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8 March 2014 - 4:39pm
Ride, Cake and Chat!
Cycling ladies
CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Scotland is a multi-tasker with a mission – to support women to ride, eat cake and chat. For the record, she’s typing this whilst drinking tea and thinking about what to cook for dinner...
7 February 2014 - 5:48pm
Boy stuff: cycling, the prostate and erectile dysfunction
A comfortable saddle is the key
Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.
19 January 2014 - 4:20pm
Cake-loving lady cyclists wanted in Scotland…!
Four women on bikes
After a rainy day in the saddle with the fledgling Edinburgh Belles on Bikes, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Scotland Suzanne Forup needs some help getting more women on their bikes...
10 December 2013 - 9:08pm
Why should cyclists use Twitter?
Twitter logo
Some say Twitter is a waste of time. It is, however, the world’s largest global conversation and is a very effective way for cyclists to network, campaign and communicate.
31 January 2014 - 4:03pm
Front child seats
Family cycling in the Netherlands
Some fans of front child seats are indignant that CTC apparently damns their choice with faint praise. So here's my explanation of why we're not against front seats, but would encourage parents to consider a rear seat first.
8 January 2014 - 1:08pm
Becoming a cyclist – a New Year’s resolution
Cynthia ready to ride
The glory of mastering the bike, the road and a ‘clumsy’ childhood. Read this story directly from one of the trainees on the Leicester Cycle Champions programme.
29 November 2013 - 5:22pm
Stuck for stocking fillers? Try CTC Gift Membership
CTC Gift Membership
If trudging around the shops looking for the perfect gift fills you with horror, then look no further. CTC’s Gift Membership makes the perfect gift for every rider - from avid cyclists to those just getting started.
20 November 2013 - 11:04am
CTC Scotland Gathering appoints new committee
CTC Scotland Commitee 2013-14
CTC Scotland met in Larbert for the annual gathering and refreshed and rebuilt their committee for 2013-14.
28 October 2013 - 9:38pm
Could you be a Ted?
Portwilliam Cycling Group
Cycling Development Officer in Scotland, Suzanne Forup, is looking for CTC members in Dumfries and Galloway to help children and young people discover the joy of cycling. You don’t really have to be called Ted…
6 September 2013 - 12:04pm
Why is increasing physical activity important?
Cycling can contribute to increasing physical activity
Cycling can contribute to increasing physical activity and has a number of significant health benefits. There has been considerable progress promoting physical activity in Scotland.
5 September 2013 - 3:06pm
Cycling the city of Leicester after CTC cycle training
A returning cyclist meets her instructor at a city cycling event
Mrs Sodha hadn't ridden for several years when she took up adult cycle training with us, to gain confidence and get some exercise. After four sessions we lent her a bike and she joined in a ride around the city of Leicester last week.
24 August 2013 - 6:24pm
Endurance cycling TransAmerica with a bike called Pseudomonas
Chris Oliver riding through the Rockies
Riding 3,415 miles from Los Angeles to Boston
17 August 2013 - 12:04pm
Just another day in (cycling) paradise...
Copenhagen cycle commuters
CTC's Suzanne Forup often spends her holidays in Denmark, visiting her husband's elderly relatives and extensive selection of siblings. This year she put her foot down and demanded some cycling action too...
5 July 2013 - 12:31pm
Here come the girls.. ! Belles are on their bikes in Glasgow
The Belles on Bikes Glasgow
The Glasgow Belles on Bikes project held its first summer social this week. CTC's Suzanne Forup went along to meet them and find out how they get so many women cycling..
28 June 2013 - 11:26am
Sun shines on Braintree cycle rides
Having a go at Braintree BMX
The sun certainly shone on the latest Braintree cycle ride. Everybody was raring to come out cycling again and I had to give them a new challenge.
26 June 2013 - 11:27am
An unusual bike is all it takes to convert festival-goers to cyclists
Cyclone Works at Leicester's Riverside Festival, photo by Ian Timings
I’m always looking for ways to introduce people to cycling and gatherings seem like a good place to offer a try to anyone who hasn’t ridden bike in a while. With sun, Cyclone Works and Ebike, Leicester’s Riverside Festival made cycling very popular.
25 June 2013 - 7:36pm
Cycling bonanza at Colchester Young Children’s Festival
Balance bikes give new cyclists a headstart
Hundreds of families turned out in brilliant sunshine for the annual Young Children’s Festival in Castle Park in Colchester and CTC took along a load of bikes to try out.
25 June 2013 - 1:47pm
Edinburgh Festival of Cycling – a right proper festival
Cycling mum Copenhagen style
Edinburgh has just hosted it's first Festival Of Cycling, with activities and events round the clock to demonstrate that it means business in the challenge to create a cycling culture in our capital city.
18 June 2013 - 1:36pm
On two wheels with my new bike accessory – a toddler
Cycling on NCN Route 76 in Dunbar
As a single, carefree cyclist I had happily weaved through the traffic with few fears. Now I'm a parent it's taken my local CTC-affiliated cycle club to get me back on my bike, with my toddler on board..
13 June 2013 - 7:47am
Pier 2 Pier Ride
This coming Father's Day, do something different and join the Visit Sefton and West Lancs Team for a led ride and an afternoon of cycle-themed attractions in the heart of West Lancashire.

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