Last update 22nd June

Extra ride on Tuesday 27th June: Alan Partridge will lead a ride starting from Castle Combe upper car park at 09:00. Please confirm if you intend to ride on Monday 26th June between 6 and 8pm on 07887531531. No calls, no ride!

News and ride reviews: A bit windy, and a trip up the Wrangle, on our 22 June ride to Lower Langford.

Peter Metelerkamp had an unexpected and unwelcome helicopter ride during his recent French cycling holiday. See the details in the June news.

Added 29th May, a heads up for our ride on 29th June from Bill Balchin: We will be visiting a new venue - the Rose Inn at Redwick instead of the Golden Lion at Magor. Redwick is a few miles south west from Magor.

If making your own way you can approach Magor on the road from St Brides, cross the main road then continue through Magor to cross the railway line. Follow the road round to your left over the bridge and keep going for about one and a half miles then turn left into South Row. This is Sustrans route 4 and signed for the Rose Inn. If coming from Undy you can get onto lanes there and follow the signs for route 4.You can see it on our website map of pubs by clicking here.

I plan to lead a lumpy route with short climbs all on lanes that will have some old and new roads. If you have not been to the Pyrenees this could be a good alternative - almost as scenic but you can get home in time for tea.

The Rose Inn is described by the Campaign for Real Ale as a friendly village pub, reckoned to be "one of the most beautiful pubs in south east Wales". There is a big emphasis on well prepared home cooked (not brought in) food. The landlord takes pride in ensuring the pub is at the heart of village life. Awarded Best Kept Pub of the Year ('08, '09, 10, 11) by Chepstow Garden Centre & Gwent Association of Volunteer Organisations. And being on a Sustrans route they are used to cyclists!

For Sale (added 18th May): Some wheels and forks of interest to anybody restoring a classic bike.

Facebook: BTOTC's Facebook page is here. Contact Andy Short at to join.

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.

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.