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RICHMOND PARK TIME TRIAL ON SUNDAY
In an unprecedented move, London Dynamo have gained permission to hold two early-morning time-trials on a 10.4-mile route on a circuit in London training mecca Richmond Park.  If these pilot time-trials are successful, it is hoped that a series will follow in the picturesque Royal Park in 2010.

The event has already attracted a sizeable number of entries, including one from domestic time-trial titan Michael Hutchinson.

The first event is held this Sunday (August 9) with first man off at 6am, and riders starting at 30-second intervals. The second time-trial will be on Sunday August 23. There are no entries on the line: to enter, e-mail Rebecca at timetrials@londondynamo.co.uk.

For more details, visit www.londondynamo.co.uk.

TROTT WINS BUNCH GALLOP TO BECOME NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMP

VC Londres starlet Emma Trott was crowned the women’s British junior national champion this weekend at the Essex Giro. She was first across the line in a bunch sprint, beating junior and senior rivals alike, as only eleven of the 34-strong field qualified for junior honours.

Jessica Booth (Halesowen & A CC) had to settle for second and silver, while Hannah Rich (Pinarello RT) took fourth and the bronze medal, just behind ineligible older rival Leanne Thompson (Hewitt Racing).

This continues Trott’s rich vein of form: just a few weeks ago, the first-year junior took a gold in the women’s team pursuit at the European junior track championships, as well as two bronzes in in the scratch race and individual pursuit respectively.

RESULTS
1. Laura Trott (VC Londres) Junior gold
2. Jessica Booth (Halesowen A & CC) Junior silver
3. Leanne Thompson (Hewitt Racing)
4. Hannah Rich (CandiTV-Pinarello RT) Junior bronze
5. Claire Thomas (Edinburgh RC)
6. Kara Chesworth (Dysynni CC)
7. Sarah Reynolds (Team Wallis CHH)
8. Ruby Miller (Private Member)
9. Ella Sadler-Andrews (Team Wallis CHH)
10. Alexandra Tyrer (Twickenham CC)

ARMISTEAD TAKES SPOILS IN GERMANY

Lizzie Armitstead (Lotto-Belisol) claimed victory on Saturday, outsprinting her rivals in a 47-kilometre criterium in Bochum, Germany.

Accomplished sprinter Armitstead went on the offensive, infiltrating the breakaway and making sure it stayed away. At the finish, she comfortably distanced second-placed Vicki Whitelaw for the win.

At the following day’s Sparkassen Giro, Armitstead set up her team-mate Rochelle Gilmore for victory. The Great Britain national team were also in attendance: Lucy Martin finished sixth, with Hannah Mayho and Katie Colclough eighteenth and nineteenth respectively.

KINESIS’S TOUGH RIDE IN ALSACE
The Kinesis-KUK squad were on the Franco-German border last week for six days of racing at the UCI 2.2 ranked Tour d’Alsace (July 28-August 2). It was a tough learning experience for the young outfit: ultimately, none of the six-man team made it to the finish.

However, they can take solace in the fact that half the field also abandoned over the course of the attritional race, including star sprinter Theo Bos, racing just before his one-month ban for his involvement in Daryl Impey’s Tour of Turkey crash begins.

With the whole Alsace region experiencing a 95-degree heatwave, every stage was raced in sweltering conditions: Kinesis rider Tom Last suffered a nasty bout of heatstroke on the second day, forcing him to abandon the race.

James Stewart and guest rider David Mclean were the last men standing for Kinesis. Stewart abandoned early on the final stage, which finished on the Ballon d’Alsace. However, Mclean made it up across the line in 27th, only to be unclassified on the results sheet. Swiss rider Simon Zahner won the overall title.

Team manager Chris Truett attested to the difficulty of the event: “It was the hardest race I’ve ever seen in my life. The heat got to us firstly, and then the distance, speed and the mountains. Some of the best in Europe were up there.” He also paid tribute to the level of organisation and support in France: “It made the Tour of Britain look like amateurs because it was just so well done.”

The squad are now off to the Tour of Pendle this Sunday, hoping to continue their good run of form after James Moss’ fourth place in the East Yorkshire Classic.

STANNARD IN POLAND

ISD rider Ian Stannard is the sole British participant in the Tour of Poland (August 2-8). After finishing inside the top forty on the opening stage, the 22 year-old was 147th on yesterday’s second stage, losing 3-08 to stage winner Angelo Furlan.

GREAT BRITAIN GOLD RUSH AT MASTERS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
The European Masters Track Championships were held at Manchester Velodrome last week (July 27-August 1), and Great Britain emerged as the most successful nation by far. The tally of twenty-six golds was twice as many as closest challenger France.

In total, with thirty-two silvers and twenty-eight bronze medals, Great Britain scored a whopping 86 medals in a dominant display over the six days.

Alongside their gold medals, new European records were also set by Geoff Cooke, Alison Chisholm, Ian Humphreys and Peter Ettles.

For full results, visit http://www.cyclingmasters.com.

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  • Chris Truett

    Thankyou Mr Tim harris ,But i was not saying the Tour of Britian was not well organised at all,i said to the reporter and it was miss heard,I said the policing and marshalling was out standing in france,and the is no problems with the policing like we do have over here at races.The Tour of Britian is well run and i am a fully supporter of the event thankyou, And as for my team , The riders gave there very best and had a go ,and it not all about winning,but about giving the lads in the Uk a chance to race aboard,and i knew before we went is going to be very tough as did they..Some teams pull out before the end of the tour,and over 80 riders didnt finish,and the not many riders in the uk would off finished the Tour ever.And if our lads at kinesis gain anythink from it then its worth going and doing,be it stenghth,endurance,and speed…Its alway easy to critise..when your not there.. And i will continue in taking riders alway to tours and help bring them on,and not just do Crits in the UK.Maybe not as hard as the Alsace,but the invite was there and so we tuck it. We have produce some great riders at kinesis and i will continue to do so.Bring on 2010

  • tim harris

    re-Kinesis in tour d alsace. Having read manager Chris Truett comments on the the Tour of Britain organisers looking like an amareur organisation compared with the French. Instead of making such ridiculous comments he should have been more concerned with getting some of his bike riders to actually finish the race.