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CTC takes key role in 'Cycle Yorkshire' legacy launch

Pupils at a Wakefield school have met Yorkshire pro cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing as part of the launch of 'Cycle Yorkshire'. The organisation has been set up to make the most of welcoming the Tour de France Grand Départ to the county next year.
Dean and Russell Downing

CTC is working with  'Welcome to Yorkshire' and York City Council on 'Cycle Yorkshire', an initiative to ensure that there is a 10-year legacy with a continued growth in cycling long after the banners have been taken down from the Tour de France route.

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We will remember them...

Not only on Remembrance Sunday but also in May 2014, CTC will remember the thousands of cyclists who gave their lives in WW1 and in conflicts since.
May 1921 cyclists gather to unveil the War Memorial at Meriden

As we remember all those who lost their lives in war this weekend, CTC will specifically honour the Cyclists' Battalions and other fallen cyclists at the annual memorial at Meriden in May with a special service at the Cyclists' War Memorial.

Cycle Chilterns MTB Rides

At Bridgman Cycles we believe that it's all about getting on the bike and having a blast, So every Saturday at 9.30am we encourage all you mountain bikers to meet us at the shop and get out for a guided ride, exploring local trails.

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CTC's 'Bard on a Bike' helps get Rochdale cycling.

With the 40km Connect2 network well established around Rochdale, CTC’s local Cycling Development Officer Seamus Kelly decided to use poetry to revive interest in cycling along the routes.
The Larks poem by CTC Development Officer and poet Seamus Kelly

Seamus, a writer and poet in his spare time, came up with the initial concept  to display some poetry along the pathways and shared the idea with colleagues in the council and local arts groups. The Library Service, through the Maskew Bequest offered funding for the project and along with match funding from Cartwheel Arts, the idea of displaying poems on the routes became a realistic possibility.

How to change someone's life - cycle training Oxford undergraduates

After local MP Nicola Blackwood questioned the lack of cycle training for new students at Oxford during the 'Get Britain Cycling' debate last August, CTC stepped in to offer a day of free sessions for freshers.
Student and cycle instructor

Recruiting people for cycle training is harder than you might imagine. Which is strange when you consider that there can’t be many other human activities that people do without training: swimming, riding a horse, driving a car – would you attempt any of these without being shown how to by an expert first? Often the ones that could do with cycle training the most don’t  take it, even if it’s offered for free. The exceptions are usually women who are nervous riders but realise that a bit of instruction can help build confidence.

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Stevenage Cyclists are reversing summer time !

Each year the Stevenage CTC mark the clocks going back with the 100km Emitremmus Desrever ride (Summertime reversed!). This year the event takes place on Sunday 27th October.

Whilst many of us may be still putting our clocks back over our cornflakes, 400 cyclists have already signed up  to join in the challenge of cycling  from Stevenage to Saffron Walden and back to mark the end of summertime. 

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office laura.raymond@ctc.org.uk

or more from JIM BROWN 0793 968 7509;

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Stevenage cyclists are reversing summertime!

Each year, Stevenage CTC marks the clocks going back with the 100km ‘Emitremmus Desrever ride’ (Summertime reversed!). This year the event takes place on Sunday 27 October.
Emitremmus Deserver ride

To mark the end of summertime, 400 cyclists have already signed up to join in the challenge ride from Stevenage to Saffron Walden.

Organiser Jim Brown said they have some interesting entries already: “We have a cyclist coming over from Tokyo to take part, not to mention the family of Olympic cyclist Laura Trott! You can still enter and there is even a shorter ride the Emit Lite for the less ambitious Sunday riders."

We hope to break the record of 500 riders last year.
Jim Brown, Emitremmus Organiser

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The countdown begins to the Yorkshire Grand Départ

The full route for the 2014 Tour de France was today unveiled in Paris with Yorkshire flying the flag for the UK with the Grand Départ 2014.
photo Steve Jones and Leeds Cycling Campaign

The route takes in some breathtaking scenery around Yorkshire, including the Spa Town of Harrogate where CTC began in 1878.

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Liverpool's CTC members object to the Mayor's bus lane suspension

Paul McCartney wrote about the ‘Long and Winding Road’. Well, Merseyside's bus passengers may now be feeling they are living out the song's lyrics after the Mayor enforced a suspension of the city's bus lanes in a bid to ease traffic congestion.
A Liverpool bus

CTC's local campaigner for Liverpool Don Thompson has been updating National Office as CTC members, the  Merseyside Cycling Campaign  and MET (Merseyside Environmental Trust) plan to pose questions to the  Mayoral Select Committee on Wednesday  23 October 2013.

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The nude dude - why CTC Member Roger Coupe loves riding in the buff!

The World Naked Bike Ride is a mass participation event to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists. But Roger Coupe, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, takes to the saddle nude mainly for enjoyment. He's even ridden in France without clothing. Now he explains why he loves the no-Lycra look.
Roger Coupe cycling naked

I’ve had a wonderful experience this summer cycling naked around the lanes of West Kent, sometimes alone but often with friends.  I always have a sense of freedom when I get on a bike and when naked, I feel fully liberated and joyful.  It is exhilarating to feel the sun on bare skin, a gentle breeze or the summer rain.  During my ride to Paris and back in July, the French seemed to take kindly to my chosen 'tenue à peau' (lit. skinsuit).

It is exhilarating to feel the sun on bare skin, a gentle breeze or the summer rain."

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