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 November 2017
Sunday 5
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
The Little Green Ride.  Wrap up warm for an easy paced ride suitable for new and regular riders. 50km at 14 km/h. Cycle along protected tracks and quiet lanes in the Hertfordshire countryside. Lunch at a pub. Meet Kings Cross at 09.00 for 09.22 train to Stevenage, arrive 09.46. Back in London around 16.00.
(Linus Rees  07940 803001)
Sunday 5
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Ashdown hills and the Wall.  Some fairly serious ups and downs in Ashdown Forest and Sussex, including the infamous Kidds Hill. A hilly ride throughout, but it can be rewarding on a fine day! Meet Victoria at 08.30 for the 08.47 train to Haywards Heath, arrive at 09.38.
(Tibor Bek  07534 206397)
Sunday 5
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Chilterns 1.  80km in Bob's beloved Chilterns. Meet Marylebone 08.40 for 08.57 train to Amersham, arrive 09.32. Meet leader at Amersham for 09.45 away.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 5
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. An easier 4* for those wishing to step up from 3* rides. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 9
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursday Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Liverpool St 09.25 for 09.48 train to Chingford, arrive 10.15. Leader meets us there.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Friday 10
AGM
Annual General Meeting and buffet.  See the AGM page for more details. Starts at 19.00 at the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Rd, WC1X 8JR.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 12
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Estuary to Estuary.  A relaxed ride, relatively flat, with a few gentle climbs. 40km, extra loop is possible in the afternoon for the km hungry. Start by the river Colne, pub or cafe lunch in Manningtree or Mistley on the river Stour. Return to the Colne at Wivenhoe, where we'll have a coffee stop before catching the train back Possibility of bailing out at Manningtree for anyone who wants to go home early. Meet Liverpool St 09.00 for 09.32 train to Hythe, arrive 10.42. Leader will join the train en route. Buy return ticket to Wivenhoe.
(Anna Bagi  07949 086473)
Sunday 12
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Ride out to Cambridge.  Ride out, train home, About 65km. Meet Liverpool St 09.25 for 09.43 train to Broxbourne, arrive 10.15.
(Jenny Hung  07779 321878)
Sunday 12
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Herts 1.  A slower more relaxed ride of about 80km in Hertfordshire. Meet St Pancras 09.20 for 09.34 train to Elstree and Borehamwood, arrive 09.56. Meet leader at Elstree and Borehamwood for 10.00 away.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 12
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 19
easy ride - ideal for beginners
From the Paddock to the Farm.  Leaving Paddock Wood station for lovely Kent countryside and pretty villages. Very few hills (200m climbing max). 50km. Lunch at Frankie's Farm Cafe. OS map 188. Meeting Charing Cross 08.40 for 09.00 train to Paddock Wood, arrive 10.04. Leader meets you here. If you want to do morning only (25km), buy return ticket to Staplehurst.
(Lisa Percival  07985 731101)
Sunday 19
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Beaconsfield loop.  About 60km. Bring lights. Meet Baker St 08.55 for 09.09 train to Uxbridge, arrive 09.48. Meet leader here.
(Tony Hopkins  07770 952554)
Sunday 19
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Kentish hills.  Approx 100km in the hills of Kent at an average speed of 22km/h. Lunch after 48km. Meet Charing Cross 08.40 for 08.58 train to Eltham, arrive 09.26. Meet leader at Eltham for 09.30 away.
(Kristina Hetherington  07941 941994)

This ride is cancelled, as Kristina is unable to lead, and it has not been possible to arrange a substitute.
Sunday 19
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 23
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursday Oyster Card Cult.  A flat, brisk ride out west. 75km with very nice cafe stop. Meet Waterloo 09.15 for 09.33 train to Richmond, arrive 09.58 (leader joins train enroute), or use London Overground to be at Richmond at 10.00 for 10.15 start.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 26
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Five Bells, Hopefully We Don't Get Six!  About 55km into deepest Essex on fairly easy terrain. Meet Liverpool St 08.40 for 09.02 train to Witham, arrive 10.00. Buy return to Kelvedon, to allow for an earlier finish, if it proves necessary.
(Sue Dorey  020 7729 5409)
Sunday 26
medium paced ride
Map of the ride
Medway Valley and North Downs.  Lunch in West Malling. Meet Cannon St 08.55 for 09.16 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.46.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 26
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
A short sharp ride in Kent.  A shorter than usual ride taking in some hilly autumnal scenery! 76km at approx 21km/h with lunch at 50km. Meet Cuttty Sark Starbucks 54 Greenwich High St SE10 9BL at 08.45 for 09.00 away served by 08.33 from Cannon St, arriving 08.45.
