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News up to end 2013

Updated 31/12/13

Wednesday Riders Christmas Dinner, 11th December 2013: The Wednesday Riders celebrated another year of cycling with their annual Christmas Dinner held at Trafford Hall. The good weather enabled many members to cycle to Trafford Hall. Many thanks to Mike Cross for organising the event and to the staff at Trafford Hall for their excellent lunch and looking after everyone so well. Click here to see a selection of photos.

Posted 15/12/13

75th Anniversary Photo Competition: To all you budding photographers (and we know that many of you like taking photos of various aspects of cycling), you can enter your photos into our 75th Anniversary Photo Competition - just another way to celebrate Chester and North Wales CTC's 75 years as a cycling club. The theme is "The Spirit of Cycling, 2014". Click here to see the competition Details and Entry Form.

Chester & North Wales CTC 75th anniversary logo.
Posted 5/12/13

75th Anniversary Logo Competition

Chester and North Wales CTC President, Mike Cross, thanks those who entered designs for our 75th Anniversary Logo Competition. Congratulations to Glennys Hammond, who won the competition. The numerous designs submitted were judged anonymously by a graduate graphic artist who has worked extensively in the world of commercial art and design. The winning design will be used throughout 2014 on documents, certificates and on the website banner.

Posted 26/11/13

Chester and North Wales CTC - 75th Anniversary 2014
Members' Photos and Recipe Booklet

Ch&NW CTC 75 Years of Cycling: A number of events are being planned to celebrate our 75th Anniversary year in 2014. One useful suggestion is a booklet of members' recipes. So all of you who have experimented in the kitchen and have an original recipe of any kind you'd like to share with others - get cracking. We need lots of imaginative ideas. For more details click here.

Peter Williams with certificate.

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Posted 21/11/13

Peter Williams – another accolade: Peter Williams was surprised at a recent Sustrans Northwest Volunteers' Day held at the Manchester Cycling Centre when he was presented with a certificate of thanks. Peter has been a volunteer for several years which involves signing and maintenance on the National Cycle Network but also organising promotional stalls at public events like the annual Liverpool Chester bike ride. The award is a fitting tribute to the commitment he has shown to promoting cycling, working with local partners and developing and publicising safer routes, always with a cheerful manner. Well done, Peter!

Over 3,500 volunteers currently help Sustrans, a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. There are active groups in the Chester area, Wirral and NE Wales – we'd love you to join us! More information here.

Posted 7/11/13

Corwen Audax Rides, 19th October 2013: Click here to see a report, with photos, of this very successful event. Many thanks to Vicky Payne for planning and organising this event.

Posted 26/10/13
Gwenda Owen, new CTC Councillor for Wales

Gwenda Owen, new CTC Councillor for Wales

Warmest congratulations to Gwenda who was recently elected as the new CTC Councillor for CTC Cymru.

Click here to read Gwenda's personal statement prior to election.

Commiserations to her very worthy opponent Tom Wells.

Posted 25/10/13

New Bridge 'Pont y Ddraig' (Dragon's Bridge) 22nd October 2013

Opening of Rhyl Harbour cycle pedestrian bridge. Photo by Roy Spilsbury.

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Hundreds of people attended the opening of a £4.3m pedestrian and cycle bridge across Rhyl harbour. The bridge was officially opened by Mark Colbourne, MBE (London Paralympic Champion) and Leon Jones from Ysgol Maes (who inspired the name). Pont y Ddraig (Dragon's Bridge) is the final link in 15 miles (24km) of traffic-free cycling across Conwy and Denbighshire and provides a car-free alternative route to the nearby Blue Bridge. Sustrans Wales said the Blue Bridge was very congested and deterred cyclists and walkers from using it. Pont-y-Ddraig now also forms part of National Cycle Network Route 5, a long-distance cycle route across the north Wales coast. Click here to see the BBC's news item on the opening, and here for ITV's news item (information and photo from Roy Spilsbury).

Dorothy Clift with President's Trophy.

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Updated 19/10/13

President's Ride, Annual Lunch and Trophy Presentation

This ever popular annual event took place in Wales on 29th September this year, starting and finishing at the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. There were two rides, one slightly longer and hillier than the other - both very enjoyable. At the wonderful buffet lunch served at the award-winning Neuadd Owen Hall, Cefn Meiriadog, Ch&NW President Mike Cross awarded the President's Trophy to Dorothy Clift in recognition of her work for the club, particularly for planning and organising the Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides over many years (assisted by Hazel McDougall). Unfortunately, Dorothy was not able to attend the lunch but received the trophy from Mike later in the week at her home.

President Mike Cross and Roy Spilsbury.

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In addition, Roy Spilsbury was surprised and delighted to be presented with the CTC Certificate of Merit for his achievements in support of cycling in North Wales - far too many to list here.

Thank you to all helpers - but we particularly thank our President, Mike Cross for organising such a wonderful event and an amazing buffet meal. Everything went according to plan - even the weather! Thank you.

Click here for a selection of photos.

Posted 12/10/13

Hill Climb and Freewheel Competitions, 5th October 2013: Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, thanks Lowri Evans and all her helpers for organising an excellent Hill Climb and Freewheeling Competition on Saturday 5th October. The event was based at Llysfasi College, near Ruthin, North Wales, and took place in good weather conditions. The competitions finished with the presentation of prizes at the Three Pigeons Inn, Craigfechan. Click here to see the competition results and photos.

Posted 22/9/13

'Momma' Audax /Ch&NW CTC Rides, 15th September 2013: The rides were based at Old Ma's café, Tattenhall on a day of challenging weather. Click here to see a report with photos of the rides.

Posted 18/9/13
Helpers Wanted

Windsor-Chester-Windsor 600k, mid-August 2014: The original 600k Audax UK ride, Chester-Windsor-Chester, is being revived as the Windsor-Chester-Windsor 600k in mid-August next year and volunteers are being sought to assist at Chester. We would like to help at the control, but not necessarily with the catering. We would probably work in shifts with the majority of the activity likely to be between 20:00 and 01:00. Between 40 to 100 riders could be involved, arriving in small groups at various times. Any local volunteers willing to help should register their interest with David Matthews – by the end of October (please note that I am moving my email address in late September - but my current email address will still work for a while). This is a necessary time scale in terms of Audax event planning. David Matthews

Chester & North Wales CTC members at the Birthday Rides, Yarnfield 2013.

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Posted 5/9/13

Birthday Rides, Yarnfield Park August 2013: The Birthday Rides this year were very conveniently located near Stone, Staffordshire providing easy access for Chester and North Wales Members. There were 240 people in residential accommodation, 85 caravanners and 140 campers - 465 altogether from all parts of the country. Rides were varied and interesting and aimed at all levels of abilities. There were some errors in route directions for some rides so an OS map of the area proved essential.

Approximately twenty-two Chester and North Wales riders enjoyed excellent accommodation and meals and varied entertainment in the evenings. The Chester and North Wales team, named the 'Encyclopedallers', were 1st out of 25 teams in the 'best team name' competition (thanks to Roy) and won second prize overall for the quiz activities. The prize of a carton of various beers was shared out at a group meal on the last evening. Evening entertainment included a choir, a jazz band, films, quizzes and a barn dance.

The church thanksgiving service took place at St Mary's Church, Swynnerton and later the CTC Birthday Cake was cut by the youngest and oldest riders and the person who had travelled the furthest by bicycle to attend the event.

Yarnfield Park is also a BT training site. You can see the trainees' telegraph poles - an amusing backdrop for the group photo.

Finding suitable accommodation for 2014 Birthday Rides is proving difficult - the rides may or may not be held at Yarnfield Park again.

The weather was excellent all week, which added a great deal to the Birthday Rides' success. We extend our thanks to the organisers and to the staff at Yarnfield Park for making the event such a success.

Posted 5/9/13

Two Mills Picnic Ride to Thurstaston 1st September 2013: Click here to see a brief report of the event plus a photo of Peter Williams (our Right to Ride Representative) with his surprise birthday cake.

Posted 14/8/13

Bike & Go - another development in the cycling world: Bike & Go is a new bicycle hire scheme that helps you to complete your train journey by bike. The scheme is being rolled out across many regions in the country and will be available to Merseyrail customers from 13th August. How does it work? Click here for details of how to register, participating stations, charges, and answers to many other frequently asked questions. Bicycles can be hired at several locations on the Merseyrail network including Ellesmere Port, Hooton and West Kirby. The Bike & Go website has a list of locations already available across the country. More will be added in the future. Information from Alexander Ford (Chester Cycling Campaign member).

Posted 6/8/13

Triennial Veterans 100 mile ride 7th July 2013 – Presentation to Mrs Olive Evans: Over many years Mrs Olive Evans has provided lunch for the riders in our Veterans' 100 rides at Llandrinio to much acclaim by the riders. At this year's Triennial Veterans' 100-ride lunchtime, Chester and North Wales CTC President, Mike Cross, presented her with a pot plant and a certificate to show the Club's appreciation of the work she and her team have put in, to mark her retirement at the end of last year. David Ackerley, event organiser, received the following letter from Mrs. Olive Evans:

"To all members of CH&NW CTC. I would like to thank you all for the certificate and the plant; they were lovely unexpected gifts. It has been a pleasure to cater for you all. You always had a smile on your faces no matter what the weather, and we have had some very wet Sundays. Thank you once again, and I shall still see you all whilst Kelly caters. My plant is still going strong. Yours sincerely, Olive"

Updated 31/7/13

Welsh Festival of Cycling 25th - 30th July 2013: I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to all Chester and North Wales CTC members who helped with the Welsh Festival of Cycling over the long weekend of 25th to 30th July, 2013. In particular, special thanks are due for the work of our Honorary Secretary, Lowri Evans, who was one of the joint organisers of this successful event (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).

Updated 24/7/13

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides 23rd June 2013: There were three rides of 100, 50 and 25 miles starting and finishing at Waverton. Click here to see a report of this very successful event.

Updated 24/7/13

Neston to Deeside Cycling and Pedestrian Path official opening 28th July 2013: This wonderful new amenity for cyclists and pedestrians across Burton Marshes was officially opened on 18th July 2013. Cyclists can now avoid busy roads to and from Cheshire and North Wales by using this newly completed Sustrans cycle route across Burton Marshes (NCN 568). Click here to see Alan Parker's YouTube video covering the event. A full list of 'officials' who attended the event is included in the video. You may even recognise some of your cycling friends. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the boardwalk was carried out using a giant pair of red scissors. Many thanks are due to Alan for recording this special event.

The cycle route passes Burton Point, alongside the Ministry of Defence (M.O.D.) rifle range and RSPB areas. The 3-metre wide, fenced-off boardwalk - with anti-slip surfaced wooden boards - is a treat to use when walking or cycling. This vast gated area was once the River Dee and is now used for grazing sheep. When you are in the area, have a look at the site of Neston collieries, and the quay-side where coal was loaded onto ships - destined for North Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland.

Updated 19/7/13

Triennial Veterans 100-mile ride, 7th July 2013: This highly successful event (incorporating the Bert Bailey Memorial Tri-Vets 100-mile ride), organised by David Ackerley, started and finished at Duddon War Memorial Hall, near Tarvin. After a long day riders were presented with their certificates by Chester and North Wales President, Mike Cross. Harry Watson once again won the trophy for the oldest rider in the event. Riders were full of praise for the ride, organisation and helpers on their return to the hall. Click here to see photographs of the Groups with Mike, Harry with the trophy, and the ladies who organised refreshments at the beginning and end of the day.

Updated 19/7/13

Wild Wales Challenge, Sunday 25th August 2013: The Wild Wales Challenge promises to be enough for any cyclist. This exciting route of around 83 miles, with spectacular scenery around North Wales and nearly 10,000ft of ascent is enough to test any cyclist. If you haven't entered the event yet you'd better hurry up and register. Time is running out and there are less than 50 places left. Click here for the Wild Wales Challenge website to get full details and view a video of the 2012 event (Information from Graham Lewis, organiser).

Posted 13/7/13

CYCLE (The Magazine of the CTC) Photo Competition: Cycle magazine is running a photo competition for the best cycling photos by members. Photos can be about any aspect of cycling. The winner will win an Ortlieb Ultimate Handlebar Bag with padded camera insert and a GorillaPod Classic mini-tripod plus other prizes for runners-up and category winners. There are six categories: Family, Performance Road, Commuting, Touring, Group Riding and Trail. To enter upload your images at www.ctc.org.uk/photo-comp. There's lots of advice in the June/July 2013 issue of CYCLE pages 40-44. So come on all you snappers, let's see what you can do!

Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC	Right to Ride Officer
Posted 13/7/13

Merseyside 20s Plenty Event 5th July 2013: This event in support of the 20s Plenty Campaign was organised by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and included various organisations from the emergency services. Our own Peter Williams (Ch&NW CTC Right to Ride Officer), a strong supporter of the '20s Plenty for Us' campaign, offered his services in support of the Liverpool's 20s Plenty Campaign Stall. 180 children attended from local schools. Click here to see Liverpool's campaign website, and click the photo of Peter for a bigger image. (Information from Janet Gregory, CTC North West Councillor.)


A reminder to sign the Chester Cycling Campaign's '20s Plenty For Us' online petition.

The ePetition for borough-wide 20mph limits is live on the CWAC website. Please sign the petition and spread the word on your personal and professional networks. Click here to see the '20s Plenty for Us' national website.

The aim of the petition on the Cheshire West and Chester website (CWaC) is to press for borough-wide 20 mph speed limits on non-through routes and residential streets. We need as many people as possible to sign the petition in order to trigger a debate in council. If the petition receives 1,500 signatures or more, it will be scheduled for a full council debate.

The arguments for 20 mph as the default speed limit for residential streets are compelling. In Britain more than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits and we have the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe.

Click here to sign the Petition.
Posted 13/7/13

Free cycling courses for children this summer: Click here for information about free cycling workshops at three areas across the borough that are being offered to children aged between 6 and 11. The areas are Frodsham, Ellesmere Port and Chester and take place in July and August. The 'Learn to Ride' courses offer two hours of riding in a traffic free environment for beginners, whilst level 1 and 2 are six-hour courses over three consecutive days which establish basic skills before venturing out onto the road. Bookings must be made on-line here.

Posted 10/7/13

Bert Bailey Memorial Triennial Veterans 100-Mile Ride, Sunday 7th July, 2013: As well as being a 'Triennial Veterans 100-mile ride', this was the 48th Bert Bailey memorial ride. I would like to thank all those who took part, whether as riders, group leaders or helpers in this highly successful event.

In particular, I would like to record my thanks to our organiser, David Ackerley, for the considerable amount of hard work he has undertaken over many months. Once again, David can justifiably be proud of his achievement. (Mike Cross, President, Chester and North Wales CTC)

Posted 7/7/13

Eunice Mawson - Funeral Arrangements: Most of you will already have heard of the sad passing of Eunice after a very short illness. For those who would like to attend, her funeral will be held at St Peter's Church, Waverton (Parish Church) on Wednesday 17th July at 11:30am. The service will follow a private cremation and will be a Thanksgiving and Celebration of her life - so will not be too sombre. You are welcome to arrive on bicycles if you wish. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the adjacent hall.

Posted 1/7/13

How the Dutch got their Cycling Infrastructure: Alan Parker has sent us a link to a YouTube clip which will be of interest to cyclists concerned about achieving safer cycling in towns and cities. It describes the development of a cycling infrastructure in Holland which was achieved over many years through a combination of people power and political will. Click here to see the video clip with English subtitles.

Posted 26/6/13

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: Many thanks to all those who helped with the rides on Sunday 23 June 2013. In particular, special praise is due to organisers Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall and their team of helpers. It was the last occasion in charge for Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall, who have organised these rides for many years. They have truly earned the thanks of all members of Chester and North Wales CTC. I am very impressed with the resilience of all those who took part on what was a truly dreadful day for weather. In spite of the atrocious conditions, a good spirit and good humour prevailed throughout (Mike Cross, President Ch&NW CTC).

