Cycling UK Bedfordshire
Cycling UK Bedfordshire group (formerly Bedfordshire CTC) was formed in 1926 and organises weekend social rides for cyclists of all ages and abilities. We are a friendly and welcoming group who explore the wonderful countryside in North and Mid Bedfordshire. We are not a competitive race group so if your cycle is road worthy you are very welcome to join one of our rides.
All rides start from Bedford Park Lake and are led by an experienced Leader who ensures no one is left behind. Most routes that we take keep you away from busy, fast roads, although you may cross them or ride very short lengths where it is safe to do so. If you have not ridden in a group before, other riders will help you throughout the ride so that you soon feel comfortable with riding with others. We are not a race group and we ride safely showing respect to all road users.
Reflecting the ethos of the Group, all rides take a break around half distance. This usually at a cafe, coffee shop or Garden Centre for a well-earned cake and good conversation. If you are unable to meet at the park you are welcome to meet there. Details are on the rides programme.
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Information about the group rides
On Saturdays we offer our Club Rides. These are reasonably paced rides over an approximate distance of 25 miles. The usual start time is 9.30am from Bedford Park East gate returning around noon. These are excellent rides for new or inexperienced riders who may be feel a little apprehensive about riding in a group or more experienced riders looking for a ride with good company and chat.
The Sunday Classic rides are ridden at a slightly faster pace and for a longer distance than the Club rides, covering some 30+ miles. The Thursday rides are also longer rides and may be 40+ miles. They are for people who ride on a regular basis or those riders who may have ridden with the Saturday group and feel confident to increase distance and take on a more challenging route.
These longer rides are definitely not a race, so if you enjoy cycling and are confident, you are welcome to join us. The usual start time is 9am from Bedford Park East Gate, but the start time and place does vary so please check the web site, returning around 2pm (and later for the 40+miles rides).
The Start for Saturday rides is the Eastern end of Bedford Park Lake. If you enter the Park via the Park Road/St Augustine’s entrance and turn right, we meet by the Children’s Play Area.
Sunday and Thursday rides may also start here but do check, as some rides may start at different locations and times! It is best to check the rides programme as this is regularly updated and gives full details of the planned rides.
During the summer months, we may have a number of additional rides and occasionally a Car Assisted Ride when we take our bikes out of the County and ride new routes.
Always check the LATEST RIDES PROGRAMME on this web site (see above).