AUTUMN 2007 - WINTER 2008
Updated 1st April 2008

MAR 2008

2008 - Torbay Tour of Brittany

2008 Brittany trip success.

Despite a fairly poor weather forcast 36 riders enjoyed a good day's cycling in Brittany with some sunshine and plenty of tail wind.
The trip had been cancelled on 29th Feb, but rebooked for this weekend.
There were three rides, and several people out one their first trip.
This was the eleventh Torbay Tour of Brittany and was every bit enjoyable as the rest.
All the groups met up at St.Pol de Leon for an evening meal before returning to Roscoff for the overnight return ferry.

Video of this years ride
Brittany Pictures
Cycling Photos at Pixelworkz
MAR 2008

Riders prepare for the Dirt run.

Entries are now rolling in for the poular Devon Dirt off-road event on 20th April.
Last year 75 ridesr enjoyed a very dry and dusty course.
Entry forms and route sheets for the event can be downloaded from the website
Click on the "blob" below.

MAR 2008

Exmouth to Lympstone cycle route
Exmouth - Lympstone cycle route
Exmouth - Lympstone cycleway opened - fun day.

On Saturday 1 March Devon County Council organised a 'Be Naturally Active Fun Day' to celebrate the official opening of the Exmouth to Lympstone section of the Exe Estuary Trail. In Exmouth, on the King George V Playing Fields, a marque was erected housing stalls where you could sign up to a range of energetic activities. Youngsters could get personalised badges and a card - which if stamped at both ends of the trial - entitled them to a free goodie bag. The Lympstone Primary School are working with a local artist, Andrew Stacey, and the Exe Estuary Officer, Jenny Lockett, to design artwork which will be used to decorate the concrete panels at the Lympstone end of the path. The Sustrans stallAndrei Burton gave a demonstration of his amazing bike handling skills - fortunately this level of skill is not required to use the Estuary Trail.

Full report and lot's of pictures from Kirby James.
MAR 2008

MV pont L'abbe - not sailing.
French trip delayed

Forty seven CTC members were due to be enjoying the sunshine on the first weekend in March, but the winter ferry, - MV Pont L'Abbe - is not back in service so the sailing was cancelled.

Forty three riders have been re-booked onto the sailing on 14th March from Plymouth, by which time the boat should be back in service.

This is the 11th consecutive year of the trip, and the first time the sailing has been cancelled.
For up to date information nearer the time check this website for any changes.
FEB 2008

Mark Beaumont - The World - 195days

Round the world record breaker is home.

A British man has smashed the record for cycling round the world.
Mark Beaumont, from Fife, completed the journey in 195 days - beating the previous record of 276 days.
The 25-year-old crossed the finish line at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris at 1430 GMT after an 18,000-mile journey which began on 5 August last year.
Mr Beaumont passed through 20 countries on his way, including Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

Full story on
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FEB 2008

New leaflets for Newton Abbot.
New Cycle Maps from DCC

Devon County Council and Travelwise have produced some new cycle leaflets with maps of available cycle routes for some towns in Devon.

The leaflets also give links and information about cycle hire, cycle shops and other general information about cycling.
Some controversey surrounds the Newton Abbot map which has cycle routes marrked along roads where local groups were informed that they could not cycle because of safety concerns!
It's hoped the issue of these leaflets will encourage people to get out and find ways across town on their bikes.
FEB 2008

Bristol-Bath Railway Path - under threat.
E-petition for the Bristol to Bath Railway path.

West of England Partnership, composed of local councillors, propose to install the first of four bus rapid transit routes along the Emersons Green to Bristol city centre section of the famous and hugely popular Sustrans Railway Path. This bus route will take most of the width of the already narrow path ;leaving only a 3 metre strip for cycles, walkers, dogs, children and disabled buggies to share. This green corridor is likely to become an ugly, concrete, fenced in busway devoid of vegetation and wildlife. In addition to cycling, this greenway is used for walking to school, shops and shortcuts: many crossing paths will be lost and communities severed. Evidence that this £49 million scheme will reduce congestion is lacking.

