BELLIS IN SPAIN
Saxo Bank?s Jonathan Bellis is currently riding the Tour of Murcia in Spain.
Bellis finished yesterday?s stage in 65th and is currently 95th on general classification, 4-17 behind current race-leader, Greg Henderson of Columbia.
BRAMMEIER IN BELGIUM
Britain?s Matt Brammeier will line-up this weekend for the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen in Belgium for his AN Post Team.
See next Thursday?s Cycling Weekly for an interview with Brammeier.
Matt Green of the Cinelli team was also set to start the race, but told cyclingweekly.co.uk that he has over-trained recently and has taken the decision to take some well-deserved rest and will be back in action soon.
MAVIC UK SPECIAL SERVICE COURSE
Mavic last week announced its first full UK sportive support calendar.
Mavic will partner three of the top UK events for 2009, and will provide full support on the road with the famous yellow SSC cars and motorbikes, in addition to the parc fermé service and maintenance before the events.
As well as the Etape Caledonia (May 16-17: www.etapecaledonia.co.uk) to which Mavic will return in 2009, the French company has added the UCI registered Highclere Sportive (June 6-7: www.cyclegb.co.uk) and the climbers? favourite, the Dragon Ride (June 13-14: www.dragonride.co.uk).
TOP RIDERS FOR EDDY SOENS
The 48th edition of the Eddy Soens race will take place tomorrow at Aintree Racecourse, with a quality field of 146 riders set to take part as Tony Gibb goes for a record fifth victory.
Andrew Fairbairn from Banbury in Oxfordshire will begin ‘The Fairbairn Challenge’ in June of this year.
An 1,180 mile journey to possibly become the first person to kayak, walk and cycle from the southernmost point in the British Isles, to the northernmost point.
Andrew will take 27 days to journey from Bishop Rock on the Isles of Scilly in the South West, to the lighthouse at Muckle Flugga in Shetland; set on the most northern rock in the British Isles. Andrew is appealing for people to join him on various legs of his challenge when he will cycle for 828 miles, walk for 198 miles and kayak for 154 miles.
For Andrew it is more than an attempt to go from each end of the country and beyond; it is about giving children a future. Andrew created The Fairbairn Challenge after he learnt 90% of disabled children in Africa do not go to school. By completing the challenge he hopes to raise £25,000 for charity.
?Training started in the summer of 2008 by spending weekends cycling, initially from a modest 13 miles. In a matter of weekends I was able to follow a circuit around the villages of Banbury to cycle for 66 miles, a distance I can now cover with ease, save for the discomfort of the saddle. The saddle is not an insignificant issue, one which I will have to solve if I am to enjoy the challenge and constructive suggestions are extremely welcome.?
More information can be found at: www.banburyrotaryclub.org.uk
Donations can be made to: www.justgiving.com/andrewfairbaim
EDINBURGH OFFERS FREE SCHOOL TRAINING
Pupils, teachers, parents and school representatives from secondary schools across Edinburgh will come together for a free day of training on Thursday March 12. The focus of the day will be to help boost healthy school travel across the city.
The School Travel Plan Action Day, which includes representatives from PP2 schools, has been organised by Edinburgh City Council in collaboration with sustainable transport charity, Sustrans. It is one of a series of events taking place across Scotland throughout March to help schools learn more about promoting healthy and environmentally-friendly travel to and from school.
The free training will be run by Edinburgh City Council and is designed to help schools proactively tackle the school run, promote walking and cycling as a healthy and fun way to get to classes, and find out more about creating and implementing a School Travel Plan.
Currently the school run accounts for a fifth of all traffic on the roads every morning and obesity levels in the UK continue to rise with 25% of 11 to 15 year-olds being overweight or obese.
WHERE THE BRITS ARE THIS WEEKEND
Below is a list of where the British professionals will be riding at the weekend:
David Millar and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin) – Paris-Nice
Jeremy Hunt and Dan Fleeman (Cervélo) – Paris-Nice
Mark Cavendish (Columbia) – Eroica
Ben Swift (Katusha) – Eroica
Roger Hammond and Dan Lloyd (Cervélo) – Eroica
Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) – Eroica
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