Last update 23rd February

News and ride reviews: Storm Doris provided a day of blustery wind and driving rain in between sunny spells for our ride to the Fleece at Hillesley.

For sale/wanted: (added 30th Jan) Rob Shiels is disposing of a number of vintage cycle lamps - form an orderly queue.

Exercise Blood Pressure Study at Bristol Uni: Some of us have taken part in this research into the effect of exercise on older people with high blood pressure. They now mainly need participants whose blood pressure remains high despite taking medication (above 140/90), or who have high blood pressure but not take any medications, between the ages of 50-75.

Touch here to see a high-level summary, and here to see detailed information for those participating. For more info, or to volunteer, email Benjamin Chant on or call him on 0117 342 1513. To read an account of Don Ford's experience on the study click here.

New(ish) tech: 
BTOTC has a Facebook group for you to post and reply to messages. Touch here to see it. Use it to see if other members need a slower ride to the Thursday pub, want to join you on a ride on another day, general chat, etc. You will need a Facebook account to join the group. Contact Andy Short at to join.

Leisure cycling among retirees:You'll remember Joe Scalley (student at Bristol Uni) was with us a while ago asking questions. His dissertation has been published and you can see it here.

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

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.