Roger Bassenger

Last month we received the very sad news that club member Roger Bassenger had passed away. Lesley has now asked us to publish the following message:

"Lesley, Keith and Cheryl would like to thank those from CTC Cambridge who sent us cards and kind messages, and who attended the funeral service at Cambridge Crematorium.

"It was lovely to see so many familiar faces, both from the past and from the present. It helped to lighten a very sad day."

Riding guidelines

Rupert writes: We have just published a set of riding guidelines. These have been specially written for use on our club rides. They give an introduction to the main elements of good group riding, and they are intended to replace some of the older information on the website.

We'd like to invite everyone to take a look at these riding guidelines to refresh your understanding of how best to ride in group. Most of you will know the basics, but there are probably a few tips for everyone. Small improvements by everyone should help our groups - and especially the larger groups - ride more safely without spoiling the social interaction that makes our rides so enjoyable.

If you have any questions or comments you are welcome to contact me or any member of the main committee. Contact details are on our contacts page. Rupert Goodings, Runs Secretary

Rides in Nov and Dec

Our November and December rides lists are now available. With the clocks going back on 30th October we are bracing ourselves for shorter and colder days, and our Sunday and Thursday rides are also becoming shorter as a result.

Please remember to bring your lights on all these rides: they may be needed for final part of the ride and can also be a good idea if it's misty or foggy.

Our Sunday rides change to the winter ride format just as soon as the clocks change. This means that our all-day rides start half an hour later at 09.30am and return straight home after lunch, whilst our Sunday afternoon rides start one hour earlier at 1pm, with a tea stop at 3pm. Our Thursday rides continue to start at 9.30am but the route will be shorter to reflect the shorter days.

We've also made a few changes to our other rides. Our Tuesday seniors' rides continue in November but they will stop in December and then restart in the new year. Our Wednesday evening rides will continue once a month on the night nearest the full moon. And our Saturday Social rides have just a single ride, in December.

During the Christmas holiday we're planning a reduced set of Sunday and Thursday rides, but we may add more rides depending on the weather and the availability of leaders - keep an eye on the website (and the members' email list) for the latest status.

Some of our rides still need a leader, so if you're able to lead a ride (or would like to lead an extra ride around Christmas) please contact Rupert.

Latest ride reports

4 Dec: Sunday ride to St Ives and St Neots
Nigel writes: Once again Alex managed to arrange glorious sunny weather for today's relatively short winter ride to St Ives and St Neots. At the start I was joined by David T, Rupert, Susan, Camille, Russell and Johns J, S and R and of course Alex our leader...  (full report)

27 Nov: Sunday ride to Reed and Rushden
John S writes: It was overcast, and quite chilly, but not too windy when I arrived at Brookside to lead this ride. I was pleased to find Rupert, Sheila, Camille, Mike CC, Alex, Ian W, and Keith there waiting to join me...  (full report)

27 Nov: Sunday afternoon ride to Potton
Simon writes: Well I can't say that the weather didn't promise the best of the sunshine to be with us this morning and right up to the point when I met David, Neil and Andy at Brookside that's what we'd had...  (full report)

23 Nov: Thursday ride to Swavesey and West Perry
Edward writes: Our two leaders today were Peter W at Brookside with five riders and out in Haslingfield we had JJ leading fifteen. The weather was certainly cool with a North-east wind and there was never going to be glimmer of sunshine, with leaden skies all day...  (full report)

19 Nov: Saturday social ride to Ickleton
Nigel writes: With heavy rain forecast for Sunday, and both our rides cancelled that day, I decided to take advantage of bright sunny weather on Saturday morning to join our twice-monthly "Saturday social" ride...  (full report)

For older ride reports visit our blog pages