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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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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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Welcome to Yorkshire and CTC to deliver Tour de France legacy

8 May 2014
Cycle maintenance training will take place at CTC's Centre of Excellence in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire. The courses will be delivered at both beginner and advanced level and are being subsidised through The Skills Enhancement Fund.
CTC are partners in Cycle Yorkshire - the Tour de France Yorkshire legacy

The workshops will allow members of the public and small businesses to become more confident in maintaining and adjusting their bikes, and will inspire course attendees to cycle more, meeting the long-term aims of both organisations.

The Beginners' Workshop covers ride-based repairs and the pre-ride checks every rider should know, using essential trail tools.  

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Brighton’s successful North Laine contraflow scheme

Becky Reynolds grew up cycling. Her Mum taught her to ride at an early age, so cycling has been and integral part of her life for as long as she can remember. What changed this everyday self-described 'utility cyclist' into a campaigner and co-founder of Cycle Lewes, an active campaigning group?
Becky Reynolds, "One Way, No Way!" Campaigner

This month CTC has launched the national Space for Cycling campaign with the vision of making it safe for anyone to cycle anywhere in the country.

Both experienced campaigners and thousands of everyday people are taking part by sending emails via our website www.space4cycling.org.uk challenging Councillors all over the country to pledge their support. United, we're confident change can happen, as it has in examples all over the country, including Brighton.

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CTC-friendly Rushmoor Cycle Forum gathers the opinions of local election candidates

The Rushmoor Cycle Forum (RCF), which works closely with CTC, has recently drawn up a survey which they will be submitting to local election candidates, to evaluate where they sit in regards to their cycle-friendly campaigning.
Southwood Woodlands, Rushmoor

The RCF, an affiliate of CTC, has officially launched its local ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign. The campaign targets local election candidates and asks them to commit to Space for Cycling by assessing where they stand on key issues related to cycling in their ward.

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What did cyclists do in the war? CTC Podcast commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of WW1

CTC members played a vital role in the battlefields of France as part of a cycling battalion. CTC's special free podcast looks at the contribution made by them and other cyclists during the Great War. Several annual CTC events take place to remember them and other fallen cyclists.
Castle Combe in 1945

Speaking to Jim Fitzpatrick, the author of ‘The Bicycle in Wartime’, the half-hour long podcast takes a look at the contributions made by cyclists in the Great War.

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