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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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100 not out - CTC Life Member Les Brown celebrates with a ride

A telegram from the Queen might be enough for most people but CTC member Les Brown decided to mark his 100th birthday with a bike ride.
Les Brown and Tom Hanley on the recumbent trike

CTC Life Member Les Brown doesn't let age get in the way of his passion for cycling so his friend and fellow CTC Life member Tom Hanley decided to organise a special celebration ride for him when he turned 100 years old on 1 September.

The pair, who rode an unusual tandem-trike, were joined for the occasion by around 25 other cyclists and friends for the ride from Lochmaben to Dalton Pottery, where they enjoyed a well-deserved slice of birthday cake.

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Why is increasing physical activity important?

Cycling can contribute to increasing physical activity and has a number of significant health benefits. There has been considerable progress promoting physical activity in Scotland.
Cycling can contribute to increasing physical activity

Inactivity accounts for at least 2,500 deaths each year in Scotland and for almost 1 in 10 deaths worldwide. It is considered to be the second biggest risk factor for mortality, behind high blood pressure. Increased physical fitness would reduce premature death by 30% and can help prevent and treat more than 20 chronic diseases. Getting Scotland fit could increase an individual's life expectancy by almost a year.

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Cycling the city of Leicester after CTC cycle training

Mrs Sodha hadn't ridden for several years when she took up adult cycle training with us, to gain confidence and get some exercise. After four sessions we lent her a bike and she joined in a ride around the city of Leicester last week.
A returning cyclist meets her instructor at a city cycling event

Nirmalaben Sodha is just one of the ladies who have been given back her confidence to get back on a bike by a CTC Cycle Champions training programme.

Mrs Sodha has had a lifelong interest in cycling. She told us about growing up in East Africa, where her father imported bikes from Birmingham.  Now that she is over 60, she has come back to cycling for some exercise and a chat with friends in Cossington Park.

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Cycle instructor wins Local Cycling Hero award

One of our most dedicated cycle instructors, Maryam Amatullah, has won the Midlands region Local Cycling Hero award this week.
Maryam enjoys passing on her expertise

Originally trained by CTC, Maryam is definitely one of the most popular cycling instructors in the city! Everyone who has been taught by Maryam describes her support and dedication, her quiet determination that they too can cycle if they want to.

 For some trainees, her support in Hindi as well as English is especially welcome.  We appreciate that our award winner will start two more 6-week sessions for adults next week.  

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Endurance cycling TransAmerica with a bike called Pseudomonas

Riding 3,415 miles from Los Angeles to Boston
Chris Oliver riding through the Rockies

Cycling 80 to 100+ miles a day every day for seven weeks is simply mind-numbing.

Chronic fatigue, aching legs, arms and backs are coupled with addled brains turned into mush by too many towns and too many miles in too short a time.

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Cossington Street Adult Cycling Sessions updates

The adult cycling sessions at Cossington Street Sports Centre continue to be very popular. We have taken delivery of a shipping container at Cossington, which should help with storage and making the sessions flow easily.
Learning to ride with small bikes to borrow and a ball court

We plan to organise neighbourhood rides soon, with bikes to borrow.  Please look out for Ride Leader training if you would like to help out.  

As part of sharing the story of adult cycle training, some trainees gave interviews to camera on Wednesday 21st.  Your stories, experiences and opinions will appear soon.  Thank you!

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A busy end to summer in the Chilterns

22 August 2013
There are events, events and more events coming up over the next couple of months and Cycle Chilterns will be supporting lots of them!
Riders enjoying Shoretrax at Oxford & Thame Show

It's a packed end to the cycling season with a number of local club events in the calendar. Cycle Chilterns will be supporting these in a number of ways, as well as attending a variety of other local events offering a range of activities.

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Family cycling at Ashridge Estate

For a fun outing for all the family, explore the beautiful Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns.
Family cycling on Ashridge Estate

Set in the heart of the Chilterns is National Trust site, Ashridge Estate. Boasting a huge area of woodlands and downland, it’s free to explore and a great place for cycling with the whole family.  You can enjoy bluebells in the spring, beautiful golden colours in the autumn, or spot a fallow deer and other wildlife.

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CTC's New Forest Cycling Week 2013 - another great success

This year, there were 220 attendees at the CTC’s New Forest Rally, now in its 39th year. As usual there was a wide mix of people, including families with children, couples on their own and individuals, some of whom cycle camped.
Riders in the New Forest

As is the case every year, CTC East Sussex and Chippenham Wheelers both brought big contingents. Others came from a little further away, including Wales, Scotland, Denmark and even Malaysia!

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