FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR FOR BMC

Andy Lyons took the BMC UK Racing Team‘s first victory of the season yesterday in the Tour of the Dengie Marshes.

Andy was one of the main players of the race from the start, escaping on the opening lap with Darren Barclay (Arctic-Premier RT) only to be brought back by a hard-chasing pack.

The unclassified roads and the notorious farm track, coupled with the fast pace of the race soon spilt the race all over the marshlands of Essex, with a strong lead group including last year’s winner, Billy-Joe Whenman (Sports Beans-Wilier), National Cyclo-Cross Champion Jody Crawforth (Arctic-Premier RT), Martin Smith (AW Cycles) Lyons and Barclay setting the pace up ahead.

When Lyons, Barclay and Robert Jackson (Team Toachim) escaped with a lap to go there was no answer from the group and they managed to maintain the gap until the finish where Andy Lyons won the sprint from Darren Barclay, with Robert Jackson coming in third.

Results:

1. Andy Lyons (BMC UK Racing Team)

2. Darren Barclay (Arctic Premier RT)

3. Robert Jackson (Team Toachim)

4. Michael Smith (Lotto Olympia)

5. Ben Thompson (BMC UK Racing Team)

6. Martin Smith (AW Cycles.co.uk/Giant)

7. Jody Crawforth (Arctic Premier RT)

8. Billy Joe Whenman (Sports Beans/Wilier)

9. Sam Humpheson (London Dynamo)

10. James Whatling (BMC UK Racing Team)

Andy LyonsAbove: Andy Lyons takes BMC?s first ever win. Photo courtesy of Simon Gooderham (good.zenfolio.com)


POOLEY ANIMATES FIRST WORLD CUP

Emma Pooley (Cervélo) was one of the key animators of the first round of the women?s World Cup yesterday, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

Pooley escaped alone, just 11km into the race, on the first ascent of the climb to Brinzio. Pooley managed to build a lead of 1:30 over the peloton, but was brought back after 80km alone.

Soon after she was caught, Marianne Vos and Emma Johansson escaped and weren?t to be seen again, with Vos taking the win.

Nicole Cooke and Gabriella Day (both Vision 1) were also racing, but retired, with the race plagued by heavy rain.


PLOWMAN CRAVEN HEAD TO MAJORCA

The Plowman Craven Madison team will fly out to Majorca tomorrow for the Cinturon Ciclista International Tour of Majorca.

After impressing the organisers with their performance at the Challenge de Mallorca, the team has been invited back.

The race starts with a 7.1km individual TT starting in Arenal on April 2, followed by three hard road stages. The race finishes in Palma on April 5.

Selected riders: Evan Oliphant, Jon Ternan-Locke, Tom Murray, Jon Mozley, Steve Adams, Joren Janssen and James Millard.

The CandiTV-Pinarello team is also set to start (which includes Russell Downing and Malcolm Elliott) as well as a GB team, which will field Rob Hayles and Andrew Tennant amongst others.

Plowman Craven MadisonAbove: 2009 Plowman Craven Madison team


ROUND-THE-WORLD CYCLE RECORD ATTEMPT

James Bowthorpe set off yesterday in an 18,000-mile cycle round the globe, hoping to break the recently-set world record and raise £1.8 million to support research into Parkinson?s Disease.

James will be cycling an average of 120 miles a day and is aiming to break the current record (set by Mark Beaumont in 2007) by over three weeks.

The route starts in London and traverses Europe, and then into Iran, Pakistan and India. Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore follow, then the 4000+ miles of Australia and New Zealand.

Canada and the USA make up the rest of the mileage from Vancouver to New York before the final straight from Portugal to London.

There are over 120,000 people with Parkinson?s Disease in the UK, with 10,000 being diagnosed every year. For the last two years, James has been a volunteer with a research team into the disease, which is funded through the Psychiatry Research Trust at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London.

Stay tuned on cyclingweekly.co.uk for updates on James? progress.

See www.globecycle.org/ for more information.


BIKE IT PROJECT TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD OBESITY

One in three 10-11year-old children in Bournemouth and Poole are either overweight or obese. To tackle this, Sustrans, the UK?s leading sustainable transport charity and NHS Bournemouth and Poole have joined forces to get cars off the roads and children onto their bikes. Today the school run accounts for 20% of all cars on the road and obesity levels in the UK are on the rise with 25% of 11 to 15 year olds being overweight or obese.

 

The Sustrans Bike It project aims to tackle both issues by encouraging pupils across the region to choose two wheels instead of four for the journey to school.  For the next four years Bike It Officer Jason Falconer will be working with 12 schools a year engaging at least 2,400 pupils annually, with the aim of trebling the levels of cycling across all the schools.

Bike It Officer, Jason Falconer said: “It has been great to see the enthusiasm of pupils as they get involved with cycling. We know from our research that 47% of children would like to cycle to school when only 2% currently do. This means there is a huge potential for increasing the levels of cycling across the region.?

The Bike It projects works with over 400 schools and over 60,000 children and young people across England and Wales. Sustrans will be working with 12 schools, throughout Bournemouth and Poole.

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