Have you swapped driving for cycling during Lent like Bishop Edward (see story below)? If so, do get in touch with us and tell us what you've gained from the experience so far.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
The bishop's move to pedal power
Long-standing CTC member the Bishop of Ramsbury has decided to mark Lent, by giving up using his car. The Right Reverend Dr Edward Condry mainly looks after churches in rural parts of Wiltshire and normally drives 1,500 miles a month but until Easter, he will be cycling and using public transport instead. Bishop Edward said: “There’s nothing like a good bike ride to get your thoughts straight, and the time on buses and trains will give me plenty of time to think and pray”. You can follow the bishop’s progress on his blog.
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Giving their all
CTC Two Mills are a generous bunch. They recently donated £1000 to support Wirral Community Cycle Hubs, a project to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to ride bikes. The donation has enabled the purchase of hi-vis jackets, a top notch tool kit and stand and a brand new bicycle. CTC Two Mills organise all-day rides nearly every Sunday starting from the famous Eureka café.
What was it like to work in one of the world’s most famous bicycle factories? ‘I worked at Raleigh’ aims to record the experiences of some of the people employed at the company’s site in Nottingham from the 1950s to 2002 - though they didn’t include CTC’s Chris Juden, who worked there as a development engineer for five years, and is now our esteemed Technical Officer.
An unfolding story
Another British bicycle brand will feature in a new satirical comedy series which starts on BBC Two on Wednesday 19 March. ‘W1A’ stars Hugh Bonneville, who will play the orange Brompton bike-riding Head of Values at the BBC but, according The Independent, he has already struggled with the machine’s folding mechanism. Maybe he should ask MyOrangeBrompton for some advice?
He's not from Barcelona
Bikes of all kinds can be seen on the streets of Barcelona. CTC member and academic Robin Lovelace recently visited the Catalonian city, and has written a comprehensive article on what it’s like to cycle in the city. He examines the success of the city’s ‘Bicing’ bicycle share scheme, which began in 2007, and looks at future developments.
Explore the terrain in Spain
If you fancy exploring the region of Catalonia for yourself, CTC Holidays has a moving on 18-day tour to the area from Saturday 10 May to Tuesday 27 May 2014. Spain, South from Catalonia will also explore the remote and rugged territory straddling Aragon and Valencia. Expect hilly terrain with towering crags, deep valleys, wild flowers, varied wildlife and historic towns.
Peaty won't back down
Mountain bike legend Steve Peat’s new documentary ‘Won’t Back Down’ launches next week. The film, which explores the former World Downhill champion’s long-running career as a racer, will be shown at various venues around the country and internationally. Steve recently worked with CTC to deliver MTB training to young people in Sheffield.
If you or your offspring fancy learning to ride like Steve Peat, CTC’s partnership project Cycle Chilterns is offering free off-road skills training for children and adults at CTC’s Aston Hill bike park. The sessions take place tomorrow Saturday 15 March and Saturday 22 March. But if you prefer something more sedate, The Brewery Rides may be more your – er, pint of beer.
Get geared up with Cotswold Outdoor
You may not be able to acquire all of Steve Peat’s skill on a bike, but you can at least look as cool with some cutting-edge kit from Cotswold Outdoor. CTC members receive 15% discount on over the 250 brands stocked both in store and online, including The North Face, Osprey, Salomon and many more. So why not treat yourself to some great new cycling gear for the spring and summer?
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.