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Torbay Bikeability Instructors.
Torbay Bikeabily tutors.
Bikeability reaches 1000 in the bay.

A total of 1,100 cyclists learned how to stay safe on the Bay's roads in 2011, and this year new courses are to be provided for secondary school pupils.
Michele Radant, Torbay Council's Bikeability cycling officer, said: "There has been a massive increase in demand for our services. "We attribute this to a combination of factors.
"The success of British cyclists in the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was hugely influential, but other key factors including environmental issues and the rising cost of fuel have also played a part in the increase.
"We have continued to build on our success in primary schools." In the last academic year Bikeability Level 2 courses were taken by children in every primary school in Torbay, with an increase in uptake in almost all of them.
Velodrome go ahead.

There is good news in Paignton where the Torbay full council have given their full approval to the £1.6 million Velodrome scheme.
The facility would be be bult at Clennon Valley and loacl cyclists band cycling groups would benefit greatly from it.

Part of the money would be funded by grants already available through British Cycling.

There are also proposals for a new cycle route from Paignton Sea Front to the area. There is local opssition to the scheme so local cyclists are urged to support the idea.
Local Press Poll - <<VOTE HERE>>

Shivvering in Brittany.

Fourty Four freeze in France!

Fourty four hardy souls sailed across the channel on the Brittay Ferry from Plymoutrh to Roscoff at the weekend.
At Roscoff three groups split into seperate rides.
The area visited was mainly to the West and South of Roscoff, with stops at Plousecat, Lannillis and Landivisiau.
Several people joined the trip for the first time.
The next French trip will be via Cherbourg, visiting Utah beach in October.


Peter Root and Mary Thompson
Couple killed on World Tour in Thailand.

There is sad news following the death of two cyclists from Guernsey as they were cycling about 70 miles east of Bangkok.
Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both aged 34, died last Wednesday in the province of Chachoengsao Province, when they were run down by a pick-up truck.
They had traversed 23 different countries during their trip, which began in summer 2011.
The couple had just had a film about their round the world cycling trip accepted by cycling film festival.

Alan Underdown leading the group.

Bridge is a boost to club rides.

Torbay CTC riders used the new bridge at Newton Abbot on Sunday 17th Feb, as part of the club ride to Teignmouth and Exeter.
It's the first time they have been able to ride traffic free all the way to Kingsteignton avoiding the heavily trafficked road past the supermarkets.
Twenty six riders enjoyed the ride in glorious spring sunshine, with a coffee stop at Pickwicks in Teigmouth and two ride destinations, - Exeter basin, and Ideford.
<<More Details>>


Tom Guppy, David Horsler, Tom Dunn, Jack Fannon

Local lads prepare for JOGLE

Four youngsters from South Devon have been riding regularly with the CTC and MDCC as part of their preparation for cycling from John O'Groats to Lans End.
Tom Dunn from Teignmouth, Jack Fannon from Torquay, and David Horsler and Tom Guppy from Newton Abbot, will set out on their journey in July.
They are riding on behalf of their school - Newton Abbot College.
Last year they completed the Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive, and Tom Dunn and David Horsler rode the dartmoor Devil at the end of 2012.


Town Quay Bridge.

Town Quay Bridge open to the public.

The new£1.1 million pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Teign has opened to the public.
Town Quay Bridge, which links Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton, has been developed and funded by Devon County Council with a £500,000 contribution from charity Sustrans, as part of the charity’s work in developing new everyday walking and cycling links in communities across the UK, with funding from the Big Lottery.
The brige is a 90 metre-long steel cable-stay structure, and will be well used by local walkers and cyclists.
Eventually the bridge will form part of a route down the estuary to the sea and up the Teign and Bovey rivers to Dartmoor, as part of the National Cycle Network.
There will bge an official opening event later in 2013.
<<More Details>>


Tim Bridgman with Dolly.

Round the World cyclists back on the road again!

After having one of their bikes stolen from Khartoum a few weeks ago,
Tim and Sharon Bridgman from Okehampton are back on the road and heading into Ethiopia.
Friends and family in the South West rallied together, and donated a "Surly" bike which was posted out to Sudan.
It arrived minus one crank, so after a bit of a game the bike is now assembled and the couple are looking forward to some serious mountains ahead!

