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CycleClips 13 September 2013

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Many happy returns; Don't stop now; Get techncial; Rumble in the jungle; CTC on tour; Bike rack attack; Come campaigning in Leeds; CTC is first class; Make a difference.
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The inaugural Yorkshire Bicycle Show takes place next weekend 21-22 September. With top name exhibitors from a variety of different disciplines, it promises to be an exciting event. CTC members can buy two tickets for the price of one, making it a fun and affordable day out.
 

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Many happy returns!
 
CTC member Eileen Remedios must have thought she was in an episode of ‘Call the Midwife’ this week. When her trusty – and rusty - blue bike, which she uses to visit patients at home in Brighton, was stolen, she didn’t turn to social media for help. She put a note on a nearby wall asking for it back. Amazingly, reports The Argus, the thief saw it, had a change of heart and returned Eileen's machine, with a new lock, the following day. Meanwhile, CTC Life Member Les Brown has also been celebrating good news – his hundredth birthday! And not content with a card from the Queen, he went out for a special celebration ride with his friends from CTC Dumfries and Galloway.
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Don't stop now
 
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When rider Alex Paxton, who had moved in front of a vehicle that was occupying an Advanced Stop Line (ASL), was issued with a fixed penalty notice, the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF) agreed to support a legal challenge against the fine. A fundraising appeal has reached the target of £2000 in just four days but more donations are welcome. It could help set a precedent for similar cases.
 
Get technical
 
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Are you a competent mountain biker? Have you already completed a CTC Trail Leader award and would like to move to the next level? CTC MTB has three courses coming up for people wishing to train as Technical Leaders. They take place in Richmond, North Yorks from 8-10 October; Dartmoor, Devon from 11-13 October; and Dalby Bike Barn from 22-24 November.
 
Rumble in the jungle
 
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No technical leader could have helped mountain biker Louise John Rex when he came across a giraffe on a ride in South Africa recently. After he and his friend took photographs of each other next to the beast, it turned nasty. Chasing Louise round a tree several times, it took further revenge by stamping on his wheel, thus ruining it! He’ll never complain about punctures again….
 
CTC on tour
 
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Team CTC, our elite women’s racing team, finished their final UCI tour of the 2013 road season with the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche. Regular team members Tamina Oliver, Astrid Wingler and Hannah Payton were joined by guest riders Vittoria Bussi and UK National Cyclo-cross Champion Nikki Harris. The team is now looking forward to the inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain in 2014.
 
Bike rack attack
 
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A group of beefy-looking young men were caught on CCTV at 3am attacking a bike rack in Boston, Lincolnshire this week - but they weren't trying to wreck it. Extraordinarily, the public-spirited bunch were trying to bend it back into shape, after it had been damaged by a car several weeks before. After 13 minutes of hearty pushing and pulling, they left satisfied with their night's work.
 
Come campaigning in Leeds
 
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CTC and Cyclenation’s annual cycle campaigning conference takes place on 5 October in Leeds and will be hosted by Leeds Cycle Campaign. Last year saw over 120 campaigners from across the UK cycle the streets of Bristol, listen to well-known guest speakers and share their local experiences in a series of workshops. Early bird tickets are only £20 each.
 
CTC is first class
 
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When CTC heard MP Nicola Blackwood bemoaning the lack of cycle training for Oxford University students, we decided to step in and help. The CTC Commuter Tutor course will develop the students’ on road cycling skills and will be offered free at the Freshers’ Fair. This autumn, CTC will also be providing cycle training to students at Plymouth, Reading and Leeds universities.
 
Make a difference
 
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CTC has vacancies for four inclusive cycling officers throughout England to ensure fair and even access to high-quality centres for adapted cycling. You need to be passionate about inclusive cycling and the benefits this can bring to all members of a community. The four positions will be on a fixed-term contract to 31 March 2015. Applications close on Monday 23 September.
 
 
 
 
 
Julie Rand

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

 
 
 
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