Last update 18th April 2015

Vets 100 Reliability Ride:
Takes place on Sunday June 7th at 8.00am from Winterbourne Community Centre, Winterborne, Bristol BS36 1QG. The entry fee is £5.00. To take part in this event download the three documents which include a booking form from the CTC West events page at or email for the documents.
Post the completed entry forms and payment to Nick Horne.
Ivor Metcalfe passed away on 14 April. Dennis James gave us this news, and also said that the funeral will be for the family only.
For Sale: Three bikes from the estate of Linda Clayton are available on the For Sale / Wanted page.

More disruption on Bristol to Bath cycle path: 
The narrow section running along Lawrence Hill Industrial Estate will be closed from 20 April for 10 weeks to allow Bristol City Council to carry out path widening work. Click here for more information.

The section of the path between Bitton station and Saltford will be closed between 26th May and 19th June, while a part of it is resurfaced. Click here for more details.

The closure at Staple Hill while the Teewell Hill road bridge is replaced is still in force. A diversion is signed from Staple Hill station on one side of the tunnel to Signal Road on the other. Complications in the work mean that completion will not be until the end of April (and not the end of March as originally planned).

News and ride reviews: Reports on the 16 April ride from Bitton to Shoscombe, and the 14 April longer ride from Castle Combe.

Thursday Rides May-Oct: The list is now on the Upcoming Events page.  Take a look and if you think there are any problems with it then tell me - Malcolm

Pleasing update on Berry, from Berry!: Hi Bill,
Just to say I am o.k. thank you apart from superficial cuts and bruising to my head and back plus damaged pride and bicycle. The accident has been well documented on the web site. My thanks to the many folk who have made kind enquiries.
See you soon I trust 

Tuesday Longer Rides:
The next in this program will be on 28 April, with Brian Trott leading from Congresbury and visiting the seaside, the Levels and the Mendips.

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. 

UK Cider Threat:
Small scale cider makers are exempt from paying duty. The EU wants the UK government to remove this exemption, which is likely to add £2700 per year to the cider makers' costs. Click here to sign a petition against this outrage.
Salutation at Ham voted CAMRA UK pub of the year: Read the details here. Ironically we dropped the Salutation 18 months ago as they took so long to serve us.  However, we returned there recently when the Lammastide couldn't host us and we then had a very positive experience.  I guess it will now be a fixed port of call for us!

L'Eroica Cycling Festival 2015 celebrating pre-1987 bikes takes place on 19th to 21st June. See "From our own correspondent for details.

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.