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.

Liskeard Velo Rides November and December 2017



Meet 9.00am on The Parade unless indicated* otherwise                                                            Club info: David 01579 34745                                                                                                        Facebook: Liskeard Velo                                                                                                                      Website: 

  General ride info

(approx max. distance)

Morning Café stop   Leader


 “Rosie Jolly”            (30 miles)

  Heligan, Caerhays & Mevagissey    

*Car-assist – from St Austell

meet ATS carpark, PL25 5NE  at 10am

 Heligan Gardens

 PL26 6EN


01726 67521



 Kit Hill and Luckett   Louis Cafe,

Kit Hill

PL17 8AX


01579 347973

07967 204497



Ed’s Mince Pie audax    (30 miles)

 Audax UK event

*Car-assist – meet Carharrack,

nr Redruth before 10am

Audax UK event Entry close date

 27 Nov



Liskeard Velo Xmas ride & lunch

 Lunch is pre-booked but you are welcome to join the ride


Cheesewring Hotel, Minions


01579 347430

07718 483875



 Callington & Cotehele Quay

 (35 miles)

 Engine House,


 PL17 8EA


01579 347430

07718 483875




 Camel trail Festive Family ride

*Car-assist – meet Borough Arms,

 Dunmere, Bodmin PL31 2RD



 PL27 7DA


01579 347430

07718 483875


Liskeard Wednesday Pub Run: meet 6.30pm on The Parade.                                                  Liskeard Ladies Cycle Group: Normally 1st Saturday of the month.                                        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. Info: Dave 07906 165337

Feedback from CTC Cornwall AGM

A big thank you to members who either fed into this year’s AGM or were able to attend in person.  It was a great day and very useful meeting, made very comfortable by the generosity of The Duchy of Cornwall Nurseries, who provided both a lovely warm meeting room and a wonderful array of cakes as well as tea and coffee.












In his annual report, our club Secretary, David Byfield, reported that CTC Cornwall now comprised 445 members; that the club had used its website and facebook pages to promote the fact that it was now a member of Cycling UK; that two new local groups had been formed during the year – one in Penzance; and one for men returning to








cycling (the Liskeard Easy Rider Group).  Both were doing well and the plan was to start a St. Austell group too some time in the spring – and also agreed that members would be notified when a ride was starting, or coming close to their area for a cafe stop.

The year had been successful in terms of events – a great family Christmas ride along the Camel Trail; a camping week end in Bude; and the third annual ‘long’ ride to Clovelly.  It was planned to repeat these events in 2018, giving members plenty of notice of the dates, and also to run spring trips to France, one for women and one for men.

Members voted unanimously to carry a motion to retain the name Cornwall CTC  for another year but to continue to make it clear that the club was part of Cycling UK and review again in 2018.

With the Treasurer being unwell, it was not possible to approve the annual accounts but members approved the financial report given by David including noting a bank balance of £1348 and arrangements were confirmed for ensuring the audited accounts were completed and submitted to Cycling UK.

Finally, it was brought to members’ attention that members were entitled to 10% discount on Halfords cycle goods (including their offers);  it was also agreed that committee members would post photos of themselves both in cycle gear and looking more normal without cycle helmet(!); and it was agreed that when we promote rides we also publish the post code of the cafes.

Following the meeting, some of the group were able to cycle down the hill to Lostwithiel for a delightful pub lunch at The Royal Oak, followed by a ten mile ride round the lanes and back to Duchy Nurseries.    Our thanks to David Byfield for organising a truly satisfying day.