Blackburn and District C.T.C.

Cycling UK Member Group

Blackburn and District C.T.C.

Hello & welcome to the web page for the Blackburn & District CTC Member Group. Below you will find information about our cycling group, the club rides & other social events that we have planned in the coming weeks. If you would like to obtain more information then please feel free to send us an email using the link below.  

Our activities 
Leisure/Touring rides
About us 

We are a friendly diverse club with active members ranging from family members with accompanying young children to riders in their 80s. We take part in many of the various disciplines of cycling including cycle-touring, cycle racing (time-trialling, road racing, track racing on the velodrome), cycle commuting and also mountain biking. Several of our members have undertaken some very broad ranging cycle tours covering all continents, some taking more than a year to complete. Our enthusiasm for the many aspects of the sport of cycling has also contributed to several of our members becoming extremely fit and winning cycle racing medals at National level in recent years.

Given our rides programme, our social programme and our depth of experience of the sport of cycling we have a great deal to offer to any prospective new members. Sunday club rides are always relaxed and sociable and new members are always given a very warm welcome, plus plenty of support and encouragement. In addition to our Sunday rides programme, several of our members also run other ad-hoc rides of varying intensity levels throughout each week, which are generally organised on club runs or by email or text message.

Our membership area is defined by the postcodes BB1 - BB7 inclusive, and by the towns of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley (Mellor, Langho, Billington, Whalley and Clitheroe). Cycling UK members outside of this area are still eligible to ride with us. We usually cycle beyond this area, on Sundays, to the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennine Moors or to the Lancashire Coast.

Information about the group rides 

Our main ride of the week is the Sunday club ride. The club has operated a club ride on almost every Sunday for the whole of its 90 year history. In addition to the Sunday rides there are ad-hoc midweek and Saturday morning rides run by members, but these are usually organised at the clubroom or on the Sunday club ride. The schedule of upcoming Sunday rides is:

Date Destination Meet Start time Lunch Notes Approx Distance
7-5 Ginney Hey WBS 09:00 Brabin's Shop & Gallery - Chipping Introductory Ride Short
14-5 Cam Houses WBS 09:00 Packed Lunch   Long
21-5 Lanes of South Cumbria (car assisted) Crooklands 09:00 Kirkby Lonsdale (car assisted)\nOS sheet 97 GR 538827 Medium
28-5 Wainman's Pinnacle WBS 09:00     Long
4-6 Tosside WBS 09:00 The Old Vicarage - Tosside Introductory Ride Short
11-6 100 Miles in 9 Hours Standard Ride* RCP 08:00 Packed Lunch Supertourist Event Long
18-6 Barden Moor WBS 09:00 Burnsall   Long
25-6 Ashurst Beacon BR 09:00 Parbold   Medium
2-7 100 kms within 7 hours (Halton Gill)* GVH 08:30 Singing Kettle - Settle Centenary Ride* Long
2-7 A 100 minute ride (15 miles)* GVH 13:00   Centenary Ride* Short


Please note that the start times shown above are the departure times from the meeting point, so you should aim to arrive there in advance of the stated time.

Introduction to group riding. The first Sunday of the month rides, until October, will be approximately 4 hours and will include a cafe stop.

Meeting Places

The meeting places used for clubruns are:


Abbreviation Meeting Place
BR Brownhill Roundabout
GVH Grindleton Village Hall
RCP Ribchester Car Park
WBS Whalley Bus Station, Whalley

Monday Touring Rides

The meeting place for these runs is Wilpshire train station at 9:15am for a 9:30am departure. All welcome. Further information is available from Steve Gregson on either 01254 812458 or 01268 542835.

2023 Social Programme

The Clubroom is located at Methodist Church, Albert Street, Rishton, BB1 4JE and club night is Thursdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The clubroom has a full social programme including digital presentation evenings and quiz / competition nights. The clubroom is the best way to get to meet club members and to gain information about required equipment and required fitness levels before attempting club rides. So please give it a try!



Thursday 11th May 2-up Team Time Trial, L105 (Anne Stott)
Sunday 11th June* 100 miles within 9 hours (Chris Fitzer & John Cowburn)
Wednesday 21st June Spoco, Bashall Eaves (Richard John)
Sunday 2nd July* Centenary Celebration Day Grindleton Village Hall\nwith 100 kms & 100 min, Centenary Rides. (Tony & Anne Stott)
Thursday 28th September* Club Room opens
Sunday 15th October* 50 Miles or 50 kms within 5 Hours (Tony Stott)
Thursday 5th November Closing Date for Club Magazine Articles

* => Event counts towards the 2023 Super Tourist Competition.

2023 Super Tourist Competition

This year, the Supertourist Competition will have some added categories. There will be the usual points for riding the 100 miles event on the 11th July (100 pts), and for the 50 miles and 50 kms event on the 15th October (50 pts). For the Freewheel, Hill Climb, Superstars, and both Photographic Competitions, there will be 200 points for 1st, 150 points for 2nd, 100 points for 3rd and 50 points for all other entrants. 100 points will be awarded for riding any of the special Centenary events at Grindleton on the 2nd July. In addition to all these, 10 points will be awarded for every successful answer in “the Blackburn Hundred Quest” – generating a maximum of 1000 points for the entire event. Also, 10 points will be awarded for each and every attendance at the club room during 2023. Come on, everybody! Let’s make this a year to remember!

Pos Name Pts for CRA Pts for CQ Pts for 100m Pts for 100R Pts for HC Pts for FWC Pts for SSC Pts for TC Pts for PHC Pts for DIC Total

Key to Events:

Abbreviation Event
CRA Club room attendance. 10 points per evening. Minimum 5 evenings to count
CQ Centenary Quest. 10 points per correct answer
100m 100 miles within 9 hours Standard Ride
100R Ride with us on July 2nd 2023
HC Club Hill Climb
FWC Freewheel Competition
SSC Superstars Competition
TC Tourist Competition
PHC Photographic Competition (3 pictures mounted on card, with caption, one picture must have a bike on)
DIC Digital Image Competition


Last update: 30-4-23