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Updated 7th Novemberr 2013




Dartmoor Devil 2013

Dartmoor Devil - 21 years.
Preparations are under way for this years Dartmoor Devil 100Km hilly audax.

This is the 21st year of the classic and popular cycling event, which attracts over 200 riders each year, and can often prove an considerable challenge if the weather is poor.
Riders will visit Ashburton and Princetown as control points on the event with hot soup as sustenance.

There are two start times for the event, which heads off from Bovey Tracey at 8am and 9am. The finish is at the Kestor Inn at Manton.
You can enter the event via the AUK website here:


Tour of Britain in Devon
Tour of Britain in Devon on Friday.

The 2013 Tour of Britain arrives in Devon this Friday and features the first ever hilltop finish, with Stage 6 finishing at Haytor
The top field of riders which includes Wiggins, Cavendish and Quintana are expected to thrill tens of thousands of spectators as the county of Devon hosts yet another stage of he tour.
Sadly Jon Teirnan Locke from Plymouth will not contest this years stage, he had to pull out of the ToB as he has been suffering exhaustion.
Local clubs and organsations will have stands and activities throughout the day. The stage starts in Sidmouth where there are cycling events and festivities running all week to suport the tour.

Town Quay bridge..

Cycle Bridge - the road to nowhere?

Cyclists in South Devon have been dismayed to hear of the scrapping of the Teign Estuary Cycle Route.

At recent meeting plans were progressing well, and work to purchase land for the scheme was under way.

However last week it was announced that the scheme would be scrapped as part of government spending cuts.


Alistair at Exmouth.
Papete success!

Alistair Cope has succesfully completed his journey from Edinburgh to Exmouth using a Pashley cycle, and towing a Flaxland Canoe, to utilise roads and waterways to make the 700 mile journey.
He arrived to a warm reception at Exmouth on Saturday 14th September.
He encountered som considerable obstacles along the way including low bridges, heavy washes from passing barges and a broken wheel early on in the trip, but all these were overcome to complete the journey safely..

100 miles in 8/10 hours
100 in 8

Six riders completed the CTC 100 mile tourist trial at the weekend. The time limits were 8 or 10 hours.
The course took riders over haldon to the outskirts of Exeter, before crossing Mid Devon to Winkleigh and Okehampton, returning via the Teign Valley.

Moor 2 Sea Sportive.
Moor 2 Sea Cyclosportive.

Around 1500 cyclists took part in the Moor 2 Sea Sportive on 1st September.
The event featured three routes - the "Inspire", the "Challenge" and the "Extreme".
The evnt strated and finished at Exeter racecourse and featured a timed section climbing Haytor.

Alistair's rig!
Papete in progress!.

Alistair Cope from Seaton is paddling and pedalling across Britain using a canoe and Pashley bicycle.
He has already had to overcome many obstacles , including a broken freewheel hub, broken chain, getting his boat swamped by barges, and finding bridges that are so low he's had to unpack and repack stuff to get through - he continues his journey through Yorkshire.

PAPETE - is Pedal and Paddle Edinburgh to Exmouth, a 700 mile route of cycling and canoeing.
Alistair is raising funds for three charities. Headway Devon and Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education will get 90% of the donations. He is also raising funds for Blesma and 10% will be allocated to this charity that help men and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight in the service of our country.
Torbay SkyRide
Sky Ride Torbay 2013

Thousands join Torbay SkyRide.

Torbay's SkyRide was agreat success at the weeeknd. Thousands flocked to the Sea Front to take part n the days events.
Over three thousand registered to go on the ride, and places on the local Sy Rides are filling up well.
Sky Rides are free and designed to get new and novice cyclists out on their bikes.
SkyRide leaders are made up from individual experienced cyclists and members of CTC and BC clubs.
Go the SkyRide website to register FREE!


Exmouth Exodus.
Exmouth Exodus 2013.

Over 200 cyclists turned out at Channings Pub in Clifton at the start of this years Exmouth Exodus.
Riders left in groups into drizzly rain, but although there were lenty of showers about, there were plenty of glimpses of a bright moon peering through layers of cloud across the Somerset levels.
Helpers were busy at the control at Fivehead keepers riders going with a hot chowder and other refreshments.
The final tea stop was at Luppit common after the long climb of Blagdon Hill.

. www.exmouthexodus.co.uk
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Sky Ride

SkyRide this weekend.

The first Torbay Sky Ride is this weekend.
CTC Torbay are organising a ride from Paignton Green to Carolines Kitchen at Churston.
All participants in the SkyRide can get a free hi-viz bib, and there are many events happening throughout he day.
The Sky Ride route is a 4Km traffic free circuit around Paignton.
It's hoped and anticipated that thousands will turn up for the event which comes on the end of the Paignton Regatta week.
On Friday 16th August the sea front will host action-packed cycle racing, promoted by the Mid Devon Cycling Club.

