PLOWMAN CRAVEN SIGNS NEW RIDER

Plowman Craven Madison has signed its 10th rider to the 2009 squad in the shape of 20-year old Ross Creber.

Having spent the last two years on the British Cycling mountain biking academy, Ross will now turn his attention to the road. A strong climber, Creber will focus on the team?s international programme as well as the Premier Calendar events.

2009 Plowman Craven Madison lineup:

Tom Barras

Tony Gibb

James Millard

Evan Oliphant

Stephen Adams (from Pearl Izumi)

Joroen Janssen (from Pearl Izumi)

Jon Mozley (from Pearl Izumi)

Tom Murray (from Pinarello)

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (from Mid-Devon CC)

Ross Creber (from BC MTB Academy)


ROLLAPALUZA WINTER LEAGUE

Rachel Rollapaluza

(Above, women?s race winner, Rachel)

Rollapaluza?s first round of its new mid-week winter league, was a resounding success according to the organisers.

43 riders took part in the new ?Brass Monkey? series, held at the White Hart Pub in East London.

In the men?s event, Joe Wood (the World Firemen?s roller racing champion) played it tactically, easing through the qualifying rounds and only putting in a maximum effort when it was required in the final.

In the women?s event, newcomer Rachel (pictured, above) overcame London?s most consistent Rollapaluza rider, Agata.

The series continues on December 3, with the rounds held over 1km instead of the traditional 250m, at the Horseshoe Pub, Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1. For more details please see www.rollapaluza.com/league


ODP SEEKING NEW RIDERS

Great Britain?s Olympic BMX Development Programme and Olympic Academy programme are inviting applications from young and talented male and female BMX riders to join the programme (date of birth between 1985-1993).

See the British Cycling website for more details.

www.britishcycling.org.uk


CYCLO-CROSS COACHING SESSIONS

Ipswich Bicycle Club is organising cyclo-cross coaching sessions with Russell Parking, a former elite-level ?cross rider at Foxhall Stadium tomorrow and next Saturday (November 29) from 10:00-12:00.

For more details, please contact adam.keer@ipswich.gov.uk


FROM THE MAGAZINE THIS WEEK

Victoria Pendleton and Britain?s other female cyclists? chances of being given Olympic medal parity with their male counterparts by the time of the London Games have been given formal backing from the UCI.

At present, there are seven Olympic medals available for men, but only three available for women. ?We?ve asked for more medals,? said UCI President, Pat McQuaid. ?We covered all disciplines in cycling in our report in Beijing, making several recommendations, and that included addressing the gender imbalance. Ultimately the decision will rest with the IOC [International Olympic Committee]?.

British Cycling has employed Roger Legeay as a directeur sportif for its new ProTour team. Legeay has three decades of experience as a rider and a DS with Peugeot, Z, Gan and finally Crédit Agricole.

It?s a role the Frenchman is very much looking forward to, he told Cycling Weekly. ?I always made a point of giving English-speaking riders a real welcome in my team,? recalls Legeay.

?BC?s track team philosophy is 100 per cent professional. That?s the reason they win so much. If you apply the same structure to the road, we?ll be unstoppable. I?m sure of it?.

The Guardian has reported figures of an increase of 94 per cent in telephone enquiries to bike shops in the past 12 months. It seems the credit crunch is not affecting the number of people turning to cycling.

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