The Twelve Months of CTC; Shed loads of fun; Reinventing the wheel; the bonkers Boris bike ride; Brussels sprouts trees; The wheels and the butterflies; Cycle Digest for December; Time for a tour?; Song cycle
This year, over 56,000 tickets were bought by CTC supporters for our annual Prize Draw, which was drawn on 3 December. The winners have now all been notified. This converts to a great deal of financial support for CTC’s vital work. We’d like to say a big thank you and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Cycling New Year. CycleClips will be back on 3 January 2014 bringing you more news from the wonderful world of cycling.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
The Twelve Months of CTC
2013 has been a great year for cycling - and for CTC. Nearly 10,000 new members have joined CTC over the last twelve months, giving us a stronger voice than ever when working on your behalf. Chief Executive Gordon Seabright has written a letter to all CTC members outlining just some of the wonderful things we have been able to achieve, thanks to your continued support. He adds: "Thank you for being a part of CTC, have a wonderful Christmas, and we wish you good cycling in 2014!"
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Shed loads of fun
Millions of people in the UK don’t cycle regularly but have a bike or two languishing in their sheds, dusty and neglected. But Brighton and Hove CTC has come up with an idea that we think could go national. ‘Shed Rides’ starts on 5 January and will encourage new riders to free their steeds with short, easy rides. To organise your own ‘Shed Rides’, contact CTC's Matt Mallinder.
Reinventing the wheel - literally
If you eat too many mince pies over Christmas, and are struggling to make that climb you normally sail up on your Boxing Day ride, perhaps the Copenhagen Wheel might be just what you need. The unit replaces the rear hub of a bicycle wheel and stores energy for later release. We at CTC, however, think nothing beats leg power for burning off the Christmas excesses....
Bonkers Boris bike ride
A Copenhagen Wheel might have been a great help, though, to the pranksters who thought it would be fun to see if they could ‘kidnap’ a Boris bike and ride it up the punishing climb of Mont Ventoux in southern France. The feat had to be completed within 24 hours to avoid a £150 fine! Boris, whose recently launched Vision for Cycling in London looks promising, apparently approved.
Brussels sprouts Christmas trees!
How do you transport 450kg of small Christmas trees 200km? By bicycle of course! Belgian Christmas tree supplier L’Arbre de Leon challenged their bicycle delivery company to use pedal power instead of a combustion engine. So last Friday, the Christmas tree bicycle caravan set off with 100 trees, arriving three days later in the Belgian capital Brussels. Formidable!
The wheels and the butterflies
Countryfile continued its interest in cycling with a feature last week on Lanhydrock and Cardinham trail centres in Cornwall; they were both built with money from the 1SW project that CTC was instrumental in helping to establish. The item showed Helen Skelton (at 42 mins) tackling some of the routes and discussing how mountain biking trails help with conservation of the countryside.
Cycle Digest for December
CTC’s December Cycle Digest is a round-up of all the latest campaigning news. In this issue: minister focuses on cycle safety; lorries; Crown Prosecution Service discontinues proceedings against FPN cyclist; plus dates for your 2014 diary. On Monday, CTC's Chris Peck gave evidence to the Transport Select Committee in response to their inquiry into the Strategic Road Network.
Time for a tour?
With New Year's Eve just a few days away, it won’t be long before thoughts turn to holiday planning for 2014. CTC Cycling Holidays has a wide range of tours to whet your appetite, from a short MTB tour in Wales to a 17-day trip to Laos. There are camping and self-guided options too. CTC Holidays are exclusive to CTC members and are bonded by ABTOL.
You may be hoping for a big red bicycle for Christmas but if Santa doesn’t oblige, why not download the song Big Red Bicycle Christmas instead? American band Nora and One Left have released ‘Bicycle’, an album of cycling-inspired songs to get you in the festive mood. Post-Christmas, the band’s ‘A Winter’s Ride’ will help you look forward to the spring and the great rides ahead.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.