“Cycle Live” – Nottingham – 13th to 15th July

Phillip Gray, our Chair, was sent information about a very full weekend of cycle events in Nottingham and, although it clashes with our own ride on 15th July, here are some details.  Nottingham isn’t very far away.  Enjoy whichever you choose!

“Cycle Live” comprises

1. The Nottingham Cycling Schools Challenge, Friday afternoon 

A series of events and activities, including Go-Ride, cycle skills training, have-a-go-sessions, led rides and bike races on Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment and the surrounding roads and cycle paths. Schools will be invited to make the Friday afternoon event part of their plans for the 2012 summer term helping them to achieve educational health targets and provide pupils with something a little bit different.


2. The Nottingham Criterium, Friday evening

A late afternoon and early evening series of cycle races taking place on a closed circuit of approx 1mile in and around the Embankment.

3. The Nottingham Cycling Show, Saturday

A one-day event exhibition on the Embankment featuring a showcase of all that is cycling. Activities will include cycle skills training, have-a-go-sessions and led rides, combined with cycle stalls, information displays and product showcases. This event also builds on the work of Sustrans and The U-Cycle Project.


4. The Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride, Sunday

A series of three mass participation rides, all of which will start and finish on the Embankment and head onto country roads. There will be a 22-mile community ride, a 55-mile challenge ride and a more serious 100-mile sportive ride.


5. The Nottingham City Ride, Sunday

A ride over a 3 mile traffic-free route on and around the Embankment and Meadows area of the city.

July programme

Sunday 1st July – Guy Barber Memorial Ride

Details in last blog.

Saturday 7th July – Reservoir Audax

Three distances: 100, 150 & 200 kms.  Start at Oundle.  Details here.

Sunday 15th July – Ride to Napton-on-the-Hill

A ride of 50 miles, starting at 9.30 a.m. Led by Brian Tunbridge (01604 622073).

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July – Camping weekend at Belton

Details from Max Scott (01536 712507).

Saturday 21st July – Summer of Cycling leisure ride to local parish churches

A ride of 15 miles, starting at 2.00 p.m. from the Canoe Centre.  Led by Philip Gray (01604 720522)

Tuesday 31st July – “Godiva Awakes” at Delapre Park

Details here.

Saturday 16th June – Gentle two-hour ride

Brian Tunbridge, our Secretary, writes:

The first event of the Summer of Cycling is on Saturday 16th June 2012. We will start at Midsummer Meadow Car Park (next to Becket’s Park) at 2.00 p.m.

The ride is along the Connect 2 route to Upton Park mainly on tarmac cycle ways plus the odd section of hard gravel. The ride is 2 hours.

Last year we had very healthy numbers for this ride.  You’re sure to enjoy it!

CTC Northampton’s Summer of Cycling

Philip Gray, our Chairman, writes:

In this Olympic year, your local CTC and other organizations have been working to launch Northamptonshire’s Summer of Cycling.

Our own programme has something for everyone ranging from 5 and 10 mile leisure rides to all-day rides into other counties. Across Northamptonshire there’s “The Big Bike Fix”, “Cycle Fest” Saturdays in Daventry, Corby and Northampton, and the amazing “Godiva Awakes” cycle-powered artwork at Delapre Abbey on 31 July.

For more details please see:

  • our special Summer of Cycling web page
  • the county’s Summer of Cycling web page
  • and don’t forget the Bike Week website

I hope to see you, your family and friends during the summer.

Happy cycling!

Events in June

Sunday 3rd June

Iain Dawson led a ride to Fermyn Woods.  Report to follow.

Sunday 10th June

L’Eroica Charity Ride.  Report to follow.

Saturday 16th June – Explore Connect-2

Brian Tunbridge leads a leisurely ride as part of the Summer of Cycling.  Meet at 2.00 p.m. at Midsummer Meadow to discover the Sustrans Connect-2 Route alongside the River Nene.  About 5 miles.  Contact 01604 622073.

Sunday 17th June – Club ride

Brian Tunbridge leads a club ride starting at 9.30 a.m. from Hunsbury Hill.  About 55 miles.  Contact 01604 622073.

Thursday 21st JuneThe Summer of Cycling Breakfast

Philip Gray leads a ride to breakfast at Salcey Forest.  Meet at 7.30 a.m. at the Canoe Centre, Bedford Road, for a ride of about 20 miles.  An annual event, in previous years this has been called the “Bike Week Breakfast”.  Contact 01604 720522.

Sunday 24th JuneThe Daventry Cycle Festival

A Summer of Cycling event. Mike Hart leads a ride of about 45 miles to the Daventry Cycle Festival.  Meet at 9.30 a.m.  Venue to be confirmed.  Contact 01604 631965.

Wednesday 27th June – Annual Barbecue

An annual social event, in previous years this has been called the “Bike Week BBQ”.  Now it’s the Summer of Cycling BBQ!  Starts at 7.00 p.m. courtesy of John Dunkley.  Contact John on 01327 342588 to book places.  £7.50 per place.

Saturday 30th June – The Corby Cycle Festival

Details here.