CycleClips 11 April 2014

AGM and Dinner; Orbital 2014; Make space for cycling; In Pursuit of Spring; Map your good and bad paths; Lothians and Borders Rally; Joff Summerfield; The bicycle apple; Freddie and Robert on the Road to Nowhere; Bespoked 2014.
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CTC’s AGM and Dinner in Glasgow on Saturday 10 May is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow members; influence the democratic process; congratulate the winners of CTC’s Volunteer of the Year awards; and take part in an exciting bike ride, of course! And don’t forget the morning’s networking event, where you can learn a range of skills to encourage and support cycling in your area - contact Sue Cherry to register for the events.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Go Orbital with CTC
CTC is excited to be charity partner again for the Orbital Cycling Festival, which takes place at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex on 26-27 July. There will be racing across all disciplines, as well as family rides and stalls plus, of course, the famous Brompton World Championships. If you would like to be part of the action yourself, why not join the CTC Crew? All you have to do is to commit to raising funds to help support our vital campaigning and development work. Other volunteer roles are also available.
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Make space!
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This week, the London Cycling Campaign launched Space for Cycling, a campaign targeting each of the 624 wards up for election in the capital. CTC, together with campaign groups from around the country, will shortly be announcing the national equivalent - use it to ask your own councillors to make space for cycling too. Please register to receive updates from the campaign.
Photographic evidence needed
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As part of the Space for Cycling campaign, CTC has launched a map of cycling infrastructure – both good and bad – from around the country. If you’ve got photos of cycle paths or junctions in your area that you would like to log on our map, we'd love to see them. Data from the map will be drawn to the attention of any councillors who are contacted through Space for Cycling.
The rides of spring
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Edward Thomas, one of the best-known First World War poets, was killed in action in April 1917. This makes In Pursuit of Spring (1914), his lyrical account of a long cycle tour in March 1913, all the more poignant as the book describes a world that would soon too be gone forever. CTC Cycling Holidays’ Gatwick & The Surrey Hills to Salisbury from 28 July-1 August covers some of his route.
The Edinburgh festival of cycling
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CTC Lothians and Borders would like to invite CTC members to take part in their inaugural rally on 23-26 May. The rally will have a choice of rides, both urban and rural, plus a programme of evening entertainment including meals, quiz, a ceilidh and a film. MTB riders are catered for with the nearby Tweed Valley trail centre but Scottish access laws mean they can ride responsibly almost anywhere.
Hold on tight - it's gonna be a bumpy ride!
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Joff Summerfield is a true British eccentric who once travelled the world on a penny farthing wearing a pith helmet. Last weekend, he achieved the slightly less daunting feat of finishing the Tour of Flanders on his ‘ordinary’, as shown on Belgian TV. Apparently, he's now going on to attempt four more of the toughest Spring Classics, including the Paris-Roubaix, famous for its bumpy route.
The bike apple
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It’s not clear whether or not Joff’s steed would be easily accommodated in the latest Dutch cycle parking innovation. The Bicycle Apple is an intricate building, shaped like the fruit, that can store nearly 1,000 bikes. But judging by this photo, even that’s not enough to satisfy demand by users of the station in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn - and facilities nearby hold another 2,000 bikes!
It's not cricket for Freddie and Robert
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Demand for cycle parking is probably a lot less in the harsh environment of the Amazon rainforest. Former cricketer Freddie Flintoff and well-known cycling author Robert Penn are currently attempting The Road to Nowhere, a 1200km ride along the TransAmazonian highway for Sky TV to raise awareness of deforestation. The second episode can be seen tonight on Sky 1 HD at 9.00pm.
Made in Britain - enjoy Bespoked at a reduced rate
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Do you want to take a look inside the newly-reopened Olympic velodrome? This weekend, Bespoked, the UK’s handmade bicycle show, takes place at the amazing venue in east London. CTC members can buy two tickets for the price of one so you can take a friend along with you to enjoy not only the stunning 'dream machines', but also see where Team GB rode to glory in 2012.
Julie Rand

Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.

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