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Updated 27th November 2009

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More Tour of Britain excitement as Stage 7 runs through the county.

Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain left Hatherleigh at 10.15 this morning (18th Sept.), and took a route via Crediton and over Cadbury Hill ( KOM ) and down to Seaton, which was also enjoying the Seaton Festival of Cycling.
Local cycling enthusiats were out in force and lanes and roads of Mid and East Devon were packed with people enjoying the dayout watching the tour.

It was a win for the Brits. today with Ben Swift taking the sprint at Yeovil.
Swift, 21, from Rotherham, out-sprinted his Katusha team-mate Filippo Pozzato to record Britain's first stage win in the event since 2007.
It's his first victory since turning professional at the start of the year.
Norwegian star Boasson Hagen finished third today to retain the overall lead going into Saturday's final stage in London.


KOM at Cadbury on Youtube



Cycling against no entry signs - trial begins.

Cyclists will be permitted to ride the wrong way along one-way streets under a change intended to encourage more people to give up their cars or use them less.
The Government will announce today that cyclists will be permitted to ignore no-entry signs: a practice already followed by many, including David Cameron, the Conservative leader.
The Department for Transport is authorising a trial in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Mr Cameron’s home authority in West London, in which a small plate saying “Except cyclists” will be attached to poles carrying no-entry signs.
If the trial is successful, the department intends to extend the policy to the rest of Britain and permit thousands of one-way streets to become two-way for bikes. It believes that long diversions around one-way systems are a significant deterrent to new cyclists, who might be less confident about breaking the rules.

Read more a Times Online: <<HERE>>

Rick Edwards with Michele Radant
Heart FM presenter gets on his bike to make ammends.

Following on from many complaints about the phone-in on commercial local radio station HEART FM in South Devon, where listeners were invited to comment on what irritated them about cyclists, presenter Rick Edwards offered to go on a bike ride to experience the roads for himself.

Michele Radant from CTC Torbay arranged to meet with Rick and took him on a thirty mile run with a 3 mile long climb. He was still smiling ( we think) at the end of the ride.


Dartmoor Devil - 25th October.

Dartmoor Devil Beckons.

As the sun beats down during this late summer, it's easy to forget that the DARTMOOR DEVIL is only five weeks away.

Entries are now rolling in fast so enter today to avoid disappointment. Two starts again this year 8am, and 9am, with the legendary Pepperdon Hill near the start of the ride, and the usual Widdecombe Hill at the end.

There is a new soup control for 2009.
This weekends 100 miles in 8 hours is an ideal training opportunity.
For full details and an entry form visit: www.dartmoordevil.co.uk


Tour of Britain in the South West
Tour Of Britain hits Devon.

Thousands lined streets in Bideford in North Devon today ( 17th Sept.) as the Tour Of Britain Stage 6 took place through Exmoor and on to the finish.
Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed his fourth stage win in a row to extend his lead in the Tour. The 22-year-old Team Columbia rider finished ahead of Martin Reimer and Britain's Russell Downing.

Tomorrow Stage 7 leaves from Hatherleigh at 10.15, and the route goes over Cadbury Hill, and through to Seaton, on to the finish at Yeovil (Huish Park)


TESLA - Electric Super-Car

Outrage at Daily Mail "cyclists hate" page by James Martin.

The Daily Mail OnLine does it again. Celebrity Chef and columnist James Martin has done a feature on the Tesla Electric Car, in which during a test drive he reports that he used it to terrify a group of cyclists in a country lane.
However the makers of the TESLA car have distanced themselves from his outrageous comments, and Brad Wiggins has been using his Twitter pages to focus complaints to the paper.
Read the Mail Online article <<HERE>>
View TESLA's response at BikeBIZ <<HERE>>

100 miles in 8 hours Tourist Trial.

This weekend ( 20th September) we hold the annual 100 miles in 8 hours Tourist Trial.
The ride meets at 0845 at Kingskerswell, and this years route takes us up the Teign Valley and over to Dunchideock, on through Exeter and Crediton to Winkleigh, then across to Hatherleigh, ( hallowed tyre tracks?) and Jacobstowe before turning South and heading back through Okehampton to the finish at Kingsteignton.

Download the route sheet <<HERE>>

South West Velodrome plans - hopes fading.

