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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!”

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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

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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Family cycling at Ashridge Estate

For a fun outing for all the family, explore the beautiful Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns.
Family cycling on Ashridge Estate

Set in the heart of the Chilterns is National Trust site, Ashridge Estate. Boasting a huge area of woodlands and downland, it’s free to explore and a great place for cycling with the whole family.  You can enjoy bluebells in the spring, beautiful golden colours in the autumn, or spot a fallow deer and other wildlife.

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Can you design a pump track? CTC's latest competition needs your ideas

CTC MTB has teamed up with Urban Design Specialists DHUD, DMR Bikes and the Cycle Show, the UK’s number one cycling exhibition to capture your ideas and potential opportunities for the development of a pump track project.
Rider on a pump track

Calling all budding trail designers and dirt riders!

Here is a chance to turn your fantasy trail design into reality.

If you ride at your local bike park and you reckon you could have come up with some better ‘berms’ and ‘rollers ’ then have a go at designing your own.

CTC, the national cycling charity’s MTB trail consultancy team has linked up with Urban Design Specialists DHUD, DMR Bikes and the Cycleshow, the UK’s number one cycling exhibition to capture your ideas and potential opportunities for the development of a pump track.

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Blazing Saddles for Cycle Chilterns at Oxfordshire County and Thame Show

The one day Oxfordshire County and Thame Show sizzled away under bright blue skies as the temperature climbed into the 30s. A great excuse for a day out and a busy show meant lots of visitors coming to find out more about Cycle Chilterns and have a go on the Shoretrax Portable Timber Trail.
Riders of all ages enjoyed riding on the Shoretrax

CTC’s Sara Randle, Cycle Chilterns project manager, says, “With lots of information to give out to visitors, it was a very busy day for the project staff. Cycle Chilterns is in its first year and sees these shows as a great way to get to meet people and tell them about the exciting opportunities for cycling that we are promoting across the Chilterns.

"There are so many superb places in the Chilterns to enjoy on your own, with the family or with friends and going by bike is a brilliant way of exploring it all.”

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The Big Bike Bash 2013

The Big Bike Bash 2013 will be held at UK Youth's Avon Tyrrell activity centre in the New Forest in August 24-26.
The Big Bike Bash

“The UK’s chilled out Mountain Bike Festival”

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