HAMMOND IN BELGIUM

Britain?s Roger Hammond was in action yesterday at the Vlaamse Druivenveldrit cyclo-cross race in Belgium.

A slightly out-of-shape Hammond finished 29th, 7:08 down on race-winner, Kevin Pauwels of Belgium.

Hammond plans to ride the Evans round of the London cyclo-cross league on December 21 in what is likely to be the British ?cross champion?s final appearance in Columbia colours before joining the new Cervélo Test Team.

Roger HammondAbove: Hammond struggled in Belgium and came in 29th. Photo: Luc Claessen


MANCHESTER CYCLISTS LOSE OUT

Manchester cyclists are undoubtedly the greatest losers after 79% of the residents of Greater Manchester voted against the introduction of a congestion-charging scheme.

Had the vote gone the other way, an application may well have been made to the government?s Transport Innovation Fund, which could have radically improved the cycling infrastructure in the area with the introduction of a cycle-hire scheme, safer cycling routes and cycle parking facilities.


BEAUMONT?S BIKE STOLEN

Round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont, who cycled 18,000 miles in 194 days, had his bike stolen from outside his front door in Edinburgh last week.

It is believed that the thieves cut through two locks to steal the bike that was chained outside Beaumont?s door in a communal stairway.

Click here to read a ride around East Lothian with Mark Beaumont.


BICYCLE TO BE CRUSHED BY POLICE

It seems the police are taking an increasingly tougher stance against cyclists who breach traffic laws.

On Friday, news emerged that police in Bristol had been issuing cautions against errant cyclists , and it appears that police in Bridgwater in Somerset are taking a similar approach.

According to the Bridgwater Mercury, police officers seized a bike, which is also to be crushed and taken to local schools to act as an example in what police are describing as a growing problem in ?nuisance cycling?.


HONOURS FOR DERBY CYCLISTS

Two Derbyshire veteran racing cyclists were honoured in Buxton, by Derbyshire Country Council?s ?Excellence in the Community? awards in October.

Known as the ?Heroine of Heage,? 74-year-old Gill Henshaw received her award for winning the 10 and 30-mile VTTA (Veterans Time Trial Association) women?s time trial championships as well as taking home three trophies from the Masters? World Championships in St. Johann, Austria. The Long Eaton rider, who has been riding since the age of 16, was also lauded as an example of how women in their 70s can still be fit and active.

Another recipient of an award is Peter Ryalls. The 70-year-old Sheffield rider was a member of the England team in the Tour de France in the 1960s and a former independent with the Ovaltine team. Ryalls was celebrated not only as a winner of many veteran road races in his age category, but also for his ten years of service as a formidable chairman of the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (LVRC).

Further honours were given at the annual Derby sports awards, as Dave Orford was nominated for the ?lifetime achievement in sport? award. A racing cyclist from 1947 until his retiring at the age of 77 last year, he was the first English veteran to win the UCI veterans? World Championships in 1986. A former independent with Ovaltine, he won seven golds and one silver in the veterans? Worlds, was responsible for the sponsorship of the Milk Race as well as playing a major role in the development of the veterans? road racing scene in the 1970s.

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