Riding with CTC Lancaster & South Lakes
Riding bicycles in a group has many advantages; sociability, not having to think about the route, going to new places. But there are risks and vulnerabilities that come with riding in a group, especially a group larger than three or four riders. Mike Codd, our Rides Secretary, has put together some notes about how how to ride with the Club. Everyone who wants to join in Club rides should read and think about these notes and perhaps download them and print them out for future reference. In the interests of safety and courtesy to all road users, Committee members may remind riders of these guidelines while we are on a ride. Click here to go to the pdf file that has Mike's notes in it.
To see the Club’s developing programme for the next three months (always a work in progress!) click here. The sheet cannot be edited by anyone except the Rides Secretary but you can see what rides people are planning and where there are gaps that need filling. You can also download or print the spreadsheet - but be warned that the programme will probably change!
There are Club rides every Sunday that are between 45 and 70 miles in length that make a morning coffee stop and a further stop for lunch. The longer rides are usually during the summer months and sometimes include a stop for tea in the afternoons. Club rides are usually at a gentle pace of between 10-12 mph and regroup frequently with at least one person at each junction to make sure those behind know where to go. For the current programme see the Calendar.
The Thursday Riders began as a group of friends who over the last decade or so have come to include many of the Lancaster and South Lakes CTC member. Now the Thursday Riders have become an Informal Group within Cycling UK, linked to Lancaster & South Lakes CTC. The average pace of the Thursday Riders group will vary according to who is riding but will not usually be more than 13 mph. Like the Club rides, the Thursday Riders are a sociable group who like to stop for coffee and lunch and always make sure everyone is part of the group. For the Thursday Riders current programme see the Calendar.
Both the Club Rides and the Thursday Rides are organised by Mike Codd. If you would like to join either ride for the first time, please get in contact with him. Mike is always looking for offers to lead rides for either group so let him know if you have a route you would like to lead.
Tuesday and other informal rides
There are other informal groups of CTC Lancaster & South Lakes members that ride together from time to time. The most regular is a Tuesday morning ride that meets at the Millennium Bridge (north side) on the first and last Tuesday of the month and at the Boot and Shoe on the other Tuesdays. People gather at 9.30am and, without a leader, agree a route (or two!) to ride to a coffee venue about ten or fifteen miles away. We usually go to the Bridge House Farm Tearooms in Wray on the first Tuesday and Bayview Garden Centre at Bolton-le-Sands on the last Tuesday - on other Tuesdays it could be The Barn at Scorton, Daisy Clough, Old Holly Farm or The Pudding House.
There is also a fortnightly Sunday ride at a more leisurely pace organised by Simeon Orme. The rides are between 20 and 30 miles long and Simeon encourages people to bring cameras and enjoy the scenery. To find out more visit his website 'Where's the Brew Stop' - an important feature of these rides is finding the right sort of cafe that has cake!
Riding bicycles in a group has many advantages; sociability, not everyone needing to concern themselves with the route, being taken to countryside which is new. But there are risks and vulnerabilities that come with riding in a group, especially a group larger than three or four riders. Mike Codd, our Rides Secretary, has put together some notes about how the Club expects riders to act when they are riding with the Club. Everyone riding with the Club should read and think about these notes and perhaps download them and print them out for future reference. In the interests of safety and courtesy to all road users, Committee members may remind riders of these guidelines while we are on a ride. Click here to go to the pdf file that has Mike's notes in it.