Welcome to the Portsmouth CTC page.
We're a friendly group operating from several centres in the Portsmouth and Havant area.
We provide regular rides on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year with pub rides on Thursday evenings in the warmer months. All our rides have a leader and we have a policy of not leaving riders behind. We often split rides to accommodate riders of different abilities.
If you’d like to join a ride, or find out more about what we offer, our web site is at PortsmouthCTC.org.uk. You can also contact our club secretary, Andy Henderson, at secretary@PortsmouthCTC.org.uk.
We look forward to meeting you.
About The Group
As well as organising rides, we campaign locally for improvements to the cycling infrastructure. We were directly involved in the successful bid to make substantial improvements in the South Downs National Park; and we were behind the petition to create a cycle way through the Butser Cutting which is now being built.
About our rides
We organise a wide range of different rides with riders coming from Lee-on-the-Solent to the west to Chichester in the east:
These rides are an ideal introduction to group cycling. Typically we spend two to three hours cycling with a break for coffee and cake somewhere on the way. We don’t do big hills and we try to keep to quiet roads or cycle paths where we can.
Saturday and Wednesday rides
The full ride usually leaves from the Spring Centre, Havant and stops for elevenses, lunch and, sometimes, afternoon tea. Some riders go to elevenses and come back from there. Others meet us at the coffee stop. We often split the ride with the more energetic group taking a longer and/or hillier route.
Sunday morning rides
These are designed to appeal to people who want to explore the local countryside by bike, with a sociable group at a medium pace. They start from one of three different locations to the North of the City and last for about 3 hours, plus the mandatory stop for coffee and cake of course!
Faster Sunday rides
All day rides at a faster pace than our other rides. They leave from Cosham library. The rides usually stop for elevenses, lunch and tea. New riders are welcome but, if you are new to group riding, one of our other rides would be a better starting point.
Evening pub rides
Take place on Thursdays during the warmer months. They start from the Spring Centre, Havant and take a relaxed ride out to a local pub for a drink and a bite to eat.
Rides for tandems and solos on Sunday, starting mid-morning, usually taking in a visit to one of the club members for sustenance.
No cycling required! We organise club nights on Thursday evenings during the colder months.
Our members also organise ad hoc tours in the UK and abroad.
If you need help starting, or getting back into, cycling we can also arrange training sessions with Bikeability-trained members to help get you going..
Find out more about our programme from our web site