ClubShorts 13 June 2013

Moving up a gear; Let's make a date!; RideLondon - be a part of it; Bike Week is back; A helping hand; A warm welcome for cyclists; Make it snappy; Wandering Wade.
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Welcome to the June issue of ClubShorts, CTC’s e-newsletter for Member Groups. I hope you have been enjoying some fine weather and getting some miles under your belt now that summer is finally here! Til next time. Julie Rand, Member Group Coordinator


Moving up a gear
CTC’s AGM and Networking Event took place on 11 May in Guisborough, North Yorkshire. The morning workshops were well-attended with representatives from CTC Member Groups and affiliated clubs, as well as staff and members of Council. The event proved very successful with lively and interesting workshops on a range of issues, including: insurance; promoting group riding; campaigning at a local level; and finance. Materials from the workshops should be available to download soon. It is hoped the event will be repeated at next year’s AGM in Glasgow.  At the dinner in the evening, CTC’s Volunteers of the Year were rewarded for their hard work in encouraging more people to cycle. Congratulations to Lowri Evans of Chester and North Wales CTC, who won not only the individual Volunteer of the Year but also triumphed in last year’s Tourist Competition!


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Let's make a date!
Although it is not mid-summer quite yet, it is already time to start thinking about CTC Member Groups' AGM season in October and November. According to our Policy Handbook, every formal Member Group must have an AGM between 15 October and 15 November; the date, time and location of all AGMs must be submitted for publication in the Oct/Nov edition of Cycle magazine so that all CTC members have the opportunity to attend. The publication deadline is the end of August so if you are the Secretary, please let me have your group's details as soon as possible. Thanks.


RideLondon - be a part of it
The UK’s biggest ever mass participation cycling event is getting closer. On 3-4 August, thousands of people will take part in the Prudential RideLondon extravaganza. There is still time to sign up as a volunteer marshal. You will receive a cool uniform, lunch and full support. Make it even more of a fun day out by coming along as a group - and raise funds too! Minibus hire will be refunded and, in addition, for every 10-20 volunteers, your group will receive £150 and one entry to the London-Surrey 100 on 4 August; for 20-50 volunteers, £250 and two entries. Make sure you don't miss out on all the action at what promises to be a fantastic weekend for all cycling enthusiasts!


Bike Week is back
With Bike Week just around the corner, it’s time to register your Group’s rides and events if you haven’t already done so. By doing so, you can benefit from Bike Week publicity and attract a wider audience, particularly newcomers to cycling. Bike Week offers useful tips and advice on generating publicity locally for your events. Remember that events open to the public not in Bike Week must be registered with CTC to be covered by our insurance. Event registration forms can be found alongside CTC's other support materials for event organisers.


Do you need a helping hand?
Perhaps your group may be organising a special event to celebrate an anniversary? Or maybe you would like to enhance your club kit or club facilities? As well as the special extra funding allocations available from CTC, you may be interested in an opportunity for grassroots community groups provided by Skipton Building Society to celebrate its 160th anniversary. As well as financial donations, there will also be providing a series of free guides offering support and advice to such groups.


A warm welcome
CTC’s Cyclists Welcome lists cycle-friendly accommodation, caf├ęs and shops in the UK and the Continent. It has recently been enhanced so if your group is planning a tour, it is well worth a look. If you know of any establishments that could benefit from being listed, you may want to submit a suggestion form – owners can then choose a free one-line entry or, for a small annual fee, a full listing.


Make it snappy
The June/July edition of ‘Cycle’ magazine included a feature on how to take great cycling photos, which included a photo competition open to all CTC members, their friends and families. Prizes on offer include  an Ortlieb Ultimate Handlebar Bag and a GorillaPod Classic mini tripods. The closing date is 31 July 2013 so get snapping. Who knows, your work may end up being used in the next edition of ClubShorts!


Wandering Wade
For inspiration, take a look at ‘View from a Tent’, CTC member Wade Burrell’s photo montage of his 18-day, 1715 km cycle tour of the North Island of New Zealand. Wade has also made ‘3-points of GB’, a film of his trip around the UK in the summer of 2006 from Bristol to John o’Groats, Broadstairs, Land’s End and back.



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