The Surrey league paid out a staggering £22,000 in prize money at its AGM two weeks ago. Topping the League’s individual rankings with a lead of 49 points is Norwood Paragon’s James Stuart.
Stuart’s win also secured a massive victory for his club who triumphed in the club rankings, winning a total of £1,761.50.
James Makepeace had a successful year finishing top of the Goodwood series and coming in runner-up in the overall rankings. Makepeace’s team, South Downs, enjoyed its first year in the league, claiming £1,103 in prize money. This placed them fourth in the team rankings behind second place London Dynamo and third placed VC Meudon.
The time trial series saw a victory for Cycles Dauphin rider Richard Mason with a ten-point lead over London Dynamo’s second placed Gordon Kenneway. Sigma Sport enjoyed a one-two in the handicap rankings with Andy Betts finishing four points clear of Gary Dodd.
Erin Baker of Southdown Velo finished at the top of the youth series overall rankings, ahead of a three AD Cycles RT riders finishing second, third and fourth. The closest finish overall came in the Goodwood Gallops youth series, George Moore of i-Team.cc finished just a single point above Oakwood Racers rider Ted Yates.
Devon embraces the tour
This year’s Tour of Britain has benefited the Devon and Somerset economies by a massive £5 million according to economic consultation company Ekosgen. Despite poor weather conditions, the two stages saw an estimated 225,000 fans line the roads on the Minehead to Teignmouth (fourth) and Tavistock to Glastonbury (fifth) stages.
Local councillors hailed the weekend as a “huge success” and a “massive boon in promoting our county”. ITV coverage of the race was screened to an international audience of 401,000 people per night giving further publicity to the South West region and its outstanding natural beauty. This year for the first time DVD highlights of the race are available from www.provisionclothing.com.
Team Sky Ball
The finale of Team Sky’s November get together in Windsor saw Edvald Boasson Hagen voted as rider of the year by his teammates, in recognition of the 22 year old’s efforts throughout the season.
The swanky ceremony also saw Geraint Thomas claim the young rider accolade and Matthew Hayman win the outstanding team member award.
On a lighter note, Bradley Wiggins received the honour of the Biggest Media Blow-Out prize for one unforgettable interview during this year’s tour. Sky’s Project Manager Fran Millar also picked up the highly-anticipated ‘Chimp of the Year’ prize, an expression dubbed by Sky’s head doctor as a result of ‘emotional and irrational actions’ throughout the year.
A list of all the awards can be found on the Sky team website. www.teamsky.com
Clegg warned off his bike
With the student protests becoming increasingly violent, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been warned to leave his bike at home. The advice was given by his security who told him it was no longer safe for him to pedal the five miles from his Putney home to Westminster.
Children In Need
Friday, November 19, saw Team Midland Racing host a 24-hour fundraising Trackathon at the Calshot Velodrome near Southampton. Over the 24 hours, Pudsey was carried a total of 603 miles beating the 2009 record by nine miles in aid of Children In Need.
Paralympian Simon Richardson MBE and Tony Gibb of CyclePremier.com-Metaltek joined the eight teams. It was with Gibb’s help that British Tri Team clocked up 27 miles in their last hour, which set up the new record.
Fanatical cricket fan and cyclist Oli Broom raised over £30,000 for the British Neurological Trust and the Lord’s Taverners by cycling from London to Brisbane. His journey started 14 months ago from the home of cricket; Lord’s and he arrived in time to watch the first day of the series at The Gabba ground.
New Docks for Newham
The London Borough of Newham has benefited from the Mayor’s cycling policy and will receive brand new cycle shelters and stands from specialists Bike Dock solutions. The extra docks are in addition to the Cycle Superhighway Route 3, which runs through the borough.
The aim is to strategically place the docks near places of work and thus encourage people to cycle to work. Alongside The Place (Canning Town) and The Waterfront Studios (Leamouth) Newham General Hospital will receive numerous bike shelters and stands.
According to James Nash of Bike Dock Solutions “In the UK, a bicycle is stolen every minute” and “is the single greatest deterrent to cycle”. Hopefully the 100 new docks, which have been welcomed enthusiastically by locals, will see plenty of use.
Square Mile Challenge
The launch of IG Markets’ partnership with Team Sky for the 2011 season is celebrated tomorrow (November 26) with the opportunity for cycling fans to race against the Sky Pro team member.
The fastest rider to beat a pro (if any) will take home an official Team Sky Pinarello Dogma bike. The event starts which starts at 10am is now fully subscribed, but passers by will have the chance to speak to the pro’s, look at equipment and have their bikes serviced by professional mechanics.