Last update 28th June 2020

News update 28th June: Pete Campbell suffered a stroke in June but made his way promptly to Southmead where he was treated and is now well enough to cycle short distances.

Although there have been no cycle rides to report a summary of the lockdown is in the News and Ride Reviews section plus a fuller report on Pete from the man himself. Click here and scroll to the end..

BTOTC Approach to the COVID - 19 Pandemic

The Government is beginning to ease the lock down with Pubs opening their doors in a week or so's time, however we are reminded to observe the 1+ Covid 19 measures of social distancing and restrict large social gatherings. 

Which we can assume includes us. 

As it is impossible to predict when our old BTOTC regime of  a 25 mile ride for a Pub lunch for around 20+ riders will be possible one or two members have made similar suggestions as to a possible interim proposal which we set out below.

Interim arrangements for an informal Thursday ride

If anyone fancies a ride on a Thursday just turn up at your nearest regular start point (Bitton, Amcor, Ashton) for 10am.  If no one turns up, ride on your own. If a few arrive, have a chat & go for a ride. 

Nothing planned or “organised” but maybe 3 or 4 ish people going on a sensible ride.If anyone is keen to 'lead' or join a ride ( or just have company), you can always contact others by posting details or ideas on the BTOTC facebook page.

So let's all keep spinning to a future clear of this dreadful virus. 

All members know our ride schedule is suspended until further notice. 

Coffee lovers: We have been asked to publicise a new cafe called Congars Cafe in Broard Street Congresbury but before considering it as a possible new Tuesday venue we have asked a few fundamentals such as is there secure bike parking etc. 

Whilst waiting for confirmation I thought I would post an invitation to any member passing to check it out please.

For Sale, amended 27th Feb: Brian Griffiths has sold the classic Bianchi racing cycle. The Rouke is still available. See "For sale/wanted" or click here.

Bike box for hire: Andy has a Polaris box for transporting a bike for hire. Go to the For sale/Wanted page for details.

What do we do? Touch here to see a spreadsheet of all BTOTC's activities.

Request for support



Life Cycle UK are looking for enthusiastic bike riders to support their  inclusive cycling group rides: 

If you can spare a few hours a month, enjoy cycling and helping others,  especially if you have availability during in the week. Full training provided. Get in touch to find out more, contact: 

Viv on or call 0117 353 4580.


Clothing repairs. Peter Ralph damaged his precious Gore Tex Shakedry jacket but had it repaired by a company named LSR. Find more details on our Links page. Added 12 July

Local cycling maps: Andy Short has a supply of free local cycle maps from Betterbybike: Bristol, North Somerset, South Glos. & Banes. Let him know if you'd like one, or touch here to see what's available.

Looking for a less energetic ride? Don't forget to check the BTOTC Facebook page each Wednesday to see if anyone is offering anything more leisurely. 

Bike recycling: Phil bought his second-hand fixie from Bike Back at Horfield prison. They need volunteers to work with prisoners to rebuild old bikes. Touch here for more details.

Facebook: BTOTC's Facebook page is here. Contact Andy Short via the website "Contact us" page to join.

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.