PHIL LIGGETT swops microphone for bike on August 12, when the TV commentator hosts his annual ?Phil and Friend?s Challenge Ride? across the beautiful Peak District.
This year the ride is a ?victory ride? in honour of the11, 000 people who joined the CTC campaign to petition the government to stop the proposed controversial changes to the Highway Code (see note below).
The course, which follows the route of the former Milk Race which Liggett organised, takes in some of the steepest climbs, including Holme Moss, Winnats Pass and Monsal Head, adding up to 2,600 metres of climbing.
There are two rides to choose from, 150-kilometers or 100 kilometres.
Start and finish is in Stannington, Sheffield.
The event is in aid of the CTC Charitable Trust, which helps fight for cyclists? rights.
Entry fee is £12.50 for CTC members (£15 for non members). For more details, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or call 01483 238 314. Check the website: www.ctc.org.uk
The revised Highway Code told cyclists to ?use cycle facilities…where provided?.
Such an instruction would have led to serious legal implications for a cyclist who chose to use the road and is hit by motorist. The CTC?s concern was that an insurance company acting for the driver would use the wording of the Highway Code as an excuse to see a reduction in compensation that they pay a rider who has chosen to use the road instead of a nearby cycle facility.