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15 August 2017 - 3:28pm
Travellers' Tales: A joyful weekend off-road cycling in Wales
Group of cyclists
Riaz Rashid was one of several beginners who took part in an off-road cycling weekend in Wales.
9 August 2017 - 10:10am
Discovering a new place for cycling in Stoke Park Woods, Bishopstoke
Cycling UK fund new bike community project in Bishopstoke, Hampshire
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.
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.
17 February 2017 - 4:44pm
London Bike Show 2017: 9 things to look out for
Cycling UK stand at the London Bike Show 2017
If you’re heading to the London Bike Show this weekend, then you’re in for a bit of a treat. Held at the ExCeL centre in East London, there’s something for cyclists in all shapes and forms. Cycling UK’s Sam Jones writes up his highlights…
23 December 2016 - 10:11am
24 December: Twas the night before Christmas
Cycling Santa
Cycling UK re-imagines the classic poem of Father Christmas delivering his gifts...but this time by trike.
6 December 2016 - 5:24pm
Why improving off-road access for cyclists in England and Wales is a feminist issue
Woman mountain biking
Women are disproportionately under represented in cycling, and even more so in mountain biking and off-road riding. But, they have much more to gain from participating in riding in terms of the health, social and well-being benefits cycling can bring. Julie Rand explains why improving access to the countryside is particularly important to women.
28 October 2016 - 12:10pm
A glorious time at the Golden Beeches Weekend 2016
A group in the beechwoods
South Bucks CTC has been organising this event for the last 40 years. A small rally, it is one of the last of the season but, as the name suggests, makes the most of the glorious autumn colours of the changing beechwoods in the Chiltern Hills.
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...
18 July 2016 - 6:09pm
Film review: Mountain Biking - the untold British story
The premiere of Mountain Biking the untold story
Mountain biking has been around in some form since the earliest days of cycling. 'Mountain Biking - the untold British story' tells the story of the emergence and rising popularity of mountain biking in the UK, starting with the Rough Stuff Fellowship's early touring bike adventures and finishing with Martyn Ashton's descent of the World Cup course. Cycling UK's Julie Rand went to the premiere.
5 October 2015 - 12:16pm
Trails for Wales - where next?
Supporters for Trails for Wales gather outside the Senedd, Cardiff (Photo: Nigel
Throughout September Cycling UK and Open MTB’s ran the joint campaign, Trails for Wales, and galvanised support of over 4,000 from the off road community and wider cycling industry into what could be a game changer for off road access.
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.
11 June 2015 - 10:20am
My favourite ride: Surrey
Rider on track by Cut Mill
Surrey is a fabulous place in which to be a cyclist: the Olympic road route, the Tour of Britain and of course RideLondon have all passed through its borders recently. Cycling UK's Julie Rand shares the wealth of excellent off-road riding to be found in the county.
19 August 2014 - 4:08pm
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.
9 July 2014 - 3:12pm
Architectural design competition for Parkwood Springs
VeloCity Architecture
Parkwood Springs, the beautifully succesful mountain bike trail that CTC's Dan Cook has been instrumental in putting in place in Sheffield is running a visitor centre design competition, called VeloCity.
28 March 2014 - 12:28pm
Mountain biking is important in the city too – cycle training for all
Using a city park to teach mountain biking skills
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?
7 February 2014 - 5:48pm
Boy stuff: cycling, the prostate and erectile dysfunction
A comfortable saddle is the key
Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.
10 December 2013 - 9:08pm
Why should cyclists use Twitter?
Twitter logo
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.
26 November 2013 - 12:12am
A pleasant surprise on the north-east Chilterns Cycleway
Sundon Hills Country Park
Having spent much of the summer riding sections of the Chilterns Cycleway in the central Chilterns, it was time to venture further afield to see what the rest of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire had to offer.
29 May 2013 - 2:12pm
Threat of rain didn't dampen entries for ladies-only race, Stilettos on Wheels
Mountain bike racer
The forecast was for heavy rain, the sky was grey, the umbrellas were on standby…but that didn’t stop more than 60 women lining up on the start line for the first of Stilettos On Wheels mountain bike race of this year.
 
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