Go the SkyRide website to register FREE!


Police seek witnesses after cycling fatality at Lifton.

A forty year old local cyclist was killed on wednesday 14th August when he was involved with a collision with a Citroen Saxo at a crossroads.Police are seeking witnesses.
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£94 million for cycling in UK - Devon benefits

There is excellent new for cycling in the South West. Cycling has been allocated £94 million across the UK, with £17 million going to some of the nationl parks..
Dartmoor National Park is a winner, and part of the money will go the fund an essential crossing of the A38 near Heathfield where cyclists and walkers have run the gauntlet for decades. A proper road bridge will effectively join the communities of South Devon to the area around Bovey Tracey and South Dartmoor.
It means that eventually routes like the Teign Estuary can be link to trails such as the Wray valley, so that cyclists will be able to ride from the coast to the moors - traffic free.

Exmouth Exodus.
Exmouth Exodus.

Over 280 riders arere now signed up to the 2013 Exmouth Exodus ride on Saturday 17th August.
The event starts near Clifton Bridge in Bristol and heads South via Cheddar Gorge and the Blackdown Hills to Exmouth for Breakfast.
This years event features new controls at Fivehead in Somerset.
Route will shortly be available on the website. www.exmouthexodus.co.uk
# Devon CTC are not responsible for other external sites that we may link to.


Alistair Cope - Pashley and Canoe.
Alistair Cope

Alistair Cope from Seaton is setting out next weeknd on a big adventure. He is doing something a little different.
PAPETE - is Pedal and Paddle Edinburgh to Exmouth, a 700 mile route of cycling and canoeing.
Alistairs Pashley bike will tow the canoe when on land, and the bike is stored on the canoe when he is paddling across the inland waterways.
Alistair is raising funds for three charities. Headway Devon and Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education will get 90% of the donations. He is also raising funds for Blesma and 10% will be allocated to this charity that help men and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight in the service of our country.

New "scrunchy" maps
New cloth maps.

SplashMaps are light-weight, durable, washable, wearable fabric maps and are ideal for the “real” outdoors of mud, wind, snow and rain… all the conditions that paper is not “cut-out” for. This is a fresh new market offering, never done before; uniquely based upon the best Ordnance Survey data and other Open Data Sources. We are able to tailor these maps to be the most usable outdoor maps ever for walking, riding, cycling, eventing or anything you could do in the real outdoors

Note: Splashmaps for Exmoor and Wessex areas are now available through
Charlie the Bikemonger.
# Devon CTC are not responsible for other external sites that we may link to.
Maybe if there is enough inerest from CTC we can get some made up for Devon and Dartmoor.
MDCC riders at the finish.
Prudential RIDE LONDON 2013
Ride London - Prudential.

CTC helpers from Devon were busy on the Ride London last weekend. Several had travelled up to join many more helpers who took on key roles of marshalling and administering the ride which had over 20000 riders.
Many riders from local clubs also took part in the event which covered 100 miles of closed roads.
On August 12th registration opens for the 2014 event which will have some 80,000 places in the ballot..

French connection.
Torbay CTC Trip to France.

CTC Torbay have another trip to Brittany planned in October.

Already 41 people have booked up on the trip which crosses the channel at Roscoff, and visits Chateauneuf Le Faou.
There are three rides availabe all taking a slightly different route to the town.
On Sunday all theree rides will combine to ride straight back to the ferry.

Sky Ride
Torbay SkyRide Looms.

August 18th is the date for a big organised SkyRide in the bay.
There will be a whole day of activities and rides, and cyclists from across the area will be there to support and encourage potential new cyclists.
There is already a programme of SkyRides running throughout the area.
CTC Torbay are organising a Sky Ride to Carolines Kitchen in Churston.
Go the SkyRide website to register FREE!
Exeter cyclist killed descending hill in Branscombe.

A 24 year old lady cyclist from Exeter has died after colliding with a wall as she was descending the hill into Branscombe Village.
No other vehicles were involved, - she was riding with other members of her family.
It's understood tht she may have lost control on the long decent into the village.

<<CLICK HERE>> for more details
London - Edinburgh - London, 2013

Congratulations to all the riders who completed this year LEL 1400Km Audax.
The event took place over five days with control points manned throughout the event.
Chuffy (Rob) Simminds, Brain Jago and Rod Pash were three local riders who completed the event.
Roy Wood was injured a week before the event when he was knocked down by lorry.
The resulting knee injury meant he could not continue beyong Thirsk, athough he still managed 500 miles.
Results at: www.londonedinburghlondon.com
Zoe Mack
Zoe Mack - Photo: Express & Echo.

