Sorry seems to be the hardest word; York off but Ron Kitching on; Me and my girl; The super-sized steeds; Orbital Festival of Cycling; Audrey's family fight on; The incredible exploded bike; Go West; Try a Tri-Vet
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'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word
Is she sorry for allegedly knocking off a cyclist or more sorry about the subsequent backlash? It’s quite hard to tell, judging from the interview Emma Way gave to ITV News this week. The trainee accountant had had a spectacular rise from obscurity to the national spotlight after posting a comment on Twitter which said: "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way - he doesn't even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists." Within hours the tweet had gone viral, resulting in Toby Hockley, the sportive rider she had clipped, deciding to report the incident to the police. Toby himself gave an interview to the BBC describing what happened. The progamme also featured Carlton Reid (at 2.07) explaining that there is no such thing as ‘road tax’. Meanwhile, Emma Way has been suspended from her job and has even had a song written about her. Norfolk Police have told CTC that they are “taking the incident seriously”.
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Off and on
Sadly, this year's York Cycle Show has been cancelled due to factors beyond the organisers’ control. However, it aims to be back better than ever next year! The other good news is that the Ron Kitching Challenge ride will still take place on Sunday 22 June from a new venue in the city. With 100km and 150km routes taking in the spectacular Howardian Hills and the North York Moors, and generous food stops, it's one of the best days out in CTC's calendar!
Me and my girl
Chair of CTC Scotland Chris Oliver and his daughter Catherine are now well into their 3,415-mile charity cycle ride from Los Angeles to Boston in aid of Wateraid. Having just crossed the Great Divide, Chris wrote in his blog, Two Bikes Across America: “This is the second time I’ve got emotional and cried on the bike. To think seven years ago I could only ride a bike 200 yards.”
An extraordinary array of vintage and modern cyclists made their way through Amsterdam to celebrate the opening of the summer bicycle museum. Amongst the exhibits is this statue of a horse made from bicycle parts. But probably not even able to make it through the doors would be the Stoopidtall bike seen in LA recently – it’s over 14 feet tall. The head-cam footage taken by its rider is guaranteed to make you wince!
Going round in circles
More down to earth riding will be taking place at a brand new event in Goodwood, West Sussex from 26-28 July 2013. The Orbital Cycling Festival features family rides, the Animal Bike Tour, the Brompton World Championships and more. CTC is delighted to be one of the charity partners for this event, which will help us support more people like Ken to change their lives through cycling.
Audrey's family continue the fight for justice
CTC member Audrey Fyfe’s widower and Ian met with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill yesterday to ask for his backing against the unduly lenient sentence handed to the driver who killed her. Ian Fyfe told STV News (at 07.11): “We just have to hope for a sensible outcome…we don’t want to see a third person getting killed.” A decision on the appeal is expected by 31 May.
The incredible exploded bike
If your bike breaks down, you might have to remove some parts to fix it. But photographer Todd McLellan has gone one stage further and dismantled an entire bike as part of a project called ‘Things Come Apart’. The resulting image shows just how many separate pieces make up a bicycle. But we don’t fancy the job of putting it all back together again…
With school holidays approaching, you might be thinking of taking your family to the West Country. Remember that there are miles of adventurous trails to take them riding on in the area. You can find trail centres, natural trails and much more besides at 1South West’s interactive map. CTC is a key partner in the 1SW project, which aims to boost off-road riding in the region.
Try a Tri-Vet
Every third year, CTC Member Groups organise the Tri-Vets series of rides across the UK in June and July for members aged 50 and over. Over 500 riders have registered so far for this year’s event, with the first ride taking place on Saturday 1 June organised by CTC Devon. The aim is to complete the 100-mile circuit in under 12 hours, with a certificate and a commemorative badge available to finishers.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.