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Updated: 12th April 2017



Turf'n'Surf rides
Turf'n'Surf rides next weekend.

The weekend of 22nd and 23rd April sees the Turf'N'Surd Audax events being run again.
The 300Km and 400Km rides start on Saturday and the 100Km ride starts on Sunday morning.

The longer rides head down to Cornwall to Polzeath, a favourirte location for Chris Bennet in whos memory the evnts are run.
Chris passed away on 1st April 2012 whilst out on a CTC club ride.

The Turf'n'Surf website is <<HERE>>

Devon Dirt Bike Ride.
Devon Dirt 2017 success.

There was a great day out for riders on this years Dirt. Around 200 riders completed the route including 7 years olds Jack Nixon and John Sharp.
John was rasing money for charity during the ride.

There was only one injury, a rider from Bristol gashed his leg, requiring some stitches.
There were two mechanical failures, requiring a rescue, and the Bike Bus from Exeter was on hand to help.
Lemon Jelli were busy on site selling crepes and coffees, and the staff at Bigpeaks were busing helping riders and the store provided some spot prizes for riders in the form of £20 vouchers.

Devon Dirt Bike Ride.
Devon Dirt 2017

Over 200 riders are now signed up for the 2017 Devon Dirt bike ride based at BigPeaks in Ashburton.
This year ride will take in two loops, - one around Woolston Green returning to Ashburton for refreshments, and then a loop up to Manaton before returning via Sigford to Ashburton.
Riders who complete the event receive a commemorative T-shirt alonmg with other goodies.

Torbay in Brittany.
Torbay's trip to Brittany.

Members of CTC Torbay enjoyed a three-day weekend in Brittany, based in Lannion near Perros Guirec.
Ferry restrctions meant that only 230 could travel on this trip which enjoyed glorious weather for the three days,
The group set off from Plymouth to Roscoff aboard Pont-Aven on Thursday 6th April. On Friday morning there was a ride to Lannion, and on Friday they split into various groups, exploring the area, places such as Paimpol, Lizardrieux, and Port Blanc were visited.
The trip was one of many organised by Geoff Sharpe.
In Septenber the group are looking forward to a trip to Brest.

Bridge Road, Exeter.
Photo. Richard Salisbury.
Exeter Bridge Road - traffic chaos.

On Friday 7th April cranes move into place to llift huge metal sections as part iof the widening works.
This meant a complete closure of the bridge access. At the same time an accident blocked the M5, and the whole area around Countess Wear, Topsham became gridlocked.
The planned works will make the bridge road wider with a new cycle route on the Western side, utilising new bridges.

Mire Hall - an inspiration.
Mike Hall

The world of cycling was shattered to hera the news iof the death of Mike Hall, one iof the worlds top endurance cyclists on 1st April, as he near the finsih of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
Having dropped down in th second place he was in the last 500Km of the 5500Km ride, when he was struck by a car on the Highway.

Mike was an inspirational cyclist, haveing completed the Trans Continental Races, winning the Round The World Race, and then creating and winning the Trans Am race, which featured in the film of the event "Inspired To Ride"
Mike was guest of honour at the AUK reunion in Taunton In November 2016.
His adventures will be remembered for years to come.
<<CLICK HERE>> for more


Bob Parker

Bob Parker of CTC Exeter has passed away. He was a stalwart member of the section for many years, and was secreatry for some time.
Bob was known for his many talents a s a teacher, metalworker ( building his own recumbent bike) and and singer, who had undertaken various lenghty cycle tours including LeJog.
Condolences to Jan and the rest of Bob's family, he will be sadly missed.



Coast and Quantocks.
Mad March Audaxes.

A record turnout for the EWCC/CTC Mad March Audaxes on 19th March, saw over 250 riders taking part in the popular events.
Good weather enabled most people to finish safely on within the time limit.

There was a new route for the 100Km event which staretd and finished at the Barn Owl Pub at Sowton in Exeter, and also a new organiser Sarah Britton who has taken over from Pippa Wheeler.

Steve Abraham OYTT.
Steve's off again!

On 4th March 2017 Steve Abraham set of again to attempt the HAM'R record which was broken by Kurt Searvogel last year.

Steve suffered a setback on his last attempt when he wqas knocked off by a moped rider in Cullompton. He continued riding even with his leg in plaster but by the end of the year he had lost too many miles to catch up on the Searvogel attempt.


Police close-pass initiative.

