Last update 26th August 2016

Malcolm: Malcolm's family would like us to join them in a celebration of his life at 2:30pm, Saturday 10th September 2016 at Flax Bourton Village Hall, Old Weston Road, BS48 1UR (there's plenty of parking available at/around the hall). Wear casual clothes - no suits or black required.

Note: Refreshments will be served. Let Pete know if you'll be there.

For those interested, there will be an easy cycle ride beforehand taking in some of the routes that he used so often - all welcome to join in.  This will start from Flax Bourton Village Hall car park at 12:30.  There are facilities at the hall to change clothes etc after the ride.

News and ride reviews: the 25th August ride to the Lamb at Axbridge provided a rare wet day for the BTOTC but could not dampen our spirits.

1 September ride to Shipton Moyne: the Cat and Custard Pot want pre-orders for lunch. Touch here to see the menu or choose white or brown sandwiches from:
  • Cajun chicken
  • Roast beef
  • Ham, tomato and mustard
  • Cheese, tomato and chutney
  • Hot smoked salmon, cream cheese

and let Pete know what you want by 28 August. What have you ordered? Touch here to see.

The ride to Bradford on Avon on 8th Sept starts from Mangotsfield station on the cycle track, and will include an afternoon stop to watch the Tour of Britain pass by.

Wanted: Geoff Roberts is looking for any parts typically fitted to a Colnago frame.

Exercise Blood Pressure Study: Benjamin Chant, a PhD student at Bristol Uni, has asked if anyone is interested in taking part in a study into the effect of exercise on older people with high blood pressure. Touch here to see a high-level summary, and here to see detailed information for those participating. For more info, or to volunteer, email Ben on or call him on 0117 342 1513.

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

BTOTC Clothing: There has been quite a lot of
interest recently in getting a new BTOTC clothing order together. We need to order 10 items to get the
necessary discounts. If you are interested please would you look at the clothing web page and identify the items and size you want and send Phil an e-mail.

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.