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Snakes on a plain; win a copy of 'Microadventures' worth £16.99!; read all about it in CTC's latest Cycle Campaign News; tandem ride for Paxo and Boris; Sentencing Debate deliberations; skills and training sessions for the summer; second hand bikes in Scotland; work for CTC - two new vacancies.
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CTC is dusting down its old bikes and shaking the mothballs off our pre-Lycra era clothing for this weekend’s  L’Eroica Britannica in Bakewell, Derbyshire. The rides are now all sold out but from today 20 June until Sunday 22 June, the event is hosting a free cycling festival with fun for all the family, including: a vintage cycle sale; a fun fair; a bike jumble; street food; live bands and more. Follow the action on Twitter at @CTC_Cyclists and on ctc_cyclists on Instagram, as well using the hashtag #teamCTC.
 
 

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Snakes on a plain
 
At first glance, this looks like somebody with some inner tubes round their neck – but look closely: they are actually pythons! One hundred years ago, intrepid Edward ‘Ryko’ Reichenback cycled from Adelaide to Darwin. He was only 21 and the 3,000km journey took just 28 days, reports the Daily Mail. He took over 3,000 incredible photos of the trip but, sadly, only a few hundred remain after many of them were stolen from the adventurer after his trip. To commemorate the ride's centenary, his granddaughter has now ridden a replica of his bike on the last leg of the journey into Darwin.
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Win a copy of 'Microadventures' worth £16.99!
 
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You may not be up to riding across the dead centre of Australia, but there's still adventure to be had closer to home. ‘Microadventures’ by round-the-world cyclist Alastair Humphreys has ideas such as cycling and paddling across the Shetland Isles and cycling the Tour de France route in Yorkshire. We have six copies of the book to give away – just complete the form and the winners will be chosen at random.
 
Read all about it
 
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CTC’s Cycle Campaign News for June includes an item on a German appeal court ruling that non-helmet wearing cycling is not negligent. It also has an update on last week's Road Justice Sentencing Debate; new publication reviews; diary dates; the All Party Parliamentary bike ride; a natural history ride in Surrey; and much more.
 
Masters of spin go for a spin
 
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Every interviewee’s nightmare, Jeremy Paxman, took leave of the ‘Newsnight’ studio for the last time this week in, er, style. Instead of facing him eye-to-eye, locked in passionate political debate, old adversary Boris Johnson took him on a hair-raising tandem ride through London. Paxo couldn’t resist asking him tough questions about the success of his bike hire scheme in London, however.
 
Deliberations on the Sentencing Debate
 
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Do some judges wilfully misinterpret guidelines when sentencing bad drivers? CTC Road Justice Campaigner Rhia Weston discusses the issue in her blog. Following CTC's Sentencing Debate last Friday, members of the panel and audience gave their views, including blogger Bill Chidley and legal eagle Paul Kitson. The interviews can be seen on our YouTube channel.
 
Get pumped up for a summer of fun
 
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With the summer holidays looming on the horizon, why not sign up any children aged 10-16 who might be at a loose end for a free MTB skills sessions at Aston Hill in Buckinghamshire? CTC’s partnership project, CycleChilterns is organising the two-hour sessions, which take place every Tuesday throughout the summer, and will give all participants essential skills for riding off-road.
 
It's a small world
 
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Edward Reichenback would be amazed at the view of the Australian landscape taken in the modern era in Audax Alpine Classic, a short film shot over four days and nights which captures in extraordinarily detailed time lapse photography the 2000 cyclists taking part. The riders in the 250km audax event look like miniature models as the stunning scenery looms above them.
 
Second hand roads
 
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A recent survey showed that apparently 83% of Scots would like to buy a second hand bike, but only a fraction do so. The Bike Station in Glasgow and Edinburgh is taking part in Revolve, a new scheme that accredits suppliers of pre-owned goods. Judging by the happy cyclists in ‘Bike Rider’ by Mungo’s Hi Fi, there's plenty of enthusiasm for the project in Scotland.
 
Work for CTC
 
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If you would like to work in the field of cycling, CTC currently has two vacancies based at its Guildford office. We have a Marketing Officer role with a closing date of Friday 4 July and a Campaigns and Communications Coordinator position, with a closing date of Wednesday 9 July. Interviews will take place on either 15 or 16 July for both roles.
 
 
 
 
 
Julie Rand

Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.

 
 
 
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