It's feared that plans for a sports centre in Kingsteignton which would feature an outdoor velodrome may now not come to fruition. Prior to the May elections the £20m project seemed well on it's way to becoming reality with Devon County Cllr. John Smith firmly behind the project
Cllr.Smith lost his seat in the election to Cllr. Mike Walters, -MDCC chairman Andrew Parker approached Cllr.Walters recently, and found he was non-commital.
It also appears that the new administration at Devon County Council will be holding a feasibility study for the project and a date for this has yet to be fixed.

The Tour of Britain 2009 - visits Devon this week - 17th & 18th September....

The South West stages will see the world’s top cyclists ride from the east of Somerset to the west of Devon and back again.
The routes taken on both days will showcase the best that Devon has to offer rugged moor land, low-lying levels, coastal estuaries, market towns and rural villages.
Stage 6 - Thursday 17th September 2009 Frome - Bideford
A testing stage for the riders will see them make their way from the historic market town of Frome, across Exmoor and set themselves up for a fast finish in the 16th Century Port of Bideford.
Stage 7 - Friday 18th September 2009 Hatherleigh - Yeovil (Huish Park)
The riders will be looking forward to the pan flat London stage after stage 7. Today the race will cover nearly 160km of rolling countryside from the picturesque market town of Hatherleigh to the finish in Yeovil. Don't expect there to be a sprint finish today at Huish Park (home of Yeovil Town Football Club) as the penultimate stage is set to be the hardest of the Tour and is sure to decide the overall winner.
VISIT: www.southwesttourofbritain.co.uk for all the latest information.
Driver bailed over cyclist death from BBC News

A car driver has been arrested after a cyclist died and another was injured in a crash on a main road in Devon on Friday 11th september.
The two cyclists were involved in a collision with a Peugeot 106 car at about 0840 BST on the A30 at Tedburn St Mary, near Exeter.
The driver of the car, a 22-year-old woman from Okehampton, was arrested and bailed by police until 7 December. Both cyclists are believed to be visitors to the area.
The eastbound carriageway has now been reopened.
Fine day out in the South Hams.

It was a fairly low turnout for this years South Hams rides. Forty seven completed the 100Km South Hams Audax, and 13 completed the Grunters 150Km ride.

The forcasted showers held off until the evening so riders had a dry and at times quite sticky day. For the 150Km Grunters riders it was a stiff headwind across parts of Dartmoor and on the run down to east Prawle.

Tour of Britain - pre-Tour Challenge.

The popular annual Honiton Cycle ride will take place on 13th September and, as usual, will be an exciting day out for families and cycling enthusiasts.
This year, organisers are also launching a brand new element to the event - the 50 mile 'Pre-Tour of Britain Challenge' - using part of the route that the official Tour of Britain riders will follow a week later when the national elite event comes to Devon.
There will also be 5 and 27 mile cycle routes around Honiton, as well as a BBQ and musical entertainment for all the family at the Wyndham Arms at Kentisbeare, which is on all the cycle routes on the day. The event, which is expected to raise thousands of pounds, will be in aid of local charity Hospiscare, which supports hundreds of patients and their families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon every year.
The Honiton part of the event will be a fun day for all the family, open cyclists of all ages and abilities. Entrants can choose between 5 and 27 mile routes, with the 5 mile route recommended for beginners and children. The longer route will pass through Plymtree, and Kentisbeare and back via Awliscombe. The 'Pre-Tour of Britain Challenge', which is over 50 miles long and designed for experienced cyclists, will start at Honiton and pass through Cullompton, Halberton and Tiverton using the actual roads on the Tour of Britain route, then return to Honiton via Kentisbeare.
Entry for all routes is £5 for adults and £2 for under 14s and all routes start from the Otter Inn at Weston at 10.30am. All entrants will be entered into a free draw to win one of two bikes kindly donated by Everys of Honiton.
Further information on how to register is available at www.honitoncyclerides.co.uk, or by calling Cycle on 01404 47211 or Alan Rowe Barbering on 01404 47535.

High hopes for South Hams record turnout.

Recent CTC events have had record breaking turnout's so hopes are high that the South Hams Audax events this year will also be record breaking. The Grunters 150Km event, and the South Hams Audax 100Km event are on 6th September.

Full entry details are <<HERE>>


Heart FM
- have your say about irritating cyclists?

A good Heart is hard to find!

Local cyclists have been outraged by a radio phone in on local networked station HEART FM.

During today's (19th August) Breakfast Show callers were invited to ring in and "say things that irritated them about cyclists".

