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The Swiss cycling club IG Velo Schweiz web site offers information about the club in German, French and English.

Luxembourg is small, definitely smaller than LA but has more bicycles and the Luxembourg cycling club LVI Lëtzebuerger Velos-Initiativ is small but very active. The web site is in English, German and French and unlike their magazine not in Lëtzebuergisch, the national dialect. It features a full listing of their activities and some good cartoons (under Gallery).

As is to be expected there are two Belgian cycle clubs: A Flemish Club in the North Fietsersbond and a French one in the South: Gracq. They do cooperate however. Both web sites are monolingual.

Quite why there is a Dutch national cycling organisation I cannot understand, since almost everybody in Holland cycles and there are almost as many bicycles as people in the country. There is a cycle club: Fietserbond and it has a nice site in Dutch with one page in English.

The US Adventure Cycling Association (www.adventurecycling.org) offers members a magazine and both members and others a wide range of cycle maps and guides. You cannot yet buy our guides there, but we are working on it. You can still order the books directly from us.

Wombats the Women's Fat Tire and Tea Drinking Society on the west coast of the USA (where else!) could only be of interest to about 50% of us and I personally wonder whether Brits would be that taken with drinking American tea. They strike us as a jolly bunch and it's a pity that I would probably be verboten from going on one of their rides if I was ever in San Francisco with or without a flower in my hair.

If you are employed in the Heidelberg-Mannheim-Ludwigshafen area of Germany and wish to enjoy some cycling with a jolly bunch of fellow enthusiasts, then cast a gander at the ADFC Mannheim home page.

Club together to organise a trip back to the Home Page.

The CTC Cyclists’ Touring Club is a long established cycling organisation in Great Britain. If you live in Britain and enjoy cycling it is well worth joining: Members can tap a wide range of cycling experience, obtain reduced price cycle and cyclists’ insurance and rebates on travel. As a member you will be made welcome by the local and regional groups who organise full and half day tours. The CTC offers a full programme of guided cycling tours worldwide.

Clarion Cycling Club The originally socialist internationally orientated club is still active. You can join and take part in their activities by contacting one of the local sections. As the "Guardian" wrote on September 6, 2004: "But it is grand to see a return to the tradition of the socialist riders of the Clarion Cycling Club, who genuinely wanted sport and good health for all."

If you live or work in London then think about joining the London Cycling Campaign. Its aim is to make the great wen a world class cycling city.

If you live, study or work in East Anglia or even intend to go touring there, check out the University of East Anglia Bicycle Users Group UEA BUG web site.

If you join the Youth Hostels Association or your national association you can stop at a wide range of youth hostels all over Europe (with the exception of Bavaria if you are over 28). The Youth Hostels Association in Britain offers cycling weekends at various hostels.

The odd name of the ADFC, Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club (General German Cycling Club) can be seen as cocking a snoot at the older German motoring organisation: Allgemeiner Deutscher Auto Club (ADAC). It is about 25 years old. It has had much success in lobbying for cycle ways and facilities in Germany. If you are going to cycle in Germany it is worthwhile checking out the web site and its links especially the regional “Bett und Bike” information. These are lists of hotels and simpler accommodation for both cyclists and their bicycles. However you will need some German.

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