DAN LLOYD HEADS FOR THE ARDENNES
While some may be thinking of easing back after a tough Spring Classics campaign, Cervélo?s Dan Lloyd is looking forward to another week of hard racing starting at the Amstel Gold race in Holland on Sunday.
After great rides at the Tour of Flanders and Gent-Wevelgem, and ninth place at the recent Eroica, the Dorset-born 28 year old has the bit between his teeth and is determined to make the most of his good form.
“I’m surprised how well I went in the cobbled classics,” said Lloyd. “I have had a lot of experience riding in Belgium starting with the Flanders Team, then DFL and then An Post, and I think sometimes people forget that, but even for me it was a thrill to be there in the mix in the Tour of Flanders especially.”
Lloyd will be the only British representative for the 258km Amstel Gold but the hillier terrain of the Ardennes classics will suit him well.
“The big aim is to work for Simon Gerrans at Amstel,? he said. ?He’s in good shape and has done good rides there before. It’s my first attempt at the race, so it’s also a big learning curve as it relies very heavily on course knowledge to get into the right moves at the right time, but hey, who knows!”
Fleche-Wallone on April 22 and Liege-Bastogne-Liege on April 26 complete Lloyd?s spring programme.
Lloyd: going strong in Flanders
ON THE RADAR
The Southern Uplands Sportive, newly re-christened the Radar Ride, is back for its second running on Sunday, July 12.
The 105-mile ride starts in Wanlockhead, Scotland?s highest village, and takes in 2,300 climbing before finishing at the summit of Green Lowther ? the highest point of the highest road in Scotland.
65 and 40-mile options are available for anyone not feeling up to all that climbing. Entries are now open and limited to 350 places. See www.sus8events.co.uk for details.
BLACKDOWNS GRAND PRIX
The 1st Chard Wheelers road race in Somerset, last year won by local resident Marcin Bialoblocki, is back on Sunday, May 17.
Girvan Three Day winner Bialoblocki took the £500 first prize ahead of team-mate Ben Luckwell in 2008 for a Sports Beans-Wilier one-two.
The promoting club will have their excellent Peugeot 203 pick-up on hand to lead the bunch on the road. Entries for the 80-mile National B event are open until April 26.
Chard: nice motor
SUMMER CROSS SERIES
Cyclo-cross fans in the North can dust down their machines as the Yorkshire Cylco-Cross Association is running a 10-race series between May and August.
Bradford-based ?cross specialists Paul Milnes Cycles sponsor the series with a prize fund in excess of £2,000. Racing will be for all categories and mountain bikes are welcome.
Round 1: 6th May Oakbank School , Keighley, BD22 7DU;
Round 2: 20th May City School , Sheffield, S13 8SS
Round 3: 3rd June Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5SP
Round 4: Sunday June 7th Duncombe Park, Helmsley, N. Yorkshire, YO62 5EB. (This event is part of the Rydale Grand Prix promotion (Premier Calendar Road Race)
Round 5: 17th June Whitechapel Middle School, Cleckheaton, BD19 6HR
Round 6: 1st July Brigshaw School , Kippax, WF10 2HR
Round 7: 15th July Brooksbank School, Elland, HX5 0QG
Round 8: Sunday 19th July Ampleforth Colege, York, YO62 4HP;U14’s@11:00am and 14+ event @ 12:00 noon
Round 9: 29th July Huddersfield New College, Huddersfield, HD3 4GL
Round 10: 12th Aug Greetland All rounders Rugby Club, Greetland, HX4 8PS
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