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Welcome to the CycleStoke newsletter. In this edition you will find details of lots of exciting events that are taking place in Stoke-on-Trent throughout September and October including rides, cyclist training, and much more! The Tour of Britain returns to Stoke-on-Trent for a third year running on 12 September – with the start and finish of the West Midlands stage taking place in the city. CycleStoke are organising a number of rides on the day so you can really feel part of the action. The Prostate Cancer Charity Ride also returns to the city this year on 26 September following the success of last year’s first staging of the event. People of all ages and abilities will be able to test themselves on a number of routes that all take in the Tour of Britain track from earlier in the month.

Information provided in this leaflet was correct at the time of print but could be subject to change.

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Sunday 12 September Tour of Britain The Tour of Britain returns to Stoke-on-Trent for a third year running this September - with the start and finish of the West Midlands stage taking place in the city. To mark the centenary of the six towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, the route will be 100 miles long and will take in Burslem, Tunstall, Stoke, Longton, Fenton and Hanley, aswell as some of Staffordshire’s most picturesque countryside. The event takes place on 12 September, starting outside Ceramica in Burslem from 8.30am, with an estimated finishing time of 2.30pm outside Hanley Town Hall in the City Centre. Up to 100 professional riders from some of the worlds best teams will be taking part, with the crowdpulling Team Sky looking to catch the eye in their home race. More information about the Tour of Britain including the latest results can be found at www.tourofbritain.co.uk Follow the entire tour by watching highlights of each day’s racing on ITV4 from 7pm to 8pm from 11 to 18 September. Watch the Stoke-on-Trent Stage highlights 7pm to 8pm on 12 September.

PLEASE NOTE: Road closures will be in place, details will be in the local press. Why not cycle to the start or finish and park you bike for free – there are various guided rides taking place on the day all finishing in the City Centre in time to see the professional riders cross the finishing line. 3


Sunday 12 September Tour of Britain CycleStoke Rides

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Follow Tour of Britain riders under the starting gantry at Burslem. Other rides leave each of the six towns and are a gentle, fully marshalled ride. All meeting up in Central Forest Park for a roll into the City Centre to watch the Tour of Britain riders cross the finish line, then explore the ‘cycle village’ in Fountain Square including cycle powered smoothie maker. Try out a host of weird, wonderful and wacky bikes, or be wowed by the Extreme Mountain Bike Display Team. You don’t have to dress up like you are entering the Tour of Britain to join us on these easy CycleStoke leisure rides, just wear what you’re comfortable in. The first 500 ride entries will get a free cycling goodie bag after the ride.

Enter online at cyclestoke.co.uk Maps of all routes are available at cyclestoke.co.uk.

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•••••• cyclestoke.co.uk Burslem Spoke Ride – 2 miles Start from Tour of Britain start gantry outside Ceramica at 11am Starting the ride in style by following Tour of Britain riders under the starting gantry, this ride joins NCN route 5 via Baddeley Street and follows the beautiful greenway all the way to Central Forest Park.

Tunstall Spoke Ride – 3 miles Start from car park by Floral Hall, Tunstall Park at 10.50am Starting at Tunstall Park, this ride follows the greenway and joins NCN route 5 through to Central Forest Park.

Stoke Spoke Ride – 2.5 miles Start from Wharf Place (off Glebe Street) at 11am Starting at Wharf Street, this ride will join Glebe Street, then Leek Road, turning left onto Boughey Road, through Hanley Park, then join the NCN route 5 up to Central Forest Park. This is on road.

Fenton Spoke Ride – 4.5 miles Start from outside library Christchurch Street at 10.40am Starting from Albert Square in Fenton, the ride will follow Station Bridge Road, Heron Street, Grove Road, and Whieldon Road before following the Trent & Mersey Canal up to Glebe Street and then following the same route as the Stoke Spoke Ride to Central Forest Park. The route involves riding on roads and the canal towpath.

Longton Spoke Ride – 5 miles Start from outside Pizza Hut, Bath Street at 10.30am Starting by Pizza Hut in Longton, the ride will join Sidings Place before following the greenway to Duke Street. From Duke Street, the ride will continue to Grove Road where it joins the route of the Fenton Spoke Ride to Central Forest Park. The route involves riding on roads and the canal towpath.

