RALEIGH BACK IN THE DOMESTIC BUNCH

The long-standing Raleigh brand returns to the domestic racing scene this year in the guise of the Raleigh Avanti team.

The original plan was to replicate the factory racing team Raleigh had many years ago, with the purpose of supporting young riders and promoting the brand.

This has now been extended to include a support programme for retailers who stock the brand and up-and-coming riders who are in contact with the shops.

The team will field riders in the Premier Calendar as well as the national championships and the NPS mountain bike series.

With a wealth of experience on board, the team has already got off to a flying start with Michael Cumings and Mark Lovatt taking the team?s first win of the season, clocking a time of 54-31 in the Nova CC two-up.

See raleighuk.spaces.live.com for more information.


FLEEMAN DISQUALIFIED FROM DUTCH RACE

Cervélo?s Dan Fleeman was disqualified from the Albert Achterhes Profronde van Drenthe, for believe it or not, riding on the cycle path at the side of the road.

?Disqualified for riding on a bicycle path in a bicycle race!?!? read his Twitter feed.

?We were on a cobbled section and there was a crash, so I jumped onto the bike path at the side of the road,? he explained to cyclingweekly.co.uk.

The organisers had apparently made a ruling that this was forbidden, ?but no-one told me,? said Fleeman.


TOUR OF THE CORNFIELDS BACK AGAIN

The already infamous Tour of the Cornfields cyclo-cross sportive returns once again this year, for its third running on September 6.

The route is designed for cyclo-cross bikes but has been completed by riders on mountain bikes and even standard road bikes.

This year?s edition will feature all the usual sections, including the Brick Road, Ashwell Street, Cracknow Hill and Buck End. The organisers are hoping to include the infamous Porters Way this year which was off limits last year due to repair work and was flooded the year before.

The 60-mile route uses narrow lanes, farm tracks, by-ways and wide off-road paths with over 50% of it off-road. The terrain is flat or gently rolling with just a few short climbs. If the weather is dry it could be a fast ride; if the weather is wet it will be a completely different challenge.

The closing date for entries is August 24, but with space for only 190 riders, it is expected to sell out quickly.

Enter online at www.riderhq.com or download an entry form from www.easterncross.org.uk


FOUR WINS IN THREE WEEKS FOR BMC

BMC UK has made an impressive start to the 2009, with four wins in just three weeks for the newly-formed team.

The boys in red took an Easter double over the weekend, with Adam Norris claiming a hard-fought Glade Road Race and Ben Thompson winning the Bill Temme Memorial at Hog Hill.

?[We] are currently among the top five teams in the UK and the confidence within the team is sky high as we head into a tough programme of racing including the Souvenir Michel Roques in France, the East Midlands Cicle Classic and the Lincoln Grand Prix,? BMC?s James Whatling explained to cyclingweekly.co.uk.


NOCTURNE TEAMS UP WITH LEADING BRANDS

The 2009 Nocturne Series events in Edinburgh, London and Blackpool will be supported this year by industry brands Highland Spring, Red Bull and Malmaison hotels.

?Increasing numbers of people are being drawn to cycling and bike racing in the UK, many of them new to the sport,? said Rapha?s Chief Executive Simon Mottram.

?We created the Nocturne Series with FACE to entertain both this new audience and traditional riders alike, with a new level of quality and professionalism to reflect the excitement around our sport. The Nocturnes are the perfect platform for brands who want to associate with the most exciting sport in the country.?

The brands will provide a variety of logistical support to the series, which kicks off in Edinburgh on the May 30, before moving to London on June 6 and Blackpool on August 1.

For full details of the Nocturne Series concept and individual events go to www.nocturneseries.com

RELATED LINK:

Monday?s British news round-up

Do you have any British news you would like to share? Get in touch: andrew_canning@ipcmedia.com