Who we are and what we do
Cycling UK, formerly known as the CTC, is the national cycling charity; we hope to inspire people to cycle and help them keep cycling. We encourage all types of cycling, on the road or off it. We support you if you already ride, or would like to ride, to work or school, for health, touring, sport and leisure – or just because it’s fun.
Southampton CTC is the local group of Cycling UK. It covers the area in and around Southampton (including Romsey, Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford and Waterside); however we regularly welcome riders from outside this area. We offer a range of cycle rides throughout the year; the rides range from short, easy rides suitable for novice cyclists to more challenging rides that are longer and faster. Southampton CTC also puts on open challenge events throughout the year. We also campaign locally for better cycle facilities.
Members of Southampton CTC range from those who like to ride 10-20 miles to those who ride Sportives and events of over 100km. Some members also enjoy touring in the UK and abroad.
Joining a ride
You don’t need to be a member when you first come out on a ride with Southampton CTC. You can ride with guest membership for 3 rides to see whether you like us. Membership is national and when you join Cycling UK you can ride with any CTC/Cycling UK group anywhere in the country. Membership also provides you with £10 million 3rd party insurance cover plus free technical and legal advice and a bi-monthly magazine. For more information on Cycling UK and how to join see here.
Participants aged 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult acting in loco parentis and have a signed parental consent form. This can be accessed here guest_registration_form_parental_consent
What you need
Bike: all you need is a roadworthy bike. Any roadworthy bike is fine for our easy rides. For our harder rides a reasonably lightweight road or touring bike is more suitable. But don’t be put off trying one of our rides because you think you don’t have the right bike. We can advise on how you can adapt your existing bike and provide expert advice if you want to buy a new one.
Clothing: Specialist clothing and a helmet are optional. A light, waterproof jacket is almost essential for the British climate. Otherwise just bring something to drink, a spare inner tube and tyre levers and lights for winter and evening rides. Rides stop for refreshments at regular intervals but you may like to pack a cereal bar or similar as emergency rations.
For more information see our rider-guidance