Last update 23rd March

News and ride reviews: Windy and muddy on the road to Yatton Keynell on 23rd March. 

Worcester and Malvern CTC ride - Tuesday 4 April: Ex-BTOTC rider Dave Woodward is leading a ride from Clive’s Fruit Farm near Upton Upon Severn at 10.45am, with lunch at Newent at about 1.00pm, and returning to Clive’s for a ride totalling about 40 miles. If you're interested in being there, email him at

Last chance to sign up for Exercise Blood Pressure Study at Bristol Uni: They stop testing people at the end of March. If your blood pressure remains high despite taking medication (above 140/90), or have high blood pressure but not take any medications, between the ages of 50-75, Bristol Uni wants you.

Touch here to see a high-level summary, and here to see detailed information for those participating. For more info, or to volunteer, email Benjamin Chant on or call him on 0117 342 1513. To read an account of Don Ford's experience on the study click here.

BTOTC's Facebook page is here. Contact Andy Short at to join.

Leisure cycling among retirees:You'll remember Joe Scalley (student at Bristol Uni) was with us a while ago asking questions. His dissertation has been published and you can see it here.

Fancy seeing a solar eclipse? Andy Short and Phil Warry are planning to visit Idaho for the 2017 total solar eclipse. The next opportunity is 21st August 2017, in a band right across the States. We plan to fly direct to Salt Lake City, hire a camper van and bikes, then clear off to Yellowstone and other wild areas for day rides over a 2-3 week period. Idaho looks to give the best chance of clear sky for the eclipse.

Anyone interested in joining us? We haven't any firm plans yet except travelling over. If you're interested, email Andy at

Give us your best shot. Dont forget to share your adventures and pictures with your BTOTC colleagues. See Bill or Pete for advice. Have a look in photo gallery/best shot now.

If you have any comments or ideas for content please let me know when I see you next.

Bill Balchin.

As the name suggests, we are a group of mostly (but not all) retired men and women with a shared passion for cycling. Click on the "What we do" button for where we go, how we do it and how it all started.

Contact Pete Campbell on 07896 357 335 for more information.