TOP STORIES THIS WEEK

Tour Series: Wilkinson wins in Peterborough

Elite stars flock to Smithfield Nocturne

CW Picture Exclusive: Mark Cavendish in London

Ryedale Grand Prix

Downing claims second Tour Series in Woking


CANDI TV BACK IN CONTROL OF THE TOUR SERIES

With three riders in the top six in last night?s Tour Series criterium, the CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta squad moved back into control of the overall series lead.

?We had a couple of bad rides and the lads were getting more and more frustrated and their energy came out in Peterborough,? explained team manager, Phil Griffiths.

?We were the most aggressive team and doing a lot of attacking, which as a team manager, caused me a bit of concern.

?The bunch is a bit like chewing gum, it stays together. The last half hour of the race is a lot more important than the first half hour and I think the lads were doing a bit too much early on.?

Looking ahead to the weekend, the team will be fielding riders for both the Smithfield Nocturne and the Ryedale Grand Prix.

?We?ll be sending our three best crit riders to the Smithfield Nocturne ? Russell Downing, Malcolm Elliott and Graham Briggs and we?re looking to win both events at the weekend,? said Griffiths.

?Russell is feeling good and he?s won the Ryedale before. With him, it?s all about channelling his energy in the right time and the right place. He?s like a coiled spring, all that energy has to come out somewhere?.

With the prospect of a Premier Calendar hat-trick on the cards, Downing will be looking to release some of that energy at the Ryedale.


HARRIS SIGNS FOR FLEXPOINT

Nikki HarrisOne of Britain?s brightest up-and-coming young prospects, Nikki Harris, has recently signed to ride for the formidable women?s Flexpoint squad for the rest of the season.

?The manager Klas Johannson contacted me just before the Tour de l?Aude to see if I would be interested in riding for them and we had some talks in the race and it was a great oppurtunity for me which I couldn?t turn down,? Harris told Cycling Weekly.

?The race programme is great and it all fits in well towards my cyclo-cross season where I have already signed a contract from September 1 2009- 2011 with the AVB cyclo-cross team.

?I?m really looking forward to the rest of the season, it?s quite a busy programme this month already; I have the UCI Dutch race, Kassienomloop, this weekend which will be my first race with Flexpoint and then Monday we head out to Spain to do the one day UCI 1.2 race at Durango, followed a day later by Emakumeen Bira stage race before returning for the Raboster tour in Holland.

?I hope that it will give me some good form for the National championships at the end of the month.

?I?m really looking forward to riding with some of the girls on my team such as Mirjam Melchers Van Poppel and Susanne Ljungskog, I?m sure I will learn a lot. Without the help of the Dave Rayner fund for the last 2 years I wouldn?t have had this opportunity so a big thanks to them.?


SEPARATED SHOULDER FOR LEDA COX

Leda Cox (ESGL93-GSD Gestion) fell heavily on the fourth stage of the Tour du Grand Montreal, the Petite-Italie criterium.

Cox was involved in a heavy crash and was forced to withdraw from the race with a separated shoulder.

?At present it doesn?t look like it?s broken,? explained her coach, Jez Cox.

?She?s hoping to be back up and home ready in time for the national criterium championships in two weeks? time?.


CTC BOASTS RECORD MEMBERHIP FIGURES

The CTC?s membership figures have surpassed for the first time the record set back in 1899, immediately after the invention of the pneumatic tyre.

Today, the CTC has 60,776 members, supports 10,000 more cyclists in affiliated groups and has helped 20,000 beneficiaries through its charitable work.

The CTC?s figures have been a fairly reliable barometer for the popularity of cycling within the UK and reflects a 16% increase in cycling levels in the capital.

?I am delighted we have reached the highest membership in our history,? commented CTC director, Kevin Mayne.

?Membership helps make CTC unique and gives us our independent and democratic voice as we are 60,000 people united by a passion for cycling. It also makes us a community, a club and, even at times a safe haven, for all types of cyclists: ?Safety in Numbers? has real meaning in CTC.?


NATIONAL BIKE WEEK KICKS OFF AT HILLINGDON

The Minet Park Grand Prix at the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit on June 13 opens this year?s National Bike Week events in London, with racing for all category and age of riders.

This year, the organisation of this four year-old promotion has been taken over by the local Archer Road Club which has a long history of top cycle race promotions in various disciplines, also putting on a cyclo cross meeting at the park in October.

The programme starts at 13.00 with racing for five age categories of youngsters from under-eight to under-16.

This is followed by a 1hr + five laps race for 4th category riders with the finale at 15.00 with a 60km event for E/1/2/3 riders to include special prizes for the leading 3rd cat riders. Entries on the day are also welcome.


BECOME A RIDE LEADER IN THE ?CYCLING REVOLUTION?

This summer, British Cycling is teaming up with Sky to develop a new initiative, the aim of which is to get more people out on their bikes and enjoying the outdoors.

British Cycling members are being asked to join in and become ?Ride Leaders?.

From July 1 to October 31, routes across London, Leicester, Manchester, Glasgow, Preston and the surrounding areas will be unveiled, for people of varying experience to be led around.

Leaders will be there to give riders tips about cycling, help them gain confidence and to show them how enjoyable cycling can be.

To join in as a Ride Leader, you could be a qualified Coach, Bikeability Instructor or a member of a club with some experience of leading other cyclists. As some of the rides will also be on the public highway, you should regularly ride on roads and be confident riding with traffic.

Ride Leaders will receive a free one-day training course to make sure they have the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead group rides plus payment for each of the rides led.

Interested parties should click on the link below or phone 0161 274 2063 for further details.

http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/site/BC/bcf/News2009/20090527_led_rides.asp