Welcome to Burnley and Pendle Cycling Touring Club website. New riders will be made very welcome on all of our rides. Whether you are taking up cycling for the first time or returning to it we adjust the pace of our rides to suit the slowest rider and no one is left behind on our rides. We are a friendly cycling club, offering you a chance to explore the quiet lanes around the Pendle area, the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland with like minded people. Every weekend we offer a choice of rides seeking out quiet country lanes with stops to socialise in cafes and village tearooms. There is also a midweek ride/social on Tuesday evening. Details of all our rides and other activities can be found on the 'Rides List' which we produce quarterly and can be downloaded from this website - but also see below for details of rides coming up in the next few weeks.
The Club is part of CTC, the UK's national cyclists organisation. See www.ctc.org.uk. Whilst we would always encourage children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, we can take unaccompanied children on our rides from the age of 13 with a completed parental consent form.
We were saddened to hear that John Herbert, a regular rider with us for a number of years until his diagnosis of Motor Neuron's Decease, passed away this morning Wednesday 01st July 2015. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to John's family and friends. He will be sadly missed.
Forthcoming Rides – June/July 2015
Wednesday 1st July Bridleway ride to Clapham Bottoms. Lunch Feizor. Meet Langroyd (drive to Clapham) 9.00am. Leader David Tinker(774828)
Saturday 4th July. Extra short ride for Beginners. Destination Gargrave. Meet Langroyd 10:00am. All welcome. 15 to 20 miles on quiet lanes. Coffee stop half way. Any roadworthy bike is OK. Bring waterproof jacket and spare innertube. Leader : Harry Taylor (695728)
Sunday 5th July. Short ride to Grisdale. Lunch Garstang. Meet Springwood Carpark 9:00am. Leader : Mark Clegg
Sunday 5th July. Long ride to Trough of Bowland. Lunch Garstang. Meet Read 8:30am. Leader : John Ramsden (712185)
Sunday 12th July. Short ride to Grass Wood. Lunch Grassington. Meet Langroyd 9:30am. Leader : Ian Lowcock (812842)
Sunday 12th July. Long ride to Halton Gill. Lunch Grassington. Meet Langroyd 8:30am.
Sunday 19th July. Short ride to Stocks Reservoir. Lunch Slaidburn. Meet Higherford 9:30am. Leader : Judith Carter
Sunday 19th July.Medium ride to Tosside. Lunch Tosside. Meet Higherford 9:00am. Leader : Harry Taylor (695728)
Our Rides Explained – the information below is for general guidance
Extra Short Beginners Rides : 15 -20 miles on quiet lanes suitable for new riders - cafe stop half way!
Short/Social Rides : 35 - 45 Miles : Average speed 9 to 10 mph. At least one cafe stop.
Medium Rides : 50 – 55 miles : Average speed 10 to 12 mph. At least one cafe stop.
Long Rides : 60+ miles : Average speed 11 to 13 mph. At least one cafe stop.
Events for your Diary
24th to 26th July - Club w/e to Hawes in Wensleydale. Camping, B and B and YHA options - contact Jim Duerden (01282 453061.)
17th or 18th to 20th September - Club weekend to Dumfries area. Based at Barnsoul Caravan Park, Shawhead, Dumfries. (www.barnsoulcaravanpark.co.uk Tel : 01557 814351.) Accommodation - Touring Caravan field, Camping, Little Lodges and Pods all on one lovely site. Early booking needed for Little Lodges and Pods - these having raised sleeping areas, fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave. There is also a camp kitchen on site. Ring Harry Taylor 01282 695728 for more info but book asap.
22nd October - Bowling Night - details to follow
4th November - AGM - details to follow
16th November - Slide Night - details to follow
Burnley and Pendle CTC Club Clothing.
Welcome to Your Club Shop! To access the exclusive Burnley and Pendle CTC Online Club Shop, please go to www.yourclubshop.co.uk and enter the following unique password in the club password box: BPCTC1179
Please visit the website to view the range of items that are available.
Lancashire Police Warning.
Lancashire Police have contacted us to ask that we make our members aware that there has been a dramatic rise in the number of thefts of quality bicycles in our region, with 63 cycles priced over £1000 each stolen in a ten week period! Many of these incidents appeared to be targeted thefts, going to some lengths to achieve their aim because they know the bikes are there, which sugguests intelligence gathering. It may be that the victim has been seen regularly coming and going from home by bike, but what other tell-tale signs are we unwittingly showing thieves? Garage doors left open with bikes on view, cycle racks left on a vehicle in the drive. the use of GPS applications that map a ride or route repeatedly showing where the ride started and finished at home, then loaded onto social media for others to view, can advertise the fact that expensive cycles are located within. the statistics show that the security often does not match the technology of the machine. Many, but not all, have been stolen from sheds and garages with poor standards of locks and alarms.
The Police are asking us to review our cycle security arrangements.
- Always make sure your bike is locked even if you are only going to be away from it for a short time.
- Use a good quality lock. The police recommend a solid steel D-shaped shackle lock which can be bought from any good bike shop.
- When out, lock your bike to something solid like a lamp-post or railings, preferably in a public area.
- If you have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel.
- Remove all detachable accessories, such as lights, pumps, panniers and quick release saddles.
- Mark your postcode on the frame with a UV pen.
- Think about taking out insurance cover for your bike.
- Register your bike FREE at www.bikeregister.com the onlypolice approved cycle database. (Further tamper proof security markings can be purchased during registration for under £25)
- Alternatively ther is datatag which is a bit more expensive but state-of-the-art system of marking cycles wothout damagingexpensive frames, forks and wheels. The system involves UV etching that is not visible and gives your bike a unique fingerprint. Component parts can also be marked. For more information go to www.datatag.co.uk/bicycles.php.
If you would like to be kept abreast on policing issues in our area you can sign up to www.lancashire.police.uk/intheknow. to get info about bike related issues just tick that you work in a bike shop.
On 18th December 2014 Burnley and Padiham Police added that a number of people had reported finding chalk marks on their properties, front & rear gates, walls etc. It has been established that each of the chalk marked properties owned expensive bikes. The Police are concerned that the marks are put there to identify properties to be targeted later, although this has not been confirmed. Please be aware of this type of crime and review your security if necessary.