HAMMOND BACK TO EVANS ROOTS

National cyclo-cross champion Roger Hammond plans to ride the Evans round of the London cyclo-cross league on December 21 at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

Hammond, who is set to join the new Cervélo Test Team as of next year, said, ?If I just train, train, train it?s only numbers. Whereas if you can get out and do a little race, it?s a little test and the opposition in the cyclo-cross world is all very similar.

?You can see from my results at the start of each season I?ll start with a 6th or 7th and then move up, hopefully by the time of the nationals?.

Coming just two weeks before the national ?cross championships, the race will be a key form guide for the major favourites, with Arctic?s Jody Crawforth also planning to ride.


OLYMPIC FUNDING SET TO INCREASE FOR CYCLING TEAM

A £79 million deficit in the Olympic funding is set to see 2012 void of some of Great Britain?s Olympic teams.

Funding grants are to be split in to three tiers, meaning elite programmes will be hit hard. Each sport has to provide value for money and after amazing success in Beijing, it isn?t hard to believe that cycling is one of three sports looking to get an increase in funding.

Being identified as genuine medal contenders in 2012, cycling will be supported to field a full team, whereas the likes of hockey, basketball, fencing are facing funding cuts.


SABBATH LAUNCHES CUSTOM COLOUR SCHEMES

Sabbath Bicycles has made an adjustment to its range of titanium bikes for 2009: a full custom finish programme.

Customers can now choose between three frame finish options and an almost infinite array of graphic colours.

?Customers who bother to seek out a niche brand of bike like ours are typically pretty serious about having something unique to them,? said Sabbath Bicycles owner, Greg Roche.

?That means paying attention to ride set up, but also the way the finished bike looks. Now we?ve got a way of finishing the bikes completely in our Macclesfield workshop so it makes sense to roll the service out to customers both old and new?.

With prices starting at £40 for graphic sets, custom finishing is an inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your bike. For more details, see www.sabbathbicycles.co.uk


CYCLE PARKING INNOVATIONS

As cycling to work is on the rise due to the economic times, UK designers are coming up trumps for cycle parking.

Anthony Lau and Jessica Lee, architectural graduates of London, won a top US award with their design. With unlimited combinations the cycle parking design can fit any space claiming to double the existing capacity, helping offices to support the increase in commuters on two wheels.

New York City Racks design competition attracted over 700 international entries with a cash prize and the opportunity to install their design at Google?s New York headquarters.

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