Readers in a poll conducted by Cycling Plus magazine voted overwhelmingly for CTC. Lance Armstrong came second and CTC president Phil Liggett came third.

Lance, Liggett or CTC: which would get your vote as ‘biggest influence’ on cycling?

Cycling Plus sought readers’ views on the group or individual serving cycling best.

More than 50 per cent of voters in the survey put CTC in first place. Liggett won 15 per cent of the vote with many readers highlighting his links with CTC.

John Lauder, a Cycling Plus reader, said he backed CTC because the organisation "kept plugging away" for cycling.

Cycling Plus editor Tony Farrelly said: "This was a deserved victory for CTC and recognition of all the work they have done for cycling over the years. CTC has been there for everybody for a long time and some of the recent initiatives, such as the formation of the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, have caught the public’s imagination."

The announcement coincides with the start of CTC’s 125th anniversary year when to mark the event, the organisation will run rides throughout the country for cyclists of all abilities including non-members.

Anniversary celebrations begin over the weekend of May 3-5 when local CTC groups will host rides in their areas. The culmination of birthday events will be the Hardy Rides, from August 2nd-9th – a week of long, short and offroad rides, plus competitions and social events at a holiday resort in Dorset.

For details of the Hardy Rides 2003 call Della McGavin on 01483 520737 or email

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