The story of their journey so far: <<CLICK HERE>>


Riders on a soggy Dartmoor - Feb 2013
Moor success for Mud N Sweat.

Almost 100 riders took part in the Mud'N'Sweat event from South Brent at the weeekend. A course with 28 availble controls kept riders occupied for two hours on the short-score event, and 3.5 hours on the long-score.
Extremely wet conditions meant there were restrictions on direction of access to some of the control points.
For many riders it was a good practice run for the forthcoming Devon Dirt in April.
Dartmoor Classic additional event.

The sell-out event the "Dartmoor Classic", now has another event attached to it, - an entry-level sportive of 50Km for ladies only, and called the Debutante.
The 100 mile and 100 kilometre events are now designated as Dartmoor Classic Grande, and Dartmoor Classic Medio. 3000 people are signed up to the main events, and spaces on the Debutante are limited to 200.
This years event HQ is at the Newton Abbot Racecourse.

Torbay's £1.6m velodrome bid.

Local cyclists are urging councillors to give the go ahead for a new velodrome circuit in Paignton, which they would have to fund 50% of.

In addition to a 400m velodrome track, a 1.5Km off road circuit would also be constructed.
There is a great buzz in the area following on from the win of Jon Tiernan-Locke in the Tour of Britain in 2012. Torbay is keen to support cycling, and this year hosts the Tour Series races again on 28th May. The day will see many events for the public and local clubs to take part in.

The authority has recently been making big budget cuts, but it's hoped that the popularity of cycling in the Bay area will make the velodrome scheme a good business model.


Bob Kynaston
Bob Kynaston has passed away.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Bob Kynaston on 18 January, after a short illness.
Bob had been a CTC member for over 50 years, and the driving force behind the Tourist Competition for nearly 20 of those years. He was also a stalwart of West London CTC for a long time.
Bob’s death means the Tourist Competition will be on hold for the time being until a volunteer is found to take over the work of coordinating it. Cards, emails and donations to MacMillan Cancer Relief or Cancer UK regarding Bob may be forwarded to CTC to pass on to his family.
He will be greatly missed by his wide circle of friends and cycling colleagues.
Event registration will be done via National Office until a volunteer can be found to take it over.
Eventually, it is hoped that all events will be able to be uploaded online automatically. If you have an event for 2013 to register, please complete the event registration form that you can download from our website and return it to us.

At an International School in Khartoum shortly befor the bike theft.

Tim and Sharon Bridgman.

Round the World cyclists have bike stolen in Khartoum

Tim and Sharon Bridgman from Okehampton set off from Norway last July on a round-the-world tour. Recently they passed through Egypt, and were crossing Sudan, but whilst staying with friends in Khartoum, Tim had his Thorn bicycle stolen.
Local police were attempting to locate the thief and bicycle, - in the meantime St.John's Stret Cycles in Bridgwater are preparing a new bike to send out tothem in Sudan.

Tim and Sharon's blog has tells the story of their journey so far: <<CLICK HERE>>


CTC and BC condemn £35 fine for causing cyclists death.

The CTC and British Cycling have condemned a legal system which allowes a court who fined a woman £150 for damaging car, to only fine a motorist £35 for killing a cyclist.
Last weeks decision by Solihull Magistrates court fined a taxi driver £35 for a collision in which 20-year-old student Tim Ridgway was killed.
A matter of days later the same court fined Donna Lloyd, 27. £110, with £80 costs and £15 victim surcharge when she hit a parked car in a multi-storey car park and drove off
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Dave Lewia with Anne Learmonth.
Dave Lewis riding the Devil with Anne
Dave Lewis has passed away.

Regular Audax riders will be saddened to hear the news that Dave Lewis passed away last week, after losing his battle with cancer.
Dave from Swansea was the Audax Altitude Award organiser for several years, and rode and organised many AUK events in South Wales, and took part in events all over theUK.
Dave's funeral ( humanist) will be at Ystalyfera near Swansea, with a reception later in Swansea, and Anne will be inviting cyclists to join her on a ride up to the Ancient Briton and back (weather permitting!) starting at 11am.
Devon Dirt 2013
Devon Dirt 2013
Devon Dirt - entries rolling in.

