CTC is at the Cycle Show in Birmingham all weekend. Why not come and visit us? You could meet DMR star Olly Wilkins on the stand at 12 noon tomorrow. And don't forget the launch of Xcalibre, an amazing new event for mountain bikers!
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
CTC and the family of member Audrey Fyfe, who was killed by driver Gary McCourt whilst cycling two years ago, are shocked and dismayed over the decision not to change his original sentence of a five-year driving ban and 300 hours of community service. This week, judges at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh said: "Notwithstanding (McCourt's) previous conviction in 1986, we are unable to agree with the Solicitor General's submission that this (sentence) is inadequate to provide sufficient protection to the public.” CTC will continue to press for stiffer sentences, including lifetime driving bans, for drivers who kill through our Road Justice campaign.
More top stories
As the Tour of Britain sped through the roads of Surrey last weekend, it seems some residents are less than happy with the increase in cycling in the area. An article in the Daily Telegraph described how some believe "the country lanes have become no-go areas for motorists”. But The Guardian’s Bike blog asks if cyclists are an easy target for drivers and journalists alike?
Blink and you'll miss 'em
But for one Surrey couple, the Tour was welcomed, even though it caused road closures around their wedding venue. As cyclists themselves, they decided it would be great to have Sir Bradley Wiggins and co. featuring in their wedding photos – not by flagging them down, obviously – but by using the race as a backdrop. Sir Brad is the blur in a gold jersey in the background.
The road to true love?
It seems that not all couples are united by such a passion for cycling – the drama segment on Woman’s Hour all this week featured serial ‘Takes Two to Tandem’; set in the 1930s, young love is threatened by a woman’s decision to leave the cycling club. But as RoadsWereNotBuiltForCars reports, as far back as the 1870s, riding and romance were not always ideal companions!
Richard steels away
CTC member Richard Delacour used to have a dream – giving up work and riding off into the horizon. But, unlike many, he did leave his job in January. However, instead of pedalling away from it all, he has stayed at home and started his own bike company. Oxford Bike Works makes steel bikes capable of ‘crossing streams, climbing mountains but equally at home in the city’.
Eyes on the prize
You may not have Sir Bradley Wiggins in your photos but perhaps some of the shots you have taken of cyclists are exciting for a different reason. If so, why not submit them to CTC’s Photographic Competition 2013? You could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes and perhaps seeing your work feature in a future issue of CycleClips!
Be a boar!
The Wild Boar Challenge takes place on Sunday 6 October at Rothwell Country Park in Leeds. There is a choice of 65km or 50km routes following canal towpaths, disused railway lines, bridleways and some minor roads. Advanced entry is £15 for the 65km route and £12 for the 50km event. £18 and £12 respectively on the day.
Tell us what you think - and win a bike
How many bikes do you own? What kind of riding do you do? As part of our on-going review of the services and benefits that CTC offers, we're keen to learn more about you. Take part in our short survey and, thanks to our friends at Wiggle, you’ll be entered into a draw to win a Tifosi CK7 Audax Veloce 2013 worth over £989!
A fresher outlook on membership
So it’s finally time to come home to a full fridge and more space in the bike shed as you bid farewell to student offspring. But you won’t stop worrying about them as they embark on university life – so why not buy them student membership of CTC for only £16? They’ll get all the benefits of membership and you’ll have peace of mind. Insure their bikes as well using CTC’s Cyclecover.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.