Sad News of John Allen

John Allen It is with great regret that we report that John Allen, Chairman of East Midlands Cyclists' Touring Club, past President of Leicestershire and Rutland Cyclists' Touring Club and a former Councillor of the Cyclists' Touring Club died at home on the evening of Sunday, 2nd June.

You can read some of John's own recollections of his involvement with the Cyclists' Touring Club here and see photos from our albums by clicking on the picture to the right.

John also provided us with his recollections of touring in the 1950s in his "Whitwick Wheels to Wainwright's Walks".

John's funeral will be held at 10.30am on Friday 21st June at Bretby Crematorium DE15 0QE. Refreshments after the funeral will be available in the room over Lee Cooper Funeral Directors, The Old Courthouse, Belvoir Road, Coalville LE67 3PN. A pay and display car park is nearby. Family flowers only - please donate to the Leicester University Hospital charity. Please wear cycling colours.

New Forest Cycling Week
12pm Friday 26th July to 10 am Saturday 3rd August 2019

New Forest Camp Site

The New Forest Cycling Week was founded in 1975 and for 35 years was based at the Forestry Commission Roundhill campsite near Brockenhurst. In 2010 the New Forest Cycling Week moved to the UK Youth Activity Centre at Avon Tyrrell Manor near Burley.

The Rally attracts approximately 200 attendees each year. It is an informal rally for cycle campers, free from pressure and over-organisation, yet offering activity for all those who wish to join in. It's a rally for cycling families, small groups and individuals whether new to camping or, indeed, more experienced and age is immaterial! There is plenty to see or explore in this unique area. The many minor roads and tracks make enjoyable and safe riding for families and younger riders and there is normally something taking place every day. Various on site activities take place during the evening. Other activities during the week include children’s time trial, swimming, Bar-B-Q and on Wednesday use of the Avon Tyrrell adventure facilities for children using their instructors.

Further details at

Leicestershire and Rutland Cyclists' Touring Club AGM and Photographic Competition
Saturday 9th November 2019
at 12.30pm

AGM at The Soar Bridge Inn, Barrow upon Soar LE12 8PN.
For further details contact the Hon. Secretary, Ray Clay
Tel. 01509 261068
Any Notice of Motion should be submitted in writing to the Hon. Sec. at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Photo Competition

Photo Theme = An Unusual Building in Leicestershire or Rutland
Further details from Ron Johnson Tel. 01530 230476
For entry form click here.
Last date for entries 25th October.

Photo by Jim Gerard

Mince Pie Run
Sunday 22nd December 2019

The famous Mince Pie Cycle Run will again be taking place at Belton Village Hall (10.30am to 12-30pm). Tombola in aid of Rainbows Children's Hospice. Click here for map and further details.

Mince Pie Meet Crowd 2016
Mince Pie Photo Album

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