Posted 25/6/13

Sustrans Connect2 is a finalist in the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects. There are seven finalists in the 'Best Environment Project' category including Sustrans Connect2. Thanks to its many partners and local communities working together, Sustrans has made a huge difference to millions of people across the UK by enabling them to walk and cycle their everyday journeys. Voting has now started and everyone has one vote (there is no minimum age) until midnight on Wednesday 24th July 2013. Vote online at www.sustrans.org.uk/vote, or by phone at 0844-836-9689. You can read about Lottery Good Causes here. (Information from Malcolm Shepherd Chief Executive of Sustrans)

Posted 25/6/13

20s Plenty Campaign founder is awarded an MBE: Rod King, who has been campaigning for the safety of vulnerable road users, has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to road safety. Although he is now known for his work as Founder and Campaign Director of the '20s Plenty For Us' Campaign, he has been working on road safety for many years. Click here to read the Press release about Rod King and his award.

The ePetition for borough-wide 20mph limits is live on the CWAC website. Please sign the petition and spread the word on your personal and professional networks. Click here to see the '20s Plenty for Us' national website.

The aim of the petition on the Cheshire West and Chester website (CWaC) is to press for borough-wide 20 mph speed limits on non-through routes and residential streets. We need as many people as possible to sign the petition in order to trigger a debate in council. If the petition receives 1,500 signatures or more, it will be scheduled for a full council debate.

The arguments for 20 mph as the default speed limit for residential streets are compelling. In Britain more than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits and we have the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe.

Click here to sign the Petition.
Posted 21/6/13

'Prudential RideLondon', 3rd - 4th August 2013 - Volunteers wanted: Join CTC in supporting 'Prudential RideLondon' and its partners. 'Prudential RideLondon' is a new two-day world-class cycling event taking place in London and Surrey that will form a key strand of the post-2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy. This cycling festival begins on Saturday 3rd August and includes: a massive FreeCycle around eight miles of closed London streets and its most popular landmarks, a world record attempt, and a spectacular sprint finish. On Sunday 4th August 25,000 cyclists will ride almost the same route as the 2012 Olympic road race.

CTC are looking for members who would like to volunteer as Route Safety Marshals, Course Marshals and Crossing Marshals for the 'Prudential London-Surrey 100' and 'Classic' on 4th August. Click here for full details of the event and how to volunteer.

Posted 16/6/13

Audax rides from Corwen - 8th June 2013: There were four very successful rides starting from Corwen which were organised by David Matthews: the Barmouth Boulevard and Vyrnwy Variant, The Brenig Bach and the Bala Parade. Click here to see a report of the rides.

Posted 16/6/13

Wirral Bikeathon 2013: The 15th Annual Wirral Bikeathon took place on Sunday 9th June 2013 to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Alan Parker was busy with his camera and sent a YouTube link for those who may have taken part or helped at the event. Click here to see the video.

Posted 11/6/13
Congratulations to Peter Williams and Lowri Evans

Peter Williams: At the recent CTC Annual General Meeting and National Dinner held at the Grade II listed Gisborough Hall (Harrogate), Peter Williams, our Chester and North Wales CTC Right to Ride representative, was awarded 2012 Volunteer of the Year for the North West Region. Read about Peter's commendable achievements here.

Lowri Evans: Lowri was presented with the Arthur Moss Award and 2012 Volunteer of the Year for Wales. She is also the Honorary Secretary of Chester and North Wales CTC. Read about Lowri's achievements here.

We are all very proud that they received these well-deserved awards.

Posted 4/6/13

Railway Bridge over the River Dee - Press Release: It is anticipated that the new footway attached to the Railway Bridge over the River Dee at Curzon Park in Chester will reopen by the end of this summer. Cheshire West and Chester Council will continue to work closely with Network Rail to complete the works. Click here to see the Press Release (information from Monica Robinson).

Posted 4/6/13

Saltney Ferry Footbridge: The footbridge is now open for use again. There are still minor works being carried out either side of the bridge so users should be wary of this but access is being kept open during the minor works (Information from Peter Williams).

Posted 4/6/13

Burton Marsh Cycle Route - May 2013: The cycle route is open for use. Cyclists can avoid busy roads to and from Cheshire and North Wales by using this newly completed Sustrans cycle route across Burton Marshes. The cycle route passes Burton Point, alongside the Ministry of Defence (M.O.D.) rifle range and RSPB areas. The 3-metre wide, fenced-off boardwalk - with anti-slip surfaced wooden boards - is a treat to use when walking or cycling. This vast gated area is a cycling and walking route which was once the River Dee and now used for grazing sheep. When you are in the area, have a look at the site of Neston collieries, and the quay-side where coal was loaded onto ships - destined for North Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland. You can see a video of the new route by Alan Parker here (information from Alan Parker).

Posted 8/5/13

Cestyll Audax Events, Saturday 29th June 2013: These are not organised by Chester and North Wales although many of our members enjoy taking part in Audax events, especially those that are local. Rhos-on-Sea Cycling Club has organised an event starting at Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club. There are three rides: Glan-y-Mor (51km), The Land of the Gelert (135km) and, most challenging, the Cestyll Cymru (200km), taking in seven castles. All rides go round the Great Orme. Click here for further details and here to enter one of the events.

Reminder
Posted 8/5/13

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides 23rd June 2013: Don't miss out on these very enjoyable cycle rides in the beautiful Cheshire Countryside. There are three rides to choose from (100 miles, 50 miles or 25 miles), so there is something for everyone. Start and finish are at the Waverton Institute, Village Road, Waverton, CH3 7QN. Further details and entry forms are on the Events 2013 Page. It's a very enjoyable sociable day. All riders are welcome so we hope to see you there!

Posted 8/5/13
CTC Cymru Welsh Festival of Cycling 2013: This event, based at Ruthin Rugby Club, takes place on 25th to 30th July. There will be a range of rides, some of which will be very easy. This year riders can enter for a single day ride if they wish. There will be a fee of £5 per day which can be paid on the day when registering. Please arrive before 9.00am to be in good time for the rides. Volunteers are needed to help lead a range of different rides. Please contact if you can help. Click here to download an entry form and here to see a leaflet about the rides.
Posted 8/5/13

A 540 Parkgate Road - Two Mills 2012 bid to make cycling safer: The application to Chester West and Chester (CWaC) was unsuccessful. Briefly, the scheme was to convert existing footpaths to dual use for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides of the A 540 from the Eureka Café up to Chapel Lane - and also to construct a new path opposite Chapel Lane to Woodbank Lane. The reasons given for the scheme not to go forward are:

a) CWaC considered that the scheme failed to fully address the safety issue of cyclists entering or leaving Chapel Lane, or riding between the lane and the café.

b) There were specific concerns over the width of the path being limited to 2m and being 1.5m in places.

We hope that the Department for Transport will repeat matched funding for the next financial year. With other stakeholders, including Chester West and Chester Highways Department, we will address their safety concerns and put in another application (Peter Williams, Right to Ride Officer Ch&NW CTC).

Posted 27/4/13

A message from Jon Snow, President of CTC: A new report has been published by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group entitled Get Britain Cycling. One of the aims in the report is for 10% of trips to be made by bike by 2025 and 25% by 2050. In particular, the report calls for £10 per person, per year, to support a radical transformation of streets and roads, as well as training, promotion and marketing to shift the culture on our roads. Together with The Times, Sustrans, the AA and British Cycling, CTC is urging members to sign up to a joint petition on the Number 10 Website, calling for the Government to implement the recommendations. Signing the petition provides an opportunity to start making the necessary changes.

Click here to sign the petition on the Number 10 Website.

Wednesday Riders 30th Anniversary Lunch on 6th March 2013

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Updated 25/4/13

Wednesday Riders 30th Anniversary Lunch, Thornton Hall, Wirral

The Wednesday Riders, a flourishing mid-week group of Chester and North Wales CTC, celebrated 30 years since its formation. Over sixty fellow cyclists, family and long-time members attended the 30th Anniversary Lunch at Thornton Grange, Thornton, Wirral on 6th March 2013. A history of the Wednesday Riders from inception to the present day is published in the Spring 2013 edition of The Link, our excellent club magazine.

Click here to see more photos taken at the lunch (big file - 7MB!)

Posted 20/4/13

Team CTC - 'Cheshire Classic' Race Sunday 28th April 2013

Team CTC logo

The next outing for women's cycling racing team, Team CTC, will be in Cheshire on Sunday the 28th of April.

A five-strong team will be taking part in the 'Cheshire Classic' at Weaverham in Cheshire. The race is part of the women's national individual series and is organised by the Weaver Valley Cycling Club. Riders will complete 10 laps of the 7.7km course and finish at the top of the infamous 'cliff', a very challenging climb, even for the most accomplished riders. There are many vantage points to watch the race if you are interested in this local Cheshire Event. Click here for the route.

The race starts at 10am, with the riders rolling out from Grange School Sports Pavilion, Northwich Road, Hartford, Cheshire CW8 3AL.
Posted 20/4/13
Sign the Chester Cycling Campaign's Twenty's Plenty Online Petition

Chester Cycling Campaign has created a petition on the Cheshire West and Chester website (CWaC) to press for borough-wide 20 mph speed limits on non-through routes and residential streets. We now need as many people as possible to sign the petition in order to trigger a debate in council. If the petition receives 1,500 signatures or more, it will be scheduled for a full council debate.

The arguments for 20 mph as the default speed limit for residential streets are compelling. In Britain more than half of road deaths and serious injuries occur on roads with 30 mph limits and we have the highest percentage of pedestrian road fatalities in Europe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britain has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe.

Chester Cycling Campaign has had notification from CWAC that the ePetition for borough-wide 20mph limits is now live on the CWAC website. Please sign the petition and spread the word on your personal and professional networks. Click here to see the 20's Plenty for Us national website.

Click Here to Sign the Petition.
Posted 20/4/13

Eureka / Chester & North Wales rides, 6th April 2013: Click here to see a report and photos of this very successful trio of rides starting from the Eureka Café.

Posted 11/4/13

Cyclists First Aid Course, 14th March 2013: On Thursday 14th March an audience of 20 slightly apprehensive cyclists gathered in Alf Jones' Cycles coffee shop for a presentation by Steve Evans SRPara, MCPara. Steve Evans is a cyclist and also a paramedic training manager. After realising the lack of first aid skills amongst cyclists he set to work researching cycling injuries and then produced a cycling specific presentation. Click here to see a report of the evening and to access a copy of the presentation.

Posted 11/4/13

Saltney Ferry Footbridge: Saltney Ferry footbridge is now definitely closed for approximately eight weeks. Hopefully work on the bridge will be completed in the time forecast (towards the end of May).

Updated 23/3/13

Merseyside CTC, Early Season Tourist Trial - 21st April 2013: If you missed the closing date for entries for the Chester and North Wales CTC Early Spring Reliability Ride (Spring 50 TT) you're not too late to enter the Merseyside Event - Organiser, Denis Holder.

The Early Season Tourist Trial is a round route of approximately 74 miles, starting and finishing at Norley Village Hall. It's mainly on lanes and minor roads, all of which are open to traffic, and takes riders on a circuit into the lanes of North Wales via Moel Arthur. The event is not a race and riders are invited to take their time to complete it at their own pace. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided at the start and finish, and at two checkpoints on the route, Northop and Penyffordd. A certificate will be presented to all finishers. Full course directions will be sent out prior to the event. There is a non-refundable entry fee of £9.00. Click here for details and entry form.

Latest information

If you had a pre-registered (paid-up) entry for the cancelled Chester and North Wales Early Spring Reliability Ride (Spring 50 TT), you can enter the Merseyside TT for only £7 (a £2.00 discount) using  this entry form.

Posted 15/3/13

Burton Marsh Cycle Route Update: Here is the latest news published on 6th March about the Neston to Deeside cycle route across Burton Marsh. This article by Rob Ward appeared in 'About my Area', the website covering local news in Neston and surrounding areas.

Posted 10/3/13

Women's 'cycling know-how' session - Wednesday 3rd April: The Bike Factory is hosting an evening for women cyclists run by Chris Garrison on behalf of Trek UK and TotalWomen'sCycling to encourage women to learn more about cycling and get on their bikes with greater confidence. The evening will be held on Wednesday 3rd April from 6.30-9.00pm at The Bike Factory, Boughton, Chester. Tickets are free along with wine and chocolate. Just pop into the shop or email Steve Jones to book one of 50 places. Click here to see a poster.

Posted 9/3/13

Wrexham Council's - '20s Plenty For Us' - Proposals and Consultation: Wrexham Council, with support from Local Members, propose to implement a 20mph speed limit area encompassing the communities of Johnstown, Penycae, Ponciau and Rhosllanerchrugog. The implementation of similar schemes in other parts of the Wales have proved successful in lowering speeds to the benefit of local communities, particularly to more vulnerable members of our society. In many of the communities identified, restricted road widths and the lack of footways make these particularly intimidating places for pedestrians and cyclists. Research has demonstrated that motorists are more likely to respect lower speed limits in developed and residential areas and where there is community activity, ie near schools, shops and other local facilities.

The proposed 20mph area will be clearly signed at the start of the speed limit with termination signs at the exit. Roundel road markings will be placed at regular intervals throughout the scheme to reinforce the 20mph speed limit.

The Council is undertaking consultation with residents, businesses, emergency services and other interested parties, including a survey. The purpose of this consultation is to establish whether there is support for the proposals. The survey will only take a few moments of your time to complete. (Information from Roy Spilsbury, Forum Member and CTC Right to Ride Representative, Denbighshire)

Posted 9/3/13

Burton Marsh link route: Click here to see a recent update on progress of the new Burton Marsh link route including five photos. Information and photos from Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC Right to Ride Representative.

Posted 2/3/13
Brian Pendlebury

To all members of the Chester and North Wales Cycling Club who attended Brian's funeral, we would just like to say a big thank you for joining us in the celebration of his life, and to say thank you for the letters and cards we received. Brian would have been amazed at the turnout; he loved his cycling but unfortunately in the last few years he was unable to carry it on. Thanks again, and we hope to see you in the near future.

Best Wishes from Margaret, Sue & Anne Pendlebury

Updated 10/2/13

Eureka Audax Rides 6th April 2013: Details and entry forms for these three challenging Audax Rides starting at the famous Eureka Café can be found on our Events 2013 Page. There are two longer rides on offer and an introductory shorter ride - something for everyone. Click here to see a poster about the rides.

Important Note about the Eureka Rides - 6th April 2013

If you have already entered the Eureka Rides please check that you have downloaded V4 0213 version of your route sheet. Revised routes are available from the Audax UK Calendar page.

Posted 10/2/13

Burton Marsh link route: Click here to see an update on progress of the new Burton Marsh link route including three photos. Information and photos from Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC Right to Ride Representative.

Posted 6/2/13

Corwen Audax Rides 8th June 2013: Put this date in your diary and enter one of these terrific Audax rides based in wonderful Welsh mountain scenery. There are four challenging rides, comprising two at 200km, one at 100km and an introductory 60km ride. Details and entry forms can be found on our Events 2013 Page. Click here for a poster.

Posted 6/2/13

New Year's Day rides to McLean's pub and the Carden Arms,Tilston: Better late than never! Click here to see a report on these rides and a selection of photos taken at the Carden Arms, Tilston on New Year's day.

Updated 6/2/13

Pam Cross Funeral: Pam's funeral was held at Neston Parish Church at 11.00am on Friday 25th January, followed by interment at Frankby Cemetery, and afterwards at the Royal British Legion, Neston.

Mike Cross very much appreciated the cyclists' guard of honour, and thanks everyone who attended the funeral and who have supported him in many ways.

