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There's still time to celebrate the 136th birthday of CTC’s founding in 1878. The annual CTC Birthday Rides commemorate this event and are taking place until the 19th of August in Yorkshire.

Many thanks to all of the CTC volunteers who helped to make Ride London special for the thousands who took part. Incredibly, 100 dedicated CTC volunteers endured the wrath of Bertha on Sunday’s to guide riders on the altered route of the Surrey 100 and over 60 of you helped with Dr. Bike and inclusive cycling trial sessions on Saturday. See who got photographed in our gallery! Thanks to you, more families will have working bikes to ride together and even more people have experienced what “inclusive cycling” really means.

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More top stories

Bright and breezy
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If riding in a down pour didn’t drown your enthusiasm and you’re still keen to keep your wheels turning after last weekend, there's still time to enter the “Breezy.” The annual Brighton Breezy Randonee takes place Sunday Sept 7th. A choice of two great signed routes (70km or 100km) in the High Weald of Sussex, with free tea and cake for an entry fee of £7.50. First timers wanting to get a peek at what to expect, can preview the ride here. Entry this year is only on-line. Entries close midday on Friday 5th

No mans land
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When land ownership is under dispute it’s usually the case where each is claiming said land. In this case, it’s the opposite, leaving users of a section of Middlewood Way in Macclesfield angry, as out of control foliage is making the pathway ‘dangerous‘ and ‘almost inaccessible’. CTC member Robert Fickling is trying to get this resolved.

I heart trains
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This past week has been 11-17th is I love trains week. Did you notice anything? Perhaps it’s been kept quiet just like how the government purportedly trying to sell the profitable and publically owned East Coast. If you believe our trains should be publically owned you may want to check out this campaign ahead of their national day of action on August 19th

Cotswold's end of season sale
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With rain and sun in equal measure this summer don’t get caught out, whether you’re touring over the hills or pedalling coast to coast, Cotswold Outdoors have over 250 of the leading brands including The North Face, Rab, Berghaus and many more. Members receive 15% off clothing and equipment.  From Thursday 14th Cotswold Outdoor’s end of season sale online or in stores nationwide have up to half price savings on selected items. 

The ultimate urban commuter?
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CTC member Pete Jack got us thinking this week about what the next revolution in the cycling world would be.. A competition by American Bike Design Project Oregon Manifest brought together five cities and five design team to create the ultimate urban commuter in hopes transform car drivers into cyclists. The winner, called a Denny has automatic gears, brake and turn signals!

August’s round-up of campaign news from CTC is now online 
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In this issue: huge step forward for cycling in London; the latest national travel survey results; lorry speed limit relaxed despite safety fears; grassroots groups make national campaigns local … and much more. You can subscribe to our Cycle Campaign News bulletin for the latest campaigns news.
Julie Rand

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

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