West Yorkshire CTC
Leeds Area

Page updated - 20th November 2014

Forthcoming Sunday rides

Leeds Cycling Campaign
Sunday 23rd November: Ilkley, meet 9:00 at Roundhay Park (car park opposite tennis courts) (about 40 miles).
Calderdale CTC
Sunday 23rd November: Uppermill, meet 9:00 at King Cross (about 50 miles).
Otley CC
Sunday 23rd November: A-section Airton, Intermediates Tadcaster, B-Section Skipton & Grassington or Burnsall, Social Series Addingham or Bolton Abbey, meet 9:00 Otley Buttercross.

A memorial service was held at Christchurch, Helme, near Meltham on 19th November to celebrate the life of John Radford. A packed church, dominated by the colours of Huddersfield CTC, VC167 and many other CTC groups and local clubs, heard memories from Ken Roberts of Huddersfield CTC, John's wife Pat and others, of the very full life and sterling service to cycling of this colourful character, dedicated cyclist and a good friend to so many of us.

West Yorkshire CTC Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, November 2nd 2014. All serving officers were re-elected, and the meeting had an informal discussion about the future administration and structure of the group. The desire to reduce administrative work, possibly by closing or merging, needed to be balanced with the increasing need for co-operation across West Yorkshire on rights and campaigning matters, since funding and decisions were becoming increasingly regionally based. The incoming committee have been asked to bring forward proposals to next year's AGM, but in the meantime all views are welcome; if you'd like to contribute, you can e-mail chris.boulton 'at' leedsctc.org.uk. None of this should be allowed to adversely affect CTC's work locally, and any opportunities for co-operation with other CTC and campaigning groups will be taken up.

Work on the towpath of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, under the 'CityConnect' project, is now under way, starting from Kirkstall and moving westwards. This will involve towpath closures, and dates for these can be found on the CityConnect website. Diversions are planned (though there may be a delay on the first section). If you're planning to use the towpath, do therefore check beforehand.

...and just a reminder that the nights are drawing in; if you're on a ride, it's wise to take lights etc. While few groups plan to ride in the dark, delays can occur, and in any case lights may be prudent in poor visibility, so much more likely at this time of year.

West Yorkshire CTC is a member group of CTC, the national cycling charity. Through individual member groups and other organisers in the area, we run a programme of events from spring to autumn, from social events to some of the most challenging Audax events in the country.

Within West Yorkshire, Calderdale CTC provides a full programme of rides and social events for members in that area, centred on Halifax.

In Leeds, the Leeds Cycling Campaign - an affiliated club of CTC - not only campaigns to make Leeds a better place to cycle, but also organises rides at a variety of levels, from short rides on a Saturday morning for beginners or those returning to cycling, through an intermediate group providing day rides of 30-40 miles, to a group making longer excursions, occasionally in the summer quite challenging rides. If you're in or near Leeds, and looking for a more social aspect to your cycling, we recommend joining LCC. Not only will your modest fee put you in touch with people, rides and activities locally, but help to campaign on behalf of cyclists in the city for better cycling facilities.

You can find details of the rides programmes, and the organisations which provide them, by following the links on this website.