Posted 18/1/13

Alan Mort Court Case Outcome: Alan, a keen cyclist and a popular member of Chester and North Wales CTC, was killed last year on 5th February 2012 while cycling on the A548 Coast Road. The driver responsible was arrested and charged. This press release in the Daily Post dated 15th January 2013 reports that the driver of the vehicle was sentenced at Mold Crown Court to 14 months in prison, given an 18-month driving ban, and ordered to take an extended driving test. Our sincere sympathies are with Alan's family.

Posted 18/1/13

Work on Dee Marshes Route Starts: Flintshire County Council has assumed responsibility for the completion of the new cycle path across the Dee Marshes, linking Deeside Industrial Park and Burton. The work started on 7 January 2013, and is estimated to be ready to open in 10 to 12 weeks. We look forward to the opening of this vital, safe, and traffic free link between England and Wales. More information, including a map, can be found on the Chester Cycling Campaign website.

Updated 18/1/13

Footpath/Cycleway closures at Saltney Ferry Footbridge and the vicinity: Temporary closures will commence on 14th January 2013 and will last approximately 10-12 weeks. This is to facilitate the construction of a new flood defence wall on top of the existing embankment on both sides of Saltney Ferry Footbridge. These works will be carried out by a contractor on behalf of the Environment Agency Wales. Approximately 65 metres of the cycletrack/footpath will be closed on the western side of the footbridge and approximately 80 metres will be closed on the eastern side of the footbridge. There will be a temporary diversion in place during the course of the works which will divert around the back of the properties in this area. The alternative proposed route is a hardcore track. Click here to see a map indicating this diversion and here to see the Temporary Traffic Notice.

Closure of Saltney Ferry Footbridge: The footbridge will close from the beginning of March for approximately 6-8 weeks to allow essential existing parapets to be dismantled and new parapets installed. Alternative routes available to cross the River Dee will be the Blue Bridge, Queensferry, or the Grosvenor Bridge, Chester. There is a possibility that the works may not begin until mid-February. Click here to see the Temporary Traffic Notice. (Information from Peter Williams, Ch&NW CTC Ride to Ride Officer - via Stuart Jones, Rights of Way Officer, Flintshire County Council).

Posted 17/1/13

Volunteer Ride Leader Required to lead a cycle ride in Llandudno on Friday 1st February at 12:30pm. Rhian Lewis, Principal Transport Planner at JMP Consultants Ltd, is working with the North Wales Housing Association to launch an active travel challenge. Part of the challenge is to arrange a lunch time 'social' bike ride to encourage staff to form small teams to take part in the challenge. There is a small budget available. A formal ride leader qualification is not required, but experience of leading cycling groups is necessary. CTC membership is acceptable for insurance purposes. If anyone is interested please email Rhian Lewis or phone 0151-229-1884 for further details.

Posted 13/1/13

Pam Cross: We are very saddened to announce that Pam passed away on 12th January 2013. We send our sincere condolences to her husband Mike, President of Chester and North Wales CTC.

Posted 3/1/13

Early Spring Reliability Ride (50-mile Tourist Trial) 24th March 2013: CTC Two Mills (Secretary, Janet Gregory) has once again planned and organised this very popular annual ride taking place in late March. Click here for a poster of the Event, here for details, and here for an Event Entry Form.

Posted 30/12/12

CTC TOURIST COMPETITION - 2012
CONGRATULATIONS to CHESTER and NORTH WALES CTC RIDERS

Many congratulations to all our riders who took part in the 2012 CTC Tourist Competition. Yet again they have achieved great overall success.

Congratulations to Peter Dilworth the first Chester and North Wales CTC rider to be the overall winner! Peter gained maximum points and won on a tie breaker. (He also wins the 1st Veteran's prize). Lowri Evans was 4th (First Lady) as well as achieving 1st Lady Veteran, Andy Polakowski was 5th on 110 points; he completed at least two events in each category as did Martin Thomson who was equal 6th on 108 points. Chester and North Wales CTC was the winning team (comprising Peter, Lowri, Andy and Martin). Until the rule changes this year there would have been teams of six. Those who narrowly miss out on team places are Dave Statham, 8th on 103 points, and Darryl Porrino, 9th with 101 points. Thanks are due to everyone who helped and encouraged the riders!

Click here to see the full competition results.

Posted 22/12/12

Watson's Wanderers' Christmas Dinner Run 2012, 18th December 2012: Click here to see a brief report and photos.

Updated 21/12/12

New Year's Day Lunch 2013, The Carden Arms, Tilston: The pub is under new management so the food and welcome should be good. The organiser of the lunch this year is Harry Watson. A veggie stew for between five to ten people will be available as requested and a three-course Christmas meal. Tourist Competition Trophies will be presented by David Ackerley, Honorary Secretary of the Chester and North Wales CTC Awards Committee.

Posted 18/12/12

Wednesday Riders Christmas Dinner, Trafford Hall 12th December 2012: We were very sorry that Mike and Pam couldn't be with us at the Wednesday Riders Christmas lunch, but the group raised their glasses in a toast to Pam for organising this year's event and for many previous years. Thanks to John Ferguson, who took over the planning so that the lunch could go ahead, to Mike Knox (MC), Brian Lowe who stepped into the breach at the last minute after Glennys couldn't attend, and Mike Maxwell for closing the meal. Many thanks to Eureka Cycle Sports, The Bike Factory, Cheshire Oaks Cycles, Always Aim High Events and all our members who donated prizes for the raffle which raised £90 for St John's Hospice. Thanks also to Trafford Hall for an excellent meal. We especially send our very best wishes to Pam and Mike.

Click here to see a selection of photos of the Lunch.

Posted 9/12/12

New Years Day lunch, McLeans Pub, Sandycroft: Click here for details.

Posted 9/12/12

Watson's Wanderers 600th Pub Visit Celebration: On Tuesday 27 November 2012 some 30 cyclists left Christleton at 10:00am to ride, via coffee at the Ice Cream Farm, to Willington Hall for a special lunch. Willington Hall is the 600th different pub visited by Watson's Wanderers since inception some 22 years ago. Click here to see photos of the event.

Posted 9/12/12

Cycling Clothes, free (almost): Marjorie Clough has been sorting through the cycling effects of her late husband, Bob. In return for a small donation to club funds a selection of clothing is looking for a new home. All the clothes are in very good condition. Please note that you should contact Peter Barnes and NOT Marjorie. Peter's number is: 0151-648-2684. Click here to see the list of clothing.

Posted 25/11/12

Cycling Books for Sale: CTC Derby has 150 cycling books for sale from the late Keith Martin's extensive book collection. The money raised will be split between a Melanoma charity and CTC Derby. It's quite a collection, over 150 books, many obscure and some probably collectible. They're asking for offers, either for a single book or groups of books - offers to be received by the end of November. Please have a look and make an offer if interested. Click here to see the list of book details (information from CTC Derby).

Posted 25/11/12

CTC ClubShorts: No! This is nothing to do with bicycle clothing. Chester and North Wales CTC and Member Groups across the country regularly receive information of interest to members from National Office. Click here to see the latest issue. There is now a link to 'CTC ClubShorts' on the External Links Page.

Posted 22/11/12

Merseyside CTC Website: Please note that Steve Gilmartin has stepped down as webmaster of Merseyside CTC. The website will be inactive until a new webmaster is found (information from Alan Parker).

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides: Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall, organisers of the 'Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides' since 2005, have decided to relinquish organisation of the event after next year's event on 23rd June 2013. Dorothy, Hazel and the Chester and North Wales CTC Committee are very keen for this very popular and well-supported event to be continued in Bob's memory. They are hoping to find a willing volunteer or volunteers to shadow Dorothy and Hazel's organisation of next year's event with a view to taking over and preparing the 2014 rides. From 2013 entries will only be accepted before the event takes place to eliminate the difficulties experienced in previous years by caterers due to unexpected numbers of on-the-line entries. Organisation of the rides will thus be smoother and stress-free. If you are interested in taking over in 2014 or would just like to ask a few questions and find out how it all works, please contact Dorothy (01244-382851) or (01244-317816).

LOST PROPERTY: A pair of spectacles was left at the Chester and North Wales AGM at Higher Kinnerton HQ last Sunday. Please contact Arthur Miller on 01244-831361 if they are yours.

The Eureka Café: Café owner Ann Peek asks me to remind you that you may not simply enter any part of the premises (and that includes the grounds as well as the toilets) unless you purchase food and/or drink. It is not enough to say that you will buy something when you return from the ride. If Anne asks you to leave the premises because you have infringed her requirements, please do so without question. Please understand that the Eureka Café is a commercial enterprise and not a drop-in clubroom. Thank you for your co-operation. (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).

Chester and North Wales Audax Corwen Rides - 20th October 2012: Click here to see a report with photos of the three very successful Audax rides organised recently by David Matthews, the Barmouth Boulevard, the Brenig Bach and the Bala Mini Bash.

Hill Climb and Freewheeling Competitions, 6th October 2012: Photos of the competitions can be seen here. Thanks to Andy Polakowski for taking the photos. A report of the events will be available shortly.

President's Rides and Annual Lunch - 30th September 2012

Group of riders before setting off on President's Ride, 30th September 2012

An enthusiastic group of riders from several of our groups assembled at Walk Mill Café, Stapleton, for the start of The President's Ride and Annual Lunch at Tilston Memorial Hall. Chester and North Wales CTC President Mike Cross would like to thank all those who helped or supported this very successful event. On behalf of the club, Mike extends congratulations to Janet Gregory, winner of the President's Trophy for 2012, and former Secretary, Glennys Hammond, to whom he presented a well-deserved CTC Certificate of Merit for her services to the Club. He also wishes Janet Gregory well on her forthcoming term of office as CTC Councillor for the North West Region of CTC. Click on above photo for bigger image. More photos here.

Chester and North Wales CTC Audax Rides, 16th September 2012: Click here to see a report of this very successful and enjoyable event starting at Old Ma's Coffee Shop, Tattenhall, organised by David Matthews.

Two Mills Picnic Ride - 19th August 2012: Click here to see a report of this event and here for a selection of photos.

'The Clwydian 209km', 'The Clwyd Gate 136km' and 'The Clwyd Vale 60km': These CTC Audax events took place on 29th July 2012 as part of the 'Welsh Festival of Cycling'. The very successful Welsh Festival was held over four days and based at Ruthin Rugby Club. Click here to see a report of the Audax events.

Welsh Festival of Cycling 27th-30th July 2012: I very much enjoyed visiting the Welsh Festival of Cycling held recently at the Rugby Club in Ruthin, and was pleased to see it was well-supported by Chester and North Wales CTC members. Our Secretary, Lowri Evans, was very much involved in the planning and deserves everyone's thanks for helping to organise such a great event (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides, 17th June 2012: Click here to see a report of the event.

Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100, 1st July 2012: Chester and North Wales CTC President, Mike Cross, wishes to record his thanks to the event organiser, David Ackerley, and all those who helped in any way with the 2012 Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100-mile Ride on 1st July. Their help is much appreciated.

Click here for a brief report of this very popular annual event and here for a selection of photos.

New Cycling Strategy for Cheshire West and Chester Council: Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) is preparing a new Cycling Strategy. This is your chance make known your thoughts about how to make improvements to cycling in Cheshire West and Chester and to make cycling easier, cheaper and more convenient. There has been considerable investment in our local cycling network over the last ten years. Chester was successful in gaining Cycle Demonstration Town status between 2008 and 2011. This led to an overall increase in the number of people cycling in the Borough. CWaC is keen to encourage more people to cycle to work, to school, and for leisure. The Council hopes to promote cycling as part of our tourism agenda, to develop awareness campaigns, highlight the health benefits of cycling, and encourage more people to take advantage of cycle training schemes. The consultation exercise is now up and running until Friday 13th July. A series of meetings with various interest groups and potential partners will take place and a questionnaire has also been prepared for members of the public to complete. Please complete the questionnaire on the Council's website.
Early Season Tourist Trial 1st April 2012: Click here to see a report and some photos. Another set of photos will be added to the photo Gallery in due course.
Alan Mort - Man Charged: A man has been charged with causing Alan's death on February 5th this year through dangerous driving. Further information about this tragic accident can be found here (information published in the Flintshire Chronicle).
Re-opening of the North Wales Coastal Cycle Path (National Cycle Route 5): With the demolition work completed, and the site cleared well ahead of schedule, the coastal cycle path at Llanddulas was re-opened at 11am on Friday 18th May 2012. A contingent of cyclists who regularly use the path set off from the eastern side of Colwyn Bay pier at 11am. They congratulated representatives of the contractors, PGC Demolition Ltd at the Rainbow Bridge on a job remarkably well done in extra quick time (information from Roy Spilsbury).

WANTED
CTC Right to Ride Representatives for Flintshire and Wrexham

Does cycling give you that special thrill that makes you want to play your part in fighting for its survival in a world that needs it more than ever before? Why not consider becoming a voluntary CTC Right to Ride representative. You would be joining a UK network of similarly committed CTC members around the country with wide ranging experience and skills.

If you feel you have the confidence and ability to deal with both the public and professionals on an equal footing, and would like to know more of what is entailed, you can check the CTC website or telephone head office on 01483-238323. A glance at the CTC Cycle Digest will also provide some flavour of the current campaigning state of play. Peter Williams and Roy Spilsbury, who are representatives for Chester/Cheshire West and Denbighshire/Conwy respectively, will be happy to answer any questions.

Roy Spilsbury: 01492-623293

Spring 50 Tourist Trial, 1st April 2012: Mike Cross, the President of Chester and North Wales CTC, thanks the organiser, Janet Gregory (Secretary of CTC Two Mills), and her team of volunteers for all their efforts which made the Spring Tourist Trial such a great success.

Alan Mort - a message from his family: The family of Alan Mort sent the following message.

"We would like to convey our gratitude to ALL of the cyclists who attended Alan's funeral last week. It was very moving to see so many people there. In particular the guard of honour on the way to the crematorium marked the event with great dignity and honour; the splash of colour in the crematorium brightened things up. Alan was very proud of his cycling achievements and had set his goals high. Once again, we send a big THANK YOU to you all". Regards from Kath, Chris and Margaret Mort.

Burton Marshes – the Deeside-Neston Route: Sustrans has been allocated £8 million from the Regional Growth Fund for 2012/13 for specific named schemes to encourage cycling and walking. There are five in the North West one of which is Burton Marshes the Deeside-Neston Route, with an allocation of 250k£ for the Cheshire side of this route. The RSPB have given permission for this to be a permissive route. (information from Peter Williams - Chester and North Wales CTC Right to Ride Officer)

The late ANN CHAPMAN

Ann Chapman who, with husband Neil, ran Eureka Café for many years passed away peacefully on Monday evening 13th February. The funeral will be at Blacon Crematorium at 10.30 on Thursday 23rd February and afterwards at the Eureka Café.

Lands End to John O'Groats: If any of our members are planning a LeJoG challenge this year you may like to know of a cyclist taxi and bike transport service which may make the logistics at the John O'Groats end a lot easier. If you are interested in using the service this year you can obtain a voucher worth £10 off the price of a full wash, lube, pack and courier service. Click here for details and here to obtain the voucher.
Cycle Touring Books: For a considerable time Ann Taylor has been acting as librarian to seventeen books by the travel writer Bernard Newman. They are mostly about cycle touring, and whilst they have been available for members to borrow, no one has ever done so. With the approval of our President, anyone who wants them can have them. If you want some or all of them, please contact Ann on 0151-327-4667. Any books that have not been collected by 1st May this year will be donated by Arthur Miller to his local library. Click here to see the list.
The Times 'Cities fit for cycling' logo.