Complaints about the show have been sent to the station, and circulated to authorities and councillors and the South West MP, cyclist Ben Bradshaw.

The presenter who was standing-in for Matt Rogan suggested that the "type" that cycle to work aren't too bad but it's the serious cyclists' that are the problem.
CTC hope he will shortly become educated with the fact that cycling is a solution and not a problem.


OKCC - 100 mile reliability run - 16th August.

This weekend there is a 100mile reliability ride, to be completed within 8 or 10 hours.
It's organised by Okehampton CC ( OKCC) and is a recognised event for part of the Devon CTC Touring Competition.
It's quite a hilly ride, so a reasonable challenge for those wanting a hard days riding.

The start is at Mole Avon car park, Grid ref: SX 610954, Sunday 16th August 2009 @ 9.00am





Record turnout for Tamar Ride.

A record 29 started out from Saltash on the Tamar 100Km reliability ride on 2nd August.


Don Buteux
Don Buteux hurt after accident.

Another victim of a spate of recent accidents and crashes is Don Buteux of CTC Exeter.

Don has a broken hip as a result of falling from his bike, and will be some time recovering.
I know all club folk will be wishing him a speedy recovery after his unfortunate experience.
Don is a regular on Exeter rides, and also on the Brittany Tours ( pictured right in Roscoff)

Ursula Gibbings

CTC Torbay - Ladies Section Morning Rides
Ursula Gibbings is starting the C T C Torbay Ladies Section Morning Rides next Monday, 3rd August.
This is a ladies only ride starting from Sainsburys Bottle Bank Car Park in Newton Abbot at 09.30 am. and cycling out to a cafe in the area and back to Newton Abbot in time to get home for lunch.
We hope that the lady riders in the club will turn out for this inaugural ride and look forward to make it a regular thing on Monday mornings.
Ursula can be contacted on 'ugibbings@btinternet.com' if you require any further information.


Ken Dean
Ken Dean injured in accident.

Ken Dean was knocked off of his bike by a car at New Cross, in Kingsteignton last week.
He suffered a cut to his head, and a broken collar bone.

All the CTC Torbay gang wish him well, and hope he has a speedy recovery.
Royal Albert Bridge
River Tamar - Royal Albert Bridge
Tamar 100Km reliability.

The CTC's TAMAR RELIABILITY RIDE is next Sunday 2nd August.
The 100Km ride sarts at 09:30 from Saltash Services Car Park.
Organiser is Bryan Richardson 01752 330 007
Part of the Devon CTC Touring Competition, - the opportunity to cycle in some fine scenery and gain a few competition points.
River dart - canoeing
Canoeing on the River Dart
Messing about on the river.

Steve Main organised a canoeing trip on the river for Torbay CTC members and friends.
Unfortunately he couldn't get on to the water because of his broken collar bone, but for those who did turn up, it was a perfect day out on the Dart. For the cyclists it was like a normal day on the bike, battling a headwind and a falling tide up Bow Creek to The Maltsters Inn for lunch. After luch the tide had fallen, and it was a muddy clamber back to the boats for a slither down the narrow channel back to the Dart and Stoke Gabriel.
Tour Of Britain - logo

Tour of Britain - Exford 2007
Tour of Britain 2009 comes to Devon.

Cycling teams competing in the Tour de France will be among those taking part in the Tour of Britain, which comes to Devon on 17th and 18th September 2009.

The south west stages of the Tour of Britain are being hosted by Devon County Council and Somerset County Council. Stage six will start in the Mendip town of Frome and will cover 187kms through the Somerset Levels, The Quantocks and Exmoor National Park, before finishing in Bideford in North Devon. Stage seven will cover a further 159kms starting in the Devon market town of Hatherleigh. The 96 competitors will ride close to the edge of Dartmoor National Park and along the Devon Jurassic Coast as they head to the finish at Huish Park in Yeovil.

Mike Batchelor locating photos..

Give us a clue!

Riders in this weekends CTC Vernon Deith Memorial Treasure Hunt managed to dodge the worst of the heavy showers, and navigated a fine route from Escot near Fairmile down to Budleigh Salterton, and back. There were 20 clues to be found along the 26 mile route with a photo location memory test at the finish.
A report of the days events from John Rowland is <<HERE>>

To View the results of the event organised by Kirby James, and the Touring Competition and overall placings



Dartmoor Classic 2009, Photos & Video on line.

