Last update 4thSeptember 2015

News and ride reviews: A report on our 3 September hard ride to the Lamb at Axbridge.

10 September ride to Ham: As the Salution has a very small kitchen, they want us to pre-order lunch. Click here for the menu. Let Pete know what you want by 6 September. Have you ordered? Click here to check.

Cycle track disruption in Bath: From 21st September to 30th October the towpath alongside the River Avon between Victoria Bridge and Windsor Bridge in Bath will be closed for building work. A signposted diversion will be in place along Upper Bristol Road. So not affecting reaching the two tunnels from Bristol.

Oli Delaney is involved with a Bristol charity to support vulnerable young people in the West of England. On Tuesday 25th August the National Lottery announced that the the Bristol/South Gloucs homeless charity 1625 Independent People project 'Future 4 Me" has won the 'Best National Lottery Voluntary Project in the UK'. In so doing the charity has prevailed over competition from a number of major national charities. This is tremendous news for the charity's profile and its prospects of increasing its support for homeless young people in our area. Oli's heartfelt thanks go to all BTOTC riders who cast their vote for 'Future 4 Me'!

Chris and Shirley Hume's exploits in the USA have now been moved to From Our Own Correspondent - What I did on my holidays 2015. Click here to follow the continuing story which includes a link to Shirley's online blog.

The Bradford on Avon cycling festival takes place on 5th & 6th September. Details here.

Strawberry Line petition: The Strawberry Line Society wants to get funding to extend the path to go between Clevedon and Shepton Mallett. If you like the idea, go to their website here to sign their petition.

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.

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.