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140 families join the BIG Colchester Tour Series ride

Colchester’s BIG ‘Tour Series’ cycle ride was a great opportunity to showcase the quiet cycle routes that Colchester has to offer. With such a great family turn-out, the event was a success, packing the High Street with cyclists all crossing the Tour Series finish line.
Photography: David Higgleton

What a day we had in Colchester! Not satisfied with having Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy racing through our town centre along with 80 other elite cyclists, CTC was asked to run a community cycle ride to celebrate our day of cycling.

140 families and children took part with rides starting in the historic Hythe Quay area of town and the leafy suburbs of High Woods.

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Threat of rain didn't dampen entries for ladies-only race, Stilettos on Wheels

The forecast was for heavy rain, the sky was grey, the umbrellas were on standby…but that didn’t stop more than 60 women lining up on the start line for the first of Stilettos On Wheels mountain bike race of this year.
Mountain bike racer

With almost double the number of riders in the event this year, the competition was certainly fiercer - but with super-friendly marshals, supporters and sponsors in the arena, and a mix of expert and novice racers on the course, Stilettos On Wheels managed to maintain the fun, supportive atmosphere that sustains its popularity.

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A gentle ride through rolling Chilterns countryside

Sara Randle, Senior Development Officer for the Cycle Chilterns project, takes us through a quiet little 13 mile circular route in the Chiltern Hills, suitable for a wide range of abilities.
Bluebell riding in the Chilterns

Living on the edge of the Chilterns, I have a wealth of good riding on my doorstep, so when somebody asks me where to ride it’s not easy to narrow it down. One of my favourite little rides is officially known as Herts Recreation route 6 , a circular 13 mile route through quiet country lanes, suitable for families and a range of abilities.

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200+ Cyclists needed! Prudential RideLondon Cycle Safety Simulation Exercise

24 May 2013
Free Bank Holiday Cycle Event, Parliament Square, London. A few hundred cyclists are needed this bank holiday to help London's Emergency Services and the Prudential RideLondon organisers run a simulated emergency exercise on the streets of London.
London Emergency Services, RideLondon Exercise

To ensure the safety of participants and supporters of Prudential RideLondon, the organisers have planned a simulated emergency exercise in collaboration with the emergency services.

A ride will start from Bridge Street on the corner of Parliament Square at 8:30am and follow the Bupa 10K route on closed roads for about half a mile, where the simulation will begin.

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Chelmsford Gets Cycling

Following the great success of last year’s led cycle rides, a series of recreational rides have been organised for Chelmsford throughout the summer
Ride to Writtle, Chelmsford

The rides, led by experienced ride leaders, will follow many of the quiet traffic-free routes around the city. The emphasis is on fun and the rides are open to everyone. The group usually stops for a relaxed coffee and there's always time to chat while cycling.

The cycle rides start with nice, short routes lasting 45 minutes and they progress at the riders' pace. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent and be able to cycle comfortably for up to an hour. Parents with trailers or bike seats can bring younger children along.


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Cyclists ride from London to Reading for the British Heart Foundation

13 June 2013
Participants cycle a 40-mile route from London to Reading for the British Heart Foundation, in partnership with CTC and Reading Borough Council.

Cyclists participated in the London to Reading cycling event on 28 April to support the British Heart Foundation, in conjunction with CTC and Reading Borough Council.

The event, which spanned over 40 miles and hit destinations like Windsor and Henley, was intended to promote cycling as a heart-healthy form of exercise and transportation.

Upon completion of the ride, cyclists were presented with a medal of completion and a goodie bag complete with a water bottle, energy gel and promotional material for future rides and cycling events in Reading.

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Cycling for Health session in Reading encourages cycling as a form of exercise and transportation

CTC, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, run weekly Cycling for Health sessions at the velodrome in Palmer Park.
Participants cycle around the velodrome at Palmer Park.

CTC, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, run weekly Cycling for Health sessions at the velodrome in Palmer Park to encourage people to take up cycling for exercise and to promote cycling as transportation.

The sessions are available to cyclists of varying ability.  Eileen, a new cyclist and participant in Cycling for Health, had never ridden a bicycle before. 

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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.
CTC volunteer Pippa

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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