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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - March 2010

Kirby James

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Three Rivers Ride - 50 miles in 4 or 5 Hours - Sunday 28 March

River Dart

If you want to test your early season fitness how about entering CTC Devon's 50 mile ride across the South Hams?

Riders have to follow a defined 50 mile route and attempt to complete the circuit in under 4 or 5 hours. The route crosses three of South Devon's best loved rivers ... the Avon, the Erme and the Dart.

The ride starts from Kingskerswell Arch at 09.00 on Sunday 28th March 2010 and finishes at the Two Mile Oak pub a few miles away.

The entry fee is a modest £3.00 ... which can be paid at the start. If required further information including the route sheet is available on the events page.

Cycling Fun Day - Easter Monday 5 April

CycleExeter are organising a fun day for all the family at the Piazza Terracina, Canal Basin opposite Exeter’s Quay. 10am – 4pm

Click here for further information.

Proposed New Bridge alongside Fishers Mill, Topsham

Fishers Bridge

In February a public exhibition was held at the Globe Hotel in Topsham to outline proposals for a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the River Clyst alongside Fisher's Bridge. Local residents objected strongly to an earlier plan to introduce traffic lights and single way working on the road bridge.

At present cyclists approaching Topsham from Dart's Farm can use the combined cycle/pedestrian walkway on the left hand side of the road ... but this finishes just short of the narrow Fisher's Bridge. The separate bridge will allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross the Clyst safely. If approval is granted construction will take place during FY 20011/12.

Construction of the new cycle route along the existing footpath opposite Dart's Farm and just east of Odham's Wharf is well underway - this is shown on the adjacent map in pink. This link should be completed this month.

A new link is proposed from the southern end of this path to join the Exe Estuary Trail adjacent to the mouth of the Clyst (shown in green). Provided approval is given this link should be in place by December 2010.

The planned cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Clyst (shown in blue) which is a key part of the Exe Estuary Trail is likely to be delayed until 2013.

Review of Cycle Exeter's Cycle Maintenance Course

The bike maintenance courses being offered by Cycle Exeter have proved to be very popular. Three CTC Exeter members report

The Chain Gang Bike Services

"I would recommend the course to everyone (and have done). First impressions were of a well organised day ahead when arriving with bike inside a park hut and entering a clean, bright and warm room which had been carefully set out with bike stands, tool kit, clean rag, and white folded dust sheet neatly positioned for each student! My only concern was when offering us all a timely first tea or coffee Bernard admitted to forgetting the biscuits! Andy and Bernard were both excellent, helpful and relaxed tutors and were willing to tailor the day around the groups needs. I was particularly impressed by the way maintenance mysteries were unravelled by advice, demonstration and 'doing it ourselves' (a very good hand cleaner was also provided...).

I wanted to start with the basics - how do you clean a bike? what with? that done, everything else followed on ... I discovered my back tyre was on the wrong way round for starters, that my chain hadn't stretched (hurrah!), learnt how to change a brake cable that was fraying badly, and was amazed at what spokes do and how to tweak them! I think the one-day course is very accessible to both the less and more experienced cycle owner, and the price was right." - Sarah, Bike Ability Trainer

Bike cleaning

"On Saturday we did our bike maintenance course, which was excellent. Bernard and Andy were great and took us through the basics, beginning with cleaning the chain. I'm sad to say my bike was the only one in the group that had a chain in need of replacing! We then had a good look through a basic bike toolkit and unravelled the mysteries of several tools, most of which I'd never seen before! After punctures came my most eagerly anticipated bit of the day - sorting out the brakes! We can only get our bikes in the car if we take the wheels off first, which is fine. Stopping the brakes rubbing after putting the wheels back on again was never fine. I'm pleased to say we now know the secret and can adjust our brakes to our hearts content - yay!

