WIGGINS BACK in ACTION AT ENECO TOUR
The ENECO Tour got underway yesterday with a 4.4-kilometre prologue around the streets of Rotterdam.
It was Bradley Wiggins’s first race back since the Tour, where he finished fourth. After a relaxed layout, the Brit rode to fourth place.
BRITS RACING ABROAD
Barloworld man Chris Froome was 47th in Tuesday’s Tre Valli Varesine, won by Mauro Santambrogio (Lampre).
In a late change of schedule, Cervelo Test Team rider Dan Fleeman has been sent to the Tour of Limousin instead of riding the Tour of Ireland. In yesterday’s opening stage, he finished with a group 4-13 down on the pack, in 87th place.
Preparing for the upcoming Vuelta, Daniel Martin finished 77th, just off the back of the bunch.
FORTHCOMING SURREY LEAGUE FIVE-DAY IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS
The Surrey League Revolutions 5-day starts on Friday (21 August) at Capel, drawing in the top E/1/2/3 riders from the South-East and beyond. However, the longest non-UCI-rated stage race in the country is still in need of volunteers. If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more race details, visit http://www.surreyleague.co.uk/news/revolutions/revolutions09.htm.
WELSH JUNIOR TOUR OF WALES TEAM ANNOUNCED
The Welsh team has been announced to ride the RIS Insulation Junior Tour of Wales 3 day stage race on August Bank Holiday Weekend. The team consists of Sam Harrison, Jon Mould, Rhys Gravelle and Rowan Marshall. They will be competing against some of the best junior riders from all over the British Isles.
The RIS Junior Tour has proved in the past to be the breeding ground of our top British cyclists. Mark Cavendish, the prolific stage winner in this year’s Tour de France rode the Junior Tour in 2004.
INAUGURAL SALFORD CYCLE
Salford City Council has joined forces with a well-known son of the City, Fred Done. The founder of the World’s biggest independent bookmaker and gaming company Betfred, and owner of Sports Tours International, has created an annual running and cycling event for the City of Salford.
The inaugural event takes place on Sunday 27th September with a 1-km time trialled cycle event, as well as a 10km run.
The Salford Cycle time trial commences at 12noon and riders will be chip timed over a 1km route again starting and finishing at the Lowry Plaza.
There is a Formula 1-esque system of qualification, where riders are given two opportunities to set a time. The top ten in each age group progress to a final, where they can compete to win a prize.
The age categories are 12-14, 15-17, 18-39 and 40+.
There is also a Corporate Challenge, where teams of three can compete, with the lowest aggregate time taking victory.
Entrants are being encouraged to help six nominated charities – Mencap, the New Manchester Children’s Hospital, the Salford Mayor’s Charity Appeal, Sparks, Salford Lads and Girls Club and Inscape House.
Entry for the race and cycle trial can be via http://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk or email email@example.com to request an entry form.
PEDAL IT PINK LAUNCHES IN NOTTINGHAM
The second women-only cycle event, Pedal it Pink, will take place on 25 October at Holme Pierrepont (National Watersports Centre) in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign.
There are a variety of routes to choose from including a half marathon (13.1 miles) or full marathon (26.2 miles) distance and, if you want to involve your family or partner, there is a 5k family lap as well. All routes are completely enclosed within the park, so it’s safe, traffic-free and suitable for both beginners and experienced cyclists. Entries for the event are now live on the website www.breastcancercampaign.org.
In April, Olympic cycling champion and Pedal it Pink ambassador, Victoria Pendleton, took part in the first ever event, in Liverpool, with her mum. She said: “I really enjoyed the event; it was refreshing not to ride on a road for a change. It was quite challenging in some parts, with changing surfaces, but me and my mum had lots of fun and so did the rest of the women out on the course.”
She continued: “The first event was a fantastic success and I’m so thrilled to be supporting the second one in Nottingham. Not only is cycling a fabulous way to get in shape but the money you raise from taking part will help Breast Cancer Campaign continue funding vital breast cancer research.”
Entry to the full marathon is £15, half marathon £10, and the family 5k lap £5.
To join the pink revolution, visit www.breastcancercampaign.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7749 3700.
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