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Want to get cycling in Essex? CTC can help!

CTC has already helped 3,000 people get cycling in North Essex - and now we're planning for more in 2013...
Cycling in the sun on Wivenhoe Quay

Three thousand people in North Essex have already re-discovered the pleasure of cycling, thanks to CTC, and now we want to get even more people cycling because we understand the benefits to health and the sheer sense of freedom that cycling brings.

We help people get back on a bike often for the first time in years or even for the first time ever. And then we help them go further. We make it relaxed and gentle, fun and sociable. So not only are you feeling healthier, you’re seeing new places and meeting new friends.

Cheddar Cycle Store

Name

Cheddar Cycle Store

Type of organisation

Independent Retailer (Cycles, Accessories, Repairs, Hire)

Location

1E Valley Line Industrial Park, Wedmore Road, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3EE

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Anna tours Bath on vintage bikes and grabs designer cycle bargains!

Jole Rider (pronounced Jolly Rider) is a charity that targets Africa to improve education and wellbeing in young people. This is mainly done by fixing up donated bikes and shipping them to Africa for kids to use for cycling to school. So to find out more, I met their lead mechanic for a bike ride.
David with his vintage Raleigh in 'cafe racer' style

The charity receives old bikes from the police and recycling companies, some of which are absolute vintage gems. Thanks to in-house know-it-all mechanic, David McKinven, these are often pulled out for refurbishment and sold to shops and individuals in England.

I had the privilege of borrowing a classic Malborough in 'café racer' style and touring around Bath in Somerset with David to find out more about the charity.

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Guide to Cycling and Touring in the Chilterns

Thinking of touring around the South East of England? With good train and bus links to either the Bucks, Herts or Wokingham end of the Chilterns, it's worth an explore. Here is a basic guide to some of the listed routes around the Chilterns.
Cycling in the Chilterns

Chiltern Heritage Trail

The scenic Chiltern Heritage Cycle Trail links the historic towns and parishes of the Chiltern District and includes some of the area's most popular tourist attractions and places of historic interest.

The Trail is divided into three loops, each covering approximately 25 miles. The loops are quite distinct in terms of scenery and character, and each is named after a famous historical figure linked to the District.

Cycle trail maps, provided by the Chilterns District Council, are available online:

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Name

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Type of organisation

Cycling Holidays

Location

Petchfield Farm, Elton, Ludlow Shropshire SY8 2HJ

Drover Cycles

Name

Drover Cycles

Type of organisation

Partnership

Location

Forest Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5EH

Open to groups and/or individuals

Bideford Bicycle Hire

Name

Bideford Bicycle Hire

Type of organisation

Private company

Location

Torrington Street, East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DR

Forest Cycle Hire

Name

Forest Cycle Hire

Type of organisation

Limited Company

Location

Haldon Forest Park, Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XR

How CTC helped provide a perfect cycling solution for one family in Essex

CTC Cycle Champions is unashamedly enthusiastic about getting people back on a bike, often after years and sometimes for the first time ever. Many go on to make cycling a regular part of their daily lives and the benefits are huge. Lee and Emily's story is a great example.
Emily leads a group of mums cycling with their kids

Lee and Emily joined CTC’s Cycle Champions rides after hearing about them from the ACE Health Trainer at Colchester Garrison.

With two young children, lots of family pressures and a tight budget, they were looking for a cheap solution to become fitter that fitted in with their busy lives.

The Cycle Champions rides offered the use of children’s trailers – a perfect solution for Lee and Emily and countless other army and civilian families.

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The only way is fun! Reaching new riders in Essex

CTC’s expanded programme of cycling has reached over 1,000 people in Essex this year, thanks to additional funding from Essex County Council, Anglian Community Enterprise and Colchester Garrison.
A group of riders in front of the O2 arena in London

The total includes 317 people who either hadn’t been on a bike with CTC or at all, and a number have learned to ride a bike for the first time in 2012.

CTC Cycle Champions has formed new partnerships with ACE Health Trainers and Colchester Garrison to name just two and together they are helping to change people’s lives for the better.

Said Emily, who started on the Garrison rides:

“I have lost weight and gained enough confidence to help others thanks to the health trainers and the cycle group.”

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