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Boardman HT Pro Cycle Magazine Review

Boardman HT Pro
Model: 
Boardman HT Pro

At any given price, a 26-inch wheel hardtail should have a better specification than a full suspension bike or a hardtail 29er. When that price is ‘under £1,000’, where one poor component choice can tip the balance on a bike’s performance, there’s a strong case for choosing an uncompromised, 26er hardtail – like this Boardman HT Pro.

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AirBag Enjoyment - Leicester

The atmosphere was sparkling at the Ride Leicester and City Festivals. As the CTC’s contribution to the event, we wanted to bring something new to Leicester. The AirBag was perfect – fun, a little scary, a great spectacle.

It was lively on Humberstone Gate on Monday 18 August as people passing by gave it their best go and a few groups came down from around the city to practice whips and flips.

The CTC Cycling Champions Project has been supporting urban mountain biking groups in Leicester for several years, including offering events and training.  The city now has a pool of people who are very well qualified to teach, and free monthly skills sessions: for all adults, women only, and family groups.

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Pedals - Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Welcome message for visitors: 

Pedals offer inclusive cycling sessions at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. The centre has a good range of adapted bikes to choose from, please take a look a CTCs guide to adapted cycles for more information.   

  

  • Riders enjoy cycling around the park on naturally designed level pathways.  
  • People with a variety of disabilities are welcome at the centre.  
  • Their adapted bikes include hand cranked side by side cycles and trikes to try, click here to see a few photos of their fleet.
About the centre: 

Pedals is a CTC affiliated site, run by Huntingdonshire district council. They are part of the DASH project, a Sport England funded initiative that delivers activities and sport in Huntingdonshire, with the aim to provide something for everyone.

Hinchingbrooke Park is situated near to Godmanchester town, Hinchingbrooke Hopsital and School are close by.     

The country park has a wealth of wildlife everywhere which covers 170 acres, and includes open grasslands, meadows, woodlands and lakes. Whether you are riding a bike, walking the dog, exploring with your children, enjoying tea and home made cakes in the cafe or having a picnic, you are sure to enjoy this beautiful space. 

This well adapted park even has a specially designed course for mountain bikers, with various sized mounds.  

Originally it formed part of the large estate surrounding Hinchingbrooke House, which is mainly a Tudor style building with remnants of the early 13th century nunnery. The house and grounds were given by Henry 8th to the Cromwell family in 1538 at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries. Queen Elizabeth I came here, King James I visited and Oliver Cromwell played here as a child.

 

Step 2 - Centre details
Centre Facilities: 
Cafe
Club Room
Seating
Toilets
Changing Rooms
Parking
Opening Times: 

Open: All year 

Sessions: Mondays, 2pm til 3pm 

Step 3 - Location
Location Details: 

Hinchingbrooke Country Park
Brecon Way
Brampton Road
Huntingdon
Cambridgshire
PE29 6DB

By Bike: on NCN route 12 
By Bus:
45, 66, 400, 401
By Road: off B1514, near A14  
By Train: Huntingdon 

 

Locations: 
Step 4 - Contact Details and Links
Contact name: 
Martin Grey - Senior Sports Development Officer
Phone number: 
01480 388 244
Extra Contact Details: 

Alternatively please contact the Sports and Active Lifestyles Team on: 01480 387 098

For further details on the scheme call Hinchingbrooke Country Park on: 01480 388 666

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Step 5 - Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities: 

Want to help? There are various ways in which you could volunteer:

Administration
Sessional Support
Marketing
Fundraising
Additional Events Support
Cycle Maintenance  
Other opportunities

Hinchingbrooke Country Park
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Architectural design competition for Parkwood Springs

Parkwood Springs, the beautifully succesful mountain bike trail that CTC's Dan Cook has been instrumental in putting in place in Sheffield is running a visitor centre design competition, called VeloCity.
VeloCity Architecture

This Friday sees the judging of the competition, with me as part of the judging panel, alongside well-known faces including fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and MP Julian Huppert, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, as well as specialist architects and designers

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Muddy brilliant - the 2014 CTC Devon Dirt is a success!

This year's CTC Devon Dirt on 11 May was a great success, despite poor weather and problems with signage. Over 400 riders of all ages took to the bridleways and tracks of Dartmoor and South Devon to complete the 70km off-road course, according to event organiser Graham Brodie.
Mountain bikers in the mud

Last Sunday's CTC Devon Dirt attracted over 400 riders who thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, despite many of them having difficulty navigating the 70km course because some people had removed route arrow signs just before the event.

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Women only Trail Mountain Bike Leader course

15 April 2014
CTC are running a women only Trail Leader Award course at Young Bristol in June, so here's your chance to get on the right course, with the right Trainer - Sally Berry - and enjoy it from start to finish!
Woman riding over a slope on a mountain bike

Clear your diary for the 13-15 June and come with us to achieve your Trail Leader Award in Bristol.  It's a great venue, with lovely riding and the course will be shaped around your needs, experiences and future desires.  See where the Trail Leader course led previous participant Sharon Harrod.

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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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South West cycling advocates' network-building workshop

15 March 2014
Are you campaigning for cycling in the South West and want to find out how to translate your ideas into reality? If so, join us at our cycling advocates' network-building workshop in Plymouth on 15 March.
A map of South West England

Plymouth Council are the hosts for a day of cycling workshops at the Guildhall, Plymouth on 15 March.

The first of its kind, this event is set to examine cycling provision across the South West and will look at how cycle campaign networks can grow to support and influence local authorities for everyone's benefit.

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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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