Dartmoor Classic website.

Dartmoor Classic at Pixelworkz.

Dartmoor Classic on YouTube

Official website www.sportivephoto.com ( Phil O'Connor Photography)
Steve Main Steve Main
Serious crash mars Boscastle weekend.

This weekends trip to Boscastle was marred by a serious accident. Riders collided descending to Halwill Junction, and as a result Steve Main sustained a serious head injury, fractured collarbone, and three broken ribs.
Malcolm McKendry hurt his back and neck when he crashed into the hedge to avoid Steve.
Steve was transferred to the RD&E Hospital at Wonford in Exeter.
He remained conscious after the accident so hopefully he will recover soon, - more news will follow when we have an update on his condition.

Update: 13th July - Steve is at home recovering, waiting to assess the damage to his new bike. He'll be of the bike for about 6 weeks.
Tony Avery
Tony Avery
Tony Avery injured on French trip

Tony Avery from CTC Torbay suffered a crash in Brittany last week. Although he was able to continue on the trip he has suffered some damage to his hip.
We hope he will get back to full fitness soon.
The excursion was a private one with friends travelling from Plymouth across to Roscoff.
Roy Russell at Lands End.
Roy at Land's End with Pippa and Lexi.

Roy completes 1200 mile End to End trip.

Roy Russell from CTC Exeter has completed his ride from John O' Groats to Lands End.
You can read his blog of the ride <<HERE>>
His ride was also to raise money for the South West based charity Shelterbox.

Notes from his last day blog:
"The shortest route from John O'Groats is 874 miles, I've stretched this to 1,230 miles. Time for a celebratory pot of tea and words of encouragement to other cyclists about to set off in the other direction. We then followed the NCN route back to Penzance, stopping for lunch at Lamorna Cove and my first Cream Tea of the year in Penzance. Back home by train in time for Tea. Thank you to all my supporters and sponsors."

Devon Delight 2009
Devon Delight 2009
Biddlecombe Cross
Summer soggyness fails to dampen riders spirits.

Some sharp showers this Sunday didn't dampen the spirits for the Devon Delight and Torplex rides on 5th July. Both events were well supported with almost 150 riders starting out on the events.
For the 100K riders most got home in the dry, but for some later Torplex riders there was some prolonged and heavy rain - probably the most seen on this event since it's inception in 1994.
Ann and Mike Wareham ably manned the control at Dawlish, and Jean Brierly and Peter Luxton manned the Thorverton control, with Chuffy & Baggy helping out with washing up.
There was one minor crash caused by a build up of sand on the road at Huxham.

Well done to all who completed the rides - full reports and photos will follow via the website and "The Highwayman"
Cycle Racing at Kingsteignton
Clubs disappointment after race complaints.

There was a series of circuit races held last Saturday to complement the Dartmoor Classic Cylosportif.
Despite an official road closure many of the residents were unhappy and complained about the event, and there were reports of residents shouting abuse at some of the younger competitors. Some motorists ingnored the road closure and drove onto pavements.

The outcome has meant the both Mid Devon Cycling Club and Exeter Wheelers CC
( race organisers) have vowed not to continue events for youngsters in the area.

Ward Councillor Anne Lonsdale emailed the organisers accusing them of causing "organised mayhem"
For those who watched and enjoyed the racing it proved a fine spectacle for a summers evening.
Race Photos HERE


Last chance to enter this weekends events.

Over 100 people have now signed up to the Audax rides from Newton Abbot this weekend. There are a few spare cards left and there will be some route sheets available, but on the line entries will be limited to the spaces available and on a first come-first served basis.



Roy Russell is well on his way down the country on his trip from John O'Groats to Lands End.
Today he will reach Ironbridge before a rest day tomorrow, - you can view the report of his ride


Public Exhibition 2nd July.
PUBLIC EXHIBITION - Brunel crossing and cycleways - 2nd July.

There is a public exhibition showing the layout of the proposed new pedestrian/cycle crossing near Brunel Road in Newton Abbot, and also the design for proposed cycle lanes along either side of the main road.
Cyclists in the locality are urged to attend this exhibition and sign up their support to the proposals.
The exhibition is on at Forde House, Brunel Road, between 1400 and 2000 on Thursday 2nd July.

TORPLEX 200Km - this weekend.
Another weekend challenge in Devon.

This Sunday 5th July, the Devon Delight 100Km and Torplex 200Km rides leave Newton Abbot.

