Bury Cyclists' Touring Club

Last Updated 12/11/2016

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New Club Status

Following a unanimous decision by show of hands at our AGM on 10.11.08 we are now officially an 'Informal Group' of the CTC.  No change as far as membership benefits and cycling is concerned.  Just less bureaucracy. We are still part of Manchester DA (now known as Manchester & District CTC), but the Section now exists only to hold rides - there is no need for formal meetings or Annual General Meetings.  We will be continuing with our quarterly evening meetings at the Trackside for compiling the runs lists, discussing cycling issues and for general socialising.

Man U on bikes

Here's one for Brian Richards and Terry Hodges.  This classic ad turned up recently.  Can you imagine Rooney et al promoting cycles?

Message received from Bernie Friend on Tuesday 6 May 2008

Hello fellow Cycling folk,

I have just written a book about my cycling trip around the North Sea Cycle Route to raise money for Cancer Research UK, after losing both my mother and mother-in-law, who both only in their Fifties, to brain tumours within just 12 months of each other. I made the trip as a tribute to them and to beat my own fears and travelling phobias. It really was two wheeled therapy all the way as my inner and outer journey introduced me to random, but amazing people who helped put a smile back on my face again. If you could help me by giving me a mention somewhere on your websites or club newsletters, it would be greatly appreciated! I have also attached some other information and an image of the book jacket cover! Thanks for listening, Bernie Friend



'Don't let your biggest fears stand in the way of your dreams, even if your biggest dreams happen to be your biggest fears.' That was exactly Bernie Friend's attitude when he ditched medication and group therapy to overcome a very unwanted companion - paranoia. A complete novice to long distance cycling, Bernie confronted many demons on his epic journey - a coastal cycle route which circles 6,000 kilometres of the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and England. Arm wrestling drunken trawlermen, a geriatric half marathon, Viking bring-and-buy sales, decapitated pirates, burning witches, Shakin' Stevens mega mixes, sea crossing motorways, walking sand giants and remote islands which most people can’t even be bothered to mark on a map are just some of the secrets coughed up by the North Sea Cycle Route. Michael Palin and Bill Bryson watch out! Bernie's very personal story told in an easy-going travelogue style will have you hooked from start to finish. Hugely entertaining and downright inspirational! Published by Pen Press (ISBN 9781906206710),

Cycling Back to Happiness is available to buy and order in all book stores across Europe, or on www.amazon.co.uk, www.waterstones.com, www.sustransshop.co.uk and through info@penpress.co.uk www.berniefriend.com

2008 Easter Tour

We were in North Wales in 2008, based at Betwys-y-Coed Youth Hostel.  Numbers were down on usual and unfortunately we do not have a report to post.

2007 Easter Tour

The 2007 tour was based around Melrose Youth Hostel.  Melrose sits in the centre of the Scottish Borders country.  Nigel Hood has posted some photos on the Webshots website. To view them click on the link below:


News Archive


Cycling Quiz - Birtle Wheelers Win Again 

Our fifth annual Cycling Quiz on Wed 22 Feb was somewhat of a damp squib as only two teams bothered to turn up.  Thanks must be extended to Bury Cycle Speedway and five Bury CTC members for making the effort.  This meant a head-to-head between the two teams with Bury CTC (aka Birtle Wheelers) taking the prize and certificate.

Due to diminishing support and general apathy, this has been the final Cycling Quiz.

Bury to Schorndorf £500 Prize Draw winner

The winner is Nick Walker of Bury.

Ride Manchester

Ride Manchester is a not-for-profit group that exists to remove bikes from the waste stream, recycle them in our workshop, and redistribute them to people who will use them. We also share bicycle maintenance skills in workshops with youth and community groups. Our motivation is both environmental, and social - we want to inspire people to take back control of their means of getting around the City of Manchester.

This email has been sent to all people that we thought might be interested in our project or working with us in some way. We have lots to offer, from affordable bikes, spares and repairs, to an earn-a-bike scheme whereby a person can volunteer in our workshop for a certian amount of time and get a fully working bike in return, and we can run bicycle maintenance workshops in your youth or community centre or with your group. Also, if you have any old bikes collecting dust in your shed, or even any bits of bikes, or know anyone who has, please contact us and we'll try our hardest to collect it off you, repair it and pass it on to someone who needs it!

To find out more about the project, our ideas and our bicycle maintenance courses please look at our website or email us or call Adam or Huw (we will have a phone in our workshop asap). Web: www.ridemanchester.org.uk Email: mail@ridemanchester.org.uk Adam: 07792590367 Huw: 07843103838

The workshop address is: 2b Buckhurst Road Levenshulme Manchester M19 3PL. It's just off Albert Road, very near the Train Station and the 192 Bus route (Stockport Road).

Andy and Bev start a new life in Italy

Many members attended a farewell celebration on Friday 15th July at the Church Inn, Birtle for Andy Agnelli and Bev Swindells who have since started their new life in Italy.  All club members wish them good luck.  The couple were presented with a framed picture of a view from the top of the Rake showing Holcombe village and Peel Tower. They were also presented with a card signed by everyone present.

Our 'B' section have returned from a camping holiday visiting Andy and Bev and cycling with them on the roads south of Genoa.  We await a report for these pages.

2005 Cycling Quiz

'Birtle Wheelers' Champions!  See Cycling Quiz page for a report on this year's event and the poster for the 2006 edition.