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7 July 2014 - 3:43pm
Le Tour - a spectator's view
Kittel wins Stage 1 Tour de France.
What was it like in the crowd watching the Tour de France? Rhia Weston was in Yorkshire to watch the greatest cycling race in the world whizz by llkley and she didn't take a 'selfie'!
25 June 2014 - 1:54pm
Richard Durrant - the barefoot bicycling bard
Richard Durrant on stage
CTC member and renowned concert guitarist Richard Durrant recently completed a 1500-mile journey round England by bike.
21 February 2014 - 3:20pm
Halcyon days - three friends explore the Peloponnese
Winter cycling in the Peloponnese mountains
By February, after this most miserable of winters, I’d almost forgotten what a pleasure it can be to ride a bike. What better to rekindle one's cycling enthusiasm and top up the vitamin D than a short cycling tour somewhere sunny and warm – like Greece perhaps?
7 February 2014 - 2:19pm
What are your cycling ambitions? Creating a cycling bucket list
Cares Gorge by Edwin Jones
Having turned 40 I reflect that I’ve spent half my time cycling - the rest of the time was wasted…
31 October 2014 - 11:07am
CTC Tour: Wine Roads of Tuscany
Photo by Chris Juden
It was not until we were in Tuscany, cycling amongst the vines on the crushed white limestone of a strada bianca, that I realised the double meaning of this tour’s appellation.
10 July 2014 - 9:57am
Stevenage & N. Herts CTC's cunning plan to ride to Le Tour
Riders from Stevenage and N. Herts
When ride leader Jim Brown hatched a plan to combine a 60-mile ride from Hertfordshire to Essex to watch the Tour de France on Monday 7 July, he wasn't sure if it would come together. Happily it did - and very successfully, with a peloton of 20 riders and Jim acting as their 'super domestique'.
28 March 2014 - 1:55pm
Leading the CTC way
Image of cycling group http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisjuden/6206413519
I learnt everything I know about leading cycle rides and tours with CTC, but not from any of the training courses recently profiled here and in 'Cycle' magazine. I served an apprenticeship most Sundays since 1972, with several different local CTC groups and on many longer tours at home and abroad.
7 February 2014 - 4:48pm
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.
25 November 2013 - 11:12pm
A pleasant surprise on the north-east Chilterns Cycleway
Sundon Hills Country Park
Having spent much of the summer riding sections of the Chilterns Cycleway in the central Chilterns, it was time to venture further afield to see what the rest of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire had to offer.
20 November 2013 - 10:04am
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.
17 November 2013 - 8:26pm
Inspiring women from the saddle - Glasgow Women's Library
Paperback edition of Two Wheels in the Dust
CTC's Cycle Development Officer in Scotland, Suzanne Forup, is hoping that CTC will be able to fill a new shelf at the Glasgow Women's Library - with books by female cycle authors.
25 October 2013 - 12:09pm
The Roadshare Campaign for presumed liability in Scotland
The Roadshare Campaign for presumed liability in Scotland
On Tuesday, 29 October 2013, the Scottish Parliament will debate proposals for 'presumed liability' rules (also known as 'stricter liability'), whereby motorists involved in collisions with cyclists or pedestrians would be presumed liable in a civil law claim against them for damages.
28 August 2013 - 7:35am
Fifty gloriumptious miles around Great Missenden
A steady incline on quiet roads in the Chilterns
Making the most of the good weather, Cycle Chilterns’ Sara Randle explores some unknown sections of the Chilterns Cycleway on an unexpectedly tough 50 mile road ride with a beastly trio of climbs.
29 May 2013 - 1:32pm
Riding The White Horse Challenge
Anna Cipullo tackles Hackpen Hill on the White Horse Challenge
The White Horse Challenge is indeed a challenge with only one route on offer - 90 miles through undulating Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire countryside - but what a ride it is!
16 May 2013 - 3:21pm
CTC Bike Tour Leader Award course in India Day 7
Sunset over Kochi
The course concludes with some Exodus-specific training and a lot of photocopying for me!
16 May 2013 - 3:02pm
CTC Bike Tour Leader course in India Day 6
Figure of 8 group riding
Riding skills and double dosa orders at breakfast made a great combination.
16 May 2013 - 1:26pm
CTC Bike Tour Leader in India Days 4 and 5
Chinese fishing nets in Kochi.
Starting with loads of examples of leading, managing the group and dealing with incidents out on the road set the group up to practise these options and get feedback. All great fun and really positive learning.
15 May 2013 - 4:53pm
CTC Bike Tour Leader course in India Day 2
A group of trainee tour leaders in India
Hot hot hot! Preparation for the CTC Bike Tour Leader course in India, meeting the trainees and the course starts, all in 36 degrees and 95% humidity.
15 May 2013 - 4:07pm
CTC Bike Tour Leader course in India Day 3
Trailside maintenance training and discussion
It's time to meet the team and start the learning on the Bike Tour Leader course. With 14 on the course, the trainers, Olly and I, were keen to find out about the experiences and desires of the trainees.
15 May 2013 - 11:16am
CTC's Bike Tour Leader course in India
Riders on the course in India
Working with partners Exodus Travels, CTC recently delivered a course for fourteen tour guides. Dan Cook describes his experiences of the trip.

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