BROKEN BONE FOR BIALOBLOCKI

Marcin Bialoblocki, who recently won the Girvan stage race, broke his collarbone in a crash during the Totnes-Vire 2-Day at the weekend.

Reports suggest that the Polish rider tumbled on a damp bend with an adverse camber. He landed awkwardly, broke his collarbone, and also has severe bruising up his arm and into the shoulder itself.

?He has a little infection in the road rash too which is being treated with antiobiotics,? explained team manager, Clive Richardson.

?His consultant is considering an operation but he can’t do this until the swelling goes down. Marcin has to go back next Tuesday, if all is well, an operation may follow within a couple of days. I think he will do a little turbo later this week.

?[It?s] very unfortunate, because he is in the form of his life, and that’s saying something?.


NEW BOOK CHARTS CAVENDISH?S RISE TO THE TOP

A new book will be released on June 4, charting Mark Cavendish?s meteoric rise to the top of the sport, entitled Boy Racer.

Boy Racer gives an in-depth insight into what makes the Manxman so successful, including his forthright views on other members of the cycling world, from team-mates to journalists, to coaches and drugs cheats.

Available for general release on June 4.


PENDLETON PEDALS IT PINK

imageAbove: Olympic star Pendleton heads the Pedal it Pink campaign

Liverpool?s Sefton Park was awash with pink on Sunday as over 700 women joined Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton for Breast Cancer Campaign?s first ever Pedal it Pink cycling event.

Pendleton, who took another World sprint title in Poland last month, lent her support to Campaign by taking part with her mum.

?I really enjoyed the event, it was refreshing not to ride on a road for a change,? said Pendleton. ?It was quite challenging in some parts, with changing surfaces, but me and my mum had lots of fun and so did the rest of the women out on the course.?

The next Pedal it Pink will be held in another city in October. More information is to be found at www.breastcancercampaign.org


MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP TEST EVENT

North Yorkshire?s Dalby Forest is gearing up to host the second round of the British Mountain Bike Race Series on May 10, which will see Olympic, international and national riders battling for the National title.

The race is a test event for the UCI Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup, which British Cycling, development agencies and local councils are bidding to bring to Dalby Forest in 2010.

Race organisers are calling upon media, cyclists and local residents to show their support by promoting, racing at and watching the event.


EXTRA PLACES ANNOUNCED FOR FOREST OF DEAN SPORTIVE

Wheels in Wheels CC, organisers of the Forest of Dean Spring Classic sportive (May 2-3) have announced extra places on this year?s event due to overwhelming demand.

?When we reached our initial target of 750 riders, the demand kept growing so we renegotiated with local authorities to add extra places,? says Graham Temple, Wheels in Wheels CC event manager.

?We can now safely accommodate 1000 riders and have extra staff and facilities to help cope with the increase. You can enter on the line for a small surcharge, space permitting, but we do encourage you to enter beforehand to avoid disappointment?.

More information can be found at www.forestofdeanspringclassic.co.uk


SOLDIERS TACKLING A NEW CHALLENGE

Four riders from the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment aim to cycle from Colchester in Essex to John o? Groats via Land?s End and back to Colchester. Riders will be raising money on the way for lost and wounded soldiers from the 2 PARA deployed in the Helmand province in Afghanistan.

Covering 4500km the route will be broken down in to 26 days riding on average 180km per day in July 2009. Principle charity, Help for Heroes, provide supports and assistance to service men and women wounded in Afghanistan.

Monies raised on the cycle tour will go towards a memorial to be placed at the Armed Force Memorial in Staffordshire.


PLACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR RAS DE CYMRU

There are still places available in the Ras de Cymru in South Wales from July 1 to July 5. The five-day race is open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders, as well as veterans, juniors and all women categories.

Nicole Cooke and Emma Pooley led a strong Team GB last year, preparing for the Beijing Olympics to good effect. Accommodation is based at the University of Wales in Newport.

See www.rasdecymru.org for further details.


ROCKETING POPULARITY FOR CYCLONE SPORTIVE

Another sportive is reaching capacity and exceeding last year?s numbers. As the Northern Rock Cyclone Sportive in Northumberland creeps towards capacity, this 101-mile ride looks to be another hot date on the calendar.

Organisers are seeing a 42% increase on last year?s figures to date and attribute it to the general popularity rising of sportives.

Getting families involved in the shorter 33-mile ride has proven to be popular too, with the route going past Bolam Lake Country Park, making it a good stopping point for families and young cyclists to break the ride up.

For full details see http://www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk