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CycleClips 28 June 2013

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No concrete plans for cycling; Chris and Catherine finish their ride; Tipping point; Twenty years of Berks on Bikes; The Binary Bike; Bec's Big Bike Ride; MTB courses; Orbital Cycling Festival; Silverstone 24 hr Cycling Grand Prix.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CTC is delighted to hear that an appeal against the sentence given to the driver who killed CTC member Audrey Fyfe has been set for 6 August.
 
 
 
 
 
Concrete plans - but not for cycling?
 
As George Osborne announced his Comprehensive Spending Review this week with very little in it for cycling, CTC is calling on David Cameron to help 'Get Britain Cycling'. The Chancellor announced billions of pounds will be spent on the road network and the HS2 rail link but failed to identify specific funds for cycling. The report from the recent Get Britain Cycling inquiry called for annual spending on cycling of at least £10 per head of population, increasing progressively to £20 per head as cycle use grows. Meanwhile, figures also released this week show that there has been an increase in serious cycle injuries, meaning that the overall risk of cycling is rising. CTC Campaigns Director Roger Geffen said: "The Government needs to respond to the Get Britain Cycling report, which called for substantial investment in cycling facilities, lower speeds and better traffic law enforcement to improve cycle safety as we encourage more people to cycle."
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Boston wheel party
 
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Congratulations to Chair of CTC Scotland Chris Oliver and his daughter Catherine, who are due to complete their 3,415-mile ride across America today Friday 28 June when they ride into Boston. They will have raised £3,415 for charity WaterAid. Chris gave an interview about the ride and his battle against obesity to BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday and will also be featured on ‘The Day I Changed My Life’ at 12.30pm on Tuesday 2 July on the same station.
 
Tipping point
 
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What better - and greener way - to take your recycling to the municipal tip than by bike? Well, no, not if you live near the inappropriately named Weel household waste and recycling site in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Unbelievably, a Beverley gardener was turned away when he arrived by bike and trailer as only motorised vehicles are allowed on site - a bike is the same as a wheelbarrow!
 
Twenty years of BOB
 
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CTC-affiliated Berks on Bikes Mountain Bike Club celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with an Open Day in Crowthorne, Berkshire on 20 July. There will be fun for all the family, as well as rides, competitions and displays for riders of all abilities. The club is very active not only locally but also arranges events for its members throughout the UK and beyond.
 
The Binary Bike
 
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Members of BOB are probably far too busy riding real bikes to dream up something as crazy as this cool cartoon. Every frame of the video is a photograph, with the rider and bike posed on a concrete floor, and the ground and trees drawn in later with a digital pen. Apparently, the two-minute video took 10,000 minutes of combined work to finish!
 
Bec's Big Bike Ride
 
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CTC member Beccy Roberts will be hard pushed to find time to even sit down during August, as she is aiming to ride 2,500 miles around the UK during the month. Bec’s Big Bike Ride takes place from 11 August to 8 September and she is keen for as many cyclists to join her as possible, either just a mile or two, or even a hundred if they feel like it!
 
Qualified success
 
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CTC has a range of courses with vacancies over the summer months: CTC Bike Tour Leader runs from 19-21 July in Bristol - the first time it has been run in the UK.  There are two CTC Trail Leader courses at Dalby Bike Barn in Yorkshire in July and, also in Dalby, is a CTC Maintenance Suite from 20-21 July. Bookings for all courses can be made by ringing 0844 736 8451.
 
Night rider #1
 
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As a charity partner, CTC will be at the Orbital Cycling Festival in Goodwood, West Sussex from 26-28 July 2013. Advanced bookings only, with a deadline for entries of 22 July. As well as time trials, races and family rides, there will be an overnight 200km randonnée to the event, leaving London on the Friday night. You could use the event to raise funds for CTC using our online page.
 
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CTC will also be at the Silverstone Grand Prix – no, not the motoring event, which takes place this weekend – the 24-hour Cycling Grand Prix on 14-15 September 2013. Whether you’re hoping to set a personal best or a team looking for a challenge, there is a category for you. Not only will you get to ride the amazing track, you can also raise funds for CTC’s vital work too!
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 

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