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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - January 2010

Kirby James

CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News


As the cold and icy weather disappears there are plenty of events and rides to tempt you out on your bike ...

Mad March Exeter Audax - 7 March

Mad march audax.jpg

If you would like to try the challenge of riding a 100 km Audax, Pippa Wheeler is organising a 100 km ride - the 'Mad March Exeter Excursion' - on Sunday 7 March 2010 starting from Exeter. Last year participants faced rain, hail, wind and snow!

This year Pippa has changed the route to visit one of the best cafes in Devon ... and has also chosen to take participants up onto the Blackdown Hills!

An entry form can be found on the Audax UK web site. The route sheet is also available on-line.

To enter this Audax you have to send

  • the completed entry form,
  • a cheque for £5.00 made out to Pippa Wheeler, and
  • two C5 stamped addressed envelopes (made out to yourself),

to Pippa Wheeler at the address on the entry form.

A report on the 2008 ride is on-line here

Woodbury Common - Mud'n'Sweat - 31 January

Mud and Sweat

A new series of Mountain Bike events is being organised across the South West which are a mixture of mountainbiking and navigation. Participants have to visit as many control points as they can in either a two or three and a half hour period. They are free to plot their own route between control points and carry an electronic tag which is used to check which points they visited.

Bikers can enter as individuals, as pairs or as groups. The next event is at Woodbury Common on Sunday 31st January 2010. The Mud and Sweat website has details of how the events work and how to enter - http://www.mudandsweat.com/

Three Rivers Ride - 50 miles in 4 or 5 Hours - 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 can be obtained from the organiser ... Geoff Sharpe on 01803 812743.

Trennial Veterans 100 mile Ride - 12 June

Typical Veteran Cyclist

The Triennial Veterans Rides are 100-mile rides run every three years. They're specifically designed for club veterans aged 50-plus who have up to 12 hours to finish.

The Triennial Veteran Rides last took place in 2007 and the next set of rides are being planned for 2010. The rides are taking place at a number of locations across the country - one of which will be starting near Exeter.

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

More information is available on-line.

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.

... and a reminder ...

... that as well as listing rides over the next month or so ... on this web site you can find a list of CTC Exeter rides that are planned over the next six months.

Cycle Maintenance Courses

The Chain Gang Bike Services

A reminder that Cycle Exeter is offering bike maintenance courses in January and February. Two courses are available

  • two 90 minute lunchtime sessions aimed at simple tasks such as puncture repair and cleaning bikes,
  • a day-long course aimed at a full range of activities including brake adjustment, cable replacement, gear adjustments, etc.

The next courses will be held on

  • Wednesday 13th January and Thursday 14th January - lunchtime sessions
  • Sunday 31st January - all day workshop
  • Saturday 13th February - all day workshop
  • Wednesday 17th February and Thursday 18th February - lunchtime sessions

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

500,000 Hits!

500,000 hits!!

This month the CTC Devon wiki web site recorded its 500,000 hit!

The most popular pages have proved to be those for Exeter, the Coffee Pots, Torbay, South Hams and ... unsurprisingly ... the Cafe list.

Devon aims to be a cycling county with £2M funding award

In a Press Release dated 9 December 2009 Devon County Council announced

DEVON County Council has been awarded a £2 million grant from Cycling England as it aims to become a 'cycling county'.

The funding from Cycling England's 'Finding New Solutions' initiative will help the county to promote leisure cycling and to investigate if this encourages more people to cycle more regularly.

The County Council is proposing to create cycling 'hubs' across Devon which would be easily accessible by various modes of transport, and would serve local cycle networks. These centres include Exeter, Exmouth, Barnstaple and Tavistock, and any increase in cycling trips would be monitored in these locations. The project will also seek to establish what has inspired people to cycle.

Devon County Council will be looking to introduce people to cycling who may not otherwise consider taking to two wheels, as well as making cycle hire more affordable for families, and improving accessibility to routes for people with disabilities. Cycle access to holiday parks and tourist accommodation will also be improved to make it possible for visitors to cycle, as well as exploring how to upgrade links to the railway network to encourage people to take their bicycles on trains.

The funding will be used to improve cycle routes and cycle facilities such as cycle route signing, secure cycle parking and bike hire. A promotional campaign highlighting leisure cycling routes in Devon will also be supported.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: 'This is an ambitious project but we're fortunate in Devon to already have hundreds of miles of family-friendly cycle trails. We already have a sizeable investment in place to improve cycle routes across Devon as part of our new cycling strategy, and this additional funding not only recognises what we have already achieved but will ensure we’re well placed to become a cycling county.'

The funding adds to Devon County Council's £25 million investment up to 2012 as part of a new cycling strategy to make Devon a premier destination for cycling tourism.

Velo Ventures

Alistair Cope

Many of you will have met Alistair Cope who has led the development of the Axe Valley Pedallers cycling club in Seaton. Alistair has recently decided to give up his day job and devote even more time to cycling. Alistair says:-

A lot of people have said that cycling seems to have taken over my life, well perhaps it has. I have been working as a self-employed financial adviser for 17 years and as of the 30th December that ended. I so strongly believe in cycling and that the time is right to get out pedalling, that I have taken the plunge and intend to try and earn my crust from cycle related activities. I hope to do some consultancy work, help promote charity cycling fundraising events and arrange adventure cycling holidays for road and MTB riders.

Well now that I've shared that with you all, you might just want to pop into my website for a look; Velo Ventures. This year I will be promoting three trips to Morocco, two of which are fundraising events for Headway Devon and the other a really stunning cycle from the Atlas Mountains to the edge of the Sahara. If you’re interested, please don’t hold back. Just send me an email.

Five Feet or More ...

Number 10 Petitions

A new petition of interest to cyclists has just been started on the Number 10 web site.

The petitioner ... John Wood ... says

it is always the fear of cyclists to be in collision with a motor vehicle whilst being overtaken, it is felt that motor vehicles don't see the cyclist as a vulnerable road user and as such cyclists need the protection of the law in going some way toward this by making it law for a motor vehicle to overtake a cyclist with a clearance of 5 ft or 1.5 metres or more.

If you would like to sign-up to John's petition visit http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/5feet-or-more/

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
A new section of boardwalk
Exton - Lympstone link

The work on this section has been divided into three contracts. The longest section ... from Exton Station to Nutwell Court has been opened ... but until the final two sections are complete it will not be possible to cycle into Lympstone. Thus at the moment ... after cycling south past the Commando Training Centre ... you will have to turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.

The final two sections ... providing access to Lympstone Station and the village ... should be complete in March 2010 ... with the official opening being around Easter.

Exton - Topsham

Works access and site clearance has begun at Goosemoor at the Topsham end but full scale construction - including the new bridge over the Clyst - will not get underway until later this year.

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 in 2011.

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 in 2010.


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