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Pied Piper Ride – 6 miles Start from Tour of Britain starting gantry Burslem at 10.45am Pick up Dimensions Leisure Centre at 10.55am Pick up Westport Lake at 11.15am Pick up Etruria Industrial Museum at 11.30am Pick up Hanley Park at 11.45am The Pied Piper Family ride is suitable for those who want to ride a bit further. Includes road, canal towpath and greenway. Start the ride in style by following Tour of Britain riders under the starting gantry, before riding on the road down to Dimensions Leisure Centre (pick up point) before joining the greenway to Westport Lake (pick up point). Follow the Trent & Mersey Canal towpath to Etruria Industrial Museum (pick up point) and then branch along the Caldon Canal to Hanley Park (pick up point). NCN 5 then takes you into the City Centre on road. Enjoy the whole ride or join in at pick up points along the route. We recommend you arrive early at the pick up points to join the ride. The ride will not stop to wait for riders to join.

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•••••• cyclestoke.co.uk 6 Towns Road Ride – 17 miles Start from Tour of Britain starting gantry, Burslem at 10.30am A road ride for more experienced cyclists that takes in all of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent. Starting under the Tour of Britain starting gantry in Burslem the route heads north to Tunstall. From Tunstall the road climbs a little up to Chell via James Brindley Way and then drops down on to Biddulph Road. It takes Chell Heath Road to Ford Green Road before climbing again through to Milton. It then travels along Leek Road to Abbey Hulton, through Bentilee, climbing Anchor Road before a descent down into Longton. From Longton the route takes in Fenton and Stoke before a final climb up Lichfield Street to the finishing line outside Hanley Town Hall in the City Centre. A fantastic opportunity for road riders to start and finish like the pros! If you are unable to finish the ride in the City Centre before 12.20pm, unfortunately you will be unable to finish underneath the finish gantry due to track restrictions.

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ke-on-Trent to S in g n li c y c y jo En > Events > Training > Rides CycleStoke has free rides, training and activities throughout the year, here’s a taster of what’s coming up this autumn.

September

6 – 12 Sept

Dr Bike Surgeries 5 Sept 10am – 12noon

Bikeability Level 1 (7 - 9 years) Wallace Centre 5 Sept 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Adult cyclist training Level 2 Port Vale Football Club Car Park Training specifically for adults, to increase your confidence on your bike. A great course for all adults, come along and pick up new skills or refresh old ones to help your cycling. The Level 2 training takes place both off and on-road (quieter roads) and includes: • Learning cycling in a straight line and looking behind • Using different gears • Starting and finishing a road journey • Passing parked or slower moving vehicles • Passing side roads • Turning into minor and major roads • Right turn from a major to a minor road

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Creaky Cranks? Wobbly wheels? Dodgy derailleur? You need to see the Doctor! Come along to the free Dr Bike surgeries and your bike will receive a free health check, minor surgery is performed (e.g. brakes adjusted) and prescriptions are written for work that is required. Dr Bike will then fix punctures, tune gears, fit new brake blocks and replace cables at cost price of the parts as well as giving out lots of useful advice! Dr Bike will be in the following locations at the following times: Fenton (Fenton Manor Leisure Centre) Mon 6 Sept, 2pm – 7pm Longton (The Strand) Tue 7 Sept, 2pm – 7pm Stoke (Outside Local Centre) Wed 8 Sept, 2pm – 7pm City Centre (Upper Market Square) Thu 9 Sept, 4pm – 8pm Tunstall (Outside Market) Fri 10 Sept, 2pm – 7pm Burslem (Outside Ceramica) Sat 11 Sept, 10am – 6pm City Centre (Victoria Hall) Sun 12 Sept (Tour of Britain) 12noon – 4pm


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25 Sept

Cycle 2000 Long Ride

LGBT Ride

This hilly 50 mile ride will be taken at a gentle pace and pass through some of the beuatiful Staffordshire Moorlands. For more information contact Arthur on 01782 544069 or email a.rawlingson21@ntlworld.com 12 Sept

A free leisure ride open to everyone. The ride is suitable for all cyclists, including families and people with little experience, and are led by experienced local cyclists. This ride starts at 1pm from Central Forest Park, and will last around two and a half hours. This ride is rated easy.

Tour of Britain

25 Sept 9.30am – 12.30pm

See page 3-7 for details.

