CycleClips 9 August 2013

Justice for John Radford; Capital ideas; Down the tubes; Are you a good shot?; Shearers' wheels; Up hill and down dale; Poetry on motion; Are we being served?; Bag a bargain


Dear Supporter,

Well done to the more than 300 CTC volunteer marshals and bike mechanics who helped out at last weekend’s hugely successful inaugural RideLondon events. Registration for next year’s London-Surrey 100 opens on  Monday 12 August.

Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

Justice for John
Over 300 people took part in a ride this week in support of CTC Councillor John Radford, who is critically ill in hospital following a collision with a car whilst out cycling. The event was covered by BBC’s Look North (at 4.00), who highlighted his status in the cycling community. John, who was CTC Volunteer of the Year for Yorkshire and the Humber for 2010, is also Chair of Huddersfield and District CTC. He recently took part in CTC’s Road Justice campaign, following another crash earlier this year, to hand over a report to West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson. West Yorkshire Police say that all those arrested over the latest incident remain on police bail pending further enquiries. We wish John a speedy recovery.

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Capital ideas
BBC's Newsnight investigated why, in the light of cycling’s increasing popularity in the UK, we have some of the worst road conditions in Europe. Reporter Anna Holligan rode the 200 miles from the Dutch capital to Westminster to see why. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems have proposed a range of measures to encourage cycling in this country, including a law on ‘presumed liability’.
Down the tube
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What possible connection could there be between an eco-friendly house and your old inner tubes? Well, the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts needs them for its Waste House; the project looks at “new methods of sustainable construction and new ways of using materials”. The tubes are required for insulation material. Send dontations to CTC National Office for the attention of Rob Fuller.
Are you a good shot?
12 August is not only the start of the grouse shooting season, but less controversially is also the start of the Bike Visibility Challenge organised by Bakewell Soap. To take part - and perhaps bag a prize or two - all you have to do is register all your rides until 25 August then upload photos and videos of them to the Facebook Event page. Winners will be announced on 1 September 2013.
Shearers' wheels
Bikes have been used for a wide variety of purposes down the years. But none probably worked harder than the machines used by the sheep shearers of Australia at the beginning of the last century. Covering massive distances between jobs, Velo Aficionado describes how they replaced horses as the vehicles of choice - but caused fights over the amount of food their riders consumed!
Up hill and down dale
Slightly – but only slightly – less arduous than riding thousands of miles on the dirt tracks of Down Under is this Sunday’s CTC Phil Liggett Challenge Ride. Starting from Sheffield, the 100km and 150km routes take in some of the toughest climbs in the area. With a bright day forecast, the views will be spectacular. Entries available on the day, but please allow enough time.
Poetry on motion
The NHS receives a lot of flack but we forget what life was like before it existed. The incredible work it does for all sectors of society is recognised in new poem ‘Aurora’ by R I Macey, a student nurse. The work was written to commemorate the NHS’s 65th anniversary this year. It celebrates the work of CTC’s All Ability Cycling project at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield amongst other projects.
Are we being served?
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Have you got excellent customer service skills? CTC’s Membership Department will shortly be moving to CTC's National Office in Guildford, Surrey. We are therefore looking to recruit some new members of staff to the team. Roles include Senior Membership Officer and Membership Officer. The closing date is 22 August with interviews on 27-28 August.
Bag a bargain
One of the many benefits of CTC membership is a 15% discount with retailers Cotswold Outdoor off non-sale items. And more bargains are to be had now that the store’s massive sale has just started. So whether you need a GPS, a new jacket or a hydration pack, why not take a look? Items can be bought in-store or online.

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


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