British News Round-up: Reade’s move to America; Drake appointed to Sport England Board; RideLondon to remain in Surrey

Shanaze Reade to focus on ABA BMX Series in 2014

Four-time World BMX champion Shanaze Reade hopes that her move to America will help her in her quest to win Olympic gold at Rio 2016. 

British Cycling announced that Reade will be taking time out of the Olympic Podium Programme to focus on the ABA BMX Series in America in 2014.

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Speaking of her decision, Reade said: “Whilst I’m sad to temporarily move away from the GB Cycling Team, I’m also excited by the opportunity to race on the pro scene in America.

“I will be racing more frequently against world-class competition and I will be able to refine my technical skills in competitive race conditions.

“I’m looking forward to gaining more race experience out in America and using this in my campaign for Rio. British Cycling have given the decision their full backing as I continue to develop as an athlete and it is great to know I am able to return at any point in the future.” 

BC head coach Shane Sutton said: “Shanaze has been a real asset to us over the years and she is an inspiration to youngsters which has always been great to see.”

British Cycling’s chief executive appointed to Sport England’s Board

Ian Drake has been appointed to sit on Sport England’s board, alongside six other new members, who are all appointed for a three-year term.

Drake is joined by former Olympian Sally Gunnell and chief executive of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Debbie Jevans, as well as Kate Bosomworth, David Goldstone, Charles Reed and Mark Spelman.

On his appointment, Drake said: “I am delighted to be joining Sport England’s Board. It is a privilege to help shape the future of grassroots sport in this country.

“The amazing success that cycling has enjoyed across all levels since 2008 have put me in a good position to be able to use that experience to help drive change across all sports.”  

RideLondon has long-term economic benefits for Surrey  

RideLondon organisers confirmed this week that the Prudential RideLondon 100 route will stay in Surrey as long as the council wants it to remain. Read more in this week’s Cycling Weekly 

BMX Supercross World Cup returns to Manchester

Tickets for the first round of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup went on sale yesterday (October 31).

The event will take place on April 18-19 and is the second time the city has hosted a World Cup event, following its popular introduction in 2013.

In a change to the adrenaline fuelled programme, Supercross moto and time trial qualification races will be held on Friday evening for Saturday’s main event.

Liam Phillips, who wears the World Champion’s rainbow stripes this season, will be racing in front of his home crowd alongside the fastest riders in the world.

Tickets for the event can be bought through Ticketmaster 

Your chance to cycle for Sports Relief

For the first time ever, the Sport Relief Games is to include the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle, taking place in three locations across Britain.

Participants can cycle 25 or 50 miles in Glasgow, Manchester and at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark, or get the whole family involved in a 3 mile cycle.

Mark Cavendish and Sir Chris Hoy were among the sports personalities who helped to launch Sport Relief, which raises money to help some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

You can see more from Cav in this Sport Relief video 

For information on how to get involved visit the Sport Relief website 

Topham’s still the top man

Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) has won the British Best All-rounder competition for the second year running.

In a hard-fought competition that went right down to the last ‘fast’ 50 of the year, Topham, 45, had seemed labouring under a curse for much of the season.

He was hit by a car in May, forcing him to use a borrowed bike in subsequent races, before uncomfortable shoes caused him problems in the CC Breckland 12-hour in July. 

….read more in this week’s Cycling Weekly. 

UCL graduate raises £180,000 for new electric folding bike

Investors on Crowdcube have helped UCL graduate Marcin Piatkowski raise £180,000 for his new electric bike design, Jive Bike. 

The folding bike, which will roll out in summer 2014, can reach a top speed of 15.6mph and has a range of 20 miles before a charge is needed.

Once the bike runs out of juice it can be fully recharged in two hours, and is designed to be folded down to the size of a small suitcase.

The 25-year-old entrepreneur said: “Our intention was to design a product that offers benefits of having a bicycle, without any lifestyle compromises. I think we have succeeded.”

Events this weekend

Evans Cycles Biggin Hill RideIt! – New Addington, Surrey
Wiggle Devils Punch – Liphook, Hampshire 
Time on Two Wheels – Lenham, Kent 
Sudbury CC hill climb – Semer, Essex
Monthly bike jumble sale – Look Mum No Hands, London  

Mallorca 312 open for registration

The 2014 Mallorca 312 cyclosportive opens its online registration platform today (November 1), and organisers anticipate a record turnout for the race. 

The participants have the choice to complete the 312km route, or the shorter 167km one, and have the luxury of deciding on the day which one they want to aim for.

There is only one registration for both events, and riders can decide at the 90.5km mark whether they want to push on for the full distance, or settle for the shorter one.

You can find out more and register for the event on the Mallorca 312 website

Record sell-out for Dartmoor Classic

Next year’s Dartmoor Classic has sold out in record time, despite the online entry system crashing within two hours of it going live. 

Over half of the 3000 places in the race were snapped up in the first 90 minutes, with the event was completely sold out within 24 hours.

The Mid-Devon Cycling Club will be operating a ‘wait list’ for riders to register as reserves, who will be offered places if cancellations occur.

For more information, visit the website 

Fred Meekcoms

We are saddened to hear of the death of Whitewebbs Cycling Club’s former president Fred Meekcoms, who passed away on October 6.

Meekcoms had been involved in cycling in North London for over 60 years, and joined Whitewebbs in 1969.

Over the years he organised many road races, including the Enfield Trophy, as well as serving as a committee member on the local Road Time Trials Council and several other cycling associations.

Away from two wheels he his other passions included skiing, supporting Tottenham Hotspur and his family, including his wife Janet, two sons and two grandsons.

Walking and cycling on London’s greenways up 23%

Nearly 1.4m people have used London’s greenways for walking or cycling in the last year, a 23% increase since 2010.

The greenways are quiet routes through side streets and parks, built to provide a safe and sustainable way for pedestrians and cyclists to travel.

And 27% of people surveyed said that since using the routes, they have started to cycle on roads more often, with 31% saying that they plan to cycle more over the next 12 months.


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