Entries are rolling in for this years Devon Dirt bike ride on 21st April.
The event starts from Bigpeaks at Ashburton from 0930, and will take in an almost 40 mile circuit around South Dartmoor.
Entry fee of £16 ( £10 Junior) includes a free T-shirt, plus food on the event, and a £1 to Dartmoor National Park fee.

Full details at www.devondirt.co.uk
Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong

Armstrong confesses to doping.

It's hard to read or watch any news without mention of the latest twists and turns in the saga of Lance Armstrong.
The man who became a legend after winning 7 Tour De France's , is now widely held in disgr
ace by much of the cycling community.
Having protested his innocence for months, he finally confessed to doping during two staged appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. He has been accused of using the show as a platform, in order to get himself back into professional sport as soon as possible.
Many other athletes and organisations are implicated in the drugs scandal.
Whilst many would like the whole episode consigned to history to allow cycling to move forward, it seems the the Armstrong story will run for some time to come.

British Cycling / Sky
Sky Ride in Torbay.

Sky Rides return to Devon in 2013, with one scheduled for Torbay, and regular led Breeze and Go rides.
There are vacancies for people willing to be Sky Ride leaders:

"Sky Ride Local is back for 2013 and we’re looking for confident recreational cyclists to train as Ride Leaders and Route Planners. You don’t need to be a cycling expert, just be confident riding in groups and have heaps of enthusiasm. "

<<CLICK HERE>> to find out about being a SkyRide leader.
Bikeability Level 1,2,3 logos

Bikeability reaches over 5000

5,200 children in Devon have received Bikeability training since April 2012.
There are high hopes to train a record breaking 6,500 children this financial year.
Confirmation on future funding from the Department for Transport is awaited but, if successful, 7,000 children could be trained in the 2013/14 financial year.


Topsham floods: Near Bridge Inn.

Darts farm. Road replced by river!
A new year of lood damaged roads.
The start of 2013 has seen more rain, and a continuation of the floods of the end of 2012.
There has been much damage to road surfaces on side roads, main roads and cycle routes.
Repairs are being carried out in areas like the Exe Esturay Trail, which was subject to prolonged periods underwater, and landslips.
There have been several reported incidents of cyclists badly hurt as a result of colliding with potholes.
Members are ecouraged to use the CTC's pothole reporting service if you come across a defect that is hazardous to cyclists.
Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins receives a Knighthood.

Bradley Wiggins has been rewarded with a knighthood after winning the Tour de France and Olympic gold.
Wiggins followed his historic win in France, the first by a British cyclist, by winning a fourth gold medal and first on the road.

He also won the BBC's "Sports Personality of the year" award.
Dartmoor Classic 2013
Dartmoor Classic voted top Cyclosportive.

Promoter Ron Keegan, of organisers the Mid-Devon CC/Colin Lewis Cycles Club, said: "It's a big boost for us, that cycling people across the country think we're the best. "The Classic finished third last year, when there only a few votes in it. "But we've tried to improve the event year on year, and it's great that people have recognised it. "It's also a big thank-you to all the people in the club who give up their time to help with the event, as well as our sponsors." The Classic, in association with Specialized, beat two Welsh events, the Dragon Ride and the Etape Cymru, into second and third places.
Plymbridge Woods - Application approved.

The application by the National Trust to allow cycling facilities to be extended into Plymbridge Woods has now been finally approved.
The original palanning application was withdrawn some time ago and now the revised plans have been accepted.The plan includes the extention of new off road cycle trails through the woods.

Mud and Sweat burns off the Turkey.

The first Mud and Sweat event of the season took place on Sunday 1st December, based at the Heatree Centre near Hound Tor.
Riders had to collect points at about 20 different controls, worth various points. The area used was around North Bovey, Manaton,
Houndtor Woods and Lustleigh, with the option of a 2 hour or 4 hour "score" event.
The event was a great success and the weather stayed favourabvle although was considerable flooding on some parts of the course.
The next Mud and Sweat event is at South Brent on 14th February.


Jolly fine show!
Velo Vintage is a cracker!

On the 1st December the Velo Vintage ride was held to coincide with the Exmouth Christmas Cracker.
Riders were entertained by Laurel and Hardy ( aliass Blitz and Pieces), and at first took a lap of the Strand,
to see who was best dressed rider, and best dressed bicycle.
The riders pused at Prathayes Farm for mince pies and mulled wine, before returning to Exmouth to enjoy the atmosphere
at the Christmas Cracker.

