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CTC Exeter - Newsletter April 2008

Kirby James

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Devon Dirt

The off-road Devon Dirt event held on the 20th April turned out to be a great success. 139 riders set out on the ride - over 40 of whom went on to complete the challenging 70 kilometre route. Overnight rain made for some slippery conditions in places, and there were several mechanical breakdowns including a couple of rear mechanism plus a broken chain, a freewheel failure, and a broken rim! BigPeaks mechanics were on hand at North Bovey to repair some of the problems, and riders were given a goodie bag from Hot Pursuit at the start. At the end of the ride riders were well fed with supplies of sandwiches and cakes. There was a minor pile up in Hound Tor Woods which luckily only caused minor injuries.

Particular thanks are due to Graham Brodie, Derek and Ursula Gibbings, Lisa Pash, Dawn and Anna Presland, and Roy & Barbara Gable, plus BigPeaks, Hot Pursuit and Devon County Council Travelwise for helping and supporting the event.

Cycle Celebration

On the same Sunday the Forestry Commission organised a Cycle Celebration at their facility on Haldon Hill. Roy Russell and Kirby James manned a CTC stall and other stalls represented Cycle Exeter, Exeter Mountain Bike Club and local cycle retailers. CTC Exeter plan to have a similar stall at Cycle Sunday during Bike Week in Exeter (22nd June).

Tour of Britain Comes to Devon – Tuesday 9th September

Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain will be coming our way this autumn. The Stage will run mainly in Somerset for 113 miles from Chard to Burnham-on-Sea. This will be the longest stage of the tour and, like last year, the hilly terrain will probably do more damage than any other stage. The difference this year is that the race will also come into Devon, well known for its short sharp climbs, making it even tougher. This will be a very scenic stage and will once again be the jewel in the crown of the Tour of Britain. See http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/2008-tour-of-britain-launched-15484

Cycling Plus Wants your Photographs

Cycling Plus Magazine is interested in receiving more photographs from its readers. The editor writes "Do you ever ride with a camera in your pocket? If you do, then why not show off the results in Cycling Plus? We're after pictures of your pride and joy(s) - the bikes you love to ride; you and your riding buddies enjoying your favourite cake stop; and shots of you on the routes you love to ride. Send them to us here at cyclingplus@futurenet.co.uk"

Stop Line Way

Ambitious plans to complete The Stop Line Way cycle route from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel have received a boost. A project officer managed by Sustrans is to be based at Devon County Council's County Hall in Exeter to help with the delivery of the scheme. The new officer will drive forward the completion of the scheme by 2010/11. Not only will The Stop Line Way be an attraction for visitors, but it will also link communities, with the route in Devon stretching along the River Axe from Seaton to Axminster, which is part of the National Cycle Network 2. It will add to the work already underway on some of the sections from Seaton to Colyford and Kilmington and will extend north to Chard Junction in Somerset. Similar community links will be provided between Weston-Super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea and around Taunton, Bridgwater, Ilminster and Chard.

The cycle route was given the name of The Stop Line Way as it runs along the line of defences built during the Second World War.

Mid-week Ladies Only Cycling

Only 25% of cyclists in the UK are women, compared to 50% in countries such as The Netherlands. There has been some interest in mid-week rides for ladies who are not always able to make time at weekends. If you would be interested in such rides please forward your name to Kirby James so that we can assess the level of interest.

Exmouth – Budleigh Cycle Route (NCN 2)

The muddiest part of the route from the viaduct at Knowle to Quentance Farm has now been re-surfaced using a crushed dressing. The route is now practicable in wet weather.

Exmouth Sea-Front Cycleway

Work is well underway extending the sea-front cycleway from near the Railway Carriage Cafe to Alexandra Terrace.

CTC Exeter Away trips

Just a reminder that if you are interested in one of the CTC Exeter Away Trips – please contact the relevant organiser

  • 17-18 May: Wells, Somerset - Mike Bowden (01392 428 120)
  • 1-5 June: Jersey - Roy Russell (01392 664 856)
  • 11-13 July: Cornwall - Roy Russell (01392 664 856)
  • 19-21 September: New Forrest - John Rowland (01395 232 610)

New Exeter Cycle Map

The new Exeter Cycling Map

A redesigned version of the Exeter Cycle Map has been released. The new design labels roads with their names and so is much easier for a newcomer to use. Maps in the same design have been released for Exmouth, Tiverton and Barnstaple.

Woodbury Cycle Route

A meeting was held in Woodbury to canvass support for a possible traffic free route from the village to the Exe Estuary Way. Possible options include routes via Ebford and one past the Pink House near the Nutwell Road / Road Junction with the A 376. If you would like to support such a route please send your details to Kirby James who will pass them onto the organiser.


Rotary Coast to Coast Ride – Sunday 18th May 2008

Rotary are organising a coast to coast ride from Ilfracombe to Plymouth on Sunday 18th May. The whole distance (150 km) can be ridden as a Sportive or selected parts of the route can be undertaken as fun rides. Full details at http://www.rotarycoast-coast.com

Honiton Cycles Rides for Hospicecare - Sunday 18th May 2008

The 10th Annual Honiton Cycle Ride for Hospicecare is being held on Sunday 18 May 2008. There will be on-road rides of 5, 17 and 28 miles as well as an off-road ride which features part of the 4x4 off-road trail used by the Land Rover Experience. Further details are available at http://www.honitoncyclerides.co.uk

FORCE Rides – Sunday 22nd and 29th June 2008

FORCE – the Exeter based cancer charity are organising rides on two successive Sunday’s in June.

On the 22nd June they are organising the ‘Cycle Sunday Challenges’ which consist of six and twelve mile family rides from the Flowerpot Playing Fields in Exeter (opposite Millar’s Crossing) down past the quay towards Turf. Details at http://www.forcecancercharity.co.uk/csc/index.htm

The following Sunday (29th June) they will be running the ‘Century Cycle Challenge’ which consists of 55 or 100 mile loops starting and finishing in Topsham. See http://www.forcecancercharity.co.uk/CCC08home.htm for details. This event was originally called the Nello Ride.

Tour of Brittan – Tuesday 9th September 2008

See above.

CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News