We may be a fairly new member group of Cycling UK but our roots go back 25 years.
Prior to becoming a Cycling UK member group in mid-2014 we were called the Phoenix Cycling Club. It was a social cycling club as distinct from a sports cycling club which meant that it comprised friends who occasionally met up to cycle and socialise, sharing the cost of any club activity in which we took part.
It was set up in early 2009 by a group of cyclists who had met by participating in NSPCC Bikeathons between 1992 and 2005, some of whom had been instrumental in organising those events. There were 12 Bikeathons, mostly week-long events in France which raised over £100,000 for the NSPCC. A thirteenth, ‘London to Paris’, was being planned in 2008 but unfortunately didn’t come to fruition as an NSPCC event.
Such was the desire by some ex-Bikeathon cyclists to ride from London to Paris and also from Lands End to John O’Groats (LE-JOG) that we decided to create a cycling club. So, like the firebird rising from the ashes, the Phoenix Cycling Club was born. ‘London to Paris’ was cycled in 2009 and LE-JOG in 2011.
Thirteen trips were run by this club, a mixture of long distance cycling trips, channel hoppers and one Tour de la Manche. Phoenix-CTC will continue to run these types of trip.
All our cycling trips are non-competitive and sociable. Typically, they are about one week in duration with average daily cycling distances of approximately 100 kms (about 62 miles). Exceptionally, the duration of trips may vary, eg Land’s End to John O’Groats (LE-JOG) took 15 days to cycle.
The club is strictly non profit-making and the committee keep costs to a minimum. All cycle rides are self-financing.