Hard work ensures Herne Hill is ready to host Good Friday Meeting

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Tomorrow's Good Friday Meeting at the Herne Hill Velodrome will be played out under an unfamiliar backdrop, as building work at the circuit continues.

As the below pictures taken today show, work on the facility's new junior track and hard standing track centre is still ongoing despite hopes they would be complete for tomorrow's event. 

Yet despite the developments on site and the inclement weather, the meeting will go ahead as planned, with the main track and spectator areas unaffected.

In particular, the racing surface is in remarkably clean condition despite the building work in the track centre, which is testament to the organisers' hard work.

Among the riders competing will be 2012 team pursuit world champion Andy Tennant, Paralympians Jon-Allan Butterworth and Jody Cundy, upcoming GB stars Kian Emadi, Matt Rotherham, John Paul, Vicky Williamson and Dannielle Khan, as well as a number of foreign names including he of big thighs, Robert Forstemann

A full racing programme awaits, with preliminaries starting at 10.30am before final begin at 1pm.

Advance tickets are sold out, but a number are available on the gate from 9.30am. (Adults £12, 12 to 16-year-olds £6, under-12s free).

Eurosport to show Premier Calendar highlights

Highlights of this year's Premier Calendar and Elite Circuit Series will be shown on British Eurosport.

Footage from the 12 events which comprise BC's two racing series will be edited by Cyclevox, and air shortly after the races take place. Premier Calendar coverage will be shown six days after a race, with a delay of four or five days for the Elite Circuit Series rounds. 

The return to Eurosport comes after BC boldly used YouTube to cover the 2012 Premier Calendar.

Jonny Clay, Cycle Sport and Membership director at British Cycling said: "British Cycling is happy to be working with Eurosport again on airing our national road series. The channel gives us a great route to the core cycling audience and puts the best of our domestic calendar alongside the broadcast of some of the monuments of our sport.

"This broadcast deal provides the organisers of the events across the series with a great platform upon which to capitalise on the unprecedented popularity of our sport."

Pearl Izumi sponsor the Tour Series

Cycling clothing manufacturer Pearl Izumi will sponsor this year's Tour Series, it was confirmed yesterday.

The series, previously sponsored Halfords, has become the leading event for Britain's domestic teams. 2013 marks its fifth year on the calendar, with Kirckaldy hosting the opening round on May 14.

Alastair Grant, Commercial Director of series organiser SweetSpot Group, said: "We are delighted that Pearl Izumi are joining us to be title sponsors for The Tour Series in 2013, and look forward to their support for what promises to be the biggest and best Series to date."

The Tour Series: new sponsor for 2013

Busy programme at the Kent Cyclopark this easter

There is a full programme at Kent's Cyclopark this Easter, including a trial of the new ElliptiGO cross-trainer bike, coached BMX and mountain bike sessions. Children are also catered for, with Strider sessions for two to five-year-olds being offered.

The facility comprises of a 2.9km circuit, mountain bike trails, a pump track, a skatepark, a playpark and a multi-use games area. It also boasts ‘The Healing Zone' where you can access a range of health treatments such as sports therapy, sports massage, osteopathy, chiropody, aromatherapy, reflexology and hot stone massage (www.the-healing-zone.co.uk), the scrumptious ‘Cyclocafé', and a new retail section Velo Refined (www.velorefined.co.uk) offering road, mountain and bmx bikes, parts and clothing, service and repairs.

Cyclopark Easter programme

Elliptigo trial sessions

Free of charge but for over 18s only

April 7 (2-4pm), April 10 (4-6.45pm)

BMX coached sessions

All sessions cost £5

April 9 (1-3pm, beginners session), April 10 (10am-12pm, beginners session), April 10 (1-3pm, intermediate session).


Exciting activity for two to five-year-olds, sessions cost £3

April 2 (10-11am and 2-3pm), April 11 (10-11am and 2-3pm)


All sessions costs £5

April 5 (2-4pm, 8-12-year-olds introduction session)

April 12 (2-4pm, 12-18-year-olds).

For more information visit cyclopark.com


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