Rides in March and April

Spring is here (let's just hope the winds ease off as well before too long), and we're pleased to announce our rides lists for March and April.

We have found some new stops to try - it is good to find some new cafes but we are sad to see old favourites closing this year. Please do help us out here and let the runs secretary know of any new new openings or any closures that you discover.

There are changes to all the Sunday rides when the clocks change.

The Sunday day rides change to an earlier 9am start in April and we also start having longer rides. The first longer "full day" ride is on 2nd April and we then have a mix of longer "full day" rides and the shorter "light day" rides on alternate weekends.

The Sunday afternoon rides change to a later 1.30pm start in April. This earlier start seems to work well and gives us a wider choice of tea stops as many nice cafes close a bit earlier on Sundays.

All our other rides continue with their usual format. In particular the Thursday rides continue with an earlier start time of 9.15am for the city start.

Lastly, a reminder to you all to please volunteer to lead a ride or two so that all our rides have a leader. And a thank you to everyone who has already put their name down. Rupert Goodings, Runs Secretary

Riding guidelines

Rupert writes: We have recently 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 who rides with us 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

Latest ride reports

26 Mar: Sunday afternoon ride to Saffron Walden
David S writes: Four riders (Cheryl, John, Neil and I) set off from Brookside at 1pm BST for the first ride aft the clock change. I hope that there were not many who turned up at 2pm (1pm GMT)! Beautiful sunny weather, but easterly wind...  (full report)

23 Mar: Thursday ride to Lode and Isleham
Edward writes: This Thursday we had a planned trip out into the Fens to Isleham via Anglesey Abbey in Lode. Out in Hauxton, where Mike was leading, there were eleven riders. The weather promised to be dry but the wind had switched right round and now came in from the North East...  (full report)

18 Mar: The Cambridge Pork Pie 200km Audax
Today was the second running of the Cambridge Pork Pie. This was an Audax calendar event, the third to be organised by Nick Wilkinson under the banner of Cambridge Audax. Around 150 riders rode this 200km...  (full report)

15 Mar: Evening ride to Thriplow
Nigel writes: Tonight was our final evening ride of the winter season. These rides have been once a month, on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon, and have taken place entirely in the dark...  (full report)

12 Mar: Sunday ride to Stradishall and Chippenham
Nigel writes: I arrived at Brookside to find seven riders waiting to start: Mike P, John R, Alex, Tom, David W, Rupert and Eva, with Sarah and Andy arriving a few moments later. Alex was proudly showing off his smart new bike: and very nice it looked too...  (full report)

For older ride reports visit our blog pages