In the afternoon we looked at gears, which I have to confess still baffles me a bit. We also went through buckled wheels and how to fix them with spokeys, very clever stuff! Finally and most baffling of all was the task of taking off the axle and greasing the bearings. To be honest, I'd somewhat lost my concentration by then and decided that if I ever need that doing, I'll give Andy a call! All in all though it was a great day and very useful. I would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't know how to do the above things, as it's really not as difficult as it looks (says she who spent most of the day watching other people fix her bike...the real test will come when I need to fix something out on the road...watch this space..!)" - Amanda, Charity Bike Ride Organiser

Instructor Adam Golding

"I was lucky enough to be able to get a place on the Bike Maintenance Workshop held by Bernard Dugdale, who was expertly assisted by Andy Sinclair and Adam Golding. It was a terrific day which commenced with tips on how to clean your bike properly, followed by in depth practical instruction on how to correctly change & check tyres, adjust and maintain brakes and gears on all types of bicycles and much more. Basically it took the mystery out of the whole thing for the likes of me, whose previous technical knowledge vocabulary consisted of 'thingy' and 'whatchamacallit'!!

The guys' technical knowledge and practical advice is second to none and I left the course happy in the knowledge that at least if I ever had a problem when I was out on the moors that I could at least make reasonable attempts to rectify it before I called for the cavalry! To top it all I walked away with my very own copy of Haynes complete bicycle maintenance 'The Bike Book', which was included in the course fee and with which I was delighted. I would definitely recommend this course to cyclists new and old." Leslie - Sports Physiotherapist

More information on the courses and how to reserve a place is available on-line at http://www.thechaingangbikeservices.co.uk/

Triennial Veterans 100 mile Ride - Saturday 12 June

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The CTC Exeter Veterans (age 50+) 100-mile ride on 12 June is filling up. Numbers are limited for safety reasons ... so if you want to take part you should submit your entry as soon as possible.

The ride runs from coast-to-coast visiting Watchet on the Bristol Channel and Budleigh Salterton on the English Channel. The route is hillier than many of the other triennial rides, so riders and their machines need to be prepared for the challenge.

More information is available on-line.

Open 100 Ride - Saturday 12 June

For those under 50 there will also be 100 mile and 100 km rides on the same day as the Veterans ride. More information on-line. Closing date for entries is 14th May.

Bike Club Wheels are Turning in Exeter

From Lizzie Evered CTC's new Bike Club Officer writes:-

CTC has received funding from the Department for Transport via Cycling England to provide more cycling opportunities for young people in after school and out of school activities. CTC has partnered with two other organisations that have expertise in working with young people - UK Youth, a national umbrella body for youth clubs in the UK, and ContinYou, a charity focusing on delivering after school and before school activities, and opening up schools for community learning. The three organisations together make the 'Bike Club Consortium'.

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Bike Club is building on the success of the CTC Champions project, which develops community cycling projects with adults, which has been funded by the BIG Lottery.

On Tuesday saw the local launch of Bike Club in Exeter, with youth workers, teachers, Bikeability instructors and others coming along to hear about how they can partner up with Bike Club to support young people getting out on their bikes. As the Bike Club officer in Exeter I am working with groups of young people, children, or their families to plan cycling-related activites and apply for funding, so this event gave a chance to meet some potential Bike Club leaders and providers.

Examples of Bike Club actvities could include:

* Cycle leadership courses for adults working with children and young people

  • Maintenance tuition to foster mechanical skills and problem solving
  • Construction of facilities like BMX jumps and off road tracks
  • Creative activities that use cycling to inspire music, dance, film making or the visual arts
  • Provision of specialist cycling equipment to enable inclusive cycling by disabled children

We are already supporting one group of junior cycle tourists in Kentisbeare near Cullompton to complete a challenge cycle ride in the Scottish Islands, have a look at http://www.kjcc.org.uk/scotland2010.html to see more. I am also working closely with several of the School Sports Co-ordinators across the city to develop some after school cycling opportunities, including trips to Haldon and development of after school maintenance,

Please pass on details of the project to anyone who you think might be interested, or get in contact directly if you have ideas and links!

