Cycle network developments in Stockport

Stockport has secured susbstantial funding from the Greater Manchester Mayoral Challenge Fund to implement new cycling and walking paths. Click here for a summary of the proposed developments, which will be subject to consultation.

Changes to GPX Editor

I’ve previously used this to create GPS routes and have recommended it. However, the developer has made some changes so that the really useful routing is only available to subscribers, and this costs £20 per year. I also use a free account on Ride with GPS and also Komoot. You can still use GPX Editor free, but only with 'As the crow flies' (straight lines) or ‘Fastest' (uses main roads) as the routing methods.

The new routing methods also seem to be rather slow, but the system now offers the option to drag routes in order to make local edits, which is available free of charge in Komoot.

I guess if you want an easy-to-use routing system and you are likely to use it frequently then £20 a year is not bad — the developer has been doing this free for years!

Proposals for walking and cycling in Greater Manchester

You can find an outline of the latest proposals to be considered for development of walking and cycling in Greater Manchester in this MEN article:

Dalai Lama joins SMCTC?

Our intrepid tourists in Spain have recruited a new member!

A ride on 17th March

You don’t have to be mad to do an A ride, but sometimes it helps!

Top of Goyt Valley

Approaching Cat & Fiddle Road

Slide show on Thursday 28th March

On Thursday 28 March, at 9.00pm at the Club Room, David Street will present a slide show of a CTC tour of the Western Cape, South Africa, (undertaken by Peter Taylor and Derek Moffitt) and Cape Town.

Bogtrotters, circa 1989

Several South Manchester cyclists formed the off-road Bogtrotters group, which organised rough-stuff rides in the Peaks. This was before mountain biking became the norm for off-road riding, and many members rode sturdy touring bikes with dropped handlebars. The photos below were taken on a ride from Hayfield to Edale, via Jacob’s Ladder, around 1989.

Can you spot anyone you recognise? These pictures have also been added to a Historic Photos album.

Bogtrotters-Hayfield-1 Bogtrotters-Hayfield-2

Mark Beaumont talk

If you haven’t heard this talk by Mark Beaumont then you may like to go. He’s an interesting character and a good speaker.

Neil Hepburn writes:

Mark Beaumont’s  'Around the World in 80 days' is coming to the Waterside Theatre Sale, next to Sale town hall, opposite Sale Metro station, on Tuesday 28th May 19.30. Tickets £16 + £2.50p booking fee. 0161 912 5616.

Neil has kindly offered to buy tickets at the box office, saving the booking fee. Please ring Neil on 07530 570496 if you’d like him to get tickets for you.

Slide show: Tour of Oregon State

Harry will give a slide show at the Club Room on Thursday 21st February at 9.00pm. It will feature a 2006 CTC tour of Oregon in the USA, led by Peter Crofts.

The secret cycling diet

Want to improve your cycling fitness and endurance? Why not try this? (Or maybe not!)

Dave Broomfield