Friday’s British news round-up

The re-inforced Endura team has already announced the signing of Rob Hayles and this week unveiled four more new signings that are hoped will propel the squad into the upper echelons of domestic racing.

2009 Scottish road race champion Ross Creber, 2009 Welsh road race champion Rob Partridge, double Scottish road champion Evan Oliphant and 2007 National Circuit Race champion James McCallum have been announced as part of the 12-man squad whose aspirations are to become the UK’s top domestic team.

West Lothian-based espoir, Creber, is excited about his move, relishing the opportunity to work alongside some of the UK’s most experienced professional riders. 

“For me this was a natural move. I was with the team for the latter part of 2009 and I am very comfortable with the set up at Endura,” explained Creber.

“The team has a four-year plan, and for me that is key, so is the fact that the team will be racing on the Continent next year – something which I have always had as a target.

“2009 was my first year on the road – riding Premier Calendar races and the Tour Series, and culminated with me taking the Scottish road title – so I am still learning. To be in a team with Rob Hayles as team captain will mean that my learning will be accelerated, I am sure that Rob will really help me achieve my goals as a professional cyclist.

Rob Partridge will also be joining Rob Hayles on the move from Halfords. “I’m very excited about this move and the 2010 Endura plans,” said Partridge.

“This year, one of the main reasons behind Team Halford’s success was the togetherness of the squad, and my feeling is that Endura Racing will have the same ethos.

“In addition to Rob [Hayles] I know Ross and James McCallum from the Tour Series, and got on really well with them.

“I am not sure of the 2010 race programme as yet, but of course the Commonwealth Games will be a big target for me,” Partridge added.

Dave Sinclair of the GWR Team made it three wins from three on Sunday’s Surrey League Road Race at Cutmill. 

Sinclair, who won the previous round of the Ray Martin Finale League, followed by a victory at the Omega Thruxton Circuit race, has been in fine form since his three-week trip to race in Belgium throughout August.

Sinclair proved himself in the sprint to make it three wins on the trot against opposition from the likes of Kinesis, Sigma Sport, BMC, Corley Cycles and Sport Beans.

“I made a mental note about where to turn it on, just on the last corner about 200 metres to go,” commented Sinclair.

“But somehow I managed to misjudge it and went the corner before and had to do about a 300-metre sprint with the last 150 metres up a steep hill. It felt like an eternity and I was just waiting for someone to come around me but it never happened and I crossed the line arms in the air making it three from three. I am definitely going back to Belgium next year!”

Dave Sinclair
Sinclair claims his hat-trick

Young British hope Lizzie Armitstead showed her continuing strong form at last Saturday’s Championship of Flanders.

In one of her last races before the World Championships, the Lotto Belisol rider claimed second place, only pipped in the bunch sprint for victory by Olympic road race silver-medallist Emma Johansson (Redsun Cycling Team).

Several of her Great Britain teammates for tomorrow’s World Championship road race in Mendrisio also performed well; Katie Colclough, Sharon Laws and Lucy Martin finished eighth, tenth and thirteenth respectively.

Meanwhile, as she comes to the end of her win-packed summer tenure in Flanders, Joanna Rowsell (100% ME) also finished highly, taking ninth place in the sprint to the line.

Helen Wyman notched up yet another top ten in the USA at Cross Vegas on Wednesday evening.

The Kona rider lead the race early on, but faded as the hot, humid conditions took their toll on the British rider.

Wyman held on to take seventh, whilst US champion Katie Compton powered away for the win. 

Having outlined its growth plans for cycling earlier this year, British Cycling this week published the Whole Sport Plan, revealing how it aims to achieve a lasting legacy for cycling in Britain. 

The Whole Sport Plan 2009 – 2013 sets out the work British Cycling will undertake with its partners over the next four years to grow cycling as a sport, recreational activity and as sustainable transport by leveraging the worldwide success of its athletes. 

British Cycling has set itself the following ambitious goals:
To assert Britain’s position as the leading cycling nation in the world by maintaining high performance of its athletes in international competitions

To support Sky, the principal partner of British Cycling, in creating a professional road team built on the same performance values as the GB team. Its aim will be to inspire more people to ride and produce the first British winner of the Tour de France.

-To get one million more people cycling once a month and 125,000 more people cycling once a week by 2013. This will be achieved through the Skyride initiative. 

-To boost cycling at the grass roots level by expanding the Go-Ride programme

To boost competitive cycling by expanding the nationwide network of traffic-free cycling facilities and creating a more satisfactory legal framework

To increase the international profile and influence of British Cycling by bringing more major international cycling events to Britain

To grow British Cycling membership from 28,000 to 100,000 by 2013

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity in the run up to London 2012 to really engage Britain with cycling and turn our ‘medal success’ into a ‘people success’ by inspiring mass participation in our sport,” said Ian Drake, CEO of British Cycling.

“With increased funding and fantastic public and commercial partnerships on board, we have the resources in place to drive real progress in all areas of our sport, from our elite team to our volunteers.”

See next Thursday’s Cycling Weekly for more on British Cycling’s plans for the future.

Get your entries in for this year’s Bike Blenheim Palace (October 4) – the deadline is midnight on Sunday September 27.

The event has already received record entries, with 1,000 competitors expected to take part in the sportive alone. There are two routes – 60 or 100 miles – to choose from, taking competitors from Blenheim Park into the narrow roads and picturesque scenery of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, before heading back to the start-finish line.

On a packed schedule, there is also a 20km time-trial, the Brompton World Championships, cyclo-cross, bike polo and a family ride. For more details, visit

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