The Times 'Cities fit for Cycling Campaign'

At last - Important support for Cycling: In November 2011, Times journalist Mary Bowers was just yards from arriving at work on her bike when she was hit by a lorry. Mary, 27, is still not conscious and is making a slow recovery in hospital. Tragically, such an accident is far from rare. More than 27,000 cyclists have been killed or seriously injured on British streets in the past 10 years. In response to these statistics, The Times newspaper has launched a major public campaign to improve cycling in Britain's cities, and has produced an 8-point manifesto calling for cities to be made fit for cyclists. You can read about the campaign, the manifesto, see a video and pledge your support here.

The Manifesto is fully supported by CTC. Commenting on The Times' campaign, CTC's Campaigns & Policy Director Roger Geffen said:

"Congratulations to the Times for highlighting the urgent need for Government action to tackle the threats cyclists face on Britain's roads, so that more people can enjoy its health and other benefits without fear or injury."

Please go to this link and pledge your support.

The late Alan Mort
The late Alan Mort

The late ALAN MORT

The President of Chester and North Wales CTC, Mike Cross, records with deepest regret Alan's death in a road accident on Sunday 5th February 2012. On behalf of all of us in Chester and North Wales CTC he offers sincere condolences to Alan's family and all his many friends. Alan will be much missed.

Jim Skelding

After the funeral of our past President Jim Skelding on Tuesday 17th January, a bouquet of flowers was sent to Tricia Holyoak on behalf of our club, Chester and North Wales CTC. The bouquet was sent to Tricia, one of Jim's neighbours, in recognition of the care and compassion she has shown him before and during his recent fatal illness. Tricia was greatly touched by the gesture, and asked for her sincere thanks to be included here.

CTC's Application to the Charity Commission for charity status: At Chester and North Wales CTC's Annual General Meeting held last November attended by our CTC North West Councillors, members requested sight of the rejection letter sent to CTC by the Charity Commission of England and Wales (CCEW). Members also asked our Councillors what further action is being considered by CTC in the light of this rejection, especially as the application had been accepted in Scotland. A statement was subsequently published in the December/January issue of 'Cycle'. Click here to see the rejection letter sent to CTC by CCEW, and here to see the response sent recently to Member Groups by David Cox, Chair of CTC Council. You can also see comments and add your views on the CTC Forum.
Fabulous Ladies Weekend: The Fabulous Ladies Cycling Club weekend will be held at Ravenstor Youth Hostel, Derbyshire on 4th to 7th May 2012. Click here for further details of the weekend and dates of 2012 rides.
Jim Skelding - President of Chester and North Wales CTC from 1990 to 1999: We are saddened to announce that Jim passed away on 30th December in hospital. His funeral will take place at Blacon Crematorium on Tuesday 17th January 2012 at 11.30am and afterwards at the Mollington Banastre Hotel for light refreshments. To assist with catering requirements please email Jim's niece Ann by Tuesday 10th January if you intend to go to the Hotel. She would also appreciate a photo of Jim suitable for the Order of Service, and anecdotes of his life and times, also by the 10th January.

Closure of Hill Lane (Peckforton) to cyclists - Grid Ref: 117/527566

Attention - Cyclists who have cycled along Hill Lane, Peckforton to Burwardsley in the past 20 years: Hill Lane leaves Stonehouse Lane, Beeston and crosses over the Peckforton hills to emerge at Burwardsley near the Cheshire Candle Workshops. Peckforton Estates, who own the land across which the path runs, closed the middle section in March this year to cyclists. Walkers and horse-riders were allowed to continue using the path. Our club members have occasionally cycled this path freely over many years. For modification to the definitive map 10 witnesses are sought and required to complete a Cheshire East Council pink evidence form. The form requests details about frequency of use from each witness, and a simple map showing the location of gates, notices, fences and obstructions referred to in the form. As your CTC Right to Ride representative in the North West, I am collecting evidence concerning use of the path by cyclists which will be forwarded to Cheshire East Council through the club. This is quite a complicated procedure and could take Cheshire East Council quite a while to process. For further information and details please (0151 327 3634).

Peter Williams, CTC Right to Ride Representative for the North West.

Neston Cycling Questionnaire: Recently, many of our members completed a questionnaire about the improvement of cycle routes and cycle-friendly amenities in the Neston area. The questionnaires are being analysed and results will be relayed to us when they are available. In the meantime, click here to see a thank you poster from Alison Kunaj, the Town Clerk of Neston Town Council.
CTC and its application for charitable status: Those of you who were at the Chester and North Wales CTC Annual General Meeting on 6th November will be aware that the Charity Commissioners (for England and Wales) rejected CTC's application for charity status. In Scotland the application was accepted. There will be a statement in the next edition of Cycle Magazine regarding the position on the CTC's charity application. (Information from David Robinson, CTC North West Councillor.)
Help the Greenway by shopping at Chester Waitrose: CH&NW CTC members frequently use sections of the Millennium Greenway. Audrey Hodgkinson, founder of 'Friends of Chester Millennium Greenway' has been successful in applying for a 'Community Matters donation cheque' towards group funds. Tokens are allocated to customers for every purchase made at Chester Waitrose until the end of November. The amount donated by Waitrose depends on how many tokens are placed in the "Friends of Millennium Greenway 'slot' ". Each donation will help swell funds and will be sent directly to the group Treasurer. The store is located at 44 Foregate Street, Chester, CH1 1HA.

CTC CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION
The Bike Factory, Chester

On Wednesday 9th November at The Bike Factory, Chester, Mike Cross as President of Chester and North Wales CTC presented the recently awarded CTC Certificate of Commendation on the occasion of the Company's Centenary (in 2012). You can read about the history of The Bike Factory on their website.

Audax Rides: On Saturday 22 October in fine autumn weather, the three Audax events based on Corwen and organised by Chester and North Wales CTC Committee Member, David Matthews, were successfully held. The events attracted riders from a wide area and I was able to visit one of the checkpoints. Congratulations to David Matthews (Organiser) and many thanks to all those who helped to make the events so successful on the day (Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC).
'The Clwydian', Clwyd Gate, and Bala Mini-bash (Bala Lake Ride) Rides: Click here for a report and some photos of these three popular 'Audax' events. Hopefully more photos will be sent to the website editor before long. If anyone has any photos please them to the editor as soon as possible.
Cycling Routes and amenities in Neston: If you live in or near Neston or regularly cycle in the area, and are keen to see improved cycle routes and cycle-friendly amenities, please take time to complete and return this questionnaire. Closing date is 20th November.
ERYRI GROUP SECRETARY - Doreen Lindsey's retiring 'do': Doreen is retiring after many years as the greatly esteemed Eryri Group Secretary. A cycle-ride and Grand Buffet is being held in her honour on Sunday 20th November. Anyone who knows Doreen and would like to join in the ride and buffet, please contact Mike Simpkins. Click here to see full details.

Two Mills Annual General Meeting - 18th October 2011

This is a reminder that CTC Two Mills Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held from 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th October 2011 at the Memorial Hall on The Green, Willaston CH64 2XR. Click to see the Agenda for the 2011 AGM, the Minutes of the 2010 AGM and the Secretary's Annual Report 2011.

4th Annual Macmillan Nurses Coffee Morning - Oscroft: This coffee morning was held on 4th October 2011 in conjunction with the Watson's Wanderers' Tuesday ride. A number of other cyclists arrived independently, and I estimated that thirty or more cyclists tucked into tea, coffee, hot chocolate (Harry) and cakes. £121 was raised for the Macmillan Nurses. Thank you to all the riders and guests, especially to Margaret Matthews and Sarah Molyneux, for their hard work in feeding everyone. (David Matthews)
Hill Climb and Freewheel Competitions: I would like to thank Lowri Evans for her work in organising the Hill Climb and Freewheeling Competitions held on Saturday 1st October, and also those who helped her in any way. Chester and North Wales CTC Vice President, Arthur Miller, kindly agreed to present the prizes in my place. A long standing engagement prevented me from supporting these events. (Mike Cross, President, Chester and North Wales CTC)
'Momma's Audax Rides' and 'Hill Climb and Freewheeling Competitions': Click here to see a report and photos of Momma's Audax rides held on 18th September 2011, and here for results of the Hill Climb and Freewheeling Competitions held on 1st October 2011.
Thank you to all CH&NW CTC Volunteers: I would like to thank those members who staffed the stands promoting cycling at the recent health-related events at Ellesmere Port (August) and Neston (September). I was very pleased with the support for the annual President's Rides, Lunch and Prize Presentation on 11th September, and offer my congratulations to Roy Spilsbury for winning the President's Trophy for 2011. Warm thanks also to David Ackerley, Editor of 'The Link', for producing the excellent Autumn edition of our club magazine. (Mike Cross, President CH&NW CTC)
Chester and North Wales CTC comes to the aid of Kiwi 'The Mad Cyclist': Earlier in the summer, Chester and North Wales CTC received an email from 'The Mad Cyclist' in Hamilton, New Zealand asking for help with a route from Chester to St Helens. Terry, Kevin, Brooke and Les were planning to ride the big one from Lands End to John O'Groats. Janet Gregory (Two Mills Secretary) and Peter Williams (our Rights of Way Officer) planned, organised and accompanied them on the route in our area. Click here to read the story and see the photographs.
The Breeze Network: British Cycling has launched Breeze, the biggest ever programme focused on getting more women into riding bikes. Breeze is a National Lottery funded nationwide network of fun, local and flexible bike rides designed to close the gap between the number of men and women cycling regularly, and to introduce over 80,000 new women to bike riding. Led by women for women, Breeze bike rides are local, friendly and informal. The short, traffic-free rides are ideal for busy mums and anyone who hasn't been on a bike for a while and would like to go for a casual bike ride with a small group of women from their area.
Sky Ride is a national campaign created to help people whatever their age or ability get on their bikes and have fun. The ambition is to get 1 million more people cycling regularly by 2013 and there are a whole range of ways to get involved from big traffic-free events (Sky Ride City events), to local rides (Sky Ride Local), from routes and trails to courses and training. Click here for further details about Sky Rides. It also encompasses the Breeze network from British Cycling - free, informal and relaxed bike rides for women, by women.
Club Clothing now available on-line: You can buy items of our distinctive green and yellow club clothing from a full range available at Impsport. You can see what the design looks like and how to order from Impsport on the Club Clothing page.

Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100 Mile Ride - 3rd July 2011

Click here to see a brief report on this very successful event and here for a selection of photos.

Spring 50-mile Tourist Trial - 17th April 2011

Click here to see a long-awaited, full selection of photos of this event.

Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100 Mile Ride - 3rd July 2011

On behalf of the members of Chester and North Wales CTC, the President, Mike Cross, thanks those involved (though few in number) for their dedication and hard work in ensuring the success of the annual Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans 100 Mile Ride on Sunday 3rd July. Special thanks are due, once again, to organiser David Ackerley for the characteristically efficient way he directed this popular and successful event.

CTC Two Mills Midsummer Treasure Hunt, 21st June 2011

Click here to see a report and photos of this very successful summer evening event.

Summer 2011 edition of The Link: The Link, our quarterly magazine, is first-rate and is a tribute to the work of its Editor, David Ackerley, as well as to the efforts of those who submitted articles and illustrations on a wide range of topics. It's worthy of a wider readership. Your President, Mike Cross, urges all readers to encourage others - whether Chester and North Wales members or not - to support this unique publication. Full details of how to subscribe are here.
Cycling allowed on Llandudno Promenade! In a sudden breakthrough in the five year saga of the so called 'cycling ban' on Llandudno promenade in the County Borough of Conwy, the Council has now accepted that it is not in the public interest for cyclists to be forced to use the adjacent hazardous Parade, and cyclists will be allowed to proceed responsibly along the one and a half mile promenade without fear of legal consequences, pending a definitive decision by the Council. Read the Daily Post editorial of Wednesday 25th May 2011 on the Cycling North Wales Website.
The Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides, 12th June 2011: Congratulations to all those who braved Sunday's atrocious weather and set out on this annual event held in memory of the late Bob Clift, designer of the Cheshire Cycleway. Special thanks are due to Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall, the Organisers, and their dedicated team of helpers. Mike Cross, President, Chester and North Wales CTC.
The MinorTaur Trail at the Coed y Brenin Trail centre is the latest offering from the Forestry Commission Wales, Coed y Brenin Trail centre. The new track is a blue-grade mountain bike trail and was built to plug the gap between the 'easy' Yr Afon green route and the significantly more challenging red and black routes within the forest. The MinorTaur was designed to be suitable for all the family to give a progressive introduction into technical mountain biking and is wide enough to take adaptive mountain bike trikes and quads along its entire length, making it a fairly unique facility in Britain. The MinorTaur is a great place to learn and hone mountain bike skills, but for all riders the trail will take a degree of fitness, skill and nerve to complete in style. Further details are available here.

CONGRATULATIONS

CTC AGM and Dinner held at Weymouth on 14th May 2011

Members of Chester and North Wales CTC and its Subsidiary Group, CTC Two Mills, excelled themselves yet again in the 2010 CTC Competition. Congratulations to Janet Gregory, Secretary of CTC Two Mills and Wirral Bicycle Belles - and a Chester and North Wales CTC Committee member - who received the '2010 North West Volunteer of The Year' award at the CTC Dinner held on Saturday evening after the AGM. Janet was also runner-up for the 'National Volunteer of the Year' award. We are delighted at her well-deserved success.

Equally deserving praise is the success achieved by Lowri Evans who was awarded 1st Lady in the CTC Competition.

To cap it all, Chester and North Wales CTC achieved 1st place in the team competition. Congratulations to the team comprising: Lowri Evans, Andy Kolakowski, Dave Statham, Darryl Porrino, Ifor Jones and Alan Mort. Further details and photos will be available soon.

CTC Cymru Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions - 30th April 2011: Click here for a report and results of the competitions and here for a few photos that were taken. Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC, would like to thank all those who took part or helped in any way with the competitions which were held in sunny, warm weather. The event was a great success due to the efforts of the organiser, Lowri Evans, and her willing helpers.
Spring Tourist Trial - 50 miles in four or five hours - 17th April 2011: Click here for a report, including a selection of photographs. A full selection of photos will eventually be posted in the Photo Gallery.
'Spring 50 Tourist Trial', Sunday 17th April 2011: The President of Chester and North Wales CTC, Mike Cross, thanks the organiser, Janet Gregory (Secretary of CTC Two Mills) and her team of volunteers for all their efforts which made the Spring Tourist Trial such a great success.
A Message from Mike Cross, President of Chester and North Wales CTC: I would like to thank all those who helped in any way with the Cycling Festival in Chester on Sunday 27th March. Although I was unable to be present because of a long-standing prior engagement, I understand that the event was a great success. I am very pleased that Chester and North Wales CTC was well represented by our members.
Leaders' Information Pack: Whether you are a 'new rides leader' or an experienced one, you will find the 'Leader's Information Pack' a mine of essential and useful information. The Pack has been developed to ensure your own safety and the safety of your group on the road. It contains hints, tips and details of your responsibilities when leading groups, and links to relevant CTC documents, including important insurance information. Please download the Leaders' Pack for future reference. The Pack can also be found on the Documents Page.
Bicycle Recycling Social Enterprise in Blacon: The Sustainable Blacon Team has been evaluating the potential to set up a bike recycling social enterprise business in Blacon. The response from 350 householders who completed a feasibility survey to set up the scheme has been fantastic, and the Sustainable Blacon Team is now very keen to set up the proposed business. The Team is looking for an individual (or more) who may be interested in working in this business in a volunteer or paid position. Ideally, he or she would be a qualified or at least experienced bike mechanic, possibly retired, or with time available to work with the Team. If you are interested or know anyone who might be interested please contact Stephen Perry, Chairman of Sustainable Blacon Ltd.
Ladies Rides for 2011: Details of 'Ladies Rides for 2011', 'Family Rides' starting in April and the 'Ladies Cycling Weekend' in June organised by Sue Booth, Chester and North Wales CTC's Development Officer, can be found here. Visit the Blogspot for further details.
Unofficial Logging on the Greenway: There has been unofficial chainsaw activity and mass log taking from the pathway in the area of Fairfield Road. The logs left by Sustrans after felling had Dutch Elm disease. There is a fine for anyone transporting them from the pathway as disease could be spread to other areas. Biodiversity has also been compromised by loggers. Newts and frogs have been seen dead around these areas. Please report any activity regarding logging directly to Alice Rickwood (Sustrans Manager). Police have been informed. (News item received from Audrey Hodgkinson, founder of 'Friends of Chester Millennium Greenway'.)
The pathway will be closed again for approximately three weeks for contractors to finish their work on Victoria Road bridge.
Two Mills Rides Reports and Garmin GPS Routes: CTC Two Mills group is out every Sunday during the year starting from The Eureka café. There are now almost 50 reported rides including photographs compiled each week by Bob Witton and put together by Glennys Hammond. The reports now include a Garmin link displaying the route with the accompanying statistics. Go to the CTC Two Mills Rides Reports page and click individual links to see what they get up to each week. New members to the group are always welcome.
New Years Day Lunch, Carden Arms, Tilston - 1st January 2011: There was a good turnout as ever at the Carden Arms, Tilston. Harry recorded that 36 attended, most having cycled there with relatively benign road conditions in the morning. Our president, Mike Cross, presented the fine, new trophies, beautifully mounted on stylish stands, to Lowri Evans and Andy Polakowski for their successful CTC Competition results in 2010. I hope both managed to carry their trophies with bulky cases back home in the saddlebag. Sadly the grey skies gave a persistent drizzle for the return ride but with all the snow and ice now gone from previous weeks, this was almost enjoyable. Thanks to all who turned up. Report by Dave Hill. Click here for photos.
Wednesday Riders Christmas Dinner 15th December 2010: Thirty-two Wednesday Riders members enjoyed their traditional annual Christmas Dinner at Trafford Hall. Most people came by car but three stalwarts came by bike. As usual the meal was excellent. Many thanks to Pam Cross for organising this excellent event (again). Click here for a selection of photos.

