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The Women's Tour - does racing turn anyone on to cycling?

On a soggy day I milled in the rain for two hours with cold, soaked kids to watch the Women’s Tour - and to my utter amazement it was worth it!
Children from Barley Croft school getting inside knowledge

The Women’s Tour of Britain passed within 5 miles of my home this week and I had decided I wasn’t going to bother watching it.  It’s hard to over (under?) estimate the degree to which I don’t care about competitive sport, cycling included.

I’m not sure I have the language for my degree of disinterest.  No matter how much I like doing something in my daily life or admire it in yours, the minute you add competition, you’ve lost me.

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Closed roads bring cyclists together

Bringing a section of Northshore to Ride Leicester’s Sky Ride was a fun way to link up two aspects of the CTC at a great city festival. Five miles of closed roads and the chance to ride through the football stadium attracted families from across the region.
Northshore at Leicester's Sky Ride

The Northshore was well-loved:  it was wonderful to see so many excited faces trying something we don’t otherwise have near the city. Volunteers from local CTC clubs were invaluable – they spoke to well over 1,000 people individually.

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AirBag Enjoyment - Leicester

The atmosphere was sparkling at the Ride Leicester and City Festivals. As the CTC’s contribution to the event, we wanted to bring something new to Leicester. The AirBag was perfect – fun, a little scary, a great spectacle.

It was lively on Humberstone Gate on Monday 18 August as people passing by gave it their best go and a few groups came down from around the city to practice whips and flips.

The CTC Cycling Champions Project has been supporting urban mountain biking groups in Leicester for several years, including offering events and training.  The city now has a pool of people who are very well qualified to teach, and free monthly skills sessions: for all adults, women only, and family groups.

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AirBag cycling experience

Type: 
Rally/Festival
Cost: 
Free
AirBag cycle experience
Ever wished your bike could fly?
Here's your chance - a soft landing with TheAirbag.
As seen at the largest cycling shows, coming to Leicester.  Watch, give it a try yourself, or train like athletes.

Leicester Sunday Assembly - Environment Day

Type: 
Cycle Training
Cost: 
Free

The Sunday Assembly in Leicester are requesting donations of old bikes.  On 7 June, these will be refurbished to be given out to refugees and asylum seekers via Leicester City of Sanctuary and to young people in Braunstone via StreetVibe.  Members of the public are asked to donate unwanted bikes suitable for adults or teenagers.  Anyone is welcome to take part in sessions to learn basic repairs during the day.  Secular Hall, Humberstone Gate, Leicester

Women-only Mountain Biking Skills

Type: 
Cycle Training
Cost: 
Free

Free Mountain Bike Skills Session

Women only (16+)

All equipment available to borrow.

Suitable for beginners through those with some experience.

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Mountain biking is important in the city too – cycle training for all

We are sometimes asked why we offer mountain biking skills in a flat city. Doesn’t it just encourage people to drive out of the city to cycle somewhere else – aren't we increasing motor traffic instead of increasing cycling?
Using a city park to teach mountain biking skills

John has come along to monthly skills sessions, and tells us something entirely different:  "I have learnt that my daily commute can be fun.  I skinny along kerbs, manual over obstacles and drop off ledges every single day.  Rather than a chore, my commute is now a playground."

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Women-only Mountain Biking Skills

Free Mountain Bike Skills Session

Women only (16+)

All equipment available to borrow.

Suitable for beginners through those with some experience

Taught by accredited trainers.

Last Sunday of each month.

Please book through leicester-cycle-champions@ctc.org.uk or 0116 252 6536

 

Taught within Rally Park, LE3 5EG, near Woodgate Adventure Playground.  Entrances via Bonchurch St, Tudor Rd, St Augustine's Rd or Grand Union Canal.

MTB skills session

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
Free

Last Saturday of every month at Rally Park, Leicester.

Free Mountain Bike Skills session for adults (16+).

11-1.

Bikes and helmets available to borrow.

Must book!

leicester-cycle-champions@ctc.org.uk or 0116 252 6536 (message)

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March and April courses and events

Here is the schedule for courses starting soon in Leicester.

Courses at Rally Park

Thursdays 9:30

Learn to ride or gain confidence on the road (16+)

 

Thursdays 9:30

Learn basic roadside maintenance (women only).

If more men are interested in this course, we can make recommendations to courses or look at starting a new one – let us know.

 

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