Update March 2016
COGS are now on Facebook. Click the link to join us there and keep up to date on what you can do for COGS!  Plus we now have a Twitter account, tweet to @salisburycogs. Please also see the facebook site for regular updates on the rides during the summer.
COGS rides - let's get cycling 2016!
June Rides
9th June Odstock (Yew Tree) 7m [GA/RJ] +Homington & Nunton
16th June Whaddon (3 Crowns) [RJ/RB] 9 m + Farley & Grimstead
23rd June The Bridge Inn {MW/JW] 13 m +Boscombe Down & Porton
30th Coombe Bissett [PD/PB] 14 m +Harewarren & Shaston Drove
Leaving the Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre at 6:30 every Thursday evening, with a basic ride and a ‘COGS+’ extra loop for those who want to go a little bit further.
Wiltshire Council have once again teamed up with British Cycling to deliver Sky Ride Local. These free rides are guided bike rides which are open to all regardless of ability and fitness, there are different lengths from 3 miles upwards. All rides are led by British Cycling trained leaders who are on hand to offer encouragement and support. The attached spreadsheet shows the date and length of all the Sky Ride Local rides in Wiltshire this summer. All the information about each ride can be found on www.goskyride.com/Wiltshire ,where participants can register in advance
In the mean time if you are looking for rides, check out the Cycle Wiltshire website. There is also a programme of Sky rides in Wiltshire, including rides starting in Salisbury. And for women only there are Breeze rides.
Julia’s House ‘Hospice to Hospice’ ride June 12th 2016
We’ve been asked to circulate around our members details of the fundraising bike ride being organised on Sunday 12th June by Julia’s House. This is a charity which provides regular respite care for children with life limiting conditions. They have been providing care in Dorset for the last 13 years, and have recently expanded into Wiltshire. For further information visit: www.juliashouse.org/wiltshire. To help raise funds, Julia’s House have organised a 100km and a 200km bike ride, the route is from Corfe Mullen in Dorset to Devizes, where they are building their new Wiltshire children’s hospice. Details of the ride are available at https://juliashouse.org/events/hospice-hospice-cycle-ride-2016/
Cycle for the Homeless [thanks to Charles Woodd for this contribution]

Are you looking for a cycling challenge in a sociable group, raising money to support work with homeless people? If so, the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride is for you! Over the 4 days of the August Bank Holiday, 26 – 29 August 2016, up to 30 cyclists will ride 200 miles from Lincolnshire to London, following the sites of the 12 Eleanor Crosses that King Edward 1 built in memory of his wife Queen Eleanor of Castile. Day cyclists are also welcome. All the sponsorship raised by the cyclists goes to support the vital work of the Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields with homeless and vulnerable people in London. Hospitality and refreshments (including a lot of cake!) are provided by church and community groups along the way, and a support team look after luggage and emergencies. Interested? Then go to www.queeneleanorcycleride.org.ukfor further information, and you can book online at http://www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk/events/ (where incidentally you will see a mugshot of three handsome Salisbury cyclists who took part last year!). If you have queries ring Charles Woodd on 01722 323447/07962 213494 or email queeneleanorcycle@gmail.com.

Route Planning
Have you tried the new journey planning facility which is now available in Wiltshire? Visit the Connecting Wiltshire website and try it out - suggested cycle routes give an idea of the distance you will climb as well as the distance you will cover on your route, as well as the number of calories you might burn.

Active Wiltshire
Another new initiative in Wiltshire is the Active Wiltshire website. This is being developed to provide information about opportunities for getting active around Wiltshire, so cycling rides and events will be just one of the possibilities covered.

Pot Holes and Fly Tipping
We have had a number of problems reported to COGS concerning the age old problem of pot holes - considerably worse with the rain we have had this winter - and also issues of fly tipping on local lanes used by cyclists.

For info, the relevant WC links is as follows:
Use the 'My Wiltshire' app (formerly this was Clarence!) to report overgrown or obstructed rights of way, potholes, missing street lights and signs etc.  This is now also the link to use for reporting fly tipping.
If you spot any problems then please report them promptly!