The final weekend of June was the end of an era for Outdoor Traders Cycling Club, with the club rides departing from the Outdoor Traders shop for the final time. It was great to see so many riders turn out for both the Saturday and Sunday rides, with all members of the club showing their appreciation for the immense help, support and friendship the Choularton family have given to club. OTCC continues to go from strength to strength and has now relocated to Behind Bars cycle shop in Abingdon. The club members extend a big thank you to the owners and staff at Behind Bars for making us feel so welcome at our new home.

With the sportive session well under way, it was great to see OTCC up and down the country at Velothon Wales, the Prudential Ride London, Zappi’s Gran Fondo, Wiggle New Forest, the Tour of Yorkshire and many other local events including the Wallingford Cycling Festival and the Faringdon Folly Festival Sportive.

Alan Knight, Chris Brand, Chris Chambers, Simon Deakin, Mick Chambers and Gary Nixon all took part in Velothon Wales, taking on some gruelling welsh climbs including the The Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain. By all accounts, it was a fantastic day but the hills were rentless! It was an amazing performance by all.

A team of 10 from OTCC completed the Prudential Ride London event in honour of former club member Richard Kell, who tragically died following a fatal crash during last year’s event. London Marathon Events, the organisers of Prudential Ride London, provided spaces for Ali Fairley, Adrian Gidge Green, Chris Chambers, Ian Hamilton, Ian Lowe, Tom Bowtell, Tom Bennett, John Bowtell, Brian Maddison, Chris Dowsett, Daren Curtis and James Greenman to ride the route in Richard’s honour. The riders gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London and rode on closed roads through London and Surrey, finishing on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

On the same day as Ride London and slightly closer to home Gary Nixon and Harry Kirby took part in the Zappi’s Gran Fondo, enjoying a lovely and challenging route around The Cotswolds. It was an awesome achievement by both riders, especially Harry as one of the club’s youngest riders.

August saw OTCC heading north with a strong team taking part in the Tour of Yorkshire. Chris Mathers, Ian Behling, Chris Brand, Alan Knight, Gary Nixon, Harriet Woollard, Steve Shirley, Barry Lloyd, Nigel Goode, Tracey Prior, Phil Prior and Hannah Prior took on the challenge. The spectacular scenary provided great views, steep climbs and some quite hairaising descents!

Dee Hembury Eaton and Ali Fairley represented OTCC at the Wiggle New Forest Sportive.  Ali Fairley was completing a challenge of four 100 mile sportives to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Sportive.  It was amazing achievement by Dee completing her first century ride. Great to see riders developing over the summer and achieving huge milestones.

The annual 100 and 50 mile club rides were will supported by all of our members, many thanks to Chris Chambers, Jason Atkins and Liz Bower for organsing and supporting this event.

Finally, over the summer the Outdoor Traders Race Team, hosted a “Crit Training Camp” for club members and those interested in joining the club. The airfield at Dalton Barracks in Abingdon is the perfect location for attendees to improve bike handling skills, practice group riding, develop race craft and even have a race at the end of the session.

Congratulations and well done to all. If you fancy being part of this success, then please join us on a club ride. Our rides depart from the Behind Bars in Abingdon at 7:00am on Saturday, 8:30am on Sunday and 6:30pm on Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you soon!


OTCC remember Richard Kell at the Prudential Ride London 2017


Moving home: OTCC relocate to Behind Bars cycle shop in Abingdon


It’s cold up north! The OTCC team at the Tour of Yorkshire

Girl Power! OTCC ladies at the New Forest sportive