CycleClips 28 August 2015

In CycleClips: Discounted tickets for The Cycle Show 2015; CTC nominated; Did we save the British Empire?; Brit quiz; Win a bucketful of rides! Plus more
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All the latest news and views from the world of cycling. 

CycleClips: Discounted tickets for The Cycle Show 2015; CTC nominated by BikeBiz; Did we save the British Empire?; Take the Brit quiz; Win a bucketful of rides! Plus more


With the late summer Bank Holiday this weekend for many of us, you should have the chance to get out on your bike, whatever the weather. Make the most of the time off by riding with your local CTC group: our Event Listing will also tell you what's going on.


Julie Rand, CycleClips Editor



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Come to this year's Cycle Show at the NEC


With just a month to go, we’re already getting excited about The Cycle Show on 25-27 September. The show will showcase all the latest 2016 bikes and accessories under one roof, with over 280 bike companies set to attend. Meet the experts behind the brands, take test rides and watch exciting activities such as the UK’s biggest dirt-jumping contest with Sam Pilgrim. CTC will have a stand too so we hope to see you there. CTC members can buy adult tickets for just £12 in advance. 


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We're nominated!


We’re also thrilled to be nominated for the Cycling Advocacy Achievement at the BikeBiz Awards 2015. During the year, we’ve secured greater prominence for cycling infrastructure and investment, got tens and of thousands of bikes back into use with our Big Bike Revival, and seen over half a million people cycling to work during Bike Week, so we think we’re in with a good chance of winning.


The empire strikes back


We're know we're a great organisation but did CTC – or the Cyclists' Touring Club as it was then known - save the British Empire? CTC features heavily in new ebook 'How I Saved The British Empire. Reminiscences of a Bicycling Tour of Great Britain in the Year 1901'. The 'hero' has just joined the club when he finds himself entrusted with 'The British Empire's Greatest Secret'….  


Take part in the Brit quiz


If you fancy your own bicycling tour of Great Britain, why not take part in CTC's British Cycle Quest? This unique challenge comprises 402 checkpoints throughout the UK. You choose your own route to reach them, visiting as many or as few as you wish at a time, and answering questions along the way. An engraved trophy awaits anybody who collects them all!



A bucketful of rides


Perhaps BCQ is on your bucket list of cycling achievements? If you’re looking for inspiration for others, The Cyclist’s Bucket List by Ian Dille is a celebration of 75 ‘quintessential cycling experiences’ from around the world. We have three copies of the book to give away to entrants in this week’s free prize draw – the winners will be chosen at random on Friday 11 September. 


Vote for Patrick


Riding Land’s End to John o’Groats is certainly on many people’s bucket lists but 11-year-old CTC member Patrick Kiehlmann can already tick it off his. Last year, he rode the 1000 miles in just 11 days and raised over £5,000 for Yorkhill Children’s Charity. Now, he has been shortlisted from over 10,000 nominations for JustGiving’s Young Fundraiser of the Year 2015 award. There are just 2 days left to vote for him to win.


Brompton's bright idea


Bromptons are probably the world’s most popular folding bicycles. Now the company behind them is set to launch a concept light up bike, after partnering with Darkside Scientific to produce a sprayable electroluminescent coating for the frame for higher night-time visibility. There is no planned production date, but the aim is to release the bike within 18 months.


Whet your appetite for Cycle to Work Day


Using a Brompton is just one way of including a ride in your daily commute. Cycle to Work Day next Thursday 3 September will see people all over the country seal their pledge to cycle to work by taking to the saddle – and hopefully being rewarded with a few treats! Many CTC staff, of course, ride to work anyway: discover why with blogs by Ian Taylor, Sam Jones and Cherry Allan

Julie Rand

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

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