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Get your kids active this summer - check out CTC's range of family-friendly rides and events

As report after report says we are facing an obesity epidemic, many parents are finding it difficult to get their children off the sofa and away from their X-Boxes.
Young rider and adult in the New Forest

Cycling in the great outdoors is not only healthy and fun, it's something all the family can do together. CTC has a wide range of events and rides that are perfect for mum, dad, the children - and granny and grandad too! - so check out our selection of some of the best we have to offer:

Cycling rallies in the summer holidays

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Ride, Cake and Chat!

CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Scotland is a multi-tasker with a mission – to support women to ride, eat cake and chat. For the record, she’s typing this whilst drinking tea and thinking about what to cook for dinner...
Cycling ladies

I saw in the news this week that British women are the multi-tasking champions of Europe. No wonder, then, that Belles on Bikes is proving so popular with the women of Scotland. Our strapline - ‘ride, cake, chat’ - of actions isn’t meant to be done simultaneously, but clearly it could be!

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Boy stuff: cycling, the prostate and erectile dysfunction

Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.
A comfortable saddle is the key

Prostate anatomy and problems in cyclists

A healthy human prostate is classically said to be slightly larger than a walnut. It surrounds the urethra just below the urinary bladder. The prostate can enlarge to the point where urination becomes difficult.

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CTC leads collaboration to get every four-year-old in Glasgow cycling

30 January 2014
A new CTC-led project will allow every four-year-old child in Glasgow the opportunity to learn to ride a bike thank to The People's Postcode Lottery
The team behind Play on Wheels

Play on Wheels, a collaborative project between CTC, the national cycling charity, Play Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station and Cycling Scotland was awarded £230,000 on Wednesday 29 January in the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund 2014.

The award, which is the largest single amount ever awarded to a Dream Fund project, means every four-year-old child in Glasgow will have the chance to learn to ride a bike before they go to school.

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Cake-loving lady cyclists wanted in Scotland…!

After a rainy day in the saddle with the fledgling Edinburgh Belles on Bikes, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Scotland Suzanne Forup needs some help getting more women on their bikes...
Four women on bikes

Yesterday four fairly intrepid Edinburgh Belles braved the January rain with me to launch the start of Belles on Bikes across Scotland.

Despite the dreich (that means cold, damp and miserable for the English speakers) conditions the ladies kept smiling, particularly as we rolled along Portobello Promenade into the Beach House for tea, cake and defrosting…

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Why should cyclists use Twitter?

Some say Twitter is a waste of time. It is, however, the world’s largest global conversation and is a very effective way for cyclists to network, campaign and communicate.
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Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called 'Tweets'. It's an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about, and you can add pictures and videos too.

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Tiptree turns out to celebrate its new pump track

After two years of planning, a new pump track at Tiptree in Essex was opened today by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Councillors Colin and Laura Sykes. Despite the wet weather there was a fantastic turn out from local youngsters eager to try out the track.
Colchester Mayor and local youngsters raring to go !

The event was supported by BMX Braintree ensuring there were plenty of  bikes for  those who didn't have their own to enjoy a lesson and a pump track session.

The track at the Grove Road playing field wouldn't have been possible for CTC to build without the co-operation of Colchester Borough Council, who have directed funding towards this project and other very successful cycling programmes in the village.

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Great day for a pump track ride

On a sunny weekend at the end of September, the inaugural Yorkshire Bicycle Show was held in Leeds. CTC was one of the main sponsors and staff and volunteers from West Yorkshire and National Office turned out with the ever popular Shoretrax Pump track. See just how much fun was had by all!
Shoretrax Fun

Knowing the organisers first-hand from previous CTC Cycle Champs events was a real bonus. It meant that we had pride of place outside the Town Hall with our Shoretrax pump track and fleet of bikes on loan from Calderdale Council Cycling team. We also had plenty of stand space inside the extremely grand venue where we promoted our Road Justice Campaign and signed people up for CTC membership.

As the track took shape, excitement gathered and a busy day was enjoyed by young cyclists.

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Don't forget the dog! Cycle touring with man (and woman's) best friend.

Expeditions don’t require exotic destinations or big distances, only a sense of adventure – as Judy Mapledoram and family discovered in Devon.
Lady riding with dog on bike

Why don’t we cycle down to Grandad’s next year? It was just an idea at first; he lives over 70 miles away. But it grabbed the attention of the children. ‘Could we?’ they asked. ‘Isn’t it too far?’

There were lots of questions to be answered.

Would the children both be on their own bikes? Should I take the tandem so they could take turns on the back? How could I carry all the camping equipment? And not least: what about the dog?

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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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