CTC Blogs

Blogs for Family and Leisure. Show all blogs

23 September 2016 - 12:40pm
Cycling UK's top 11 from the Cycle Show
Cycling UK at the NEC, Cycle Show
From Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September the cycling industry has descended upon the NEC in Birmingham to bring you the latest and best of cycling kit. Cycling UK's Sam Jones has trawled through hundreds of exhibitors to bring you his favourite finds...
11 August 2016 - 1:50pm
Alternative Olympic Games
Cycling UK staff at the alternative olympics
Here at Cycling UK we're feeling the Olympic fever, but we want to show that you don't have to be a highly-trained athlete to compete and win a medal. We've held our very own bicycle pentathlon, with five events suitable for riders of any age, ability and fitness... and any cycle will do!
4 August 2016 - 11:59am
All right on the Isle of Wight
A group of riders in Lymington
Put together a bunch of people from all walks of life, some children, a range of bikes from tandems to trailerbikes to tourers, typical British summer weather and seaside attractions and what do you get? A great day out at the New Forest Cycling Week.
3 August 2016 - 5:34pm
How NOT to train for a long-distance bike ride?
Pascal Harris on his MTB
I'm a long-time Cycling UK member so when my 42-year-old son Pascal suddenly took up cycling after many years and also joined, I was delighted. But when he announced how he was going to train for his forthcoming 300-mile ride, I wasn't so sure...
28 July 2016 - 7:14pm
Cycling UK aims to fix 3,000 cycles
St Pauls and Dr Bike
London is set to have biking bonanza of a weekend, as three-day cycling festival Prudential RideLondon returns to the capital. Cycling UK will be there and spreading the gift of cycling to all through a range of activities.
27 July 2016 - 2:51pm
Lyme disease - what you need to know
Mountain Biker in woodlands Flickr CC, Grant Doig
Lyme Disease, you may have heard of it, but what do you know of it? Is it relevant to cyclists? “Yes, most definitely.” as Cycling UK is told by Lyme Disease Action (LDA), the national charity set up to provide accurate information about ticks and Lyme disease.
10 May 2016 - 10:32am
Josie Dew blogs about beeping drivers
Josie Dew and her children
Cycling UK's Vice President Josie Dew discusses drivers who blast their horns at cyclists.
5 May 2016 - 1:26pm
Father and son - bonded by bikes
Cycling journalist and Cycling UK member Matt Lamy explains how he and his father bonded over bikes.
22 April 2016 - 1:00pm
Shall I pedal thee on a summer's ride?
Serenading the cycle
It's the anniversary of William Shakespeare's birthday on 23 April, and in honour of the day and the bard, one member of Cycling UK staff has borrowed liberally in his love sonnet to cycling...
13 April 2016 - 7:38pm
Stories from the school run
Alas, not the school run in the UK!
A pop up campaign to highlight the challenges parents in getting their children to school on the UK's roads by bike kicks off this week. Our Head of Development Scotland, Suzanne Forup, is contributing her preschool run film to the campaign.
8 April 2016 - 11:03am
My favourite ride: Abergavenny and the Three Peaks
Picture from Lost Lanes Wales by Jack Thurston
Cycling journalist and author Jack Thurston shares one of his favourites from his latest book of great rides: ‘Lost Lanes Wales’. This ride, close to Jack’s home, is a deceptively laid-back circuit from Abergavenny, Wales’s self-proclaimed capital of cycling, with an optional sting in the tail.
4 March 2016 - 3:27pm
Ice time for a ride: reading the signs
Cyclist pedaling over an icy bridge
As the mercury begins to drop, in this guest blog, the Met Office explains what cyclists can look out for when the conditions grow increasingly icy…
3 March 2016 - 1:44pm
Healthy New Towns to Get Britain Cycling?
Parked cycles
NHS England are looking to cycling in their plans to build 10 'Healthy New Towns'. A promising step - but does it go far enough asks CTC's new campaigner Tom Guha.
24 December 2015 - 10:11am
24 December: Twas the night before Christmas
Cycling Santa
This year CTC re-imagines the classic poem of Father Christmas delivering his gifts...but this time by trike.
21 December 2015 - 6:06pm
Go on a winter cycling treasure hunt
Christmas Pie Trail and confused cyclist
The Boxing Day walk is a thing of tradition in the UK, but why not spruce it up a bit and make it a little more interesting with a cycle treasure hunt instead?
11 September 2015 - 1:38pm
Why Trails for Wales?
Cyclist enjoying the option of going off road
While the supporter base for CTC and Open MTB’s Trails for Wales campaign keeps on growing, some campaigners have questioned why CTC would support such a campaign. Sam Jones, CTC Communications and Campaigns Coordinator explains why.
29 June 2015 - 8:22am
Bikes, belles and babies - new family cycling groups
Trying out a cargo bike
Two years ago, Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK ’s Assistant Head of Development, wrote about the challenges of getting ‘back on her bike’ with her son, a toddler at the time. Now she is helping to set up family cycling groups and even more Bike Belles groups to encourage more people in Scotland to cycle.
25 June 2015 - 4:59pm
Women on Wheels at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
Women on Wheels
CTC's Assistant Head of Development, Suzanne Forup, likes a challenge, particularly if it involves organising part of a cycling festival, cake and books.
17 June 2015 - 3:25pm
Eroica Britannia: a ride for heroes
Eroica Britannia
This weekend 20-21 June, Bakewell in the Peak District will step back in time as thousands of cyclists with a love for steel and wool take to the hills for the three-day festival of cycling Eroica Britannia. CTC staff and volunteers will be on hand to help out.
22 May 2015 - 10:23am
My favourite ride: Dorset and Wiltshire
Cut Mill in Hinton St Mary
As spring turns to summer, CTC is looking to share some of its staff and members' favourite rides. First out of the gates is campaigner Sam Jones, who shares his love for the West Country.
  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.

Copyright © CTC 2016

Terms and Conditions