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Updated 15th Sept 2010

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AUG 2010

Steve Dart, Richard Harding, Pippa Wheeler, Ian Hennessey

Devon riders in National 24 Hour TT race.

Congratulations to our small team of riders from Devon who took part in the National 24 hour Time Trial Championship.

Stephen Dart (MDCC)
Richard Harding, Pippa Wheeler & Ian Hennessey (EWCC)

AUG 2010

Vin Cox and James Bowthorpe - Around the World Record Cycling records.(?)

On Saturday 31st July Vin Cox arrived at Greenwich in London after 176 days of cycling around the world to claim a new record
On Saturday 31st July James Bowthorpe arrived at Hyde Park in London after 176 days of cycling to claim a world record!

Mr Cox’s journey took him through France, across Northern Africa, across Asia, then through Australia, Northern America and then up through Spain and France and a final leg from Plymouth to Greenwich.

He took on the challenge to raise money for the Geoff Thomas Foundation, which works with the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to get advanced new treatments to patients more quickly.
Geoff Thomas, who played football for England and Crystal Palace until he battle leukaemia in 2003, said: “What Vin has achieved is absolutely incredible. I completed the Tour de France after going into remission from my leukaemia and that was one of the toughest things I have ever done.

Bowthorpe’s route took him through Europe, Iran, India, South-East Asia, New Zealand, Australia and North America, and was not without drama. Incidents included an attempted mugging in Iran, severe stomach problems resulting from a snack at Calcutta airport, a collision with a wombat in Australia that catapulted him off the bike and a mid-summer crossing of one of the USA’s hottest regions.

<<CLICK HERE>> for more on Vin's ride.

<<CLICK HERE>> for more on James's ride.

There were two attempts to break the RTW record last year, neither have been verified by Guinness World Records. The record still stands by Mark Beaumont at 194days 17hr unless a newer one is verified.



Potholes - lot's of 'em!

According to the local journal from Devon County Council over 40,000 potholes have been repaired sinceApril this year.
Many of these repairs are deemed "interim" so presumably with be fully repaired at a later date.
Cllr Stuart Hughes ( DCC Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation ) stated: "We have learned valuable lessons from the severe winter and have responded accordingly."

Treasure Hunt!
CTC Devon riders seek Treasure.

It was a fine day for the CTC Devon Treasure Hunt on 18th July.
The event was based at Exmouth with the Harbour View cafe as the HQ.
Riders from across the regio took part and enjoyed fine weather and some glorious Devon scenery.
Full report <<CLICK HERE>>
Vin Cox - Wolrd Bike Ride arrives at Cullompton tonight.

The GreatBikeRide is Vin Cox's attempt on the Guinness World Record for Circumnavigation of the World by Bicycle. For adventure and for charity, Vin wants to spin 29,000 km around the world in 5 months. Starting in Greenwich, London, there's a planned 27 national borders in the way and 12 boat/plane transfers before the GreatBikeRide finishes exactly where it started.
Today (Friday 30th July) Vin leaves France, arrives in Plymouth and will head for Cullompton leaving Plymouth at 9.30pm
Tomorrow he will set off on the last leg finishing in London.

Jeremy Hunt
(Photo: Cervelo Test Team/
Tim De Waele)
Jeremy Hunt in this years Tour

South Devon's Jeremy hunt has a place in this years Tour De France.
He is the second Mid Devon Cycling Club member to have ridden in the tour, the first being Colin Lewis.
Jeremy's home is Dartington where he used ride with South Dartmoor CTC.
He has been selected for the Tour as part of the Cervelo Team.
The Tour started on Saturday 3rd July, and the start was been marred by several crashes, with poor weather and roads!
Hunt did a great lead out on teh final sprint on teh Chaps-Elysees to assisst his captain Thor Hushovd, but the sprint was taken easily by Mark Cavendish

Tim Bridgeman ( OKCC) leads group at Cockwood.
101 riders enter Devon Delight.

It was a blustery day for this years Devon Delight and Torplex randonees.
Only 12 riders set out for the Torplex. It stayed dry until Moretonhampstead, and was wet and very windy over Dartmoor.
On the 100Km Devon Delight ride there were 101 entries.
This year the control was at Stoke Canon, manned by Pete Luxton, Jean Brierly, Peter and Margaret Lush, with Chuffy & Baggy supporting the kitchen!

Great Tour Starts in Seaton on 3rd July.

The Great Tour is a 64 day Tour of Britain, which can be ridden in week long relays. The innaugural ride starts this weekend from Seaton, and Alistair Cope from Axe valley Pedallers will be riding the entire route.
Cyclists and Celebrities will be joing in along the way.
The ride will raise money for the Prostate Cancer Charity.

