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SUMMER/Autumn 2017
Updated: 3rd November 2017




25th Dartmoor Devil.

The 25th Dartmoor Devil was a great day out with over 220 entries, 183 starters and 161 people completed the ride on time.
Mike Steer completed his unbroken run of 25 years, and was presented with a framed box of the 25 badges.
Drew Buck also presented Kevin with a carved mantle disply featuring the hill profile of the Devil.
This was Kvin's last year of organising the ride, next years will be run by David Twigger.

Annual General Meeting.

CTC Devon will be holding the AGM at St.Lawrence Chapel, ASHBURTON at 11pm on Sunday 5th November.

Dartmoor Devil.

It's less than three weeks to go until the 25th Dartmoor Devil Audax. It's the first event in the 2017-18 Devon Touring Competition series.
It's also the last event which will be organised by Kevin Presland who has run the event since it'e inception in 1993.
A new organiser is set to take over in 2018, so the classic ride will live on.

This year is arguably the most difficult of the three routes,


1st Ottery St Mary King & Queen of the Mountain - Chineway Hill

The first hill climb on Chineway Hill near Ottery St.Mary will take place on 15th October.
The idea was inspired by it's inclusion in the Tour of Britain a couple of years ago.

The first time trial event to take place in Ottery St. Mary is set to be a great success. Riders from all over the country are getting ready to tackle what was the first King of the Mountain of stage 6 of the Tour of Britain in 2016.
On the 15th of October at 9.00am , participants will be lining up at the junction of Chineway Hill with Kennaway Road terminating the climb at the junction of Chineway Hill with East Hill Strips.

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Sign at Haldon Racecourse
Mystery surrounds the appearance of a "No Cyclists" sign at Haldon.

A "No Cyclcists" sign appeared on a side gate at Haldon Racecourse where cyclists regularly cut through the racecourse to access the top of Haldon without having to cross the A38.
Lorry drivers undergoing training had previously shouted at riders going through the car par, but the racecourse say they have no knowledge of the signs and will remove them.

Injured woman in Torbay.
Torquay woman claims injuries were caused by hit and run cyclist.

A story in the local press features a Torbay woman who claimes that we was badly injured when struck by a "hit & run" cyclist.
It followed on from the "Charlie Alliston" incicent in London, where Kim Briggs died follwing a collision, although the local claim predated the Alliston incident by some months, and some media sources are unclear about the credibility of the story coming from Torbay.
Collision between cyclists and pedestarians are rare, with 94% of pedestrian deaths and injuries caused by motor traffic.

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Steve Preston
Steve Preston 18/08/41 - 1/09/17

Steve Preston passed away on 1st September after a long illness.
He was a keen member of the Topsham Sailing Club, and editor of their magazine "Topsail".
He was also a keen cyclist, and member of the CTC, and a keen bassoonist.
His funeral was at St.Peter's chapel in Exeter on 16th September with a wake at L'Estuair close to his home in Topsham.

Bridge Road
Bridge Road in Exeter has opened.

Bridge Road in Exeter has finally opened several months behind schedule.
The new widened road is now dualled all thw way from Matford Roundabout to Countess Weir, with enhanced cycle lanes on one side using new cantilevered section.

The swing bridge has also been realigned. During the Summer the project became infamous after weekend road closures took place, and a crash blocked the M5 at the same time with several hours of gridlock in the area subsequently.

Exeter cycling super Highway.

Plans to build a £1.73million segregated cycle route in Exeter could be the first step to a city network of dedicates commuter routes, it is hoped.
A proposed two-way route along Cumberland Way and part of Pinhoe Road, will be considered by Devon County Council’s ruling Cabinet next week (Wednesday 13 September).
The scheme will be paid for through the council’s Local Transport Plan budget, developer contributions and the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. If the scheme is given the green light, work stretching from the Tithebarn Link Road/Cumberland Way roundabout to southwest of the Pinhoe Trading Estate, will start next month and be completed next summer.

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UK Roads too dangerous for cycling- Chris Boardman.

Chris Boardman has stated that he considers riding on UK roads too dangerous for him.

Boardman said he found road riding in parts of the UK “exhausting” and unpleasant. “False modesty aside, I’m about as competent as it gets and I am constantly doing risk assessments. I’m looking at parked cars, seeing which way wheels are turning, everything that’s going on around me. It’s just exhausting. Whereas if I ride on a track or a trail I don’t have to do that and it’s just more pleasant these days,” he said.

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Tony Avery
Rider feels the buzz!

A buzzing insect caused a few problems on a recent club ride. Tony Avery was descing a hill and got stung on the head by an insect. Shortly afterwards, waiting at a traffic junction he became unwell. Fellow club mates were able to support him whilst an ambulance was called.
After three hours of tests and checks Tony was sent home, and seems to have suffered no ill-effects apart from a swollen eye.

Widower of Kim Briggs calls for change in law.

The husband of a woman who died after she was struck by a cyclist later convicted of causing her bodily harm has called for changes to the law to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.
Kim Briggs, a mother of two, died in hospital a week after Charlie Alliston collided with her on his fixed-gear bike, which illegally had no front brake, in east London.
Alliston, 20, who is facing jail after being convicted on Wednesday of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”, an offence under a piece of 19th-century legislation, but he was cleared of the more serious offence of manslaughter. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Matthew Briggs, Briggs’s husband, said he was calling for cycling to be incorporated into the Road Traffic Act to allow offences of death by dangerous cycling and death by careless cycling to be considered.

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Paignton Sea Front.
Paignton Esplanade - closure.

Torbay Council have issued a notice advising of the closure of the Eastern Esplanade to all traffic.
This would prevent cycling along the sea front there, although it already forms part of the National Cycle Network.
The public notice period is up until 29th August, and objections have to be notified to the council before 7th Septmeber, with objectors needing to represent themselves at Torbay Magistrates.
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Operation Close-Pass

Plymouth police highlight accident blackspots - operation "CLOSE PASS"

Plymouth’s accident blackspots for cyclists have been revealed, as police crackdown on drivers who don’t leave riders enough room.
More than one accident a week was recorded by Devon and Cornwall Police in 2016, with 69 crashes on the city’s roads.
Twenty of those incidents ended with cyclists suffering serious injuries, compared to just eight in 2015.
There were another 46 “slight” accidents and another three in which only the bikes were damaged.
Police crash records revealed that Crownhill Road, Embankment Road and The Ridgeway were the most dangerous for cyclists in 2016. All three roads had one serious and four slight accidents last year.

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Freewheeling & Pacejudging.
Pacejudging and Freewheeling.

The annual CTC Devon pace-judging and Freewheeling events take place take place on 13th August.

The Pace-judging strarts at 10am at the Town Quay in Newton Abbot, with an 18 mile route and a harder and easier option, but finishing at the Star Inn in Liverton.

From there there is a short ride to the start of the Freewheeling at 2pm, which starts from the top of the hill on the A380, near the Welcome Stranger pub. Both events are £1 to enter ( forms on the line) and the plan is to have a lunch break at the pub.

Bridge Road, Exeter.

New cantilevered cycleway.
Bridge Road, Exeter further delays.

The Bridge Road widening scheme, which includes some major works on the cycle facilities, is subject to further delays in its completion.
The scheme was due to open in the Spring on 2017, but work is still very much in progress, and the completion is estimated to be some weeks away.
There has been much critiscism of the delays to the project. Bridge Road forms a major arterial route around the city, and closures have been in place for most evenings recently.

Luciano Berruti
Luciano Berruti passed away.

Sad news that Luciano Berruti passed away whilst cycling on 13th August. he was the inspiration for L'Eroica and attended the last four Eroica Britannia events, and rode the 55 mile ride this year.

He was a colourful character and epitomised the spirit of riding classic bicycles, and was always mingling with the crowds at the vintage cyle events.
His wry smile and photogenic sideburns will be missed at future Eroica's.
Womens Festival of Cycling.

In July Cycling UK launched the "Women's festival of Cycling" initiative.
On Thursday 16th July 16 gathered at The Quay in Exeter for a sunny bike ride with one group incorporating a dip in the pool at Topsham, and stopping for a bite at Route 2 Cafe.
The other group rode on to Dawlish for a swim in the sea.
Goody bags were also given out as part of the event.


Devon Delight 2017.
Devon Delight - 200 start in 2017.

Two hundred riders set out on the Devon Delight this year, on a fine suuny Sunday from Newton Abbot.

Helpers were very busy at Stoke Canon keeping riders fed and watered, and at the finish making cream teas for everybody.

The riders all received a goody bag at the finish and a CUK challenge medal for 2017.
Only 10 riders entered th Torplex 200Km event, with 8 finishing well inside the time limit.

2017 Challenge Series.
Devon Delight and Torplex.

This years Devon Delight is part of the Cycling UK Challenge series. This means that all riders who complete the ride on 16th July will receive a special medal along with a goody bag.
This is the 24th year of running the Devon Delight, and the route is similar to that of 2016 with the main control, at Stoke Canon.

The Torplex 200Km is also running on the same day. Both events start from Newton Abbot.

Tamar 100Km - rest stop.
Tamar 100Km.

This years Tamar 100 provided a hilly challenge for the riders.

The weather was fine and the riders were supplied with cake and refreshments by CTC Plymouth helpers.
For photos of this years ride <<CLICK HERE>>

Tamar 100Km

Tamar 100 event.

June 18th sees the Tamar 100Km ride start from Plymouth.
Organised by Dave Newman (Tel: 07585896131)
Start at 10am from The Lord Louis, Glen Rd, Plymouth PL7 3DE (refreshments can be purchased here) Grid Ref: SX 544 567
A 100 Km

Ride along the lanes of Devon and west Cornwall with refreshments at the Pasty House (Tavistock) and Newbridge, nr. Callington. The finish is also at the Lord Louis.


A382 widening - major scheme announced.

A £26 million pound scheme has been announced to widen the A382 between Newton Abbot and Drumbridges. There will be dualling of the carriageway between Trago Mills and the A38 and a 3m cycle lane running between the areas.


Geoff Sharpe and Kate Hattersley
near Hound Tor.
Turf'n'Surf rides prove popular.

Fine weather helped for a big turn out on the weekends events.
The 300Km and 400Km rides were well supported and a large group set out on the Sunday morning for the 100Km ride.
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