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Tidworth Freeride takes off this weekend

Seven years of dedication, persistence and hard work by a group of mountain bikers and volunteers results this weekend in the opening of the Tidworth Freeride Bike Park in Wiltshire (Saturday 15 June 2013).
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The Bike Park, which features seven trails and numerous jumps, drops and berms for riders of all ages and abilities, has already been attracting enthusiasts both from the nearby garrison towns and from civilians.

With the future of the site put in the balance by concerns that the trails on site were too challenging, CTC, the national cycling charity stepped in to support Tidworth Freeride. CTC now welcomes the Park to the CTC Bike Park Network joining four others in the charity’s partnership mountain bike sites across the UK.

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Email: laura.raymond@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

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Mountain bike professionals including Olly Wilkins from  the DMR team will be at the official opening on Friday 14th June 2pm


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Inclusive Cycling gets just over half a million Big Lottery Fund boost

CTC, the national cycling charity is delighted to have been awarded £590,000 from Big Lottery Fund to enable more people with disabilities to enjoy cycling.
People with disabilities enjoying cycling

The charity will now set up a network of Inclusive Cycling Champions to build on the work that CTC already does to enable people with disabilities to enjoy cycling. The project will run for 2 years, and is aiming to provide inclusive cycling opportunities to over 1,000 disabled people across England.

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

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The £3.6m funding for the ‘Travel Actively ‘ consortium is part of a £40m investment from Big Lottery Fund’s Well-being programme in community health schemes across England.  Fourteen organisations, including local health bodies and leading charities are receiving funding to deliver interventions to encourage healthier eating, increase physical activity and promote good mental health.

Many of the projects will target vulnerable and marginalised groups such as families struggling with food poverty; older people experiencing loneliness and isolation; and young homeless people.

Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. We are committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and have been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since June 2004 we have awarded close to £6bn.

The Well-being programme: In 2007, Big Lottery Fund awarded £165m funding through its Well-being programme to support the development of healthier lifestyles and to improve well-being. To deliver this programme, The Big Lottery Fund appointed a number of organisations that will each deliver a portfolio of projects in England. The £40m funding awarded today builds on the work of the portfolios in each region and on a national level.



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Team CTC's Oliver and Payton pushed to the limit on tough Redditch course

Tamina Oliver and Hannah Payton put on a strong showing for Team CTC as the Johnson Health Tech GP Series entered its third round in Redditch on Tuesday afternoon. The duo finished in the top half of the field in a sterling performance.
Photography: David Higgleton

Many riders struggled to keep up with the pace on the 1.4km circuit in Worcestershire. 

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Privateer Beastway MTB Series 2013

The Privateer Beastway mountain bike race series, one of the longest running in the UK, re-launched on Wednesday 29th May at Redbridge Cycling Centre in Essex. The iconic grass roots series will run every Wednesday evening for eight weeks.
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The future of the series was uncertain in 2012 but event organisers SIP Events stepped in over the winter to take on the iconic grass roots series that will run every Wednesday evening for the eight weeks.

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Inclusive Cycling gets just over half a million Big Lottery Fund boost

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CTC is delighted to have been awarded £590,000 from Big Lottery Fund to enable over 1000 more people with disabilities to enjoy cycling.
Zara enjoying a Sheffield Freedom Disability Cycling Day

The charity will now set up a network of Inclusive Cycling Champions to build on the work that CTC already does to enable people with disabilities to enjoy cycling. The project will run for 2 years.

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Riding The White Horse Challenge

The White Horse Challenge is indeed a challenge with only one route on offer - 90 miles through undulating Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire countryside - but what a ride it is!
Anna Cipullo tackles Hackpen Hill on the White Horse Challenge

The route chooses roads with minimal traffic through beautiful English countryside and takes in four historic chalk white horses in Uffington, Broadtown, Cherhill and Hackpen. Uffington’s White Horse is the oldest of all British chalk figures and dates back almost 3,000 years.

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Threat of rain didn't dampen entries for ladies-only race, Stilettos on Wheels

The forecast was for heavy rain, the sky was grey, the umbrellas were on standby…but that didn’t stop more than 60 women lining up on the start line for the first of Stilettos On Wheels mountain bike race of this year.
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With almost double the number of riders in the event this year, the competition was certainly fiercer - but with super-friendly marshals, supporters and sponsors in the arena, and a mix of expert and novice racers on the course, Stilettos On Wheels managed to maintain the fun, supportive atmosphere that sustains its popularity.

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A gentle ride through rolling Chilterns countryside

Sara Randle, Senior Development Officer for the Cycle Chilterns project, takes us through a quiet little 13 mile circular route in the Chiltern Hills, suitable for a wide range of abilities.
Bluebell riding in the Chilterns

Living on the edge of the Chilterns, I have a wealth of good riding on my doorstep, so when somebody asks me where to ride it’s not easy to narrow it down. One of my favourite little rides is officially known as Herts Recreation route 6 , a circular 13 mile route through quiet country lanes, suitable for families and a range of abilities.

Regional Volunteer of the Year for the North West Region – Peter Williams

Peter Williams accepting his Award
Peter Williams is the Right to Ride Representative for the Cheshire and North West Group. He has become deeply involved in major projects, where his enthusiasm and attention to detail ensure that cyclists and their rights are always brought to the fore.

During 2012 he tackled several important issues that have been set in motion in the last few years, including the Burton Marshes Route 59, and the inherent dangers of the A540, both on the Wirral. His patience and persistence have ensured that positive progress has been made in the former project, and that funding has been sought to relieve the latter problem.

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CTC Young Volunteer of the Year 2012 - Joint Winners – Daniel Moore and Luke Peters

Daniel Moore and Luke Peters accepting their Award
Dan and Luke rebuilt the Stevenage and North Herts CTC website. They also act as “mission control” for the group’s major events, which can attract over 500 entries.

Dan Moore and Luke Peters have taken their local group website and given it a welcome overhaul. They took a well-designed and structured site (constructed by another young volunteer, Ben Walker) and extended it and expanded its features making www.stevenagectc.org.uk what it is today.

Although they don’t ride in the events often,  Dan and Luke remain at the start/finish all day to act as a contact point and then are crucial for the smooth operation of the finish, distribution and sale of souvenirs.

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