MIXED RESULTS FOR RAPHA CONDOR

Despite that fact that Dean Downing was the clear winner of last night?s Tour Series criterium in Woking, the Rapha team placed second on the night, behind the Madison team.

The squad moved into the lead of the team standings but everything did not go according to plan, according to team manager, John Herety.

?The idea was to take maximum points as a team last night, but we didn?t manage to do it,? explained Herety.

?The plan was for anyone but Dean to score highly on the night with Dean providing back-up in the sprint, because he was our strongest sprinter.

?It was not what was planned. It was a great ride for Dean but not a good result for the team; it?s like a rider riding away in a team pursuit, but it?s all about the third rider to cross the line.?

Looking ahead, seven of the squad?s riders will head to Canada on Sunday for the Tour de Beauce. ?It makes it hard because there?s no opportunity to rotate riders for the Tour Series, which is why we wanted to score highly in Woking?.

Tom Southam, Darren Lapthorne and Simon Richardson will be replaced by Kristian House, Ben Greenwood and Dan Craven for tomorrow?s Tour Series in Peterborough.


TOUR SERIES CAUSES TRAFFIC CHAOS IN WOKING

The arrival of the Tour Series in Woking last night may have been greeted with open arms by the many fans packing the side of the route, but the closure of the town centre several hours before the race caused complete gridlock in the Surrey town.

Several riders expressed their concerns over the issue, which needs strong consideration before next year?s event.


BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CERVELO

The Cervélo Test Team is in the vanguard of forward thinking in the peloton, testing as it does some of the most innovative products in the sport.

The team is now offering its fans the opportunity to delve behind the scenes and gain an insight into how it operates.

In a series of documentaries, entitled Beyond the Peloton, film-makers Joe Finkleman and Booker Sim chart the creation and first racing season of the team, showing what televised race footage fails to capture.

The latest instalment charts the team?s assault on Milan-San Remo and Heinrich Haussler?s crushing disappointment after being beaten on the line by a flying Mark Cavendish.

The films are available in high definition and are also compatible with iPod and iPhone.

See www.bartape.net for more.


POOLEY STAYS IN CANADA

Fresh from her recent World Cup win in Montreal, Britain?s Emma Pooley stayed in Canada for the Tour de Grand Montreal stage race.

Pooley was 91st on the first stage, an 85km circuit race in Châteauguay.

The Cervélo rider is joined in Canada by fellow Britons, Leda Cox and Rachel Heal.


SHOPPERS NEEDED FOR TWO-WHEELED RETAIL THERAPY

As part of its bid to get more women cycling, Sustrans is calling on women across the UK to take to the high streets and mystery shop their local cycle stores to test their female-friendliness.

The charity believes that the bike trade could be doing more to help the 79 per cent of women who don?t cycle by making their shops and products more attractive to women. So it is asking women to visit their local bike shops to assess factors such as the approachability of the sales staff, the range of products on offer and the appearance of the shop.

Shoppers can log their experiences (anonymously if they prefer) on the Sustrans Bike Belles website (www.bikebelles.org.uk). Their observations and suggestions will be passed back to the bike trade who are already looking at ways to reach the un-tapped female market.

Melissa Henry, Sustrans? Communications Director explains: ?There are many reasons why women don?t cycle, from concerns over safety to feeling too self conscious.

“While the bike trade excels at promoting to the experienced cyclist who knows what they are looking for it, may be a bit more off-putting for women who are new to the whole experience. If women feel comfortable in a bike shop they are more likely to want to buy something and get out on two wheels.?

Geoff Giddings of Raleigh says: ?In the last year [we have] seen the growth in product aimed at both the female enthusiast and the mass cycling market. We identified where we needed to change and now have a female graphic designer to ensure our brands are both practical and appealing to the female consumer.?

Anyone contributing ideas to Sustrans before 21 June will be included in a

prize draw to win a shopping bag-style bike pannier from Basil.

www.sustrans.org.uk