Dear Julie,

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Julie Rand, CTC Information Team

The Tour of Britain Stage 6 finishes this afternoon in Hertfordshire, thanks to Cycle Chilterns, CTC’s partnership project, which was instrumental in bringing the race to the area. The project will continue the festivities with activities at the Chilterns Countryside Festival this Sunday. If you can’t make it, you can still get in the mood by listening to the cycling soundtrack provided by GetSurrey.
Road sense
The long-awaited launch of Carlton Reid’s ‘Roads Were Not Built for Cars’ is finally here. The publication, which has taken four years to write, contains thousands of fascinating facts about the history of road building and the role cycling – and CTC – played in it. It is also lavishly illustrated. The first printing of the hardback book sold out in six hours but a softback version is available, as are Kindle and iPad copies. CycleClips readers can win either a hi-res Kindle file, a standard Kindle file or an iPad version of the book by entering our prize draw.
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Party pieces
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With a draft of the Government’s Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan imminent, another Commons debate on cycling will take place on 16 October. Please ask your MP to back measures to Get Britain Cycling. They can also show their support at the Space for Cycling party conference bike rides in Manchester on 22 September (Labour) and Birmingham on 29 September (Conservative).
Cycle for Guy
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When fitness fanatic Lindsay was left paralysed after a motorbike accident seven years ago, she could never have imagined how her life would turn out. When she tried cycling at Wessex Accessible Cycling Club, part of CTC/Cycling Projects' National Inclusive Cycling Network, she was hooked. Now she competes against able-bodied riders, and is also a qualified personal trainer.
Not a black and white issue?
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Two teams of anaesthetists leave London and Bristol tomorrow to ride to Harrogate, where the annual conference of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland is being held. 'Cycle for Guy' is in memory of colleague Dr Guy Jordan, who died in a tragic collision while cycling, and will raise money for CTC in order to help us make cycling safer. CTC wishes them bonne route.
Meet your local CTC group
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Birmingham City Councillor Deirdre Alden has stirred up a media storm, after she declared that a proposed £23m cycle scheme in the city would only benefit “white, young men” and is therefore disciminatory. However, CTC runs many projects around the UK that enable all kinds of people to cycle. If you are from Birmingham, you may like to send Cllr Alden a polite letter about her views.
What is a watt?
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CTC Member Groups are run by hard-working volunteers. They provide opportunities for CTC members to take part in a wide range of leisure cycling activities every week of the year. Why not come along to a Member Group AGM and find out how you can get involved too? They take place in October and November every year and are open to all current CTC members.
Join the chain gang
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Or a lux? And do you know the difference between a candela and a lumen? With the nights drawing in, it’s time to gen up on the subject so you know the best bike lights to choose. CTC’s technical guru Chris Juden has put together a handy guide, as well as information on what is and isn’t legal. Look out for his detailed article on lighting in the Oct-Nov issue of Cycle magazine, out soon.
Why not stay at the YHA?
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You may not fully understand the complexities of lighting, but you can create a little dazzle of your own with something from the beautiful range of jewellery made by Katie’s Bike. Made out of used bicycle chains, the treats include cufflinks, earrings and bracelets. CTC members can obtain a 15% discount code by logging into our Member Benefits page.
From paralysis to personal trainer
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As the good weather continues for many of us, you might be thinking of taking a short autumn break to make the most of it. CTC members are eligible for a 50% reduction on new YHA memberships until February 2015. Not only that, but CTC members can also benefit from a 15% discount on YHA bookings made online - you don't need to be a YHA member to do so.
Julie Rand

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

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