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CTC's Greg Woodford rides the Chiltern 100 sportive

Riding as CTC-affiliated Reading Cycling Club, we had entered a team for the sportive on the 2 June 2013. Great scenery and fantastic weather made for a fabulous but hard ride.
Three riders on a climb

It was only a matter of time, I thought, as I saw fellow rider Paul’s back receding into the distance. We were climbing a steep hill and he can always get me on hills. I looked around to see Nick was still there grinding away, his whole body heaving as he forced his bike up the steep section. He looks like I feel, I thought. But good, we can catch Paul up on the flat - he had always soft-pedalled a little waiting for us.

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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.

Third Place of the CTC Volunteer Group - Aston Hill MTB Group

Aston Hill Mountain Bike Club was nominated for the Best Voluntary Group Achievement of 2012 after ‘Surface to Air’, the downhill mountain bike trail was built by volunteers from the club.

The trail replaced one of the existing downhill trails and in doing so, brought the area up to par with some of the best downhill sites in England.

The club had to overcome a number of challenges, not least creating a timber retaining wall for long sections of trail and accessing the steep hillside on foot and with diggers and dumpers to both build and surface the trail. This work was made even more challenging as they had to put up with one of the wettest summers on record for 100 years.

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Exploring the Chilterns countryside

For beautiful cycling in the countryside, all less than an hour by train from London, the Chilterns is the place to go!
Chilterns Heritage routes - Milton signage

When I found out that I was going to help with the Chilterns project, I knew that I had to go cycling there to check the area out. After some research, I chose Amersham (a gateway town for the project) as a base because it has good transport links to London and some great routes too. In particular, there is a series of three heritage circular rides that start and end in Amersham.

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An Electric Bike Network for the Chilterns

The Chilterns are soon to be the latest tourist area to host an Electric Bike Network so, as a local, I decided to give their electric bicycles a spin.
An Electric Bike

I am a small lady cyclist, and I had turned up for my taster in jeans, so I wasn’t giving the Electric Bike Network (EBN) an easy job of satisfying my needs from the outset, and when they presented me with a medium-sized male-oriented mountain bike complete with full saddle bags, I looked at them sceptically.

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A new off-road trail for Aston Hill in the Chilterns

The Chilterns is home to Aston Hill, a Forestry Commission owned area dedicated to off-road mountain biking famous for its downhill runs created by our very own Off-Road Officer, Ian Warby. An added attraction is a new trail, 'Surface to Air'...
Senior Off-Road Officer, Ian Warby, tests the trails at Aston Hill

Aston Hill has long been a favourite of riders across the South-East, including riders and writers for Mountain Bike Rider (MBR) magazine.  It is situated just outside Wendover in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty and features five graded downhill (DH) runs, a 4X track and a two-part cross-country (XC) loop.

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Guide to Cycling and Touring in the Chilterns

Thinking of touring around the South East of England? With good train and bus links to either the Bucks, Herts or Wokingham end of the Chilterns, it's worth an explore. Here is a basic guide to some of the listed routes around the Chilterns.
Cycling in the Chilterns

Chiltern Heritage Trail

The scenic Chiltern Heritage Cycle Trail links the historic towns and parishes of the Chiltern District and includes some of the area's most popular tourist attractions and places of historic interest.

The Trail is divided into three loops, each covering approximately 25 miles. The loops are quite distinct in terms of scenery and character, and each is named after a famous historical figure linked to the District.

Cycle trail maps, provided by the Chilterns District Council, are available online:

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CTC wins bid to increase cycle commuting and cycle tourism in the Chilterns

The Department for Transport has awarded a grant of £868,000 from its Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) for a three year project to increase car-free tourist travel from gateway towns in the Chilterns, linking with the Chilterns Cycleway.
Chilterns Cycleway due to be promoted by CTC

Gateway towns include Twyford, (Wokingham) Henley on Thames (Oxfordshire), Great Missenden, Chesham, Amersham (Buckinghamshire), Tring, and Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire). Within these areas there will be investment in improved cycle links, better signage on cycling routes, more cycle parking and provision of bike hire facilities at railway stations and major attractions and a variety of accommodation providers.

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Photoshoot at Aston Hill

On Tuesday 24 July, I awoke to a bright and sunny day and could think of no better way to spend it than riding my bike. Thankfully, I had already been asked to ride around Aston Hill for a photoshoot
Anna Cipullo at Aston Hill

The purpose of the day was to get some up-to-date photos of mountain bikes in an amazing setting. So CTC's Senior Off-Road Officer Ian Warby  and I  teamed up with junior downhill rider, Josh Lowe, to pose on bikes in Aston Hill.

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Where can I cycle off-road?

Here in the UK we have a comprehensive network of routes and trails available to cyclists to get you out into the countryside. Here we clarrify where you can legally ride off-road.
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Where can I ride...?

Off road cyclists' can legally cycle on the network of byways and bridleways across England and Wales. For families and beginners there are also a number of old railway tracks and canal tow paths across the UK that often form part of the national cycle network and make for excellent training ground.

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