Oldham and Tameside CTC
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Who we are and what we do

Oldham and Tameside CTC is a small group of enthusiastic cyclists, who every Sunday,
rain or shine enjoy a full day\'s cycling in the varied countryside that surrounds
them. Complementary to the Sunday club run is the occasional summer bank holiday
weekend, either spent Youth Hostelling or under canvas. Every year at Easter the
club goes on tour for a cycling holiday which usually lasts for up to six days. Past
tours have been in all parts of the UK and sometimes to Europe.
Although based in Oldham, currently we draw most of our active members from the 
Tameside area.

Oldham and Tameside CTC and Oldham Century Road Club

Many members of Oldham and Tameside CTC are also members of Oldham Century Road Club 
which caters for the time trial and road racing disciplines of cycling.
Ad-hoc mountain bike runs are also organised to suit members needs. Oldham Century RC 
co-exists alongside Oldham and Tameside CTC to offer members every outlet for their 
cycling activities. 

A selection of the maps we use on rides

Where we go

It is no surprise to state that the home patch on the eastern side of Manchester
is somewhat hilly. After all we are really perched on the western Pennines looking
out over the Cheshire plain. To the south is the Peak District, the east the Pennine
Hills and Yorkshire. The Cheshire lanes are to our south-west and to the north we
have the Lancashire Pennine country and the Yorkshire Dales. In a nutshell we have
some of the best cycling country all within a days ride. Every advantage is taken
to see all that surrounds us by covering all points of the compass. We thrive on
a diverse menu as we ring the changes. You will therefore find us anywhere within
a 40 mile radius of our start point, on any Sunday of the year. We usually spend
a full day out which means a rough average of 6 hours are spent cycling. It is no
secret that our group often use "rough stuff" routes, off road, for part of the way
to travelling to our destinations. A walk along a footpath or route via a bridleway
or canal towpath often makes a welcome change away from traffic. Most of our routes
follow quiet "B" roads anywhere from the Derbyshire Dales to the wild moors of West
Yorkshire or the leafy lanes of Cheshire.
High energy food if you run out of steam

Food and Drink on the journey

Most regular cyclists tend to be somewhat slimmer than average and there is good 
reason for this characteristic. Cycling is excellent exercise and uses up a lot
of energy when maintained for a full days riding. Calories fly out of the window
at an alarming rate, consequently it is not surprising that cyclists tend to be somewhat
hungry when they stop for meals. Cafe stops at mid-morning for a drink as well as
lunchtime stops for a full meal are the norm. A mid-afternoon stop is also routine
practice. Most riders will carry emergency food just in case they run out of energy
on the road. A banana or a Mars bar is good insurance. A water bottle carried on
your bike filled with plain tap water is essential to top you up and stop you becoming
de-hydrated.
Some essential items to get you home

How reliable is your bike?

A reliable bike of a size that fits you comfortably is all that is required for you
to complete any cycling day out with us. Mastery of basic cycle mechanics is a great
asset to ensure your peace of mind. Testing and adjusting brakes is top of the list
and mending a puncture is not far behind. Every rider is expected to be self sufficient
but your fellow riders would never see you stuck and will always help you out. It
is essential that if you join us on a winter ride that your bike is provided with
a good set of lights. Modern LED lights are cheap and easily fitted so there is no
excuse for not having them. The best of maintained bikes can come to a halt with
a puncture or other mechanical failure so it is esential that you carry a spare inner
tube, a puncture repair outfit and a few well chosen tools to fix the problem and
get you home. A tiny bottle of light cycle oil and a tiny pot of hand cleaner could
make the world of difference to your bike and then to you! Spare brake and gear cables
are well worth carrying.
Winter weather demands warm,windproof and waterproof kit

Clothes for the job in hand

Warm summer weather will see everyone in shorts and lightweight clothing but clothing
to meet the vagaries of winter storms in the high Pennines has to be somewhat more
substantial. Warm clothing, waterproofs and windproof garments along with gloves,
should all be carried and fit for purpose. A small saddlebag to store your clothes,
waterproofs, food and tools is a good investment. Never carry anything on yourself,
let the bike take the strain. It is much better to have a number of thin layers that
can be put on or taken off as the weather demands rather than one thick garment,
as an all or nothing measure. If it is likely to rain then a spare pair of gloves
and socks can make all the difference to your comfort. Surprisingly a woollen scarf
which is light and very easy to carry gives a high return for investment when the
temperature drops. Cycling along even at club pace will keep your body warm and you
will require to lose some heat, so choose your "waterproof" clothing with care. Ventilation
and breathability of fabrics are the qualities to look for.
WELCOME to our cycling club - have a brew

Friday night is club night

Almost every Friday from 8pm till 10 pm we meet for a natter and get-together
at Copley Sports Centre, Stalybridge (click here for a map),
either in the Training Room or in the public/bar area.
If you are a new rider wishing to join us on the Sunday club run this is the best
way to initially meet everyone. If you are a new member but experienced rider then
you can swap "touring tales" and tell of all the Cols you have conquered on your
trips abroad. If you are new to cycling then many will willingly offer their advice,
give your bike the "once over" and tell you about the many activities of the club.
Over a mug of tea you will be able to enquire where we are going on Sunday and ask
about gears or whether your saddle is the right height for you. Perhaps you might
join the card school or tell us of an inexpensive cafe that serves cracking meals.

For details of our latest club run schedule click here