ROLLAPALUZA WINTER LEAGUE
In order to cater for the demands of the swelling converts to London?s roller-races, Rollapaluza has launched a winter league of grass-roots, pub-style Rollapaluza events.
The league, entitled ?Brass Monkey?, will have a minimum of four events between now and the end of February, with separate league classifications for best overall time, points and teams.
?In the last 18 months or so we?ve seen a large group of regular roller-racers emerge in London and the South East,? said Rollapaluza?s Caspar Hughes, ?so we feel like we?ve got to give them as many opportunities to race as possible.
?We?ve got our usual bigger events this winter so it?s an ideal opportunity for people to practise their technique or try roller-racing for the first time. We?ll be experimenting too, we?re having our first ?kilo? night and we?ll get the chance to test run most of the four rigs we?ve refurbished?.
All events kick off at 6pm with open qualification until 9pm, with knockout rounds thereafter. The opening rounds are at White Hart (November 19) and Horseshoe (December 3).
The Halesowen A&CC has been nominated for the Junior Team award at the BBC Midlands Sports Awards 2008, with team-member Jess Varnish being nominated for the Junior Sports Personality of the Year award.
Varnish, a gold medal winner in the team sprint at the Manchester World Cup, also won the Young Sportswoman of the Year last year.
The Dartmoor Classic sportive returns on June 28 2009 and looks set to better than ever, thanks to its new status on the UCI?s International Calendar for sportives.
Due to increasing demand, the organisers have increased the field to 1500 entrants, something which many organisers are having to do at the moment thanks to swelling interest in sportives.
Visit www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk for more details.
REVOLUTION IS HERE
The Revolution series returns to the Manchester velodrome for the first round this weekend.
Stuart O?Grady will make his Revolution debut in Manchester and will be joined by Brad McGee, Matthew Goss and David Millar.
Tickets for this weekend sold out long in advance, but tickets are still available for the other rounds on December 6, January 10 and February 21 via www.cyclingrevolution.com
Digital TV station, ?Channel M?, will be showing a full preview for this season?s track meetings. If you can?t access the channel, you can also see it online: www.channelm.co.uk/sport
COUTTS IN CHINA
Britain?s Alex Coutts (Giant Asia) is currently in action at the Tour of Hainan in China.
The race started yesterday with a 3km prologue. Coutts was 90th, 0:22 down on stage-winner, Dmitriy Gruzdev of the Kazakhstani National Team.
BRITISH PRO ROUND-UP
In case you missed our feature in Cycling Weekly a couple of weeks ago, here is a round-up again of where all the British continental pros will be riding next season.
Charly Wegelius (from Liquigas)
Ben Swift (from GB Academy)
Saxo Bank IT Factory (ex-CSC):
Jonny Bellis (from GB Academy, joined CSC as a stagiaire in late 2008)