Come ride with us
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.
On all rides it’s advisable to:
- Carry some basic tools such as spare inner tube(s), puncture repair kit and pump
- Dress for the conditions and maybe carry a waterproof just in case
- Bring lights if there’s any chance of needing them
- Bring drink and food as appropriate
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 winter months CTC Derby’s Thursday rides alternate between rides with a set destination and informal rides where the route is agreed on the day.
Tuesday 22nd May, Meet at the Quad in Derby market place to set off at 6.45pm. Led by Ian Dent
For this evening ride on Tuesday, I have set myself the challenge to ensure that all attending the ride will be on at least a short part of the route they haven’t ridden before!
We’ll explore some of Derby’s traffic free routes through the Racecourse and Breadsall before joining the roads near Morley. Loop past Horsley Lodge golf course and then return via Coxbench, Little Eaton and a diversion into the back roads of Allestree before a trip through Darley Park back to the start point.
Total distance of 16 miles. A gradual slope (avoiding the steep hills) to Morley before a good hill (down!) and then generally flat back to Derby. Easy pace and suitable for all riders. Some of the traffic free routes are on crushed stone rather than tarmac so, whilst suitable for all bikes, maybe don’t bring your £1000 racing wheels!
This is the fourth year of these rides, they’ve been a good introduction to riding with the group, a way to build up your distance and of course a lot of fun. They’re not part of Coach to Coast Skegness challenge, but those taking part in that are welcome to use it to build mileage up.
Open to all and all welcome