The South Carrick David

Bell Memorial road race has been saved thanks to a late influx of entries,

allowing the 48th edition of the National B event to go ahead on August 18.

The race, held in and around Girvan, Scotland, is part of the ‘Ayrshire

Alps’ weekend of cycling and just three weeks prior to its staging, less than

20 riders had signed up.

The race takes place on an undulating 81 mile

course.

To find out more about the weekend’s festivities go to www.ayrshirealps.org

Stafford GP returns

The fourth annual Stafford GP takes place

this weekend as part of a new two-day festival, which also features a new

sportive and new professional men’s race.

The Staffordshire Cycling Festival kicks

off on Friday August 9, with the Stafford Grand Prix the first event of the two

days.

At a new time of 4:30pm on Friday, there’s a hand cycle race and women’s

GP, before the men’s professional race at 8pm.

The race, which was originally held in the

1980s, was won by Ed Clancey when it was revived in 2010. Teams taking part

this year include IG-Sigma Sport, Rapha Condor JLT and Madison Genesis.

The GP is followed on Saturday by two new

sportives on a 35 mile or 70 mile route, and the new Shugborough Kermesse, a

two-hour race around a 3.8 mile circuit in Shugborough.

Danny MacAskill takes Taiwan

Most people’s idea of a holiday to Taiwan doesn’t involve riding on

and teetering perilously across the state’s landmarks.

But it does for Danny MacAskill. The Scottish streets trial rider

has taken his video camera to the eastern Asian streets and has returned some

more jaw-dropping footage to his extensive portfolio of stunts.

MacAskill bunny-hops over parked scooters, wheels along benches and

walls, bounds onto huge pillars separated

and terrifyingly twists and spins onto roofs.

“Taiwan has really cool architecture, it really mixes the old with

the new. This place has amazing streets,” MacAskill says in the video of his latest

daredevil antics that you can watch here:

 

Cyclo-cross goes Victorian 

A unique urban cyclo-cross event set around a town that replicates

life in the Victoria era is taking place at the end of the month.

Blists Hill Victorian

Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge, will be hosting the event on the

evening of Saturday August 31, with the organiser of

the spectacular Newport Nocturne, Nick Jeggo, behind the event.

The loop around the town’s

urban and rural spots will provide a series of demanding challenges as they

ride through narrow pathways, across the village green and nearby woods before

heading back to the loop’s start along the canal.

Jeggo commented: “Blists

Hill is a fantastic location for a cyclo-cross race, there’s already been a

massive amount of interest.”

He added: “We really want there to be a fun aspect to the evening.

We are working on a few other ideas, which we think will lend themselves to the

occasion.”

There will be four types

of races to cater for all ages in advance of 12.  Racing gets underway at 6pm

and spectators can watch for £3; under-16s are free if accompanied with an adult.

For more information contact Nick on 07967 45268 or visit  www.queenviccx.moonfruit.com/race-entry/4577903230 

 

Tickets still available for Junior Track World Championships

Tickets are still available for the UCI

Junior Track World Championships currently taking place in Glasgow. The next generation of track cyclists from around the world is

competing in a range of disciplines until Sunday, at the Chris Hoy velodrome in Scotland.

For tickets click here www.glasgowlife.org.uk/juniorworlds2013/

Leicester Castle Classic route revealed

The first Leicester Castle Classic race

route has been announced with the country’s best professional teams set to

compete.

Taking place on Sunday August 18, the demanding 4km loop – that will be raced 20 times

in the 80km kermesse race – will commence and conclude on the Western

Boulevard.

Replicating kermesse style racing in Belgium, the riders will have to navigate over the cobbled stones around

Leicester Castle before they sprint to the finish.

Rapha Condor JLT, Team IG Sigma Sport, 100%

ME and Node4 Giordana have already signed up to the event highlighting the

quality of field that will be in action in the Midlands.

Prior to the elite racing there is a

Corporate Relay Challenge for amateur cyclists to compete and a Choppers ‘n’

Shoppers fun race.

These can be entered at www.britishcycling.org.uk/leicestercastleclassic.

 Entry fees for the fun races are being donated to the Joe Humphries Memorial

Trust.