Series 1 - Cyclists' Touring Club

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GB 249 T-CYC/1


Cyclists' Touring Club


  • 1896 - 1898 (Creation)

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(Founded 1878)

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The first and oldest touring club in the world, the Cyclists' Touring Club was founded in 1878 by Stanley Cotterell as the Bicycle Touring Club and was renamed the Cyclists' Touring Club in 1883.

The Club was established to encourage and facilitate bicycle touring, with initiatives such as reduced rates at hotels and inns. The winged wheels badge, adopted in 1886, can still be seen in various pubs throughout the UK. Other services included organising rallies, producing guides and maps and publishing an official monthly Gazette for its members.

In 1977 the Cyclists' Touring Club was recognised as a charity and has since continued promoting cycling.

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Agendas and reports of Council meetings, club prospectus and the Gazette, the official club magazine.

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  • English

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