CycleClips 22 February 2013

Tweed Run supports CTC, Giro d’italia in Northern Ireland, Two on four wheels, Better bike routes Bill in Wales, Is it a whole load of scrap?, Dashcams, Volunteer for RideLondon and Win £100!
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Tweed Run fun
It is time to dig out your tweed jacket, get on your bike and support CTC! Tweed Run has chosen CTC as their charity partner and all money raised will go towards supporting our work. The 5th Tweed Run takes place in London on 13 April.  Back in the day, CTC members had a reputation of riding in the very best attire – we even had a CTC tweed uniform and CTC official tailors! Attendance for the Tweed Run is capped at 500 and registration will be by lottery. You can enter the lottery as many times as you like with each entry costing £1 – should you be one of the lucky winners you can register two people for the event. The draw takes place on 16 March.


Giro d'italia in Northern Ireland
Cycling's prestigious Giro d'Italia will begin in Ireland next year. The cross-border start to one of the sport's three Grand Tour races will be held over three stages from May 10-12 2014 and will involve routes taking in Belfast, Armagh and Dublin. CTC Northern Ireland will be gearing up for the big event. Ian Richardson CTC Manager for Northern Ireland said: "It will attract the crowds and we hope the Giro will encourage families and commuters to realise they too can experience the joys and benefits of cycling in Northern Ireland."


Mary Thompson and Peter Root
Two on four wheels
It is with great sadness we report the deaths of two intrepid cyclists who were cycling around the world. The UK couple, Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both 34, were cycling just east of Bangkok when they were both hit by the driver of pick-up truck. The couple were both artists who created a range of beautiful films detailing their journeys across Central Asia, Iran and Istanbul. Peter and Mary also wrote a really lovely blog about their travels and were followed by many on Twitter.


Bike frame made out of an old car
Better bike routes bill
A Bill to force local authorities in Wales to map their existing cycle routes and plan improvements has been published in the Welsh Assembly, and will be considered over the next few months. As part of the Bill, new guidance on the design of cycle facilities is being prepared, which will have a stronger, statutory role.


Bike frame made out of an old car
Is it a whole load of scrap?
Now we love the idea of turning old scrap cars into bikes, so this short film from Bicycledbikes caught our eye. However, we are not too sure who is actually behind the film that has gone viral and the request for email addresses set our bike bells ringing. are also sceptical; they report BicycledBikes isn't a start-up company but a rather expensive creative agency.


Helmet cameras
Cyclists have been using 'helmet cams' for ages, but will the 'dashcam' for motorists take off in the UK? According to Michael Hutchinson from Cycling Weekly and the BBC's Moscow Correspondent Daniel Sandford on You and Yours on BBC Radio 4 this week, 'dashcams' are already extremely popular in Russia and The Guardian has compiled some pretty scary footage.


I heart CTC
Win £100!
University College London, in collaboration with CTC, is undertaking the largest, most comprehensive study into the effect of cycling fitness on health and disease in the UK population and we need your help. If you are a regular cyclist please fill out the online questionnaire. It will take between 5-10 minutes to complete and you could win £100 in cycling vouchers.


Ride London
Volunteer for RideLondon
CTC members can get close to the action by volunteering as Route Safety Marshals for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 & Classic on 4 August. Starting in the Olympic Park, the routes head out to the Surrey Hills and back to The Mall. If you'd like to help with the event fill in the form on our website.



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