Some people say nostalgia isn’t what it used to be but CTC’s new Heritage Podcast shows that interest in the past is alive and well. The half-hour programme contains wonderful snippets of social history from the CTC Gazette and is the brainchild of CTC volunteer Kay Lakin, who searched through the archives of the publication now known as ‘Cycle’. The podcast also features a fascinating interview with cycling legend Eileen Sheridan by CTC volunteer journalist, Sylvia Howe. The project will help CTC develop an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a digital archive of our member magazine. In conjunction, CTC will also be seeking oral history interviews and accounts from members. If the application is successful, we will be looking to recruit a number of volunteers to help digitise the archive and conduct the interviews. If you are interested, contact CTC Senior Fundraising Officer Lorraine Stone.
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The town built for bikes
The BBC’s One Show (at 13.40) also took a look back at the past this week with an item on the purpose-built cycling facilities in Stevenage; they were planned by utility cyclist Eric Claxton in 1955 and built at the same time as the road network. Presenter Ade Adepitan sought to explain why, sadly, so few people use them. Carlton Reid discusses this further in blog Roads Were Not Built for Cars.
The Tour de Phil
As the Tour de France continues its odyssey, renowned Tour commentator and ex-CTC President Phil Liggett invites you to undertake an epic ride of your own. The Phil Liggett Challenge ride takes place on 11 August, with 100km and 150km routes to choose from amidst the stunning scenery of the Peak District. Entries are limited to 1,000 riders.
Come rain or shine
With hot weather now here, cyclists may not have much use for a waterproof map. But this one from SplashMaps is not only machine-washable, it can also be worn round your neck as a sun protector. Made from polyester fabric, it can also be unfolded and refolded easily, without needing limbs like an octopus! And, best of all, it won't run out of batteries. Available from £18.99.
Why do you ride?
There are probably as many answers to this question as there are riders. Just some of them are explored in ‘Why Do You Ride?’, a beautiful short film that combines shots of young Cambridge cyclists with a poetic soundtrack. Filmmakers Page to Performance aim to encourage other young people to cycle.
Record damages for CTC member's family
CTC member Kenny Lush’s family have received the highest ever sum of damages for a claim for fatal injury through CTC’s legal aid scheme. Slater & Gordon pursued a civil claim against the motorist who killed him in 2009. Although satisfied by the undisclosed sum, the family has said it provides “little comfort”. CTC’s Road Justice campaign aims to change how society deals with bad driving.
Bending the rules on lorry design
A new concept in lorry design may help prevent other cyclists suffering death and serious injury. As seen on BBC News, the futuristic curved shape and longer sides are more fuel efficient and may also help protect vulnerable road users. However, CTC, while approving of the better sightlines, is concerned that the designs may lead to longer vehicles on our roads.
Great rides ahoy!
Need an alternative to watching Wimbledon? If you've been lacking inspiration to get out on your bike lately, this weekend’s Telegraph will contain a free, two-part guide to some of the best cycle routes in the UK. Sir Chris Hoy’s 20 Great Cycle Routes includes beautiful coastal paths, urban discoveries and off-road adventures, all linked to the National Cycle Network.
The Big Bike Bash
If you prefer your cycling a little more organised, the Big Bike Bash at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest offers a whole range of activities and rides in a celebration of mountain biking, music and real ale. Taking place on 24-26 August, there are events for all the family, including the famous lake jump and even a malt loaf eating contest!
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.