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Going to uni by bike - top tips from student cyclists

School is just out, but it's not long before 650,000 new students head off for uni this autumn. CTC caught up with two experienced cycling students Stef and Jesse to hear why they go by bike.
Jesse on the Dunwich Dynamo

Stef lives in South London and is studying at Goldsmiths College. Two wheels is her main mode of getting around, not only cycling the three miles to classes but also to work and visiting friends. It adds up to one to three journeys on her 'steamroller' most days in any given week.

She says: ‘I love being able to control the amount of time it takes to get to places; and being able to do journeys that would be quite difficult by public transport. For instance, getting from SE to SW London can be tricky on buses and trains.’

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The Women's Tour - does racing turn anyone on to cycling?

On a soggy day I milled in the rain for two hours with cold, soaked kids to watch the Women’s Tour - and to my utter amazement it was worth it!
Children from Barley Croft school getting inside knowledge

The Women’s Tour of Britain passed within 5 miles of my home this week and I had decided I wasn’t going to bother watching it.  It’s hard to over (under?) estimate the degree to which I don’t care about competitive sport, cycling included.

I’m not sure I have the language for my degree of disinterest.  No matter how much I like doing something in my daily life or admire it in yours, the minute you add competition, you’ve lost me.

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Women only Trail Mountain Bike Leader course

15 April 2014
CTC are running a women only Trail Leader Award course at Young Bristol in June, so here's your chance to get on the right course, with the right Trainer - Sally Berry - and enjoy it from start to finish!
Woman riding over a slope on a mountain bike

Clear your diary for the 13-15 June and come with us to achieve your Trail Leader Award in Bristol.  It's a great venue, with lovely riding and the course will be shaped around your needs, experiences and future desires.  See where the Trail Leader course led previous participant Sharon Harrod.

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Triathlon England brings in CTC, the national Cycling Charity to train ride leaders.

Triathlon England has chosen CTC, the national cycling charity, to design a training course for volunteer ride leaders.
CTC's Greg Woodford designed bespoke Club Leader Course for Triathlon England

CTC’s one-day Club Leader (CL) course is aimed at competent club cyclists to give them the tools to lead a club run in perfect confidence. The first tranche of courses takes place this weekend.

Triathlon England's AGM at Loughborough University will host one of CTC’s CL courses, and see senior Triathlon England managers put through their paces and learn how to set up, assess and manage a club ride from CTC Senior Cycle Training Officer Greg Woodford.

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Night riding: skills, tips and tricks for mtb riders and leaders

It happens every year, yet virtually everyone seems to get caught out by it. The September equinox indicates the fastest point of shortening days in the year. So within a handful of weeks, you go from wearing shorts and beautiful light evenings, through sunsets to setting out in the dark.
CTC Instructor Trainer dropping in during the hours of darkness

Sometimes it's a depressing thought, the nights closing in.  However, night riding is also to be relished as one of the most rewarding experiences you can have on a bike, and especially when riding with a group.  Riding in the dark heightens your senses, improves your skills and builds awareness.  Of course, mix this in with starry or moonlit nights, or deep fog, and the whole experience becomes amazing.  Perhaps this night riding video from CTC Instructor Trainer

Becoming a Mountain Bike Leader - an interview with Sharon Harod

We ask Sharon Harod, who recently completed her second CTC Leader course what it is that got her into mountain biking, why she wants to do it and how she found her CTC courses.
Sharon during her Technical Leader Award course

Where were you when you started on the Trail Leader course?

I started working in the outdoors aged 17 in Sept 1996 on an Outdoor Education Course based at Reading College and on work placement at Adventure Dolphin in Pangbourne, Berkshire for the remainder of the week. When I finished the course in June 1997 I was offered a full-time position.  I have worked in the outdoors delivering a variety of activities ever since.

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Mountain biking is important in the city too – cycle training for all

We are sometimes asked why we offer mountain biking skills in a flat city. Doesn’t it just encourage people to drive out of the city to cycle somewhere else – aren't we increasing motor traffic instead of increasing cycling?
Using a city park to teach mountain biking skills

John has come along to monthly skills sessions, and tells us something entirely different:  "I have learnt that my daily commute can be fun.  I skinny along kerbs, manual over obstacles and drop off ledges every single day.  Rather than a chore, my commute is now a playground."

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March and April courses and events

Here is the schedule for courses starting soon in Leicester.

Courses at Rally Park

Thursdays 9:30

Learn to ride or gain confidence on the road (16+)

 

Thursdays 9:30

Learn basic roadside maintenance (women only).

If more men are interested in this course, we can make recommendations to courses or look at starting a new one – let us know.

 

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Cycle Chilterns summer Bikeability sessions give children more confidence!

Last summer, 37 children took part in a successful series of Bikeability courses run by the Cycle Chilterns project. The courses took place over two weeks in Tring and Amersham.
Morning Bikeability level 1 session at Amersham

For those of you not familiar with Bikeability, it is the new 'cycling proficiency'. Two levels were offered during the week, with Level 1 covering basic bike skills in a playground and Level 2 covering road skills. The course aims to give children more confidence and awareness of being on the road.

Many parents signed up for the course to give them a bit of peace of mind for when their children cycle with their friends on the road, arming them with the right skills and increasing their awareness.

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Supporting Healthy Streets

CTC were funded by the Lancashire County Council Gateway programme to deliver Community Cycle Clubs in partnership with "Healthy Streets". Over the first eighteen months 23 community cycling projects were identified and supported through the work of CTC Cycling Development officer Damian Bonsall.
Healthy Streets Maintenance

The Lancashire County Council 'Healthy Streets' initiative is a community led programme intended to build on what communities already do best. It works alongside the County’s 20mph speed limit programme to promote the feeling of safer walking and cycling opportunities around Lancashire communities.

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