Police to crackdown on "Close Pass" drivers.

Police in Devon are looking at aggressive targeting of drivers who pass cyclists too closely, it has been revealed by a cycling website. The force is one of six in England planning to roll out a "close pass" operation pioneered in the West Midlands last year.
Two West Midlands Police officers, Steve Hudson and Mark Hodson, designed the operation last year to tackle collision rates and fears putting people off cycling. It has received huge levels of publicity nationally and, with just a few hours of police time, halved close pass reports in Birmingham.
A safe passing distance is widely considered to be a minimum of 1.5 metres, though the Highway Code simply states drivers should give cyclists as much room as they do a car.

<<CLICK HERE>> for more on the story.


Devon Dirt.
Devon Dirt 2017.

This years Devon Dirt falls on Easter Sunday. The event starts at the Bigpeaks adventure store in Ashburton and takes in a 13 mile loop around lanes in South Devon, returning to BigPeaks for refreshments before heading out again on teh second loop which goes through Sigford and up onto Dartmoor.
CTC members will be on hand to keep riders supplied with refreshments, and riders will get a special commemorative T-shirt.

Pancake ride.

This years Pancake ride saw two groups of riders from CTC Torbay heading over to Abbotskerswell.
On a glrorious Spring morning the members were treated to a pancake feast by the ladies of the community hall in the village.
Valentines Ride 2017
Valentines Ride 2017
Valentines ride.

The 2017 Valentines ride proved popular with 25 riders entering the event, which took in a hilly route through Staverton and Dartington.
After refreshments at Buckfast Abbey the ride continued on through Sigford to Liverton and Bovey Tracey with the finish at the Toby Carvery in Newton Abbot.

For photos <<CLICK HERE>>

Devon Dirt.

Kasja Tylen smashes record.

Kajsa Tylem has smashed the ladies HAM'R record previously held by Billie Fleming.
Billie Fleming's mileage was passed on 24 November and Kajsa went on to pass the 50,000 km Guinness target which was reached on 9 December.
Her record attempted ended at 08:15 on 31 December 2016. with a distance of 52,025.09 km (32,326 miles).
This has now officially been verified by Guinness World Records.
Many congratulations to her and to all those who supported her.



Mike Bowden

Xmas on a CoBike
Christmas lunches.

The various CTC local groups in the area all held popular Christmas lunches. Exeter Coffee Pots had a lunch at Willand and a special presentation was given to Mike Bowden who was jeaving the Exeter area and returning to the Soth Hams where they lived previously.
Torbay had around 50 people to a Christmas meal at Bickley Mill near Kingskerswell, and CTC Exeter even used the popular Exeter based CoBikes to get to their Christmas lunch.

A special edition of The Highwayman featuring winners articles and photos was also produced as a souvenir, and given out to members at the lunches.

Velo Vintage 12
Velo Vintage 12 - Exmouth.

The popular Velo Vintage Occasion and ride held it's twefth event in Exmouth on 3rd December.
Over 80 cyclists in vintage attire paraded the town visiting the Bicton Inn and finishing at Prattshayes Farm for mulled cider and mince pies.

During the ride they also stopped off at the Christmas fare in the town and enjoyed the entertainment.

Dawlish Cycle Trail.

Teign Estuary Trail - Dawlish route.

A bid has been submitted to the Government for Coastal Communities Funding for the Dawlish to Teignmouth section of the Teign Estuary Trail. Following a public consultation earlier this year,
Devon County Council has developed a preferred option for the scheme which Dawlish Town Council and Teignbridge District Council are being asked to consider.
The route being recommended by Devon County Council is a shared use on-road facility, heading westbound along Brunswick Place and then eastbound along The Strand. A footpath near to the toilets and Information Bureau could be widened to avoid any bottlenecks, and no car parking spaces would be lost. The route will link into the Exe Estuary Trail which is currently being extended from Exeter Road, into the town centre and rail station using Coastal Communities Funding as part of the Destination Dawlish project.
This section, which ends at Tuck’s Plot, is due to be completed next year.

<<CLICK HERE>> for more



Space for cycling. Plymouth event.
Space for cycling - Plymouth 14th Jan 2017.

From October 2016 to January 2017, the Space for Cycling campaign will be hitting ten locations across the length and breadth of this country.The events will cater for all levels of campaign experience - whether you are an avid activist or a tentative cyclist! The days will be made up largely of workshops, with training in specific tools, such as Cyclescape and making a 'Tube map', to a broader look at campaigning techniques and tips to forming and running a group.