Cycling incidents on Exe Estuary Trail.

Zoe Mack, 19, from St Johns Road, was taken to Exeter County Court last week and ordered to pay £2500 for the damage caused to a car following an accident last August along the Exton section of the trail.
The cycle trail joins the road at Exton, instead of following a separate route alongside the estuary, eventually turning back to the riverside trail.
Zoe had been returning from work in Topsham, but as she emerged at the Exton Lane junction with Station Road, there was a collision. The impact caused her to roll over the car bonnet – she suffered bruising and cracked her helmet as she hit the road.
Police are also appealing for witnesses, when a cyclist who was knocked off balance by a passing car subsequently assaulted the driver who went back to see if he was OK.
The Exe Estuary Trail is becoming a very popular route, but in sections it is a narrow lane which is still a Highway, and cyclists, pedestrians , and motorists all need to excersice care and patience.
Note:CTC and BC memberships include a third party insurance to protect against this type of claim.

<<CLICK HERE>> for more on this story.

CTC Exeter meet Tony Hogg
CTC Exeter members meet Police Commissioner.

On 11 July Peter Stone from the CTC met the Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg to hand over the report and discuss its recommendations.
Peter's experience formed one of the case studies included in the report.
He was accompanied by a dozen members of Exeter CTC who were keen to discuss how to improve conditions for cycling.

Further details can be found with other links in CTC Exeter's July Newsletter.
Another cycling fatality in Jersey.

There has been another cycling fatality in Jersey, the second in a short period, prompting calls for improved cycle provision, and increased awareness of the trafficdangers from drivers and cyclists.
Although the Channel Islands are famed as tourist destinations, the main islands of Jersey and Guersney are very heavily populated, the main towns suffer from heavy traffic congestion during daytime, and narrow roads and lanes often prevent development of any cycling specific infrastructure.

Update: It's understood the cycist was on holiday with his family from Stoke-on-Trent.
<<CLICK HERE>> for more on this story.
London - Edinburgh - London, -update
LEL riders are now over half way around the 1400kM course, and three Devon riders are going well.
You can follow riders and keep track of what is happening next week on the LEL website.
Rob (Chuffy) Simmonds is rider V33, Brian Jago is T10, and Rod Pash T11.
Roy Wood (B59) is shown as stopped at Thirsk on the way out.
Exeter Cyclist Critical after collision on Topsham Road.

A collision between a car and a cyclist at 7.40 pm on Sunday left a 30 year cyclist crtically injured.
The road was closed for eight hours during investigations.
The cyclist was later transferred to Derriford Hospital wher he remains critically ill.
The hatchback car was being driven by an 18 year old who was unharmed.
<<CLICK HERE>> for more from E&E
London - Edinburgh - London
London - Edinburgh - London, the great adventure!

LEL starts this weekend. This year over 1000 riders including several from the South West will be taking on the 1400Km challenge from London to Edinburgh and back in 5 days.
They will be well supported with 100's of Audax United Kingdom helpers.

Like the Paris-Brest-Paris the LEL takes place every four years, and although there is no requirement for " qualifying" rides, the riders will have been a long time in preparation for the ride.
This years ride was sold out very quickly after it was published with a limit of 1000 entries.

You can follow riders and keep track of what is happening next week on the LEL website.
JOGLE success for youngsters..

Congratulations to three South Devon youngsters - Tom Dunn, Jack Fannon and Tom Guppy, who have completed their 1025 mile ride across the UK.
The pupils of Newton Abbot College have been planning the ride for some time, and have been raising money for Cancer Research UK.
The riders camped for most evenings, with a minibus driving ahead of them to organise the food stops.
Freewheeling fun
All downhill for CTC Devon

It's all downhill this weekend. The Freeweheeling competition starts at 11.30 on the old A38 at Bickington near Newton Abbot.
Alternatively meet with CTC Torbay at the Bovey Golf Course for coffe at 10.30 prior to the event.
Lunch is booked afterwards at the Welcom Stranger pub.
Entry Fee is just £1 , advance entry encouraged, - route is all downhill with a couple of gentle bends so nothing too severe! Trophy for the winner.
1000 mile Roscoff Santander trip for youngsters.

Three youngsters from the Topsham area have just completed a 1000 mile trip from Roscoff to Santander, cycle-camping.
For Mark Hattersley, Greg Wilmington & Eddie Roberts, this was their first proper cycle-camping tour whch included a climb over the Pyrenees, and they are raising money for Cancer Research UK.
<<CICK HERE>> to support them.
Burn The Curtain

Eden cycle trails are backdrop for play.

The clay cycle trails near EDEN are the backdrop for a play featuring bicycles, performed by the "Burn The Curtain" theatre group.