<<CLICK HERE>> to sign the petition against this scheme.
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FEB 2008

Sheldon Brown has passed away.

Few who have browsed the web looking for technical information about bikes and cycling can have failed to find the amazing website by Sheldon Brown - the Harris Cyclery USA.
There was sad news today the Sheldon has passed away.
Born in Boston he was also a keen photographer and camera repairer, - a man of many talents whose general contribution towards the wider interests of cycling was huge.
He will be hard to replace but has left a great legacy with the information and work he has done.

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FEB 2008

Devon's disintegrating roads.

It's that time of year again when after a few wet weekend Devon's lanes start to disintegrate. This year seems even worse than 2007.

It's not just the lanes falling apart but some huge holes and trenches are appearing on some fairly major routes.
Compensation claims are now outstripping maintenance budgets which is no consolation to people cycling to work or out riding at the weekend.
The roads are atrocious again - look at the images below taken in the last 48 hours of the surrounding area.
If you see a dangerous hole near you please report it via the web links.


CTC - Pothole reporting service

Devon County Council
JAN 2008

Riders in the Teign Valley - May 2007

Dartmoor Classic Sportif - approaching 1000 entries.

There are well over 800 entries for this event as at the beginning of January. Riders who want a place would be wise to enter soon to avoid disappointment.

Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportif

2007 Pictures

Parris outrrages.

There was outrage from cyclists in the new year after "The Times" columnist Matthew Parris suggested fostering the idea of decaptating cyclists by putting pieces of wire across country lanes.
After 1000's of complaints a small apology was issued.
The crimes for which cyclists were to be maimed or beheaded were wearing Lycra, and allegedly deposing empty energy drink cans in hedges.
Many pointed out to ill-informed journalist that most cyclists carry bidons on their bikes, and not fizzy cans that they would have a job to carry and store.

DEC 2007

Heading for Morlaix in 2007

Last chance to book up for Brittany Trip

There are still some places left on the Torbay CTC "Brittany Trip" on Feb 29th.
Any members are welcom to join in - we sail from Plymouth at 10pm on Friday 29th Feb, and arrive in Roscoff at around 7.30pm local time. We get about 12 hours on French soil to get in around 100 to 150 Km of cycling ( less if you want!), usually ending up at St.Pol de Leon for a good meal, before returning at 10pm on Saturday night, disembarking at Plymouth at about 0630 on Sunday morning.

£47.00 is the cost which includes a cabin both ways. You'll need to carry some food for a picnic on the Saturday, Brittany can be very quiet and shopping sparse in February!
Contact Geoff Sharpe: Tel 01803 812743

DEC 2007

Riders in the Teign Valley - May 2007

Dartmoor Classic Sportif - entries rolling in.

Cyclists who want to ride in the South West's premier Cyclosportif are urged to get there entries in quickly.
There have already been over 350 applications with a field limited to about 1400.
The event takes place on 11th May 2008, and there will be 100Km and 100mile route options.
The 2007 ride was blessed with torrential rain but most of those who started coomplete the event.
For more info. and entry details visit the website:

Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportif

2007 Pictures
DEC 2007

Bill Barnes - injured.

Bill Barnes hurt in accident.

Bill Barnes from the South Hams CTC was injured when a car pulled out in front of him in Primrose Lane near Wrangaton on Sunday 9th December.
His injuries were to the chest, left thigh and leg, and his shoulder, and he spent 2 days in Derriford hospital due to the chest injury.
He is now recovering and undergoing physiotherapy, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Bill is the events secretary, and has had a successful year of CTC events as organiser, and also winning the team event.

DEC 2007

Exmouth to Lympstone
Cycleway opens.

New Exmouth to Lympstone Cycleway opens.

