Cycling club go for a spin round Germany

Calderdale Cycling Touring Club on a recent trip to the twin city of Halifax - Aachen, Germany
Calderdale Cycling Touring Club on a recent trip to the twin city of Halifax - Aachen, Germany

Cycling enthusiasts were in top gear on a recent expedition to Germany.

Members of the Calderdale Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) have recently returned from Halifax’s twin town of Aachen, Gernmany.

The club arrived in Aachen and enjoyed dinner on their first night with the President of the local cycling club, RC Zugvogel Aachen, and Karlheinz Dannert of the Aachen-Halifax Twinning Society.

They joined members of RC Zugvogel Aachen for a 70km ride around Germany’s, Netherlands and Belgium’s borders. This was followed by a guided tour of Aachen city where cyclist learned about the origins and history of the links between Halifax and Aachen - which were established post-war in 1949.

The two clubs watched the famous Spring Classic race, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, as it passed near Spa, Belgium.

Three of the Halifax cyclists went on to complete a 250 mile tour of the Belgian/German border.

The visit, which was most enjoyed by all, was organised by Graham Joyce, secretary of Calderdale CTC, in conjunction with the Halifax-Aachen Society.

The Society’s Geoff Barnes arranged the visit with the German cycling club.

The Halifax-Aachen Society have been involved in twinning visits and exchanges for more than 60 years, but this is the first tour in Germany at least in recent times by a local cycling club.

Graham said: “This was an exploratory first visit and all those that went really enjoyed it. We hope that there will be further exchanges and that the Aachen club will be able to visit Calderdale next year, possibly taking in the Tour de Yorkshire.”

A brief account of the visit will be given to the Halifax-Aachen Society at a German evening in September.

Calderdale CTC welcomes new members see www.calderdalectc.org.uk or contact Graham Joyce on 01422 885071.