CTC Competition 2010 Winners
Chester and North Wales CTC has done it again!

Many congratulations to Lowri Evans who has achieved 'First Lady' in the CTC Competition, and is placed 4th overall in the individual competition. She wins the E.F. Butterworth Memorial Trophy and Medallion.

Congratulations also to our winning Chester and North Wales CTC team. The team comprised: Lowri Evans, Andy Polakowski, Alan Mort, Dave Statham, Darryl Porrino and Ifor Jones. The team completed 75 rides with a score of 676 points.

In the individual competition, Lowri Evans was placed 4th with 122 points; Andy Polakowski was 5th with 121 points; Alan Mort was 8th with 119 points; Dave Statham was 9th with 115 points; Darryl Porrino was 14th with 104 points; and Ifor Jones was 20th with 95 points. You can see the detailed CTC Competition results here.

The winners will receive their awards at the 2011 CTC AGM Dinner to be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Dorset on 14th May 2011.

A new Honorary Treasurer for Chester and North Wales CTC: As a result of an email appeal direct to the Wednesday Riders, we are pleased to announce that Colin Bell has kindly volunteered to become Treasurer of Chester and North Wales CTC. He was co-opted by your Committee at its meeting on Thursday 9th December and takes up his duties immediately.
Hill Climb and Freewheeling Competitions 2nd October 2010: Click here to see a report of the event and here to see the photos. They are also accessible from the Events 2010 page and the Photo Gallery page.
Club clothing: Are you interested in buying our club kit made in the official Chester and North Wales CTC colours, modeled here? Adele Blakeborough has kindly offered to arrange an order with our supplier. Details of available prices and sizes can be found here but please understand that this is only a rough guide. Contact details are on the order form. Adele would like to have everyone's order in by early December as she is trying to buy ahead of the VAT increase. New members please note that club clothing is ordered infrequently. It is expensive but postage costs can be shared.
The Bickerton Challenge Rides 25th July 2010: This Chester and North Wales CTC charity event was organised to raise funds for the charity 'Help 4 Heroes'. The final total of £3,430 was raised by those participating in the event and through sponsorship, donations and gift aid. Click here to see a full financial report.
Cancellation of proposed Curzon Park walking and cycling bridge: Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cycling England and the charity SUSTRANS have ended the uncertainty over the proposed Curzon Park walking and cycling bridge. It was revealed on Thursday 22nd September 2010 that the current economic climate, restrictive time-scales and complex planning requirements have forced the partners to abandon the £1.5m plans to replace the current footbridge. Alternative work on a footway linking Curzon Park, Westminster Park and the city centre, and other improvements are planned to start in the early spring of 2011. Click here to read the full press release.
WAY OF THE ROSES - A new SUSTRANS Route: The new 'Way of the Roses' Cycle Route was officially opened on 11th September 2010 and coincides with the 15th anniversary of the founding of the National Cycle Network (NCN). The 170-mile route starts in Morecambe, runs through the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Yorkshire Wolds before reaching the North Sea at Bridlington, and is graded as a moderate to challenging ride. The official map of the route is available from the on-line SUSTRANS shop.
Semaine Federale - Verdun, 2010 DVD now available: A group of CTC Two Mills members made their annual pilgrimage to the 'Semaine Federale', a week-long cycling festival based in Verdun, France. Bob Witton has produced an 'all singing all dancing' DVD of the group's visit this year which is now ready for sale. If you're thinking of going to this cycling extravaganza in 2011 (and you don't have to be a Two Mills member), you'll be convinced by this exciting production! The price is the same as last year - a very reasonable £3.00 each, plus post and package if required. Bob will accept cash, or a cheque made payable to R W Witton. Contact Bob (0151-342-1544) for further details. Click here to see group photos.
The Link - Autumn Edition 2010: The Editor of the club magazine, The Link, is very disappointed with the printing of the latest edition. He would like subscribers to understand why this has happened. Click here to read his explanation.
The President's Ride and Annual Lunch 5th September 2010: The President of Chester and North Wales CTC, Mike Cross, wishes to thank all those who supported this event, particularly those who helped in any way towards its success. A report will be posted soon.
The Bickerton Challenge, 25th July 2010: An interim report is already available. The full amount raised has not yet been finalised as money is still being sent to the organiser, but the total so far has reached the princely sum of £3080. The final total raised will be posted here when all the promised donations have been collected.

'Cycle Chester' latest information: Click here for a document outlining a brief snapshot of relevant cycling information and activities in Chester for August 2010, as provided by members of the Cycle Chester Steering Group.

Cycling Development Towns: Click here see the headline document outlining the results of the first six Cycling Development Towns projects in England. The full report is available through Cheshire West and Chester Council upon request.

The Bickerton Challenge Rides 25th July in aid of Help4Heroes: Click here for a provisional report of The Bickerton Challenge rides. Full details of the total amount raised by riders and supporters will be posted here in early September. If you would like to know more about the work of this worthwhile charity, have a look at the Help4Heroes August 2010 Newsletter. The Bickerton Challenge Rides were part of a huge and successful fund raising operation that has raised £37m over the last year.
Lake Vyrnwy for Sale: The Vyrnwy estate in Powys was recently put up for sale by Severn Trent Water and is expected to fetch £11m. An online campaign has been launched with the aim of securing a million Welsh people to buy at least a £10 share of the 23,000 acres (93 sq km). Nature-lovers and people passionate about Wales are being urged to club together to buy a beauty spot. The hope is that enough investors will come forward to ensure public access to the site for future generations. The campaign to buy the Estate was recently launched on the social networking site Facebook by Heledd Wyn Hardy, from Cardiff. Vyrnwy is a regular and much loved destination for all local cyclists. Click here for the BBC Press release and here for the Facebook campaign to raise the cash.
'The Bickerton Challenge Rides', 25th July 2010 - in aid of 'Help for Heroes': On behalf of Chester and North Wales CTC, President Mike Cross wishes to express his thanks to all those who took part in or helped with these rides. In particular, he wishes to thank David Ackerley whose idea this event was, and for the hard work he put into organising such a successful day. David was 'on duty' at Bickerton from 6.30 in the morning until well into the evening on the day of the rides. This was in addition to planning the rides beforehand and dealing with all the administration both before and after the event. There is still time to donate as prizes won't be announced until 31st August when all donations have been received. Download a donations form on the Events 2010 page, collect donations, or simply make one yourself. Send your cheque (payable to 'The Bickerton Challenge') to the address on the form. Many thanks to all who have ridden and already donated. We anticipate that a substantial sum will be raised for this worthy charity. Click here for an interim report.

CTC National AGM and Dinner, 15th May 2010: CTC members gathered at Loughborough University on Saturday 15 May for the CTC AGM. The agenda included three key motions to convert the whole of CTC - the UK's national cyclists' organisation into a charity. Almost 4000 CTC members cast their votes. Motions 1 - 9 were passed, including Motion 8, which stated that the Cyclists' Touring Club should be a registered charity and merge with the CTC Charitable Trust to form a unified membership organisation with charitable status. Motion 10 however, which proposed revising the Memorandum and Articles of the Cyclists' Touring Club to meet the requirements of a charity, achieved 61% of the vote but needed 75% of support from CTC's membership to pass. You can read more on the CTC website. Our winning CTC Competition team (Andy, Dave, Lowri, Ifor, Graham and Vicky), Chester and North Wales CTC President Mike Cross, and Sue Booth (North West England Volunteer of the Year) also attended the event. Click here for a few photos.

Tri-ennial Veterans 100, 4th July 2010: Chester and North Wales CTC President, Mike Cross, wishes to thank most sincerely all those who helped in any way with the 100-mile Triennial Veterans' Ride held on Sunday 4th July and who made it such a success. Most of the helpers had a very long day, especially the organiser, David Ackerley, who must also be congratulated on his patient work over the past few months in masterminding the whole event. Click here for a report on the event and here for a selection of photos.

Halfords Tour Series City Centre Race, Chester 21st June 2010: The Tour Series is a calendar of ten races taking place across the country in May and June 2010. These exciting races are held over a set number of laps on short town and city centre circuits, allowing the public to see spectacular action, high speeds and intense racing at first hand. This is the second year of a thrilling battle of the bikes in Chester. The cycle racing took part in the heart of Chester City Centre starting at the Town Hall Square. Visit the Tour Series Website for the results. Click here for the official Chester photos and here for some excellent photos by Andy Polakowski.

Tilly's Coffee Shop, Bunbury Lane, Bunbury CW6 9QS: This new licensed café (the only one in Bunbury) was opened at the beginning of May with plenty of seating and an outside terrace. The menu offers a wide choice of food suitable for hungry cyclists which is reasonably priced and freshly prepared in the open kitchen. Unfortunately, at the moment, the café is not open on Sundays; times are Monday to Friday, 9-5pm, Saturdays 9-4pm, telephone 01829-261591.

Cyclists' Memorial Service, Meriden - 16th May 2010: The Cyclists' Memorial Service is part of the Heart of England Cycling Rally organised by CTC Heart of England Member Group over the weekend of 15th-16th May. Some of our winning CTC National Competition team competed in the Treasure Hunt and attended the memorial service in Meriden - designated the centre of England. Click here for some photos and the Order of Service. (Information and photos from Andy Polakowski.)

Deva Link Access Ramp: The newly-completed Deva Link Access Ramp linking the Greenway to the Deva Link Road and the Shropshire Union Canal is now open to the public. Funded by Cycling England, Sustrans Connect2 and Cheshire West and Chester Council, the ramps provide access for cyclists and pedestrians to these great off road routes.

Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides - 13th June 2010: The President, Mike Cross, wishes to thank most warmly Dorothy Clift and Hazel McDougall, the organisers of the Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides, and all those who helped in any way to make it a success. Click here for a selection of photos.

Two Mills 'Pedal it Pink Ride' 17th April 2010: CTC Two Mills organised a Pedal it Pink ride to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Wirral Bicycle Belles riders were joined by women from Chester's Fabulous Ladies for a round trip taking in Port Sunlight, Spital, Raby Mere, Ness, Wirral Way, Raby, Thornton, and completing the ride at Port Sunlight. A report and photos can be found here.

B&B, Caravan and Camping Weekend 7th - 10th May 2010: During this annual long weekend, a group of Chester and North Wales CTC members cycled the country lanes around Lacock, Wiltshire. The group enjoyed some excellent planned rides in the surrounding countryside. You can see the report and photos here.

Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions 1st May 2010: This successful event was organised by Lowri Evans and centred on Denbigh. Prizes were presented by President of Chester and North Wales CTC, Mike Cross. Click here for a report, including results and some photos.

Ride Route 5: This Chester and North Wales Event took place on 2nd and 3rd May 2010. Riders could choose to ride any part or all of the route on either one or both days. CTC Two Mills organised a ride on Sunday 2nd May from Gronant, near Prestatyn, to Penmaenmawr. You can see a report and photos of the ride here. If anyone else rode the route and would like photos or reports included on the website, please contact

Early Spring Tourist Trial - 28th March 2010
The finishers list is now available on the Events 2010 page and on the Two Mills page.

A540 Safety for Cyclists near the Eureka Café: If you are concerned about safety for cyclists near the Eureka Café please consider using the brilliant CWaC 'report a fault' procedure to get the footpath repaired/reinstated on the A540 from Badgersrake Lane to the A550. If we can achieve this the footpath could be used by both pedestrians and cyclists.
The procedure is as follows: Go to CWaC's Interactive Mapping website, click on 'Highway Faults', select 'Pavement (Footway)' from the 'Select category:' dropdown, then select 'Other' from the 'Select Fault:' dropdown. Enter the Eureka Café postcode (CH1 6EZ) in the Location Search Box above the map, then drag the map to show the stretch of road between Badgersrake Lane and the A550. Zoom in until the location flag turns red, then drag the red flag onto the map between Badgersrake Lane and the A550. In the Fault Location box, enter, for example: 'The footpath is on the A540 (Parkgate Road), runs from , and is set back on the grass verge close to the hedge.' Then, in the Fault Description box, enter, for example: 'This footpath is badly in need of maintenance. If it is repaired and reinstated, cyclists would be able to travel in safety along this very busy stretch of road, on which two cyclists have been killed and others seriously injured in recent years.' (Use your own words.)
You can use the same interactive mapping procedure to report potholes and other road defects.

The 'Park That Bike' Project is working with Cheshire West and Chester Council to help improve the quantity and quality of cycle parking in Chester. The project offers up to 4 Sheffield stands free of charge to local voluntary sector groups, charities, social enterprises and small businesses. Each stand holds two bikes neatly and securely. The stands are available on a first-come, first-served basis during 2010, but the applicants must install them on their premises in approved locations. Recently, Chester Cycling Campaign compiled a list of premises where cycle stands would be useful. This list was passed to the Project Team which is currently contacting all listed people to encourage them to apply for free stands. If local CTC members know of organisations that would benefit from cycle parking within the Chester City Boundary, please tell the Project Team. The application form for free stands, plus a promotional poster can be downloaded from the Cycle Chester website or phone 01594 564 344 if you prefer hard copies.