Adult cyclist training Levels 2 and 3

19 Sept

Leisurely cycle ride Circular 10 mile ride with an easy grading, allow 2.5 hours. Britannia Stadium > Trentham Gardens > Wedgwood > Britannia Stadium. A Sunday morning leisure ride suitable for all cyclists, including families and people with little experience. The rides take a leisurely pace and are marshalled so no-one gets left behind. The rides are circular so start and finish in the same place. They use well surfaced greenways and canal towpaths, but also include some on-road sections. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Northwood Sports Stadium Level 3 training is for more complex road skills. Learning how to use roundabouts, junctions with traffic lights, multi-lane roads and turning off or into them and filtering (moving around stationary queuing traffic). The cycle trainers try wherever possible to train you on roads similar to those you currently ride or would like to ride on, so you have skills relevant to your riding. 26 Sept

Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride See page 10 for details. Until the end of September

Bike to work challenge A two week challenge to encourage people to commute to work on their bikes. If you work in Stoke-on-Trent why not find out more at cyclestoke.co.uk and sign your company up to the challenge to be in with the chance of winning one of three bikes. 9


Sunday 26 September Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride In 2009 the first Tour Ride was hosted by the city of Stoke-on-Trent with the help of 1500 cyclists, who helped raise ÂŁ300,000 for the charity. This year the Tour Ride is coming back to the city on 26 September and once again people of all ages and abilities will be able to test themselves on a number of routes that all take in the Tour of Britain track from earlier on in the month. The event will start and finish in Queens Park, Longton, with a whole host of activities planned for all the family to enjoy. All rides are fully serviced by mechanics, have well stocked feed stops, a clearly marked route and a goody bag for everyone who takes part. To cap the day, all riders can finish in style with all the trimmings of a real Tour of Britain finish and then treat themselves to a hot pasta meal. The rides are: Pro ride: Challenge ride: Family ride:

161km 80km 25km and 10km With even shorter rides taking place around Queens Park. For more information visit www.tourride.co.uk

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October 6 Oct, 5pm – 6.30pm

Cycling Commuter Confidence (Adults) Levels 2 and 3 Outside Kings Hall 17 Oct 10am please register Final at 9.45am leisure ride of the year

Leisurely Cycle Ride

Circular 8 mile ride with an easy grading, allow 2 hours. Westport Lake > Bathpool Park > Kidsgrove > Tunstall Park > Westport Lake. A Sunday morning leisure ride suitable for all cyclists, including families and people with little experience. The rides take a leisurely pace and are marshalled so no-one gets left behind. The rides are circular so start and finish in the same place, and use well surfaced greenways and canal towpaths, but also include some on-road sections. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

25 Oct – 21 Nov

Staffordshire University Cycling Festival and Challenge Staff and students enjoy a cycle powered festival to launch their 4 week challenge of increasing the number of trips they make by bike. Training, rides and information available to get their wheels turning. For more information visit cyclestoke.co.uk 31 Oct

Clocks change Don’t let the darker mornings and evenings put you off riding your bike. Why not cycle past a CycleStoke pit stop and pick up a free hi-vis and lights for your bike? Details of pit stops will be made available on the CycleStoke website.

Don’t fancy getting up early on a Sunday? See pages 12-13 for full route and map directions and try this route when it suits you. 20 Oct 5pm – 6.30pm

Cycling Commuter Confidence (Adults) Levels 2 and 3 Outside Kings Hall

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There is a series of eight leisure ride maps, with detailed route instructions and information on attractions. For maps of the leisurely ride routes and for details of more challenging rides visit cyclestoke.co.uk 13


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A programme of cycle route signing has now started The signing of Goms Mill, Glebedale, Meir Hay, and Longton Brook greenways have now been completed. The directional sign posts now make it even easier to navigate your way around the city by bike and enjoy the 160km of cycle routes that the city has to offer.

Lots of cycling activities and projects are taking place throughout the year in Stoke-on-Trent. The city has been awarded Cycling City status by Cycling England, who work on behalf of the Department of Transport. £4.8 million worth of funding has been provided to help make the city a national beacon for cycling by 2011 through the CycleStoke project. We are one of only eighteen towns and cities across England to be awarded this accolade. CycleStoke is on target to double the number of people who cycle in Stoke-on-Trent by the end of March 2011.

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CycleStoke Newsletter September / October 2010