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CycleClips 6 June 2014
Free sunglasses with gift membership; Questions on sentencing?; WW2 heroes on wheels; Road Rage Britain; Road Bike Freestyle with Peter Sagan; Danny MacAskill's latest film; Grand Depart on Boris Bikes; The Ballad of Tommy Simpson.
Next Sunday 15 June is Father's Day. Give your dad a present that will last all year with a CTC Gift Membership
We'll even throw in a free pair of sunglasses worth £30 so he can enjoy the summer even more!
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Any questions on sentencing?
CTC's Campaigns Director Roger Geffen has focused the minds of the Transport Safety Commission on Britain's poor record on cycling safety. He explained that cycling is essentially a safe and healthy activity, but that Britain needs to work much harder to match our European neighbours. Meanwhile, next Friday 13 June CTC is holding a Sentencing Debate that will look to influence the review of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences. If you have any questions for the panel of legal experts, please submit them by Twitter using the hashtag #CTCdebate or email them to Rhia Weston.
More top stories
Heroes on wheels
As we commemorate cyclists who died during the First World War, it's perhaps less well-known that cyclists also took part in the D-Day landings of World War Two. Commemorations of that event, which took place 70 years ago today, include a tribute on Radio 5 Live (at 39.00) by Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker to his commando uncle, who died whilst going ashore by bicycle.
No laughing matter
Is road behaviour getting worse? ITV's 'Road Rage Britain' at 9pm on Monday 9 June will show two cyclists, a London cabbie and White Van Man trading places to see if they can learn to respect their fellow road users' viewpoint. Hopefully, they won't experience anything too extreme - in Holland, three men dressed as clowns have been convicted of threatening cyclists with an axe!
Peter the great
Road rage is rarely an issue for mountain bikers. This might explain why road race legend Peter Sagan decided to trade smooth tyres for knobbly in Road Bike Freestyle, which showcases his awesome ability on the trails. But even he’s no match for trials rider Danny MacAskill, whose latest film Epecuén was shot in an Argentinian ghost town and includes his usual death-defying stunts.
Hire bikes go higher
Meanwhile, a trio of other riders has succeeded in conquering the hills of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ – on 50lb Boris bikes! With no time to train, recce or plan the 190km Stage 1 ride – and just 24 hours to do it in from collecting the bikes to returning them to London - the three cyclists were only thwarted by the closure of the M1, arriving home only 40 minutes late.
A song for Tom
One rider who didn’t make it home at all was the legendary Tommy Simpson. He died aged 29 during an attempted ascent of Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France. ‘The Ballad of Tommy Simpson’, composed for the BBC Documentary 'The Story of Tom Simpson', is a haunting folk song written so that his achievements are never forgotten.
A shift in the power of balance?
The rite of passage of teaching your child to ride a bike might soon be a thing of the past if the Jyrobike becomes a reality, according to BBC News. Developed by a team of engineers, the machine can apparently teach children to cycle in an afternoon using gyroscopic technology; it is aimed at three- to eight-year-olds. So it’s goodbye to scraped knees and puffed-out parents, perhaps?
Before the Fall
If you enjoy autumn colours, CTC Holidays’ tour from Friday 19 September to Monday 6 October 2014 is for you. USA, New England in the Fall will visit four states from coast to mountain, starting in the historic village of Salem. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and foliage at an average pace of 45 miles per day, with plenty of time to explore this historic part of America.
Enjoy the colour wheel
The spectacular colours of summer can be seen at Exbury Gardens in Hampshire tomorrow on Southampton and Romsey CTC’s ride. The intermediate ride starts in Southampton and will also visit Beaulieu in the beautiful New Forest. And don’t forget that the New Forest Cycling Week from Friday 25 July to Saturday 2 August also provides chances to visit these lovely destinations.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.
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