CTC Derby and Burton Cycling Club is made up of two groups who both organise their own ride programs. From Derby there are Sunday and Thursday rides throughout the year and a Tuesday evening ride in the Summer months. From Burton a Sunday ride throughout the year and occasional other rides. Some rides and events are jointly run and we organise some tours and weekends away.
We are a member group of Cycling UK which evolved from The Cyclist’ Touring Club and although some of the aims and objectives have changed over the decades, the purpose of the rides remains the same – simply to ride somewhere interesting, on pleasant routes, in good company, with a cafe stop or two. Distances vary from 20 mile winter and evening rides, to long Summer ones that can last all day, though riders are always welcome to come for part of the ride. Speeds also vary depending on several factors, to give some idea the riding average is usually between 10 – 14 mph, the rides are social and keep together whatever the speed. Most rides are on road or well surfaced tracks, those that aren’t will say so in the program. Our members ride a wide variety of bikes, if it’s comfortable and roadworthy, it’s suitable for our rides. As part of Cycling UK, all members are welcome on any of our rides. None members are also very welcome to come along on a few rides to see if they’d like to join.
CTC Burton rides start from Abbey Arcade by Market Place, High Street, Burton upon Trent, unless otherwise stated.
CTC Derby’s Sunday rides leave from outside the Quad in the Market Place unless otherwise stated.
During the summer months CTC Derby’s Thursday rides start from an out of town cafe. They alternate between rides with a set destination and informal rides where the route is agreed on the day.
Most of the planned rides go south, east or west, leaving options to explore the north on the informals.
We’ll post a route a few days before each ride, both here and on Facebook. Though this will be a guide and may change on the day depending on participants and conditions. These are very easy going rides and a good introduction to group riding. For anyone contemplating the Couch to Coast Skegness challenge, they’re also a very good way to get some extra miles in.