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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - July 2012

Kirby James & Roy Russell

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Great Tour Audaxes - 29 July 2012 - Seaton

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CTC Exeter and the Axe Valley Pedallers are hosting 50, 100 & 150 km Audax rides on Sunday 29 July 2012.

The Great Tour was a ground-breaking event first held in 2010. Riders started from Seaton in Devon and over a period of two months completed a circumnavigation of Great Britain using the roads nearest to the coast. The event raised funds for The Prostate Cancer Charity.

Hundreds of cyclists joined them for the final miles into Seaton and this has inspired us to develop an Audax to allow others to enjoy the spectacular scenery along the Jurassic Coast.

The 100 km ride uses quiet roads through Axminster, Stockland, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Woodbury and Exmouth before returning along the (very hilly) Jurassic Coast through Sidmouth, Branscombe and Beer. The total climb is close to 2,000 metres.

One of the climbs – Salcombe Hill Road - features in Simon Warren’s ‘Greatest Cycling Climbs’ – but it only accounts for 160 metres of the 2,000 you will climb!!

The 50km ride will offer a slightly easier alternative – but still allows you to visit Salcombe Hill Road.:(

The 150km ride visits the north coast of Somerset at Blue Anchor.

Further details are available on-line and you can enter either by post or by PayPal via the Audax UK website. Entry costs from £5.00 to £8.00 depending on whether you already have insurance (e.g. CTC or Audax UK) and whether you enter by post or on-line.

Jurassic Classic Re-scheduled - Saturday 18 August 2012 - Exmouth

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The Prostate Cancer UK Jurassic Classic ride was due to have been held on Sunday 8 July - but torrential rain the day before put parts of the route under four feet of water so the organisers were left with no option but to postpone the event.

After a good deal of hard work the ride has been re-scheduled for Saturday 18 August.

The good news is that they are able to accept new entries.

New CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright visits Exeter

Gordon Seabrook at Haldon

Last month CTC Exeter (John Rowland, Roy Russell and Kirby James) had three visitors -

  • Gordon Seabright - the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CTC,
  • Stephen Coe - who is one of the two CTC Councillors representing the South West, and
  • Brett Nicole - who has just been appointed as the Cycling Development Officer in Plymouth.

We met up at the Haldon Mountain Bike Centre and took the opportunity to ride round the Blue Trail.

Gordon is new to his post and is spending a proportion of his time meeting people and listening to a range of comments and views about the CTC.

After exerting ourselves we talked over lunch about the voluntary work that CTC Exeter undertakes including

  • Tuesday rides
  • Wednesday evening rides
  • Thursday (Bike Bus) rides & Coffee Pots
  • Sunday Rides
  • Events - Audaxes, Mapping Reading, Bike Week, University Open Days, etc.
  • The Web Site
  • Jelly baby consumption monitoring
  • Promotion - emails, fliers, cards, posters, flags, the Highwayman magazine, etc.
  • Campaign activity - Right to Ride, Exeter Cycle Forum


Zsolt, Colin, Stephen, Brett & Gordon

We also discussed ways in which CTC HQ might be able to more effectively support such local activities.

After lunch the party went to the Quay to meet up with the council officials (Zsolt Schuller, Heather Baker and Colin Savage) who were closely involved in the Cycle Exeter project (the name given to Exeter's activities within the Cycle Demonstration Town Project).

After discussion (over coffee) Zsolt led us down the first part of the Exe Estuary Trail to show some of the 'hard facilities' that were developed during the six year project.

Gordon was very interested in all aspects of the cycling scene in Devon - and I suspect we will be seeing more of him soon.

A Job with Sustrans

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Sustrans are currently advertising for a Schools Officer covering Exeter and the Exe Estuary.

According to their web site:-

The exciting challenges of this role include the promotion of sustainable and active travel principally to 9-13 year olds at prioritised schools in the Exeter and Exe Estuary areas of Devon as part of a package of measures to increase the number of pupils, parents and school staff who cycle, walk and make use of public transport for local journeys.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 24 July - so be quick!

New Cycle Shop in Newton Abbot

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A new cycle shop - The Pro Cycle Centre - has recently opened in Newton Abbot.

The shop is unusual in that it includes indoor skateboard and BMX ramps and over the summer they will be offering BMX training sessions.

Sited near to the rail station they plan to include showers for commuters, changing facilities and bike parking.

The shop is backed by professional BMX rider & MTB enthusiast Kye Forte - who has recently beaten the unofficial BMX jump height record from a dirt ramp.

New Cycle Hire Outlet in Exeter

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A new cycle hire outlet called 'Cycle Hire Delivered' has opened in Exeter.

They specialise in delivering bikes to your home or other convenient location and have available a range of bikes including tag-a-longs and trailers.

Bikes can be booked on their web site - http://www.cyclehiredelivered.co.uk/ or by phone on 07773 362 119.

The Cycle Show

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The Cycle Show, a new eight-part TV series will begin on ITV4 next Monday night (23 July) at 8pm.

The Cycle Show is presented by Graham Little with support from former pro Rob Hayles and designer Anna Glowinski, will focus on the latest news, Top Gear-style challenges and technical features.

As well as interviews with the sport’s luminaries - Eddy Merckx, Nigel Mansell and Graeme Obree have already been booked - it will delve into the lifestyle and fashion across all disciplines of cycling. Other features include a Rollapaluza-sponsored Rolla Sprint Challenge.

It’s being produced by Century TV, who put together the Tour of Britain and, since 2006, The Halfords Tour Series for ITV4, and is sponsored by Chain Reaction Cycles.

Campaigning

CTC calls for stronger government leadership in improving road safety

Consultation on revision of guidance on setting 20mph zones and limits

BMA issue new report supporting active travel

Events

Velo Vintage

Velo Vintage are organising their inaugural ride from Exmouth on Sunday 9 September. Tweed optional.

London 2012

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Olympic 2012 cycling dates



Local Events List




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

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