A great week for British cycling
Mark Cavendish will grab the headlines after his stage victory at the Vuelta a Espana yesterday but it’s been a great week for British cycling in broader terms. In fact it’s difficult to remember a similar week of elite cycling success since Beijing 2008.
In winning the sprint on stage 12, Cavendish equalled Robert Millar’s record of securing a set of grand tour stage victories but Sharon Laws, Lizzie Armitstead, Alex Dowsett and Tracy Moseley have all each had a week to remember.
Cervelo’s Sharon Laws won her first major career race by taking a stage victory at the Tour de l’Ardeche, and then spending a day in the leader’s jersey. Laws’ teammate Lizzie Armitstead then proved her promising credentials and form for the upcoming World Road Race Championships by taking two successive stage wins in the same race.
Trek-Livestrong rider Alex Dowsett led the Tour de l’Avenir for one day after prologue winner Taylor Phinney (USA) crashed badly during Tuesday’s rain affected stage in the under-23 event.
In mountain biking, Tracy Moseley crowned a long and illustrious career with her victory at the downhill world championship in Monte Sainte Anne, Canada on Sunday. Meanwhile there were four male British cyclists in the top ten of the men’s downhill event.
With the Tour of Britain, World Road Race Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Track Championships all still to come there are plenty of opportunities for British cyclists to make their mark over the rest of the season.
The Wheelie Big Bike Drop
No longer need your old bike? Then donate it for use in Africa. Organic food delivery company Abel & Cole have set themselves the task of collecting 650 unwanted bikes through September and October to help charity Re-Cycle. Re-Cycle will collect and repair bikes in the UK and the send them to the Village Bicycle Project in Ghana where they will be put to good use, enabling local women to cycle rather than walking for 4 hours every day.
The Wheelie Big Bike Drop is taking place on these dates:
Saturday 25th September near Wimbledon, 11am-3pm
Saturday 2nd October at Abel & Cole depots in Wimbledon, Tamworth, Maidstone, Ongar, Warrington and Andover between 9am and 1pm.
For more information or to pledge your bike go to:
The Ibbo Cake Quest sportive is being held in the Surrey lanes on Sunday September 26 with all money raised going towards helping promising young cyclists fulfil their dreams.
John Ibbotson, or Ibbo to all who knew him, died of arythmagenic right ventricular dysplasia in August 2005, at just 27. The John Ibbotson Fund was set up in 2005 by his family and closest friends in John’s memory and is aligned with his passion for training young cyclists. Each year the Fund helps talented youngsters to follow their dreams and race in Europe.
The organisers are offering four different cake themed routes and they would love it if you could come and ride. Best of all there will be loads of yummy homemade cake at the end and by then you will have earned it.
Fruit Cake – 150km
Carrot Cake – 110km
Jaffa Cake – 60km
Fairy Cake – 20km (off road)
For more information see www.ibbocakequest.com