Yes, those of a certain age will have fond memories of a social group ride out to a local Cotswolds pub on a Tuesday night, returning in the dark and trying to avoid the various wildlife that can be staggering around at that time in the evening. Well, they’re back (the rides that is) and we think it would be great to see you on them!

The plan is for riders to meet up at the usual place (Pump Rooms) at the usual Tuesday night time (leaving 7.15 pm) returning to Cheltenham probably between 9.45pm and 11pm. We are hoping to continue the current faster paced (and usually hillier) ride which does not stop at a pub, and run it alongside the new and more social option so why not make the effort to get out each Tuesday evening throughout the year as it will help to keep you active and the legs moving! It is also a good way to sample the local pubs and get to know your club riders (although that is not always a good thing).

We will need leaders and it would also be great to have some routes posted too. If you are thinking of leading the new social pub road ride, then please give a thought about the pub destination as it may be worth a forward call (not every pub appreciates a group of thirsty riders trucking up on a Tuesday and there also needs to be space for the bikes, etc.). Signing up to lead is done via the usual way (the spreadsheet linked to the events calendar).

One final point, please ensure that if you do plan to turn up for an evening ride that you have decent lights that are securely attached. It can get quite dark out in the hills and it is easy to hit the odd bump in the road so keep a good distance between wheels and watch out for fallen debris, etc. A light mounted on a helmet is not essential but can be a really useful for mechnicals….just be careful about dazzling fellow riders when you chat to them.

Hi Everyone

Steve Darnell and a couple of other club members and one other person are doing their own cycling trip to Mont Ventoux in Provence from 9th – 12th September.  They have had a fifth person drop out but are staying at a gite that sleeps five.  If anyone is keen to join them to fill the vacancy, get in touch with Steve via Strava or let me know and I can put you in touch with him via email.

Costs are a share of the 234 euros for the gite, plus your own air fare, food, share of minibus for transfers etc.  Flights are available from Heathrow to Marseilles.


Simon W 

The code for the club fantasy Vuelta A Espana is 941621394920 . Entries close on Saturday 20th August at 16:00.

To round off the club TT series we have 4 hill climbs in two weeks, co-promoted between Cheltenham and County and Velo Vitesse.

More info is on the club TT pages. Note there is one more round of the flat events calendar – a 5 mile TT this Thursday 11th August.

Round 1 – Tuesday 16th August – Birdlip Hill


Round 2 – Thursday 18th August – Salters Hill
Round 3 – Tuesday 23rd August – Sudely
  • HQ:  Castle street, foot of climb opposite gate house junction.
  • Course:
  • Promoting club: Velo Vitesse
  • Sign on opens 6pm, closes 6.40pm, race starts 7.01pm
Round 4 – Thursday 25th August – Aggs Hill


With the Western Cyclocross league starting in just over a month on September 11th, it’s been proposed that we have some training sessions. These will take place at the Pittville Park course (near the Prince of Wales stadium) on Wednesday (from August 17th) evenings from 18:30. Anyone interested in cyclocross is more than welcome to come along on a cyclocross or mountain bike, no experience is needed.

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Coming events

Sunday, 28 Aug 2016
Club Ride: Moreton in Marsh
Sportive Ride
Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016
MTB - Evening Ride
Evening Road Ride
Evening Road Ride: The Mount, Stanton - (Pub Stop - Lights needed)
Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016
Cyclocross Practice
Thursday, 1 Sep 2016
Club Evening
Saturday, 3 Sep 2016
Road Ride: Longborough (16, 18)
Road Ride: (H1) Toddington via Stanway (16, 18, 20)
Road Ride: Prinknash via Painswick (16, 14)

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Anthony Ballinger92
Rachel Green80
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