Team GB?s Olympic heroes hit the streets of Manchester on Saturday in the Pannone Elite Criterium, the showcase event of the Salford Nocturne.

If you have ever fancied taking on Chris Hoy, this may be your best chance. The Rollapaluza roller racing rig will be there with Hoy attempting to beat their current best time for 500m of 19.47 seconds. The triple Olympic Champion will present prizes to the best male and female times on the night.

Olympic Team Pursuit Champions Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy and Olympic bronze medallist Chris Newton ride the bill-topping criterium and a full programme of support events ? including the wonderful folding bike race ? kicks off at 6pm.

British Cycling host a range of Go-Ride youth activities starting at 3pm including a 500m time trial over part of the Nocturne course.

With big screens, beer tents, wine tasting, food stalls and a host of Olympic stars in action, it should be quite a night.


Two upcoming events raise money for the John Ibbotson Fund, set up in memory of the popular ex-professional and coach who died of heart failure in 2005, aged 27.

The fund supports young cyclists racing on the Continent and has strong links with Cardiac Risk in the Young, a charity raising awareness of heart conditions.

The picnic at Walton on the Hill, Surrey, is on Saturday, September 6, followed by Ibbo?s Cake Quest Bike Ride on October 12. With four distances varying from 15 to 150km, the rides cater for all the family and drop in at Ibbo?s favourite cake stop ? Fanny?s Farm Shop.

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Experienced cyclists are required to assist at the London Freewheel, the traffic-free ride into the heart of the city on Sunday, September 21.

Last year?s inaugural event brought more than 38,000 cyclists onto the capital?s streets from all points of the compass on predominantly closed roads. GB?s Olympic success has resulted in a surge in entries and the Mayor?s Office is seeking marshals to lead groups of riders from the four hub areas at the Emirates Stadium, Victoria Park, Clapham Common, and Ravenscourt Park into central London.

Volunteers will receive a goodie bag, pre-event training and lunch on the day, as well as entry into a draw to win one of 10 Trek bikes donated by the Mayor?s Office.

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Third party insurance and legal advice are well-known benefits of CTC membership, but the organisation now offers something usually the domain of the AA or RAC ? breakdown cover.

CTC?s Bike to Work package costs £52 per year and includes breakdown assistance, insurance and all the benefits of being a CTC member.

The package provides cyclists with breakdown recovery anywhere in the UK, picking you and your bike up and taking you home, to work, to a bike shop or a railway station.

See for further details.