Last update 24th October 2014

News and rides reviews: A report from Shirley on Dave Clegg's and Alex Rendu's condition after crashing in Spain, and Bills' first ride report for three months on Mark Brough's first crack at ride leading.

30 October ride: Jane wants you all to know that her ride next Thursday will be at a more LEISURELY pace than usual (similar to a CTC medium paced ride) but with some hills.

Christmas lunch:
will be on 4 December at the Old Royal Ship in Luckington. The price is unchanged from last year: £16:50. Give your bookings to Pete Campbell. Click here to see if you've paid.

Rides from Nov 2014 until April 2015: 
These are now available in the Upcoming Events section.  Do tell me if you notice any problems with the list.  Malcolm
Some two tunnels news:
The rough section of path from Midford to Wellow is being resurfaced paid for by DfT money before it expires. The path will be treated with a machine that works like a big rotavator … it uses blades to dig up the surface of the path then mixes in additional stone before rolling it all down. It also applies a camber to the path to help water run-off. There will also be grips and ditches to improve water flow. The surface will be unsealed but should be much improved and hold up much better to farm traffic
and bad weather.

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.

Know any good new pubs? I (Malcolm) will be preparing the six month ride programme for November onwards in the next couple of weeks.  We have a good set of venues but are always looking for interesting alternatives.  Recent additions to the list have proved very popular and I have really enjoyed "road-testing" them in advance of adoption! If you think you know of any suitable, currently unused pubs at a suitable distance from Bristol then please tell me. My email address is  Thanks.

BTOTC clothing 9th Sept:
Phil Hodgson has several orders for items of BTOTC clothing so an order may be imminent. Take a look at the clothing page and let Phil know what you'd like. The price list now links to the supplier website.

Disruption on Bristol to Bath cycle path.
On Monday 1st September our favourite cycle track will be closed at Staple Hill when the Teewell Hill road bridge is replaced. A diversion will be signed from Staple Hill station on one side of the tunnel to Signal Road on the other. The works are scheduled to last six months and will include upgrades to the lighting and drainage in the tunnel.
For Sale/Wanted: Some interesting new items added on 19 August.

What I did on my holidays
. A chance to share your adventures with the group. Look in "From our own correspondent". Email Bill to add your own story. John Bishop has added a story on 15th August.

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.

Steve Hicks: Is looking for old wheel rims. Wonder why? Look on FOOC by clicking here.
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. 

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

Charity Calendar for 2015. Looks like this one is not going to happen.

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.