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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - March 2012

Roy Russell & Kirby James

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Local News


Volunteer of the Year

Our own Kirby James has been awarded CTC Highly Commended certificate for 'Volunteer of the Year' and has been invited to the CTC Annual Dinner on 12th May to collect the award.

The award is in recognition of his work in 2011 to promote cycling, including expanding CTC Exeter, instigating "(A Small Bit of) the Great Tour Audax" and allegedly organising the infamous BikeBus.

Killerton cycle path opens


A new 5km cycle track from Killerton to Broadclyst was opened on 16 March by Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, the chairman of Devon County Council.

The National Trust will be holding their ‘Killerton Cycling Weekend’ on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March, including free bike hire and a Bike Doctor. The 200 year old Clyston Mill will open especially for the event for cycling visitors to stop off and look around. Click here for more details

Airport Link nearly complete

A new link from Clyst Honiton to Exeter Airport, through the car park, should open next week.

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Brompton cycle hire

Government funding of £200,000 has been announced for improvements to three railway stations in Exeter. These will include secure cycle parking at Digby & Sowton and bike hire from Central Station, which may be a Brompton Dock.

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Olympic torch relay

The Olympic torch relay will be passing through Exeter and the City Council are organising a day of celebration on Sunday 20th May. Plans include cycling activities at the Piazza Terracina

Tour Series hits the English Riviera

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The Halfords Tour Series will visit Torquay for the first time, on Tuesday 5th June, for an action packed evening of racing to conclude the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. Further details

Bus Station redevelopment


Exeter City Council are consulting on redevelopment of the Bus Station. This could close the existing cycle route from Southernhay along Bampfylde Street. If you have a view on this please complete the on-line survey. Click here for details

Cycling Safety Debate

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A major Parliamentary debate was held in Parliament on 23rd February following The Times newspaper's Cities Fit for Cycling campaign. Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) and Sarah Wollaston (Totnes) urged the Government to take action to make roads safer to cycle on.

Further details: Newspaper article. Ben Bradshaw in Westminster debate. CTC reaction. Times Campaign


Bikeability Training

Devon County Council has received a £260,000 grant to continue providing Bikeability cycle training in the county. About 6,500 schoolchildren in the county will benefit from the training over the next year.

Free training is available at Piazza Terracina, Exeter on 1st and 2nd April. Click here for details

Don Quixote

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"Burn the Curtain" Theatre Company have received initial funding for their proposed production of Don Quixote on Bicycles in early July. There will be a number of associated events leading up to these dates.

For further information click here.

Summer of Cycling

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The "Summer of Cycling" was launched at a Parliamentary Reception on 15 March.

The key concept for the Summer of Cycling is +1: those taking part in events are encouraged to bring one other person along. Further details will be published on the website in April.

Bike Shops

Devon Bike Builders

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Devon Bike Builders specialise in customising bikes for their clients.

As an example of their offerings for serious touring cyclists they offer a full range of Van Nicholas titanium day/weekend tourers and full expedition tourers, with either Rohloff or standard drivetrains.

They can also custom build bikes using the frame, wheels and groupset of your choice.

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They offer a full catalogue of parts - Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo, Schwalbe tyres and tubes – all in all over 40,000 products available to order!

They have 2 main service options

  • the annual service – replacing parts as required - brake pads, tyres, cassettes, chains, chainrings etc – it’s free, just pay for the replacement parts you need, and
  • the full service – a complete strip down of your bike, clean, re-lube and total rebuild, replacing any parts as required – your bike back, like brand new! - £100 + cost of any replacement parts needed.

Route 2 Bike Shop

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The Route 2 cafe - which is a well known stop for cyclists alongside the Quay in Topsham - has now opened a cycle shop.

As well as selling bikes, clothing and parts they also hire out bikes.

A special innovation this year is the live screening of a number of the cycling Spring Classics - with appropriate food and drink available matching the country involved. The next few events are

  • Sunday 25 March: Gent – Wevelgem, Belgium
  • Sunday 1 April: Tour des Flandres, Belgium
  • Sunday 15 April: Amstel Gold Race, Netherlands
  • Wednesday 18 April: La Flèche Wallonne, Belgium
  • Sunday 22 April: Liège – Bastogne – Liège, Belgium

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Little Cycle Hire Co - For Sale

The Little Cycle Hire Co at the Exmouth end of the Exe Estuary Trail is for sale. Reece has decided he'd rather go cycling at weekends. Further details


Family Rides


Join CTC on Easter Saturday 7th April for a family ride from Totnes. Further details

Sustrans are also organising Family Rides on Saturday 14th April from Exeter Quay Further details

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Devon Dirt

The Devon Dirt will start from Ashburton on Sunday 22nd April. This is an annual 55Km non-competitive ride organised by CTC Devon with off-road sections linked by mainly quiet and hilly lanes. Last year over 300 completed this ride around the east side of Dartmoor. Further details

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Heart of Dartmoor Cycle Challenge

A 50-mile cycle challenge on Saturday 12 May into the heart of Dartmoor. Money raised will go towards the work of Devon Wildlife Trust, protecting and restoring local wildlife and wild places

Further details

Coast to Coast Audax

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CTC are organising two rides from Kentisbeare, on Saturday 19th May 2012. Ride from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel on this scenic 100 mile ride. A shorter 100km route is also available to the Bristol Channel. All proceeds to The Alzheimer's Society.

Details: http://bit.ly/CoastToCoastAudax

News from the World of Cycling

Darth Vader on a Unicycle

First Annual No-car Oscar Award

World bicycle relief passes on 100,000th bike

Helmets 'useless' in major bike accidents, says new study. Should my son wear a cycle helmet?

Local Events List


Free online City Cycling magazine

Bicycle Traveler magazine

Cycle Exeter on twitter

Maintenance Issues

A reminder that you can report highway maintenance issues using the on-line map-based interface

The Devon County email address for reporting problems is csc.roads@devon.gov.uk

And finally

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