The play follows the colourful and misguided escapades of Don Quixote, the self-styled knight of La Mancha, and includes an exciting array of strange and beautiful custom-designed bicycles. As part of the show, audiences will also be able to decorate their bicycles and even turn them into their very own trusty steeds.
Burn the Curtain are based in Honiton, Devon and have toured the fun-filled show at the acclaimed Brighton Festival as well as Cap Fréhel, taking in some of Brittany’s most stunning coastline and will also be performing at Leeds Bike Fest later in the summer.

South Ha,s riders at Mt.St.Michele
Chris Froome - Time trial at Mt.St.Michele.
Devon cyclists enjoying Tour De France 2013.

Riders from across Devon and Cornwall have flocked to parts of France to see the 100th edition of the Tour De France.
Local clubs were in evidence, especially on the stages in Brittany and Normandie.

Devon flags were also on displayon the classic double helping stage on the Alpe D'Huez, where Chris Froome held on to his Tour lead despite a struggle in the final few kilometers, and receiving a 20 secomd penalty for taking food.
The Tour will finish in Paris this weekend.
Jack Fannon, Tom Dunn, Tom Guppy
JOGLE ride under way.

Three South Devon youngsters - Tom Dunn, Jack Fannon, and Tom Guppy are now in Keswick on their way South on the John O'Groats to Land's End ride fro Cancer Research UK.
The pupils of Newton Abbot College have been planning the ride for some time, and set off earlier in the week in cold and damp weather. Now they are hitting the heat wave, and will be riding on some very hot days. They will be back in Devon on 24th July.
Cycle lanes closed - A380
Cycle lane closures.

Cycling groups in South Devon are concerned at the closure of cycle lanes around Penn Inn as the South Devon Link Road works get under way.
Contractors Galliford-Try have had to cose off Bus Stops , Pedestrian Crossings, Footpaths and now Cycle Lanes as part of the work, but with the heavy queues of traffic and the build of of dirt and stones on the road left by contractors lorries, local cyclists are unhappy about the dangers being introduced and lack of any alternative facilities.
Touring in Brittany
Tour De Manch officially launches.

On 22nd June the Tour De Manche was officially launched, follwing the "Baguette Relay" rides across the County of Dorset and into Devon.
There was a launch festival in Tavistock.
The "Tour DeManch" will eventually link up all the cycle routes in Brittany and Normandie. with routes in Devon and Dorset providing an 800 mile network using the ferry ports at Plymouth and Poole.

Cyclewest is the organisation responsible for publicising and promoting the routes.
End to End ride tragedy in Cornwall.

Two men from Scotland were killed on the A30 near Summercourt in Cornwall when they were setting off for John O'Groats on Tuesday 2nd July.
The men were riding along the A30 at about 0840 when they were struck by a lorry from Launceston.

The driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion, and has been released on bail until October.

The riders have been named as Andrew McMenigall, 47, and Toby Wallace, 36, and they were both from the Aberdeen Area.
The A30 in Cornwall is a notoriously busy road, but is a fast route fro riders doing LEJOG. It's beleived the riders were doing a 7 day attempt at the ride.
Successful rides for the 20th anniversary.

Over 80 riders entered the Devon Delight on Sunday 30th June, and the weather was mainly warm and sunny.
Helpers were busy sorting out food and drink for riders and sorting a small demolition problem at the HQ!
The ride wemt over the new brideg at the town quay in Newton Abbot.

Martin Nurse from Exeter has raised over £350 for Rowcroft from his efforts.

Seven took part in the Torplex 200Km. All riders were home by 8pm, including Arnie Read on his first 2000Km event.
Devon Delight / Torplex 200 this weekend.

Entries are flowing in for the Twentieth Anniversary Devon Delight and Torplex 200 rides.
The start is at the Pro Cycle Centre. and will use the new bridge on Town Quay for the start.

Special Anniversary water bottles have ben produced, and will be given free to all the riders.
The main refreshment stop is the village hall at Stoke Canon near Exeter where CTC helpers are on hand to keep riders fed and watered.
There are places still available for both events.

Dave Prudden and Sreve Main
Dartmoor Classic riders battle severe weather.

Over 3000 riders were entered for the Dartmoor Classic 2013, but conditions at he weekend were less than favourable. Wind as strong as 25 knots from the west, and some driving rain made it a very hard ride out to Princetown. Several retired due to the cold conditions, and some had to be rescued by the broom wagons.
But the bulk of the field made it safely back to the Kingsteignton Racecourse HQ, and had their moment of podium glory as they collected their medals.
One girl suffered head injuries after a bad crash at Hexworthy, which involved the Air Ambulance.
But once again the event is receiving great praise and acclaim from many quarters.

