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Xcalibre off-road - EVENT POSTPONED until 2015

CTC is pleased to announce our partnership with Xcalibre, Britain’s first ever televised off-road tour, which runs 16-23 August 2014 across seven stages and three venues. Unfortunately this event has been POSTPONED until 2015 - keep an eye on the the Xcalibre website for more details.
An off-road rider on a descent

The Xcalibre 500 two-person team event tests riders across a range of terrain and all MTB disciplines – cross-country, Enduro and marathon, with teams winning points along the way as much for one’s own satisfaction as for one of the race leaders jerseys for women’s teams, mixed teams, the over 80s (combined age that is!) and, of course, the yellow jerseys of the overall leaders. ITV4 will be catching the action on every stage.

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Public Inquiry Threatens Completion of 100 mile Coast-to-Coast Cycle Trail

Vocal opposition from a small number of local protesters threatens to derail plans to complete the National Cycle Network Route 27 Coast-to-Coast trail between Plymouth and Ilfracombe.
Plym Valley Cycle Trail

Known as the Devon Coast-to-Coast route, 78 of the 103 miles follow off-road traffic-free trails, mainly using well-surfaced track beds of former railways.

These trails take you gently from sea-level to the elevated plateau of mid Devon and the western fringes of Dartmoor, avoiding most of the sharp gradients (and traffic) of Devon’s road network. The Clearbrook Ramp (pictured below) is the exception.

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Why should cyclists use Twitter?

Some say Twitter is a waste of time. It is, however, the world’s largest global conversation and is a very effective way for cyclists to network, campaign and communicate.
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Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called 'Tweets'. It's an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about, and you can add pictures and videos too.

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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Access to MoD land for cyclists - the big picture

Surrey and Hampshire cyclists are finding that the MoD (Ministry of Defence) are increasingly restricting access to their land for cyclists (and also making life much harder for horseriders and walkers). Is this happening in other parts of the country?
MOD Access Signage

CTC would like to know if cyclists elsewhere in the country are experiencing problems accessing MoD land. If you are, please get in touch. This will help us not only when we are negotiating about local problems (as in the case of Hankley Common - see below), but also in the national discussions that CTC has with MoD.
 

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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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Night riding: skills, tips and tricks for mtb riders and leaders

It happens every year, yet virtually everyone seems to get caught out by it. The September equinox indicates the fastest point of shortening days in the year. So within a handful of weeks, you go from wearing shorts and beautiful light evenings, through sunsets to setting out in the dark.
CTC Instructor Trainer dropping in during the hours of darkness

Sometimes it's a depressing thought, the nights closing in.  However, night riding is also to be relished as one of the most rewarding experiences you can have on a bike, and especially when riding with a group.  Riding in the dark heightens your senses, improves your skills and builds awareness.  Of course, mix this in with starry or moonlit nights, or deep fog, and the whole experience becomes amazing.  Perhaps this night riding video from CTC Instructor Trainer

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