Dutch road race champion and fan favourite Johnny Hoogerland will be hosting a ride through the Kent countryside this Sunday [October 20].
Beforehand, Hoogerland will undergo a lactate threshold test at the the Cadence Cycling Performance Centre in Crystal Palace and his results will be compared to a rider who will be chosen from the participants on the day.
The Vacansoleil-DCM rider, who was famously knocked into a barbed-wire fence by a car during the 2011 Tour de France, will join his former team-mate and Cadence’s resident pro Matteo Carrara for the day.
There are still a limited number of places on the ride, which takes place between 10am-5pm and costs £95 (including lunch and food during the ride).
To book your place, visit the Cadence website.
Women’s cycling in Britain “on the rise”
British Cycling’s ambition to reach one million female cyclists by 2020 is ahead of schedule according to the national governing body, with 106,000 women taking to two wheels so far this year.
Speaking six months into the plan BC’s Chief Executive Ian Drake said: “We’ve got some fantastic headline figures that we’re announcing and they show that there are thousands of women who want to ride recreationally.
“There is also an appetite for women to get into racing or try personal challenge rides. 24,000 women have taken part in British Cycling sportives and our female member base has increased by 19%.”
With the introduction of the Women’s Tour from next year as well as big names such as Laura Trott and Shanaze Reade fronting the sport, BC say the future is looking bright for women’s cycling.
“For too long cycling has been seen as a sport for men,” said Reade.
“It’s fantastic to hear that over 100,000 women have dusted off their bikes and got involved. We’re starting to close to gender gap and I look forward to seeing more women enjoy all that cycling has to offer.”
Storey headlines Madison Boot Out Breast Cancer line-up
Dame Sarah Storey will head up the Madison Boot Out Breast Cancer team for the 2014 season after the squad was announced this week.
The team brings together a strong mix of youth and experience and will look to target all the UK national events, the National Championships as well as select UCI events.
Manager and Director of the team Barney Storey – Dame’s Sarah’s husband – is delighted with the quality of riders who applied and admitted it wasn’t easy picking the squad.
He said: “There is so much talent in the UK women’s racing scene and so it was a tough job selecting our final line-up.
“I am delighted to have been able to select riders who all have strong international riding experience and all have ambition to ride at the highest level.
“It is also a bonus they all come with such a great track pedigree too, so we are looking forward to the season from start to finish.”
Sarah and Barney Storey
The official team launch takes place at The Point, Lancashire Cricket Ground on 8 March, which is followed by the Boot Out Breast Cancer fundraising ball.
These events are open for all to join and for information visit the team’s website at www.bootoutbreastcancer.org.uk.
The team are backed by a number of sponsors, including Shimano, Ridley and Pearl Izumi, with more scheduled to be announced. For any interested sponsorship parties contact Gab Stone at email@example.com
Madison Boot Out Breast Cancer 2014 squad
Dame Sarah Storey
Fulford Cycles Movember Ride
Mustachioed cyclists will be riding in the second annual Fulford Cycles Movember Ride on Sunday November 24.
The invitational charity ride between York Minster and Fulford Cycles shop attracted over 75 people last year, all sporting either grown, painted or stuck-on moustaches.
Over £600 was raised for the Movember charity, which raises awareness of male related cancers, and prizes were also awarded for the best Mo Bro, best Mo Sista and best Mo Kid moustaches.
This year, tea, coffee and cakes will be at the finish line to greet the riders, as well as goodie bags featuring a range of cycling items from some of the shop’s suppliers.
Those wishing to join the ride are advised to gather at 12pm on the day outside York Minster.
To sign up to raise funds for the Movember charity, simply register on the website and follow the stages to join the Fulford Hairy Cyclists team.
This is allowed at the Movember ride.
British stars join Champions of CycleSport dinner
Olympic track sprinter Ross Edgar, Team GB’s Andy Tennant and women’s star Hannah Barnes have joined the list of big names to attend the Champions of CycleSport dinner.
The trio join Sir Dave Brailsford, Chris Boardman, Roger Hammond and Jody Cundy on the guest list for the event in aid of Action Medical Research at London’s Hurlingham Club on November 28.
The dinner, hosted by Sky News’ Dermot Murnaghan, raised £180,000 last year towards Action Medical Research’s work helping sick babies and children.
BBC commentator Simon Brotherton will host a live auction for guests, with lots including a VIP hospitality package to enjoy the finale of the 2014 Tour de France with Team Sky and a Tour de France winner’s jersey signed by Chris Froome.
TV medic Dr Dawn Harper will also be delivering the welcome speech to guests. There are still a few Bronze table packages left for the event. To buy a table, or for more information, visit the Champions of CycleSport website.
This weekend’s dozen hill climbs
Some of the favourites for next weekend’s national hill climb championships will in action this weekend as we see a bumper card of 12 races across the country.
Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) has a busy Sunday in store as he races in both the Matlock CC and Chesterfield Coureurs climbs.
James Gullen (Team Hope Factory Racing) will be at Yorkshire RC’s two-stage event on Saturday, while Richard Handley will be at Yorkshire RC’s single-stage race the day after.
Also happening this weekend are climbs organized by Huddersfield RC, Sunderland Clarion, Bristol South CC, East Sussex CA, Team Tor 2000 and the Nelson Wheelers.
Rapha Super-Cross headlines busy weekend of off-road action
The Rapha Super-Cross returns this weekend with two races in Manchester and Skipton.
Off-road fans can see the action at Broughton Hall, Skipton, on Saturday and Philip’s Park, Manchester, on Sunday.
This year’s event features the new ‘Spiral of Doom’ alongside last-year’s Wall of Foam and Tequila shortcut.
With races taking place all over the country this weekend, you can find your local race on the British Cycling website.