(Ruth Evans  07547 702852)
Sunday 26
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 December 2017
Sunday 3
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Peaceful Essex Lanes.  Pleasant lanes led by our expert on the Audley End area. The ride will include some local history of the places visited and a pub lunch. The exact route will depend on the abilities and wishes of the riders. Meet Liverpool St 08.22 for 08.42 train to Audley End, arr 10.00. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 3
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Back to Bovinger.  Familar Essex lanes. Meet Liverpool St 08.45 for 09.05 train to Harold Wood, arrive 09.38. Meet leader here.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Sunday 3
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Paul's TOWIE ride.  A brisk 80km in Essex. Meet Fenchurch St at 09.15 for 09.34 train to Upminster, arrive 09.57.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 3
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. An easier 4* for those wishing to step up from 3* rides. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 9
easy ride - ideal for beginners
TBA.  
(Colin Hartridge-Price  07795 093631)
Sunday 10
medium paced ride
The first hill is the steepest.  Possibly. Ups and downs through the North Downs on little lanes. Lunch at the Cock at Henley Street. Meet Victoria 08.20 for 08.43 train to Shoreham (Kent), arrive 09.34. We may return from Eynsford (one stop nearer London).
(Mark Knox  07765 945530)
Sunday 10
hard ride
Herts 2.  A slower more relaxed 3* ride in a different part of Hertfordshire of about 80km. Please bring lights. Meet Kings Cross 08.45 for 09.04 train to Welwyn Garden City, arrive 09.30. Meet leader at Welwyn Garden City for 09.45 away.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 10
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 14
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Map of the ride
Blue Thursday Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Liverpool St at 09.25 for 09.45 train to Cheshunt, arrive 10.24.
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(Richard Drew  07702 731448)
Saturday 16
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Mince Pie Ride.  A short ride along the Regents Canal and back round Hampstead returning for coffee and mince pies at leader's in Maida Vale at around 11.30. Meet outside Maida Vale tube station for 09.30 departure. Contact leader if only coming for mince pies.
(David Kurtz  07771 760660)
Sunday 17
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
A short ride for a short day.   Meet Baker St 09.00 for 09.16 train to Ruislip, arrive 09.47.
(Stephen Goodwin  07860 318316)
Sunday 17
hard ride
Chilterns 2.  A different part of the Chilterns led by our resident Chilterns expert, Dr. Bob. About 70 -80 km. Meet Marylebone 08.40 for 08.57 train to Amersham, arrive 09.32. Meet leader at Amersham for 09.45 away.
(Bob Davis  07810 291837)
Sunday 17
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 23
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Beer and Bunyan.  Ride to visit Farr Brew, a new brewery near Wheathampstead. Short tour of the brewery and a pint (either to drink on the spot or take away in a bottle) for £5. Lunch at the nearby John Bunyan pub situated near the remains of a cottage associated with John Bunyan. If time and the light permit, a tea stop en route back to St Albans. Meet St Pancras at 09.15 for 09.38 train to St Albans City, arrive 09.58. Leader meets you here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Monday 25
hard ride
Map of the ride
Bah humbug.  An hour of pointless laps around the Outer Circle of Regent's Park. Followed by coffee and croissants in Camden Town. Meet 09.30 opposite the cafe on the Inner Circle.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 28
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursday Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet St Pancras 09.40 for 10.01 train to Elstree and Borehamwood, arrive 10.23. Meet leader here.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Thu 28 – Sat 30 Dec
medium paced ride
Canterbury @ Christmas.  A two-night (three day) short break in Kent. More details on the tours page.
(Julie-Ann Gillitt  07929 595685)
Sunday 31
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Preparing for the New Year.  Preload with exercise rather than alcohol. Ride through the houses and out into Surrey countryside. Includes everyone's favourite hill up on to Farthing Downs. Meet Victoria 09.00 for 09.28 train to East Croydon, arrive 09.49. Meet leader here.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
 
 January 2018
Monday 1
hard ride
The morning after the night before.  A fixed-friendly ride to the Moletrap in Tawney Common for the hair of the dog. Approximately 70km. Back by 15.00. Meet 10.00 for 10.15 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Saturday 6
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Villages, Parks and Canals of Southwark.  Southwark has the third-highest proportion of green space of any Inner London borough. Explore some of it on this ride. About 20 km. Ride starts at 13.00 from Emma Cons Gardens, opposite the Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 7
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
To be confirmed.   Check back here later for details of today's ride.
