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NEWS

SUMMER 2008
Updated 28th Sept 2008

SEP
2008

Devon Car Free Day
Newton Abbbot car Free Day banner
Monday 22nd September is Devon Car Free Day - there are events plannd around the County.
In Newton Abbot you can claim a free breakfast if you turn up in Bank Street having left your car at home.
There will also be free bus rides on a vintage bus, and various stands and diplays.
FREE Bike checks are available at Hot Pursuit & Halfords bike shops.

Check http://www.devon.gov.uk for details of the car free day.#
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SEP
2008

South Hams Audax 2008
South Hams Audax

Fifty riders took part in the South Hams Audax and Grunters Audax\ events on 7th September.
It was a glorious sunny day as riders enjoyed popular route dow to Newton Ferrers, and looped backed through South Brent and on to Torcross for the afternoon section.

CLICK CAMERA FOR SOME OF GRAHAM'S PHOTOS OF THE EVENT.
CLICK CAMERA FOR SOME OF KIRBY'S PHOTOS OF THE EVENT.
SEP
2008
Ian Hibell - Phil Ligget - CTC Birthday Rides 2003
Ian Hibell (L) with Phil Ligget
Ian Hibell killed in Greece.

Ian Hibell from Brixham has been killed by a hit & run driver near Athens.
Ian was probably one of the worlds most reknowned long distance globetrotting cyclists, and spent the last 40 years of his life rding around various parts of the world.
His most famous exploits were from Cape Horn to Alaska, and during his life he claimed many firsts, such as crossing the Darrian gap.
In past years local CTC rides visited Ian's home in Brixham to hear about some of his trips over a cup of tea.
He was also involved locally with training youngsters in cycling proficiency and road safety campaigns, and considering his many close shaves with death during his adventures it's ironic that his life should end in this fashion.
Memories of his adventures live on in books like "Into the remote places".

AUG
2008

Andy McDowell

End to End - success.

Andy McDowell from Newton Abbot was succesful in his Ene to End ride in August during one of the wettest months for many years.
They did the trip in 18 days and you can see the story of their ride at:

http://lejogcycle.weebly.com/daily-diary.html

SEP
2008

Newton Abbot Cycle Routes

Tour of Newton Abbot Cycle Lanes.

CTC is supporting a local tour of the cycle routes around Newton Abbot.
The idea is being promoted by Transition Town Newton Abbot and hopes to encourage people who want to cycle but are unaware of the quiet untrafficked routes around the town.
The event is supported by Devon County Council's Travelwise initiative,
and the Mid Devon Cycling Club.
The 4 mile ride will begin at Forde House visitors car park at 5.45 pm on Saturday 13th September.

 

AUG
2008

South Hams Audax

South Hams Audax rides.

As the summer of 2008 comes to and end, hopes are high for some fine weather for the South Hams Audax and The Grunters Audax, starting from South Brent on 7th September.
These rides have been increasing in popularity over the last couple of years, and the events provide two levels of difficulty, the moderately paced 100Km South Hams Audax is well suited to most riders, whereas the Grunters at 150Km is more akin to the Dartmoor Devil in terms of difficulty.

Both events cover some very scenic parts of Devon and riders are encouraged to enter in advance to avoid disappointment.
More details: <<CLICK HERE>>

AUG
2008

Woodbury - St.Swithins.
Exeter Leisure ride to Woodbury - this Saturday 30th August.

On Saturday 30th August Arthur Civill from CTC Exeter will be leading a ride from Exeter's Quay to Woodbury for a Cream Tea in support of the Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund.
The cost of the tea will be £3 but the ride is free. Participants will have the chance to see bell-ringers in action. The ride will follow the canal-side path to Countess Wear, then the off-road route to Topsham.
From Topsham we will ride on-road past Dart's Farm to Ebford and then along the back lanes to Woodbury for tea.
The return journey will pass through Woodbury Salterton and Clyst St Mary. The distance each way is 8 miles and takes about 1 hour. Interested riders should assemble outside Saddles and Paddles on the Quay for a 2:30 pm start.
If you wish to join the ride please let Cathy Civill know by email or phone 01395 266836 so that we have an idea of numbers. .......details on the WIKI
AUG
2008
£20m Sports Centre plan to include Velodrome.

