CycleClips 25 January

The Grand Depart; Get Britiain Cycling; Movers and shakers; Daddy cool; Do you have the right app-titude?; The invisible bike; In a fix down under; Last chance to order Cycle2013.
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As an official bid supporter for Le Tour to come to Yorkshire in 2014, CTC's involvement in the event will continue; if you would like to join in the excitement, please contact CTC Cycling Development Officer for Leeds Ginny Leonard.
Yorkshire's Grand day out
After the announcement of the Grand D├ępart of the Tour de France 2014 taking place in Yorkshire, further route details have been announced. Stage one will start in Leeds on 5 July and finish on The Stray in Harrogate, birthplace of CTC on 5 August 1878. In addition to CTC’s historic link with the town, it has other cycling connections: it was home to both world-renowned racer Beryl Burton and cycle retailer Ron Kitching. Nowadays, it’s also home to one of the largest CTC-affiliated clubs, Harrogate Wheel Easy. The club’s Martin Weeks told The Guardian how canny cyclists in the town helped to win Le Bid. Stage two will start in York and finish in Sheffield, whilst stage three starts in Cambridge and ends on The Mall in London on 7 July.


Get Britain Cycling enquiry
The first session of the Get Britain Cycling inquiry was held in Parliament on Wednesday this week; CTC gave evidence alongside other organisations. The discussion became one of the most talked about topics on Twitter – follow what is said in future sessions using #getbritaincycling. The second session, on safety will be held on Wednesday 30 January, with CTC’s evidence to focus on ‘Safety in Numbers’ and the means to get there. CTC also raised these issues, together with AA President Edmund King and representatives of other organisations, earlier this week in the first of a series of quarterly meetings with Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond MP.


Movers and shakers
With the help of CTC, Hereford Pedicabs and Pedicargo are launching an innovative community cargo bike share scheme in the St James area of the city. If successful, this type of scheme could be rolled out in other towns and cities in the UK. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, cities are discovering the benefits to business of good cycle infrastructure. With young people driving less than they used to, ‘yes!’ magazine described how cyclists are becoming an influential force: in some areas riders can determine where businesses are located in order to attract this so-called ‘creative class’ of talented workers. In New York, 33 high-tech executives even persuaded the mayor to start a bike sharing scheme.


Daddy cool
Nearer to home, Leroy Luke from Leicester has been doing his bit to get more people riding. A qualified cycle instructor, he leapt at the chance to help out when CTC Cycling Development Officer Elizabeth Barner set up cycling sessions for parents at his children’s school. Elizabeth said: "Leroy was always smiling and letting everyone know they could be as happy as he was, with a little more cycling in their lives."


Do you have the right app-titude?
CTC is working with students from the University of Surrey to develop a range of apps for cyclists. We’d like to know which ones you’d like to see developed the most. We already have the Fixthathole app and other suggestions so far include: Land’s End to John O’Groats; Cyclists Welcome; and bike mainteance advice. Let us know what you think.


The invisible bike
This bike may look like any other – but look closer and you will see it is actually see-through! Made from the same transparent material used in fighter jet canopies, the Clarity Bike is only a prototype at the moment. Experts claim it could be “a giant leap forward in bicycle frame engineering and production”. Clearly, it could be but would you need rocket fuel in your legs to ride it?


In a fix down under
Last year CTC member Andrew Bates from Surrey took up riding a fixie to work in Auckland, New Zealand, where he has been living for the last year. But recently, he decided to see a bit more of the country by riding from the top of the North Island to the tip of the South Island in just 12 days, in aid of St John Ambulance. Andrew is now claiming the ‘Fixie Fundraiser’ as an unofficial world record.


Last chance saloon
CTC members have until 31 January to benefit from a discount on Cycling 2013. Author and CTC member Andrew Cornwell has independently reviewed the best of sportives, Audaxes, road races, CTC events, and charity and leisure rides across the country to bring you the latest information and recommendations. The guidebook normally costs £12.99 but CTC members can buy it for just £8.24 including p&p by using a their membership number or special discount code CTC1310.



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