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PATTEN HEADS TO DENMARK

Britain?s Dan Patten (MagnusMaximusCoffee.com) will head to Denmark this weekend for the 1.1 ranked Grand Prix Herning.

?I?m looking forward to it, it?s a bit like the CiCLE Classic that I rode last week,? Patten told cyclingweekly.co.uk.

?My form is good an the last three or four weeks have been alright, but before that I was feeling a bit ill and I had no power.

?I didn?t know what was going on so I had a blood test, but I?m back to normal now.

?After Herning, I?ll be back to the UK to ride the Lincoln Grand Prix,? said Patten.

The Swedish development team, headed by Magnus Backstedt, could certainly do with a good result after it emerged on Wednesday that the team has parted ways with one its title sponors.


BRAMMEIER IN SPAIN

Matt Brammeier of the An Post-Sean Kelly team is currently in action at the Vuelta Asturias in Spain, which features some of Spain?s top stage racers.

The Briton is currently lying 91st overall with two stages remaining. Tiago Machado (Madeinox Boavista) is leading the race overall.


HALFORDS REVEALS BIKEHUT LINEUP

Halfords Bikehut has revealed details about the full line up of its cross-country mountain bike team for the 2009 season.

The team is compromised of Sharon Laws, David Fletcher, Annie Last, Ian Bibby and Sebastian Batchelor.

Laws rode in last year?s Bikehut road team and also represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics and in the World Championships. Sharon won the national 25 time trial title last year and was also sixth in the Tour de l?Aude, recognised as one of the toughest women?s stage races. This year, Laws will be returning to her mountain biking routes and will be competing on the rough stuff.

A member of British Cycling?s Academy Programme, David Fletcher is the current under 23 national champion in both mountain biking and cyclo-cross.

Annie Last is also joining the team. Last recently made it onto the mountain bike Academy Programme and her time as a junior saw her compete internationally as part of British Cycling?s Olympic Development Programme.

Completing the line-up are Ian Bibby, who is a member of the Olympic Cross-Country mountain biking Podium Programme, and Sebastian Bachelor who last year represented Great Britain in his first mountain biking World Cup event.

?The team is quite young but all the riders have had some great experience and I know they will be out to prove themselves this season,? explained team manager, Phil Dixon.

?As a team, they have a determination to excel and so I think we?re on for some first-class results.?

Paul McClenaghan, Halfords? trading director: ?Our choice to add mountain biking to the team this year is a commitment to developing cycling as a multi-discipline sport and a way to showcase the successes of both road and mountain bike racing in the UK. We aim to build on the great success the team had last year and to work with British Cycling to promote cycling as a sport.?


GIRO D?ITALIA ON EUROSPORT

British Eurosport will once again be showing live coverage of every stage of this year?s Giro d?Italia.

Footage will be shown on British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2.

The race begins on May 9. More details in our 2009 Giro d’Italia preview


HOT CHILLEE HELP FUND SCHOOL IN SOUTH AFRICA

imageAbove: Alice Monger Godfrey, Nikki Harris and Emma Davies with Christel House pupils

Cyclists who rode last year?s London-Paris Cycle Tour have paid for a new classroom at a school in South Africa.

Riders raised £20,894 for Christel House, a youth education charity, in Cape Town, and children have named the new classroom ‘HotChillee’ after the company that stages the London-Paris Cycle Tour.

Christel House aims to break the cycle of poverty by empowering young people through education, health care and opportunity.

HotChillee?s Sven Thiele said: ?We were really excited to see the school and were thrilled to meet the young learners. We feel proud to support a cause that?s helping so many disadvantaged children get a good education and equipping them with all-round life skills. Christel House is a wonderful model of education and empowerment for their learners,? said Thiele.


DALBY COURSE FINISHED

The Dalby cross-country mountain bike course in Dalby Forest, in the North Yorkshire Moors, has been completed.

The building of the course was central to Britain?s bid to host a round of the mountain bike World Cup and will have its first competitive airing next weekend, with the hosting of the second round of the British mountain bike Race Series.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7d6n9p

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