The trustees are legally defined in charity law as the persons responsible for administering the charity.
This is similar to Council members, who were and still are responsible for overall control of the CTC.
They run the club/charity in accordance with the general direction of the Articles of Association.
As such, charity trustees have a duty to act in the best interests of their charity.
Similar to before for Council members to act in the best interest of the CTC and cycling with meeting the 'objects'.
It is therefore they – not the members – who should decide what the charity does in its best interests in furtherance of its objects.
A big step, they decide but the Articles make provisions to override their decision by a poll of the whole club if need be. The above statement sets the trustees above the members in all decisions.
If 1 million members wanted to do 'A' to meet the 'object' and 7 from 12 trustees wanted to do 'B'.
The 7 would override the 5 other trustees and all the members, that would not be a reasonable outcome. The above statement also tends to follow the trustees decide something without a procedure to have it tested to see if the decision was correct or in the best interests, a bit like judge and jury. The Articles do not follow the same approach but are more engaging with the members.
Any member who has a different vision for the charity is of course entitled to put their views to the trustees for their consideration (though the trustees may decline to do so), and stand for election themselves.
I read 50 people put themselves forward at the last election of trustees /councillors and a criteria was prescribed for the selection process. The above statement is therefore invalid, as the trustees will have control over the selection criteria and in deciding who may stand. It is unreasonable to say if someone wants something to be considered or acted upon their option is to stand for election, a fuller process of addressing any issues should be available without having to stand for election.
Ultimately, the trustees are liable for their actions and for any losses that may be incurred as a result.
The members agree to limited liability in joining, £1 each I think. The trustees carry the same liability AFAIK. So again an incorrect statement perhaps in some ways. What evidence is there to show trustees have incurred any losses?