Tom Staniford
Exeter Cyclist with rare gene has his eye on Paralympic title.

Tom Staniford has an extremely rare condition that means he is unable to store fat under his skin. Although he was born a normal weight, he lost all the fat around his face and limbs during his childhood, and yet his body still thinks he is obese, meaning he has type 2 diabetes. His hearing also deteriorated when he was 10 and he has worn hearing aids since.

However, Staniford's cycling abilities are anything but normal. He was the British national paracycling circuit race champion in 2011 and his ambition is to become Paralympic champion at Rio 2016.

BBC News have more on the story

2013 Preparations
Dartmoor Classic 2013

The big weekend is almost here - The Dartmoor Classic is on on Sunday 23rd June, and has 3000 people signed up to ride the event, plus another 200 on the Ladies Debutante ride.
The event Start Village is at Kingsteignton Racecourse this year, but the route is essentially the same as in 2012.
The weather forecast is breezy but mainly dry for Sunday.

Bike Nicking Video

An interesting video experiment has been conducted with hidden video cameras watching the staged theft of a bicycle.
The scenes say a lot about peoples perception of the would-be thief based on their race/colour or gender.
View it here on YouTube.

Dartmoor Ghost.

This weekend sees a new event for CTC Devon.
The Dartmoor Ghost is a 140Km event that starts at Bovey Tracey at 10pm on Saturday night and takes riders through all the haunted parts of the moor.
It takes place on the shortest Saturday of the year, with high hopes for some moonlit roads.
Riders will be finishing in the early hours of the morning and probaly just as the first riders set out on the Dartmoor Classic.

Breakfast team at Ash Thomas.
AUK National 400Km.

77 riders completed the AUK National 400Km event. Organised by a team headed up by Ian Hennessey, 30 volunteers were up for most of the weekend keeping the riders fed and watered.
The maximum time limit was 27 hours for a course which took the riders across the Severn Bridge into Wales, and used part of the Avalon Sunset route.
Weather and road conditions were variable, but just after midday on Sunday all riders were back safely at the finish near Ash Thomas.

3rd Velo Vintage
Third Velo Vintage success.

Velo Vintage was back in action on 15th June. Over 200 riders well attired turned up for the start at Spoken in Exmouth.
The vast array of bicycles was a sight to behold. There was entertainment throughout the day.
Riders took a break at Lympstone at the Swan Inn, and then climbed the long hill to A La Ronde, the National Trust Property, where cream teas were served.
The event was held in association with Cycle-West, and the next Velo Vintage is on 7th December.
<<CLICK HERE>> for more on this.
Coast to Coast and Tri-Vets.

CTC ran two succesful events at the beginning of June. The Coast to Coast Audax \event and the Tri-Vets events were organised by Roy Russell, and attracted over 100 riders.
Weather conditions were very good.
Closures frustrate cyclists and walkers..

Walkers and cyclists have been frustrated by recent closures of the new cycle tack past the Newton Abbot racecourse.
The track will be closed at the weekend ( June 8th) for surfacing works.

The route crosses land owned by the Racecourse who have the power to close the path when there are races on.
For details of forthcoming closures <<CLICK HERE>>
Wiggle Tour - Police on sabotage alert.

Police were on alert last weekend for the Wiggle Tour Sportive in Hampshire.
Following previous attempts to disrupt the Sportive when tacks were thrown on to the road, police warned those who may be thinking of disrupting the event not to do so.
The event went off well, helped by glorious summer weather.
Tim and Sharon celebrate 12 months away on World Tour

Tim and Sharn Bridgman have celebrated the first twelve months oftheir epic World Tour started on 4th June 2012..
They have covered over 11,000 miles since last summer, and travelled through sixteen countries.
They had a bicycle stolen in Kenya, and a Malaria scare, but the trip continues.
They are scheduled to return to the UK in Summer 2014
Torbay Tour series Races - Torquay.

A few damp patches did little to dampen spirits at the 2013 Tour races in Torquay.
The day was packed with evets culminating in a fast
1 hr +5 lap circuit race on the sea front, which saw the bunch stay together and a furious sprint won by Ed Clancy confirmed with a photo finish.
The CTC stand generated a lot of interest partly aided by some old bikes on display, which were used in the community races in the afternoon.

Robert Lepertel with AUK's Rocco Richardson.
Photo: Tim Wainright AUK
Robert Lepertel has passed away.

