TRACK WORLDS RETURN TO MANCHESTER
As previously reported by Cycling Weekly the track World Cup will return to Manchester this year, which was confirmed yesterday by British Cycling.
The event will be the first major international event of the season following on from the track World Championships taking place in Poland this week.
British Cycling CEO Ian Drake said: ?It is great news that British Cycling has been awarded this high profile event in 2009 and demonstrates our ability and intention to host an increasing number of major international events in the UK in the run up to London 2012. It will be a great opportunity for the growing number of cycling fans in the UK to see the British Cycling Team in action on home soil and I am confident this will help to inspire more people to participate in our sport.?
UK Sport’s Acting Senior Events Consultant, Simon Morton, commented: ?We are delighted that the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics will once again be held at the Manchester Velodrome. Great Britain has a wonderful record in hosting this event and it will provide yet another opportunity for the British public to see their Olympic heroes perform on home soil.?
To register for exclusive pre-sale ticket information and other event updates register at the event?s official website www.trackworldcup.co.uk.
BRITS ON FILM
The new Cervélo Test Team has a bevy of Britons, with Dan Fleeman, Daniel Lloyd, Roger Hammond and Jeremy Hunt all riding for the boys in black.
The team has recently released a documentary entitled, Beyond the Peloton, which charts the development of the team and their first season in professional cycling.
?One of the main goals of [the team] is to provide fans with better access to the world of pro cycling,” said Gerard Vroomen, co-founder of Cervélo.
?Joseph Finkleman and his small crew have unlimited access to the team and we hope the series will show fans how a team is built, and what life is like on a professional cycling team. Fans can always watch race footage on television and online. But this is something different. We want to take the viewer, as the title implies, beyond the peloton to reveal everything that happens before and after the actual race.
?We’ll show the personalities of riders and staff, the equipment testing and all the effort it takes for a small team to compete against the biggest teams in the sport. I have always thought this is the most interesting part of cycling and I believe that cycling fans of all stripes will find it equally compelling.?
To access the first documentary, please visit www.bartape.net. Extra bonus points will be awarded for spotting yours truly?
Roger Hammond and Jeremy Hunt (both Cervélo) will line-up for the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen tomorrow. The 208km race, traditionally one of the curtain-raisers of the Belgian classics season, is packed with the notoriously steep bergs that punctuate the Tour of Flanders, including the Oude Kwaremont.
Above: Jeremy Hunt riding the cobbles at Het Nieuwsblad
On Sunday, Matt Brammeier (An Post) will ride the Brabantse Pijl, where the Englishman will ride in support of Classics veteran, Niko Eeckhout.
Emma Pooley (Cervélo) is in Italy for the first round of the women?s World Cup, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. Pooley, who won the race last year, is in fine form at the moment, winning the first stage of the Trofeo Costa Etrusca last weekend. Meanwhile, Nicole Cooke and Helen Wyman will line up for the new Vision 1 team.
The Vision 1 team made BBC?s lunchtime news yesterday: click here to access the full story.
NEW SIGNING FOR SIGMA
Gareth Montgomery, the mountain-biking National Series Champion of 2008, will join the Sigma Sport team on the road this season.
Montgomery is aiming to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. His first Premier Calendar event for his new team will be the Girvan (April 11-13).
FIRST GOLD FOR GB
Great Britain took its maiden gold medal in this year?s track World Championships thanks to the trio of Lizzie Armitstead, Jo Rowsell and Wendy Houvenaghel in the women?s team pursuit.
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