KINESIS SHAPING UP FOR 2009

British Premier Calendar team Kinesis will head to Playa la Carmen in Lanzarote for a 12-day training camp to get some hard, hilly rides in before the season starts.

The team will be joined by new Canadian signings Alex Bhogal and Vincent Veilleux.

The aim for this season will once again be the Premier Calendar series as well as some stage races like the Ras and the Tour of Serbia. For the meantime, with only eight riders, criteriums will take a back seat for 2009.

?The team?s going well and I?m pleased with the riders I have put together for this season,? said team manager, Chris Truett.

?We have already met once and we had a great weekend and all the riders got on well. Over the next few weeks and months I?ll be the getting the lads to work together as a squad, and getting to know each other well.

?This is our strength at Kinesis, getting the riders to perform well at all times, being smart and well turned out, acting like professional riders and being the face for our sponsors and to the public.?

The multi-national team will head to the Eddie Soens race in March for its first event. ?It?s going to be fun around our team tables at meal times!? said Chris.


WAITROSE LAUNCHES CYCLE-FRIENDLY SCHEME

Supermarket shopping by bike can be a tricky business, but thanks to a pioneering scheme by Waitrose in Bristol, cyclists will be lent a trailer to help carry their shopping.

One of the first supermarkets in the country to operate such a scheme, the shop will allow any cyclist to borrow a trailer (which attaches via a bracket to the saddle) in which to store their shopping, as long as it?s returned again within three days.

Each trailer comes with a canvas bag which can hold up to 40 kg of shopping.

13 Waitrose shops are expected to introduce the scheme in 2009.


COUTTS IN VENEZUELA

Britain?s Alex Coutts is in action at the Vuelta al Tachira in Venezuela.

Coutts finished 27th on the third stage and is now lying 41st overall, just 20 seconds down on current race-leader, Jonatan Monsalve.

The race concludes on January 17.


SPORTS BEANS GEARING UP FOR THE SEASON

The British Premier Calendar team, Sports Beans, will head to a training camp in Granada at the end of February in preparation for the 2009 season.

With its team of seven riders, the squad will tackle the Premier Calendar events, the National Circuit Race Series and the Tour Series Criteriums.

?Our main objective is to see what we can do in the Premier Calendar,? explained team manager, Clive Richardson.

?But in reality, our biggest objective is the Tour Series. With the TV coverage, it?ll be great exposure for the team?.

Rising star, Billy Jo Whenman, will ride all but one of the Tour Series criteriums.

The Sports Beans squad will make their first appearance of the season at the Seven Bridge road race on March 1.


UP-AND-COMING CYCLING STARS WIN NEW SPONSORSHIP

Up-and-coming young riders Chris Whorrall and Gabrielle Shaw have been selected for the new sports sponsorship scheme Team Jazz, set up by Jazz Apples to help stars of the future realise their sporting dreams.

Whorrall, already a member of the under 18 Great Britain squad that recently competed in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Ireland and now has his sights firmly set on 2012.

Shaw, who is part of the Olympic Cycling Talent Team, has already excelled for the England Junior Team at an international track meet and is also building towards the 2012 Games.

The sponsorship deal will provide Chris and Gabrielle with £1,500 each, which includes cash funding, branded kit and publicity support.

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