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CTC Essex Member Groups

A tale of dedicated people who help people cycle together
CTC attracts new cyclists to longer group rides

I attended the CTC Essex Member Group AGM, (see the contacts below), just recently and was made very welcome with lots of friendly interest in my work and a generous helping of delicious food and warm tea.

There’s something extremely life-affirming in being in a room with a group of people who cycle hundreds of miles a year, (in fact, many cycle hundreds of miles a month) and  look every bit as trim and healthy as your average 20 year old athlete.

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Bike maintenance in Essex

Weekly bike maintenance sessions have up and running throughout November in Colchester and they are proving extremely popular. CTC's Cycling Development Officer Richard Monk explains why he set up the project how it will expand.
CTC helping people learn about their own bikes

Master mechanic Ben Paton covers the basics of good maintenance, punctures, brakes and answers any questions too. Ben Paton manages to explain all those complicated things that I've always wondered about, like why do inner tubes have different types of valves.

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Essex Police call CTC’s cycling officer in for questioning

Essex Police called unexpectedly on me this week. Thinking that they must have taken a dislike to my rather shall we say assertive style of cycling to all my meetings and activities, I awaited in trepidation for the expected words of advice.
Essex Police modelling their new Smith and Wesson

Thankfully, Sergeant Ian Banks was proactively looking for CTC to complement an Essex Police Road Safety Day of Action on 29th November.

So, CTC and Essex Police will be at Colchester Railway Station, extolling the virtues of being seen and keeping the bike in trim over the winter months.

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Want to get cycling in Essex? CTC can help!

CTC has already helped 3,000 people get cycling in North Essex - and now we're planning for more in 2013...
Cycling in the sun on Wivenhoe Quay

Three thousand people in North Essex have already re-discovered the pleasure of cycling, thanks to CTC, and now we want to get even more people cycling because we understand the benefits to health and the sheer sense of freedom that cycling brings.

We help people get back on a bike often for the first time in years or even for the first time ever. And then we help them go further. We make it relaxed and gentle, fun and sociable. So not only are you feeling healthier, you’re seeing new places and meeting new friends.

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How CTC helped provide a perfect cycling solution for one family in Essex

CTC Cycle Champions is unashamedly enthusiastic about getting people back on a bike, often after years and sometimes for the first time ever. Many go on to make cycling a regular part of their daily lives and the benefits are huge. Lee and Emily's story is a great example.
Emily leads a group of mums cycling with their kids

Lee and Emily joined CTC’s Cycle Champions rides after hearing about them from the ACE Health Trainer at Colchester Garrison.

With two young children, lots of family pressures and a tight budget, they were looking for a cheap solution to become fitter that fitted in with their busy lives.

The Cycle Champions rides offered the use of children’s trailers – a perfect solution for Lee and Emily and countless other army and civilian families.

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The only way is fun! Reaching new riders in Essex

CTC’s expanded programme of cycling has reached over 1,000 people in Essex this year, thanks to additional funding from Essex County Council, Anglian Community Enterprise and Colchester Garrison.
A group of riders in front of the O2 arena in London

The total includes 317 people who either hadn’t been on a bike with CTC or at all, and a number have learned to ride a bike for the first time in 2012.

CTC Cycle Champions has formed new partnerships with ACE Health Trainers and Colchester Garrison to name just two and together they are helping to change people’s lives for the better.

Said Emily, who started on the Garrison rides:

“I have lost weight and gained enough confidence to help others thanks to the health trainers and the cycle group.”

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If you go down to the woods today...you may make the front page!

CTC’s recent cycle ride in High Woods Country Park has appeared on the front page of the widely-read Elite community magazine in Colchester.
Sunny cycling in High Woods Country Park

Circulated to over 10,000 residents, the photo showed a large group of people enjoying a led cycle ride in the tranquil autumn setting of High Woods Country Park. The event was part of the Park’s Big 25 Birthday Bash and attracted over three thousand visitors.

The park lends itself to easy cycling for residents and we got a joyful response from the people who took part, many of whom hadn’t been on a bike for years. The vast majority are planning on coming on more cycle rides with CTC. 

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Bike maintenance classes in Colchester in November

Do you want to know how to fix a puncture and make minor adjustments to your bike? Doing it yourself can save you both time and money and needn't be difficult. Learn how in a friendly session with other novices.
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The sessions will run every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Greenstead Community Centre on Hawthorn Avenue in Colchester on these dates:

  7 November
14 November
21 November
28 November - NB this session is for women only.

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Keeping busy in Colchester

After a busy summer, things have remained hectic into the autumn. CTC Cycling Development Officer Richard Monk tells us what he's been up to.
Riders on a suburban street in Greenstead

We ran a very successful ride leader training day at Greenstead Community Centre. We put the trainees through their paces and had the obligatory bike checks.

We’ve also kept a busy schedule of cycle rides and learn to ride sessions.

On top of this, we held a joint cycle ride with Colchester MIND, which had a good turnout,  including a lot of new faces.

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Essex 2012 Games Legacy

Twenty families and friends enjoyed a fabulous cycle ride on Saturday, organised by CTC Cycle Champions as part of the Essex 2012 Games Legacy programme.
The long line of cyclists on the Writtle cyclepath
 
We took the large group on a gentle traffic-free cycle ride from Chelmsford to the beautiful village of Writtle. We had glorious sunshine and great company and the Rose and Crown on Writtle Green made us, our bikes and the kids very welcome.

There is another ride this Saturday, leaving 11am from Colchester Leisure World and heading to Layer de la Haye, so invite your friends to join the fun and bring the kids.

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