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Deans Community High School pupils meet Nigel Mansell

Pupils at Deans Community High School met the former Formula 1 star on 14 June but this time he was on two wheels instead of four. Nigel cycled through Livingston as part of a 1300 mile charity cycle ride from John O'Groats to Paris over 12 days, raising funds for Youth Charity UK Youth.
Deans Community High School pupils with Nigel Mansell

On his arrival at the school Nigel was greeted by pupils, parents and staff all keen to find out how his cycle through Scotland over the last three days had been. Amazingly his time north of the border was spent mostly cycling in the sunshine.

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Larbert High School S1 Cycle Roadshow

Three hundred S1 pupils at Larbert High School tried out different cycling activities over three days to encourage more pupils to take up cycling and get involved in cycling activities. They also organised their first ever girls only mountain bike trip.
3 female pupils from Larbert High School with their bikes

S1 pupils went cycling crazy at Larbert High School this term when they took part in this year’s Cycle road shows.

Although slightly cold, the days stayed dry and pupils had the chance to try out the school's assault course, riding Tandem bikes and tackling hills on mountain bikes. PC Imrie security stamped bikes that pupils brought along on the day and local bike recycling project Recyke-a-bike came along to teach pupils how to fix their bikes. All the pupils are to be congratulated on their effort and enthusiasm.

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iXS European Downhill Cup

The iXS European Downhill Cup returns to Innerleithen, Scotland for the only UK round of Europe’s premier downhill series. Running over three days from 15—17 June, the World’s best downhill racers will pit their skills against each other at the spiritual home of the UK downhill scene.

The fun starts on Thursday 14 June at the Film Night in the Union Club at 19.15.   On Friday it’s practice for the riders and the Official iXS Cup Innerleithen Launch Party in the Traquair Arms, with all welcome from 20.00 to enjoy the disco and relax outdoors in the marquee to bask in the Scottish summer evening.

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Our grandest ever prize draw - over £6000 worth of goodies awarded!

The 2012 CTC Grand Draw was the biggest ever, with over £6,000 in cash and prizes given away.
2012 CTC Grand Draw Road Bike Prize

All the proceeds of the draw go to our campaigning projects to promote safer roads and more cycling across the UK.  So whether you won or not, you will have contributed to a CTC's good work.

The Prize List was:

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Team UK Youth meet Middleden Mountain Bike Club

Kirkcaldy based Mountain Bike Club met professional cycling team 'Team UK Youth' before they competed in the first round of the Halfords Tour Series. This was the first time the series has taken place in Scotland.
Middleden Mountain Bike Club meet Team UK Youth

The Halfords Tour Series came to Scotland for the first time on Tuesday 15 May 2012 with a professional cycle race around Kirkcaldy town centre.

Team UK Youth are one of the twelve teams competing in the series and were founded by ex Formula 1 racing car driver Nigel Mansel.  They represent the work and values of UK Youth, the national Youth Charity and consortium partner of Bike Club.  

As part of their visit Bike Club Officer, Amy Hickman, arranged for the team to meet a local Bike Club group in Kirkcaldy, Middleden Mountain Bike Club, the night before the race.

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Fife-based LinkLiving receives funding to help young people get on their bikes

LinkLiving has recently been awarded a grant of £2,000 to help start up a Bike Club for young people in Fife. On Tuesday 15 May, a number of staff and service users from LinkLiving visited Halfords Tour Series in Kirkcaldy to officially receive their grant and meet Team UK Youth.
LinkLiving

LinkLiving has recently been awarded a grant of £2,000 to help start up a Bike Club for young people in Fife.

 The funding will allow LinkLiving, part of the Link Group of charitable RSLs and social enterprises, to purchase key cycling equipment such as bikes and helmets to encourage the young people they work with to get involved in cycling activities.

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Pace Cycles and CTC launch Dalby Bike Barn at Dalby Forest

Pace Cycles and CTC have won the contract to run the cycle hire, retail, courses and events in Dalby Forest after successfully re-tendering for the business.
Dalby Forest by Tony Bartholomew

The trail centre will launch in June as the ‘Dalby Bike Barn’ and the aim is to make it a social hub for local, regional and national visitors building on its strong reputation as a venue for the World Cup and Tour of Britain stage.

Pace Cycles has teamed up with the Forestry Commission to open this new and exciting trail centre in partnership with CTC, and working with other Dalby businesses the Dalby Bike Barn will offer a unique combination of opportunities for visitors.

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453 or 0786320713

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Email: adrian@pacecycles.com
Telephone: Adrian Carter on 01751-460599
 

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  • Pace Cycles has its Demo and Suspension Service Centres’ based in Dalby Forest and has over 25 years experience developing its own products in the area, as well as assisting in the design of Dalby’s cycle trails and facilities. More details on its range of products and Dalby Bike Barn can be found at www.pacecycles.com
     
  • CTC, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. www.ctc.org.uk
     
  • CTC Charitable Trust, registered as a charity in England and Wales number 1104324, Scotland number SCO38626. Cyclists’ Touring Club, registered as a charity in Scotland no SC042541, application for registration in England and Wales currently subject to review.
     
  • The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england and at www.forestry.gov.uk/yorkshireandthehumber
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Early-season sun

Enjoy summer cycling conditions now! Benji Haworth and Ed Oxley went to Greece with mountain bikes, while Dave Barter heads to Majorca with his road bike. Read the full article from CTC's Cycle Magazine.
Cyclist in Greece

Plenty of us have been to Greece on holiday. It’s one of the most popular destinations for the British tourists. Fewer will have gone during late winter or early spring. And even fewer will have been with the express intention of riding a bike.

For bikers, as with beach holidayers, Greece is extremely well set up for tourism. You can find cheap flight deals all year round. The tourist infrastructure isn’t restricted to the summer months. Which is just as well, as the best time to visit Greece for a bit of mountain biking is early in the year or in the autumn.

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The off-road End to End

Cycling from Lands' End to John o'Groats on road is a challenge, but riding it off-road, even more so! The longest off-road route in the UK's a tough ride, but perfectly doable given sufficient training/planning.
Ralph Hughes's bike at sunset

The off-road End to End ride is 1201 miles long, and takes an average of 23 to 25 days to complete, approximately 50 miles per day. Some cyclists use a hard tail mountain bike for the job with a rack/panniers attached, whilst others prefer full suspension with a trailer such as a 'Bob Yak'.

Ralph Hughes mountain biked the length of Britain: 1,267 miles through England, Wales and Scotland – with his camping gear on his back.

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Where can I cycle off-road?

Here in the UK we have a comprehensive network of routes and trails available to cyclists to get you out into the countryside. Here we clarrify where you can legally ride off-road.
Public Bridleway Sign

Where can I ride...?

Off road cyclists' can legally cycle on the network of byways and bridleways across England and Wales. For families and beginners there are also a number of old railway tracks and canal tow paths across the UK that often form part of the national cycle network and make for excellent training ground.

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