Cycling for fun

This article was published in 2012, in Newsletter 102.

A sunny afternoon at Anglesey Abbey
Image as described adjacent

The University of the Third Age Cambridge (U3AC), for retired people, has some 2,500 members who run a comprehensive range of classes and activity groups, including a Cycling Club. This Club organises an extensive programme of daytime rides ranging from 15 to 35 miles, most starting in Cambridge, but sometimes the train is used to extend the range. Each ride leader chooses a route and a day that suits them, so there can be rides on any day from Sunday to Friday.

As can be seen from this small group in the photo, we are a sociable lot who enjoy each other’s company as much as the exercise and the countryside, and this summer we will add a programme of short Tuesday evening rides focused on a local pub.

We have also arranged a number of cycling holidays (3-5 days), often based on a Sustrans long-distance route, in such places as Wales, Northumberland, the Pennines and the Isle of Wight.

We are always keen to welcome new members, whatever their riding ability, and you can check out our current programme on the website, as well as finding out about all the other things that the U3AC has to offer, or contact Beth Morgan on

Beth Morgan