Devon County Council has earmarked £10m towards a new centre of Sporting Achievement in Kingsteignton, and this would include a Velodrome, plus BMX and racing circuit.
The project based on Watts Blake & Bearne land by the clay pits requires £10m matched funding from other sources.
If successful the project will provide a great opportunity for youngsters getting into cycling as a sport, and the facilities would also link in with Teign School which has no sports hall at present.
AUG
2008

Cycling on the A382 to Moreton-H

Wray Valley Trail

A planning application has been submitted to Dartmoor National Park Authority for a new trail from Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead. The proposed trail will be open to cyclists, walkers, and horse riders, and will use much of the disused rail line which runs up the Wray Valley through Lustleigh.
The Moretonhampstead Development Trust have produced a sheet of background information about the proposal.
The direct route from Bovey to Moretonhampstead involves the busy A382 which is a narrow winding road which can present dangers even to experienced cyclists. The alternatives involve climbing up through Manaton and North Bovey or climbing up past the Kennick Reservoirs. Neither route is suitable for youngsters or less fit cyclists.
Comments can be sent via post or email up until 15th August.

Further detail on this link: http://www.lkjh.biz/index.php?title=DaExeterNews200808#Wray_Valley_Way

AUG
2008

River Tamar - Albert Bridge
Tamar Reliability Run

This weekend sees the TAMAR 100Km RELIABILITY TRIAL. Taking in some fine scenery around the Devon and Cornwall borders, and also as a part of the CTC Devon Touring Competition.

Start is at Saltash Services Car Park at 9.30am. Organiser Bryan Richardson -01752-330007
AUG
2008

MOTORMART

Andy McDowell

End to End

Andy McDowell from Newton Abbot sets out on the End to End this week with wife Sarah and four others.
Andy runs the Motormart shop in the town, so this will be a departure from the normal 4 wheeled transport.

They are riding for a disabled centre in South Africa and aim to raise £10,000
To support him and the team log on to http://lejogcycle.weebly.com

JULY
2008

Treasure Hunt 2008.
Riders at Torbryan. 200

Twenty five search lanes for clues.

Twenty five riders took part in the 2008 Treasure Hunt, and enjoyed a fine summers day.
Clues took the riders to places like Staverton, Denbury and Torbryan.

Eventual winners were Mike Batchelor and Bill Barnes who tied for 1st place.
For full results <<CLICK HERE>> for our WIKI pages.

CLICK CAMERA FOR SOME PHOTOS OF THE EVENT.

 

JULY
2008

Treasure Hunt.
Treasure Ahoy!

CTC Devon's next competitive event is this weekend (20th July).
The event has been organised by Andy Endicott of CTC South Hams.

The Vernon Deith Memorial Treasure Hunt starts at Follaton Hall, TOTNES.
GR: 785608. Check in by 10 am. You'll need OS Map 202 ( 1:50000)
Car Parking available at the hall.

Contact Andy for more details: 01803-865350
JULY
2008

Mark Williams

Bike theft scuppers 600Km weekend.

As if Mark Williams from CTC Torbay has not had bad enough run of luck over the last 18 months, he had his £2000 Cannondale bike stolen from Blythe Services near Hull, when stopping for a break at 2 in the morning.

Two bikes were stolen from the services, - one, a Bob Jackson was later recovered but Mark's bike remains missing.
To make matters worse his car keys were with the bike, so when he eventually returned to Derby he had to get his mother to bring the spare keys up on the train to avoid paying a 279 courier bill from the Post Office.

Local Car Boot sales were checked on the Sunday morning, and people are watching Ebay to see if the valuable machine appears anywhere.

 

JULY
2008

Memorial ride for Exmouth rider.

There will be a memorial ride for who was killed tragically on the A379 near Exminster on 6th July.

The ride will take place from Exmouth at 6pm on Saturday 19th July.

JULY
2008

Torbay Summer socials.

CTC Torbay have two events next week as part of the summer social season.
The annual BarbeQue is at the Newton Abbot Football Club in Coach Road - Newton Abbot on Wednesday 16th July at 8pm.
A normal evening ride starts from Kingskerswell Arch at 7pm. Cost is £5 and tickets are available from Peter Lewis on 01803-311281

On Friday 18th July an evening of Kayaking/Canoeing starts at 5PM at Grenville House by Brixham Marina.
Finish at 8PM. and go on for a pint.
Cost £12 to include instruction and all equipment, including bouancy aids and wetsuits. Deposit of £3.00 to to paid to Steve Main as soon as possible. 19 Park Road, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, TQ12 5BE Tel: 01803 873324 email: main88@main88.freeserve.co.uk

JULY
2008

Media frenzy follows fining of cyclist who killed a pedestrian.

A cyclist who knocked down and killed a 17 year old girl was fined £2200 on Tuesday 8th July.
The family were devastated and believed that a custodial sentence should have been handed out.

Following on from the news there has been a frenzy of reporting in newspaper and TV media. In general there is much discussion about possible distortion of the facts, amid fears of the story "demonising" cyclists.

Much more information and discussion about this on these links.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7497432.stm
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/2008/07/dangerous_cycling.html http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4301595.ece
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2273214/Family-of-teenager-killed-by-cyclist-call-for-change-in-law.html

CTC - key facts.

