Last update 7th March 2014
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.
News and rides reviews:
Mostly dry for our first outing in Spring to the Ring O'Bells at Hinton Blewett on 6th March.
Outing to Newport Velodrome:
This will be on Tuesday 22 April from 10 to 12. There are a few slots still free. If anyone else wants to go, tell Pete. Click here for more details.
Steve Hicks: Is looking for old wheel rims. Wonder why? Look on FOOC by clicking here.
Wanted: Can you help Rob Shiels or want to buy a Moulton from Geoff Roberts? See "for sale"
Want to Bowl with a Bishop? see Guestbook
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. There is a limited number of treatments for this condition and a few days ago NICE decided that one of these treatments, enzalutamide, should not be made available to men who have already received another treatment called abiraterone. Within days of this decision the results of a major trial of enzalutamide were made public and these showed that the drug was very effective in slowing the growth of the cancer and on average gave men an extra 17 months of life. Prostate Cancer UK has organised a petition in an effort to persuade NICE to change their minds. If you feel able to sign this petition you will find it here: http://tinyurl.com/ohvq99o
You might also like to join the new Prostate Cancer UK campaign and thus gain the charity more support from sponsor Iceland. See here: http://menunited.prostatecanceruk.org for details
Black gloves? If you have a pair of black winter gloves with BARTS printed on the thumb but since the Marshfield trip only one is like that, Alan Bracey can probably help you to get a matching pair again.
Charity Calendar for 2015. The BTOTC have made charitable donations in the past to Southmead Urology department thanks to Den Harris and his DVDs. How about a calendar to continue the good work? Please send your best photos of what you think would work well on a calendar to Bill before November 2014 and John Crinion will get them made into a BTOTC calendar - IF he can find somewhere to produce them at a reasonable cost.
Two Tunnels Greenway: Work is about to start on improving the Two Tunnels route in Bath. A new access ramp at Claude Avenue will mean closure of part of the route in late January/early February with a diversion in place. Work is also about to start on the Bellotts Road Network Rail bridge crossing and tarmac laying in Linear Park. This latter will improve the connection of the route to the Lower Bristol Road and the Bristol to Bath path (including a Toucan
crossing). No closure is anticipated here but heavy machinery and barriers are likely to be in place so users of the route need to be aware. Thanks to Rob Shiels for this information.
Ian Sparrow is preparing another order (the last till next spring). Don't forget you can have Windtex jackets, winter jerseys, gilets, long and three-quarter tights. Contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements.
If you have any comments or ideas for content please let me know when I see you next.