Robert Lepertel was president of the Audax Club Parisien from 1967 to 1983.
He managed the BRM outside France from 1966 to 1998 and in 2003 and he was the first to authorize the organization of brevet de Randonneurs outside France.
That’s why the Brevets de Randonneurs Français (created in 1921) became in 1976 the Brevets de Randonneurs Européens. Then, he created with some of you in 1983 the Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux. Of course, he was one of the main organizers of Paris-Paris-Brest Randonneur. He was the sole manager from 1975 to 1987 and part of the organization from 1966 to 1999, except in 1991.
Bob was retired from the ACP activities for some years. His poor health during the last years obliged him to stay at home most of the time but he was always there for our main meetings. It’s a real loss for the Audax Club Parisien and the BRM.
Racecourse vandals cause concern over new cycle route.

The new cycle route from Newton Abbot to Kingsteignton, which was opened a few weeks ago, has suffered a bit of a setback thanks to vandals who have been throwing rocks onto the adjacent racecourse, and damaging racecourse signs.

The route crosses land owned by the Racecourse who already have the power to close the route on race days, and they are suggesting that they may consider the future of the route if the problem persists.
Walkers and Cyclists in the town have called for the route to be permanaently open.
( Next race meeting is 28th May, so the path is likely to be closed on that date)
Coast to Coast and Devon Delight in June.

Threeforthcoming events for CTC Devon - the Coast to Coast events on 1st June, organised by Roy Russell, and the Devon Delight and Torplex randonees on 30th June.
Entries are now closed for the Coast to Coast rides but you can still enter the Devon Delight and Torplex events.
<<CLICK HERE>> for details.
Tour Series races in Torbay this week.

On Tuesday 28th May, Torquay hosts the Tour Series races.
There will be a whole day of events including Go Ride racing for youngsters, Community Races in the afternoon, and several amateur stage races, before the pro-race in the evening.
There will also be club and trade-display stands, and roller racing.

CTC Torbay will having a stand there and are looking forward to meeting lots of new faces.

CTC Video launched

As part of " Getting Britain Cycling" CTC President Jon Snow helped lauch and video, which is supporting the governments e-petition.

Steve Feeney filmed from inside a cab one of the UK's most recognisable faces cycling through heavy traffic". So far, nearly 60,000 people of the 100,000 needed have signed the e-petition. Jon’s video explains why it is important so why not send the film to all your cycling friends?



Sportif Rider hit and run was tweeted by young driver.

Driver Emma Way struck and knocked over a cyclist on a Sportif in Norfolk, and then tweeted about what she had done saying the cyclist deserved it as he didn't pay road tax.
The tweet has gone viral, and police are now involved. She has been suspended from her job as a Junior Accountant.
Toby Hockey was the 29 year old rider knocked down. He wasn't going to report the incident for fear of worrying his girlfriend, but then police urged bboth parties to come forward after the events were spread across social media sites. <<MORE>> from Ipayrodtax site.


Audrey Fyfe.

Community service sentence for killer driver who killed twice.

A driver who killed a cyclist on the roads for the second time can re-apply for his licence in 5 years time.
Is the right to a driving licence more important than our right to ride without being killed? The judge who passed sentence on Gary McCourt who killed a 22 year old in a hit & run 20 years ago then after serving a 10 year ban, got back behind the wheel & killed killed again clearly doesn't think so.
He has just been sentenced to community service & been told he can reapply for his licence in 5 years time.
He killed Audrey Fyfe a keen lifelong cyclist who supported cycling events in scotland.

CTC are pressing the Lord Advocate for an appeal against the sentence



Cycle West are loking for volunteers to take part in the Baton Baguette Relay to celebrate the launch of the Transh manche Cycle Route.

Calling all friends and fans, please let us know if you would like to Volunteer to take part in the TOUR DE MANCHE LAUNCH Baguette Baton Relay 15 to 23 June! To express your interest please email us at info@cycle-west.com

Plymouths £5 million bid to transform cycling and walking links

Plymouth City Council are bidding for £5 million in Government funding to improve cycling and walking links through the city centre and along the spectacular waterfront.
As one of the cities applying for a 'City Deal', Plymouth has been given the opportunity to bid for a share of up to £30 million being made available through the Department for Transport's Cycle City Ambition Grant.
There would also be provision of an off-road cycle path from Laira Rail Bridge through to Morley Park, using the route of the former railway line and enhancing the link to Saltram Park along the Ride.
PLYMOTION! - Subsidised bike maintenance courses.

The Bikespace in partnership with the CTC and Plymouth City Council are offering bike maintenance workshops in Plymouth with a 60% reduction.
To find out more about the reduced rate of £40 for these monthly courses on a Saturday, you can call Bikespace on 01752-500211 or visit www.thebikespace.org

Clubs at Rivera International Cenre.
Torbay Council vote YES to Velodrome plans.

Cycling clubs from across the region assembled at the Torbay Council meeting at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay, to discuss and vote on whether to borrow £780,000 and commit to paying the ineterest incurred in running the facility in Paignton.

