Last update 26th February 2015

News and ride reviews: 
Read about another wet ride, this time to the Royal Oak at Wotton-under-Edge on 26th February.

Salutation at Ham voted CAMRA UK pub of the year: Read the details here. Ironically we dropped the Salutation 18 months ago as they took so long to serve us.  However, we returned there recently when the Lammastide couldn't host us and we then had a very positive experience.  I guess it will now be a fixed port of call for us!

New Links added 23rd February on our links page for holiday accommodation in France, two charity rides and a cafe in Radstock.

Honda CRV for sale in wanted/for sale.

L'Eroica Cycling Festival 2015
celebrating pre-1987 bikes takes place on 19th to 21st June. See "From our own correspondent for details.

Chew Valley Lake Cafe: 
This is being reopened, named Salt and Malt, as a tearoom and fish cafe, on Monday 2 March.

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.

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 until March and will include upgrades to the lighting and drainage in the tunnel.
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.
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.