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Why should cyclists use Twitter?

Some say Twitter is a waste of time. It is, however, the world’s largest global conversation and is a very effective way for cyclists to network, campaign and communicate.
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Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called 'Tweets'. It's an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about, and you can add pictures and videos too.

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Want help to look after your bike now it is officially autumn?

15 October 2013
With Bike Maintenance one of this week's Cycling Weekly top 40 tips to keep you cycling through autumn and winter, there's plenty of courses on offer from CTC.
People getting close up to the bike in Essex

It’s the autumn, so when there’s less opportunity to get out at night, what about giving yourself a bit of extra confidence when it comes to fixing a puncture?

We’ve got two evening sessions planned in Colchester in November, four in Chelmsford and more training courses in Yorkshire too:

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Tiptree turns out to celebrate its new pump track

After two years of planning, a new pump track at Tiptree in Essex was opened today by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Councillors Colin and Laura Sykes. Despite the wet weather there was a fantastic turn out from local youngsters eager to try out the track.
Colchester Mayor and local youngsters raring to go !

The event was supported by BMX Braintree ensuring there were plenty of  bikes for  those who didn't have their own to enjoy a lesson and a pump track session.

The track at the Grove Road playing field wouldn't have been possible for CTC to build without the co-operation of Colchester Borough Council, who have directed funding towards this project and other very successful cycling programmes in the village.

CTC at Castle Park Colchester Festival

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Activities in Colchester for all the family in the beautiful Castle Park.

CTC will be bringing lots of bikes and equipment for families to try.

DR Bike will check your bike out for FREE and we'll have lots of information and advice.

Young or old, try out the Cycle Skills circuit.

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Santa is Cycling to Town ... in Braintree

Everybody is welcome on Santa's Cycle Ride around Braintree on Sunday 1st December.

There will be a FREE and friendly cycle ride circling the town using many of the cycle paths and quiet routes that Braintree has.

The ride will start at 1pm at Cycle Life on Rayne Road and staff will be on hand to provide free bike checks.

The ride will come back in good time for the switch on of the Christmas Lights and there will be prizes for the snazziest-dressed Santa's helpers.

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Pumptrack and Pumpkins – new cycle track opens in Tiptree on Halloween!

After two years planning, the new pump track at Tiptree in Essex will be opened this half-term by CTC, the national cycling charity (Thursday 31 Oct,11am ).

Press Release October 17 th 2013

To add to the fun of the Grove Park pump track's launch the grand opening will have a Halloween theme.

Richard Monk CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Essex said “We couldn’t resist some pumpkins for the Pumptrack launch which will happen on Halloween, which luckily this year falls during half-term. As well as berms and rollers to negotiate there may be some ghosts and witches to spot too!”

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CTC Press Office
Email:laura.raymond@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 07960 349405

Mad cycling in Maldon

Cycling at Maldon quayside
Discover the hidden beauty of Maldon and the surrounding countryside on a bike.

Discovering Maldon’s muddy depths

There’s nothing murky about the beauty of Maldon on a bike and CTC’s cycle rides take you on a trip around all the hidden gems.

We’ve taken people on cycle rides of discovery, exploring historic Beeleigh, enjoying the panoramic views at Heybridge Basin, reaching the spires of Wickham Bishops and the wild, flat expanses of the Dengie Peninsular.

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Bikes in Braintree

Santa cycled with CTC into Braintree town centre
The Tour de France passes through Braintree and there is some wonderful countryside that CTC’s cycle rides will help you to explore.

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It’s not that well-known but Braintree has a wonderful hidden network of great traffic-free and quiet cycle paths which means you can get anywhere around the town and then out along stunning routes such as the Flitch Way and around Great Notley Country Park.

We’ve got rides every Wednesday at 10am and a ride on the second Sunday of the month, at 11am. Both rides start from Cycles UK in the High Street. 

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Chelmsford Chainlinks

Cycling in the sun from Riverside
Welcome to Chelmsford Chainlinks. We’re a group who got cycling thanks to a project run by CTC with the support of Chelmsford and Essex Councils. Most of us hadn’t cycled for years but CTC looked after us and encouraged us as we progressed each week.

Cycling in the City

CTC’s cycle rides are open to all and you are guaranteed a friendly welcome. We take it gently and always have a chance to chat and stop for a coffee. Join us and discover some of the nice, quiet routes in the City and the countryside around.

Thursdays at 10am

Saturdays at 2pm

Both rides meet outside the entrance of Riverside Ice and Leisure on Victoria Road. All ages and backgrounds are welcome.

For more information contact Peter.

 

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Sun shines on Braintree cycle rides

The sun certainly shone on the latest Braintree cycle ride. Everybody was raring to come out cycling again and I had to give them a new challenge.
Having a go at Braintree BMX

So what better than going over to Braintree BMX Club, near Towerlands?

A couple of intrepid young-at-heart cyclists decided to try out their skills on the course which involves some scarily steep slopes - I swear they make you end up flying in the air - plus some just phenomenal banking that makes you feel like a dare-devil stunt rider, (even on my Claud Butler hybrid)!

Inevitably, one person came a cropper and ended up sliding down the banking on his bottom. But this 56-year-old was elated at re-discovering his teenage years!

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