The new Exmouth to Lympstone shared-use path was opened in mid December 2007.
The Official Opening is scheduled to be held on Friday 29th February 2008 and a Fun Day is being organised the next day (Saturday 1st March).
Kirby James has ridden the route, and has put several pictures on line.
<<CLICK HERE>> for more.

DEC 2007

Slippery tactile paving which has now been removed in The Avenue, Newton Abbot.
Tactile success.

Newton Abbot's slippery tactile paving has been removed, and the sections along "The Avenue" which had the incorrect hazard paving fitted have had it replaced with the correct paving.
Local CTC and user groups are pleased with the progess made, and the response by the Highways authrorities to the problem.
DEC 2007 Sustrans Connect2 schemes win the vote.

Sustrans Connect2 has won the vote in the peoples millions lottery.
It means within the next 5 years with the help of local authorities match funding the Sustrans money, the schemes in 79 locations throughout the UK will happen.
There are schemes in devon in Newton Abbot, linking Kingsteignton, and a proposal to cross the busy A380 at Aller with a foot/cycle bridge, and also a scheme at Ottery St. Mary.
Sustrans won 42% of vote making it a poular winner. The other schemes were the Sherwood Forest - Living legend, the Black Country Urban Park, and Eden Projects "The Edge" scheme.
Thanks are due to all of those of you who have voted and worked to promote this project.
DEC 2007

MDCC - Clubmark award
Clubmark award for local Cycling Club.
Mid-Devon Cycling Club/Colin Lewis Cycles
# (MDCC) will see the culmination of years of hard work this December as they are presented with a Clubmark Certificate, a national accreditation provided by Sport England. The Clubmark is awarded to sports clubs who work with young people and demonstrate exceptional good practice across a range of criteria.
MDCC has achieved the necessary standards across all areas, including their riding programme; duty of care and child protection; sports equality and ethics; and club management.
Club Chairman Andrew Parker will receive the certificate from Teignbridge Councillor for Haytor, Cllr Jeremy Christophers who is also the council's Champion for Sport, during a day of young people's Cyclo-Cross racing at South Dartmoor School in Ashburton on Sunday 16th December

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DEC 2007

Meredydd Hughes

Is 90mph Top-cop in cyclist denial?
Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, and former Senior officer on road safety.for the Association of Chief Police Officers was recently prosecuted for driving at 90mph in a 60mph limit, and he was previously prosecuted twice for speeding.
In an interview he states the roads are for horse riders, the elderly, children and the disabled, as well as for cars.
Noteably Cyclists were not mentioned! - a slip of the tongue or a deliberate omission - <CLICK HERE> for more on the story and see what you think.
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DEC 2007

Jason Hinton

New CTC group for Cornwall.

CTC are looking for support for a proposed new group in East Cornwall. There are several riders active in the area, but no proper group. Jason Hinton from Launceston regularly travels to Devon to ride with the Torbay group but is hoping to raise enough interest to start a group in Cornwall.
There will be an inaugural meeting on 2nd March at St.Austell to try and form the new group.
If you live near there and want to be part of something new, we'll keep you posted on further details via this website.

DEC 2007
9th December
VOTE NOW: 0870 24 24 602

Devon Bus in Newton Abbot
publicising CONNECT2
Locally members of cycling groups, Sustrans, and Devon County Council and councillors have had a busy weekend leafleting and lobbying for CONNECT2. Sadly local media have given huge attention to a Cornish Project "The Edge" but despite slick marketing indications
are that the Connect2 scheme will do
well across the UK.
In Newton Abbot
we found people very supportive
of the Sustrans scheme.

Peter Grainger from Sustrans
does a TV interview
DEC 2007
VOTE TODAY: 0870 24 24 602
Lines open 9am on 7th Dec until 12 Midday 0n Monday 12th December

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DEC 2007

South Hams winners
Simon Endicott, Ed.G, Bill Barnes, Andy Endicott.

Edward Genochio

A good evening at Buckfast.

