Last update 20th December 2014

News and ride reviews:
A very windy ride to the Salutation at Ham on 18th December, and a message regarding the future of CTC West added 20th December.

Cafe alterations:
Following a message from Dave Ashton representing the "north of Bristol cafe goers" I have made some alterations to the cafe list.  Sweet Apples has been removed for the winter in favour of Quackers Farm Shop and Cafe in Pucklechurch (see cafe map).  Chief Trading Post has been removed in favour of Willow Cafe.  Finally, another cock-up on my part, I had put in the same cafes two weeks running so both cafes are altered for Jan 20th.   

Fancy Lanzarote in Jan/Feb?
See the For Sale/Wanted page for Don Ford's offer of space in Playa Blanca villa.
Don't forget: Thursday rides in December and January start at 10:15.

An update on Frampton End Road added 5th Dec.

8 January ride to Congresbury:
The Plough's landlord Garry wants you to pre-order your lunch (click here for the menu). He will not take any lunch orders from anyone who's not pre-ordered until after all the pre-ordered lunches have been served. So if you want to avoid a long wait for your meal, look at the menu and let Pete know your choice by 4 January. Have you ordered? Click here to check.             

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.

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.
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.