STARS NAMED FOR MANCHESTER WORLD CUP

After much speculation about who will and won?t be riding at the first round of the track World Cup in Manchester, British Cycling has released a list of British riders who will be lining up in October.

British Olympic heroes Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Victoria Pendleton, Chris Newton, Jason Kenny, Ross Edgar, Jamie Staff and Wendy Houvenaghel will be joined by elite international riders such as Teun Mulder, Walter Perez and Lesya Kalitovsyka.

Triple Olympic gold medal winner Chris Hoy will not take to the start, but will be present on Friday October 31 and Sunday November 2 to sign autographs.

According to British Cycling events director, Peter Keen, ?We are really looking forward to seeing some of the world?s top track cyclists in action at the Manchester velodrome, which is the home of British Cycling?.

Tickets for the event running from October 31-November 2 have long since sold out, but silver club hospitality tickets are still available at a cost of £35, which includes access to the centre of the track, chef prepared food as well as complimentary drinks.

The event will also be broadcast on BBC interactive.

For more information, please visit www.trackworldcup.co.uk

RIDING TO WORK?

Taking up cycling to work in London can be a daunting experience, which Transport for London (TfL) aims to address with its journey planner.

Users can opt for ?cycling only? routes when planning their journey to work, and can select options to combine the ride with a train journey and can see when and where bicycles are permitted on public transport.

Click here here to access the journey planner.

FROOME DOWN UNDER

Britain?s Chris Froome (Barloworld) is currently riding at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia.

On one of the toughest stages of the race yesterday, Froome stayed with the leaders to take a 10th place and move up to 17th overall, 0:50 behind current race-leader, Stuart O?Grady.

BIG RESULT FOR BRAMMEIER

Continental-based Brit Matthew Brammeier (Profel Prorace Continental Team) scored one of his best results yesterday at the 177km Nationale Sluitingprijs in Belgium

Brammeier finished 13th in a bunch sprint won by Hans Dekkers (Mitsubishi-Jartazi) with Tom Bonnen in second.

Brammeier has scored four victories this season and he dedicated his win in a big race in Belgium on Sunday to Stuart Holdsworth of the Dave Rayner Fund, who was tragically killed in a collision with a car recently.

COOKE BOOK SIGNING

World and Olympic champion Nicole Cooke will be signing copies of her book Cycle for Life at the Halfords Bikehut shop in St Paul?s, London, at 12:15pm today.

CYCLE LANES COMPLAINT

The CTC has bemoaned the fact that year on year, fewer and fewer cycle lanes are being painted in England.

According to the CTC, local authorities painted a disgraceful 2.8 millimetres of cycles lanes for each person last year.

In an answer to a parliamentary question this week, the Department for Transport admitted that local authorities are reducing their investment commitment to provide cycle lanes; from 405km in 2001-2 to a paltry 140km in 2006-7.

It is not simply the distances involved, but the lack of consideration that goes in to planning the cycle lanes, which often stop dead in inappropriate places without apparent reason.

?This isn?t a surprise in a country where we spend 70 times more on roads than on cycling. What is even worse is even the few cycles lanes that are installed are too short and narrow, and often end where they are most needed,? said CTC?s Policy Coordinator, Chris Peck.