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Guide to Cycling and Touring in the Chilterns

Thinking of touring around the South East of England? With good train and bus links to either the Bucks, Herts or Wokingham end of the Chilterns, it's worth an explore. Here is a basic guide to some of the listed routes around the Chilterns.
Cycling in the Chilterns

Chiltern Heritage Trail

The scenic Chiltern Heritage Cycle Trail links the historic towns and parishes of the Chiltern District and includes some of the area's most popular tourist attractions and places of historic interest.

The Trail is divided into three loops, each covering approximately 25 miles. The loops are quite distinct in terms of scenery and character, and each is named after a famous historical figure linked to the District.

Cycle trail maps, provided by the Chilterns District Council, are available online:

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CTC Witches’ Curse Challenge Ride & Sportive - 9 September 2012

The Witches’ Curse is definitely one for the climbers and don’t let the distances fool you. The long route may only be 68 miles but it contains over 7,500 feet of climbing. The shorter 45 mile route still has nearly 5,000 feet of climbing which is much more than your average longer distance event.
Two riders on the Witches' Curse route

The next round of the 2012 CTC Challenge Rides and Sportives series takes place in the Lancashire town of Clitheroe on Sunday 9 September.

The long route may only be 68 miles but it contains over 7,500 feet of climbing with 15 recognised climbs.

The shorter 45 mile route still has nearly 5,000 feet of climbing which is much more than your average longer distance event.

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My day at the Cycletta Wiltshire sportive

Last weekend I was invited to attend Cycletta - a ladies only sportive or challenge ride - and what a wonderful atmosphere!
Cycletta Wiltshire ladies' sportive

I arrived at the beautiful Lydiard Park on a slightly damp and cloudy day, but the weather didn't seem to dampen spirits. The main arena sported bright colourful banners, secure cycle parking facilities, extra toilets, information stalls and, of course, the famous "pamper zone".

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'Safety in numbers' - how it works at a micro level

As near on 1,000 riders on the Magnificat sportive passed by at the weekend, I witnessed a great demonstration of safety in numbers - on a micro-level. The presence of those cyclists had a profound effect on driver behaviour.
Riders on the Magnificat sportive negotiate a gravelly, blind bend

The idea of  ‘safety in numbers’ has been explored in several academic papers, including studies of various European countries, American cities and areas of Belgium. These uncovered a link suggesting that in areas of high cycle use the risk of cycling was lower.

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Guildford CTC Challenge Ride turns two

Cyclists from all over the globe took the challenge of riding 57 or 94 miles on Sunday 27 May at CTC National Office.
CTC Challenge Ride 2012 Guildford

Belgium, Philipines, Ireland, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent: these are just some of places where cyclists who took part in the latest CTC Challenge Ride & Sportive in Guildford were from. 

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Group Riding

Cycling in a bunch is more about communication than technique, whether it’s a big summer sportive or a local club ride. Steve Thomas has some tips
Group riding

Cycling in a group is a different experience. Take your pick from your local CTC group ride, a sportive, a reliability ride, or even a fitness-focused ‘chain gang’. Whichever you try, there are similar issues when you’re riding in close proximity to other cyclists.

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Energy on the Move

To keep riding strongly on a long ride, you must keep your carbohydrate stores topped up. Coach Joe Beer has some suggestions
Sportive nutrition

Fuel is essential to complete a long day-ride like a typical sportive or audax event. And the fuel that cyclists need is carbohydrate. Forget calorie counting or a low-carbohydrate Atkins diet: you’ll be running on empty with either. You need to build up muscle stores of carbohydrate the week before the event and to graze on carbohydrate during the ride. That way you’ll feel strong from start to finish.

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