Penzance Wheelers riders on the
Dartmoor Classic 2010
Classic is a Sweltering Success!
Dartmoor Classic 2010
On a warm summer Sunday almost 2000 riders set off on this years Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive.
The two routes - 100Km and 100 miles were identical to 2009, but the weather was a lot warmer.
There was one crash near Ahsburton which resulted in a rider breaking his collarbone.
The ride has received universal praise for it's organisation.
Plans are already underway, which following the success of 2010 is likely to be little changed.

Bike Ride Success

Graham Brodie completed his 2600 mile tour around the British mainland, having visted the four main corners of Britain - Land's End, Cape Wrath, John O'Groats and Dover.
The ride averaged 90 miles per day and took 29 days in total.
So far £1100 has been raised for the south west based charity, Shelterbox.
Whilst in Cornwall Graham Paid a visit to the ShelterBox HQ at Helston in Cornwall.
Brodie's Big British Bike Bash

Graham Brodie with shelterboxes.

Next Monday on 24th May, Graham Brodie from CTC torbay will set off on 2700 mile trip around Britain.
The route will take to the four corners of mainland Britain, and the Western and Eastern extremeties.
Along the way he hopes to raise money for Shelterbox, and inernational disaster relief charity base in helston in Cornwall.
The ride is estimated to take around 26 days, with an average of around 100 miles per day, staying mainly in Youth Hostels.

There is a website associated with the ride, which should carry regular updates of his progress along the way.



CTC charity vote.

CTC members gathered at Loughborough University on Saturday 15 May for the CTC AGM. The agenda included three key motions to convert the whole of CTC – the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation into a charity.
Almost 4000 CTC members cast their votes. Motions 1 – 9 were passed, including Motion 8, which stated that the Cyclists’ Touring Club should be a registered charity and merge with the CTC Charitable Trust to form a unified membership organisation with charitable status. Motion 10 however, which proposed revising the Memorandum and Articles of the Cyclists’ Touring Club to meet the requirements of a charity, achieved 61% of the vote but needed 75% of support from CTC’s membership to pass. Chair of CTC Council David Robinson said: “CTC is a democracy and just like in an election, sometimes there isn’t a majority and a clear answer. Our membership wanted a change and voted for charity status, but we will need to pass a revised set of Memorandum and Articles before we can proceed to the next stage. CTC Council will now reflect on the results, talk to members and consider why changes to the Memorandum and Articles did not receive 75% of the vote.”

Nevill rides the Devon Delight
Neville Chanin.
23rd May 1955-17th April 2010
Cyclists gather to celebrate Nevill Chanins life.

Hundreds of cyclists attending the funeral of Neville Chanin at Gloucester on 30th April. The life of the hugely popular and well known touring cyclist was celebrated afterwards at the Walls Social Club at Barnwood.
Some people cycled from afar away as Exeter and Milton Keynes to pay tribute to an amazing character.
Nev had completed over 650,000 miles during his time cycling, and his longstanding friend and colleague C.C.P. Davis from Portsmouth CTC gave a full account of Nevilles acheivements.
End of Potholes?

Winter is over but the county is still littered with 100's of potholes.
In recent reports Highway chiefs say that the situation on Devon's roads has not been caused by the severe winter weather of 2009-2010, but has been the result of years of under-investment in roads and repairs.

Drizzle dampened dust for Dirt riders.

A few light showers dampened the roads for riders on this years Devon Dirt event.
224 riders set out from the Recreational Trust at Newton Abbot. There was a cool breeze blowing for which many riders were glad, as they tackled numerous long climbs around South Devon and Dartmoor.
Some took the alternative route through the Ford at North Bovey, - others the more technical route across from Hunters Tor and down through Nut Crackers to Foxworthy.
The youngest rider was 9 year old Jack Hawtin who rode around the course with plenty of time to spare.
Roy and Barbara Gable manned the control at Manaton where the riders replensihed their energy with flapjacks.
The next stop was at event sponsors BigPeaks at Ashburton where mechanics were busy repairing chains and gears!.
Pictures and video being uploaded to:


Nev Chanin

Neville Chanin has died.

One of cyclings most colourful characters - Nev Chanin - passed away on Friday night at a B&B after returning from a French trip.
Nev's tours and talks were legendary, and he spent much of his life travelling the world, and giving slide shows and talks about his adventures.
Over the years he had clocked up over 600,000 miles , he was a regular friend and visitor to Devon, where he often came both to present his shows, and also to take part in our rides.

He'll be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by many.

CTC at the Cycling Fun days.

Local CTC members have been manning publicity stands at the Cycling Fun Events being organised by Devon County Council.
At Newton Abbot Racecourse on Saturday 17th April, there was a colourful dsiplay of activity with crazy bike races, stunt displays and lot's of trade stands

There was a lot of interest in the CTC stand which was manned throughout the day.


Record interest for Devon Dirt.

