TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
–Six golds for Brits at Paralympics
–Briggs wins first Tour Series
–Alleged Caledonia saboteur is council chairman
–WHO: cycling is safter where there is high cycle use
–The man behind Wiggins’ Giro transformation
BAD LUCK FOR BRAMMEIER
Matt Brammeier?s season was dealt a blow recently when he learned that his An Post Sean Kelly team would not be invited to the Tour of Belgium, one of its major targets for the year.
Brammeier was set to start the race on Wednesday of next week, ?but due to some politics and reasons out of the team?s control the UCI decided not to let us start.
?I don?t know much about it, I just know we?re not going. It?s a massive blow for myself and the team as it?s the biggest race of the year for us along with the Tour of Ireland later in the year. Maybe we are going to go to another race at the same time, possibly the Tour of Gironde, but nothing is confirmed yet. I?m sure we will get into something last minute.?
Brammeier is starting to find his feet in the professional ranks and is one of the recipients of Dave Rayner funding this year.
?In the mean time I?m keeping myself ticking over in a few races here in Belgium. I have the Heist Pijl race on Saturday, a local pro race for me so I?m hoping to do something good.
?I was second [yesterday] in a kermesse so the condition is OK I think.
?The whole team is having a good month, with Nico [Eeckhout] taking two stages at the Vuelta a Extremadura and a stage (so far) at the Ras. Also Steven Van Vooren won last week in Puivelde with Nico in second.
?So most of the team is getting results and going well. It?s a big shame we are not riding next week. I?m sure whatever we ride we can win some more races,? said an upbeat Brammeier.
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CAMMISH SEARCHES FOR ?DEARLY BELOVED? FORM
Summer is here but Ian Cammish is still searching for his ?dearly beloved form?
?[I] seem to be dogged with bad luck so far this season,? said the Planet X rider. ?I did a 50-minute ?25? early on and felt really good but then got knocked off my bike [by someone] riding with his head down?.
Despite the run of bad luck, Cammish remains one of the biggest time trialling names.
?I?ll try to weather the run of bad luck and poor morale and see what happens.
?Of course, I?ve got the National ?50? and ?100? and BBAR pencilled in but we?ll see what happens in the next few weeks. I?m still doing the training and I know, physically, it?s there but I?ve got to get my mind right before things start firing in sequence.
This year, the nine-time BBAR-winner will be targeting the Old Skool time trialling series. ?My main target [this year]? The Old Skool series of course!?
See this week?s Cycling Weekly for an interview with Cammish about his record-breaking 1983 Rourke bike
PLOWMAN CRAVEN AIM TO RIDE EVERY SUMMER CRIT?
In spite of such a hectic summer schedule of domestic racing, the Plowman Craven Madison squad insists that it will ride each of the summer criteriums.
?At the present time, we intend to ride all of the criteriums,? explained team manager, Eddie White.
?With the National Series, the Tour Series and the Nocturnes, it is one hell of a programme logistically and financially. We will have to see how things work out.
?Fortunately, we have a good selection of riders in the team who can ride a good crit?. So we don?t have to rely on one or even two riders being on form to get a result.
?As an example, one of our sprinters, Jon Mozley, has a bad cold this week so missed the Milton Keynes round. Tom Murray replaced him and it won?t affect the shape of the team.
?The Team is OK all the lads are going well and we got off to a good start with a win in the first round of the National Series at Hillingdon,? thanks to Jeroen Janssen?s sprint win.
STOREY OPTIMISTIC AHEAD OF NATIONAL ?10?
Sarah Storey, a double gold medal-winner at the Paralympics in Beijing, is shaping up well ahead of the National 10-mile time trial Championships on Sunday.
?I?m all set,? said Storey. ?I’m just riding 3km on the track [today, at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester] to get myself ready!?
As for potential opponents, ?I guess rivals could come from anywhere on the list, not just in the final set of riders off.
?Julia Shaw is always a strong rider, so I fully expect here to retain her title. Young Dani King has been riding very well on both road and track and has great basic speed and good power so I think she will do a good ride too.
?I know Jessica Wilson-Young and Michelle King are going well at the moment as I have been racing the Rudy Project series with them. I think it will be a close event and I?m hoping to get up there in the results!?
See cyclingweekly.co.uk for coverage of the National ?10? on Sunday
TOUR SERIES OPENING ROUND
The Tour Series opening round in Milton Keynes will be broadcast tonight on ITV4 at 7pm.
Each of the criteriums will be televised the night after the race on ITV4.
MANCHESTER VELODROME CONFIRMS COURSE DATES
The national velodrome at Manchester has confirmed dates for a series of track cycling courses, which include sprint and endurance master classes and skills and induction sessions.
The sprint master class will run on Saturday June 13-14 and will be coached by former Olympian Mark Barry, World Masters track champion Geoff Cooke and sprinter Dave Readle.
Also on offer is a new master class coached by the world-renowned Heiko Salzwedel which will run from August 22-23.
Candidates do not need velodrome accreditation to attend but previous experience on the track is essential.
More information and application forms can be found at: www.manchestervelodrome.com
SPORTIVE RIDES CONFIRMED FOR TOUR OF BRITAIN
For the first time in its six-year history, the Tour of Britain is organising sportive rides to coincide with the race.
Rides designed to cater for all levels of cyclist will take place on two of the stages of the race at Stoke-on-Trent and London on Sunday September 6 and Saturday September 19 respectively.
Three levels of ride will be offered on the Stoke stage, from a 20km family ride to a 145km ProTour Ride, all in aid of the Prostate Cancer Charity.
In London, limited places will be available for cyclists to complete two laps of the closed circuit before the professionals take to the streets.
More information and registration details are to be found at: www.unitebycycling.org.uk