Poetry on motion; London in 1984 and now; Cycle Campaigning News for February; Doctor Bike; Coasting along the C2C; Not breaking the ice; We predicta a riot; A Pocket Guide to Road Cycling; Reliably Essex.
CTC member Mark Newbury is in esteemed company with the inclusion of his ode ‘Lycra Clad Loony’ in ‘Spokes’, a volume of poems about cycling, published to celebrate the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s work is also featured and Yorkshire writer Ian Macmillan wrote the introduction. Other well-known poets, some of whom are also cyclists, also contributed. All proceeds from the sale of the work will help fund the Otley Word Feast on 28-30 March 2014.
More top stories
No ‘Lycra clad loonies’ were to be seen on the streets of London 30 years ago. But otherwise, little seems to have changed in the intervening years, as CTC’s Chris Peck explains. His blog discusses a film shot by the Greater London Council in 1984 that put the case for better infrastructure. Something Boris Johnson, who recently crashed into a giant pothole, would surely identify with.
Catch the news
More up-to-date cycle campaigning features in CTC’s Cycle Campaign News: formerly CycleDigest, it is published monthly and contains a summary of all the latest developments. February’s stories include: Road Justice petitions police; CTC’s Parliamentary evidence on cycle safety; lorries; lots on cycling and health; and much more.
You don’t have to marry your bike to undertake the challenge of riding coast to coast – although it probably helps to be at least on speaking terms! Excellent Books have five copies of the updated C2C Guide to give away – just send your answer the following question: ‘What is the highest point on the C2C cycle route?’ with your CTC membership number to be in with a chance.
Not breaking the ice in China
As we struggle to figure out the rules of curling from the safety of our sitting rooms, cyclists in China are taking to the ice for very different reasons: to find fish deep beneath the frozen river. BBC’s ‘Wild China: Beyond the Great Wall’ (now available on iTunes) shows how they carefully ride their steel steeds across the ice to find their catch and then carry it home safely.
We predict a riot
Also skating on thin ice is rock group the Kaiser Chiefs: the band’s new album cover appears to be a direct copy of the logo used by bicycle parts manufacturer Sturmey-Archer in its packaging. Sturmey’s General Manager Alan Clarke said: “I have worked for the company for more than 40 years and I have never known anything quite as blatant as this.”
The essential ride guide
You have just one week left to order a copy of Cycling 2014 - A Pocket Guide to Road Cycling at a special CTC member discount of 36%. Use your CTC membership number or discount code CTC1450 before Friday 28 February. Packed with independent reviews of over 800 events in the UK, it’s a must-have for every rider with a competitive streak.
CTC’s own Events Guide also contains details of hundreds of rides, both competitive and more leisurely, throughout the country. South East Essex CTC’s 75-mile Reliability Ride takes place on Sunday 23 February and takes in some beautiful countryside – and it has been rerouted to avoid the recent flooding! There are three different start times to choose from between 8.30am and 9.30am.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.