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Donna - from learning to cycle to learning maintenance

Donna has learned to ride on the roads, even tackling her toughest roundabouts and taken a two-week cycle maintenance course. We spoke to her in the autumn, and here are her plans for more cycling, and reflections on what cycling has meant to her thus far.
Donna working on a wheel

Why did you take up adult cycle training?

Donna came to Adult Cycling sessions to work toward being a first-responder-on-a-bike in St John’s Ambulance. She is already an advanced first-aider, but needed to learn to ride on the road. She saw others in the park wearing bright yellow vests, and then an instructor came to the Fit and Active group Donna attended, and offered free cycling courses to people who were trying to get fitter.

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Adult Cycle Training opportunities - January 2014

Upcoming cycle training opportunities for adults (16 plus) in Leicester
Adult trainee and instructor

Please contact leicester-cycle-champions@ctc.org.uk or 0116 252 6536 to book a free place to learn to ride or gain confidence on the road.

 

Please also note monthly mountain biking opportunities at Rally Park. listed separately.

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Becoming a cyclist – a New Year’s resolution

The glory of mastering the bike, the road and a ‘clumsy’ childhood. Read this story directly from one of the trainees on the Leicester Cycle Champions programme.
Cynthia ready to ride
As trainers and organisers, this is the result we hope for, give our time for. We love your hard femme self, Cynthia.  And hurrah to Leicester City Council for continuing to fund free Adult Cycle Training, organised by CTC.
 
More free courses and rides starting week of 13 January 2014 in Leicester
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Free bike safety checks in the Chilterns this winter

Cycle Chilterns will be running a number of free bike safety check sessions at town markets and train stations across the Chilterns this winter.
Free bike safety checks from Dr Bike

To help keep your bike running smoothly and safely this winter we will be holding regular Dr Bike sessions at a variety of locations across the Chilterns. During each session a qualified mechanic from a local bike shop will perform a free, basic bike safety check while you wait.

Basic bike maintenance is important at any time of year, but particularly during winter when weather conditions, dirt and grit on the road can cause problems with brakes and gears much quicker than in the dry summer months.

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Stuck for stocking fillers? Try CTC Gift Membership

If trudging around the shops looking for the perfect gift fills you with horror, then look no further. CTC’s Gift Membership makes the perfect gift for every rider - from avid cyclists to those just getting started.
CTC Gift Membership

With more and more of your friends and family taking to two wheels, give the gift that provides:  a full 12 months of CTC legal and insurance protection; shop discounts; route and technical advice; six issues of 'Cycle' magazine;  and a warm welcome at thousands of CTC rides. It sure beats socks!

CTC Gift Membership is gift-wrapped and as an additional stocking filler, it includes a CTC woolly hat. We can send the gift to you to pop under the tree or direct to the recipient with a personalised message.

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CTC Scotland Gathering appoints new committee

CTC Scotland met in Larbert for the annual gathering and refreshed and rebuilt their committee for 2013-14.
CTC Scotland Commitee 2013-14

When Dr Chris Oliver was head-hunted to be the new chairman of CTC Scotland in 2011, it was his remit to reinvigorate and refresh the Scottish Committee. This has certainly been achieved.

At the gathering, Gordon Seabright CTC national CEO gave a inspiring workshop on where CTC is going, and John Lauder, National Director for Sustrans Scotland, outlined their developments.

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Teenagers become trainers

Bike Club Scotland has developed a Package for 14-16yr olds to introduce them to the world of cycle leadership. 117 new leaders are now working with their club, group or school to help develop cycling as an activity for more young people to access.

There is no need for me to persuade most young people of the benefits of cycling. They are not interested in hearing the eco advantages – both pocket and emission, nor the difference it can make for congestion, long term health or the social impact. What it means to children and young people is fun and freedom!

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CTC's 'Bard on a Bike' helps get Rochdale cycling.

With the 40km Connect2 network well established around Rochdale, CTC’s local Cycling Development Officer Seamus Kelly decided to use poetry to revive interest in cycling along the routes.
The Larks poem by CTC Development Officer and poet Seamus Kelly

Seamus, a writer and poet in his spare time, came up with the initial concept  to display some poetry along the pathways and shared the idea with colleagues in the council and local arts groups. The Library Service, through the Maskew Bequest offered funding for the project and along with match funding from Cartwheel Arts, the idea of displaying poems on the routes became a realistic possibility.

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New section of cycle route for Snowdonia

CTC attended the opening last week of a new section of Lôn Gwyrfai, a cycling and walking route linking Caernarfon to Waunfawr. The new section joins Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert.
Cutting the ribbon on the new route

The work developing the new section of the  Lôn Gwyrfai multi-use path was part funded by the Communities and Nature (CAN) project, which is a £14.5m European funded project led and managed by Natural Resources Wales. CAN aims to generate economic growth and sustainable jobs by capitalising on Wales's environmental qualities, particularly its landscape and wildlife.

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Could you be a Ted?

Cycling Development Officer in Scotland, Suzanne Forup, is looking for CTC members in Dumfries and Galloway to help children and young people discover the joy of cycling. You don’t really have to be called Ted…
Portwilliam Cycling Group

Ted Norfolk, CTC member in Dumfries and Galloway is creating a cycling revolution in his area. Ted is no stranger to cycling success - riding as a GB Cyclo Cross international rider in the 1960’s and then moving into coaching in the 1980’s. He worked with the English Schools Cycling Association as a coach and trainer, as well as for Hampshire and Berkshire schools. Ted also worked alongside the GB Cyclo Cross team as a squad coach, mechanic and team manager in the late 1980’s.

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