(Christine Johnson  07971 294523)
Sunday 7
hard ride
Herts 3.  A slower more relaxed 3* ride exploring the North of Hertfordshire - about 70 - 80km. Meet Finsbury Park 09.15 for 09.32 train to Hertford North, arrive 10.09. Leader meets you here.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 7
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 11
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursday Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 70km, heading to Canvey Island. Back in London by about 16.30. Meet at Fenchurch St 09.25 for 09.41 train to Upminster, arrive 10.03.
(Graham Carson  07946 319631)
Sunday 14
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Blue Plaques Ride.  Tour of Hampstead, Golders Green and Hampstead Garden Suburb to see where the great and the good once lived. Brian will lead on the southern part of the route, and Charles Harvey on the northern. Meet at 10.00 outside Finchley Road tube station.
(Brian O'Reilly  07821 231179)
Sunday 14
medium paced ride
A ride in Herts and Essex.  What more is there to say? Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.28 train to Sawbridgeworth, arrive 10.04.
(Simon Slater  07985 251834)
Sunday 14
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Short ride and social.  Approx 70km followed by lunch with a bit of fizz to celebrate Ms Dale's birthday. Please confirm in advance if just turning up for celebrations. Meet Waterloo 09.25 for 09.44 train to Richmond, arrive 10.09, or use London Overground. Meet leaders at Richmond for 10.15 away.
(Ken Peters  07756 103768)
Sunday 14
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. An easier 4* for those wishing to step up from 3* rides. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 21
medium paced ride
Down to the Downs but not up them.  Wandering West Sussex lanes. Not flat. Meet Waterloo 08.30 for 09.00 train to Milford, arrive 10.00. Buy return to Haslemere.
(Haydee Wilkinson  07596 315490)
Sunday 21
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
A shorter winter ride to St Albans.  About 70km, as per the ride description. Meet leader at West Hampstead Thameslink for 10.15 away (09.33 train from St Pancras arrives 10.03, or London Overground to W. Hampstead just around the corner).
(Jo Wright  07815 491097)
Sunday 21
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 25
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursday Oyster Card Cult.  A brisk ride of about 65km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet at Fenchurch St 09.25 for 09.41 train to Upminster, arrive 10.03.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 28
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Aviation History Ride.  A ride round some of the place of interest in Hertfordshire's aviation history. Visit Radlett, home of 80 (Signals) Wing and the Handley Page works, the site of the former London Colney airfield (56 Squadron RFC) and Salisbury Hall, where the De Havilland Mosquito was designed. Food stop at The Orchard Cafe at Shenley. Some of the route is off-road. Mountain bikes are unnecessary. The ride is suitable for touring or hybrid bikes but may not suit bikes with skinny tyres or small wheels. (There are on-road tarmac alternative routes available). Meet St Pancras 09.15 for 09.35 train to Radlett, arrive 09.59. Meet leader here.
(Charles Harvey  07961 194771)
Sunday 28
medium paced ride
The Wheatsheaf, Bough Beech.  An old winter and summer favourite; shut for few years but now reopened with more space inside. All we have to do is ride to it in time; via a few ups and downs but the steepest down then through the reservoir (road, not water). Meet Charing Cross 08.45 for 09.10 train to Sevenoaks, arrive 09.46. Leader meets us here.
(Roy Watson  07740 187872)
Sunday 28
hard ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Paul's flat winter ride.  As it says on the tin! About 75km with a really nice cafe stop. Meet Waterloo 09.25 for 09.44 train to Richmond, arrive 10.09, or use London Overground. Meet leader at Richmond for 10.15 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 28
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
 
 February 2018
Sunday 4
medium paced ride
Start Your Engaines (sic).  Almost into Suffolk. About 65km (or further if daylight and enthusiasm permit). Meet Liverpool St 08.40 for 09.02 train to Witham, arrive 09.55.
(Simon Binning  07847 653363)
Sunday 4
hard ride
Seafood lunch in Essex!  90-100km in some of the flatter parts of Essex. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.32 train to Chelmsford, arrive 10.11.
