RAPHA DOMINATES SHAY ELLIOTT

The Rapha Condor team dominated the Shay Elliott Memorial at the weekend, taking the win, second, fourth, tenth and 14th positions.

Up-and-coming rider Matt Cronshaw took the victory, with team-mate Dan Craven in second.

?I?m very pleased with how Matt?s coming along,? team manager, John Herety, told cyclingweekly.co.uk. ?He won a stage of the Tour of the North as well, so Ireland is happy hunting ground for him?.

?I?ll be giving Cronshaw a ride in the Chas Messenger as a reward for his efforts. The course isn?t particularly challenging and I can?t see it splitting up unless it?s particularly windy. But the game plan on the day is to get as many of our guys up there as possible?.

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Rapha team, after Darren Lapthorne narrowly missed out on a podium in the CiCLE Classic.

?I?m a bit frustrated,? said Herety, ?we had a lot of bad luck. We had three riders in the break. Kristian House was the king of the mountains and the most aggressive rider and would have been with Ian Wilkinson had he not punctured.

?I?m frustrated, but pleased. It?s just a feature of that race [though]?.

It was a big win for Ian Wilkinson, fending off some international opposition to take the win in a race he has come so close to winning in previous years.

?I had memories of Malc [Elliott] beating me there a few years ago and I thought ‘I ain’t having that any more’,? said Wilkinson.


BRITONS IMPRESSING IN BELGIUM

Alexandra Greenfield came close to taking the biggest win of her young career in the Omloop van Borsele voor El-vrouwen in Flanders, Belgium on Saturday.

The double European points race champion, riding for the British national team, was third in the bunch sprint behind Kirsten Wild and Marianne Vos, coming very close to edging past Vos in the final metres.

It was Greenfield?s second big result of the year, after soloing to victory in the Wielertrofee Vlaanderen in March.

The 121km race, which featured two ascents of the Koppenberg and the Molenberg, featured six other British riders.

Lizzie Armitstead, who is fresh from a highly successful track season over the winter, was riding for her trade team, Lotti-Belisol.

Armitstead attacked in the following kilometres with Russian rider, Alexandra Burchenkova. Cervélo recognised that Armitstead, the newly-crowned team pursuit world champion, was a clear danger and grouped en masse at the front of the peloton to bring the duo back.

Armitstead was caught but managed to claim eighth, whilst Leda Cox was 19th and Lucy Martin sneaking into the top 30 in 28th.

Martin took another fine result the following day in the Prijs Stad Roeselare. Martin was 11th in another bunch sprint after 131km, taken once again by Cervélo?s Kirsten Wild.


LONDON BIKE HIRE SCHEME TAKING SHAPE

TfL’s London Bike Hire scheme is taking shape, with the announcement today that TfL is beginning to accept planning applications for the 400 docking stations that will be dotted across central London.

“Much like hailing a cab, people will be able to pick up one of 6,000 bikes, and zip around town to their heart’s content,” said Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

“Not only a quick, easy, and healthy option, but one that will also make London a more liveable city”.


KING OF WESSEX ROAD RACE

South West Club, Team Tor 2000, is organising the Kings of Wessex National ?B? Road Race on Sunday May 24. It will form part of the Wessex Cycle festival, which includes the enormously popular Tour of Wessex cyclosportive.

The Kings of Wessex road race replaces the cancelled Tour of Wessex Premier Calendar in the festival line up, which also has MTB, BMX and trials events. The race starts in Somerton town center, and with each lap passing the HQ competitors can expect lots of support from the town?s residents.

The prize list for the race is £800 with £400 going to the winner, thanks to sponsors Pendragon Sports. There is also expected to be £50 for the winner of the ?King of the Tor? competition on the climb of Walton Hill which overlooks Glastonbury Tor, and £50 for the sprint competition, with a the Prime being outside the event HQ.

The 2009 race will also be promoting Wessex Heartbeat the regional heart charity that supports sufferers of heart disease and their families.

Expect to see a strong contingent from Pendragon-Kalas which includes Dave Clarke, 2009 Tour of Cameroon Winner, and up and coming riders from the South West, including Doug Dewey.

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SUSTRANS HELP TO SAVE MONEY AND STAY HEALTHY

Employers can now pick up a step-by-step guide to improving their workforce?s health and productivity by encouraging staff to walk or cycle to work.

Sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, will launch today its Active Travel workplace toolkit to coincide with the inaugural Walk to Work Week.

The toolkit highlights tried and tested staff travel plans at selected hospitals, superstores, business parks and councils across the UK.

The plans have seen new and novice cyclists take part in cycle training, team up with more experienced cycling colleagues on their journey to work and buy their own bike in a tax free scheme.

Rachel Bromley, Sustrans Active Travel Co-ordinator, explains. ?Many UK employers now recognise the benefits of encouraging staff to commute in more active ways. The toolkit is packed with clear and up-to-date information, including best practice case studies and how-to guides that simplify all the issues involved?.

Sustrans? toolkit includes evidence of the need for active travel. During 2007, 172 million days were lost to the British economy due to sickness at a cost of £20 billion to the business and public sector. Currently only 40% of men and 28% of women are reasonably active.

The toolkit can be ordered or downloaded at www.activetravel.org.uk/toolkit


BOARDMAN CLOCKS FAST TIME IN LONDON MARATHON

Chris Boardman may have long since retired from professional cycling, but he dusted off his running shoes to run the London Marathon yesterday.

Boardman clocked a more than respectable time of 3-19 for the 26-mile run.


WE TEST THE PRODUCTION READY ELECTRONIC DURA ACE

We rode one of the first working prototypes of the electronic Dura Ace Di2 over a year ago, and it’s taken until now, for it to be available on production bikes. Focus’ bike is the first to be available to test.

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