Curzon Park Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge: The Cycle Chester team, part of Cheshire West and Chester Council's Planning & Transport Service, has been working over the past two years to make cycling in Chester a realistic option for people who don't ride for one reason or another. The team has looked at problem areas across the city and is trying to make cycling a regular part of day to day life. Cycle Chester aims to link up these areas by providing cyclists and pedestrians with less busy traffic routes. The Curzon Park Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge proposal would replace the existing pedestrian footbridge and create less congested journeys for cyclists and pedestrians to and from Curzon Park to the Roodee and into Chester. Cycle Chester is holding a public event where people can view and comment on this new, exciting Bridge proposal. A drop-in event will be held Wednesday 21st April, 1:30pm - 7pm in Room 3 of the Chester Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham Street, Chester. Any interested person can attend and share their comments and suggestions on the Curzon Park Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge proposal at any point during the day. From midday on 21st April until 3pm on 22nd April information can be found on the CWaC website where comments and feedback on the scheme can be forwarded to the Cycle Chester Team. (Information from Bethan Vaughan, Cycle Chester Programme Manager)

Early Spring Tourist Trial - Sunday 28th March 2010: The Scout Headquarters at Higher Kinnerton was the scene of great activity for the annual Early Spring Tourist Trial - 50 miles in 4 or 5 hours. The event, which was expertly organised and managed by Janet Gregory and her team of helpers, ran like clockwork, with refreshments at start and finish and a superb lunch provided at Overton Village Hall. You can read a report of the event here and see a wide selection of photos here.

Two Mills Dinner, Ship Hotel, Parkgate 13th February 2010: This superb well-attended event was organised by Barbara Smith. Click here for a selection of photographs.

Bicycle Belles: This new women-only cycling group meets at 10.00am in front of the railway station at Greendale Road, Port Sunlight on the third Saturday morning of each month. The rides will be approximately 15 miles with a café stop midway and paced to the slowest. Ten riders met for the first successful ride of 12 miles on Saturday 20th February. Click here for more information and here to see the new Bicycle Belles blog.

Angus McCulloch, died 6th January 2010
Angus McCulloch - Obituary: It is with great sadness that we record the death of Angus McCulloch who died aged 86 on 6th January 2010. It was Angus who, with the late Charles Allan, founded what was to become the Wednesday Section. It was in recognition of Angus's role in the founding of what is now one of the strongest Chester and North Wales groups that, upon the death of Charlie Allan in 1998, Angus became the Wednesday Section's Honorary Life President. You can read his obituary here.
New Café - Mamagama's, Burwardsley: The café was opened in June 2009 - GR 117/506559. It's part of the Mickerloo Art Gallery and Workshops in the Mickerloo Barn. Opening hours are 10am-4pm every day but closed on Tuesdays. Tel: 01829-771568. Website: www.mickerloo-arts.co.uk. Food is reasonably priced, locally resourced, home-made and in very pleasant modern surroundings.
New store for Eureka Cycle Sports: From 9th January 2010 Eureka Cycle Sports shop is moving to larger premises in Mollington. More information here.
New Year's Day 2010 Lunches: Riders from Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales met for the annual New Year's Day lunches at Carden Arms, Tilston, and Mclean's Pub, Pentre. See reports and photos of the Carden Arms here, and McLean's Pub here.
Wrexham Reivers and Mold Informals Christmas Lunch: Click here for a selection of photos of the Wrexham and Mold Groups' Christmas Lunch held at the Ponderosa, Horseshoe Pass on 22nd December 2009.
Wednesday Riders Christmas Lunch: Click here for a selection of photos of the Wednesday Riders Christmas Lunch held at Trafford Hall, Bridge Trafford on 16th December 2009.
Chester and North Wales CTC Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 1st November 2009 at Kinnerton Scout Headquarters, Higher Kinnerton. You can read a brief report and see photos of the winners of the 70th Anniversary 'Certificates of Meritorious Conduct' here.
CTC Competition Results 2009: Many congratulations to members of the Chester and North Wales CTC team for their success in winning the team category of the CTC Competition. The CH & NW team members are Andy Polakowski, David Statham, Ifor Jones, Lowri Evans, Graham Payne and Vicky Payne. Chester and North Wales won with 629 points for 68 rides, followed by West Yorkshire with 597 points for 72 rides and South Bucks with 532 points for 57 rides. The team will be presented with a trophy and medallions at the CTC AGM on 15th May 2010 in Loughborough. Congratulations also for their high individual ranking in the Competition. Lowri Evans is 2nd Lady, Andy Polakowski is joint 6th, David Statham is 9th and Ifor Jones is 10th. Graham and Vicky Payne are placed a creditable joint 35th considering the vast number of entrants in the competition. See the full results of the CTC Competition here.
Recovery of stolen bicycles: Cheshire Constabulary has recovered about 300 stolen bicycles from a farm in Hargrave. They are trying to identify the owners of these bikes and will be putting an article in local papers to appeal for owners to come forward. They will also be arranging viewing days and marrying up the bikes to their lists of stolen pedal cycles over the past few years. A local man has been arrested and is helping police with their enquiries (ref: Cheshire Constabulary News Bulletin - Western Rural Round-up - 7th December 2009).
Johnny Helms Obituary: On 5th November 2009, the local and national cycling fraternities lost their well-loved cartoonist Johnny Helms, at the age of 85 years. His obituary is reproduced here - courtesy of Merseyside CTC.
'Think Bike' warning sign on A540

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'Think Bike' warning sign on A540
'Think Bike' signs on the A540: Temporary 'Think Bike' warning signs were erected by Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC) Road Safety Team at the end of October 2009 on the A540 at several points near the Eureka Café. They will be re-erected at the end of January 2010 to other suitable locations along the A540 towards Parkgate.
On behalf of various cycling groups, Chester Cycling Campaign is requesting a meeting with Cheshire West and Chester Council representatives to discuss the lack of safety on the A540 from the A494 (formerly the A5117) as far as 'Leahurst', Hanns Hall Road, Neston. (News item from Peter Williams, Right 2 Ride Representative)
Official Opening of Chester Millennium Greenway Extension - 25th October 2009: The latest section of the Millennium Greenway from Mickle Trafford to Newton was officially opened with a sponsored walk and fun-day. A new pedestrian bridge across the Chester to Manchester railway line is complete and safety barriers erected at each side. Access points are situated at Fairfield Road, Mannings Lane (South), the A41 at Greenfield Lane, an access point near Guilden Sutton (Park Farm bridleway) and Station Lane, Mickle Trafford. Several of our groups rode along the new extension at some point in the day. Peter Williams and Janet Gregory promoted Chester and North Wales CTC on the day with a stand in the main marquee. You can see a selection of photos here.
Safety Problem at Farndon/Holt Road Bridge: Cyclists - please be aware that traffic detection equipment within the road surface is unable to detect cyclists and therefore is not prolonging the red period of the traffic lights. This results in motorists from the opposite side having an early green light and meeting cyclists mid-bridge. The situation may not be resolved for at least several months so take care!!
CTC Two Mills - Liverpool Culture Ride 18th October 2009: From the Pier head in Liverpool, Graham and Margaret planned and led a very interesting themed ride taking in some Art Deco buildings, including the Crown Plaza Hotel, the Bryant & May match factory, the Littlewoods building and a great finish at the Ship and Mitre pub. See some photos here.
Election of CTC Councillors for the North West Region: The closing date for voting to elect two members of Council to represent the NW Region closed on Friday, 16th October. Our congratulations to David Robinson, who was re-elected as a CTC Councillor for the North West Region, and to Welna Bowden, who was elected as our second CTC North West Councillor for the first time. They will serve as Councillors for three years commencing 1 January 2010. Results of the election will be formally announced to Council at the meeting to be held on 24th October at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester, and in the next issue of Cycle magazine.
Mike's 75th Birthday outing for the Wednesday Riders. 9th September 2009: Our President, Mike Cross, had planned a delightful, easy-paced, car-assisted ride starting from Chirk, where fourteen riders met up at the town car park. The coffee stop was at Whittington Castle where a new café has been opened in the attractive Castle gardens. It's well worth a visit. Twelve more riders who joined us at the Red Lion Coaching Inn at Ellesmere, had ridden from the Eureka. The return ride to Chirk included afternoon tea and cake at Betty's Tea Shop, Derwen College, Gobowen. Apart from missing Reg near the end of the ride, the day was very relaxed and enjoyable, and the weather was warm and sunny for the whole ride. Look at a selection of photos here.
Wrexham Reivers on 70th anniversary ride to the Northgate Arena, 5/9/09.

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Wrexham Reivers on 70th anniversary ride to the Northgate Arena, 5/9/09.
Wrexham Reivers 70th Anniversary Ride to the Northgate Arena 5th September 2009:
Our select group of fourteen riders known as the Wrexham Rievers, left the café in Gwersyllt as usual just after 9.30am. Riders included the Dilworths on a tandem! The route to Chester took us through Llay, Kinnerton, and towards the Saltney crossing of the Dee. Here, we turned left just to add on a few more miles! From the direction of Sealand, we travelled on the excellent cycle path to give us better access to the Northgate Arena in Chester. As we hadn't had a 'café stop', we had a real treat of a picnic in a Chester park - sponge, cookies and shortbread all home-made and very tasty, courtesy of Lowri! By the time we reached Northgate Arena we had clocked up 25 miles, nearly twice the normal distance from Wrexham! Leaving the Cycle Sale quite loaded with our purchases, we took an indirect route home via the Ice Cream Farm - where we had a rather late lunch! By the time we got back to Wrexham we had done a respectable 54 miles. An excellent day out in kind weather! (text from Gareth Williams)
Chester T & MBC's 70th Anniversary CTC Ride (6/9/09) - outside Grosvenor Hotel

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Chester T & MBC's 70th Anniversary CTC Ride (6/9/09) - outside Grosvenor Hotel
Chester Touring & Mountain Bike Club's 70th Anniversary CTC Ride 6th September 2009: The Chester Group met at Christleton Pond for their usual monthly ride. Their route took them via Northop Hall, climbing over Moel-Y-Crio to Cilcain for lunch at the White Horse Inn. It was well worth the effort to experience the stunning views of Moel Fammau and the Halkyns. A spontaneous decision by the group to celebrate CH&NW CTC's 70th Anniversary with (C)coffee (T)tea and (C)cakes at the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester at the end of the ride, provided a very enjoyable and unexpected end to the day. Read Sue's Report here.
Railway Bridge under construction between Guilden Sutton and Mickle Trafford
Progress on the Millennium Greenway: Construction work is progressing well. There is a new access point at Mickle Trafford which by-passes the original right of way and an adjacent property. Work on the access from Guilden Sutton and the Railway Bridge is impressive. When the Greenway is completed and landscaped it will be extremely welcome as an extra route out of Chester to the Cheshire countryside. The date for the Grand opening at the Fairfield Road bridge at Newton Hollows, Chester, is scheduled for 25th October. Have a look at some sneak photos taken while the contractors were away on Bank Holiday Monday!
CTC Two Mills at Royden Park, Photo by Bob Witton

