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Be a part of the Colchester Tour Series

CTC is leading a community ride that will culminate in a BIG, BIG cycle ride on the Tour Series racing circuit on the Colchester High Street.

Colchester will be celebrating another amazing Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle racing day on 30 May 2013 - the race is returning to the town for its fourth year thanks to Colchester Borough Council.

Castle Park will be packed with free events for all ages during the afternoon, including novelty bikes, a 10-second cycling challenge courtesy of Essex University's human performance unit, dance tasters and sports skills sessions.

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A simply spiffing day out

CTC had an absolutely marvellous time at the Tweed Run in London on Saturday 13 April, despite a little light precipitation. Styled as "A metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style", the run was one of the highlights of the year for the many dapper ladies and gents who took part.
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In fact,  just 500 lucky riders were successful out of 4000 who applied.

Savile Row salutes the sartorial cyclists

The tailored two-wheelers set off from Marleybone at 12 noon before heading towards Trafalgar Square via Savile Row, where the traditional tailors doffed their caps to the besuited brigade of bicyclists, and the Houses of Parliament. The pedalling procession then pootled on towards Lincolns Inn Fields.

The need for tweed

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Exploring the Chilterns countryside

For beautiful cycling in the countryside, all less than an hour by train from London, the Chilterns is the place to go!
Chilterns Heritage routes - Milton signage

When I found out that I was going to help with the Chilterns project, I knew that I had to go cycling there to check the area out. After some research, I chose Amersham (a gateway town for the project) as a base because it has good transport links to London and some great routes too. In particular, there is a series of three heritage circular rides that start and end in Amersham.

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Nutty about the Squirrel Ride

A joint project between CTC, Visit Sefton and West Lancashire and National Trust, the led leisure rides help to promote sustainable travel in the area and the local work of the National Trust.
Riders reach Southport promenade

CTC, the Sefton and West Lancs Visit project and The National Trust teamed up to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to hear all about the unique Red Squirrel Reserve at Formby, whilst exploring the area by bike.

This was the first in a series of led rides for 2013 and planning it turned into a bit of a minefield...

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An Electric Bike Network for the Chilterns

The Chilterns are soon to be the latest tourist area to host an Electric Bike Network so, as a local, I decided to give their electric bicycles a spin.
An Electric Bike

I am a small lady cyclist, and I had turned up for my taster in jeans, so I wasn’t giving the Electric Bike Network (EBN) an easy job of satisfying my needs from the outset, and when they presented me with a medium-sized male-oriented mountain bike complete with full saddle bags, I looked at them sceptically.

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Holidays from Heaven for the MTB family

What do you need for the perfect family cycling holiday? Ruby Seber finds out how to keep teenagers happy too.
Family of four riders at the top of the mountain

Last summer, I went on a cycling holiday in the French Alps with my family. The resort we went to was called Les Gets and it was within easy access of Morzine resort too. There are lots of resorts and they are easy to get to by plane and then a coach journey up the mountain- slightly scarily fast driving along windy steep roads but it’s worth it when you get to the top!

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A newbie to CTC

Dan Callow from Sheffield has gone from occasionally going for a spin on his road bike to becoming a regular cyclist.
Dan Callow

I have always had a road bike and enjoyed the occasional foray into the surrounding Peak District but recently I have become much more of a regular cyclist. This has got me thinking, why has this happened?

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Getting parents cycling too

Leroy Luke from Leicester wanted more people to enjoy cycling, so when the CTC Cycling Champions project was able to offer cycling sessions to parents he jumped at the chance to be a part of it.
Leroy Luke and parents learning to cycle

Leroy Luke had all the skills to repair bikes and had been a Bikeability Instructor, but he hadn’t taught in a while. When the Cycling Champions project provided cycling sessions for parents at his children’s school - Barley Croft School in Leicester - he helped recruit potential new cyclists and became a big part of encouraging more people to become confident cyclists. 

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Celebrating Rochdale's Connect2 network

As the Connect2 network in Rochdale passes 40km, a special portrait bench has been unveiled with a dawn chorus.
As the Connect2 network in Rochdale passes 40km a special portrait bench is unve

As Rochdale's extensive Connect2 network passed 40km in length, a special portrait bench has been unveiled with a dawn chorus by children from St. Edward's Primary School in Castleton.

Located on the Rochdale Canal towpath just south of Castleton, between the Norton Grange Hotel and the railway line, the bench features portraits of Dame Gracie Fields, Harriet Ellis (world champion windsurfer) and Lynne Coxell (Headteacher of St Edward's CE Primary school). They were chosen by local school children.

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Chester & North Wales tops 2012 CTC Tourist Competition

Chester and North Wales CTC have been stalwarts of the Tourist Competition since its earliest days and have triumphed again in 2012.
Ladies' Tourist Competition Winner Lowri Evans

Another impressive year for Chester & North Wales CTC in the Tourist Competition. Led by overall winner Peter Dilworth, they also took the team prize and Lowri Evans won the Ladies (and Ladies Vet) for the 5th time. 

Last year's winner Mike Batchelor (also '08, '09) could only manage 6th place, despite being only 4 points behind after 12 events.

Top 25 - 2012 CTC Tourist Competition

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