Club History

In 1921 a Coventry section of the Cyclists’ Touring Club’s Birmingham District Association was formed. 

In 1936, Coventry and the CTC sections in eastern Warwickshire (Nuneaton, Rugby and Leamington) split from the Birmingham District Association to form sections of the Coventry and East  Warwickshire District Association. This organisation continued after local government created the West Midlands council in 1972.

Oct 1995, Bob Tinley takes over as Secretary of East Warwickshire District Association (Took over from Reg Elliott)

Oct 1997, Bob Tinley takes over as Secretary of Coventry section of the District Association (previous incumbent was Keith Roberts)

In October 2010 the Coventry and East  Warwickshire District Association dissolved itself, with  CTC Coventry and CTC Nuneaton becoming independent member groups of the Cyclists’ Touring Club.  Rugby members were allocated to an informal member group attached to CTC Nuneaton.  The Leamington group had folded some years before.

Oct 2011, George Riches takes over as Secretary of Coventry section from Bob Tinley.

Oct 2014, Bob Tinley takes over CTC Coventry Chairman role from Gordon Mead.


In 2016, the Cyclists’ Touring Club re-branded itself to become Cycling UK.

In October 2016 CTC Rugby became affiliated with CTC Coventry.


Some highlights recalled by Dave Hearn

1982  – Coventry section held a 24 hour ride with six riders completing the 250 miles in 24 hours (to be more accurate it was 260 miles in 23 and a half hours. The event then became 400 kilometres in 24 hours following metrication

1984  – Coventry and East Warwickshire DA elected what was thought to be the youngest ever president (who was that ?)

1986  – We organised the annual ‘Birthday Rides’ with about 1000 cyclists staying at Warwick University for a week

1989  – A group of 15 riders from Coventry became the largest group to ride to Cape Wrath in that calendar year


We have a number of items of information related to the clubs history –

Our Veteran Voices Collection

Some club movies from 1957

75th Anniversary Booklet


A collection of photos