In the end there were three abstentions and the other 31 members voted in favour of the sports facility. MDCC chairmain Andrew Perkins was given time to make a presentation to the council, and commend the scheme to the members.
It's great news for cyclist's in teh South West region, and the facility will not only benefit local clubs, but clubs and organsiations further away, and be of graet benefit to Junior training and promoting the fitness of youngsters.

Crossing RedHayes Bridge.
Tuesday gang on the Beer run.

CTC Torbays Tuesday rides are becoming increasingly popular.

Last week they did a Youth Hostel weekend to Beer YH. They enjoyed some relatively good weather, and despite several breakdowns including 3 punctures and a broken chain, a great time was had by all.
Mike Taylor put together a little video compilation of the trip, and you can view it here on YouTube.

Cycle a Difference.
Luke is Cycling a Difference.

Luke Humphreys from Exeter is Cycling a Difference, and raising awareness and monet for newborns in Vietnam.
He is about to set off on his adventure, and has raised almost 96% of his sponsorship total.

Find out more on his JustGiving site <<HERE>>

Families enjoying the SkyRide.

CTC Stand at SkyRide
SkyRide in Plymouth.

SkyRide came to Plymouth on 12th May. On a cold blustery day, whilst 100's were traversing Dartmoor on the Ten Tors, 100's more were riding around Central park in Plymouth on a closed circuit for the SkyRide.
There were dozens of stands and exhibits, plus bike hire and repair posts.
CTC had a new publicity stand manned by Julie Lang from CTC Plymouth, and Brett Nicolle, Cycling Decelopment Manager for Plymouth City Council.
The next SkyRide in Devon is on 18th August in Torbay.
Details <<HERE>>

CTC Torbay - present a cheque at the festival.

Hundreds enjoy the festival.

Sundays Cycling and Walking festival was a great success, and 92 people took part in the CTC Star Rides, with 50 of those non CTC members.
CTC Torbay members presented a cheque for £200 to Tom Dunn, Tom Guppy, Jack Fannon and David Horsler as money raised by the section towards their forthcoming JOGLE charity ride, in support on Cancer Care.
The Festival and supporting events are just part of the new impetus given to cycling in the area, with Sky Rides about to take place in the Torbay area for the first time, and regular local Breeze rides.
CTC rides take place on most days of the week now, with a Tuesday riders trip to Beer YH this week.


CTC Star Rides
CTC Star rides - at the Cycling and Walking Festival..

On 5th May there is a Cycing and Walking Festival, to celebrate the opening of the new foot and cycle bridge at Town Quay in Newton Abbot.
CTC will have a stand there and are organising several rides to the area called "Star Rides".
There will also be GoRide races, Cyclo Cross, and various activities throughout the day.


Dartmoor puts in £6m cycling bid.

The Dartmoor National Park Authority have put in a bid for £6 million of funding towards increasing cycling use and cycling access to the National Park.
There are now over 80 events registered in the Parks diary, and many of these are cycling events.
The DNPA hope to meet with cycling bodies later in 2013 to discuss prospects for cycling related activities on the moors.
Cyclist killed in Guernsey

A cyclist has died in a road crash at Salerie Corner in Guernsey, police have confirmed.
A police spokesman identified him as 59-year-old David Allison. He said: "There was a very serious accident involving a male cyclist and a lorry... the cyclist died of his injuries at the scene." The incident occurred at about 08:40 BST nn 26th April and led to the closure of the island's east coast road in both directions for more than two hours.


Get Britain Cycling.

CTC have backed the governments campaign to "Get Britain Cycling". The organisation is calling on David Cameron to act on a report published today (24th April 2013 ) calling for 10 per cent of journeys in Britain to be made by cycle by 2025 – the current figure is less than 2 per cent.
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) is holding an inquiry on the question, “how can we get Britain cycling?” CTC has responded to the inquiry and will be assisting the group with preparing for the oral evidence sessions, which commences in January.
The Early Day Motion is now among the top 10 most signed EDMs of the current parliament, and still climbing!

Sign the e-petition <<HERE>> ( currently over 42000 signatures 30/04/13)

Riders on byway beneath Black Hill
Devon Dirt

The Devon Dirt on 21st April was again a successful event. Over 370 signed up to do the ride, and almost 350 started.
The weather was ideal, and conditions were god, with mos of the route drying out well in the day preceeding the event.

There was an issue with some horse-riders who were caught red handed pulling down the route arrows in Laployd Plantation, and an incident involving a car near the start of the event. Most people got around safely. some came to grief just after the control at Manaton on the path to Water.
A couple of bikes ended up crippled with one recovered to to control at Trenchford, and the other erturning to Manaton for a new wheel.
There was also a spill in which a rider dislocated his shoulder and had to vivit hospital.