Members and friendsof CTC Devon enjoyed a busy evening at Buckfast Abbey. After a festive meal, Edward Genochio gave his second talk about his retun trip from China, via the Tibetan plateau, Russia and Khazakstan.
The Annual prizegiving also took place, with members from organising section South Hams, taking most of the DATC awards and plenty of glassware.
Richards Bikes also provided a display of modern bikes to enhance the atmosphere of a good get-together.


NOV 2007
Connect 2
Connect2 will revitalise walking and cycling in 79 communities across the UK by creating new routes for the journeys we all make every day. Crossings and bridges will be created over busy roads, railway lines and rivers, linking into new networks of local paths to get you to where you want to go.
If Connect2 wins, millions of you will be able to travel in a healthy and environmentally-friendly way to the shops, school, work, and the park or to see family and friends. With 79 Connect2 schemes around the UK there's likely to be one near you.
If you want Connect2 to win - please register today so we can send you a reminder to vote for Connect2.

There are local Connect2 schemes in Devon.
In Newton Abbot there is a vitally needed link to join the community of Kingsteignton to Newton Abbot town centre and other areas, plus a proposed Aller Cycle link across the busy and often grid-locked A380.

Kingsteignton, a community of 10,000 people, is linked to nearby Newton Abbot only by the main heavily trafficked Newton Road. There are no separate footpaths or cycle routes despite the two communities being scarcely more than a mile apart. This proposal would utterly change the existing map of the area by building a new route along the edge of the Racecourse and then crossing the River Teign on a bridge adjacent to the railway line.
Another vital link across a main road, railway and stream would connect the residential areas of Aller and Milber to Decoy and the south side of Newton Abbot. A number of other links and connections would allow many everyday journeys to be done on foot and by cycle, whilst the nearby proposed restoration of the Stover Canal towpath and link under the A38 trunk road would open up the way to reach Bovey Tracey and Dartmoor



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NOV 2007

Buckfast Abbey

Edward Genochio

CTC Dinner - Ed Genochio joins us again in 2007.

Our Annual shindig is at "The Grange" at Buckfast Abbey again. Come and join in in this nationally acclaimed "cycle friendly" venue for some good food, followed by a great talk by Edward Genochio the globetrooting cyclist who cycled to China and then back again.
His talks are fascinating.

John Dodson is bringing a whole load of vintage and modern bikes for a display, and there will also be the raffle and prizegiving.
All this for only £17.50 - CLICK HERE for a booking form.

NOV 2007
"Crap cycle lanes of Britain" is published.

The UK has some diabolical cycle routes whose concept and design beggars belief.
Warrington Cycling Campaign have regularly featured the worst on thier website with the " facility of the month" pages.
Now this has all been put into a new book, - a great stocking filler and maybe ideal to send to a friend! There are the fifty worst ones featured in the book, on sale now at £4.99 at many outlets with proceeds going to the "Cyclists defence fund"

You can also view the facility of the month at the Warrington Cycling Campaign.
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NOV 2007

New St.Pancras station opens 14th November
St.Pancras Madness. £800m - but bikes can get lost.

Camden and City Cyclists are asking all cyclists to join us on Wed 14th November for the Demo at St Pancras International. We will assemble at 8 am outside the Pancras Road entrance to St Pancras International station for an 8.30 start. We plan to ride on a circuit round the station (Goodsway, Midland Road Euston Road and back up Pancras Road), checking on the problems on the way. We then plan to ride round the other way to illustrate the need for contraflow cycling in Midland Road where we will walk. There will be a photo call at 9.30-10 am outside the Pancras Road entrance to St Pancras International station and then we'll wait to greet passengers departing on the first train at about 10.30 and those arriving on the first train in at about 11 am.

