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ARCHIVES - SPRING 2008
Updated 30th May 2008

MAY
2008

150 miles in 12 hours
Nine complete 150 miles in 12 hours

Well done to nine CTC Devon riders who completed the 150 miles in 12 hours on 11th May.
As over 1000 riders were completeing their century rides on the dartmoor Classic, the nine CTC riders rolled out 150 miles through the Devon Lanes.

Lexi Webber, Pippa Wheeler, Kevin Presland, Steve Main, John Beesley, Mark Williams, Rod Pash, Malcolm McKendry and Martin Read were the sucessful finishers.
MAY 2008

FRED ON HIS DAWES
Fred gets his bike back!

Fred Weston has found the bike he had stolen from the back of his car recently. The bike was found near Cockington Lane in Paignton, but a bungee cord had been caught in the front wheel, so it's likely that the thief ended up with more than he had bargained for.
After replacing a few spokes the bike and Fred are back in action.
MAY 2008
THREE WEEKS TO EEIII
EXMOUTH EXODUS - RIDE THROUGH THE NIGHT

The third Exmouth Exodus is on June 14th this year. If you like riding at night then this is an event for you.
The ride starts around 10pm from Bristol and takes you straight over the Mendips and the Blackdowns through the night to a nice greasy breakfast at Exmouth. Good fun, lot's of camaradarie, and even a brew on the way round. Click the banner above for the website. ( You'll need lights!!)
PIXELWORKZ
Exodus pictures at Pixelworkz.

# Devon CTC are not responsible for other external sites that we may link to.
MAY
2008
CTC at the Dartmoor Classic 2008


Dartmoor Classic on Pixelworkz
DARTMOOR CLASSIC ON PIXELWORKZ

CTC Display stand at Abbrook.


It was a fine weekend for South Devons DARTMOOR CLASSIC CYCLOSPORTIF # organised by the Mid Devon Cycling Club #.
On Saturday at registration, CTC Devon manned a well stocked stand with displays of local material and banners and flags loaned from the head office.
The club purchased a digital photo-frame to show off pictures of rides and events, and there was a good amount of interest in the CTC rides.

The weather was a complete contrast to 2007. Riders started out on a fine sunny morning with a cool breeze. By the time they had rounded Dartmoor and were returning from Princetown
# it was hot sweaty work into an Easterly headwind.
There were riders and teams from all over the UK, plus a few local CTC riders - many getting a surprise at the severity of some of the climbing, but most enjoying the ride. The event had a good atmosphere and there was plenty of camaraderie between riders.


Read more at ROADCYCLINGUK.COM
# Devon CTC are not responsible for other external sites that we may link to.
MAY
2008

BRIAN FISHER
Spanish Success for Brian.

Torbay CTC's Brian Fisher visited Spain recently and took part in a Mountain Bike Race.
He won his class in the event and brought home a nice little trophy.
Brian used to compete in the Ashcombe series some years ago before he moved to spain for about 10 years.
MAY
2008
Full field for Classic ride
Dartmoor Classic 2007 - wet...wet...wet

The Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportif is on Sunday 11th May. There is a full field of 1300 riders for the two courses.
Several CTC members will be riding. The weather looks set to be much better than in 2007 ( photo above!)
CTC will also have a new marquee at Abbrook Park, Kingsteignton , with displays and leaflets to give out people at registration.
The promoting club MDCC are still seeking some marshals for Sunday - particularly around Okehampton on the Granite Way, and CTC could also do with some help manning the stand on Saturday. If you can help contact brodie@bikerider.com
MAY
2008

Debbie's coffee morning for Exeter MS Society.

Debbie Ironside-Smith is holding a coffe morning on 29th May, at Leslie House, Kenton ( opp. entrance to Powderham Castle) the proceeds from which will go to the Exeter MS Society.
All are welcome to join this event - at around 10.30am.

In less than eight weeks time debbie will set off on her London to Paris Bike ride..

If you want to support Debbie in her efforts click here for her just-giving website:#
 
APRIL
2008

Freds bike loss scuppers Audax weekend.

Sad news for Fred Weston from CTC Torbay.
He was due to take part in the Merry Monk Audax ride and had his bike loaded on the car ready to drive up to the event, but overnight somebody stole the bike so he was unable to take part in the ride.

APRIL
2008

CTC Clothing - direct ordering available shortly:

CTC Devon club clothing will soon be available direct from Imp Sport
The selection will be Jerseys - Long & Short sleeved, CTC caps, Armwarmers, and CTC Devon shorts and leggings, and winter training tops.
Imp Sport will have the items for sale directly from their website, so you buy from them.

DEVON JERSEY

The prices for CTC Devon clothing will be similar to that shown on their website for the national clothing.
Note the information on sizing in the previous news update below.

