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CTC Exeter - Newsletter March 2009

Kirby James

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Brittany Trip

The bay at Barnenez north of Kergaradec

On 28 February seven CTC Exeter riders joined the Annual CTC Torbay trip to Brittany organised by Geoff Sharpe. 57 participants were divided into three groups that took separate routes around the countryside.

The overnight ferry crossings were calm and we enjoyed a sunny day and many coffee stops. Photos of the trip from Graham Brodie and Kirby James are available on-line.

Cycling Events 2009

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Each year CTC Devon arranges a series of cycling events. These cover a range of activities including Audaxes, Map Reading, Treasure Hunts and Hill Climbing. The events form part of CTC's National Touring Competition and attract riders from all over the country.

These rides have previously been advertised to CTC members - but are in fact open to anyone. In order to increase the profile of these events Graham Brodie has obtained sponsorship from Devon County Council's Travelwise budget to allow us to print 2,000 colour leaflets advertising them. These leaflets have been distributed to cycle shops and libraries throughout the County.

All the events are listed on this web site and in the colour leaflet.

Professional Cycling Comes to Exeter

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During the afternoon and evening of Thursday the 28th of May, Exeter City Centre will be hosting one of the most exciting events it has seen in recent times.

The Tour Series is a programme of televised City Centre cycle races with 50 professionals competing for 10 teams on a thrills and spills circuit.

The route is still being finalised but promises to be right at the heart of the City.

The race is taking place in the evening, but from the early afternoon a festival atmosphere will be created in the City with displays, stalls, activities and perhaps some mini races for children and the general public.

Ordinary cyclists will benefit from the event as Queen Street is being re-surfaced to make it safe for racing.

The Tour Series wesbite should be going live shortly at http://www.tourseries.co.uk

Mad March Exeter Audax

Judy and Don descending towards Yettington

Pippa Wheeler of CTC Exeter and Exeter Wheelers is well known for her cycling exploits - especially in Audax events. She has recently turned her hand to organising such events.

On 8 March Pippa organised both 100 km and 200 km Audaxes starting from Exeter.

The 100 km ride attracted 104 starters and the 200 km one 34.

The weather started calm and sunny but during the day heavy blustery showers developed - despite this the majority of entrants finished well within the time limit.

Fed up with the Ice and Cold? - Try Spinning

Diane leading a spinning class

During what has proved to be the coldest winter for 10 years many cyclists have stayed indoors to avoid the cold and especially the icy roads.

Some have taken to indoor trainers to maintain fitness - but a number of cyclists have been trying out 'spinning' on stationary bikes at gyms. Diane Abraham of Exeter CTC is a trained spinning instructor and leads several classes a week at the Stable Club on Winslade Park near Clyst St Mary.

An instructor leads a class of up to ten cyclists on stationary bikes. The bikes are fitted with standard saddles and pedals (with toe clips). They have heavy flywheels and the pedaling resistance can be adjusted using a control knob. A range of exercises are conducted over a period of an hour to motivational music which encourages the cyclist to maintain a constant tempo. Compared with solitary exercise on a trainer the classes are fun and allow you to compare your progress with fellow participants.

If you would like more information about these particular classes ring 07974 834 576 or ask Diane on one of the CTC rides.

Axe Valley Pedallers (AVP)

Axe Valley Pedallers During National Bike Week

A new cycling group was established in Seaton in 2005 - the Axe Valley Pedallers - or AVP for short.

Alistair Cope of AVP writes

We are a community based cycling group and our aim is to promote cycling for all and have fun doing it.

You don't need to wear lyrca or ride the latest speed machine to join us for a ride. If you are a keen cyclist we have something for you too; among our members we have tandem riders, fixie riders, mountain bikers, time trialists, touring cyclists and even an Iron Man triathlete. Young and old, families or individuals, you are all welcome so come and join in the fun.

AVP have recently revamped their web site. This showcases their activities - including wheel building demonstrations, visits to velodromes - as well as conventional bike rides. It is well worth a visit. If you would like to be notified of their events - you simply need to register on the site.

Joint CTC Exeter - Axe Valley Pedallers Ride


CTC Exeter regularly organises joint rides with other CTC Sections (South Hams, Torbay, etc.) as well as taking part in Devon-wide CTC Events (see 'Cycling Events 2009' below). In a new departure we are arranging some joint rides with AVP

Alistair Cope of AVP writes

I’m delighted to announce the first joint club ride with the Exeter section of the Cycle Touring Club (CTC) of Devon, on Sunday 10th May 2009.