Lizzie Evered, lizzie.evered@bikeclub.org.uk, 07825 983465

Devon County Council - Local Transport Plan


During 2010 Devon County Council and Torbay Council are developing the Third Local Transport Plan (LTP3) for the period from April 2011 onwards. This presents a valuable opportunity for cyclists to ensure that their views are heard when long term transport strategy and plans are being developed.

Roy Russell and Kirby James made a presentation to the LTP3 Team in early February on behalf of the Exeter Cycle Forum. Copies of the material presented is available on-line.

Exeter Cycle Forum and the CTC will have the opportunity to comment on the plan as it develops over the coming year.

Consultation on Future of Transport in Exeter

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Devon County Council is consulting on future transport policies in Exeter, including cycling. Details can be found at http://www.devon.gov.uk/futuretransportexeter

If you would like to comment just complete the simple on-line questionnaire. The consultation closes on 9 April.

Consultation on Development at Monkerton and Newcourt

Portion of Newcourt proposals

Exeter City Council is also consulting on Master Plans for proposed developments at Newcourt and Monkerton.

These have a very positive approach to encouraging cycling as a mode of transport. However you may wish to comment on the likelihood of traffic increasing on Old Rydon Lane, which is a popular cycle route avoiding Sandy Gate Roundabout. In contrast, it is proposed to remove cars from Hollow Lane at Hill Barton, so that it becomes a key link to the new bridge over the M5 at Gypsy Hill just north of Junction 29. Please send comments to ldf@exeter.gov.uk by 9 April.

CTC Birthday Rides - 19-25 August

Cycling in Cornwall
CTC Cycling Holidays

From Thursday 19 August until Wednesday 25 August the CTC are organising the Birthday Rides in Cornwall.

The event is based on the University of Cornwall's Campus at Penryn just outside Falmouth. Accommodation is in double bedded rooms with en-suite facilities.

A full range of activities is offered with four different rides available each day. Full details of the event are available on-line.

Tour Series Returns to Exeter - Thursday 3 June

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The Tour Series organisers, Devon County Council and Exeter City Council have announced that the city centre will host Round 4 of the 2010 Tour Series. The Tour Series event is set to return to Exeter on Thursday 3 June during the school half term holidays.

The Tour Series is a programme of televised City Centre cycle races with 50 professionals competing in 10 teams on a thrills and spills circuit. The route will be along High Street, Queen Street and New North Road.

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.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said:

"The Tour Series was a resounding success in Exeter and it has helped continue to raise the profile of cycling in Devon. The size of the crowd demonstrated the local interest in cycling and I’m delighted that we can host the event again this year. Out of the thousands of people who came along, it's encouraging so many people say they have been inspired to cycle more often, and we'll be aiming for more of the same this time around."

Councillor Peter Wadham, Exeter City Council Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development & Transport, said

"As well the chance to see Olympians whizzing through our City Centre, the day is really a chance to celebrate the growth in popularity of cycling in Exeter. There will be a festival atmosphere with free events and activities for families throughout the day. What a great way to spend half term!"

Tour of Britain - Tour Ride - Sunday 5th September

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The Tour of Britain have announced details of a series of three charity rides which will take place a week before the Tour visits the South West. They say

This September, cycling fans across the UK will have the chance to take part in Britain's best bike race. Once again The Tour of Britain has teamed up with The Prostate Cancer Charity to deliver a unique cycling experience for you to ride in the tyre tracks of the world’s best professionals.

Sign up before the end of April and you will be entered into a prize draw to win the opportunity to ride in The Tour of Britain race car at a stage of your choice, VIP hospitality, as well as an official race jersey.

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The South West stage offers a stunning, coast to coast route from Minehead to Teignmouth. Featuring some of the best of British scenery, this is a very hard but hugely rewarding 175km monster of a ride. The route climbs almost 3000m as it traverses the South West. Graham Jones our Route Director thinks this route will present The Tour of Britain peloton with a tough ask, so any keen sportive riders looking for this year's 'Big One' need look no further than this ride.

