BIG NAMES FOR NATIONAL ?10?

Michael Hutchinson will be one of a host of top time trialling names heading to Wickham on Sunday for the National 10-mile time trial championship.

Hutchinson, the defending champion, who posted a time of 18-07 in last year?s event, will be up against the likes of Steve Golla (Sigma Sport), Andrew Tennant (Halfords Bikehut), Richard Prebble (Pinarello), Stuart Dangerfield (Shorter Rochford), Alex Dowsett (100% ME) and Ben Instone (www.scientific-coaching.com).

?I?m happy enough [with my form],? said Hutchinson.

?I?m in reasonable shape, I had a good run out last weekend at the Lea Valley ?10?, and I?m just trying to have an easy week?s run-in to finish the job.?

As for rivals, ?I’ve really very little idea who the major competition is going to be. I’ve raced very few people from outside the East Anglian region this year. I’m trying to think about my own riding, not other peoples??.

See cyclingweekly.co.uk for results of Sunday?s race.


LILLISTONE APPOINTED OLYMPIC CYCLING MANAGER

Simon Lillistone, former Marketing Communications Director at British Cycling, was recently appointed as the Cycling Competition Manager for the 2012 London Olympic and Parlaympic Games.

Lillistone will oversee all of the cycling events, from the track cycling events at the Velopark to the mountain bike events at Hadleigh Farm in Essex. He will also be involved with logistical issues, such as transport, medical, venue operations and the management of volunteers at the cycling venues.

?I am thrilled to be taking up this position and being part of the world?s greatest event,? said Lillistone.

?Cycling has a high profile in this country and medal hopes are high. The Velopark which hosts the track and BMX events will be a stunning feature of the Olympic Park and along with the MTB venue at Hadleigh Farm in Essex will leave behind a lasting legacy for cyclists. I look forward to developing our detailed plans over the next three years.?

Lillistone?s role will also involve working proactively with the UCI to ensure that the cycling events conform to UCI regulations.

?The UCI looks forward very much to working closely with Simon over the next three years to ensure we deliver spectacular, exciting cycling events of which London can be proud,? said UCI President, Pat McQuaid.

?As a result of Simon?s broad experience in different aspects of our sport we have full confidence in his abilities to fulfill what is required of him.?


CYCLING?S SPRING CONFERENCE

CTC and Cyclenation (formerly known as the Cycle Campaign Network) are holding their next cycle campaigning conference in Manchester on May 30.

The conference, hosted by the Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, is designed to share the secrets of successful cycle campaigning.

The conference will start with short talks from the Chief Executive of the London Cycling Campaign Koy Thomson and CTC?s Campaigns Manager Roger Geffen.

There will then be a panel discussion looking at ?Cycling as a Solution?, featuring a panel to discuss the economic and environmental benefits of cycling.

There will also be workshops on a variety of issues ranging from local cycle campaigning, fundraising and making the business case for cycling to working with the local community and how to get local businesses on board.

?With a general election due next Spring and just as councils are all finalising their local transport plans, this is a crucial time to forge strong links between local and national cycle campaigning,? said Roger Geffen.

?So I very much look forward to hearing from local campaigners about how we can best help them in the year ahead to get the cycling solution adopted throughout the country.?

The conference will be at Manchester Friends Meeting House on Saturday May 30 from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are £20, to register visit www.ctc.org.uk/conference.

There will also be social rides and events from Friday May 29 to Sunday May 31.


COOKE COMES CLOSE IN FRANCE

Nicole Cooke was a close second to her Dutch adversary, Marianne Vos, in the fourth stage of the Tour de l?Aude yesterday.

Cooke?s result moved the Briton up to fourth overall with four stages remaining.


TEAM CAR UP FOR GRABS

The British Sports Beans squad will use Honda Accord Tourers as support vehicles for the 2009 season.

To mark the partnership, Honda and Sports Beans are offering one lucky winner the chance to win an Accord for six months along with six months’ supply of Sports Beans.

To take part, see www.sportsbeans.co.uk/competition/


GORE SUMMER SPORTIVES

The Gore Bike Wear road sportive series, introduced last year, returns this year with three rounds from July to September.

The series offers picturesque yet challenging routes around Wales and the Scottish borders, with the length of the routes ranging from 40-100 miles.

The Scottish round in Selkirk will also see the introduction of a new ?extreme? sportive, at 120 miles long.

Gore sportive events cost £25 to enter, which includes entry, food during and after the ride, camping on site from Friday to Monday as well as parking facilities.

Events:

July 4 – Llanwrtyd, Wales

August 1 – Selkirk, Scotland (including the ‘extreme’ sportive)

September 19 – Ruthin, Wales

To find out more and to enter, visit www.gorebikewearsportives.com/entry.php


MAN CHARGED FOR SPORTIVE SABOTAGE

Alex Grosset, 62, appeared in court today in connection with the deliberate sabotage of the Etape Caledonia sportive on Sunday, in which carpet tacks were spread across the road causing hundreds of punctures.

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