We have a long and illustrious history, founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club and subsequently re-named the Cyclists' Touring Club and now as Cycling UK, we are the forerunners of a worldwide network of cycling, motoring and tourism organisations, many of whom based their services on us.
CTC members at the end of the 19th century
CTC members at the end of the 19th century

1878 - 2016

The organisation has its origins in the early days of cycling when the bicycle opened up new horizons for independent travel. The Cyclists' Touring Club set out to identify suitable hostelries for its members and include them in members’ guides and handbooks. Occasionally you will spot a round plaque on the wall of older hotels showing the Cyclists' Touring Club emblem of a winged wheel, indicating a long tradition of welcoming cyclists.

In 1936, the Cyclists' Touring Club created a first cycling proficiency scheme in response to increasing cyclists’ casualties at the time. This was adopted as a national programme run by RoSPA in 1948 and has been in use almost ever since. Today, Cycling UK is at the forefront of a next generation of cycle training and Bikeability.


Who was Jeanie Welford?
Portrait of Jeanie Welford
Cycling UK welcomed Jeanie Welford, the first female member, in 1880. The club, then known as the Bicycle Touring Club, was one of the first cycling organisations to accept women as full members....
Happy Birthday Cycling UK: Celebrating 138 years of cycling history
Cyclists' Touring Club in history books
On the anniversary of the first meeting in August 1878, Cycling UK's historian Sheila Hanlon looks back at the early history of 'The Bicycle Touring Club' and explains how it became...
Winged Wheels restored to former glory on The Squirrel and The Wirral
Winged Wheel on Squirrel Inn, Wellington
Two magnificent Winged Wheel signs have been restored to their former glory and unveiled for public view – one on The Squirrel, the other on The Wirral. Cycling UK’s Communications and Media Officer...

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The Cyclists Touring Club Gazette, October 1899
Cycling UK's rich and vibrant history spans over a 130 years. The timeline charts the evolution from the Bicycle Touring Club of 1878 to today's national cycling charity.
  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.

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