, the member for Westerleigh is raising a petition to make a bid for the completion of Route 15 from where it currently meets the Westerleigh road at Kidney Hill to its finishing point on the outskirts of Yate. If you would like to sign the petition. You can link to it here. Claire has collected over 100 signatures already.

Possible Chepstow to Tintern cycle path:
Work is in progress to try to get planning permission passed for a cycle path between Chepstow and Tintern, using an old railway line. Click here if you want more information, and to sign a petition.
A request or two:
As the BTOTC is largely a bunch of old men it should come as no surprise that several of us either have or have had prostate cancer.  At least two of us now have advanced prostate cancer and past organiser Cyril Slocombe died from this disease. 

You might like to join the new Prostate Cancer UK campaign and thus gain the charity more support from sponsor Iceland. See here: for details
Many thanks,
Malcolm Hanson

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 or Malcolm Hanson on 01275 544 571 for more information.