Tour of Britain; Danger - unexploded helmet!; Why people do and don't cycle to work; Sally wins the Wiggle prize; Cycling's all Wight on the Isle of Wight; The naked truth about Boris; Deep in the heart of Texas; Beautiful Beaumanor; the Norman invasion.
Set your alarm clock early on Sunday morning so that you can catch the Cycle Chilterns/CTC team on Channel 4’s Street Velodrome at 6.40am - then you’ll still have time to get out on your bike yourself on one of the many CTC rides taking place that day.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
The best of British
The route has been announced of this year’s men’s Tour of Britain, which takes place from 7-14 September. Stage Six of the eight-stage race will pass through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire before a challenging final section in the heart of the Chilterns - CTC’s Cycle Chilterns project was instrumental in bringing the route through the area. Meanwhile, the inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain takes place from 7-11 May 2014.
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Danger - unexploded helmet!
An innovative cycle helmet from Sweden has incurred the wrath of the Royal Mail. The Hovding is worn around the neck and operates like an airbag by inflating on impact. Over 200 sensors detect the rider’s movements and can tell when a crash is imminent. However, a parcel containing the £300 gadget was destoyed by post office officials in Shropshire due to its gas cylinder.
Why you should ride to work - and why many people don't
A recent report indicated that cycle commuting in the UK is booming in certain towns and cities but not in others. The Guardian this week described the top ten things that put people off cycling, from bad driving to poor weather. However, as the Daily Telegraph’s Tom Chivers points out, cycling to work is a lot safer than most people think – and can actually save your life.
Sally's getting a Wiggle on
Congratulations to CTC member Sally Berry of Oakhampton, Devon, who was the winner of the Tifosi CK7 Audax Veloce bike prize draw, after taking part in our recent membership survey. Sally says: “The bike is really light and handles very well: it corners very smoothly on our windy lanes. Many thanks to CTC and to Wiggle for such an amazing surprise, it’ll be well used that’s for sure!”
Cycling's all Wight
Perhaps Sally will be taking her new steed to the Isle of Wight? Thanks to an initiative by the island’s council, it is now easier to access by public transport. Bike storage facilities have been provided on four buses, which will each be able to carry up to six bicycles at a time. The newly converted Coaster buses will begin service from 5 April and will run daily until 28 September.
The naked truth?
On Tuesday this week, the AA announced that the Mayor of London had agreed to help publicise the new yellow-liveried ‘Boris bikes’ in the city - by re-enacting its ‘Now You See Me’ video and riding one naked! Bizarrely, on the same day, CTC revealed that many cycle-friendly councils are planning to leave the UK in protest at poor resources for cycling and become Dutch!
Deep in the heart of Texas
No such dramatic action is required in Texas, however. Several cities have plans to install new networks of cycle lanes over the next decade and some bike sharing schemes are already in operation. But the move is not just because cycling is green – it’s also good for business, with large companies requiring good cycle infrastructure before moving in, according to a podcast on NPR.
Beautiful Beaumanor is our cup of tea
Cyclists in Texas probably don’t have the same fondness for tea and cake that we Brits do. Luckily for us, there’ll be plenty of both on offer at this year’s CTC East Midlands Cycle Rally from 23-27 May at Beaumanor Hall near Loughborough. If the programme of rides doesn’t suit, a map showing the huge number of tea places nearby will also be available so you can plan your own.
The Norman invasion
Tea and cake, as well as coffee and croissants, will no doubt also play a big part in CTC Cycling Holidays’ France, Normandy for Families trip from Saturday 26 July- Saturday 2 August 2014. Based in a picturesque château with a swimming pool, croquet lawn and mazes, there’ll also be a daily ride to the beach at a relaxed pace. Only suitable for families with children up to the age of 16.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.