MORE VELODROMES IN THE UK?

With the euphoria surrounding the unprecedented medal haul by Great Britain?s cyclists at the Beijing Olympics, British Cycling has announced that it has received a ?remarkable number of enquiries? about building new velodromes in the UK.

At present, there are 22 indoor and outdoor velodromes dotted across the country, but there are plans to increase the number further.

According to British Cycling?s facility officer Dave Cockram, the organisation has received several enquiries which are ?serious, well thought-out and with genuine potential?.

Building more velodromes seems like a natural step on from success in Beijing and may well pave the way an even greater haul in London in four years? time.

UK CYCLISTS RIDE FOR KNOWLEDGE

A team of 50 cyclists from the British engineering company, Ramboll Whitbybird set off on Sunday on a ride from the UK to Denmark as part of a knowledge-sharing project with their Danish counterparts.

The aim of the challenge is not only to enhance engineering expertise on both sides but also to promote methods of sustainable transport. Meeting in Harwich from various offices across the UK, the 50 participants will then take the ferry to Esbjerg and cross the Store Belt suspension bridge engineered by Ramboll, concluding 830km later, today.

The engineers are aiming to save approximately three quarters of a tonne in carbon emissions by choosing to cycle instead of flying. The ?challenge gives us the perfect chance to show how much we can save in CO2 emissions by not flying and channelling our personal energies into greener travel,? says ride organiser Isaac Tavares.

For more details, please email press@rambollwhitbybird.com

WEGELIUS IN GERMANY

Britain?s Charly Wegelius finished with the bunch yesterday on stage four of the Tour of Germany, won by Columbia?s André Griepel ahead of Robbie McEwen.

Wegelius is currently lying 17th overall, 3.22 behind race-leader, Linus Gerdemann of Germany.

HANDLEY IN HOLLAND

Britain?s Pippa Handley is in action at the moment at the Holland Ladies Tour.

Handley, who rides for the Team Tubanters squad, finished 57th on the opening stage yesterday, which was won by German Ina Teutenberg.

The Dutch stage race covers six stages and finishes on Sunday.

CYCLO-CROSS SEASON STARTING SOON

With the road season beginning to come to an end, so begins the autumn and winter of cyclo-cross.

The Archer RC has organised a cross race at the Hillingdon circuit in West London on Sunday September 21, which serves both as a qualifying event for the London League and the first event in the inaugural Central League.

The event is open to all categories of riders, with a specially designed course for U12 and U10 riders. Cyclo-cross bikes are not essential, so it?s certainly worth a go.

YOUTH TOUR OF WALES A SUCCESS

The youngsters who competed in this year?s Youth Tour of Wales have given it a resounding thumbs up.

Competitors from ages five to fifteen tackled the two-day stage race, which featured two mass starts and one time trial.

Based on Wales? only purpose-built cycling track at Parc Bryn Bach, the organisers were pleased with the number of participants who entered and are hoping for an even greater number next year.

Please visit www.youthtourofwales.org for more details.