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April 2010

working for cycling

PhotoComp Marion Guy’s long dominance of club photo competitions was broken by two newcomers to digital photography. Sally Ralphs won the popular vote and Sue Collinson the ‘professional’s’ choice with a stunning skyscape taken at Dunnet Head on the Pentland Firth. We were helped to put the competition together by Danny Beath, a renowned photographer living in Shrewsbury, and Sue’s picture was his choice. Danny was a bit mystified by the popular choice, ‘Robin on a bike’ thinking the background was a bit “cluttered” - the bike! But as he said “for bikers I can see why it got the cheese”

Audax Decent weather saw 95 early season masochists finish the Long Mynd rides. They had the usual arguments over exactly how much climbing is entailed. The consensus this year was 6,580 ft or 1,975 metres. although one rider made it 2,600 metres. Wonder which way he went! A big “thank you’” to all who helped.

New girl wins photo prize Sue Collinson - a recruit from the 2008 summer evening rides - added to her impact on CTC Shropshire by taking the ‘best of show’ prize at the PhotoComp with the picture above. More inside.

Record entry for the Long Mynd Audax The Long Mynd rides attracted more than 100 riders. Report inside.

New website The new website is developing fast. It won’t be long before you’ll be able to get these news items as they happen. Jumble Clear out the bike shed (and then go home with someone else’s unloved treasures to fill it up again!) It’s all going to happen at Upton Magna Village Hall on Saturday 1st May starting at10:00. New CTC structure An important vote is coming up on the future of the CTC. Get yourself informed and have your say. See inside.

Under New Management - Three & Four Rivers Audax Edwin Hargraves has taken over as organiser for these famous Audax rides. Starting from the Sports Village on Saturday 22nd May. More inside. Revised format for publications As we begin to see the introduction of our ‘web led’ policy for CTC Shropshire communications, some of our established publications are beginning to change shape. See inside.

Club kit? Lisa is looking for design ideas for CTC Shropshire kit. Modern production methods make it possible to have a variety of garments made to a single design.

No Xs in programme of car assisted rides—see inside.

Under new management Edwin Hargraves has taken over running the Three and Four Rivers audaxes. The events are on Saturday 22nd May and if you’re not riding (166km and 208km both taking in Bwlch-y-Groes the highest public road in Wales) then Edwin will appreciate your help on the day. Ring him on 01939 235556. And remember audaxes bring in most of the money we need to run CTC Shropshire, so get out and do your bit to help.

Bike maintenance By all accounts the maintenance course at the Bicycle Hub on 11th April was a great success. We all have great expectations that the newly trained ‘mechanics’ will be able to pass some lessons on to others. If I may offer one word of advice: don’t get depressed if you haven’t the tools or the manual dexterity or the confidence to do all your own maintenance. The most important thing is to be able to recognise when your bike needs attention, particularly if anything is unsafe. There are plenty of good bike shops who can do the work for you and if you can point them accurately to the problem it keeps the cost down.

CTC structure The decisive vote on the future structure of the CTC comes up at the AGM on 15th May at Loughborough. The issue is whether or not the CTC becomes a charity and it is a decisive vote because if we do vote for becoming a charity it will be difficult, some say impossible, to reverse the decision at a later date. So even those who profess no interest in cycling politics have been sitting up for this one.

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Cycle Jumble Saturday 1st May 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Upton Magna Village Hall Shrewsbury SY4 4TZ FREE entry for CTC members ~ buyers or sellers! Limited number of tables indoors ~ otherwise ample space for car or cycle boot (barter stuff from out of your bike panniers if needs be…) No need to book ~ set up from 9.30am or contact Steve for further details. t: 01952 249202 e: The debate, which has been furious, has been conducted largely on the internet and you can get the gist of it on the club’s site and on

NEW LOOK MID-WEEK RIDES Perhaps by the time you read this the spring and summer programme of midweek rides will have started. So what’s new, you may ask? Well, because we’ve taken a gamble on a new format with the inclusion of B rides on what has traditionally been a At Greyfriars Bridge, before going to the Christmas lunch, 2009 programme of C rides. To give all the various riders now cycling on a Tuesday or Thursday the type of ride they prefer, we have scheduled a B ride on the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of each month. All the other rides will be rated C as usual, including the alternative on B ride days. The first rides of the new programme were on Tuesday 6 April with a B ride to Whitchurch and a C ride to Coton Oaks. Both left Greyfriars Bridge at 10 o’clock. For example, this is the plan for June: B



Roden Garden Centre

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New web site, new rides lists

01 June

You may have noticed that the summer rides programme is appearing on the new website - have a look at This doesn’t mean there won’t be the usual printed lists but it does mean that the web will be the most up to date. We are trying to bring the printed versions into a format that will be more compatible with the web and the hope is that eventually we can reduce the amount of stuff we print. Already you will have seen some changes in this newsletter. The new rides lists are somewhat briefer and there are some consequential changes to Wheelmarks. All for the better we trust.

No Xs - car assisted rides Peter Crofts writes: During the last 6 years the X riders have had some superb rides in new territories using vehicles to get to a starting point about an hour away from Shrewsbury. We have been in Derbyshire, on the Welsh coast, the Wye Valley and many other scenic areas. The X rides are no longer functioning but I would like to keep the concept of car assisted rides alive. Marion has her annual ride to the famous Eureka cafe at the end of August and I have added a few more to the programme commencing with a trip along the picturesque Teme Valley south west of Ludlow on 18th April. These rides are now downgraded to A, 40-70 miles and at the pace of the slowest rider guaranteed. Please give me a call (01743 248 924) on the Saturday beforehand so that I can ensure car space is available (I can take 3 other riders). I also do not want to organise the ride and turn up at the designated meet if nobody is going to turn up. Nothing can be more dispiriting. You are asked to contribute to the petrol cost of the drivers.

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C/A Mawddach Estuary Trail

As you will see from the full programme, we’ve also included a few car assisted rides, which have always been popular. For example on Thursday 1 July we’ll be cycling the beautiful Mawddach estuary trail beginning in Dolgellau and following the disused railway line which hugs the shoreline before crossing the railway bridge into Barmouth. It had become an annual event for Dennis to lead the ride from the George III Hotel at Penmaenpool and this year we will be remembering his rides as we enjoy a relaxing day in this most beautiful part of mid Wales. I hope you’ll find something to interest you from the programme, whether midweek rides are new to you or you would like to return to them. Sally Ralphs

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