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CycleClips 25 July 2014
Brompton World Championships; The Cycling Anthology - win a set of four volumes; John Bishop's Oz; Kristian Aid; Fun and games in Glasgow; Cycle Campaign News for July; Community Cycling Officer in Manchester; Havana good time in Cuba
A year ago, CTC Councillor and enthusiastic club rider John Radford was injured in a collision and remains in a serious condition in a rehabilitation unit. A driver is due to face trial in the autumn. There will be a five-mile ride to remember John as he was - and other crash victims - starting at 6pm from Huddersfield Station next Thursday 31 July. All are welcome.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
The unfolding story
Never mind the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games, this weekend Team CTC takes part in the ninthannual Brompton World Championships at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit. This year’s event, as well as the World Championship, includes a cycle festival, as well as a sprint and a tour of the pictureseque West Sussex countryside. CTC members can receive a 50% discount off the £12 spectator entry fee into the event by logging in to Member Benefits and obtaining the discount code.
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Stories from the saddle
Meanwhile, Le Tour de France finishes this Sunday in Paris, after three weeks of high drama. To celebrate, CTC is giving you the chance to win a set of four volumes of 'The Cycling Anthology', published by Yellow Jersey. The anthology consists of a fascinating series of essays about cycle racing from a mixture of journalists, authors, ex-riders and many others - perfect holiday reading.
Jersey puts a lid on health
CTC is disappointed to learn that the island of Jersey has become the first part of the British Isles to make helmets compulsory, with a £50 fine for parents of all under 14-year-olds caught riding bare-headed. “The measure has been approved, despite fears that overall public health will suffer if people are deterred from cycling”, says CTC Campaigner Chris Peck to explain our stance.
Bishop's move to Oz
Helmets have long been compulsory in Australia, as comedian John Bishop discovers during the making of ‘John Bishop’s Australia’, a three-part series for BBC One. When he was 25, he left his job and girlfriend to cycle up the east coast of the continent on “the greatest adventure of his life”. Twenty-two years later, he recreates the journey to find out what else has changed since he left.
Aid for Kristian
When CTC member Kristian Gregory was stopped by a police officer in London, he had no idea he had committed an offence. Helmet-cam footage, however, shows that he had strayed out of a badly signposted cycle track to cross the road. Now, The Cyclists’ Defence Fund is supporting his appeal against the £50 fine he received. Please donate to the CDF to help in this and other cases.
Fun and games in Glasgow
By contrast, four members of the Commonwealth Games Sri Lankan cycling team were apparently given “advice and assistance” by the police, after they were spotted riding on the M74 near Glasgow. But there’s no record of what the police might have said to stunt rider Danny MacAskill, who displayed his awesome skills on the streets of the city – and even at the top of a crane!
CTC Campaign News - July issue out now
Every month CTC publishes a round-up of all the latest campaigning news. The July issue includes: Jersey’s helmet law for under-14s; Cyclists’ Defence Fund supports cyclist’s appeal; new ministers for DfT; and a wealth of new publications, including a survey of the British public’s attitudes to transport and cycling; plus much more. Why not subscribe directly?
Community Cycling Officer in Manchester
CTC currently has a vacancy on a fixed-term contract until March 2015 for a Community Cycling Officer, based in Manchester. The full-time post is to provide community development services to Transport for Greater Manchester in support of its sustainable transport programme. The closing date is noon Monday 4 August, with interviews in Manchester on Monday 11 August.
Havana good time in Cuba
Many of CTC Cycling Holidays’ winter long-haul tours are already fully-booked. However, there are still spaces on Cuba West from 26 January-10 February 2015. Cuba is a tropical paradise suspended in time. You will experience the vibrancy of Havana, visit Trinidad, Cuba’s best-preserved colonial city and enjoy the fabulous scenery of the Escambray Mountains.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.
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