Mud and Sweat series - TURKEY BURNER!

Mud 'n' Sweat next event, The Turkey Burner, will be taking place this Sunday 2nd December 2012. The
event will be based on the Eastern fringes of Dartmoor, incorporating the rugged open moorland,
and fast bridlepaths through nearby wooded and farmland areas.

The event centre for the weekend event, will be at Heatree Activity Centre near Manaton.
Registration will be open from 9.30am, with the first starts from 10am. www.heatree.com

Velo Vintage rides again!

Would you be so kind as to accompany us on the Cycle West – Velo Vintage occasion next Saturday, 1st December?
We can enjoy, fine company, entertainment, hot spiced wine with mince pies and bakewell tart,
together with a splendid cycle with friends new and old."
"Oh yes and the sky will be illuminated with fireworks at the end”
Plymouth - Planning Application for Plymbridge Woods - again!!

The National Trust has recently submitted a planning application for Off Road Cycling Trails at Plymbridge in Devon.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Plymouth in terms of having this facility and the investment that comes with it.
Go to the Plymouth City Council website and comment if you support the project.
http://bit.ly/ZkAlBP and enter the following Planning Application Number: 12/01712/FUL
Airless Tyre
Never Puncture Again!!

For some time now engineers and designers have been looking at airless tyres for motor cars.
Well now ther is news of the Energy Return Wheel from a Colorado-based company, and it seems we could be one step closer to that becoming a reality.
The company, Britek Tire and Rubber, has developed a a wheel system which stretches the tread over a series of tensioning rods.
These rods can be adjusted to alter the firmness of the tyre, the equivalent of adjusting tyre pressure.
They reckon the design allows elastic potential energy to be stored inside the wheel so when the tyre is compressed over bumps the stored energy is returned by the wheel and converted into forward velocity.
See the wheels in action at road.cc
AUDAX UK - Strategic Plan is set out.

The Board of AUK have developed a Strategic Plan which sets out the direction for the organisation for the period up to 2015.
The plan is subject to review and amendment and is not a 'final' document.
The Board are making the plan available to the Members via the web site and at the AGM. Comments, ideas,
suggestions are welcomed and should be sent to the Recorder.

The AUK reunion dinner and AGM are being held over the weekend of 17th November 2012 at The Metropole Hotel,
Llandrindod Wells with guest of honour - Andy Wilkinson
Barclays "Boris" Bikes - price to double in 2013.

Access fees for the London Bike Hire scheme are set to double from £1 to £2 for a 24 hour period from 2nd Jan 2013.
With 3.5 million journeys made last year by casual users alone, the increases are likely to prove a moneyspinner,
and Mr Johnson stands accused of having undersold sponsorship of the scheme.

There was no specific mention of changes to actual hire charges, which start at £1 for between 30 minutes’ and an hour’s use ranging up to £50 for 24 hours, the maximum allowed.
TfL outlined that the coming 12 months will see further investment in cycling in the capital, including expansion of the much criticised Barclays Cycle Superhighways.
Shane Sutton
Shane Sutton injured in crash.

British Cycling has confirmed that Shane Sutton, Head Coach for the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning
on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester.
Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.
He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.
Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins injured in crash.

Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike when a van pulled out of a grage forecourt in Wrightington, close to his home in Eccleston,
near Chorley at 6pm on Weds. 6th November.
He may have broken ribs, and have injuries to his hands and is currently in Hospital for observation.
It's not known if Britians first winner of the Tour De France will have his career affected by the incident,
but early indications are that he will make a full recovery.
Dartmoor Classic 2013
Dartmoor Classic - is now full with 3000 entered - is it the best?

The Dartmoor Classic is full for 2013 all the entries went within the first week - so well done if you got a place!
"Cycling" are doing a reader survey on Cyclosportives, and riders of the Classic are encouraged to vote for it as the "Best Sportive in Britain!"
To take survey <<CLICK HERE>> ( Question 6 for Sportives)
BBC Cycling Programme.

