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
1-1 New Year Ride WBS 09:30 Packed Lunch   Short
8-1 The Tramway (Preston to Johnson's Hillock Locks) BR 09:30 The Village Tearoom - Wheelton   Medium
15-1 Hodder Valley WBS 09:30 Old Vicarage - Tosside   Short
22-1 Scorton WBS 09:30 Daisy Clough - Scorton   Medium
29-1 Wrea Green/Lytham RCP 09:30 Roots Café - Blackleach   Medium
5-2 Paythorne WBS 09:30 Gardenmakers - Wigglesworth   Short
12-2 Catrigg Force WBS 09:30 Singing Kettle - Settle   Medium
19-2 Crook o' Lune RCP 09:30 Jo-N-Lees Café - Hest Bank   Medium
26-2 Black Bank (via Rome & Wham) WBS 09:30 Elaine's Tea Room - Feizor   Medium
5-3 Little Bowland (Joint with Burnley & Pendle CTC) WBS 09:30 Brabin's Shop & Gallery - Chipping Joint Ride Short
12-3 St Michaels on Wyre RCP 09:30 Light Ash - Bilsborrow   Medium
19-3 Gormley Statues ("Another Place") Crosby\n Mothering Sunday Croston 09:30 Crosby Meet on lane to Velo Café\nOS Sheet 108 GR 485192 Medium
26-3 Knott End Ferry and Blackpool (British Summer Time starts) RCP 09:30 Knott End Café BST starts Long
2-4 Pendle Lanes WBS 09:30 Clarion House Introductory Ride Short
9-4 Littledale WBS 09:00 Bridge House Farm - Wray   Long
16-4 Calder Vale (the bluebell woods) RCP 09:00 Daisy Clough - Scorton   Medium
23-4 Eden Valley (car assisted) Askham 09:00 Packed Lunch (car assisted) Medium
30-4 Norber Erratics WBS 09:00 Inglesport - Ingleton   Long
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.

2022 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!


12th My First Fifty Years of Cycling Steve Fleming
19th The Club Boundary Anne & Tony Stott
26th Across the Roof of the World, part1 Bernard Smith
2nd Video Clips Members Contributions
9th Going Dutch Again Sarah & Carl Helliwell
16th A Night with Joe & Jimmy  
23rd Shuttleworth Cave Peter Monk
2nd Tandem Touring in Twenty Twenty Two\n – from the Trent to Turnberry via Tecklenbrug Sue & Stew Clark
9th Richard John’s Amazing Quiz Night  
16th Picos de Europa John Cowburn
23rd Presentation Night  
30th That’s Norway Ian Stott.


Thursday 12th January* Club room opens
Thursday 23rd March* Prize Presentation Night
Wednesday 5th April* A.G.M. and the Club Room closes for summer
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 2021 Super Tourist Competition.

2021 Super Tourist Competition Current Standings

Every year the club holds several rides and competitions. As well as the individual competitions there is an overall Supertourist competition which awards a trophy to the competitor who has been most consistent in the individual events. The current standings in the Supertourist competition are:

Pos Name Pts for 50 Pts for 100k Pts for 100m Pts for 200k Pts for GS Pts for FWC Pts for TH Pts for SSC Pts for TC Pts for HC Pts for PHC Pts for DIC Total

Key to Events:

Abbreviation Event
50 50 miles or 50km within 5 hours Standard Ride
100k 100 km within X hours Standard Ride
100m 100 miles within 9 hours Standard Ride
200k 200km within 12 hours Standard Ride
GS Grand Slam (All 4 Standard Rides Completed)
FWC Freewheel Competition
TH Treasure Hunt
BC Beard Cup Event - compete and / or just ride out to support
SSC Superstars Competition
TC Tourist Competition
HC Club Hill Climb
PHC Photographic Competition (3 pictures mounted on card, with caption, one picture must have a bike on)
DIC Digital Image Competition


Last update: Wednesday 28th December 2022