CycleClips 14 June 2013

Find out the latest news in the cycling world with this week's CycleClips.
Contents Summary: 

Tidworth takes off! Scotland's spokesman; CTC waltzes into helmet debate; Team CTC; Operation Crackdown; World Naked Bike Ride; Bike to the future; Bike Week 2013; Winchester's CycleFest


Tidworth takes off!
Seven years of dedication, persistence and hard work by a group of volunteers sees the opening of Tidworth Freeride Bike Park in Wiltshire tomorrow, Saturday 15 June. The facility features downhill tracks, a progressive jump area and dirt trails, offering great riding for all ages and abilities. The bike park will be officially opened by Lt Col David Barron, the Deputy Commander of Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, which is running the site in partnership with CTC and Tidworth Freeride. CTC now welcomes Tidworth to the CTC Bike Park Network, joining four others in the charity’s partnership mountain bike sites across the UK. Founder of the Tidworth Freeride club Phil Potts says: “It’s a milestone in the site’s history. It’s great to see the hard work put in by our volunteers rewarded in this way and we look forward to working with CTC and DIO to get more people riding here.” Full CTC members will be able to ride at the park for free, otherwise day passes will cost £5.
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Scotland's spokesman
Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer Scotland, gave a motivational speech about the health benefits of physical activity at the NHSScotland event in Glasgow this week. However, it was a speech with a difference (password = cycle):  not from a comfy sofa in a TV studio but from the saddle of his bike! The short film (password is cycle) shows Sir Harry as he enjoys road riding in the Scottish countryside; but it also graphically shows the impact that not taking exercise has on the human body. Sir Harry will be pleased to hear that, according to a report on  BBC News, Scotland is a ‘must visit’ destination for cycle tourists.
CTC waltzes into helmet debate
CTC's Chris Peck has also been giving a conference address - although not by bike, we assume! He spoke at this year’s VeloCity in Vienna and presented evidence that cycling is not an exceptionally high-risk activity, and that attempts to reduce that risk by urging cyclists to wear helmets would almost certainly shorten far more lives than helmets could possibly save. An editorial in the British Medical Journal also questions the British Medical Association’s advocacy of helmet laws.
Tamina has stamina
Team CTC, our elite women’s road racing squad, put in a strong showing this week at the penultimate round of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series in Woking. The team finished fourth on the night and Tamina Oliver, who led for a large section of the race, a creditable 13th, despite a heavy crash earlier in the season. The team’s next race will be in Blackpool this weekend.  
Sussex Police crackdown on bad driving reports
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CTC is disappointed that Operation Crackdown, Sussex Police’s online reporting tool for anti-social driving, will no longer accept reports of bad driving from our Road Justice campaign. Public reports have led to successful prosecutions in other parts of the country: last week, a driver who dangerously overtook a group of cyclists in North Wales pleaded guilty to careless driving after video evidence was submitted to the police.
What a cheek!
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Meanwhile Sussex Police have turned their attention to cyclists’ behaviour, telling participants in last weekend’s World Naked Bike Ride to “conceal their most intimate parts”. The Independent explained the rationale behind the protest rides that took place in countries across the world, including Mexico. Not just a light-hearted way to protest against climate change, they are also a way of drawing attention to cyclists’ vulnerability.
Bike to the future
Next time you’re stuck behind a bus or lorry belching fumes in your face, maybe you should ponder the fact that you might soon be able to rise above it? Quite literally - inventors in the Czech Republic have come up with a prototype of a bike that actually flies! Although pedal powered on the ground, when air born it uses a battery so currently can only fly for five minutes, unfortunately.
Bike Week 2013
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As mid-summer approaches, Bike Week is with us again from tomorrow 15 June to Sunday 23 June. There are numerous events all around the country from a family ride and BBQ in Coleraine, Northern Ireland on Wednesday 19 June to a three-day trip from Cornwall to the Glastonbury Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Petals and pedals
Meanwhile, Bike Week has kicked off in Winchester where CTC's Sarah Walker joined fellow organisers by a special cycle-themed flowerbed on a roundabout at the main entrance to the city; this was to mark the launch of Winchester CycleFest 2013.  There are two main events that form the festival: the Cycle Fair on Sunday 23 June and a Family Cycle Day on Sunday 11 August.
Julie Rand

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

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