CycleClips 23 August 2013

The great debate; Go head to head at Aston Hill; Bike Park Wales; David's back in the saddle; Hot metal; CycleDigest; In velo veritas; Tours of Britain; Yorkshire Bicycle Show
With a long weekend coming up for many of us, why not head down to the Big Bike Bash at Avon Tyrell in the New Forest? With lots of wacky MTB competitions, including the infamous lake jumping event, music and a real ale festival, there’ll be something for everybody. See you there!

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

The great debate
Thank you ito the thousands of people who have written to their MPs urging them to take part in the debate in Parliament on cycling on 2 September. CTC is part of a coalition of 24 organisations that has issued a two-page briefing and statement in advance of the debate. If you’ve heard back from your MP saying they will attend it, please let Campaigns Coordinator Chris Peck know. Meanwhile, CTC has been asked by several radio stations and newspapers to comment on renewed calls for compulsory helmets in the wake of a serious head injury sustained by 16-year-old cyclist Ryan Smith.
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Go head to head at Aston Hill
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There might be a clue in trail name ‘Root Canal’ that the racing at Aston Hill, one of CTC’s network of bike parks, is not for the faint-hearted. If you like your riding on the radical side, the Double Header downhill race takes place on 31 August-1 September. It promises to be a great day out for everyone, from professional racers through to spectators just going along to enjoy the action.
Thrills and skills
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But you only have to wait until tomorrow 24 August to hone your skills at Bike ParkWales, the UK’s first full scale mountain bike park. With trails and features for riders from ‘the extreme to the serene’ plus coaching, cafĂ©, uplift, and bike hire, it should suit all members of the family. This short film will whet your appetite, as well as giving an insight into how the park was built.
David's back in the saddle
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The sight of his three high quality bikes hanging up in the garage was a constant reminder of what David Watts was missing, following a stroke in January. However, his wife Sue got in touch with CTC’s Steve Marsden at the Disability Cycling Centre in Sheffield and he is now enjoying riding again. Sue said: “His self-esteem and confidence have increased by a huge amount."
Hot metal
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David would surely agree with metalsmith Laura Crawford, who says: “A bicycle isn’t some toy. Your bicycle is incredible – it’s your partner-in-crime, your personal jet-pack, an integral part of your life.” To celebrate this, she creates beautiful personalised badges for bike frames. She also shows you how to pack a Brompton for cycle camping in The Path Less Pedaled!
Read all about it
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The August issue of CycleDigest, CTC’s round-up of campaigning news, has items on: new investment in cycling; bike theft at stations and how you can help prevent it; a unique barrier to cycling in Brazil; reports from Velo-city 2013; reviews of publications about cycling; and much, much more. A fascinating read for anybody interested in the subject matter.
In velo veritas
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You might be tempted to partake of a drop or two of wine after a ride. In California, they go one better with Velo Vino, a vineyard especially for cyclists – and a cycling TV wine taster! If you are inspired to take your own cycling tour of wine country, CTC Cycling Holidays has one to South Africa from 22 February to 11 March 2014. Cheers!
Tours of Britain
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More prosaically, BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live featured interviews with Simon Hood, who cycled to every York City Football Club match over a whole season, and Nina Wilson, who has ridden to every town and village in Norfolk and Suffolk. Simon explained how he gave up his job and flat in London and cycled 10,000 miles in ten months, visiting 50 games, including 1000 miles in a week!
Yorkshire good
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Simon won’t have very far to go though to the Yorkshire Bicycle Show at Leeds Town Hall on 21-22 September. The show will celebrate Yorkshire’s rich cycling history and next year’s Tour de France. CTC will be there, along with local frame builders and retailers from all cycling disciplines. Tickets are only £5 and CTC members get two for the price of one by quoting their membership number.
Julie Rand

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

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