The rise and rise of the MAMIL; 'The world's deadliest road'; Forest forum; Guidance for groups'; Bike&Go is go!; Girls allowed at Dalby; Brighton Breezy; the Bridge Street Saddlebag; Come on down to Rogate.
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Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
The rise and rise of the MAMIL
As 70,000 people prepare to take part in this weekend’s inaugural RideLondon, believed to be the biggest ever road cycling event in the UK, new figures from the Department for Transport show that cycle use appears to have increased sharply again. It rose from from 49 miles per person in 2011 to 53 miles in 2012. This may in part be down to the growth of the ‘Middle Aged Man in Lycra’ (MAMIL) phenomenon as richer men in their 40s and 50s cycle furthest.
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'The world's deadliest road'
Cycling may be on the rise but precious few would probably want to take part in a ride along the notorious North Yungas in Bolivia - where on average 300 people a year are killed. Unbelievably, however, that is what a group of cyclists from the UK have just done – facing 700m unfenced drops on one side. Film of the expedition shows the undaunted adventurers seemingly enjoying the experience!
Forest forum aims to reduce conflict
Cycling in the gentle surroundings of the New Forest is usually a lot less scary than in Bolivia. However, the increase in the amount of cycling events in the area has been the source of some conflict between riders and other forestl users. CTC has recently taken part in discussions with various interested bodies to try and minimise the impact of such events by amending the Code of Conduct.
Although they should make perfect bedfellows, combining cycling with train travel is often problematic. But it should soon be a lot easier, thanks to a new scheme being introduced by Merseyrail, Northern Rail, and Greater Anglia train operating companies. Bike&Go will eventually have 50 hire locations at stations, enabling rail users to easily complete their journeys by bike. The launch date is 13 August 2013.
Girls allowed at Dalby
Statistics show that women cycle much less than men. CTC’s flagship cycling centre Dalby Bike Barn in North Yorkshire is aiming to rectify that with a Ladies' Day next Saturday 10 August from 10am-3pm. There’ll be more than just pink cycling accessories: guided rides – both road and off-road - skills sessions, demo bikes and more are on offer too. Booking advisable.
We do like to ride beside the seaside
Brighton Breezy, Brighton and Hove CTC’s first randonée, will take place on Sunday 8 September 2013. There will be a choice of 70km and a hillier 100km route, both taking in some of the spectacular Sussex scenery and passing through the historic town of Lewes. Tea and refreshments are provided in the pretty village of Waldron before the return via Glyndebourne and Glynde.
When CTC member Jonathan Ward contacted our Technical Officer Chris Juden about his idea for an easy-to-use, lightweight saddlebag, he suggested using the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to obtain funding for it. Jonathan took his advice and is now only £800 short of his £3,000 target. Jonathan says: “The Bridge Street Saddlebag emerged from our search for the perfect bag for lightweight, unencumbered adventures.”
Come on down
For those that prefer riding downhill more than the ups and downs of touring, CTC-affiliated bike park Rogate Downhill in West Sussex is hosting a No Pool Party and Fun Day this Sunday 4 August. Events taking place include: a slow race; a unicycle challenge; a backwards bike race; a berm limbo; and a whip-off competition. A BBQ and drinks are also available.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.