ClubShorts 21 January 2014

Register your rides and events; Volunteer of the Year Awards; Reporting incidents and collisions; A Cycling Lexicon; Make a note of it; Total Women's Cycling Awards; Teamer; Weather forecasting for cyclists.
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Welcome to the January issue of ClubShorts, CTC’s e-newsletter for Member Groups. Many thanks to all Member Groups for submitting their Annual Returns. At this year’s CTC AGM in Glasgow we will again be running a networking event for CTC Groups. If you have any ideas for topics we should cover at the workshops, we’d love to hear them. Julie Rand, Member Group Coordinator


Register your rides and events
As the new year is rapidly unfolding, most groups are making plans for 2014. We have now developed an online registration facility so that Member Groups can upload their rides and events to the CTC calendar through their group's home page on the CTC website. There are two sections to complete: one for regular local rides and activities aimed primarily at CTC members; and the other for occasional ‘events’ that are open to the general public and should be registered with CTC, and/or are form part of the CTC Tourist Competition. All rides and events will form part of our complete listing of national cycling events for 2014. If you experience any problems with the process, please contact CTC Webmaster Jonathan Pontet. So far, over a hundred events have been registered for the CTC Tourist Competition but we’d love to see more. Contact the Competition Coordinators if you'd like more information.
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Three cheers for the volunteers!
Do you know of somebody in your Member Group who deserves recognition for the work they put in helping more people to cycle? Perhaps a long-serving Secretary or President? Or an enthusiastic young person who has inspired others to take up cycling? If so, nominate them for CTC’s Voluntary Achievement Awards 2013. The awards are for the people and groups throughout the UK and Ireland for their dedication to cycling. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday 14 February 2014 and the winners will be presented with their awards at the CTC National Dinner in Glasgow on Saturday 10 May.


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Occasionally, collisions or unfortunate incidents can happen whilst you are out on a group ride. They are rarely serious but an Incident Report Form should be filled in by a Member Group officer, nevertheless, and returned to us at National Office. All CTC forms for rides and events can be found in the Resources section. CTC has also launched a new app for iPhones to simplify the recording of any cycling incidents. The CTC Crash Kit, which will also be available on android soon, allows a report to be automatically sent to our solicitors Slater & Gordon Lawyers, in case of an eventual claim being made.


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The language of bikes
Bicycle head badges are objects of beauty to many, as are the inhabiitants of the natural world. A Cycling Lexicon: an A-Z of head badges is a new publication that combines the two in a series of stunning photos. Collected by a professor of Biology in Michigan, examples include: the Raleigh heron; the Fisher fish; and the Cicada Cycles cicada. Available for £20 from Carter Wong design.


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Make a note of it
Whether you’re planning a long distance tour, just a few local trips, or maybe some training for an epic charity ride, it’s nice to keep tabs on your mileage. This cycling diary and notebook from CycleMiles is just the place to write it all down in. It includes a touring diary and year planner and will keep your cycling on the right track!


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Female specific
The Total Women’s Cycling Awards 2014 will honour all the individuals, initiatives and brands that have helped inspire female cyclists. There are 16 categories so if you know of any group, product or person you think deserves recognition by the wider world, why not vote for them? The winners will be announced at the London Bike Show in February, where CTC members are eligible for a 30% discount on tickets.


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Get organised
CTC Member Groups may like to look at ‘Teamer ’, a free sports management tool. According to the blurb, it can help you to invite group members to rides and events and view their responses; track attendance; and notify members of cancellations and changes. It could also be a useful tool when arranging awards nights, AGMs and so on. If your group does use it, do let me know what you think.


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Whatever the weather...
CTC Member Groups are a hardy lot and rarely let adverse weather conditions put them off going out for a good blast. However, they do like to be forewarned of the conditions so they can prepare. Metcheck is a weather service that predicts local conditions for a wide range of hobbies, including cycling and mountain biking. Groups can register on Metcheck so riders can find a forecast specific to their area, in return for a link to the site. Several CTC Groups have already done so.



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