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CTC Two Mills at Royden Park, Photo by Bob Witton
CTC Two Mills 70th Anniversary Event 23rd August 2009: This excellent event was attended and thoroughly enjoyed by Mike (President CH&NW CTC) and his wife Pam. Coffee (brewed on picnic stove) and biscuits at Hadlow Road Station, a ride to Royden Park, W. Kirby, buffet lunch laid on at Royden Park and return to Hadlow Road Station for more tea, scones and cream and the cutting of their own celebratory cake by Janet (Secretary CTC Two Mills). Graham James rode a bike of the period dressed in plus-fours and a deerstalker (amongst other items of clothing, of course) and Margaret Blakeborough, dressed in a tasteful floral dress and knitted hat, rode an antique New Hudson. See a report of the event here.
Television debut for Wrexham Reivers and Café Hoppers! Wrexham Reivers is one of our Chester and North Wales CTC Informal Groups (IG) that regularly ride with the Café Hoppers - formerly a 'Section' and now an independent group. The groups were filmed recently to celebrate the Café Hoppers' 10th anniversary and the success of the CH&NW CTC riders in both the individual and team results in the 2008 CTC Touring Competition. The groups were filmed in the drizzle at The Ponderosa at the Horseshoe Pass. For any of our members who would like to see the broadcast, it will be shown as part of the 6.30pm evening news (BBC Wales) on Monday 17th August. That's the intention - unless there is some news item deemed more important to replace it. (Information from Lowri Evans)
'70th Anniversary Birthday Cake', made by Margaret Pendlebury
Chester and North Wales CTC 70th Anniversary Rides 19th July 2009: This event to celebrate the founding of Chester and North Wales DA in 1939, took place on Sunday 19th July starting and finishing at Bickerton Village Hall. There were three rides: a 75-mile ride which covered some serious climbs in Wales, a 50-mile ride taking in Delamere Forest and the Peckforton hills, and a 25-mile ride around the Cheshire lanes. In all, 106 entries were accepted of which 101 riders started. There were 26 starters on the A ride, 50 starters on the B ride and 25 starters on the C ride. Riders were welcomed back to Bickerton Village Hall to a superb sit-down tea. The prize draw winners were: Brian Pendlebury who won the bicycle, Mike Cross who won the Garmin GPS, and Harvey Blair who won a pair of cycling shoes. Prizes were very generously donated by The Bike Factory. Despite the poor weather, including torrential rain at times, there were many compliments about the route planning and organisation, and afterwards, the very welcome meal provided for very hungry riders. An extremely tasty 70th birthday cake, made by Margaret Pendlebury, was decorated with the 70th Anniversary logo and a piece was given to every rider. Click here to see a report by the organiser, David Ackerley, and here to see the photos taken during the event.
Wanted - archive material about CTC's pre-1939 North Wales DA: In 2009 the Chester & North Wales CTC (formerly District Association) celebrates its 70th Anniversary. As the clouds of war gathered over Europe in 1939, a very active Chester Section separated from the Liverpool DA to amalgamate with the North Wales DA. The latter had become inactive after a vigorous social calendar earlier in that decade. Our knowledge of the North Wales DA is limited. Roy Spilsbury would like to know more. Are there any photographs or written accounts amongst family archives? If you have anything and would like to share a treasure or two with visitors to www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk, please contact
Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 Tourist Trial, 5 July 2009: Mike Cross, the President, wishes to thank David Ackerley for organising and planning this event. He thanks David and his team of helpers most warmly for the hard work they undoubtedly put in to make it such a success. He hopes, too, that all riders who took part had an enjoyable day with good cycling and good companionship, through pleasant countryside in what was generally good weather. You can see a report from the Event Organiser here and a selection of photographs here.
'Petal Power' flower sculpture, Chester
Tour Series Round 9 Cycle Race, Chester 23rd June 2009: This was the first ever Tour Series, an exciting new concept of city centre cycle racing. Ten of the best British racing teams took part and riders included two Olympic medallists from Beijing as well as some great up and coming talent. The circuit began and finished in Northgate Street, Town Hall Square - a great natural amphitheatre for spectator viewing although there were other excellent viewing points. Cyclists raced passed the Town hall and Cathedral and under the City's Roman walls twice per lap. An expected rainfall at one point tested the riders' skills round corners and over a wet set of cobbles. After nine rounds, and almost 500km of racing the top three teams in this year's Tour Series were separated by one single point. The team of the early rounds, Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta packed a trio of Russell Downing, Malcolm Elliot and Graham Briggs into the first six positions and took the win by a whisker from Rapha-Condor - as Team Halfords Bikehut crossed the line a beaten team on the night. However they held onto the overall lead going into the final race of this year's Tour Series in Southend-on-Sea. Click here to see the final result of the Tour Series and here to see photos of the Chester event including a community parade of bicycles.
Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides. 14th June 2009: As well as being a regular annual event for Chester and North Wales CTC, the Bob Clift rides were planned to coincide with Bike Week which spanned 13th to 21st June. In spite of some late changes, such as the starting venue and the 100 mile lunch stop, it was a very successful event. The number of 100-mile entries was down on previous years, at 20, but the number of 50-mile entries was well up, at 98. This high number caused some consternation at the Jessie Hughes Institute in Eaton where the 50 milers have their lunch but the Women's Institute coped beautifully as we knew they would. For the first time this year we had a 25 mile ride which had 25 entries, some of them children. The Waverton Institute was a very satisfactory alternative to Christleton Sports Centre as our starting and finishing point. The good weather was a bonus, of course. Thank you to all who rode and contributed to making it a very successful day. Lastly, Dorothy Clift and I as event organisers would like to give special thanks to all our willing helpers without whom the event would not take place. You can see photos of the event here. (Hazel McDougall)
Opening of Pen-y-Clip Bridges: On Friday 19th June the new Pen-y-Clip section of National Cycle Route 5 between Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan was opened to the public. Comprising two bridges connected by the spectacular and rarely used carriageway built by Thomas Telford in the early nineteenth century, this upgraded coastal headland route not only meets an important need for the communities immediately involved, but also provides a safe passage for commuting and leisure cyclists. Sue Booth (Chester and North Wales CTC Development Officer) and Sonya Oldershaw cycled National Cycleroute 5 (NC5) from Holyhead to Chester on 16th to 17th June to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Chester and North Wales CTC. They were the first cyclists to cross the bridges and were accompanied for part of the route by Roy Spilsbury (CTC Cymru and editor of www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk) who has tirelessly campaigned for the provision of bridges at this point. Click here to see photographs of the Pen-y-Clip bridges, and Sue, Sonya and Roy at the bridge.
Honorary Auditor required for Chester and North Wales CTC: The club must appoint an Auditor to audit our end-of-year accounts. This is not time-consuming, carries no remuneration, nor is it necessary to be an accountant or a member of CTC, but knowledge of the auditing process is desirable. If you are interested or know someone who may be willing to take on this voluntary task please contact the Secretary.
Cheshire Constabulary - Random Bicycle Checks in Chester: Police in Chester are carrying out checks on cyclists in the city as part of a new operation to crackdown on thieves. The number of pedal cycles being stolen has risen over the last few weeks across the city. To tackle the issue, officers will be carrying out random checks on cyclists. Inspector Ian Thorp said: 'We hope that genuine cyclists will be patient with us over this period. We want to protect them and make sure they don't become victims of theft. In order to do that we will be stopping people and questioning them about their bicycles. In most cases we will be able to establish if they are genuine by talking to the riders on the street. However, this operation could also involve officers taking bikes off the street for a thorough investigation to ascertain the true owner.' Cyclists are also being asked to make sure their bicycles are left secure when they are unattended. The checks have taken place and continue to do so. In one successful case, officers recovered a £2,000 stolen bicycle and arrests have been made Local PCSOs have also been running bicycle marking schemes. In recent weeks, since this operation began, the number of thefts has dropped.
The local Chester District Police Community Officer will be on the Countess of Chester Hospital Site, Liverpool Road offering free security marking for your cycle during lunchtime on 16 June between 12 noon and 2pm. Visit www.cyclechester.com for more information.
Bodfari Rally Weekend, 1 to 4 May 2009: I was pleased with the success of the Bodfari Rally Weekend, and would like to thank all those who supported it in any way. We estimated that around 60 Chester and North Wales members (from both sides of the Clwyds) attended all or part of this, our 'own', celebration of our 70th Anniversary. In particular, thanks are due: to Lowri Evans for her organisation of the Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions on Saturday 2 May; to Bob Witton and Pam Cross for planning and organising rides; and especially to Arthur Miller who chose the camp site for the campers and caravanners and organised the first-rate (and fully booked) Dinner at the Kinmel Arms on Sunday 3rd May. With the success of the CTC AGM and National Dinner the previous weekend, we have had an excellent start to our Anniversary Year. I sincerely hope that our other events planned for the coming months will be equally well supported. Mike Cross
Click here for some photos.
Artistic dessert at AGM Dinner!
CTC National AGM, Dinner and organised rides took place on 25-26 April 2009 at the Queen Hotel in Chester. Click here for the list of national prize winners. The official launch of Chester as a Cycling Demonsration Town (CDT) began on Saturday in Chester with the Chester Cycling Festival consisting of twenty stalls representing businesses and organisations in Chester. Sunday rides to suit all abilities were planned to start from the Queen Hotel. Click here for a selection of photos, and here for the CH &NW CTC President's Dinner Speech. Details of the events and rides will follow soon.
A Message from Your President: I would like to thank all those who helped to make the weekend of 25th and 26th April such a success. This includes those who helped at the CTC stall in the Town Hall Square, Chester on Saturday; those who turned up at the CTC AGM on Saturday afternoon; as well as those who organised and led rides on Sunday or helped in any way at all. Alan Mealing's Blue Badge guided tour of Chester on Saturday afternoon raised £41 in donations to the local Hospice. As far as the CTC National Dinner and Awards Presentation is concerned, the support that Sue Cherry (from National Office), David Robinson and I received was outstanding. It was gratifying to discover that of the 160 diners present (one of the highest number of attendees recorded at this annual event), over a third were from Chester and North Wales CTC. Warmest thanks to everyone concerned. Mike Cross
Early Season Tourist Trial, Sunday 5 April 2009: 150 riders registered in advance for the event - a record, we think. We'd like to extend a very big 'thank you' to those Chester and North Wales members, their friends and family who rallied to the late call for extra help. Everyone was registered inside the Scout HQ at Kinnerton and started on the 50 mile course - 15 groups, 5 minutes apart. The weather was dry and bright throughout. At the second control, young Kate 'Bailey' took 150 photos. Was that one of every rider checked through? The buffet lunch at Overton is always popular. Amazingly, all our cyclists completed to collect their individual certificate at the end. Whilst tourists enjoyed the fine spring day, the flowers and the little lambs, others put themselves 'against the clock'. Amongst the personal bests: Frank Kinlan retained top place for the third year in a row, one minute up on newcomer, Nick Cavill. Val Smith did us women proud. She was followed very closely by junior rider, Abigail Forshaw. Vicky Payne, on tandem with Graham, also turned-in an excellent time. John Hamblett was a strong veteran. All seven of our Eryri group finished together in 4½ hours. Doreen has been training them hard on those Welsh hills! CTC chair, David Robinson, who completed in 5 hours, reckoned that he had been introduced to some new lanes in the area. The missing pair of glasses has since been found. Please contact Derek Rowlands at Broad Oaks farm, telephone 01244-660834 See some of the photos here. Kate's photos will be posted when we receive them (Janet Gregory, event organiser).
A Newsletter for CTC Members in the North West: Have you ever wondered what your CTC Councillors actually do, or what goes on at Council meetings? One of our Council members for the North West, David Butler, has started a lively and interesting newsletter for members in our area revealing all! (The other North West Councillor and Chair of CTC Council is David Robinson). Read the Newsletter for yourself!
Get Paid For Cycling! Cheshire County Council is offering a fantastic opportunity for local cyclists to become Bikeability Cycle Trainers. Bikeability was launched in 2007 and is 'cycling proficiency' for the 21st Century. It is great fun both for kids and trainers. The four-day training course is free, and you would then be paid for delivering training at schools. Contact Anna for more details.
Pensarn Control, photo by David Matthews

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Pensarn Control, photo by David Matthews
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Audax Riders, photo by David Matthews

The 'Clwydian' 200k and 'The Clwyd Gate' 138k Audax Rides
21 March 2009

We were very lucky with the weather for these 2 events. It was dry and varied between misty and sunny, albeit a little chilly. There were approximately 50 entries for each event (the maximum allowed) and 40 starters/finishers for each ride. Everyone who entered seemed to enjoy themselves. Climbing on the Clwydian has been reassessed at 3500m (originally assessed as 1500m!) so the ride now carries 3.5 AAA points. The Clwyd Gate is to be reassessed in future, but is unlikely to increase much from the current 2.25 AAA points. Overall the rides were a great success (David Matthews).

Christleton Tea Rooms: The ladies of Christleton Village will be serving refreshing teas and homemade cakes from 2.30-4.30pm each Sunday in the Methodist Church Hall opposite Christleton Pond (otherwise known as the Pit), commencing June 7th to the end of September. A large sign will be in place when afternoon teas are available. Cyclists are very welcome.
Presentation of Half Wheel Trophy to Janet

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Presentation of Half Wheel Trophy to Janet
CTC Two Mills Half Wheel Trophy: CTC Two Mills group held its annual lunch on Sunday 15th March at the Cheshire Cat pub in Christleton. Approximately 30 cyclists were at the pub to see Janet awarded the infamous half wheel trophy. CTC Two Mills Chair, Bob Witton, composed an amusing verse about the trophy for the occasion. The ride from the Eureka Café included the Greenway at Blacon where we were sorry to see that three of the five meercats in one of the sculptures had been vandalised. Click here for photos of the ride and presentation.
Cyclist assaulted in Saltney, information wanted: A 39-year-old cyclist was assaulted and knocked unconscious by five men between River Lane and Ferry Lane in Saltney at 5 pm on Tuesday March 17. The men were in their late teens or early twenties, four white and one Asian (who is believed to have attacked the cyclist). He is described as about 5' 8" tall, stocky with black hair, unshaven and wearing a light grey hoodie over his head. Anyone with information should call Mold CID on 0845-607-1002 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111. Alternatively, send a text to 66767 or email North Wales Police.
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After the ride
Snowdon Charity Bike Ride 7th March 2009: On Saturday 7th March, 'Mold Informals' Team Tony Small, Jono Small, Tony Wilkins & Alan Mort set off in bright sunshine to ride the Snowdon Charity Bike Ride. After they left Llanberis to begin the four-mile climb to Pen-y-pas, the weather changed to gusting head-winds and lashing rain! On the long descent to Beddgelert the roads were awash and they were soaked. Conditions improved slightly on the climb back to Rhyd-ddu but the hot soup provided by the Cwellyn Arms at the finish was most welcome. Regardless of the weather, the successful team had a memorable ride in the mountains - and also raised some money for a worthwhile charity.
CTC is now on Twitter: CTC is on the micro-blogging site Twitter.You can see what CTC is saying by reading their page on the Twitter site. Log on and see what CTC is tweeting about.
Chester Cycle City for all things cycling in Chester: Check out this new website, dedicated to cycling in and around Chester. Why Chester? Because Chester is a 'Cycle Development Town' (CDT) and exciting things are promised in and around the city. The website is currently populated with items from members of the Chester Cycle Campaign, including short routes, news items and an artist's view of the proposed bridge over the Dee. It also has a chat forum - 'posts' (a statement or a question) that can be part of a 'thread' (discussion or conversation). It's a fun way to observe and join a narrative about local cycling. You don't have to live in Chester - anyone who cycles here will have the opportunity to put forward views and suggestions. The more cyclists who use this website, the more use it will be, which can only lead to better cycling for all of us! Text from Sue Booth, Development Officer Chester & North Wales CTC.
First 'sustainable travel town' in Wales: Cardiff has been selected to become Wales' first 'sustainable travel town' in Wales by the assembly government. The £ 28.5m scheme aims to provide free cycle hire, bus travel around the city centre, and improved bike and walking routes. The city will receive the funding from the assembly government and the county council over the next two years. If the scheme is successful, it could be repeated in other areas of Wales. Read more about the scheme here.
The new bridge over the A5117 - photo by Peter Williams
Improvements to the A5117: On the 22nd Jan 2009 Peter Williams (CH&NW CTC Rights Officer) took part in an audit of the new section of the A5117 with other NMUs (Non-Motorised Users). The improvements are from the M56 Junction 16 at Dunkirk to the Deeside Park Junction A550/A548, a distance of 5km. This particular section had a poor safety record and facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders were very poor. The main aim of the road development scheme was to improve traffic flow along the route, which is part of the Trans-European Network connecting Ireland with Scandinavia. New routes for cyclists, horse riders and walkers are impressive, especially the new road bridge over the A5117 - now the A494. The purpose of the audit, which included representatives from walking groups, cycling groups and horse riding groups, was to point out any problems while walking the whole route. You can read Peter's report here.
Get Paid For Cycling! Cheshire County Council is offering a fantastic opportunity for local cyclists to become Bikeability Cycle Trainers. Bikeability was launched in 2007 and is 'cycling proficiency' for the 21st Century. It is great fun both for kids and trainers. The four-day training course is free, and you would then also be paid for delivering training at schools. For more details, contact Anna at Anna.Geroni@cheshire.gov.uk.
Photos taken at Christmas lunches: Our riding groups met for a variety of Christmas lunches and rides. Wednesday Riders had a very enjoyable lunch at Trafford Hall on Wednesday 10th December on a very cold and icy day. Mold Informals and Wrexham Reivers joined forces and held theirs at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm on Tuesday 16th December where they were made very welcome. Watson's Wanderers were joined by independent group, Chester Easy Riders, for their Christmas ride and lunch at the Carden Arms, Tilston on Thursday 18th December 2009. You can see a selection of photos from each lunch in the Photo Gallery.
CTC Cymru AGM: CTC Cymru AGM will be held on Saturday January 10th 2009 at the National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells. Gwenda Owen, the new cycling training officer for Wales, will be attending and has been asked to talk about the first few months in her new post. CTC Cymru is in a critical state. We require a new Chairman and new blood to help take a National View of Cycling in Wales. We are hoping to run the four-day Welsh Cycling Festival at Rhayader again this year. Helpers are urgently required to assist. The reward is free entrance to the museum when you produce your CTC membership card at the AGM. (Text from Dave Twiddy, Hon Secretary CTC Cymru.)

Congratulations! This year Chester & N. Wales team has won the CTC Tourist Competition by a large margin. The team collected a grand total of 721 during the season, beating the closest team (Derby DA) by over 150 points. The team of six riders is made up of the riders in Chester and North Wales CTC who have the highest scores at the end of the season; these are Andy Polakowski (123), Peter Dilworth (122), Dave Statham (122), John Hamblett (121), Lowri Evans (119) and Ifor Jones (114). We were the only team that was able to complete the maximum number of counting rides available for a team (72 events, 12 per individual).

The competition for individual places was very close and again congratulations are in order as, in addition to the team award, Andy Polakowski has gained 2nd place overall and Peter Dilworth has taken third after a tie breaker. Dave Statham was equal 4th, John Hamblett was 7th and Ifor Jones was 11th. Tony Wilkinson narrowly missed making the team in equal 25th with a score of 94. Lowri Evans was the highest placed lady.

To gain the points the riders completed a wide range of rides from 50km events to those over 300km, off road rides and competitions. The awards will be presented at the CTC National Dinner in Chester in April 2009. Click here for a photo of the winning team.

CONGRATULATIONS

CH&NW CTC would like to extend our congratulations to all those athletes who won trophies at the

BBC PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2008

TV programme at Liverpool on 14th December 2008, but especially to our cycling heroes. In particular our congratulations go to:

CHRIS HOY of Cycling Team GB for winning the coveted 2008 BBC PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR award

DAVID BRAILSFORD, Cycling Team GB coach, for winning the 2008 TEAM COACH OF THE YEAR award

CYCLING TEAM GB for winning the 2008 TEAM OF THE YEAR award.

