NOCTURNE SERIES BACK AGAIN

New location Edinburgh kicks off the Nocturne Series for another year on May 30 and is set to provide a spectacular opening to the 2009 Series.

The organisers are working with Edinburgh Council to establish the event as an annual part of Edinburgh’s exciting events calendar.

The cobbled finish straight is packed with bars and restaurants, perfect for creating a carnival-style atmosphere. With the castle in the background, it will be the perfect backdrop for some stunning photography.

Races will include the Elite Criterium, support race as well as the now-traditional folding bike race. There will also be a team challenge for Edinburgh businesses and a youth race. Further action will come from the roller racing with the star-studded line-up expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.

Full details of the race programme and hospitality are available on www.edinburghnocturne.com

RAPHA CONDOR BLACKPOOL SPORTIVE

Saturday August 1 sees the first ever Rapha Condor Blackpool Sportive, which is set to precede the Blackpool Nocturne.

Participants will get to ride during the day then watch the pros in action in the evening for a day full of cycling action and entertainment. There will be plenty happening at the start HQ at the Solaris Centre on the South promenade including trade stands by Rapha and Condor.

There is an allotment of 1500 places for the sportive, and the entry fee is £30.50. Full details on www.raphacondor.cc


SUSTRANS EXPLORES THE SEX FACTOR

Closing the gender gap in cycling will not only help to improve women’s health but could also boost their bank balances, says sustainable charity, Sustrans who will be at this year’s Vitality Show at Earls Court 2 (March 26-29), to show women how.

Research from Sustrans, shows that 79 per cent of British women don’t cycle at all.

To try and address the gender imbalance in cycling, www.bikebelles.org.uk has been launched by Sustrans this month. The brand new website includes information specifically for women on how to start cycling, what to wear and where to go.

As well as bringing fitness benefits, cycling can be a money-saver too. Over a lifetime, the average woman will spend a staggering £150,164 in their bid to lose weight through things like gym membership and weight-loss products. But, keeping and maintaining a bike costs an average of just £75 a year, a fraction of keeping a car.

To find out more about visiting the Vitality Show, see www.thevitalityshow.co.uk or for more information about Sustrans’ work, please visit www.sustrans.org.uk


BMC RIDER DATA AVAILABLE ONLINE

The new BMC team has a pioneering approach to website design. Amongst other things, the website features GPS data from two of its riders, Daniel Kogan and James Whatling.

Power outputs, heartrates, speed and cadence are all available to view publicly.

See www.bmcukracingteam.com/sponsors/garmin/garmin-connect-gps-data.html for more.


VISION 1 ONLINE

The Vision 1 Racing team of World and Olympic champion Nicole Cooke now has its own website, featuring news, updates and rider information.

See www.vision1racing.com


CAVENDISH GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR WORLDS

Mark Cavendish has been given the green light by his Columbia team to compete in the upcoming track World Championships.

Cavendish was a surprising addition to the team after missing out on a medal in Beijing and stating that he had finished with the track.


PARRIS? ARTICLE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL OF THE YEAR

Matthew Parris? article in The Times last year was the most complained about piece of the year according to figures release by the Press Complaints Commission today.

Read the full story here.

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