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Third Place CTC National Volunteer of the Year and CTC Voluntary Group of the Year – Sue Blaylock

Sue Blaylock accepting her Award
Sue Blaylock has strived for eight years to make cycling available to everyone in the Manchester area, regardless of age, background or disability. She is a founder of Wythenshawe Wheelers, an inclusive cycling club where disabled people come first.

Sue has overseen the growth of the club  from using a handful of borrowed bikes to owning over 170 adapted cycles. Around 450 riders with disabilities regularly attend cycling sessions. The success of the Wheelers has led to two similar groups being formed in South Manchester. Sue has stepped down from her PE teaching career in order to commit even more of her own time to her passion. Her dedication, and that of her colleagues, was recognised with the Queens Award for Voluntary Services in 2011.

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Team CTC race in Bedford on May Bank Holiday weekend.

Team CTC have their first opportunity to compete as a team this weekend as they take part in the Bedford 3 Day International Road Race in the Women’s Team Race Series.

Team CTC Coach Steve Bailey said: "The race has team and individual time trials and three very interesting undulating courses. The third day of the event is at Millbrook vehicle testing centre used in BBC's Top Gear – it will be interesting to ride in Jeremy Clarkson territory! ”  Team CTC riders  Astrid Wingler, Helen McKay, Lydia Boylan, Nicola Juniper and Tamina Oliver say they are looking forward to the weekend's 5 stage road race.

See Team CTC in action in last week’s  Cheshire Classic.

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Cyclists ride from London to Reading for the British Heart Foundation

13 June 2013
Participants cycle a 40-mile route from London to Reading for the British Heart Foundation, in partnership with CTC and Reading Borough Council.

Cyclists participated in the London to Reading cycling event on 28 April to support the British Heart Foundation, in conjunction with CTC and Reading Borough Council.

The event, which spanned over 40 miles and hit destinations like Windsor and Henley, was intended to promote cycling as a heart-healthy form of exercise and transportation.

Upon completion of the ride, cyclists were presented with a medal of completion and a goodie bag complete with a water bottle, energy gel and promotional material for future rides and cycling events in Reading.

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Eileen Sheridan

Eileen Sheridan was one of the most celebrated cyclist (male or female) in the 1940s and 1950s. Many of the records she set then have not yet been broken, and she is now in her 90th year! She remains a positive force for cycling, and a member of CTC...
Eileen Sheridan on a 12-hour time trial

Eileen Sheridan does not sound as if she is in her 90th year. Her voice is young and clear, and she speaks enthusiastically of her passion for cycling and her happy memories of the sport – competing and touring for fun.

The dates don’t lie, however.   She was born in October 1924, and spent the 1940s and 50s on a bicycle, breaking all the records of the Women’s Road Records Association.

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Cycling for Health session in Reading encourages cycling as a form of exercise and transportation

CTC, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, run weekly Cycling for Health sessions at the velodrome in Palmer Park.
Participants cycle around the velodrome at Palmer Park.

CTC, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, run weekly Cycling for Health sessions at the velodrome in Palmer Park to encourage people to take up cycling for exercise and to promote cycling as transportation.

The sessions are available to cyclists of varying ability.  Eileen, a new cyclist and participant in Cycling for Health, had never ridden a bicycle before. 

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Inclusive Cycling Session for children with disabilities

CTC Reading and Reading Borough Council, in partnership with British Cycling, and Palmer Park Velo, held an inclusive cycling session on 1 March at Palmer Park with Brookfields Special SEN School.
Children stop at necessary checkpoints to improve cycling sa

At the session, students with physical or mental disabilities were able to cycle on a bicycle, tricycle or tandem.

The programme started at the beginning of February, and within those four weeks, coaches saw very encouraging results:

“In four weeks, we’ve gone from most not being able to ride at all to being able to cycle and now many can ride tandems,” said Andrew Pitt, British Cycling qualified coach, Road, TT and Track Club coach.  “I think what those kids have achieved is amazing.”

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What cyclists want drivers to know: road safety campaign tells all

CTC has welcomed a new publicity campaign from Road Safety GB Mercia (Midlands area) because of its refreshing emphasis on educating drivers about cyclists' needs, concerns and safety.
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Instead of pointing fingers or focusing on giving cyclists 'safety' advice, What Matters Most takes a much more balanced approach. 

CTC was consulted by the campaign's developers and gave its support to the proposed message.

It features two complementary web pages that clearly set out ‘What cyclists want drivers to know’ and ‘What drivers want cyclists to know.’

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Nutty about the Squirrel Ride

A joint project between CTC, Visit Sefton and West Lancashire and National Trust, the led leisure rides help to promote sustainable travel in the area and the local work of the National Trust.
Riders reach Southport promenade

CTC, the Sefton and West Lancs Visit project and The National Trust teamed up to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to hear all about the unique Red Squirrel Reserve at Formby, whilst exploring the area by bike.

This was the first in a series of led rides for 2013 and planning it turned into a bit of a minefield...

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Building a better future for university students

The Building a Better Future for Young People initiative gives two University of Reading students experience of promoting cycling. Megan Hardeman explains how working with CTC is helping to improve her CV.

It's not often that an opportunity comes knocking that allows you to use a variety of skills and interests to lend a hand to a great cause - whilst also boosting your CV.  When such an opportunity came up I jumped at it.

As Communications Officer for Cycling Development in Reading, I'm responsible for documenting and advertising events that the charity puts on throughout our community by using my journalism and marketing skills.

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