BRITS HEAD TO PORTUGAL

The British contingent of professionals at the new Cervélo Test Team is currently in Portugal for an intensive pre-season training camp.

Daniel Lloyd, Dan Fleeman, Jeremy Hunt and Roger Hammond will take advantage of some warm climes in the Algarve before meeting with the press on Saturday, with the official team launch on Sunday. It will also be an opportunity for the riders to acquaint themselves with their new Cervélo bikes and team kit.

See next week?s Cycling Weekly for a full report from the Cervélo training camp.


SURVEY SHOWS ENORMOUS POPULARITY OF CYCLING

According to a survey conducted by UK Sport, perhaps unsurprisingly, interest in Olympic and Paralympic sports increased significantly during the Beijing Games.

However, more surprisingly, whilst athletics and swimming remain the most popular disciplines, cycling is now the third most popular Olympic sport with twice as many people now saying they want international success in the sport.

?These results confirm that when it comes to sport we are a nation that craves international success and responds hugely positively when it arrives,? said UK Sport?s Chief Executive, John Steele.

?We like winning, as the significant rise in interest this summer in sports like swimming and cycling shows?.


FRENCH ADMIN ERROR CAUSES LONDON-PARIS ROUTE DELAY

Plans to unveil the Avenue Verte cycle route, which links London to Paris, suffered a set back according to This is Sussex, due to a French administrative delay.

The 218-mile cycling route was hoped to be finished in time for the 2012 Olympics, but now it does not look so certain.

?We got all the plans all ready in place here,? said Tim Yair, cycling officer for West Sussex County Council.

?Unfortunately the funding has a date where you have to apply and it was missed [by the French]. It is still early days, so we will have to see what happens?.


PUTTING THE BRAKES ON BICYCLE THEFT

Cycling in London is rising exponentially, and so an increase in the number of cyclists on the roads logically equates to a greater number of cycle thefts.

However, figures from TfL show that bike theft in the period of 2005-2008 is actually decreasing, for the first time this century.

Celebrating the latest theft deterrents is the ?Putting the brakes on bike theft? exhibition at the New London Architecture Centre.

The designs on display include the Smart Lock, a cable lock that sprays dye over the thief when cut and the Retrofit folding handlebars which work as a steering lock.

The exhibition runs until January 30, see www.newlondonarchitecture.org for more details.

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