CLICK HERE for more about the St.Pancras station debacle.
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NOV 2007

Sixty Six take coffee at Coldharbour Mill

CTC Devon's Coffee Pot section continues to be popular with it's regular Thursday meet ups at various cafes and venues around Mid and East Devon.
On a recent Thursday ride some sixty six riders arrived for morning coffee, - 58 of them cycling to the venue.
For people with mid-week time to spare the "Coffee Pots" provide an ideal opportunity to ride at your own pace, on your own or with others to a social meet.
<<CLICK HERE>> for a list of coffee pot rides.

NOV 2007

Chris Bennetts broken bike - a salutory tale:

"The bicycle pictured is one put together using a simple off-the-peg steel MTB handle-bar it has had use on the roads, principally on CTC day rides for about 4 years totalling about 5,000 miles. On Wed 23rd October, I was returning to Kingsteignton free-wheeling down Humber Lane at about 9.15pm and was just applying the brakes for the junction with Longford Lane when I realised that the left handle-bar had snapped off at the stem and I fell to the road immediately after in a serious crash resulting in extensive surgery to the shoulder, damage to the bike and a broken helmet. I had never previously given much thought to handle-bars on the basis that they only became problems if one bought expensive light weight ones. I had never previously been aware of handle-bars breaking and though I have managed to break most other bike parts over time, never the handle-bars. I have now had brought to my attention an article in "Cycling Plus" April 2007, showing an almost identical fracture. I have now also learnt of other anecdotal accounts of handle-bars failing and realise it is more common-place than I thought. In this particular bar, the reinforcing sleeve was inside the bar tube and was not the full width of the stem bracket, this could only be observed after the fracture but would not have helped the strength of the bar. I for one will be paying much more attention in the future to the handle-bars I put on my bicycle and will follow the advice of the "Cycling Plus" experts that ordinary bars should be replaced every 3 years or so and even good quality heavy-weight touring bars should be replaced every 5 years or so. This accident is not something I would wish on anyone. I feel lucky to have come out as I have and felt it might be useful to share my experience.

Setting out from Hind Street, HELLS KITCHEN awaits
( Drewsteignton)

Dartmoor Devil 2007 - Success and spills in Devons slippery lanes.

155 riders succesfully completed this years Devil. The weather was mild with some patchy drizzle at the start. At 0800 the first contingent set out.
The hill from Mardon Down to Clifford Bridge was treacherous, - diabolical road surface, leaves and an adverse camber all played a part in bringing down at leat three riders.
Rain and drizzle persisted across to Princetown, but a tail wind pushed riders up to Grimspound, by which time the weather was clearing for a dry and fine finish.
A big thankyou from CTC Devon to all the marshalls and helpers this year.
Some early photos here:

And some clips of the start on:


Riders on the 2006 Dartmoor Devil

Forecast is for soggy Devils.

The weather forecast for this Sunday is for moderate South Westerly winds and quite a lot of rain, so Devillers should be assured a challenging event.
This years course is quite favourable for a SW wind, as the return leg is travelling North East over Warren House, so there should a tail wind to help riders to the finish.There are 200 riders entered for the weekend, 100 will start at 8am and another 100 at pam, withe the soup control at The Lavender House near Ashburton.
As always riders are advised to be self sufficient with ample food, warm clothing, and spares and a tool kit to get them across Dartmoor safely.
Water permitting there will photos ( maybe video) and a full report on this website next week.


Chris Bennett hurt in crash.

Torbay CTC's secretary Chris Bennett was injured in a crash returning from the clubs evening ride on Wednesday.
He was descending Humber Lane on haldon when his handlbars broke.
He crashed quite heavily and has a broken shoulder but no other serious injuries.

Chris had just recently completed the Paris-Brest-Paris, on which he was taken ill, and has only just recovered from that setback, so the club wish him a speedy recovery.


CTC Torbay - near St.Pol De Leon.

Photo: Roger Wyman
CTC Torbay visit Brittany again.

Torbay CTC have just visted Brittany for the second time in 2007, staying at the Youth Hostel in Lannions.
The riders enjoyed some superb Autumn weather, and some fine views particularly along the river valley into Morlaix.

