NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPS

Manchester velodrome will once again play host to this year?s national track championships, which run from October 20-24.

Last year, all of the Olympic stars (with the exception of Victoria Pendleton) opted to miss the event in the post-Beijing cooling off period.

This year, competition will be fierce with the Olympians facing off against some of the younger, developing talent.

Entry forms will be available from the following link after May 1: http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/site/BC/tra/track_entry_forms.asp


MORE CHANGE FOR PINARELLO

Good news for the domestic racing scene as Candi-TV Pinarello announced the signing of a new sponsor at the weekend, in the shape of pasta manufacturer, Marshalls Pasta.

The team will be re-branded, ?CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta? to reflect the new partnership.

Team manager, Phil Griffiths, commented: ?We are really excited about teaming up with Marshalls Pasta. Everybody knows that pasta and cycling is the perfect match, it?s a marriage made in heaven?.

“The link between cycling and healthy eating was too good to miss,? said Marshalls? managing director, Peter Barry. ?Professional cycling teams swear by eating pasta to ensure their energy levels are maintained. With an incredible medal haul at the 2008 Olympics for team GB, cycling has never been more popular.”

Russell Downing took his second win of the season at the Girvan three-day yesterday. Click here to read the full story.


SPRAGG ON TOP IN THAILAND

Britain?s James Spragg won stage five of the Tour of Thailand last week, from Loei to Na Kha.

The Trek-Marco Polo rider won the 185km stage after out-sprinting his 18 breakaway companions on the run in to Na Kha.

Spragg eventually finished the 2.2 ranked race 25th overall, 7-25 down on race-winner, Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies).


LADIES? NIGHT AT EVANS

Evans Cycles, the UK?s largest cycle retailer, is attempting to demystify the bike-buying experience hosting a series of female-friendly in-store Ladies? Night events at stores throughout the country in May.

?These events are an excuse for ladies to come together in a friendly environment, have a glass of bubbly, get down to earth advice on the latest products, take part in competitions and take advantage of our Ladies? Night discounts and deals,? says Claire Beaumont, Evans Cycles Fitness Expert.

?Cycling is booming because it?s a recession beater.? says Claire. ?Our female customers cover a wide spectrum of riders from those who want to hit the climbs on their road bike, spend a weekend flinging themselves through mud or just want to gently meander through the countryside with friends or family. We?ve got advice and tips to cater for them all – everything from clipless pedals and cycling shoes to changing a puncture without getting filthy hands and getting the right tyres to boot?.

For full details and to download an invite visit: www.evanscycles.com/ladiesnight


TRACK TRAINING WITH TEAM MIDLAND

Team Midland will once again be running a series of track training sessions this year in aid of the Birmingham Children?s Hospital Appeal.

There will be three-hour training sessions at Newport and Calshot velodromes under the tutelage of the resident track coaches.

Track sessions:

Newport: Sunday May 3, 12-3pm

Calshot: Saturday June 13, 2-5pm

Newport: Sunday August 30, 12-3pm

For further details, please contact Graham Hewson on 07917133453 or graham@tmracing.org.uk


RUDY PROJECT WIN FOR GRAVES

Philip Graves got his 2009 Rudy Project time trial series campaign off to a flying start on Sunday, taking the first round in Cumbria in impressive style.

The 20-year old was the fastest rider over the 31-mile course by some 47 seconds.

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