Colin Murray hosts new monthly cycling magazine on Radio 5 which began last Friday.
BeSpoke explores the sport which the UK has dominated in the last two Olympics and the recent Tour de France.
The show will include a 'Chopper Challenge', with professional cyclists being timed on a Chopper bike around the track at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, where the UK team is based.

Newton Cycle Bridge nears completion.

The spans are now in place on the new cycle bridge at Town Quay in Newton Abbot.
The bridge is expected to be opened in January 2013, and will eventually provide a link to Kingsteignton, and on to the Teign Estuary to Teignmouth.

The work is being undertaken by Devon County Council, and Sustrans, and the funding was won for this section during 2009 when there wer bids for lottery funding.
There are many improvements planned for the South Devon area, including improved crossing of the A38 near Drumbridges, and a propsed Velodrome for Tprbay.

Ben Bradshaw adds weight to Parliamentary debate on Cycling.

Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has added his voice to a parliamentary debate on criminal justice.
Following on from comments made by another Devon Cycling MP Dr.Sarah Wollaston (Totnes) he lamented the number of convictions of drivers who had caused deaths as a result of their driving.
In 2008 some 90% of convicted drivers were jailed, but this had fallen to 50% in 2011.
You can read more on Ben's Blog here: <<CLICK HERE>>

Anna Presland sets off the riders.

Dartmoor Devil - Twentieth succesful event!

178 riders entered this years ride, and after 159 started out, 115 made it to the finish in time.
This years route was one of the hardest courses, and many were close to time limits all the way around.
The weather was very favourable for the morning, but after the soup control at Whiddon Down, the mist and rain arrived, with a moderate head wind across the moor to Princetown.
Well done to all who finished or rode, and a big thankyou to the team of helpers.
Photos and video and a report on the Dartmoor Devil web pages www.dartmoordevil.co.uk

Devil 2012 start

Dartmoor Classic
Dartmoor Classic - 400 entries in first hour.

Entries for the 2013 Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive opened today (29th October)

400 places were taken in the first hour, and the event is likely to be sold out by the end of the week.
The date next year is on the 23rd June, using the similar route to 2012. Specialized will continue to be associated with the event.

Dartmoor Devil - Twentieth event!
The twentieth Dartmoor Devil takes place this weekend - 28th OCTOBER.
200 riders are expected to tackle the ardous route. Some 7000ft of climbing across Dartmoors highest points.
This year route features Pepperdon Hill, climbing up tothe Reservoirs, with a control at Heltor Rock.

The soup control as at The Post Inn at Whiddon Down. FoxTor Cafe provides the control at Princetown, after which the riders will trace the usual route back through the three major climbs of Dartmeet, Poundsgate and Widecombe Hill.


Group near Morlaix

Forty enjoy a soggy weekend in Brittany.
Forty riders enjoyed a failrly soggy weekend to Treguier in Brittany.
On arrival at Roscoff at 7am on 7th October it was raining steadily. The rain turned to drizzle,
but stayed with the riders for most of the day as they headed through Lannion to Perros Guirec, and on the the hotel destination at Port Blanc.
On the Sunday it was a shorter more direct route back to the ferry.


Totnes Taster

Totnes Taster - new CTC 100Km event - Sunday 14th October.

The Totnes Taster is a NEW EVENT this year leading you on a gloriously scenic ride around the back roads of South Devon. Starting in Totnes and heading south through lanes and villages down the west side of the river Dart before entering Dartmouth and crossing the river by ferry.
The route then proceeds up the east of the Dart past Berry Pomeroy Castle then through the famous ‘Denbury Triangle’ - deviate from the route sheet at your peril: you might be cycling in circles for weeks!
Then up onto Dartmoor for a circuit of Haytor and Hound Tor before heading south again and back, via the lanes, to Totnes.

<<CLICK HERE>> for route sheet .pdf.


New Bridge pylon at Town Quay.

Route 2 - new bridge at Newton Abbot takes shape.

Work is going ahead in Newton Abbot to complete the route linkng Kingsteignton to Newton Abbot.
The new bridge being constructed at Town Quay has just had the mast erected.
The rest of the work on the bridge is due to be completed at the end od 2012 with the opening likley tgo be early in 2013.
Further schemes in the area include a proposed inclusion of new traffic lights at Drumbridges roundabout on the A38 to
help cyclists and pedestrians to cross.


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