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New Facebook group for our Penzance Cycle Group

Check out our new Penzance Cycle Group facebook page for details of forthcoming rides and reports of our West Cornwall outings.  Next ride is Sunday 28th January, 2018.  Approximately 20 miles in total – to Porthleven – but Andy designs each ride according to those present so distance and destination will depend on group members and weather – with cafe stop.

Penzance Cycle Group

Meet 10 am Lands End Cycle Hire, The Old Sail Loft, Longrock, Penzance TR20 9TT. Parking, coffees and loos at Jordan’s Cafe, Station Carpark, Marazion TR17 0AA. Further information from Andy 07811 284 502.  Hope you can join us!

Liskeard Velo Sunday Rides – January and February 2018

Meet 9.00am on The Parade, Liskeard (PL14 6AW)  unless indicated* otherwise

Club info: David 01579 347430    Facebook: Liskeard Velo

General ride info

(approx max. distance)

Morning Café stop Leader


 Pensilva, St Germans & Seaton

 (40 miles) 



PL14 5PJ


01579 347430

07718 483875



 Lostwithiel & Looe

(40 miles)


 Duchy of Cornwall Nursery,


 PL22 0HW


01579 347973

07967 204497



  Bodmin, Fowey & Looe 

  (45 miles)

 Wetherspoon Chapel,


 PL31 2HR


01579 347430

07718 483875



 Whitsand Bay & Rame

 (40 miles)

Cliff Top Cafe,


 PL10 1JH


01579 347973

07967 204497


Please also note:
Liskeard Wednesday Pub Run:
meet 6.30pm on The Parade.

Liskeard Ladies Cycle Group: Normally first Saturday of the month.  Meet 9 am on The Parade, Liskeard PL14 6AW.

Info: Ann 01579 347430 or Facebook Liskeard Ladies Cycle Group

Liskeard Easy Riders: Returnee Mens group. Last Saturday of the month. Meet 9.00am on The Parade, Liskeard PL14 6AW. Info: Dave 07906 165337 or Facebook Liskeard Easy Riders

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Cornwall cyclists!

Time to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2018 – with all the cycle adventures you hope for.

We hope you can join us for our family seasonal ride along the Camel Trail to Padstow.   All welcome – and all ages.  Meet 10 am Saturday 30th December, Borough Arms car park, Dunmere (PL31 2RD).  Cafe stop en route at Wadebridge Co-op, PL27 7DA.  At Padstow, we normally have a bit of a walk  around the harbour and have lunch before cycling back.

Ride is approximately 11 miles each way – but obviously, if this is too far, it is possible to cycle back from the coffee stop. Hybrid or mountain bikes are probably most suitable for the Camel Trail but road bikes OK too.

Further info from ride leader, David:  07718 483875

We hope to see you there!


Could the Penzance Group be the one for you?

If you enjoy cycling but are not so keen on being part of a road cycling training group where the aim is to build speed and endurance,  the Penzance Group may well be for you.  As a sub-group of Cornwall CTC (and part of Cycling UK) the aim will be to explore the local countryside at a pace which is comfortable for all participants.  This is why Andy will shape the ride to suit those who join him on a Sunday – if 10 miles is your maximum, he will accommodate that.  Equally,  if you are happy to spend longer out on the ride, he will make sure you get a good ride. The social side is important too and it should be possible to chat with your fellow cyclists both on the ride and at the cafe stop.

The next ride of our CTC Cornwall Penzance Group  is on Sunday 3rd December, 2017.  Meet 10 am, Lands End Cycle Hire, Loder Sail Loft, Long Rock, TR20 9TT. Parking and loos at Jordan’s Cafe, Station Carpark, Marazion TR17 0AA – about 100 m from Lands End Cycle Hire – grab a coffee before the ride!  Further info from ride leader:  Andy 07811 284502.

Product Review – Lightweight showerproof cycle jacket

OPTIMUM NITEBRITE CYCLE RAIN JACKET (£12.59-£22.59 depending on size)  from Amazon

With my trusty Women’s Featherlite (hand-me-down from my son) finally giving up the ghost, I had to decide either not to cycle in the rain or to find something to replace it.  I was looking for something that would keep me warm and dry, be breathable AND ALSO fold small enough to go into a pocket or into a cross bar bag.  This model had good reviews and was a great price (£12.59 for size S) – it wasn’t available in hi viz for women but quite a lot of my gear is intended for men. I therefore purchased the men’s S (small) which seems fine on me and I would normally wear a 10-12 in women’s clothing.















Having worn the jacket three times now in showers, rain and quite strong winds I have been very pleased with how it feels – lightweight (it has a breathable lining) and warm.  It also has three pockets across the back including one with a zip.  It doesn’t fold quite as small as my old Featherlite (because of the lining) but would go into a cycle jersey pocket.  I roll mine up, pop it into a small stuff sac and attach it under my tool bag with Velcro (large reel of 1 cm wide Velcro avail for approx £5 from Amazon and very useful for all things to do with the bicycle!).

The only drawback I can find is that the sleeve lining will poke out of the arm holes unless you hold it in place when you put the jacket on.