UK RACING THIS WEEKEND

No Premier Calendar for the top boys this week but three National B races to keep them busy.

The Thames Velo Spring road race in Oxfordshire will attract a decent field, while past winners of the Betty Pharoah Memorial in South Wales include Ben Luckwell, Matt Higgins and local star Matt Rowe.

In Scotland, round 2 of the Scottish Power Renewables series is the big draw of the day on Sunday.

Lancashire?s roads provide the time trialling highlight with the Nelson Wheelers 50 on Sunday attracting over 100 entries. Shorter Rochford?s Mark Holton looks to be the man to beat.


HAYLES AND TENNANT IN MAJORCA

Three British teams are in action at the Cinturon Tour in Majorca. Andy Tennant and Rob Hayles, riding in GB colours, were best placed Brits in the opening 7.1km prologue, finishing fourth and fifth respectively behind Spaniard Manuel Lloret Zaragoza.

Plowman-Craven Madison and CandiTV-Pinarello also compete on the Spanish island. Pinarello?s Russell Downing won two stages in last year?s race. The four-stage event continues today with a 166km route finishing in Porta Pollenca.


RAS DE CYMRU

The five-day Ras de Cymru is back for the fifth year thanks to support from Newport South East Wales Tourism.

The event is based at Newport?s University and is open to 20 teams of four riders competing in six stages from July 1-5.

Entries are already being taken and will be quickly filled. Contact chris.landon@ntlworld.com or visit the event?s webpage at http://www3.newport.ac.uk/displayPage.aspx?object_id=1340&type=PAG.


RAPHA CONDOR SPORTIVE

Blackpool hosts the first ever Rapha Condor sportive on Saturday, August 1, followed by the Blackpool Nocturne the same evening.

Two distances ? a shorter, flatter 58 miles or hillier 85 miles ? head south towards Lytham St Annes, Clifton and round to North Preston, taking in coastal roads and scenic Lancashire countryside before returning to Blackpool.

Blackpool Council supports both the sportive and nocturne and discounted hotel rates are available to riders and spectators making a weekend of it.

For further details, see http://www.raphacondor.cc/news/the-rapha-condor-blackpool-sportive


ROLLAPALUZA WINTER LEAGUE FINALE

The first winter roller racing league from Rollapaluza drew to a close with a packed house at the Reliance Square Studios in London.

Matt Theobalds wrapped up the men?s overall in a nail-biting finale against Joe Wood, while Rachel Przybylski already had the women?s title in the bag despite being unable to attend the final event.

The London-based series attracted more than 160 competitors with 70 riders taking to the rollers at the best-attended evening at the Imbibe bar.

Over £800 worth of prizes were distributed to the top three finishers in both male and female classifications, courtesy of cycling accessories brand Knog.

Beer and rollers in London. Photo by creativeexposures.co.uk


MTB STARS HEAD FOR SHERWOOD

The UK?s top off-road riders head to Sherwood Pines on Sunday for the opening round of the British XC series.

Oli Beckingsale, David Fletcher, Ian Bibby, Sharon Laws and Jenny Copnall are among the huge pre-entry of 570 riders spread across all categories. A limited number of places are available on the day in some categories but check the British Cycling website for details.


TOUR OF RESERVOIR ON TV

Highlights of the Premier Calendar race are scheduled straight after the Tour of Flanders on British Eurosport at 4pm, Sunday, April 5.


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