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Becoming a Mountain Bike Leader - an interview with Sharon Harod

We ask Sharon Harod, who recently completed her second CTC Leader course what it is that got her into mountain biking, why she wants to do it and how she found her CTC courses.
Sharon during her Technical Leader Award course

Where were you when you started on the Trail Leader course?

I started working in the outdoors aged 17 in Sept 1996 on an Outdoor Education Course based at Reading College and on work placement at Adventure Dolphin in Pangbourne, Berkshire for the remainder of the week. When I finished the course in June 1997 I was offered a full-time position.  I have worked in the outdoors delivering a variety of activities ever since.

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Mountain biking is important in the city too – cycle training for all

We are sometimes asked why we offer mountain biking skills in a flat city. Doesn’t it just encourage people to drive out of the city to cycle somewhere else – aren't we increasing motor traffic instead of increasing cycling?
Using a city park to teach mountain biking skills

John has come along to monthly skills sessions, and tells us something entirely different:  "I have learnt that my daily commute can be fun.  I skinny along kerbs, manual over obstacles and drop off ledges every single day.  Rather than a chore, my commute is now a playground."

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Boy stuff: cycling, the prostate and erectile dysfunction

Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.
A comfortable saddle is the key

Prostate anatomy and problems in cyclists

A healthy human prostate is classically said to be slightly larger than a walnut. It surrounds the urethra just below the urinary bladder. The prostate can enlarge to the point where urination becomes difficult.

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Downhill legend Steve Peat thrills local children in Sheffield

Good fortune came to kids from Parkwood Springs when local downhill legend Steve Peat turned up to give them a few tips and ride with them around their local track.
Steve Peat at Parkwood Springs, Sheffield

The event was kept low key to make sure that the locals were the only ones who would  enjoy the day.

The 2km track has been years in the making and was officially opened a year ago. Jon Dallow, of Sheffield City Council Woodlands Team, has co-ordinated the six-year long project with the help of CTC Education Officer Dan Cook's vision, bringing prime singletrack trails to the city centre.

It hasn’t been at all easy, but I have had a lot of help from many people along the way." 

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Fort William World Cup 7-8 June 2014 - Early Bird Tickets

If you've been before, you know exactly why this event in the Highlands has won the best World Cup award a record-breaking nine times.
Big Air at Fort William World Cup

10 reasons to buy a Fort William World Cup early bird ticket:

Yes, in plenty of time for Christmas, the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup early bird tickets have just gone on sale.

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A pleasant surprise on the north-east Chilterns Cycleway

Having spent much of the summer riding sections of the Chilterns Cycleway in the central Chilterns, it was time to venture further afield to see what the rest of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire had to offer.
Sundon Hills Country Park

The area covered by the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is actually split into two distinct sections by the M1 corridor and Luton - apparently these aren't considered to be beautiful bits of countryside. So I spend most of my time riding in the main block of the Chilterns through Buckinghamshire and west Hertfordshire.

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Pumptrack and Pumpkins – new cycle track opens in Tiptree on Halloween!

After two years planning, the new pump track at Tiptree in Essex will be opened this half-term by CTC, the national cycling charity (Thursday 31 Oct,11am ).

Press Release October 17 th 2013

To add to the fun of the Grove Park pump track's launch the grand opening will have a Halloween theme.

Richard Monk CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Essex said “We couldn’t resist some pumpkins for the Pumptrack launch which will happen on Halloween, which luckily this year falls during half-term. As well as berms and rollers to negotiate there may be some ghosts and witches to spot too!”

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email:laura.raymond@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 07960 349405

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13 year old Ed wins DMR Wrath Bike Mountain Bike with his design chosen by Pro rider Olly Wilkins.

The CTC and DMR competition to win the ultimate pump track bike has been won by 13 year old Ed Bartley from Bristol. DMR team rider Olly Wilkins judged the competition this week after the prize was showcased on the CTC stand at the NEC Cycle Show last week.

Olly, who  is competing  this week with the DMR team  said “I sat down and  shared the drawings with my friends who are fellow riders and we came up with Ed’s design.”
Nick, Ed’s dad told us he couldn’t wait to tell his 13 year old son when he came home from school today. 

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Aston Hill Pumptrack Off to a Flying Start

Aston Hill Bike Park celebrated 16 years as one of the South’s Premier Mountain Bike destinations with a day’s racing on the Parks infamous Black Run Downhill and the opening of a new Pumptrack funded by Cycle Chilterns.
4yr Old Frankie Morehouse was the first rider on Aston Hill's new Pumptrack

The new Pumptrack compliments the 5 downhill trails, a 4X track and the 5 mile Cross-Country Trails already on Aston Hill providing a much needed facility for younger riders visiting Aston Hill to get into mountain biking. That’s not to say that the Pumptrack is just for kids and it was great to see riders of all ages and abilities putting in laps of the track on the opening evening.

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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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