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Working at Wyre Wheels lifts Angela’s spirits

Angela’s mental health problems had left her feeling depressed and she shunned social situations. However, volunteering at Wyre Wheels has given Angela her life back; her confidence is up and she enjoys socialising again.
Girl hold an unbrrella on a bike

It was Angela’s family that suggested she should do something to get her out of the house and raise her spirits; Angela had not left the house for a year! She was severely depressed, shied away from social situations and was unwilling to get involved in things.

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Biking without boundaries

Cycling is an activity which, as a rule, relies on you being able to see where you're going, as such, you might think that having a visual impairment would rule you out of taking part. Then we all know that rules are there to be broken and with a bit of help, pretty much anyone can take part
Lovely blue tricycle

I work for CTC as an Inclusive Cycling Development Officer. Along with my development colleagues, partner organisation Cycling Projects and with funding from the Big Lottery, we are trying to grow the network of inclusive cycling groups in England, to help make cycling accessible to more and more people, regardless of ability.

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Backing for Boris's 'Crossrail for Bikes'

Boris Johnson's plans for two iconic cycle routes through Central London may not be perfect, but their sheer boldness deserves our overall support.
Parliament Square: TfL image of planned cycle route

Transport for London has now unveiled detailed proposals for two proposed cycle routes across London.  One runs east-west from Tower Gateway to Paddington and on to Acton via the A40 flyover.  The other runs north-south from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross.

Lindsay's story

Lindsay's life was transformed by an accident that left her paralysed from the chest down. Now, with the help of an inclusive cycling centre, her fitness levels have improved so much she has become a personal trainer.
Lindsay with her dog
Seven years ago, Lindsay had a motorbike accident. “A roundabout at 20mph, I didn’t think it could happen like that. I broke my back, leaving me paralysed from the chest down. I was thirty-one, in the army reserves and pushing my body hard. I was at my prime.”
 
“I’d always done a lot of running, circuit training and going to the gym” Lindsay explains.
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Marking the centenary of WW1

The next instalment of our podcast series is brought to you from the Cyclists' War Memorial in Meriden to mark the centenary of the start of WW1. This podcast is dedicated to all those who perished in the Great War.
Wreath bearers walking towards Cyclists' War Memorial in Meriden

4 August 2014 marks 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany. It was a war that should have been over by Christmas but after 4 years of trench warfare, the conflict had taken over 15 million lives and left 20 million people wounded.

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Le Tour - a spectator's view

What was it like in the crowd watching the Tour de France? Rhia Weston was in Yorkshire to watch the greatest cycling race in the world whizz by llkley and she didn't take a 'selfie'!
Kittel wins Stage 1 Tour de France.

I am fortunate enough to have a brother who lives in one of the towns that the Tour de France passed through: Ilkley, which is just a 45-minute walk from Addingham – the town so good the tour passed through it twice. So I watched the tour whizz by on both Saturday and Sunday. 

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Ghost riding with CTC Devon

On a spectacular June evening, a group of cyclists had a strange encounter with a ghostly figure, who appeared out of the shadows and into the moonlight...
Riders giving the thumbs up

Olive Cromwell's ghostWas it real or just a figment of their fevered imaginations, brought on by the spooky surroundings of the misty moor, the well-known setting for Conan Doyle's 'The Hounds of the Baskervilles'? It turned out to be none other than Oliver Cromwell (photo below), come back in bodily form, just to see them off from Bovey Tracey.

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Richard Durrant - the barefoot bicycling bard

CTC member and renowned concert guitarist Richard Durrant recently completed a 1500-mile journey round England by bike.
Richard Durrant on stage

However, it was no ordinary cycle tour - Richard plus his 'roadie' Sean spent seven weeks between May and June 2014 riding from venue to venue, lugging all the performing equipment in a trailer, for Richard's unique eco-friendly  'Cycling Music' road trip. I caught up with him at a lunchtime gig in Guildford, Surrey.

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Women's Cycling Forum discusses inclusive cycling

The Women's Cycling Forum in Edinburgh met for the first time recently. As CTC's Inclusive Cycling Officer for the North West, Jayne Rodgers was invited to be there to present and facilitate a round table discussion about inclusive cycling.
Break-out for discussion a the WCF

Saturday 14 June saw the first meeting of the Women's Cycling Forum in Edinburgh. My reasons for being there were many, but primarily I was invited to present a short summary of the ICC (Inclusive Cycle Champions) programme currently being run in the English regions and also funded by the Big Lottery. The programme is a being conducted in partnership with cycling projects.

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CTC has 50 charity places for RideLondon

The Prudential RideLondon has quickly risen to the top of the top of the list of 'must do' events for serious amatuer road cyclists and many were disappointed not to secure a spot. Luckily, as an official partner for the event CTC has 50 places to fill via ballot.
RideLondon logo

The 50 places available are believed to be the last available for any hopeful participants. Earlier in the year, 80,000 people entered the ballot to take part in the 100-mile race.

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