HALFORDS BIKEHUT SQUAD SHAPING UP FOR 2009

The strengthened Halfords Bikehut team is shaping up nicely for the 2009 season.

The team will take delivery of its new bikes before heading to Mallorca for a pre-season training camp.

Along with the Premier Calendar series, the main targets for the season will be the National Circuit Race Series as well as the new Sweetspot Tour Series criteriums. Continental racing at the Tours of Alsace and Brittany is a possibility, says new team manager Keith Lambert, although finding time to do so with such a hectic domestic calendar is another matter.

The team?s first race will be the Eddy Soens before heading to the Bikeline Two Day.

2009 line-up:

Rob Hayles

Ed Clancy

Andy Tennant

Mark McNally

Ian Wilkinson

Rob Partridge

MTB team:

Ian Bibby

David Fletcher

Sharon Laws


PENDLETON DOMINATES REVOLUTION

Victoria Pendleton dominated the Revolution track meet at the Manchester velodrome on Saturday.

The Olympic champion won both the 200 and 500m TT events as well as the Keirin.

You can read more about the Revolution in Thursday?s Cycling Weekly.

The Revolution series continues on February 21. See our separate news story for more details.


ROLLAPALUZA WINTER LEAGUE CONTINUES

Buoyed by the success of the first two rounds of the Rollapaluza winter league (or ?Brass Monkey?), the organisers have announced the addition of four more rounds.

The series continues at the Imbibe bar on Blackfriars Road in London on Wednesday January 14, returning to the traditional distance of 500m.

See www.rollapaluza.com/league for more details.


FROM THE MAGAZINE THIS WEEK

The prospect of a 250-metre alongside the Hillingdon cycling track in west London came a step closer to realisation recently with the news that money has been awarded to conduct a feasibility study on the project.

The Hillingdon Community Trust awarded a grant of £12,249, which was matched by the £25,000 from the borough of Hillingdon, to carry out the study.

It is estimated that the study will be completed by April, after which there will be applications for planning and funding to complete the construction.

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