CycleClips 25 April 2014

Be a hero at L'Eroica Britannia; Ringing in the Tour de France; Queens of the mountains; Space launches; April Cycle Campaign News; Richard makes tracks; Bottoms up! - the gnarly beer; Top of the cycling pops; Nightriding in Stevenage.
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CTC's AGM and National Dinner take place in Glasgow on Saturday 10 May 2014. There's plenty on offer from a special networking event in the morning to led rides the following day. It's not too late to book your place so contact Sue Cherry if you don't want to miss out on all the action.

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Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Be a hero for CTC!
For the first time ever, L’Eroica Britannia - 'the most handsome bike race in the world' – is taking place in the UK. CTC is proud to be a charity partner of the three-day festival of all things retro and stylish, which takes place from 20-22 June in the spectacular setting of the Peak District National Park. Volunteers are needed to help with many aspects of the event and will be rewarded with a fantastic array of goodies including: free entry and camping; refreshments; a T-shirt; a bottle of L’Eroica beer; a Bakewell pudding; and more! Free goodies are also on offer for volunteers at the Orbital Festival in West Sussex on 26-27 July.
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The bells, the bells
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CTC member and bell ringer Rod Ismay is getting ready to welcome the riders in Le Tour de France. He is working with around 40 churches close to the race route to make an 'appealing' noise as the riders approach. The 100-day Cultural Festival ahead of the Grand D├ępart in July is now in full swing and includes a fantastical cycle parade tomorrow 26 April in Todmorden.
Queens of the mountains
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If shredding the trails is your idea of a great day out, CTC are running a women-only Trail Leader Award course in Bristol on 13-15 June. Instructor Sally Berry says this course is guaranteed to be great fun, as well as giving you valuable skills to put on your CV. Previous participant Sharon Harrod reveals how it led her to further a great career in the outdoors - where might it lead you?
Space launches
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CTC’s Space for Cycling campaign – in conjunction with London Cycling Campaign – has got off to a flying start, with thousands of you writing to your local councillors to ask for better facilities for cyclists. We've got a great line up of speakers and workshops confirmed for our Space for Cycling Campaigners' Conference in Leeds on Saturday 3 May so why not register for it today?
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April’s issue of CTC’s Cycle Campaign News is packed full of articles and information, including: CTC’s Space for Cycling campaign; lorries and the EU; sentencing practice for bad drivers; the new drug-driving limits; holes in the road maintenance budget; reviews of the latest publications; dates for your diary and lots of other fascinating features.
Richard makes tracks
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Good luck to CTC member and musician Richard Durrant, who sets off on his seven-week concert tour of England on 1 May. He will be travelling and carrying all his equipment by bike! He talks about the five special bikes loved and lost - the inspiration behind new album 'Cycling Music' - in Bicycles and Guitars’, his latest podcast. You can also hear some of the music from the album.
Bottoms up!
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Can a beer be ‘gnarly’? Apparently so, according to Purity Brewing Company, makers of Saddle Black craft beer. And not only that, it can also taste of chocolate and espresso! Company boss Paul Halsey says: “As a keen cyclist, I wanted to create a beer dedicated to the British cycling community and as a celebration of the craft that goes into making both beer and bicycles”.
Where is top of the cycling pops?
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What are the ten best cities in the world for cycling? Australian journalist Ben Groundwater believes there are certainly none Down Under but some of his choices may surprise you. Amsterdam and Copenhagen obviously make the list but were any British ones included? Which ones would be on your list - let us know by getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.
Night riders
Former CTC Voluntary Group of the Year Stevenage and North Hertfordshire CTC celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, it is launching Friday Flings, a series of 20-mile evening rides starting today Friday 25 April and running until late August. Lights will be needed. The group is also organising a series of 11 Spring Rides from 10-18 May catering for all abilities.

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

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