CTC has a long and illustrious history, it was founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club and subsequently re-named the Cyclists' Touring Club, we are the forerunners of a world wide network of cycling, motoring and tourism organisations, many of whom based their services on CTC’s.
CTC members at the end of the 19th century
CTC members at the end of the 19th century

CTC 1878 - 2015

The organisation has its origins in the early days of cycling when the bicycle opened up new horizons for independent travel. CTC set out to identify suitable hostelries for its members and include them in members’ guides and handbooks. Occasionally you will spot a round plaque on the wall of older hotels showing the CTC emblem of a winged wheel, indicating a long tradition of welcoming cyclists.

In 1936, CTC created a first cycling proficiency scheme in response to increasing cyclists’ casualties at the time. This was adopted as a national programme run by RoSPA in 1948 and has been in use almost ever since. Today, CTC is at the forefront of a next generation of cycle training and Bikeability.


Lest we forget: CTC, cyclists and war
First World War cyclists' battalion
As the nation fell silent for two minutes to commemorate Armistice Day, CTC remembered the thousands of cyclists who went to war – many never to return.
L'Eroica & CTC Heritage Jersey Rider Package
L'Eroica Britannia rider places CTC
Don't miss your opportunity to cycle back in time at this year's L'Eroica Britannia in Derbyshire's magnificent peaks with Team CTC. There are 25 places available and each rider...
Lest We Forget: how CTC honours fallen soliders
Cyclist Battalion from WW1
The Cyclists' War Memorial in Meriden was erected after the First World War and ever since then, CTC members have met every year to remember cyclists who have died as a result of war. This week...

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The Cyclists Touring Club Gazette, October 1899
CTC's rich and vibrant history spans over a 130 years. The timeline charts the evolution from the Bicycle Touring Club of 1878 to today's national cycling charity.




  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

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