British News Round-Up

Pullar heads the field for the Bec Hill Climb

National hill climb champion Jack Pullar heads down south this Sunday in an attempt to retain his Bec Hill climb title and continue his run of 12 consecutive climbing wins.

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Pullar continued his impressive start to the season with last weekend when he kept hold of his Monsal Hill title, and will be looking for more of the same in Surrey.

The climb is again staged on the challenging White Lane near Titsey, with the 700-yard road reaching 1:4 gradient towards the end.

Last season, Pullar set a course record in strong headwinds and rode away with a 60″ flatscreen TV as a reward for his efforts.

This year, Pullar will set off as the last of the 120 riders in the event which starts at 2pm.

Just ten miles away the historic Catford CC hill climb takes place on Yorks Hill, as Robert Gough attempts to win his fifth consecutive Catford crown.

Gough heads a 150 strong field up the 12.5% average gradient of the 707-yard hill, in the event which dates back to 1886.

The first challenger will set off at 9.30am, with Gough starting his run at midday.

Marianne Vos to feature at 2013 Endura Braveheart ride

Three times women’s world road race champion Marianne Vos is set to lead the field in the Endura 2013 Braveheart Fundraising Ride on 26 October.

The 2012 Olympic champion is the most successful female cyclist in history and will ride in the fundraising event for Scottish cycling that’s open to all.

All proceeds raised will go to up and coming Scottish cycling talent and the young riders who benefit from the Braveheart Fund’s financial support.

This year’s ride takes in the scenery from both East Ayrshire and East Renfrewshire on the circuit loop from Kilmarnock, including climbs over Ballageich Hill and Bonnyton Moor.

Entry to the event is free for all riders and for more information see

Nottingham set for British Cycling supported facility

The development of the Harvey Hadden Sports Complex in Nottingham has been boosted by a £2 million grant from Sport England.

The facility will be home to a new 1.5km closed road circuit for cycling, which is supported by British Cycling.

The circuit will increase the number of cycling opportunities available to the community. Nottingham City Council will work with British Cycling to deliver a cycle programme to develop and encourage participation.

British Cycling’s East Midlands cycling recreational manager, Janet Hudson, hopes that cycling at all levels will be boosted by the new track.

“The track,” she told the Nottingham Post, “will will bring benefits to the local community and City as well as the East Midlands Region and will help nurture and inspire the next generation of athletes.”

The complex, which Nottingham City Council hope will be the largest state of the art leisure facility, will open in 2015.

Pearl Izumi renew Tour Series sponsorship

The Tour Series have agreed a three year deal with Pearl Izumi to continue as the title sponsor for Britain’s primary cycle race event.

Pearl Izumi, a leading cycling, triathlon and running wear supplier will also supply the race leader’s jersey in addition to clothing for all staff and event officials after Madison’s success with the brand during the this year’s Series.

The event will continue to be known as The Pearl Izumi Tour Serie until at least 2016, which was won this season by Team UK Youth.

On the announcement, Madison CEO Dominic Langan said: “The Tour Series is a hugely successful competition and loved by all those who watch it live or via the extensive television coverage.

“We enjoyed unprecedented brand exposure throughout the duration of the Series and we have exciting plans for even greater consumer engagement in Pearl Izumi for 2014.”

The dates for next year’s event were realised at last month’s cycle show, beginning on 13 May and finishing five weeks later with a Grand Final at Saint Helier on Jersey.

Bill Owen receives Lifetime Achievement award

Abergavenny Festival of Cycling organiser Bill Owen was honoured at the 2013 USN Welsh Cycling Awards last week with the Lifetime Achievement gong.

Owen has been involved in promoting and organising cycling events in Wales for over 30 years and was presented with the award at the ceremony in Cardiff.

The 68-year-old played a huge role in establishing a National Cycling Velodrome for Wales, as well as bringing Britain’s elite riders to his cycling festival year on year.

This year’s event encompassed the Elite Circuit Series, Premier Caldendar, the Iron Mountain Sportif and Wales’ first Paracycling Grand Pirix.

Owen will also be involved in next year’s 2014 British National Road and Time Trial Championships as they visit Monmouthshire once again.

HOY partners with Future Stars series

HOY bikes have been announced as the sponsor of the 2013-14 Revolution Series Future Stars races.

The company, whose bikes are designed by Sir Chris Hoy, will give a HOY bike to the winners of the boy’s and girl’s leagues.

The Future Stars series gives the most talented 15 and 16-year-old riders in Britain the opportunity to race at velodromes in London, Manchester and Glasgow in front of sell-out crowd.

London 2012 gold medallists Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke both came through the Future Stars races and Hoy hopes that more stars will emerge this year.

“HOY bikes all about inspiring people to ride and the Future Stars competition reflects this perfectly, paving the way for the next wave of Olympic champions,” the six-time Olympic gold medallist said.

The 2014 Revolution Series, which debuts in London at the Olympic Velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark in March, will host a UCI classified competition for the first time, in which riders can earn World Cup qualification points.