CycleClips 1 August 2014

40 years of New Forest Week; The beach ball; Common good; Take to the hills; Articulate your thoughts on lorry design; Brompton World Championships; Taking a snap; Win a copy of Life Cycles; NEC Cycle Show 2014.
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Tonight sees the traditional Friday night BBQ to mark the end of the 40th annual CTC New Forest Cycling Week. Chair of Council David Cox says: “Congratulations on its continued success as a friendly and inclusive cycling event for all, from the very youngest on their own bikes or towed in trailers to the most experienced club riders on touring bikes, and everyone else in between. Here’s to the next 40 years!”


Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Get under cover
The Tour de France effect continues, with an apparent surge in British holiday makers inspired to take cycling holidays abroad. But do they have travel insurance that takes account of the specific requirements of cycle touring? CTC’s new insurance guide will tell you what to look out for in a policy, thus helping avoid the pitfalls. CTC members are now entitled to a 10% discount on our Cyclecover travel insurance. They are also automatically covered by Third Party insurance while cycling worldwide, except in the USA and Canada.
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The beach ball
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Many of these tourists will be venturing across the North Sea, as everyone knows that cycling in the Netherlands is a wonderful experience. This lovely filmmade by two cycle tourists riding beside the seaside will show you just how enjoyable it can be – and if you watch right through to the end, you might even find yourself joining in with their incredible dance moves on the beach!
Common good
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Dutchwoman Marianne Vos is surely also dancing for joy at the moment - she was the winner of La Course, the inaugural women’s one-day race held in Paris last Sunday, ahead of the finish of the Tour de France. She could well be joined by members of the Malawi cycling team at the Commonwealth Games, after they were given free bikes by a Glaswegian bike shop.
Take to the hills
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If you fancy getting out of the city this summer and exploring somewhere new, the Chiltern Hills might just be the place to go. CTC’s partnership project Cycle Chilterns is offering free bike hire to anybody arriving by train at Great Missenden station in Buckinghamshire; it is just £5 for everybody else. The bikes can also be used by local clubs for anybody who wants to give riding with them a go.
Articulate your thoughts
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This week, the Mayor of London launched a consultation on the UK’s first ‘Safer Lorries Scheme’, which will prohibit lorries without sideguards and safety mirrors from London’s streets. CTC is keen to hear what other measures lorry drivers who also cycle think could improve lorry safety, not just in London but throughout the UK. Contact CTC's Rhia Weston, to share your thoughts.
Glorious Goodwood
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La Course was not the only hotly-contested race last Sunday. The Brompton World Championships took place at Goodwood and Team CTC put up four riders, including new CEO Paul Tuohy. Meanwhile, two young Russian women are putting the machines to a more sedate use - a cycle tour of the British Isles. 'BikeOBritain' is their wonderful blog of their adventures.
Taking a snap?
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So it’s holiday season and you might be tempted to join in the current craze for taking ‘selfies’ by taking a shot of yourself whilst cycling. But think again - one rider in the States got more than he bargained for when he decided to do just that: an alligator lying in the middle of the road took him by surprise and he fell off his bike! The creature was unhurt, fortunately.
The road more travelled
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When Julian Sayarer tackled the record for cycling around the world, he may well have encountered alligators. He also discovered that the Tartars of Central Asia and the trailer families of Louisiana aren’t so different from each other. 169 days later, he returned with a new World Record and a fantastic story to tell. We have two free copies of his book 'Life Cycles' worth £8.99 to give away.
It's show time!
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This year’s Cycle Show on 26-28 September at the NEC will be better than ever, with new exhibitors and lots of shiny steeds to feast your eyes on. Also new are: freestyle MTB dirt jumping; cyclocross racing; a roller race; plus the return of the premium road bike track, as well as three other test tracks. CTC members can buy discounted tickets by logging into our website to obtain the code.
Julie Rand

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