New Club Jerseys: It's Chester & North Wales CTC 70th anniversary in 2009. If you decide to order some new kit for winter or summer (we hope) there are plenty of special riding events and runs to show it off. Our official club colours are green and gold, of a striking design, highly visible, and come in a variety of styles for winter and especially (we hope) for the better weather to come. Our supplier will not deal with single item orders so if you are prepared to invest the necessary cash (£40+ because they are special designs) please or phone (0151-334-0978 or 07919-117738) Adele Blakeborough as soon as possible. You can see a front and back view of the design here.
Liverpool Culture Ride, 30th November 2008: Seventeen riders led by Graham James (planned by Graham and Keith Taverner) met at the Engineer's Monument near the Liver Building in Liverpool on a bright, cold and frosty morning. The party consisted mainly of Two Mills members but there were also some friends including canoeists, mountaineers and a conservationist! They visited several places of interest during their incredibly interesting ride including the Iron Men of Crosby. You can read about the ride here and see the photographs here.
Llysfasi Hill Climb and Freewheel 4th October 2008: Photos of this successful event, which was organised by Lowri Evans, are now available in the Photo Gallery.
Snowdon Charity Bike Ride 7-8th March 2009: Since it began in the 1990s this annual charity event, formerly known as the Snowdon Marathon Bike Hike, has raised more than £55,000 for charities. It's a bike ride of 30 miles on roads around Snowdon, starting at the Cwellyn Arms in Rhyd Ddu, from where the event is organised. Riding on either day, cyclists follow a picturesque route via Llanberis, Pen y Pass, Nant Gwynant and Beddgelert before returning to the Cwellyn Arms for a Completion Certificate and a bowl of home made soup. This is an informal, sociable event, with stewards on duty throughout the day. A fun day's cycling for family groups and leisure cyclists, a ride on tarmac for mountain bikers, or a challenge ride for club cyclists. Sponsorship and donations for the event will support the rescue services. More information here.
John Mosinski's sponsored bike ride: CH&NW CTC member John cycled Hadrian's Way to raise funds for the Coronary Care Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital after suffering a heart attack last year. He completed the ride of 174 miles in three days beginning at Ravenglass on 29th September and finishing at South Shields on Wednesday 1st October. John finally raised £1155.90 which will go towards the cost of new flat screen TV sets to be installed on the coronary care ward at the countess of Chester Hospital where he was a patient in March of this year. He presented the cheque to the hospital on 18th November and he thanks everyone who sponsored him. Pictured with him in the presentation photograph are Ginnie Williams, Dr John Soumoroo and CTC member Steve Weakes.
Greenway Closures: Cheshire County Council (CCC) is planning to carry out structural strengthening work to various bridges that go over the Chester to Connah's Quay Greenway. The first of these is Newton Lane Bridge. Work will start on Mon 10th Nov and continue for approximately one month and will involve closing a section of the greenway and putting a diversion in place. Other bridge works will take place on: Manning Lane South Bridge, Liverpool Road Bridge & Victoria Road Bridge - these too will need closures during the construction period. Exact details are not available at the moment. Information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

Design-a-Logo Competition: The Chester and North Wales CTC President and Chairman, Mike Cross, is pleased to announce that the winner of the 70th Anniversary Design-a-logo competition is Glennys Hammond. Although there weren't many entries, they were of a high standard. He thanks all who took the trouble to take part and assures all competitors that the competition was judged fairly and anonymously by an independent graphic artist. The logo will appear on all our documents, certificates and memorabilia during 2009.

Shotton is a pilot scheme in the Station Travel Plans (STP) project: In a recent CTC membership survey public transport access emerged as one of the greatest concerns for cyclists. One initiative that may be of interest to those members who want better station cycle parking and better access to stations is the Station Travel Plans (STP) project. Currently there are 31 stations included in a pilot project due to start next year. It may surprise you to learn that one of these stations is Shotton. You can take part in a survey if you are a passenger who uses the station. More information about the STP project and Shotton can be found here.
Cycle Chester: Chester City Council in partnership with Groundwork Wrexham, are putting on a programme of cycle rides for the general community to access within the Chester district. The aims of the cycle rides are to encourage those who enjoy cycling with other people, like shorter rides, or would like to improve their confidence on their bikes. The group is run by trained leaders who offer support and guidance to riders during the sessions. The routes are manageable distances that have minimal or no traffic. Further information can be found here.
John Mosinski's sponsored bike ride: DA member John cycled Hadrian's Way to raise funds for the Coronary Care Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital after suffering a heart attack last year. He completed the ride of 174 miles in three days beginning at Ravenglass on 29th September and finishing at South Shields on Wednesday 1st October. All money raised will go towards the cost of new flat screen TV sets to be installed on the coronary care ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital where he was a patient in March of this year. John has raised £800 so far and his employers (BP Oil) will match his final figure. A fellow CTC member rode with him. Look at some photos here.
Eureka Cyclists Café and Shop: Chester and North Wales CTC is very pleased to announce that Keith and Anne Peek, owners of the famous Eureka Cyclists' Café and Shop, have agreed to give a 10% discount to CTC members on production of their CTC membership cards. The discount applies only to full-price goods purchased at Eureka Cycle Sports, not the Café. The discount also applies to parts required for repairs but not labour costs. The address and contact details of the shop can be found at www.eurekacyclesports.co.uk.
Cycle stand at M&S Money, Chester Business Park: Take a look at this excellent well-thought out cycle stand located just outside the store's main entrance. Many employers make no provision whatsoever for cycle parking. Those that do, put it 'around the back'. Marks and Spencer are to be applauded for bringing cycling to the fore as are the manufacturers of the cycle stand. Not only does this stand provide secure parking, with loops to pass a cable lock through both wheels and frame but it also keeps off the rain. It's compact and visually appealing too - so much better than those cranky iron contraptions favoured by the council. Look at the photo here. Report by Stan Thomas.
Certificate of Meritorious Service: Next year, 2009, is the 70th Anniversary of Chester and North Wales CTC. The Awards Committee feels that some recognition by the DA of individual members' contribution towards the work and welfare of the DA should be made. For 2009 only, the Awards Committee have decided to award seven 'Certificates for Meritorious Service to Chester and North Wales CTC'. Any member can nominate recipients for these awards. Details of how to nominate for the Awards can be found here.
Walk Mill Café and Bakery: This new café opened on 22nd August. Wheat grown in local fields, and flour produced by the Mill is used to bake their own bread and cakes. Walk Mill can be found just outside Waverton following signs for the Crocky Trail. Pass the Crocky Trail on the left and the sign for Walk Mill is just before Ford Farm on the right. The café is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am-5pm, serving coffees, teas, sandwiches (with salad) and cakes (closed Mondays but open Bank Holidays). Cyclists may eat sandwiches in the picnic area if they buy drinks. Caroline (proprietor) would like prior notice if groups require sandwiches. Walk Mill homemade bread and local flour can also be purchased. Tel 01829 749373.
Cycle-friendly cafes and pubs: Many thanks are due to Brian Lowe who has spent a lot of time compiling a list of cycle-friendly cafes and pubs as an easy reference for individual riders, small groups or leaders of larger groups in the Chester and North Wales CTC area. They have all been used by CTC members in the past. However, it's always advisable to check availability and opening times with the proposed venue before making any plans. Changes will inevitably occur. If you would like to change or correct items in the list or add a new venue, please contact the co-ordinator Brian Lowe. Cafés and pubs are now included as a menu item on the navigation bar. The list can also be found here.
Family Ride photos: Click here for photos taken by Sue Booth during the Family Ride on 20 July.
Presentation by David Robinson to Don Trubshaw
Presentation by David Robinson to Jean Ashton
The Bert Bailey Memorial Veterans' 100 ride, 6th July 2008: This popular event attracted 95 entries ranging in age from a mere stripling of 50 to a stalwart of 88, with 77 riders starting on a wet, gloomy and cool Sunday morning. The weather matched the forecast at the start, but luckily this turned out to be wrong for the rest of the day, as apart from a very heavy shower near lunchtime, the ride was blessed with reasonable weather conditions. Two riders retired at elevenses with mechanical problems, but no one else bothered the sag wagon. The caterers responsible for lunch and tea seem to have met with universal acclaim for their efforts, and good food goes a long way to alleviating fatigue and sore bottoms! It is understandable that those with a long way to go should wish to make tracks quickly, but it was a disappointment that a large number of riders failed to stay for the presentation of the certificates at the end. The certificates were presented by David Robinson, Chairman of the CTC's Council, who confessed in his speech, that he now saw the point of mudguards when riding in wet weather. A big thank-you is due to all the volunteers who freely gave of their time to assist in running the event; without their efforts, the event could not take place. A helmet, cap and a pair of mitts were left behind. Claimants should ring 01829-770224 to get them back. (Report by David Ackerley - organiser)
A selection of photos can be seen here.
Cheshire Cycleway Sign
The Bob Clift Memorial Cheshire Cycleway Rides took place on 15th June this year. There were 48 entries on the 50 mile ride and 33 entered the 100 mile ride. Everyone finished their rides and many commented on the excellent planning and organisation. The day was good for cycling with only light rain in the morning and dry in the afternoon. Both rides take advantage of the lovely lanes in Cheshire with the longer ride including a few hills round Macclesfield. The catering was, as always, much appreciated by the riders with stops at the Carriers Inn, Hatchmere; Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm; Bollington; Eaton Primary School and the Ring O' Bells in Christleton. Around one in six of the riders were women. No children took part this year. This very successful event was organized by Dorothy Clift, (the rides are named after her husband), and Hazel McDougall. We hope to see you again next year. You can see a selection of photos of the 50 mile ride here. Photos from the 100 mile ride will be included later.
Early Season Tourist Trial (Spring 50) 16th March 2008: Following such a wonderful event, which was praised from many quarters, it is a pity to reduce it to, what is with Janet's help (Janet Gregory - organiser), only a brief list of facts and figures. 106 rode on the day. The youngest was six years old Cameron Boyd who rode 'tug-a-long' behind his father and there were two other juniors. There were 39 veterans, 16 ladies and 2 tandems as well as some potential new members. Whilst it is not a competitive event, it is well known as a 'get fit' ride for the faster element and this year we saw Frank Kinlan record a time of 3 hours 5 minutes. One couple made a sponsored ride of it in aid of The Cats Protection League. There was the usual large Welsh contingent and 'across Dee water' was well-represented by the Anfield group and the Prescot Eagles. Everyone survived, only a few out of time, a broken chain, a puncture or two, and only one incident when a large dog unseated a rider. The catering won particular praise which was both ample and good. Regrettably, due to EU and Health and Safety rules, we were unable to transfer the uneaten sandwiches back to the scout hut as in previous years. Sorry folks - those are the rules! Janet wishes to say 'a very big thank you' to all the helpers. See a selection of photos here.(Report by Bob Witton)

Melverley Camping Weekend took place on May Bank Holiday, Friday 3rd to Monday 5th May 2008. Eight members of the Two Mills Group enjoyed three rides out from Melverly in Shropshire. Camping on the banks of the river Vyrnwy, a tributary of the river Severn, the site provided us with excellent facilities including toilets, free hot showers, a washing up kitchen and use of a fridge. Photos of the weekend can be found here.

All the rides were lead by Keith Tavener so it was a foregone conclusion that the lunch stops and the end of each day would take in a pub! Saturday's ride left camp at 10.30 am and took us a steep route over Long Mountain with a picnic lunch in a forest clearing, some smaller hills and a bit of sheep herding then finally with 50k on the clock we returned to camp for an evening BBQ. Sunday's ride was via West Felton and Haughton, and the village bus shelter in Brownhill made an excellent CTC canteen, a local was overheard to say 'its nice to see the shelter being used' and again with 50k under our saddles finished at the Royal Hill Hotel overlooking the river Severn for a pint or two before returning the short distance back to camp for showers and a BBQ. Monday was a later start and a lunchtime finish, but we still managed a café stop at the new canal side tea room just west of Maesbury Marsh - wonderful tea and cakes highly recommended - before packing up and returning to the Wirral. The weekend was very social, we broke no speed records nor clocked huge mileages but everybody had a great time. Who knows where we will go next year, but please do join us ....

 
National cycle training standard across Wales: Plans for a national cycle training standard across Wales were announced at a Walking and Cycling Conference in Cardiff on Wednesday 25th June. The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Jane Davidson said the Welsh Assembly Government would be investing £250,000 to train over 100 instructors to teach the new standards. The funding will enable CTC to employ a Cycle Training Development Officer dedicated to supporting all the providers of cycling activities in Wales. More information about the plans can be found here. You can see photos of the event here (courtesy of CTC National Office).

Chester is a Cycling Demonstration Town: Yes - It's official! Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly last week announced a further 11 Cycling Demonstration Towns (CDTs) across England of which Chester is one. Bristol will be the UK's first cycling city. The 11 towns have succeeded in winning a share of the record £100m investment package to pioneer innovative ways to increase cycling in their areas. Applicants were chosen from a shortlist of 19 local authorities, out of an original 74 bids. Cheshire County Council and Chester City Council made a joint bid for money from the CDTs Project supported by City MP Christine Russell. The bid was backed by businesses, community groups and sports clubs. Proposals include improving cycling infrastructure such as dedicated cycle lanes, increasing bike parking provision and cycle training and promoting the benefits of cycling. The further 11 CDTs will build on the work of the existing six CDTs appointed in 2005, which have seen significant increases in cycling levels. Click here for a photo of Chester's celebration (photo courtesy of the Chester Chronicle). More information can be found in Ruth Kelly's Press Release and in the article published in the Chester Chronicle (June 20, p10). Read more about CDTs on the Cycling England website.

New Rides: As a result of the '5 Miles to Fabulous' initiative, Sue Booth intends to run regular Saturday morning rides, probably monthly. The next one will be on 12th July, meeting again at Kingsway cafe. If any ladies are interested in joining her, or knows someone who would like to ride but is unsure of their own ability or is nervous of riding in a group, please contact Sue Booth (07702-933834). More information about '5 Miles to Fabulous' can be found here.

5 Miles to Fabulous took place on 7th June. It's a CTC initiative, aimed at encouraging ladies to come for short rides on their bikes. Many ladies I have spoken to about cycling in recent weeks have expressed concerns about cycling, and share common worries about riding in a group. This event encourages ladies to ride a short distance within a ladies-only group. Despite advertising the event as widely as possible, only two turned up. But, two turned up! That is more than if the event had not been run. I had two fabulous helpers, Jean Miller and Monica Robinson. We had super weather, and enjoyed a little run up Mannings Lane, through the Zoo, along the canal and back up the Millennium Cycleway. We ended where we began at the Kingsway cafe, and enjoyed a cuppa and a chat. Quite a number of people were interested, but were away that weekend. Both riders were very keen to come out again, and one did make it to the Wednesday evening ride. You can see some photos here.

Crossing the Pont Cysyllte before the Ceiriog Ridge by Andy Thomas

Aquaduct Audax Ride -Saturday 31 May 2008: Thirty riders set out on the Aqueduct Audax on Saturday 31 May. All reported an enjoyable day on the bike, helped by the great weather. Twenty seven completed the route, all comfortably within the time limit.The fastest time for the 174km was 7h28m and the slowest 10h30m, although some riders confessed to stopping for a pint in Rhewl. There were some minor difficulties with directions on the descent from the Ceiriog ridge to the Chainbridge Hotel with some people ending up on the A5 closer to Llangollen. Fortunately everyone had the good sense to head for the Horseshoe Pass. Froncysyllte Community Centre did an excellent job of providing us with hospitality at the finish. The Community Centre is open for afternoon teas from 1pm to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday through the summer and makes an ideal stop if you are visiting the Aqueduct or Llangollen. Stan Thomas - Organiser.

The CTC Cymru Treasure Hunt and Map Reading Competitions, organised by Lowri Evans, were held on 3 May 2008. This year's events were based at Caffi Florence in Loggerheads Country Park. Competitors thoroughly enjoyed this very successful event. You can read Lowri's report and see the results here.

CTC Winged Wheel Re-dedication, Corwen 19 April 2008: Thanks to funding by Chester and North Wales DA, a very rare cast-iron CTC repairer-type winged wheel was restored to its original location in Corwen, Denbighshire on 19 April 2008. DA members from many areas attended the ceremony and took part in a ride to Bala afterwards. The event was attended by our President, Mike Cross, Roy Spilsbury (who organised the restoration and the ceremony), and Gerallt Tudor, Chair of Corwen Community Council. You can see photographs of the event here and on the Cycling North Wales website.

CTC National Dinner and Awards, 26 April: The CTC National Dinner and Awards Presentation took place in Belfast on the weekend of 26th April 2008. You can read the speeches of CTC Chair David Robinson (also one of our North West Councillors) here, and of Paul Priestly, Permanent Secretary of Regional Development here.

You can also see who won the most prestigious awards and find out more information on the CTC National Website.