More details and link of where and how to order will be available in the near future.

APRIL
2008
DEVON DIRT - Click Here
Devon Dirt 2008 Messing about in the river! - Devon Dirt 2008

SUPPORTS THE DEVON DIRT

Devon Dirt - successful event.

139 riders set out on this years Devon Dirt Bike Ride organised by CTC Devon.
Overnight rain made for some slippery conditions in places, and there were several mechanical breakdowns including a couple of rear mechs. and broken chain and 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 goddie bag from Hot Pursuit at the start.
At the end of the ride riders were well fed with supplies of sandwiches and cakes, and over 40 went on complete the full 70Km ride.
There was a minor pile up in Houndtor Woods which luckily only caused minor injuries.
Particular thanks are due to 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.

 

APRIL
2008
AWAITING PHOTO

HALDON FOREST PARK
CLUBMARK award for Exeter Cycle Club.

The Exeter Mountain Bike Club received their Clubmark award at Haldon Forest Park on Sunday.
The club have been running Go-Ride sessions reguarly at the haldon facility.
APRIL
2008
CTC Family Ride on Haldon

HALDON FOREST PARK

Cycle Celebration at haldon Forest park - 20th April

Fancy test-driving the latest mountain bikes, learning some cycle skills under the instruction of a qualified instructor, taking part in one of our fun competitions or even joining the Cycle Circus?
Then why not come along to a fun-packed Cycle Celebration at Haldon Forest Park, near Exeter?
Cycling fans of every age are welcome! Organised by the Forestry Commission in conjunction with Cycle Exeter, the fun starts at 10.30am until 4.30pm on Sunday 20 April at Haldon Forest Park. You can even hire a bike on the day from Forest Cycle Hire, and there will be food and drink available too.

APRIL
2008

Devon Dirt - Houndtor Woods
Devon Dirt 2008

Devon Dirt set for record entry.

Over 120 riders have entered this years Devon Dirt which starts at newton Abbot on 20th April.
The route is similar to last year with a few different twists and turns.
In 2007 the course was like a dustbowl, this year looks to be a little soggier although the breezy weather may well dry out large sections.
Highlight is expected to be the ford at North Bovey where BigPeaks will have a stand and a mechanic.
Hot Pursuit are also providing a goodie bag for riders.
Entries on the line are looking highly unlikely given the surge of entries this year.

APRIL
2008

DARTMOOR FREEWHEELER SERVICE
Dartmoor Freewheeler rides again.

On April 20th the Dartmoor Freewheeler service begins again.
The same buses will be running similar routes transporting bikes and their owners onto Dartmoor.
Unlike previous years the service will not be free, and subject to a five pound fare.
APRIL
2008

CTC Clothing:

CTC Devon are hoping to place another order for club clothing soon. We need a significant quantity to make the order worthwhile.
The selection will be Jerseys - Long & Short sleeved, CTC caps, Armwarmers, and CTC Devon shorts and leggings, and winter training tops.
An order form will be produced shortly, and the items will be made to order.

DEVON JERSEY
Also available from Impsport is a range of CTC "Retro" clothing. in addition to the National style clothing.
You can order these direct from Impsport.
SIZING - IMPORTANT: Sizes are usually a fairly tight fit. The clothing supplied by Impsport does match the measurements quoted, but unless you are quite slim a size above is recommended based on experience ( too many coffee stops!).

RETRO JERSEY
The prices for CTC Devon clothing will be similar to that shown on their website for the national clothing.
If you think you will be interested in ordering some items in the near please let me know at
brodie@bikerider.com
APRIL
2008

Newton Abbot & District Community Plan
Newton Abbot now has a Community Plan!

We would like you to join us to celebrate! We invite you to an event to celebrate the launch of our Community Plan.
This will be held at Bearnes Primary School, next to Argos, Newton Abbot on Saturday 5th April 2008 between 2-6pm. The event will be an opportunity to enjoy some our community performers, meet the steering group and debate and discuss the future development of Newton Abbot.
Many people feel very passionate and protective about Newton Abbot and want to maintain its heritage and tradition, but also recognise that it can and must be improved. Not all the changes over the last 20 years have been for the best. Many people feel that the Town needs a new vision of how it should develop over the next 20 years.
The fundamental element to emerge from the consultations is that the people of Newton Abbot need to recover a strong sense of community to help tackle social issues and, very importantly, to work towards making the Town a better place to live and work in. Several of the proposed Projects are intended to strengthen this sense of community.
The Town must be prepared for big changes in the years to come: increased population, climate change, competition from other urban areas etc.

APRIL
2008
Rogers Wellington to Wellington Bike Ride.