(Graham Carson  07946 319631)
Sunday 4
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Thursday 8
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Blue Thursday Oyster Card Cult.  A hilly ride of about 60km, back in London by about 16.30. Meet Marylebone 09.40 for 09.57 train to Amersham, arrive 10.32.
(Richard Philpott  07941 819033)
Saturday 10
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Map of the ride
Ssh, it's a Quietway!  Follow Quietway 2 all the way from central London to Walthamstow, passing through an interesting variety of townscapes and landscapes. Optional visit to Walthamstow's Mini Holland. Return from Walthamstow by train. About 16 km, only one hill! Ride starts at 13.30 opposite Russell Square Station, Bernard Street WC1N 1LJ.
(Colin Wing  020 7828 1500)
Sunday 11
medium paced ride
Chiltern ride.  Expect hills! Meet Marylebone 08.40 for 08.57 train to Amersham, arrive 09.32.
(Sabina Carchesio  07817 885946)
Sunday 11
hard ride
Herts 4.  Yet another part of Hertfordshire. A slower more relaxed 3* ride of about 70 - 80km. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.28 train to Broxbourne, arrive 09.53. Meet leader here for 10.00 start.
(Nick Bloom  07768 354010)
Sunday 11
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. An easier 4* for those wishing to step up from 3* rides. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Sunday 18
easy ride - ideal for beginners
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
In search of TOWIE.  Riding through Essex lanes to lunch in Chelmsford. Meet Liverpool St 09.10 for 09.32 train to Shenfield, arrive 10.01.
(Michael Belcher  07951 304075)
Sunday 18
medium paced ride
Seaside in winter.  Lunch in Maldon. Meet Liverpool St 08.55 for 09.14 train to Wickford, arrive 10.03.
(Graham Carson  07946 319631)
Sunday 18
hard ride
Paul's ride to Cambridge.  A brisk 100km to Cambridge with cafe lunch after 65km. Meet outside Highbury and Islington station at 08.30 for 08.45 away.
(Paul Foster  07969 531984)
Sunday 18
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
Sunday 25
easy ride - ideal for beginners
Deepest Essex.  Charming villages and churches in a rustic setting. Enjoy peaceful Essex lanes away from the hurly burly of the everyday. Exact mileage to suit riders' abilities. Meet Liverpool St 08.22 for 08.42 train to Audley End, arr 10.00. Leader meets you here.
(John Unwin  01799 527094)
Sunday 25
medium paced ride
low cost travel - within freedom pass area - click for more info
Going to the Fox.   Meet Fenchurch St 09.10 for 09.25 train to Upminster, arrive 09.48. Meet leader here.
(Kelvin Dane  07922 111790)
Sunday 25
hard ride
A far flung ride in Kent.  About 90km in a rarely visited part of Kent. Moderately hilly. Meet St Pancras at 08.45 for 09.09 to Ashford International, arrive 09.47.
(Roger Fretwell  07946 441877)
Sunday 25
fast and long - training for cyclosportifs only
Out and back.  Approximately 90-100km at 25-27km/h with a brief cafe stop. Back by about 14.00. Meet 08.45 for 09.00 away from Le Peche Mignon, Ronalds Road, N5 1XH.
(Jon McColl  07792 891244)
Ride Guide

To email the leader of any ride, please visit our website at www.centrallondonctc.org.uk. For general enquiries, contact the Secretary, Lisa Percival by email at secretary@centrallondonctc.org.uk, or by phone on 07985 731101.

* Easier and shorter rides – about 50km (30 miles) – which are ideal if you are new to cycle touring or prefer a more leisurely ride. Accompanied older children welcome although it is advisable to contact the ride leader beforehand.
** Medium distance 55-85km (35-55 miles) – steady pace yet time to enjoy lunch, etc.
*** Faster and generally longer 70-110km (45-75 miles) and often hilly – suitable for a light touring or road bike ...
**** Faster again, averaging 26-28m/h and approximately 90-100km (55-65 miles), with a brief cafe stop for lunch. These rides are for experienced Audax or Sportive riders training for their next event, or for those who just like it hard. Bring a summer road bike or, if the conditions are likely to be wet, a light winter bike with full mudguards and, preferably, a long rear mudflap. Be prepared to do your turn on the front.
Off-road Mainly on tracks or trails, perhaps muddy – not suitable for lightweight road bikes.
Audax Official Audax event – more info from www.audax.uk.net.
Zone6 Start & finish in travelcard/freedom pass area – low travel cost.
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