EVERY SUNDAY there is a choice of at least two rides, one short ride and either a medium or long ride.
All rides feature tea/meal stops at cafes. The short ride is typically up to 45 miles. The average speed is about 9 mph. The medium rides are around 50 miles at an average 11mph. The long rides are 60 miles plus at an average speed of around 12 mph. In winter all rides aim to return before it goes dark (however lights should still be carried).
Throughout the year we also have an EXTRA SHORT RIDE FOR BEGINNERS of 15 to 20 miles once a month (usually the first Saturday) for people new to club cycling or returning to it. Any kind of bike is OK as long as it's roadworthy - bring a waterproof and a spare innertube.
EVERY TUESDAY EVENING we also organise a short social ride of approximately 15-20 miles along quiet lanes, with the pace and distance being adjusted to suit any new riders. The rides start at 6:30pm opposite The White Bear Pub, Gisburn Road, Barrowford. We cycle for about one and a half hours and finish at The Cross Gaits Pub, Blacko for a well earned drink and a chat. All are welcome. These rides are a good opportunity for new riders to come along and try riding with us.
The meeting places are:
|Meeting Point||OS Explorer 1:25000 Grid Reference|
|LANGROYD (Colne). Outside gates of Langroyd Hall||OL21 : 891410|
|HIGHERFORD. Bus turning circle.||OL21 : 864402|
|LANESHAWBRIDGE. Bus stop opposite Emmott Arms||OL21 : 923407|
|READ. Junction of George Lane & A671||287 : 765345|
|SPRINGWOOD. Picnic area carpark, next to Whalley golf club||287 : 741360|
|BARNOLDSWICK. Co-op car park||OL21 : 877468|
|HAGGATE. Cross roads||OL21 : 872352|
|HOLME CHAPEL. Bus stop near Ram Inn.||OL21 : 875286|
|BARROWFORD. (Tuesday evening runs) Opposite the White Bear Pub, Gisburn Road||OL21 : 858394|
|BARROWFORD HERITAGE CENTRE. Meet in the carpark on the opposite side of the road||OL21 : 853398|
Some of our destinations might seem a bit obscure(!) but the lunch stop gives you a general idea of where the ride is going. Some of the rides might include a short section of "track" (off road), which are generally walked unless easily cycleable. There is usually a tarmac alternative for those who don't like tracks! Some rides are car assisted to enable us to visit new areas.
To find out more about our ride destinations, see our 'Rides List' on this website, which can be downloaded and printed off. The information is also published each week in the 'Over the Hills' and 'Hill and Dale' sections of the local weekly papers, giving details of that weekends' rides.
For all rides , a basic tool kit and spare inner tubes should be carried.
CHALLENGE RIDES, SPORTIVES & AUDAX EVENTS.
Anyone interested in these type of rides, should visit the National CTC site www.ctc.org.uk and follow the links to Activities & Events, CTC Competitions, and then CTC Tourist Competition. Here there are listings of events being put on by local CTC member groups throughout the country.