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Boathouse Youth Blackpool

Back in 2009, the CTC community cycling offering was in its infancy and Boathouse Youth (BHY) was just beginning its work in the deprived community of South Shore, Blackpool, an area which is in the worst 1% of most deprived wards in the country.
Blackpool Boathouse Youth

Our Cycling Development Officer,  funded by the Department for Transport, was able to work with the staff at BHY to devise a programme of activities that would capture the interest of the young people and provide them with a fun and healthy activity which they could engage in straight from the youth centre door.  The programme was delivered in conjunction with local partners including British Cycling and the local council's Cycle Blackpool programme.

CTC Trainer Mentor: Dan Cook

Trainer Mentor: Dan Cook
Dan Cook manages the CTC Training Department, with a particular emphasis on off-road and mountain bike courses. With a wealth of experience across a wide range of working environments, Dan helps set the tone and ethos for the trainers - but makes terrible tea!

Key attributes

  • Manages the Training Department, focusing on mountain biking;
  • Has an overwhelming desire to see everyone given opportunities to ride, and to love their experiences of the outdoors;
  • Combines his extensive background in outdoor education, engineering and product/process design to produce courses and learning environments that push boundaries to improve learning.

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Terrain definitions for MTB courses

How we define Trail, Technical and Advanced terrain for MTB courses.

Trail Terrain

For the Trail Mountain Bike Leader Award:

Overview
Trail terrain is non-technical. This means that it does not involve specific route selection (for example between rocks, roots or other obstacles) in order to ride on it. It can be as narrow as handlebar width. Typical trail terrain includes: forest tracks, fireroads, cycleways, and other smooth ground. Public highways and roads also fall within trail terrain.

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Tidworth Freeride takes off this weekend

Seven years of dedication, persistence and hard work by a group of mountain bikers and volunteers results this weekend in the opening of the Tidworth Freeride Bike Park in Wiltshire (Saturday 15 June 2013).
Tidworth Bike Park map

The Bike Park, which features seven trails and numerous jumps, drops and berms for riders of all ages and abilities, has already been attracting enthusiasts both from the nearby garrison towns and from civilians.

With the future of the site put in the balance by concerns that the trails on site were too challenging, CTC, the national cycling charity stepped in to support Tidworth Freeride. CTC now welcomes the Park to the CTC Bike Park Network joining four others in the charity’s partnership mountain bike sites across the UK.

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Email: laura.raymond@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

Notes to editors

Mountain bike professionals including Olly Wilkins from  the DMR team will be at the official opening on Friday 14th June 2pm

 

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The Endurance Series 2013

Once again, The Endurance Series will combine six well known mountain bike events, spanning a range of distances and durations, to produce the ultimate Mountain Bike Endurance Champions.
Two Endurance Cross-Country Racers in the open countryside

There’s less than a month to go before the 2013 Endurance Series kicks off again after a brilliant first year of competition in 2012. Up and down the country, at some of the best mountain bike races on the calendar, the biggest names in British Endurance racing will be pushing themselves to the limit for the title of Endurance Series Champion.

Once again the series will combine six well known mountain bike events, spanning a range of distances and durations, to produce the ultimate Mountain Bike Endurance Champions.

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Mini Enduro Round 1: Haldon Forest Park

The mini-downhill format, masterminded by Naked Racing’s Chris Roberts, aims to make downhill racing more accessible to everyone who enjoys the sport. Sunday saw the first ever mini-enduro, Chris’ attempt to do the same for the Enduro format of bike racing.

James Smurthwaite reports from Round 1 in Haldon Forest

The mini-downhill format, masterminded by Naked Racing’s Chris Roberts, aims to make downhill racing more accessible to everyone who enjoys the sport. Sunday saw the first ever mini-enduro, Chris’ attempt to do the same for the Enduro format of bike racing. The race was held in Devon’s Haldon Forest Park, and despite the adverse weather conditions was attended by nearly 150 keen riders, from former world champion Gee Atherton down to people racing for the first time ever!

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A new off-road trail for Aston Hill in the Chilterns

The Chilterns is home to Aston Hill, a Forestry Commission owned area dedicated to off-road mountain biking famous for its downhill runs created by our very own Off-Road Officer, Ian Warby. An added attraction is a new trail, 'Surface to Air'...
Senior Off-Road Officer, Ian Warby, tests the trails at Aston Hill

Aston Hill has long been a favourite of riders across the South-East, including riders and writers for Mountain Bike Rider (MBR) magazine.  It is situated just outside Wendover in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty and features five graded downhill (DH) runs, a 4X track and a two-part cross-country (XC) loop.

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Photoshoot at Aston Hill

On Tuesday 24 July, I awoke to a bright and sunny day and could think of no better way to spend it than riding my bike. Thankfully, I had already been asked to ride around Aston Hill for a photoshoot
Anna Cipullo at Aston Hill

The purpose of the day was to get some up-to-date photos of mountain bikes in an amazing setting. So CTC's Senior Off-Road Officer Ian Warby  and I  teamed up with junior downhill rider, Josh Lowe, to pose on bikes in Aston Hill.

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Where can I cycle off-road?

Here in the UK we have a comprehensive network of routes and trails available to cyclists to get you out into the countryside. Here we clarrify where you can legally ride off-road.
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Where can I ride...?

Off road cyclists' can legally cycle on the network of byways and bridleways across England and Wales. For families and beginners there are also a number of old railway tracks and canal tow paths across the UK that often form part of the national cycle network and make for excellent training ground.

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Bike Club Comes to The Trax

5 April 2012
The Trax Off Road Racing Club in Tottenham has been successful in a bid for a Bike Club grant.
Illustration of The Loop (Back On Track, by kind permission of the Trax)

The Trax Off Road Racing Club in Tottenham has been awarded a Bike Club grant to encourage young people in the area to take up cycling.

The superb new Lordship Loop BMX and MTB pump track, will be looked after by Haringey Council through The Trax who are holding a Launch Event.

Daniel Mintz of The Trax says:

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