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CTC’s AGM and Dinner in Glasgow on Saturday 10 May is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow members; influence the democratic process; congratulate the winners of CTC’s Volunteer of the Year awards; and take part in an exciting bike ride, of course! And don’t forget the morning’s networking event, where you can learn a range of skills to encourage and support cycling in your area - contact Sue Cherry to register for the events.
 
 
 
 
 
Be a hero for CTC!
 
For the first time, L’Eroica Britannia - 'the most handsome bike race in the World' – is taking place in England. CTC is proudly partnering the 3-day festival of all things retro and stylish, which takes place from 20-22 June in the spectacular setting of the Peak District National Park. Riders will sport vintage clothing and be mounted on pre-1987 steeds. Volunteers are needed to help with many aspects of event organisation and will be rewarded with a fantastic array of goodies, including: free camping and entry; food and drink; a T-shirt; L’Eroica beer; and a Bakewell pudding; and more! A similar package is on offer for volunteers at the Orbital Festival in West Sussex on 26-27 July.
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Bikes and bells
 
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CTC member and bell ringer Rod Ismay is getting in gear, meanwhile, to welcome the riders in Le Tour de France. He is working with around 40 churches close to the race route to prepare an appealing cacophony of sound as the riders approach. The 100-day Cultural Festival ahead of the Grand Départ is now in full swing and includes a fantastical cycle parade on Saturday 26 April in Todmorden.
 
News round
 
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If shredding the trails is your idea of a great day out, CTC are running a women-only Trail Leader Award course in Bristol on 13-15 June. Instructor Sally Berry says this course is guaranteed to be great fun, as well as giving you valuable skills to put on your CV. Previous participant Sharon Harrod reveals how it led her to a great career in the outdoors - where it might lead YOU?
 
Queens of the mountains
 
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CTC’s Space for Cycling campaign – in conjunction with London Cycle Campaign – has got off to a flying start, with thousands of you writing to your local councillors to demand better facilities for cyclists. We've got a great line up of speakers and workshops confirmed for our Space for Cycling Campaigners' Conference in Leeds on Saturday 3 May so register today.
 
Space launches
 
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Former CTC Voluntary Group of the Year Stevenage and North Hertfordshire celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, it is launching Friday Flings, a series of evening rides starting today 25 April until late August. Lights will be needed. The group are also organising a series of 11 Spring Rides from 10-18 May catering for all abilities. 
 
Have a Friday Fling
 
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What is your local group up to for Bike Week? Find out how you and your cycling friends can put on events for Bike Week and help many more people get back on their bikes this summer. Bike Week is from 14-22 June and if you organise a ride you will get free advice, support and insurance.
 
Hans Rey?
 
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Can a beer be ‘gnarly’? Apparently so, according to Purity Brewing Company, makers of Saddle Black craft beer. And not only that, it can also taste of chocolate and espresso! Company boss Paul Halsey says:  “As a keen cyclist, I wanted to create a beer dedicated to the British cycling community and as a celebration of the craft that goes into making both beer and bicycles”. 
 
Goes down well....
 
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Where are the best cities for cycling? Australian journalist Ben Groundwater believes they are certainly not Down Under but some of his choices may surprise you. Some of the obvious ones we all know about – Amsterdam, Copenhagen and so on – but others are less well-known. Which ones would be on your list?
 
It's not cricket for Freddie and Robert
 
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April’s issue of CTC’s Cycle Campaign News gives you all the latest news about: CTC’s Space for Cycling campaign; lorries and the EU; sentencing practice for bad drivers; and lots of other road safety news, publications just out and dates for your diary.
 
 
 
 
 
Julie Rand

Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.

 
 
 
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