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Archive for October 2014

Ride of the (not yet) Falling Leaves

Posted on Tuesday 7 October 2014 by Martin Hayman

There was a moment in the Falling Leaves sportive when I wished it were just a proper touring club ride. A little way after the left turn off Toy’s Hill into Puddledock Lane, there’s a grassy balcony, a belvedere if you like, with a broad southerly outlook on the Eden Valley. (The vantage point is marked on the OS map.) First up of our three, I paused to take in a view that could scarcely be better, with summer’s greenleaf only just beginning to give way to autumn colours on this perfect cloudless, windless day.

A rider, bike parked and careless of passing time, sat on the bench contemplating the prospect.

Another spectator remarked, out of the blue, that it was this view that persuaded Churchill to opt for the ugly house at Chartwell, just over the shoulder of high ground to the right. I have no idea if this is so, but it is persuasive. It is a panorama of the England of legend more »

In and out of Italy…twice

Posted on Monday 6 October 2014 by James Eaton

I wasn’t even sure whether I would do a grand tour this year, but back in May I booked a 2-week trip by train to Avignon just in case. As the end of summer approached, a familiar plan emerged: Get deep into the Alps, ride up and down as many pretty and/or challenging mountains as possible, cover at least 800 km, camp in a tent overnight on campsites with hot showers, and ride every day. Oh yes, and not lose too much weight. I lost 5 kg on my last trip. Ideally I would be “collecting” passes I hadn’t crossed before, but if I’d done them before, to make sure I would be riding them the other way. Although there’s a weight penalty with camping gear, a tent gives huge flexibility, and clothes almost always dry outside, and it is a small price to pay for complete freedom to roam in the mountains.

Having planned the route, estimating the climbing (21,500 m and 23 passes, 19 new) and the distance (1200 km), a week before the trip I decided that instead of climbing L’Alpe d’Huez finally (which involved repeating some more well known Cols albeit in reverse and covering unnecessary distance) I would instead pass through Italy a second time more »

Conference on road danger reduction and enforcement in London

Posted on Friday 3 October 2014 by Bob Davis

Although I have a vested interest as one of the speakers and organisers of this conference, I think all Central London CTC members have a vested interest in the subject under discussion. Tom has been (correctly) posting about the Cycle Cross Rail – this relates to what happens on ALL London’s streets:

A one-day conference ‘Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycling in London’ more »

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