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15 August 2017 - 3:30pm
Travellers' Tales: Cycling across Europe before Brexit
Cyclist having a snack by the side of the road
Geoff Saunders and his wife enjoyed a barrier-free tour through Europe
9 August 2017 - 1:55pm
From the Atlantic to the Black Sea
Cyclist in front of the Rhine Falls
The EuroVelo, or the European cycle route network, is a system of long-distance routes all over Europe. At 71 years young Mike Davies cycled the Eurovelo 6, a route that connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea – a total distance of almost 2,500 miles.
3 July 2017 - 12:38pm
Around the world in 80 days: Cycling UK member attempts to set a new cycling world record
Cycling UK member and ultra-endurance athlete, Mark Beaumont, is currently attempting to set a new world record – of cycling around the world in just 80 days. In a previous record attempt, in 2008, he completed the epic journey in 194 days so is aiming to smash the world tour in less than half his previous time.
11 May 2017 - 3:12pm
Why I learnt basic bike and trail side maintenance
Problems with a puncture? Snapped chain? Sticky brakes? Or gears out of sync? Common cycling issues, with easy solutions if you have a little know-how. Cycling UK's campaigner Sam Jones went to learn first hand how to cope with the unexpected on our Basic and Trail Side Maintenance course.
19 April 2017 - 3:38pm
My epic ride from Scotland to Italy
Lady above coastline
Several years ago Cycling UK member Linda Edge had the idea of cycling on her own to Italy from Scotland. When she first mentioned her dream to family and friends it was met with disbelief and laughter. Linda recalls "I was unfit, my knowledge of bike mechanics was negligible as were my map reading skills and I have a poor sense of direction." But after completing a 10-mile ride with her local Cycling UK group in Ayrshire, she found the confidence to go for it....
10 April 2017 - 10:30am
Born to be wild? Looking for adventure? Head up to the Lake District!
Two bikepackers
If you’re into bikepacking, or even curious about it and the wider potential for exploring the world both on and off road by bike, then there’s a new festival which just might be of interest – and Cycling UK has free tickets.
8 April 2017 - 9:56pm
The best touring bikes at Bespoked 2017
Bespoked 2017
Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show, is on this weekend in Bristol. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce was there as a judge, picking his favourite touring bikes – not an easy task, given the standard of the bikes on display.
30 September 2016 - 1:18pm
Stephen Fabes' pub, pint and plan to cycle around the world
Stephen Fabes Cycling the Six
Like most decisions of great consequence to Stephen Fabes (and perhaps others), his plan to cycle around the world was settled in a pub, pint in one hand and mini-atlas in the other. Here is Stephen's hilarious guest blog about how his dream to cycle the six continents started, stalled, and restarted.
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...
30 August 2016 - 5:18pm
Julian Sayarer: How I fell in love with cycling
Julian Sayarer in central China
Julian Sayarer is a long-distance cyclist and author. In 2009 he broke the world record for a circumnavigation by bicycle, riding 18,000 miles through 20 countries. In this extract from his book Life Cycles he explains why he loves cycling.
10 July 2016 - 10:58am
Josie Dew blogs about a driver who was far too flash
Josie Dew in Arizona USA in the 1990s
Cycling UK Vice President and adventure cyclist Josie Dew has cycled across four continents. In her second blog post, she talks about encountering danger closer to home when a man indecently exposed himself to her as she cycled up a hill.
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.
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...
15 April 2016 - 5:18pm
Top 10 things to look out for at Bespoked 2016
Bespoked Handmade Cycle Show 2016
This weekend is the Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show in Bristol. David Murray has taken a sneak peak. Here are his top 10 things to look out for.
14 April 2016 - 4:56pm
My LEJOG blog - Julie completes her journey
Roland and Julie outside Cycling UK office
I've worked at Cycling UK for nearly 15 years now. For nearly all that time, I've been talking to people about our Land's End to John o'Groats route pack but I've never had the opportunity to actually ride it myself. Until now that is...
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.
15 December 2015 - 11:07am
15 December: Spoof cycling Christmas menu
CTC's Christmas Menu for Cyclists
CTC invites you to a cracker of a Christmas feast with a spoof cycling menu to whet any appetite. CTC's Tony Upfold dons his best chef’s gear for the day to make a real meal of it. Don’t be late…Dawes open at midday!
4 October 2015 - 11:15am
Two inspirational events about women, wheels and adventure
The Great Divide
CTC's Suzanne Forup is chairing two events in Edinburgh with inspirational adventure cyclists at the end of October, celebrating the joy, freedom and sense of achievement that cycling can generate.
11 September 2015 - 1:38pm
Why Trails for Wales?
Cyclist enjoying the option of going off road
While the supporter base for Cycling UK and Open MTB’s Trails for Wales campaign keeps on growing, some campaigners have questioned why Cycling UK would support such a campaign. Sam Jones, Cycling UK Communications and Campaigns Coordinator explains why.
30 July 2015 - 10:51am
Route: Great Tour from Rye to Brighton
Cycling by the sea
On 11 August cyclists will be celebrating CTC and raising vital campaigning funds by cycling stage 39 of the Great Countrywide Tour. The route is a scenic 53 mile cycle along the coast from Rye to Brighton. CTC's Jon Sharpe, Matt Mallinder and Ian Taylor cycled the route beforehand.
 
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