There has been quite a bit of interest in the event generated by the Sportif this weekend so onthe line entries may be limited by the number of Brevet Cards we have.

Malcolm McKendry ahead of a small group.
Thousands traverse the moors on weekend Classic.

It's over, probably Dartmoors biggest ever saturation of bicycles in one weeeknd. At Postbridge there was hardly a moment when there wasn't a bicycle passing in one or both directions for the five hour period between 9am and 2pm.
The event had riders from various parts of the world as well as all over the UK taking part. Controls were busy, supplying riders with water, bananas and energy gels.

There were a few crashes courtesy of some of Dartmoors notorious Cattle Grids, with one rider have to be taken to hospital by air ambulance.

A few light showers on the moors didn't dampen spirits, and probably helped to keep riders cool, but there was a stiff headwind over the Warren House on the way home.

The event has almost doubled in size in the three years it has been running, and it represents a significant oragnisational task for the organisers - Mid Devon Cycling Club - with the preparation for each event taking up to a year. The benefits to the club have been great enabling to develop a strong youth team, and provide quality coaching and rider support.

Some photos and video are available at Pixelworkz.

Dartmoor Classic weekend gets under way.

Hundreds of riders have completed registration at Abbrook Park on a warm sunny day. There was a party atomsphere with a band, food and trade stands, and the day was completed with circuit racing close by in Kingsteignton.
Business was brisk at the CTC and MDCC club stands. Good luck to all riders tomorrow - we hope you manage to dodge the showers!

10th Anniversary of the "Nello" Force Charity Event

This Sunday 28th June also sees the tenth running of the FORCE cancer charity event based at Topsham.
The event follows the local training route ridden by Marc Millon and Nello Ghezzo in preparation for their epic ride from Topsham to Venice in 1997. Nello tragically died of cancer in 1999 and this cycle ride, at the end of June, has become an annual tribute to Nello.

for more information.

Dartmoor Classic 2008


Preparations under way for the Cyclosportive.

Many local CTC riders will be joing almost 2000 others in this weekends Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive.
There are two century routes, 100Km and 100 miles both taking in the high moorland. On the 100 mile route there is over 9000 feet of climbing.
Gold medal standard is 6hrs 35min.

CTC will have a display stand at the "Depart Village" on Saturday, where there will be numerous other trade stands and displays.

Forecast for Sunday is very warm, and it may be quite humid on the higher terrain. Good luck to everyone riding.

Full details at: www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk

Torbay End to Enders success.

Text messages indicate that Rod pash, Martin Read and Ian Weatherill are drinking beer in John O'Groats tonight
( 24th June)

Roy Russell from CTC Exeter is doing a John O'Groats to Lands End trip, incorporating a ride on Orkney. He's also using the ride to raise money for the very worthy charity "Shelterbox", based in Helston, Cornwall, and run by the local Rotary Club.
More details of his trip <<HERE>>

Meanwhile the three intrepid riders from Torbay continue on their ride through Scotland having had a very hard days ride up to Warrington on Sunday. They should arrive at John O'Groats sometime tomorrow ( Wednesday 24th)
Ken Middlemiss - Yealm Rouleurs
Ken Middlemiss - DC Cyclosportive '08

Ken Middlemiss transferred to Mount Gould

Ken Middlemiss from Yealmpton has been transferred from the Derifford Hospital to Mount Gould Hospital in

His recovery and rehabilitation is expected to take a long time, however his condition continues to improve.
Ken is keen Sportif and Audax rider, and ride with Yealm Rouleurs and the Plymouth Yogiis.

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter's Cycle Sunday

Cycle Sunday is this weekend 21st June.
There are a whole of cycling related events and fun things to do including a Unicycle display and and a Cycle Circus.
There are also 6 mile and 12 mile family cycle rides in aid of the FORCE Cancer Charity.




Sixty cyclists support Littlehempston Bike Ride.

Sixty cyclists took part in a cycle ride between Littlehempston and Totnes Plains last weeeknd.
The ride was in support of a proposed route to link the two communities, and has support from the authorities.

Another End to End challenge.

Another group of Torbay CTC riders will be doing the Lands End to John O'Groats on Saturday 20th June, and hoping to complete the ride in under 5 days.

Rod Pash, Martin Read and Ian Weatherill will be going for the Audax standard on End to End leaving Lands End at 5am on Saturday morning.

