CTC Frome members
CTC Frome members have plenty to smile about after celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary

Going Frome strength to strength on 40th birthday

CTC Frome celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special birthday ride which retraced the route of the club’s very first outing in 1977.

The club was started by devoted local cyclist Paul Truscott, who remains Frome’s Life President and is still an active member.

The Somerset club’s first-ever ride was held on 8 January four decades ago, ending up at Avoncliff, and every Sunday morning since a group of members has ridden out from Frome in all weathers, exploring quiet lanes and frequenting many cafes in the area.

On 8 January this year, CTC Frome celebrated its 40th anniversary with 12 members cycling the same route to Avoncliff.

The winter weather was kind – no rain or frost – and nobody had a puncture, so the fates were clearly smiling on the occasion. The tea stop was at Merkins Farm near Bradford on Avon, with the CTC element of Frome’s title living up to its nickname– the Coffee and Tea-Cake Club!

Club Chairman Richard Hounsell said: “We are all very grateful to Paul Truscott for his dedication to CTC Frome for 40 years.

“Cycling is now very popular and our membership is at an all-time high, but 20 years ago the club could easily have folded and it is thanks to Paul that he kept it going through those difficult times and we are seeing the benefit of his vision all those years ago.”

The club meets at 9.00am every Sunday at the Cheese and Grain for a 30-35 mile cycle ride with an average pace 10-13mph, and new members are always welcome.

In 2015, Frome riders went on a tour of the Mosel Valley in Germany, and this year 16 members are going to the Alps to tackle some of the classic Tour de France mountain climbs.

 

Tony Upfold