CycleClips 8 November

Remembering fallen cyclists; Planning to fail? Moving forward; CTC Prize Draw 2013; Present times; Don't mention the Spanish inquisition! Clubbing together; The Rocky road; Turning Japanese to cycling; The Super Hooner.
Contents Summary: 
As the country prepares to commemorate the fallen on Remembrance Day this Sunday, cyclists killed in war will be remembered at next year's CTC Meriden Cycling Rally. There will be a special programme of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the dedication of a new plaque at the National Cyclists' Memorial on the green. Read more about CTC's role in the conflict in Laura Raymond's fascinating article.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Planning to fail?
As reported in today’s Times, CTC believes the Government is planning to fail on cycling. Its National Transport Model is predicting the average Briton will cycle 12% less in 2040 than in 2015 – despite the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ target to increase cycle use from 2% of trips today to 10% by 2025 and 25% by 2050. CTC fears highway authorities will use the model to reject calls for an increase in cycle facilities. CTC’s Chris Peck considers the model’s likely failings and urges the Government to plan for cycling based on the benefits of achieving the 'Get Britain Cycling' targets instead.
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Moving forward
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At least Transport for London seems to be planning for more cycling, with several segregated routes announced. The news comes after a tragic week in the capital that saw three cyclists killed in separate incidents. Meanwhile, today’s Cycling Scotland conference will hear there has been significant progress on provision for cyclists; Bristol and Birmingham are both aiming for similar success.
Be quick on the Draw
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You have until 29 November to enter CTC’s Grand Draw 2013. The first prize is £3,000, with second and third prizes of bikes from Spa Cycles worth over £1,000 each. Three Garmin eTrex 20s are on offer as well and five runners up will receive £100 each. So if you haven’t yet entered, send your tickets in now. The draw will take place on 3 December and the winners announced shortly after.
Present times
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With Bonfire Night over, thoughts are turning to the festive season. If you’re stuck for ideas for cyclists, CTC's Pinterest board has lots of inspiration, with presents for everybody plus cycling-related books, films, art and more. New company Ginger and French produces beautiful cards, mugs and posters plus for the really eager cyclist, cycling wallpaper.
Don't mention the Spanish inquisition!
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Next year’s Cyclocross world championships take place in February in Hoogerheide in the Netherlands. The town has a colourful history, as an extraordinary promo film put together by the organisers showa. However, Rouleur magazine warns readers not to watch it as "it’s so bad"! CTC thinks it may be a spoof but at least you'll know exactly where the Wall of Brabant is in future.
Clubbing together
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This weekend, CTC is running a course at Loughborough University to train volunteer ride leaders on behalf of Triathlon England. The one-day Club Leader  course is aimed at competent cyclists and teaches them to plan, lead, control and evaluate club rides. Senior Triathlon England managers will be put through their paces by CTC's Cycle Training Officer Greg Woodford.
The Rocky road
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A road trip in the USA is many people's dream. But for a more exciting experience, how about doing it from the saddle of a bike? The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route was devised by the Adventure Cycling Association and is the longest off-road route in the world, spanning 2,774 miles from Canada to Mexico along the Rocky Mountains. A spectacular film shows why it's a must-do route.
Turning Japanese to cycling
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While UK models are predicting a slowdown in cycling, politicians in Japan are hoping to establish a Ministry of Cycling in order to promote the activity ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Currently, the country suffers from a plethora of conflicting laws and policies. Happily, long-distance road cyclist Sadakazu Tanigaki is being tipped to become head of the proposed body.
The Super Hooner
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CTC’s newest bike park in Tidworth, Wiltshire has a been a hive of activity since it opened earlier this year. Now, it is set to host its first ever downhill race on Sunday 24 November. Hosted by the Tidworth Freeride Club, it is hoped the Hooper Hooner will become an annual event; there are a hundred places available with prizes and trophies for the fastest contestants.

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


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