In fact, this is our first official joint ride with another club and so here we are breaking new ground with AVP again as the club continues to expand. CTC Exeter will meet us at Seaton Tourist Information Centre (TIC), near the tramway. Lets hope for good weather and also a fine floral display, as this is our Bluebell ride and last year the bluebells were just wonderful and intoxicatingly fragrant!

The ride will take us to Lyme Regis via Woodhouse Hill and the bluebell woodland. At Lyme we tend to take over a cafe for a drink and slice of cake before heading back to Seaton. All of us at AVP are really looking forward to this joint ride and welcoming Exeter CTC to our club.

In return CTC Exeter will be welcoming AVP riders onto our own turf on 31st May.

The 1SW Off-Road Cycling Project South West

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Paul Hawkins has been appointed as Project Officer to drive forward the development of the South West as a world-class off-road cycling destination for all to enjoy.

Paul writes

The 1SW project started in July 2008, working to develop and promote off-road cycling in the South West in a co-ordinated way to the benefit of all. CTC is one of the lead project partners. For more detailed information on the Project please visit www.1sw.org.uk

The 1SW project has evolved from a report commissioned in 2006 looking at the opportunities for off-road cycling in the south west. This report concluded that the area has great potential for off-road cycling and that co-ordinated development was needed to maximise this potential. At the time it was felt that a lack of co-ordination was hampering development and marketing of the region. It was found that demand for off-road cycling in the South West is far greater than the supply of managed facilities.

It is the aim of the 1SW project to work with private and public sector, communities and visitors to increase the quality of off-road cycling and the participation in this activity across the South West over the next 4 years. The project will work with partners to identify and facilitate delivery or improvement of off-road cycling ‘hubs’ (both private and public) that will give a high quality experience and signpost visitors to other South West cycling facilities and experiences. These hubs will be relevant and accessible to the resident population as well as an attraction to the area.

The project is funded by Sport England’s Community Investment Fund and aims to increase the total number of active off-road cycling visits to the area by over 200 000 over the next 4 years.

Full details of there activities can be found on their 1SW web site.

Leisure Rides

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Cycle Exeter runs a series of eight week cycling sessions for adults during which participants learn the skills required to safely navigate routes around the city.

On each Saturday following Cycle Exeter's eight week Adult Cycling Sessions the CTC will be leading a leisure ride from Exeter Quay to a nearby cafe. A number of CTC riders will accompany the ride. Although these rides are targeted at participants in the Adult Cycling Sessions - other cyclists are welcome to join in. Full details are available on this web site and in the form of a poster.

The next Leisure Ride will be on Saturday 2nd May.

Exeter Cycle Forum Issues

Maintenance Issues

A reminder that if you have any highway maintenance issues you want to raise you can

Exe Estuary Trail

Re-sited sign on Exmouth-Lympstone path

Exmouth - Lympstone: Following a large number of complaints from cyclists about an interpretation sign which was sited on the path - it has now been relocated.

Work to cure the landslips onto the path is in hand.

Lympstone - Exton: Construction is underway. After suspension over the winter construction is scheduled to re-start this month. Completion is scheduled for late December 2009 with an opening ceremony in 2010.

Exton - Topsham: Planning consent was obtained in Spring 2008 and construction work is scheduled to start in early 2010 as the Lympstone-Exton section is completed.

Bridge Road - Turf Lock: A new bird viewing platform is due to be installed alongside the path.

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Turf Locks - Powderham Church: A Planning Application was submitted in December for the Turf Locks to Powderham section of the Exe Estuary Trail - with comments being accepted until mid January. The application includes a new bridge over the high speed rail line. This bridge has caused some concern to local residents because of its potential impact on estuary views.

By the initial closing date for comments, 160 letters or emails of support had been received and only 6 objections. Because of the level of interest the deadline for comments was extended by a month and a public exhibition held at Starcross Yacht Club. The planning committee meets in mid-March to discuss the application - but it is expected that they will adjourn for a site visit.

Powderham Church - Exleigh Junction: At the exhibition details were also shown of the changes planned on the estuary side road between Powderham Church and Starcross. All the recently introduced street furniture (bollards, islands, etc.) will be removed and signs installed indicating that it is a 20 mph route to be shared by pedestrians, cycles and cars.

Exleigh Junction to Starcross: This section is complete.

Starcross to Cockwood: This section is complete.

Cockwood to Dawlish Warren: Planning approval has been obtained for this section. Work will begin when funding is released.


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