The rides on offer are

Pro Ride

This gruelling ride will allow you to take on a full road stage of The Tour of Britain, beginning in Minehead and finishing on the South coast at Teignmouth. The challenging 175km coast-to-coast route, takes in some of the finest scenery and toughest climbs the South West has to offer. A transfer service to the start will be available at the finish.

  • Distance: 175 Km
  • Entry Fee: £40 per rider
  • Start Time: 08:00 – 10:00 am
Challenge Ride

This ride will allow you to cycle part of the road stage of The Tour of Britain, beginning at Honiton and finishing on the South coast of Devon at Teignmouth. The 70km Challenge Tour Ride is a great way to cycle with friends and family across beautiful countryside and through the enchanting villages of Somerset and Devon before winding down to a seaside finish. A transfer service to the start will be available at the finish.

  • Distance: 70 Km
  • Entry Fee: £30 per rider
  • Start Time: 09:00 – 10:00 am
Family Ride

This course has been designed with families in mind and is a circular route from Teignmouth on quiet roads in the beautiful Devonshire countryside. The Family Ride is a fun 15km ride, allowing groups of all abilities to enjoy a great day of cycling, whilst helping to fight prostate cancer. Riders will be able to ride under the official gantry, just like the professionals, on the seafront start and feel part of The Tour of Britain throughout the day.

  • Distance: 15 Km
  • Entry Fee: £25 per group of four, £10 per individual
  • Start Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Headway Devon

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Holly Keatings the Fundraising Manager of Headway Devon has written to us to:-

ask you to let the members of the Cycle Touring Club know about an exciting new fundraising event that we are planning.

High Atlas Traverse is a six day off-road biking tour of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The ride will feature some challenging climbs and thrilling descents as cyclists travel from Ouirgane to the Tichka Pass. On the journey riders will enjoy some stunning scenery and will be able to experience the Moroccan way of life first hand as the trek passes through numerous stone villages.

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There will be two treks running in 2010 – 16th-23rd October and 23rd-30th October (half-term week).

High Atlas Traverse is a sponsored event to raise money for local people with acquired brain injury. Particpants will be asked to raise sponsorship of £1,950 to take part in the trek.

Further details of the trip may be found on the Headway website, but if you would like to find out more or are interested in signing up please contact me by emailing holly@headwaydevon.org.uk or calling 01392 211 822.

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

Exmouth - Lympstone


Lympstone - Exton
Exton - Lympstone link

Work is almost complete on the Lympstone to Exton section.

The official opening will take place on Friday 28th May and will be followed by a Fun Day on Saturday 29th May (this is the beginning of the late May Bank Holiday).

The new section will make it possible to cycle from Exmouth to Exton almost completely off-road - except for a short section through Lympstone.

Exton - Topsham
Fishers Bridge

The route of this section (shown in blue on the map) crosses several sites of special scientific interest so there are major constraints on when and how construction can take place.

Clearance and construction will take place in suitable 'time windows' in order to not disturb wildlife and the local environment. Works access and site clearance has begun at Goosemoor at the Topsham end - but major elements required - including the Clyst Bridge will not be completed until 2013.

See above for details of related developments at Fisher's Bridge and Odham's Wharf. The complete link from Exton to Fisher's Bridge (via Odham's Wharf) should be in place by December 2010.

Bridge Road - Turf Locks

Path complete and a new RSPB bird viewing facility has been built, looking out over the Exminster Marshes.

A short new section of path has been constructed at Turf, to allow cyclists to bypass the lock gates when lock maintenance work is taking place.

Turf Locks - Powderham Church

Design work continues to refine the appearance of the new bridge over the rail-line. Negotiations are continuing about works access during the construction phase. Work will start on site during FY 2011/12.

Powderham Church - Exleigh Junction
20 mph limit
Shared road

The markings and islands which were installed two years ago have been removed and the road re-surfaced. The route is now a shared 20 mph zone.

Exleigh Junction - Starcross - Cockwood


Cockwood - Dawlish Warren

Planning consent obtained. Land negotiations are on-going. Construction expected to start this year.


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