Entries are rolling in for the 2010 Devon Dirt event.
You can get an entry form off of the website at www.devondirt.co.uk or in many of the local bike shops.
The date is Sunday 25th April, and we are looking forward to welcoming over 200 of you this year.
The £8 entry will include refreshments, numbers, bike wash, goodies, mechanical support, and there will be T-shirts available too!
Note: Entry on the line will be £10 / £6

Post Office - Pashley.
Post Office to scrap bicycles!

The UK's postal service, Royal Mail, have not only recently confirmed the scrapping of the majority of their 24,000 strong fleet of post office bicycles, but outgoing chief executive Adam Crozier appears to put the decision, in part, down to the safety risks associated with bikes.

Royal Mail plan to replace the vast majority of bike deliveries with a system using diesel vans and postal workers equipped with trolleys so that all deliveries can be made without returning to a delivery office. Currently, deliveries by bike may need topping up part way through. That means that rather than being used on a quarter of delivery rounds – as they are currently – the postal bike fleet will shrink from 24,000 to around 500 bikes.

More news at Bikeradar.com

50 in 4 riders near Week.
Another record entry for 50 in 4.

There were over 50 starters in this years 50 miles in 4/5 hours ride which started at Kingskerswell.
The route was the "Three Rivers Ride" which crossed the Dart, Erme, and Avon twice.
From the start the ride headed out to Saverton, Avonwick and down to Ermington where they headed back home via Ivybridge, and Ashburton to the finish at Abbotskerswell .

Pothole repairs in Newton Abbot.
Pothole statistics row as roads are repaired.

The authorities are working flat out to repair the UK's road's, but with more cold weather over Easter, it's likely that many will fall apart again within a few days.
As the blitz on potholes continues a row has erupted over teh use the statistics from CTC's pothole reporting site "Fillthathole.org.uk".
Motor company Kia reported the UK pothole survey as it's own, but the statitics used were noted as being identical the the CTC's
Sophie Gregory of Kia's PR agency told Cycling Weekly. 'We have apologised to the CTC for not crediting them as a data source. It was a genuine oversight on our part and we were in no way wishing to take undue credit for the excellent research undertaken by the CTC and will be more vigilant when referencing sources in the future."

A soldier was killed yesterday (30th March) after swerving to avoid a pothole near Bromsgrove.
There are now thought be at least 1.6 million potholes in the roads throughout England and Wales and the cost of fixing them is estimated to be around £10 billion.

Full story on Cycling Weekly
MPs scrap bike parking spaces to make way for cars

Bicycle parking spaces at the Palace of Westminster have been scrapped to make more room for ministerial cars. Covered bicycle racks in the Star Chamber Courtyard have been removed and replaced by parking for Government ministers’ cars, many of which are left with their engines running for hours while they wait for their passengers, according to MPs angry at the change.
A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) said: “The hybrid cars used by ministers are green, but nowhere near as environmentally friendly as bicycles. And this sets a terribly poor example for planners responsible for the allocation of bicycle parking.”

Fun Cycling days for cycling "Hub" towns.

Devon County Council are planning Fun Cycle days based on 5 towns deignated as
cycling "hub" towns across Devon; Exeter, Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Tavistock and Barnstaple.
To kick start this work, a launch event will be held in each town in the Spring. These Fun Cycle Days will host a range of fun, free, family-friendly activities, including a taster bike ride, to inspire people to find out more about cycling in their local area.
The funding adds to Devon County Council's £25 million investment up to 2012 as part of a new cycling strategy to make Devon a premier destination for cycling tourism.

Classic Donation

The Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive for 2010 is now fully booked withg 2000 riders signed up to do the ride, most of them tackling the 100 mile challenge.
Recently the Mid Devon Cycling Club donated £3400 to the Dave Rayner Cancer Charity fund at Torbay hospital, as part of the charitable donations which are generated from running the event.
This years event is on 27th June. Other nominated charities include Devon Air Ambulance, and Exeter F.O.R.C.E. charity.

Riders near Aylesbeare.
Sunshine and bitter winds for Mad March riders.

Two successful Audax randonees were held at the weekend.
Pippa Wheeler organised the 200Km Coast & Quantocks, and the Mad March excursion 100Km ride, base at Exeter.
Riders had to negotiate a few icy patches along the route.
For the 100Km riders, refreshments were provided at Bicton, and the 200Km riders had food stops at Tiverton, Blue Anchor and Woodgate.

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CTC - MI6 spy links?

Newspapers are reporting a spy story involving ex- South Dartmoor CTC member Daniel Houghton.
Houghton who now lives in London has dual Dutch-British Nationality, was working with the security services, and is alleged to have stolen secret files from the MI5 and MI6 intelligence services and tried to sell to foreign intelligence!

Birmingham University educated Daniels family home is at Holne, and he was in the South Dartmoor CTC up until he was 18 and left for study.
Secretary Michael Jones speaking to the press said " he was a bright lad. He was friendly and we all enjoyed his company."
"I can't imagine he could do anything like this."
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