Ride reports and details at www.devondirt.co.uk
Devon Dirt 2013

Devon Dirt 2013 is re-routed.

This Sunday's Devon Dirt event will go ahead but with a revised route. probably based on the 2012 route.

After several people incuding some very experienced riders rode sections of the event that were deemed unrideable, the mooorland route has been pulled, for the main reasons of participant safety, and the possibility of causing significant damage to moorland tracks and bridleways.

The Devon Dirt website and Facebook pages will carry the latest changes and map revisions.


Six man machine.

Six man bike goes MAD

In a great effort powering a heavy six man bicycle, six local friends propelled the machine 300 miles around Devon in four days, in some horrendous weather to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

You can donate to support their efforts <<HERE>>


Waterlogged moors.

Soggy moorland gives concern to Devon Dirt organisers.

Next Sunday over 300 riders
will set out over Dartmoor on the Devon Dirt off road event, however there are concerns about crossing parts of Dartmoor after one of the wettest periods in living memory.

Several areas of moorland are being cgecked this week, and if necessary a modified route will be planned.
The event starts at BigPeaks at Ashburton. Entries (£16) are accepted on Paypal up to a couple of days before the ride.
Entries on the day are limited to 15 places at a premium entry of £25. Riders pre-entered will get a T-shirt and certificate for doing the event, which is now one of the most popuar off-road events in the region.


Tour of Britain 2011 - cimbs Haytor.
Haytor Hilltop finish for ToB Stage 6 in 2013!

Local cyclists are thrilled with the news that the 2013 Tour of Britain
will have a Stage which finishes at Haytor on Dartmoor.
Stage 6 will start off in Sidmouth and the 90 mile route will visit various towns across the county to reach the finish at Haytor.
This will be the fourth consecutive year that the tour has provided at least one stage in the county. In 2011 the stage was won by local star Jon Tiernan-Locke who raced away from the peloton over Dartmoor, and in 2012 he went on to win the tour outright.
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CTC Star rides - celebrate new bridge opening.

On 5th May the new cycle bridge on Route 2 at Town Quay in Newton Abbot will have an official open day.
The bridge opened to the public last month - riders on Torbay CTC's Panacke ride were some of the first to use the bridge.
CTC Torbay are planning six rides to the event called "Star Rides"
They will all converge on the bridge, and people taking part in the rides will be led by CTC ride leaders, and also be able to obtain a commemorative T-shirt.

Photos of Pancake run <<HERE>>

The riders near Burrator.
200 ride in memory of Junior.

Two Hundred cyclists took part in a memorial ride at the weekend, to remember youg racing cyclist Junior Heffernan who died after a collission with a car on the Severn Bridge Road race.
The route went around Burrator reservoir, and passed through Heffernans home village of Dousland.

At Polzeath in 2012
Chris Bennett 300Km ride in April.

On April 1st 2012 Chris Bennett from Torbay CTC sadly passed away on a club run.
Before his death he had been devising a 300 Km ride into Cornwall, and five CTC members rode the event in support of Chris last year.
This year the event has been organised as a proper AUK calendar event, and it takes place on the 27th April.

For further details and entry for the ride <<CLICK HERE>>

Road washed out near South Brent
Thousands of Potholes being filled.

Massive efforts are under way buy the local authorities to fill in an estimated 17,000 potholes, caused by one of the wettest winters in recent history.

Many of the repairs are just temporary patches, as a make-good until full repairs can be carried out at a later date.
A lot of the country lanes now have multiple potholes and are very difficult and dangerous to navigate at night or when it's wet.

FillthatHole.org is CTC's website reporting service. You can create your own account , report bad roads and keep a track of te progress of repairs.
Fill That Hole

Junior Heffernan
Junior Heffernan dies in Road Race.

Local racing cyclist Junior Heffernan was killed which taking part in a road race near Bristol last weekend.
The sad news comes just as the racing season was getting under way. He was in collision with a car near Olveston on Lap 3 of the 66 mile race.

Heffernan was a recent pupil of Kelly College in Tavistock, where he gained top academic qualifications in addition to his sporting talents.He had taken up professional cycling in the last 18 months, having competed Triathlons at International level from his previous home in Ireland.
Rod Pash - Redhayes Bridge
Coast & Quantock riders
cross Redhayes Bridge.
Audax season underway.

The Mad March Hare events kicked off the local Audax season. The 100Km and 200Km rides were well supported this year.

The events were organised by Exeter Wheelers CC, and form part of the CTC Devon Tourist competition.
On 27th April CTC Devon are organising the Chris Bennett 300Km ride to Polzeath and back.
The ride was inaugurated in 2012 in memory of Chris who was the CTC Torbay club secretary for several years.


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