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A record 4,500 riders have signed up for the 2010 Etape Caledonia (May 16), the Scottish cyclo-sportive run on closed roads that was temporarily halted last year due to sabotage.

All of the event's £56-a-head places were quickly snapped up by eager cyclists - obviously undeterred from last year's sabotage.

The 2009 event was stopped for around an hour when it was discovered that someone had spread tacks along a significant portion of the event's 81-mile route in Highland Perthshire, leading to hundreds of riders suffering from punctures.

Although no one suffered any physical harm, several riders were forced to abandon the event as they ran out of spare tubes and puncture repair kits.

Local man, Alexander Grosset, 62, was charged by Tayside police for disrupting the event, but the case was dropped in January this year.

This year's quick sell-out is a marked improvement on last year's 3,500 entry. The event is run as a fund-raiser for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.