Roger Hicks, left Wellington in Somerset on Friday 14th March 2008 to CYCLE on his own to Wellington New Zealand.
Details of his trip and the charities which he is raising money for are contained in the attachment, and news and information about his trip can be found at www.wellython.blogspot.com
Roger would dearly like to raise 10,000 for 2 charities - The Cystic Fibrosis Society, and The Fragile X Society, both Cystic Fibrosis and Fragile X are genetic conditions, and Roger has members of his family who are affected by these conditions.
Details and updates are at: http://www.wellython.blogspot.com/
APRIL
2008
New CTC group for Cornwall.

Around 50 members attended the first meeting of CTC Cornwall on Mothers Day, and plans are now under way for activities that CTC Cornwall could organise this Summer.
For more information about the new group contact ALEX GEEN at CTC, or ring 01483-238334


APRIL
2008
i-Cycles on the move - APRIL 1st

The Hi-Tech i-Cycle

South West firm launches the i-Cycle

A Devon based company have today launched a new innovative product - the i-Cycle.
The state of the art machine uses space-age Technology to combine the art of Carbon Fibre construction, with the latest computer gadgetry and solar powered systems.
Most of the outer shell of the i-Cycle is made of of small solar panels which keep the i-Cycle batteries for it's inbuilt GPS and computer systems charged up. There are in fact three on board computers, one monitoring the machines status and optimising the efficiency to maximise the efforts of the rider, - one controls and tracks the progress of the i-Cycle, and the third one controls the four on-board webcams and traffic management systems.
The i-Cycle can also carry two passengers and despite all this the whole machine only weighs 35Kg. Italian designer Rolf Paoli beleives the machine built at the
i-Cycleworks factory in Totnes will be a hit despite it's £3,800 starting price tag.

MAR 2008
Cromptons in Spring!

Spring weather for 50 in 4

Fine Day for the 50 miles Tourist trial.

There was a good turnout for the 50 miles in 4 or 5 hours Tourist Trial this morning.
Two routes were available - The Bishop a fairly stiff ride - and the Edward Burne a ride with a few less hills in it!
The wind and rain from Saturday had abated leaving twig strewn, and soaking wet lanes, but things started to dry out very quickly.

Congratulations to all those who made it despite the several punctures encountered along the way.
More pictures and video soon.


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MAR 2008

Chris Hoy
photo: British Cycling.
Historic day for track cycling.

28th March was a historic day for British Cycling.
Breathtaking performances by the Ladies Cycling team winning in the sprint, Rebecca Romero, Wendy Houvenaghel and Jo Rowsell, with a world record a time of 3mins 22.415secs in the event's debut.
Romero also took a Gold in the Pursuit, and to round the day off nicely Chris Hoy produced a stunning performance when the 32-year-old Scot twice overcame the young Frenchman Kevin Sireau ( a rival who had previously beaten Hoy, more famed as a Kilo rider.)

The British team now have 6 Gold and a Silver medal and are looking unstoppable.
Wendy was based in the SW in Cornwall as a member of the RAF CC and won many SW Time Trials.


VIEW MORE AT BBC SPORT
MAR 2008 David Cameron caught flouting traffic laws.

Tory leader David cameron was stalked by a Daily Mirror reporter in a car in London, on his way to his workbench. Cameron did a nifty feint up a one way street, shimmied around a bollard, and teetered over a stop line at red.

CTC have robustly defended cameron's actions, pointing out that he did not put anyone at risk, and this episode highlights the need to facilitate cycling / cyclists rather than hinder it.

You can view the video by clicking HERE>>
MAR 2008
EXMOUTH EXODUS 2008

EXMOUTH EXODUS - RIDE THROUGH THE NIGHT#

The third Exmouth Exodus is on June 14th this year. If you like riding at night then this is an event for you.
The ride starts around 10pm from Bristol and takes you straight over the Mendips and the Blackdowns through the night to a nice greasy breakfast at Exmouth. Good fun, lot's of camaradarie, and even a brew on the way round. Click the banner above for the website. ( You'll need lights!!)
PIXELWORKZ
Exodus pictures at Pixelworkz.
# Devon CTC are not responsible for other external sites that we may link to.
MAR 2008


Debbie Ironside-Smith

Debbie riding for charity.

Debbie Ironside-Smith from CTC Exeter will be riding in the London-Paris cycle challenge later this year and she's looking to raise ten thousand pounds.

She's recently completed the Exeter Wheelers 100Km Audax, and her first taste of riding on the continent on the CTC Tour of Brittany ( see below).

If you want to support Debbie in her efforts click here for her just-giving website:#
 
# Devon CTC are not responsible for other external sites that we may link to.

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
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Cycling Photos at Pixelworkz

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