GIBB MOVING ON
Tony Gibb, who was sacked from the Madison.co.uk team in June, has a new sponsor – MS Tina Clothing – for the rest of this year.

When questioned about the team’s set up Gibb explained that he is the sole rider at present but another rider will be announced very soon and the plan is to build a squad structure with the ability and strength to compete in next year’s Tour Series.

“Given the enormity and focus on criteriums in the UK and the exposure that teams received this year, you do not need to have a UCI ranked team.

“It’s now possible to put together an Elite team in the UK with eight riders and concentrate on these crits.  We have already got eight riders in the bag for next year as there could well be up to 16 one-hour televised crits,” Gibb added.

When commenting on the demise of the original Plowman Craven-Madison.co.uk team Gibb stated that “money started the issue; myself and Simon Barnes [the original team owner] put in a lot of our own money to keep the team going, which was unappreciated by some.

“When we said we can’t carry on putting in this level of money we were told by Eddie White [Team Manager] and Cherie Pridham [Team Director] that Madison were taking over the team and that myself and Simon were no longer welcome.

“I was actually sacked because I questioned the logic and expense of doing four crits in one week and then the National Road Race Championships. It’s a shame, we had a great start to the year then after the Girvan 3-day over the Easter weekend in April it started going wrong really”.


GETHIN JONES RIDING SKY

Gethin Jones, a television presenter fronting the SkyRide campaign and a newcomer to cycling, will ride between each of the SkyRide venues between August and October.

Starting in Manchester, Jones will then tide Glasgow; from Glasgow to Leicester and finally from there to London.

Jones has only been cycling for a few weeks so it will certainly be a challenge, particularly the c.350-mile leg from Glasgow to Leicester.

NATIONAL AND PARA-CYCLING TRACK WORLDS TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for the National Track Championships and the Para-Cycling Track World Championships, which will be hosted at the Manchester Velodrome this autumn, have been released through Ticketmaster.
 
The National Championships will see Olympic and World Champions battle for supremacy against the stars of tomorrow between October 22 and 24.
 
Between November 6 and 8, the British paracycling team, which scooped 20 medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will take on competitors from around the world on home turf.
 
This is the first time British Cycling has hosted the prestigious UCI event, offering fans at home an opportunity to watch in action one of the most successful cycling teams of all time ahead of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
 
One-day tickets cost £5 and three-day tickets are priced at £12.50 for both events. Family and concession tickets are also available.
 
Spectators are encouraged to book early as tickets are sold on a first come first served basis and the same price applies irrespective of seat location within the velodrome.
 
All tickets can be purchased via www.ticketmaster.co.uk, or by calling 0844 847 2425.


D-DAY FOR 2010 DRAGON RIDE

The 2010 Dragon Ride sportive will take place a week earlier than this year, with next year’s event scheduled for Sunday June 6.

Improvements will be made to the traffic control of next year’s event to try and reduce parking congestion.

The layout of the start will also be changed with a more compact start/finish area and event village.

The 3500 places for the event will be made available from midnight on December 28.

For more information, see www.dragonride.co.uk


SABBATH BRANCHING OUT

British titanium bicycle brand Sabbath Bicycles has announced new distribution partnerships in Australia in France.

“We have dealt with sales from France, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, the USA and Australia from Macclesfield so far, but the opportunity came up in both France and Australia for distribution partnerships and given the volume of international enquiries we were starting to get, it made sense to go with them,” explained Sabbath’s managing director, Greg Roche.

“We anticipate that this move will double our growth potential in the next 18 months. Our discerning customers UK usually look for something different that’s already available in the saturated bicycle market. This can also be said of the worldwide cycling demographic, which has shared similar growth to what can be seen in the UK.

“We‘ve already used preliminary feedback from the market and as a result we‘ll have two completely new products for 2010 and some innovations to existing ones,” enthused Roche.

GB TEAM FOR PARACYLING ROAD WORLDS
British Cycling will take a team of 15 riders to the 2009 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships held in Bogogno, Italy from September 8-13.
 
The squad comprises a mixture of experienced riders and new talent with nine Paralympic medallists being joined by six riders who are new to the programme, including time-trialling veteran Michael Hutchinson who joins the team as a pilot.
 
British Cycling’s Paralympic Performance Manager, Gareth Sheppard, commented: “This is the largest team we have ever taken to the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Champs and I think we have the potential to build on our success at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

“I’m really pleased that Shaun McKeown has made it onto the team – he is the first Development rider to make it onto the team since the programme was launched in February.”

Riders:
Anthony Kappes (piloted by Michael Hutchinson)
Darren Kenny
Aileen McGlynn (piloted by Ellen Hunter)
Shaun McKeown
Rachel Morris
Simon Richardson
David Stone
Sarah Storey
Lora Turnham (piloted by Rebecca Rimmington)
Rik Waddon
Russell White
Rob Wickham

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