You can register and find the agenda's here:

Strimmer presentation in Plymouth.

CTC Devon donate strimmer to Sustrans Rangers.

Cycling UK/ CTC Devon were very pleased to be able to hand over a petrol strimmer to the Sustrans volunteer rangers who look after the Plym Valley Cycleway.
Following an appeal on social media via the Plymouth Cycling Campaign, the local CTC group were able to use some of the surplus funds from organising events like the Bigpeaks Devon Dirt, the Devon Delight and Dartmoor Devil to purchase a quality tool which should make the rangers job much easier.
It's hoped this will be a benefit to all users of the popular trail used by 1000's of walkers and cycliusts annualy..


Bridge opening.
Photo: DCC
New Wray Valley bridge named after Ian Mercer.

A new bridge on Dartmoor has been named in memory of the late Professor Ian Mercer. The bridge at Steward Wood, near Moretonhampstead, was installed by Devon County Council earlier this year as part of the latest section of the Wray Valley Trail.
The Moretonhampstead History Society requested that the newly installed bridge be named in the memory of the late Professor Ian Mercer CBE, who died in September, aged 83, and the dedication ceremony was organised with the support of Dartmoor National Park Authority and Devon County Council.

<<CLICK HERE>> for more


Kasja Tylen
Kajsa Tysen breaks Billie Flemings record.

Billie Flemings 77 year old long distnace record has been broken by Kasja Tylen.
Kajsa Tylen, 40, from Nottingham, began the quest to beat Billie Fleming's 1938 achievement on New Year's Day.
Fleming cycled 47,642 km (29,604 miles) to motivate others in to adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Ms Tylen said it was "amazing" to have passed the mileage, but will continue her challenge until 31 December.

<<CLICK HERE>> for more
Audax UK Annual Reunion at Taunton.

Audax UK, the long distance cycling association, is celebrating its 40th year, and the annual reunion and awards ceremony was at the Holiday In in Tauton this year. Mike Hall, winner of the "round the world" race and thh innaugural "Trans Am" race, was there to introduce a film about the Trans Am race which was shown on teh Friday night.
On Saturday there were social Audax rides to Beer in Devon, and in the evening the dinner and awards ceremony took place.
Audax Club Bristol organised the weekend and several of their members did 200Km Dart rides to and from the AGM.

Trevor Petley
Trevor Petley ( Natural Cycles) has passed away.

Sad news that Trevor Petley, owner of Natural Cycles in Plymouth has passed away. He lost his battle with cancer on Friday 4th November.
His wife Zena was with him.
He had a reputation as an extremely helpful person, and did a huge amount to get people cycling n Plymouth.
Sadly the shop in Devonport will also be closing down.
Details of the funeral will follow.

Audax United Kingdom
AUK Reunion in Taunton.

Audax United Kingdon are holding their annual reunion in Taunton on 11th-13th November.
Based at the Holiday Inn there will be a weekend of rides and discussions and talks.
There are 200Km Darts to and from the reunion from Bristol, and also two socail randonees on Sunday - a 50Km and 100Km circuit.

for more details.

Coffe Pot fundraiser.
Coffee Pot morning raises £100 for Rowcroft.

CTC Torbay held a coffe pot morning at Jean Venn's house on 27th October. A huge variety of cakes and snacks were served up by Jean, and £100 was raised as a donation to Rowcroft Hospice.
The fund raise was held in memory of Terry Venn, a popular clubv rider who died in 2014.

Dartmoor Devil 2016

Dartmoor Devil 2016

The Cromwell Arms at Bovey Tracey was the setting for the start of the 24th Dartmoor Devil.
A mild and calm autumnal day with dry roads made for a relatively easy event with almost all the entrants finishing within the time limit.
Soup control was at Lavender house at Ashburton, with the last control at the Foxtor cafe at Princetown.


Pedal Bins Project - Bikespace CIC.
Support the Plymouth "Pedal Bins" project.

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A vote for Pedal Bins will cut this waste in half, produce renewable energy and make Plymouth City centre a far more pleasant place to live, work, visit and shop. PedalBins, an innovative collaborative venture combining the resources of a campaigning community group, a successful community interest company and an ethical commercial organisation, will transform the way food waste is collected, transported and processed in Plymouth.

<<CLICK HERE>> for the Aviva community fund voting page.


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