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Amanda pedals through the pain of CRPS

Not so long ago, our Swindon Champion, Anna Cipullo, wrote a blog about Amanda Nelson detailing a strong independent women determined to battle through complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in order to continue cycling.
Amanda Nelson prepares for LEJOG

Unfortunately the complexity of Amanda’s health issues have increased, and yet so has her determination to remain a cyclist. Amanda says: “In terms of my health, my pain levels have increased tenfold since I have started cycling but emotionally I am so much better. The latter certainly helps me to cope with the pain. I get such a buzz from cycling that I have no intentions of quitting no matter how bad my pain becomes.”

Wheel High, Badaguish

Name

Wheel High

Type of organisation

Community interest group (but not an official company / no official structure)

Location

Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore

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CTC wins bid to increase cycle commuting and cycle tourism in the Chilterns

The Department for Transport has awarded a grant of £868,000 from its Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) for a three year project to increase car-free tourist travel from gateway towns in the Chilterns, linking with the Chilterns Cycleway.
Chilterns Cycleway due to be promoted by CTC

Gateway towns include Twyford, (Wokingham) Henley on Thames (Oxfordshire), Great Missenden, Chesham, Amersham (Buckinghamshire), Tring, and Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire). Within these areas there will be investment in improved cycle links, better signage on cycling routes, more cycle parking and provision of bike hire facilities at railway stations and major attractions and a variety of accommodation providers.

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Breezing along with Trax

Trax is a Bike Club operating in a very disadvantaged area of London, near Boadwater Farm. Trax offer a wide range of cycling activities for everyone to enjoy. CTC's Frances Chaloner went to a Trax Breeze Ride for women on a bright autumnal morning.
Trax Containers with a good supply of pool bikes

I attended a Trax Breeze led ride on a Sunday in cold but very bright autumnal day - it was perfect for cycling.

We met up at the Trax containers near at Lordship Rec. This is where the pool bikes that Trax Bike Club members can borrow for sessions are stored.

The pool bikes were purchase with Smarter Travel funding (on road) and a Bike Club grant (off road). They have been very popular and allowed a lot of women to take part in the led rides.

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Marlene Julien: Dr Bike

Marlene Julien is a Dr Bike in more ways than one: she is a hospital doctor and is also a keen cyclist who volunteers as a Trax Bike Club leader in her spare time - encouraging women to cycle and learn how to fix their bikes.
Marlene Julien: Trax Dr Bike and Bike Club Leader

Marlene loves leisure cycling but she rode her bike alone until spring 2011. The turning point came when she joined Trax off-road cycling club as the Welfare Officer, encouraged by Daniel Mintz who was Chairman.

I was inspired by the passion and example of the Trax team to bring the joy of cycling to more people. It is important that everyone can take part, so we secured Smarter Travel funding for bikes which can be borrowed by riders who don’t have their own.”

Marlene Julien

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CTC Sportive series ends in Worcester 14 October

The Tour of Worcester returns for its 6th year on 14 October. Classic Malvern climbs feature, the route then takes in Stanhope Bank before Tenbury Wells and a short excursion into Shropshire before returning to tackle the 'killer' option of Wynniattes Way (a 25% monster) but only if you want
CTC Challenge Ride

Tour of Worcester 2012

Sign on from 17.00 to 18.30 on Saturday 13th, and again on Sunday morning from 07.00am to collect your timing chip and recognition number to help match you up with the pictures our photographer will capture of your efforts en route.

Both rides start from 08.30 to 09.00, in small groups of 10-15, at minute intervals.

The extensive car parking is situated by Registration in the centre of the racecourse, so please follow the signs to the HQ/Registration.

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Queens Park Forum Bike Club Launch in the Sunshine

Queens Park Forum Bike Club is community based and offers weekly bike maintenance lessons, an earn a bike scheme and a drop in Dr Bike service for local people. Cycling Development Officer for London Frances Chaloner went along to the launch in Westminster.
Queens Park Forum Bike Club's Dr Bike, Fabian and a family enjoying the festival

Queens Park Forum Bike Club held their launch at the Summer Festival in Queens Park Gardens, Westminster in glorious summer sunshine.

Ted Flanagan,  the Bike Club leader, organised the festival which had food, music, comedy acts and stalls, including the Queens Park Forum Bike Club with a Dr Bike service. The event was very popular and had a great atmosphere with local people thoroughly enjoying the afternoon in the park.

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Get discounted tickets for Cycle Show 2012

CTC will once again be at the Cycle Show this year. CTC members can get a discounted tickets and the first 25 CTC members to visit our stand (A11) each day will receive a CTC goody bag.
Cycle show 2012 logo

The 2012 Cycle Show highlights include an E-Bike village, kids test track and the all inclusive cycling hub. The show is open to the public Friday to Sunday 9:30 to 5:00, located at the NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT. Secure bike parking is available.

Demo tracks are a big feature this year with Road, Off Road and Kids options.

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EU-wide comparison shows GB has poor cycle use and cyclist safety, but we measure this superbly!

A new EU-wide comparison of cyclists' safety shows that Britain is among the top countries for measuring cycling . Now we need to make much better use of this information to substantially boost cycle use and improve cyclists' safety.
Cycle counter on the Camel Trail, Cornwall (photo CTC, © Dep't for Transport)

A few days ago I was welcoming new figures now being collected by the Government, through Sport England's Active People Survey, which shows levels of regular and occasional cycle use at a local level.

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Merthyr Tydfil Bike Club video

Young reporters in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales make a video about their Bike Club and why they like cycling.

Young People in Merthyr Tydfil have gained valuable experience in becoming reporters through the training given by Makewaves. They made a video about their Bike Club.

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