CycleClips 4 July 2014

Tour de France; The sporting heroes; Awesome stickers; French polish; Bicycle belles; Ride More in Rochdal; Guns to glory; A month of mourning; Ride Mont Ventoux
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This week's CycleClips turns yellow in honour of the Tour de France's historic stages on UK soil. Whether you're watching it in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Essex or London, or just on TV, we hope you enjoy every moment of the cycling action - and then get out for a rideyourself!

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Hello to the yellow vélo fellows!
The Grand Départ is finally here. The county of Yorkshire has gone cycling mad and thousands are expected to line the routes. CTC will be at Velofestand spaces are still available. But if you can’t make that, why not try a Yellow Jersey ride with a route supplied by CTC Member Groups? Upload your best photos of the Tour to our social media to be in with a chance of winning a 12-month CTC membership and one of our jerseys each week of the tour. Post your pics on our Facebook page or tweet us using the hashtag #CTCTdF for your chance to win.
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The sporting heroes
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One Yorkshireman who will be watching the tour with keen interest is Ken Russell. Not the film director but someone who should be equally famous. Ken, whose story is told in the Daily Telegraph, won the 1952 Tour of Britain riding solo. When his bike broke on the last leg, he turned to a Belgian rider and asked him in French for his bike – and, incredibly, finished the race on it!
You are awesome!
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That Belgian rider, who Ken remained lifelong friends with, certainly deserved one of a new range of merchandise from our friends at roadcc. In the wake of the controversy of Transport for London’s ‘Cyclists stay back’ sticker campaign, they have come up with an alternative: ‘Cyclists stay awesome’, which also voices support for CTC and LCC’s Space for Cycling campaign.
French polish
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You may not be able to ride like a Tour de France rider but you could adopt a stylish French ‘homme d’affaires’ look with the capsule collection of accessories from Parisian designers Berluti. The range, which includes cycling shoes, a saddlebag and pedal straps, are the perfect complement to the beautiful hand-built bikes by Cycles Victoire. Très chic!
Bicycle belles
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But what about French women? Well, they can look effortlessly chic on bicycles too, of course. ‘Girl on a Bicycle’ is an award-winning romantic comedy set in Paris that might be worth a look if you need a break from Tour fever. But ‘Bicycle’, a feature-length film that premiered yesterday in Bradford, looks a more interesting bet. It explores how the machine has become fashionable again.
Ride More in Rochdale
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More cycling action from a variety of disciplines has been captured on film in ‘Ride More’. The charming footage by Touchstones Rochdale shows the MTB facilities at Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre and the BMX track at Heywood, both of which were enabled through the CTC Cycle Champions programme in the city.
From guns and gangs to gongs and glory
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The difference BMX facilities can make to disadvantaged young people is highlighted in a new documentary film that will hit cinema screens on 11 July. ‘1 Way Up’, the story of BMX in Peckham, south London movingly tells how two riders made the move from gang culture to the World Championships and even possible Olympic success.
A month of mourning
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Inspiration of perhaps a more realistic nature can be found in the poignant 30 Days of Biking by American Eunice Chang. Subtitled ‘how to find joy in the midst of grief’, the rider records with a mix of ‘selfies’ and poems her commitment to cycling, despite her partner of 11 years being killed in a hit-and-run while riding last year, in order to honour his memory and his passion for the activity.
Ride Mont Ventoux
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If the Tour de France inspires you to challenge yourself, CTC Holidays’ fixed-centre France, Haute Provence trip from 10-17 August will include several cols and an ascent of the notorious Mont Ventoux. But unlike the racers, you will no doubt have time to enjoy at your leisure the beautiful scenery of vineyards, orchards and olive groves that they always speed through.
Julie Rand

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