JULY
2008

Cyclist dies in tragic accident near Exminster.

A cyclist from the Exmouth area died in a tragic accident near the Swans Nest on the A379 on Sunday morning (6th July).
It's believed that a minor collision with a another rider caused the bike to cross the path of oncoming traffic, and another collision in which the rider was knocked down. He died from his injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver and passenger of the car were also taken to hospital suffering from shock.

JULY
2008

Debbie Ironside-Smith in Paris.

Debbie arrives in Paris.

Congratulations to Debbie Ironside-Smith who's just completed her London to Paris Bike Ride.
She completed the four day run safely, and has raised well over £5000 for her nominated charities.

 

 

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

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JULY
2008

Devon Delight Audax event 2008.
Good turnout on the Devon Delight.

The fifteenth annual Devon Delight Audax randonne eventually pulled in 85 riders. A rush of on-the-line entries boosted the numbers. It was a fine day for most of the event, with a cool breeze. The new control at Thorverton was stocked with cakes made by Lynda Swayne of CTC Torbay.


The events form part of the CTC Devon Touring Competition, and you see the results for that by clicking <HERE>

CLICK CAMERA FOR SOME PHOTOS OF THE EVENT.
JULY 2008


Debbie Ironside-Smith

Debbie on her way to Paris.

Debbie Ironside-Smith from CTC Exeter is on her way to Paris.
This is her big challange, - she only started cycle any distances quite recently, but has been training hard on CTC rides and events.
She's raising money for MS charities along the way - if you want to support her, visit her web pages below

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

Devon Delight Audax event.
Entries rolling in for Devon Delight & Torplex 200

After a slow start entries are now rolling in for this weekends events.
There are still around 30 places available on the Devon Delight, and these will be open to entries on the line on Sunday.

The events form part of the CTC Devon Touring Competition, and you see the results for that by clicking <HERE>
JUNE
2008


Leaving
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SW 600Km riders escape Beaky's talons!

Beaky the Buzzard was back in action in North Devon this month.
A couple of riders on the SW 600 were attacked by the bird which has now made this an annual habit.
On had his hat pulled off and rapidly returned.
This has been an ongoing occurence over the last few years, and is peculiar to the location near Hatherleigh. It's not know if this is the original bird or its' mate, as the first perpetrator was reported to have been killed when it dive-bombed a van.
We'd be interested to know of any bird-strike reports encountered.
JUNE
2008

Fuel pump - digits
Leaving Clifton Bridge 2008

With Petrol at £1.99 per litre there's never been a better time to ride a bike!

During the fuel strike earlier in the week, fuel at Foxhayes Garage in Exeter was being sold at £1.99 per litre

As the City of Exeter is gearing up for National Bike Week, and it's "Cycle Sunday" event this weekend, there has probably not been a better excuse for riding a bike for a long time.
CTC Devon will have a stand at this years event, promoting it's Sunday rides and general events.
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JUNE
2008


Leaving Clifton Bridge 2008

FINE NIGHT FOR THE MASS EXODUS

The third Exmouth Exodus took place opn 14th June, on a near perfect night, moonlight, slightly chilly and with a light tailwind, 150 riders headed out over the Mendips and down Cheddar Gorge, for a refreshment stop at the "lobster cafe" then along the Somerset levels with a setting moon, and a tea stop at North Curry before climbing the Blackdowns and on through Feniton and Otterton to a nice breakfast at Exmouth's Harbour View cafe.

PIXELWORKZ
Exodus pictures at Pixelworkz.
   

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JUNE
2008

THE DARKNESS BECKONS - 125 signed up for Exodus III - 48 hrs. to go

EXMOUTH EXODUS - RIDE THROUGH THE NIGHT

The third Exmouth Exodus is this weekend. 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!!) - and if you're using rail to get there - Good Luck!
PIXELWORKZ
Exodus pictures at Pixelworkz.

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JUNE
2008

Eleven speed cassettes on the way.

