Join the party in York; Culture vultures; Road Justice petition; Unchained melody; Who's a pretty boy then? Taking the lane - US style; The generation game; Get in motion for Glasgow; Four shows for the price one.
Do you have any cycling ambitions you’d still like to try? CTC’s Membership Director Matt Mallinder has done a lot of riding in his time – he’s an ex-pro – but still has lots of things he’d like to do on a bike. Take a look at his bucket list and let us know how it compares to yours.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Join the party in York
With Yorkshire gearing up for the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour de France, it is only fitting that the 2014 CTC Birthday Rides will take place in the county from 13-19 August. Based at Askham Bryan College near York, the rides are near ideal cycle touring country - mountain bikers will also be well-catered for with the Yorkshire Wolds and North Yorkshire Moors in easy reach. There is also an abundance of attractions, tea rooms and country pubs to choose from. Book by 14 April for a substantial discount.
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To whet your appetite, the Yorkshire Festival is the first ever cultural programme to precede the Tour de France. Events include a staging of a play about racing legend Beryl Burton. In Belfast, however, complaints have been made that the city is ignoring its own cycling heritage ahead of the start of the Giro d’Italia - the first pneumatic tyres were made there by John Boyd Dunlop.
Help Road Justice meet its target
CTC’s Road Justice campaign is ramping up the pressure on the police to take bad driving seriously. On Wednesday 12 February, campaigners and road crash victims will hand over the our petition calling for better roads policing to the Association of Chief Police Officers. The petition has been signed by 11, 871 people - help us reach 12,000 by signing it now. Thanks.
Ever wondered what happened to that rusty old chain you threw in the recycling? Well, it may well have ended up as part of one of these amazing sculptures by South Korean artist Young-Deok Seo. The artist says: “Poisoned or trapped people by worldly materials is my priority interest. The metal chain is well suitable to express that.” Who knew?
Who's a pretty boy then?
Still reeling from the news that cyclists are more intelligent, charitable and cool than the average person, now comes research revealing that top cyclists are thought more handsome. Participants in were asked to score the attractiveness of 80 cyclists in the 2012 Tour de France. Oddly, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were not included in the selection as they were wearing sunglasses!
Taking the lane - US style
While our pleas for good cycling infrastructure often fall on deaf ears, activists in the US have taken matters into their own hands and invented a way of creating a protected bike lane for only $600! Also Stateside, the use of ‘sneckdowns’ – patches of snow on roads and pavements – is a growing trend. Apparently, they reveal just where more space for cycling and walking can be found.
The generation game
Whether he’s seen as handsome or not is something that’s unlikely to bother French cyclist Robert Marchand. The rider has just beaten his own World Record by cycling nearly 17 miles in an hour. Pretty good going, you might think - for a 102-year-old! Meanwhile in Australia, children a century younger than Robert are increasingly taking up extreme sports such as BMX and mountain biking…
Get in motion for Glasgow
CTC’s AGM and National Dinner take place in Glasgow on 10 May. Motions for the AGM are now being accepted and must be sent to CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright by Friday 14 February 2014. They must be proposed and seconded by two CTC members and Council strongly recommends getting in touch to discuss them first before the deadline.
Four shows for the price of one!
The London Bike Show takes place next week from 13-16 February at ExCel. We’ll be there so come and say ‘hello’. CTC members can obtain adult tickets online for just £13 by quoting the code ‘CTC13’ until 15 February – the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show, The Triathlon Plus Show and The London International Dive Show are all included in the price too.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.