BRAILSFORD MAKES TOP FIVE

British Cycling?s performance director, Dave Brailsford, took further scalps recently making it in at number five in The Times? Sporting Power 100, which details the most influential figures in modern sport.

?Dave Brailsford oversaw a team in Beijing who won eight gold medals, more than the whole of the France team,? explained the article in The Times.

?This means that he is as instrumental as anyone in pushing Britain to success in the London Olympics in 2012.

?Furthermore, he has made cycling a rare sport that fits Olympic intentions: success at elite level has prompted a participation boom at grass roots.?

Dave Brailsford was also awarded with a CBE and the Sports Personality Coach of the Year award in light of his remarkable accomplishments.


BMC AIMING HIGH

BMC UK Racing team launchAbove: BMC UK Racing Team launch at the Redbridge Cycling Centre

The new BMC UK Racing Team held its official 2009 launch at the Redbridge Cycling Centre on Sunday.

The team brings together some of the Eastern Region?s most promising young riders, as well as several high-profile sponors, in its assault on the Premier Calendar, the National Circuit Race Series and the new, televised Tour Series criteriums.

With six of the team?s 11 riders being under 23s, they will benefit from the age and experience of team captain, Andy Lyons and directeur sportif, Alan Rosner.

BMC UK Racing Team 2009 lineup: Steven Charles, Ian Franklin, Steven Griffifths, Dan Kogan, Andy Lyons, Adam Norris, Nino Piccoli, Dean Shannon, Joe Skipper, Ben Thompson, James Whatling

See www.bmcukracingteam.com for more details.


ENGLAND RUGBY TEAM LOOKS TO CYCLISTS FOR HELP

After some tough defeats at the hands of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, the England rugby team is using the help of some of cycling?s key figures to help them turn about a run of bad form.

According to a report from The Guardian, the Rugby Football Union has enlisted the support of Dave Brailsford and coach, Shane Sutton who will both be at England?s first Six Nations rendezvous with Italy on Saturday.

Keen to foster a proper working relationship between the players and the coaches, the team has also consulted rowing and yachting experts, both successful Olympic sports. However, it is unclear in what capacity Brailsford and Sutton will work with the RFU.

Team leader, Martin Johnson, also a keen cyclist, will line up against Geoff Thomas in a charity pursuit race at the next round of the Revolution track series.


A SPORTIVE WITH A DIFFERENCE

Looking for a sportive with a difference? Why not try the brand new 24-hour cycling race around the world famous Le Mans circuit in northern France.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 riders are expected to take to the start line of the 24 Heures Velo to compete around the 4.1km Le Mans Bugatti, the shorter version of the circuit used in the Le Mans 24 Hour motor race.

Divided into singles, pairs, or teams of four, six and eight, each team will be ranked according to the longest distance ridden in what looks set to become of France?s most popular sportive events.

For further details and to register, please visit www.24heuresvelo.fr/ for more information.

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