The CTC has announced details of this year's Challenge Rides, the only cyclo-sportif events with the goal of raising money to improve cycling.
The David Duffield Challenge (June 3rd in Corsham, near Bath), the Ron Kitching Challenge (June 23rd, York) and the Phil & Friends Challenge (August 12th, Peak District) are the three riders, offering a range of distances from family routes to 100km or 150km. They will raise funds for the campaigning work of CTC Charitable Trust.
The David Duffield Challenge will be hosted by the TV commentator, and will take in his favourite new routes around Wiltshire. The day includes an invitation for tea at the home of Alex Moulton. The Ron Kitching Challenge will include some of Ron's favourite routes over the North Yorkshire Moors. A couple of 16 percent climbs and a 33 percent leg-breaker, The Chimney, are on the menu. Finally, the Phil & Friends Challenge is named after commentator and former CTC president Phil Liggett. It's a classic 150km route with over 2600m of climbing in the Peak District. The climbs of Holme Moss and Winnats Pass will treat riders to some spectacular scenery.
"These rides aren't just challenging sportives in their own right; they make possible work like this year's successful battle to clear the name of convicted cyclist Daniel Cadden," said rides coordinator, Matt Mallinder.
Daniel Cadden was riding fast downhill on a single-lane carriageway when he was stopped by police who believed that the position he had taken in his lane was forcing cars to cross the solid white line in the centre of the road illegally in order to overtake. But rather than stop the cars that had broken the law, the officers decided to charge Cadden with inconsiderate cycling. He was supported throughout the legal process by CTC and was recently acquitted at a re-trial.
This year's challenges are being supported by www.cycling.tv