Day 1: Lands End to Winscombe (Bristol)
Day 2: Winscombe to Warrington
Day 3: Warrington to Hamilton ( Glasgow)
Day 4: Hamilton to Inveness
Day 5: Inverness to John O'Groats.

Devon Delight and Torplex rides.

It's less than three weeks to go to the regular summer Audax Events promoted by CTC Devon.

The Devon Delight and the Torplex 200 both follow the 2008 route, with refreshemnets at the Thorverton Hall. Fine weather has been booked for both events.
Volunteers are still required to help out at some of the controls.
Entry forms are avilable on-line

Route planning at the start.

Mike Batchelor - making notes.

Sunny clues for tourists.

The sun shone brightly on a warm breezy day in Topsham for the Map reading tourist competition.
National stalwarts Mike Batchelor and Mark Beauchamp were there to pick up as many points as possible, - the route was up to 27 miles with a 9.5 mile compulsory loop around Woodbury Common.
Part of the Devon CTC Touring Competition, and also qualifying for the national competition - results can be found on our website by clicking <<HERE>>
The next events are the Torplex and Devon Delight rides - see above.

Map reading competition / Tourist Trials this weeeknd.

The CTC Map reading Tourist Trial starts at Darts Farm, Topsham. GR 977885 this Sunday 14th June at 10am.
Distance is between 12 and 27 miles, Parking is FREE, and there are plenty of refreshments. Entry Fee is £3 or £1.50 under 16.
Orgnsier is Robin Griffin: Tel: 01548-856460
Dorset - speed trap for cylists branded "ludicrous"

Over the weekend, scores of cyclists were stopped in Bournemouth by prom ‘rangers’ after police officers used a hand-held speed camera to monitor them.
Although fines could not be handed out – because cyclists are unable to accurately monitor their speed – the errant riders were given a talking to.
There is a speed limit for cyclists of 10 mph along the prom, and 37 people were stopped in the first hour of the operation.
Debra Rolfe, the CTC’s campaigns co-ordinator, said: “Frankly, it’s ridiculous and excessive. The danger posed to the public by cyclists is extremely low, and it bears no comparison to the equivalent danger posed by motorists. Using the speed-guns to ticket speeding motorists would be a far more effective way of enforcing road safety. “If you’re cycling along a prom, you should be aware that you might be sharing it with other people at busy times and you should moderate your speed.”
Claire Armstrong, from the campaign group Safe Speed said: "This is completely ludicrous and a waste of taxpayers' money.
Soggy in Somerset

The 2009 Exmouth Exodus was a wet affair. A band of rain passed slowly through Devon during Saturday, causing flooding.
Overnight it drenched Somerset, and the merry gang on the Exodus, heading South to Exmouth.
Light rain started as riders left the bridge, and the worst rain was in the early hours of the morning, but by dawn the weather did clear, and the riders had a picturesque run to the finish through the lanes around Feniton and Tipton St. John.
At Cheddar Gorge Chuffy & Baggy were manning a control with a van, tent and tea urn! Many riders were very cold here having descended the gorge in wet conditions.
At North Curry, pasta meals were being served up, and there was a final tea brewing post near Broadhembury before the finish at the Harbour View cafe, where many indulged in the "Cyclists Special" breakfast.

Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Cheddar Gorge.

Big thanks to Dave, Chuffy, Baggy, Helen and all the other helpers.


Record membership levels for CTC.
from CTC Newsnet

Today, CTC has 60,776 members, supports 10,000 more cyclists in affiliated groups and has helped 20,000 beneficiaries through its charitable work. CTC Director Kevin Mayne said: "I am delighted we have reached the highest membership in our history. Membership helps make CTC unique and gives us our independent and democratic voice as we are 60,000 people united by a passion for cycling. It also makes us a community, a club and, even at times a safe haven, for all types of cyclists: 'Safety in Numbers' has real meaning in CTC."

Exmouth Exodus & Valley of the Rocks this weekend.

It's going to be a busy weekend for cyclists in the South West.
At 8am on Saturday 6th June riders will set off on the Valley of the Rocks 200Km organised by Ian Hennessey.
Later that evening at 10pm riders assemble near the Clifton Suspension Bridge for the moonlit dash to Exmouth.
The weather forcast is a bit dubious for both rides, hopefully riders will miss the worst of the weather.
On Sunday the Devon & Somerset 100Km event starts at Honiton at 9am.

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