Camapgnolo will be introducing 11 speed cassettes in 2009.
The extra cog will be squeezed into the same space as the current 10-speed setups. While this means likely backwards compatibility with existing hubs and wheelsets, it does signal narrower cog spacing and chain widths, and probably a subtle adjustment in chainring spacing, as well as yet another shifter and derailleur 'standard' that will surely create some headaches on the retail level. The new chain is also supposedly just 5.5mm wide which raises the obvious concerns regarding drivetrain wear.
Shimano are also expected to go eleven speed in the near future.
JUNE
2008
Yealm Estuary Shared Use Pathway NEWS: ( thanks to Ken Middlemiss.)
Sustrans have been in discussions with the Kitley Estate over the last year about the nature of the proposed route for a shared use pathway along the old railway track alongside the Yealm Estuary.
The proposal is to make pathway to link up to Brixton and to Plymouth, and to provide access to a wide variety of potential users. Michael Bastard is anxious to gauge local opinion. Sustrans have shown the plans to the Parish Council, and made them available on the internet.
The Parish Council have asked Sustrans to collate any comments and to arrange a suitable presentation to give more details later in the summer. In the meantime, the plans can be found at http://www.sustrans.org.uk/default.asp?sID=1092667909983 Ėthere is a facility to send them comments, and that is absolutely vital in the next round of influencing the outcome. The link will also be made available in The Yealmpton Press in the summarised in the minutes for the June meeting of the Parish Council Itís very important that we get as much varied support for the Shared Use Pathway as possible Iíd ask you to write in yourself, and to arrange for at least one other person, preferably representing a type of user to write in too Iíll be contacting the Bike User Groups in Plymouth, Plymouth City Council., Yealmpton Youth Group, Paddy Healy on behalf of the disabled. If you can think of people or groups who would add weight to the case, do ask them to write to Sustrans
JUNE
2008


CTC Devon Clothing is available On-Line.

Our own branded clothing is now available via the "Impsort" clothing manufacturers website, so you can buy direct from them. If you are interested in purchasing a Jersey or shorts etc. from them have a look at the photos on our website to see what the finished articles are like, and then go to www.impsport.com and enter club code: pH5be5Uwru to take you to our part of their website.
It's worth noting that experience shows that this style of clothing tends to be on the small size rather than "roomy", so if in doubt buy the larger size!

If you do purchase from Impsport we would appreciate feedback as to how well it works,and if you get a good service. - EMAIL: brodie@bikerider.com

JUNE
2008
Roger injured after crash on the "Wellython"
There is some sad news regarding Roger Hicks's ride to New Zealand nicknamed the Wellython.
He was knocked of his bike after 4000miles whilst riding through Iran.
He has received treatment in hospital for serious head injuries, and although he should recover, he will not be able to continue his ride, and is obviously deeply disappointed.

Details and updates are at: http://www.wellython.blogspot.com/
JUN
2008


Five miles to Fabulous

This summerís Five miles to Fabulous bike rides are an easy first step towards getting healthy, having fun and meeting new friends. If itís been a while since you last used a bike, donít worry Ė lots of other people on the day will be in the same boat. All you need to bring is a bike that works, a drink and a snack, and yourself.
Meet at Village shop Kentisbeare at 14.30 or Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme at 15.15. From Kentisbeare along quiet lanes to Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme, where we hope to meet a second group of riders; refreshments available for purchase at Coldharbour Mill; then leave at 15.15ish returning to Kentisbeare with all riders. Then Uffculme riders will be accompanied back to their start point. Contact Jenny Ingram by email or tel 01392 841520
JUN
2008


CYCLE SUNDAY - EXETER

Exeter prepares for Cycle Sunday.

The City of Exeter is getting prepared for lots of cycle events during National Bike Week and also the Cycle Sunday events on 22nd June.
CTC will have a display stand there manned by CTC Exeter, who will be giving out leflets and guides about our rides and events, and also publicising the CTC's "Cyclehero" initiative to highlight climate change issues.

Sunday 22nd June, 10am - 5pm Cycle Sunday! A celebration of cycling for everyone at Flowerpot Playing Fields near Millers Crossing in Exeter. Join our six or twelve mile charity rides for Force Cancer Charity or watch mountain bike, BMX & unicycle displays, try out wacky bikes with the Cycling Circus or enjoy fun nature rides with Exeter Wildlife Watch. Plus free Dr Bike Clinics & security marking! Go to www.forcecancercharity.co.uk/events to register online or telephone (01392) 402875.
JUN
2008
One Way Street sign
Sign of the times?
Cyclists free to ride wrong way down one-way streets

Cyclists are to be allowed to ride the wrong way down one-way streets in a pilot scheme that could see motorists prosecuted if a collision occurs.
The only warning given to motorists will be a blue sign telling them that cyclists can ride in either direction.
Other councils are likely to follow if the experiment, which is being carried out by Kensington and Chelsea council in west London, is successful.
JUN
2008
Devon Delight group
Devon Delight Audax event.
Devon Delight & Torplex rides 2008

Less than a month to go to the annual Devon Delight and Torplex Audax rides which start on 29th June.
This year the routes have changed slightly. Thorverton is now the halfway control point for the Delight, and the first food control for the Torplex.
The Devon Delight now avoids the old A38, and takes some quiet lanes through Brampford Speke to Thorverton.
Start and finish are at the normal venue - the Recreational Trust in Marsh Road, Newton Abbot.

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