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Architectural design competition for Parkwood Springs

Parkwood Springs, the beautifully succesful mountain bike trail that CTC's Dan Cook has been instrumental in putting in place in Sheffield is running a visitor centre design competition, called VeloCity.
VeloCity Architecture

This Friday sees the judging of the competition, with me as part of the judging panel, alongside well-known faces including fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and MP Julian Huppert, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, as well as specialist architects and designers


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Inaugural CTC Dalby event ‘The Housedale Hustle’ proves popular.

Having run a wealth of MTB related courses from the CTC Centre of Excellence, the Dalby Bike Barn team were pleased with the response to their first road event in the picturesque Yorkshire forest.
Junior rider tackles the Housedale hill climb photo courtesy of www.cattopham.co

Over 40 riders aged from eight to 58 took part in the Housedale hill climb event last weekend 16 November 2013. On the day, the weather was clear and cool with thankfully no need for waterproofs or de-icer, so it helped things run really well. Riders were set off in two-minute intervals, which is a bit different to the usual 1 minute gap. The organisers  thought for the first timers, it would be nice not to get caught on the way up!

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Aston Hill Pumptrack Off to a Flying Start

Aston Hill Bike Park celebrated 16 years as one of the South’s Premier Mountain Bike destinations with a day’s racing on the Parks infamous Black Run Downhill and the opening of a new Pumptrack funded by Cycle Chilterns.
4yr Old Frankie Morehouse was the first rider on Aston Hill's new Pumptrack

The new Pumptrack compliments the 5 downhill trails, a 4X track and the 5 mile Cross-Country Trails already on Aston Hill providing a much needed facility for younger riders visiting Aston Hill to get into mountain biking. That’s not to say that the Pumptrack is just for kids and it was great to see riders of all ages and abilities putting in laps of the track on the opening evening.

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Ladies' Day at Dalby

Over 500 women of all generations came along to the beautiful Dalby Forest at the weekend to try out mountain biking and road cycling, as CTC and Dalby Bike Barn staged their first Ladies' Day.
Ladies' Day at Dalby Bike Barn

Mike Hawtin, Cycling Development Officer at Dalby, said the day was billed as perfect for women nervous about joining a public course that could turn out to be all male. It was also an ideal opportunity for some quality mother/daughter time.

The advert for the event even promised a distinct lack of pink!

The free, guided mountain bike rides and a road ride were all well attended, as were the skills sessions on offer.

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Tidworth Freeride takes off this weekend

Seven years of dedication, persistence and hard work by a group of mountain bikers and volunteers results this weekend in the opening of the Tidworth Freeride Bike Park in Wiltshire (Saturday 15 June 2013).
Tidworth Bike Park map

The Bike Park, which features seven trails and numerous jumps, drops and berms for riders of all ages and abilities, has already been attracting enthusiasts both from the nearby garrison towns and from civilians.

With the future of the site put in the balance by concerns that the trails on site were too challenging, CTC, the national cycling charity stepped in to support Tidworth Freeride. CTC now welcomes the Park to the CTC Bike Park Network joining four others in the charity’s partnership mountain bike sites across the UK.

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Notes to Editors: 

Notes to editors

Mountain bike professionals including Olly Wilkins from  the DMR team will be at the official opening on Friday 14th June 2pm


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