Cycling to School at Caton Cross.
"Cycling Bus " is a huge success.

South Dartmoor College at Ashburton ran a " Cycling Bus" to school last week, (8th - 12th October) with children riding in escorted groups from Bovey Tracey and Buckfastleigh.
Seventy Six children took part in the scheme, which has been hailed as a great success, and the College should be justly proud of it's achievement.
Connect2 - we need your vote - urgently!

Connect2 is an exciting UK-wide project that aims to improve local travel in 79 communities by creating new walking and cycling routes for the local journeys we all make every day.
By building bridges and new crossings over barriers such as busy roads, rivers and railway lines, Connect2 will connect people to the places they want to go.
Each crossing will link to a network of walking and cycling routes, taking you to your schools, shops, work and green spaces. To make this happen we need you to get behind Connect2 because it is one of six projects competing for a single grant of £50 million from the Big Lottery Fundís Living Landmarks: The Peopleís Millions.
The winning project will finally be decided by a public vote on television in December 2007. Would you like to see Connect2 succeed in your area? Register your support by completing the form so we can update you about our progress towards the TV vote in December. Alternatively, just Text Connect2 to 80010.
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Mark Williams - better times.
Mark Williams back on his bike.

Well almost - Mark now has his bike back, and is recovered well enough to start cycling again.
He hopes to make a start any day now, and has returned to work part time.
He will soon be moving to a flat near Cadewell in Torquay, and hopes to start riding regularly and restore his previous fitness.


Full entry for the 2007 Dartmoor Devil.

It's only 2 weeks to go and once again we have a full entry for the Dartmoor Devil.The 2007 route is via the main A382 from Bovey Tracey ( Wray Valley) to Moretonhampstead when it turns up Lime Street and the climbing begins over Mardon Down to Clifford Bridge and on over Dartmoor.
A lot of riders were out of time in 2006 but organisers hope that with the wind in the right direction everyone will complete the 2007 Devil in time and safely.

Check out:


Graham riding the Ford at Ide.
( Photo -Kevin Presland.)

Grahams 50th Birthday.

Graham celebrated his 50th Birthday ( 30th Sep.) on the 29th September with a 50 mile rde up the coast to Exeter from Newton Abbot, and then returning down the Teign Valley for cream teas and cakes at his Newton Abbot home.
Around 20 CTC riders joined in the ride - a highlight was returning through the Ford at Ide, Graham and colleaugue Eaun from Cornwall decided to ride it in it's entirety, and manged it without falling off!

Pictures here soon.


Slippery tactile paving.
The Avenue, Newton Abbot.
SLIPPERY CYCLEWAYS - Tactile problem.

Cyclists are experiencing problem on the cycleway aloing The Avenue in Newton Abbot.
For some time there have been reports of people skidding on the tactile paving near the junction with Wharf Road.
The "grooves" on the paving run parallel to the cycle track, and are constructed with a profile that caused a bicycle trye to skid, particularly when it's wet.
The problem is not isolated to Devon, - there are reports of accidents and incidents all over the country on this type of paving.
More on this story on our Campaigning section: << CLICK HERE >>
SEP 2007


There will soon be some changes to the way the website works. For some time now Kirby james has been developing some WIKI based pages, which are pages that are editable by members.
It's been decided to make the information pages on the site "WIKI" base so that the rides list can be updated by various people.
The "Legacy" pages and ongoing photo galleries will remain as they are, mainly linked from the sections pages, and other sites, and the websites index page will remain largely unchanged.

Our website currently has around 400 pages and 1000's of images. Sections like the "DARTMOOR DEVIL" pages and the "DEVON DIRT" have effectively become subgroups of the website with their own web addresses.
Hopefully the "WIKI" system will allow us to update the website more regularly and keep members informed of changes.
As always we welcome comments on how the website is working and how it looks and can be best suited to the needs of members.

As an example to view Exeter CTC's pages in Wiki form << CLICK HERE >>.

UPDATED 16th March 2008


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