CTC is hitting the road for the next few weeks - at this weekend's Orbital Cycling Festival, the following weekend's at RideLondon and on 11 August we'll be in Sheffield for the Phil Liggett Challenge Ride. If you are attending one of these events too, please come and say hello!
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
The mellow fellow in yellow
CTC has congratulated Chris Froome on his brilliant Tour de France victory. CTC's Chief Executive Gordon Seabright says: "The growth in cycling will surely continue following Team Sky's sporting success. And there's surely no better time to Get Britain Cycling. After two British winners in a row, it's only right the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire next year." CTC’s Tej Mistry gave an interview to Sky News to reflect on the impact Tour and Olympic fever has had at a grassroots level for cycling. If you are suffering Tour withdrawal symptoms, you can already buy merchandise commemorating next year’s northern Grand Départ. Meanwhile, more than 70,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the women’s version of the race to be reinstated.
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Reach your peak
If you’ve been inspired by Chris’s win to tackle a few cols of your own, why not enter next month’s Phil Liggett CTC Challenge Ride? The ride takes in some of the most notorious ascents in the Peak District and includes Holme Moss, which is in next year's TdeF route and is a real test of climbing ability. The ride is fully-supported and entry costs £17 for CTC members and £27 for non-members.
Fit for a king
As CTC sends it congratulations to our Patron on the birth of her great-grandson, the future George VII, we would like to dedicate a song to him. ‘King of the World’ is by Dutch group Anthony’s Putsch and the video accompanying it features shots of the group singing and cycling; there is also some delightful footage of parents taking their children for a spin on bikes fitted with child seats on the front. As it's filmed in the Netherlands, there are no helmets in sight.
Train operators steaming ahead
Congratulations also to Greater Anglia. They didn’t give birth but really rose to the challenge of getting riders to the start of the London-Southend bike ride last weekend by putting on four extra 12-coach trains. Merseyrail matched them with extra capacity for the Liverpool-Chester ride. If you know of a railway scheme that goes out of its way to help cyclists, you have until 13 September to nominate it for the ATOC National Cycle-Rail Awards.
French without tears
As reported last week, steps are also being taken to make it easier to carry bikes on some services in France. Ed Lancaster of the European Cyclists’ Federation – which CTC is a member of – has written a handy guide to taking your bike by rail in France especially for CTC. He says: “Europe’s rail operators are starting to realise the benefits of making things easier for cyclists and we will continue to push them to do so.”
Over 120 children had a ride on CTC's portable MTB track last weekend at the Oxford County and Thame Show. CTC’s Cycle Chilterns project officers were on hand to promote new cycling opportunities in the area, including free Bikeability cycle training for children from 5-9 August in Tring and 19-23 August in Amersham.
No girls allowed
Sadly, many children in the UK and other parts of the world do not have easy access to bikes. But in Saudi Arabia, until very recently, women and girls were not allowed to ride at all. New film Wadjda is the bitter-sweet story of a ten-year-old girl’s struggle to be able to purchase her own bicycle by entering a Qur'an-reading competition - much to the horror of her elders.
The golden age of cycling
In contrast, women elsewhere are being actively encouraged to take up cycling. Several female celebrities have been pictured riding recently, including 67-year-old actress Goldie Hawn. King’s College London is looking for healthy, female cyclists aged 55-80 who regularly ride 60km to take part in a study investigating how riding affects the ageing process. Contact Dr Ross Pollock for more details.
Justice for Anthony
As CTC’s Road Justice campaign gathers momentum, the driver who killed cyclist Anthony Hilson on the A4 Bath Road in Berkshire in September 2012 has been convicted of causing his death by dangerous driving. Victoria McClure had previously pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving. She will be sentenced on 30 August at Reading Crown Court.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.