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30 September 2016 - 12:18pm
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 - 11:40am
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 - 4:18pm
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 - 9:58am
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 - 9:32am
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 - 12:00pm
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 - 4:18pm
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 - 3:56pm
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 - 10:03am
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 - 10:07am
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 - 10:15am
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 - 12:38pm
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.
30 July 2015 - 9:51am
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.
27 July 2015 - 12:07pm
Ride Like Billie Fleming!
Billie Fleming cycling around the UK in 1938
Women around the UK have been 'riding like Billie' throughout 2015. Next week, the epic tour reaches Scotland, where Cycling UK 's Suzanne Forup and Cycling UK's Bike Belles will be riding to honour Billie Fleming. Find out how you can get involved too.
17 July 2015 - 12:48pm
Congratulations to our Eroica hamper winner
Two men with a bicycle
Jackie Ames was the lucky winner of our Fortnum & Mason ‘The English Essentials Hamper’ at Eroica Britannia. Jackie tells us of her family's experience at this summer's must-cycle event.
31 October 2014 - 11:07am
CTC Tour: Wine Roads of Tuscany
Photo by Chris Juden
It was not until we were in Tuscany, cycling amongst the vines on the crushed white limestone of a strada bianca, that I realised the double meaning of this tour’s appellation.
10 July 2014 - 9:57am
Stevenage & N. Herts CTC's cunning plan to ride to Le Tour
Riders from Stevenage and N. Herts
When ride leader Jim Brown hatched a plan to combine a 60-mile ride from Hertfordshire to Essex to watch the Tour de France on Monday 7 July, he wasn't sure if it would come together. Happily it did - and very successfully, with a peloton of 20 riders and Jim acting as their 'super domestique'.
7 July 2014 - 3:43pm
Le Tour - a spectator's view
Kittel wins Stage 1 Tour de France.
What was it like in the crowd watching the Tour de France? Rhia Weston was in Yorkshire to watch the greatest cycling race in the world whizz by llkley and she didn't take a 'selfie'!
25 June 2014 - 1:54pm
Richard Durrant - the barefoot bicycling bard
Richard Durrant on stage
CTC member and renowned concert guitarist Richard Durrant recently completed a 1500-mile journey round England by bike.
28 March 2014 - 1:55pm
Leading the CTC way
Image of cycling group http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisjuden/6206413519
I learnt everything I know about leading cycle rides and tours with CTC, but not from any of the training courses recently profiled here and in 'Cycle' magazine. I served an apprenticeship most Sundays since 1972, with several different local CTC groups and on many longer tours at home and abroad.
 
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