CycleClips 8 August 2014

Happy Birthday to us; RideLondon; Memories of war; Women on wheels; Win a Space for Cycling T-shirt; Shed loads of trouble; French collections; Children's survey; Reggie rides again; Cycle Show 2014
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This week we celebrate the 136th birthday of CTC’s founding in 1878. The annual CTC Birthday Rides commemorate this event and take place next week in Yorkshire from 13-19 August. If you are taking part, we wish you great weather and fantastic riding.


Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

London calling
Tomorrow, Saturday 9 August, visitors to CTC's Green Park stand at the second Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle event can claim a free CTC water bottle, whilst stocks last. If you are not already a CycleClips subscriber, you can also sign up there and be in with a chance of winning an iPad mini. CTC will also have a fleet of adapted cycles to try out in the park and CTC volunteers will be manning Dr Bike stands at Festival Zones around the route. The following day, Sunday 10 August, 60 riders are raising money for CTC by taking part in the London-Surrey 100 road ride as part of Team CTC - if you see them, cheer them on!
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Memories of war
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Last Monday saw the nation remember the fallen of the Great War. The latest CTC podcast was recorded live at the Cyclists' War Memorial in Meriden in May and hears from some of those who attended the special centenary commemoration service. Meanwhile, the BBC’s WW1 at Home told the story of the Cyclist Company, which comprised 200 riders from Ulster.
Women on wheels
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Back home, life continued: this clip shows a ‘Women Cyclists’ Rally’ in Surrey in 1916, perhaps on a similar route to the London-Surrey 100? We wonder how they managed without social media to organise it! Blogging, however, isn’t new – the Daily Telegraph published a wonderful 1933 diary extract of a father-and-daughter trip to Europe, just ahead of WW2.
Win a Space for Cycling T-shirt!
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Yesterday, Helen Hughes in Gateshead became the 400th councillor to declare support for Space for Cycling. Nearby Newcastle continues to top the chart with nearly 50% of councillors signed up. We’re close to reaching our target so CTC is offering a free Space for Cycling T-shirt to the member who becomes the 10,000th person to email their councillor for support.
No more bricks in the wall?
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Meanwhile, space for cycle sheds is an issue in Brighton, explains CTC's Rhia Weston. Although the city is run by the Green Party, locals, including rock starDave Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame, have been told to remove bike sheds from their front gardens, due to planning laws. CDF's guide explains the legalities and how englightened councils deal with the issue.
French collection
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The Tour de France may seem like a distant memory now but if you haven’t had your fill of the excitement it brought, the stunning collection of artwork by The Handmade Cyclist will help you relive it. The colourful prints include images celebrating “the lowliest of domestiquesthe glory of the landscape and the passion of the fans".
Children's hour
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Cycling academic Dr Rachel Aldred is looking at where people are willing to cycle with children, in order to develop clear standards for child-friendly cycle infrastructure. To do this, she is asking CTC members to complete a survey, even if they don’t have children or cycle regularly. This family found the Kennet and Avon Canal a great place to go cycling - even with a baby in tow!
Reggie rides again
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Wonderful family cycling can also be found abroad. CTC member Andrew Sykes, of ‘Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie’ fame, has followed it up with ‘Along the Med on a Bike Called Reggie’ – a bike journey from Greece to Portugal. We have three signed copies of the book worth £8.99 to give away to CycleClips readers – just send us your details to enter the draw.
It's show time!
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This year’s Cycle Show on 26-28 September at the NEC is back better than ever, with new exhibitors and shiny steeds to feast your eyes on. Also new are: freestyle MTB dirt jumping; cyclocross racing; a roller race; plus the return of the road bike track, as well as three other test tracks. CTC members can buy discounted tickets by logging into our website to obtain the code.
Julie Rand

Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001. 0% 100% repeat-x;">CTC 0% 100% repeat-x;">What we do 0% 100% repeat-x;">Support 0% 100% repeat-x;">Join 0% 100% repeat-x;">Donate
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