Its getting late, but it's still not too late to give a cycling gift for Christmas. CTC aren't the only cycling membership organisation with some deals for Christmas. British Cycling hasn't got a Buff to lure you in but it has just announced a range of new member benefits that will save you money – if you're a member. – something that may well seem like a very attractive proposition come the New Year.
The new member benefits come in to effect on the 2nd of January and they will apply to members of Everyday Cycling (British Cyclings's non-competitive offshoot too).
Okay, membership of CTC, British Cycling, or Everyday Cycling might not exactly set the pulse racing as a Christmas present (or even a belated one) but they are well worth it for the serious cyclist and if you intend to compete a BC membership is a no-brainer.
So, what extras is British Cycling offering its members? Special discounts are available from the AA, Alternative Promotions travel, British Cycling Bike Insurance, Chilli Video, Future magazines, Halfords, Ordnance Survey and Wattbike.
In addition, British Cycling and Everyday Cycling have linked up with online retailer Wiggle to create a special online shop for members. Set to launch in during January 2008, the shop will give members 10% off Wiggle’s standard prices – which should come in handy for buying next year's Christmas pressies.
British Cycling has three levels of membership: Gold at £64, Silver £36, and Bronze £13.50. Everyday Cycling – aimed at commuting, sportive, and leisure cyclists has a flat rate membership of £24.
Standard benefits include: exclusive members only content on the BC, email newsletters, and a provisional race licence for Bronze members.
Silver members get the same plus: Third party liability insurance – up to £10 million indemnity for cycling accidents anywhere in the world – with no excess. Free advice from personal injury lawyers, access to a full cycle racing licence (fee applies). Plus free professional indemnity insurance for registered coaches and activity leaders.
Gold membership brings all of the above benefits and: a quarterly event magazine and personal accident insurance giving cover for cycling activities anywhere in the world.
Everyday Cycling membership gives you full access to the www.everydaycycling.com, a regular email newsletter, third party personal liability cover, and free legal advice.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.