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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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Runners-up of the CTC Volunteer Group of the Year – Stevenage and North Herts CTC

Stevenage and North Herts CTC accepting their Award
Stevenage and North Herts CTC organised more than 200 bike rides in 2012.

Hundreds of different people took part, helping to improve their health and well-being; see the local countryside; get some fresh air; and enjoy good company. Every ride has an accredited leader (at the front) and sweeper (at the back).  Often they are linked by radios. 

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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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