This year’s Phil & Friends Challenge Ride on 12 August is being ridden in honour of the 11,000 people who actively supported CTC’s successful campaign to stop changes to the Highway Code, which could have proved detrimental to cyclists. The Challenge Ride events raise funds for CTC’s vital campaigning work on behalf of all cyclists.
Named after former CTC President and Tour de France commentator, Phil Liggett, the Phil & Friends ride covers 150km or 100km across the Peak District and takes in Holme Moss, Winnats Pass and Monsal Head – 2600m of climbs in total. The event starts and finishes in
Stannington, Sheffield, on Sunday 12 August.
Phil Liggett said: “A spectacular win like the Highway Code victory deserves a spectacular celebratory ride. This event is a unique way to support cycling while enjoying some stunning scenery – there’s never been a more important time to help us make cycling safer on the roads.”
How do I enter?
Entry to the ride costs £12.50 for CTC members and £15 for non-members. All participants will receive certificates, and special event merchandise will also be available. For an entry form, sponsorship form, or for more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.ctc.org.uk or call 01483 238 314. Entry to the race can also be arranged on the day.
What does the Challenge series raise money for?
Safer cycling for all cyclists – the funds raised go to CTC Charitable Trust. Recent work carried out by the Trust includes the successful Highway Code campaign, which gained the support of over 11,000 cyclists. A seemingly innocuous addition to the new Highway Code, which told cyclists to ‘use cycle facilities.where provided’, would have had serious legal implications for those who chose to cycle on the road, according to CTC. CTC feared insurance companies would be likely to use the wording of the new Code, which has
recently been re-drafted, as an excuse to reduce the amount of compensation that they pay if a motorist hits a cyclist that has chosen to use a road rather than a nearby cycle facility.
Recently CTC has also successfully:
Legalised the use of LED flashing lights on bikes; overturned Easyjet’s ban on carrying bikes with hydraulic brakes and fluid suspension forks; helped open up hundred of thousands of square miles of land to cyclists in Scotland; improved cycle-rail conditions; advanced cyclists’ ability to claim off-road rights of way.