British news round-up: Storey back on the bike for Para-cycling Cup

Dame Sarah Storey will make her return to competitive action next week at the Newport International Para-cycling Cup, which also marks the 10th anniversary of the Wales National Velodrome. 

The three-day event, which starts on Friday (November 29), sees Storey line-up for her Breast Cancer Care team alongside fellow Paralympic gold medalists Jody Cundy and Darren Kenny, both of Para T.

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Storey recently had a short spell off the bike after giving birth to her first child in June. 

She said: “I can’t wait to get racing again, and it’s great that British Cycling, UK Sport and Newport City Council have come together to provide this opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to being able to measure my fitness against the best in the world, as well as being able to once again compete in front of a home crowd.”

The cup also gives a chance for a number of new and talented British athletes, many of whom will make their debut in Newport.

Gareth Sheppard, British Cycling’s Para-cycling Performance Manager, said: “It’s an interesting time for the squad as we have some exciting prospects challenging our established Paralympic champions.

“The team has been training hard since the Paralympic Games, and this event has given them the added motivation of a clear target to aim for.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for juniors but must be booked in advance. For information, click here.

Discount deals on Action London to Paris 2014

Children’s charity Action Medical Research is currently offering a 50 per cent registration fee discount for the iconic London to Paris bike ride next summer.

The ride, running from July 23-27 offers four separate routes for cyclists of varying abilities, including a 24-hour challenge, and all arrive on the Champs Elysees the day before the Tour de France is due on the cobbles.

Riders will be raising money to support medical research which helps sick and disabled children and registration for the July and September events are now priced at just £70.

Oly Watts, Event Manager at Action said: “We offer one of the longest-running and most popular London to Paris rides.

“With the Tour de France starting in the UK next summer, why not take on a cycling challenge of your own and be there for the fantastic finish in Paris?”

For further information and to register, click here call 01403 327443. 

New National A road race launched

Organisers of a new National A-ranked race in 2014 say that their event will be ideal preparation for the National Road Race Championships.

The 155-kilometre One Day In Dorset event will centre around the village of Milborne St Andrew and include nine ascents of Bulbarrow Hill, the highest climb in the county.

Taking place on May 24, it sits just four weeks before next year’s Nationals, which will take place in Abergavenny.

For information, click here.

In this week’s CW…

 – We call for Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London to take immediate action to halt the deaths
– All the comings and goings among the British racing teams
– Lance Armstrong comes face to face with former soigneur Emma O’Reilly
– Katie Archibald -Who is she, and where did she come from?
– How to supercharge your immune system with food
– Time Fluidity bike tested
– Lightweight Meilenstein wheels tested
Plus letters, Rides, Dr Hutch, Famous Last Words and more……


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City firms battle it out for HOPEHIV during indoor cycle event

Cycling enthusiasts from Keddie Scott Associates came out on top at Cyclebeat’s first ever charity City Bike Battle last Thursday.

London’s unique indoor cycling studio hosted the event, which raised £1,800 for HOPEHIV, using their cutting edge indoor riding technology.

Riders from PwC, KPMG, The Financial Times, as well as Keddie Scott competed in the 35-minute session, which displayed each team’s cycling power and energy to boost competition.Events this week.

The individual male winner was Jack Armstrong from PwC, while Keddie Scott’s Fiona Ord took the female crown.

“This event was a first for London – our unique technology let teams ride against each other in an indoor environment for the first time,” said Greg Allon, Cyclebeat’s Co-Founder.

“It was fantastic to watch the competitive nature of individuals in the City coming alive in the Cyclebeat studio and raising £1800 for HOPEHIV. We plan to organise more of these events for chairty in the future.”

Sean Kelly launches autobiography in London

Cycling fans can enjoy a Q&A session with Sean Kelly next Thursday as the retired Tour de France stage winner and hardman launches his autobiography ‘Hunger’ in London.

Journalist and CW contributor Lionel Birnie will host the evening at the Cadence Performance bike centre at Crystal Palace, aand tickets to the event will include a copy of the book and the chance to have it signed by the man himself.

The evening will look at Sean’s career in the pro peloton and his thoughts on the
current world of cycling.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Cadence website.

British Cycling agree sponsorship extension with Fiat

British Cycling has signed a deal with Fiat Group Automobiles UK, which extends the manufacturer’s role as Official Vehicle Supplier to the National Governing Body until 2016.

FIAT has supported British Cycling since 2009 and will continue to play its part across all levels from elite performance to grass roots.

British Cycling Chief Executive Ian Drake said: “We are delighted to have been able to extend our working relationship with FIAT as we look ahead to delivering success in Rio 2016.

“FIAT will continue to provide market-leading vehicles to key staff who are the face of the organisation and actively working in schools and clubs throughout the country to develop cycling’s future talent.”

Tour of Britain scoops award

Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot were celebrating last Friday after collecting the ‘Best Sporting Event’ at the VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Awards.

The function is Scotland’s premier tourism ceremony and the Tour’s win came off the back of Stage Three of the 2012 race from Jedburgh to Demfries, won by Mark Cavendish.

SweetSpot Commercial Director Alastair Grant said: “The Tour of Britain has been visiting Scotland and Dumfires & Galloway for a number of years, so we are very proud to accept this award in recognition of our efforts.”


Events this week

Ride for Willen (featuring Ian Stannard), Woburn November 23
Salisbury Saxon CX cyclo-cross sportive, November 24

Other British news this week

British Cycling announce GB cycling squad for 2013/14

IG-Sigma Sport team to fold at the end of the year 

New recruits for British NFTO team