YORKSHIRE WORLD CUP
British Cycling, Yorkshire Forward and the Forestry Commission announced today their plans to bring the cross-country mountain bike World Cup to Yorkshire for the first time.
The three organisations are working together on the project to bring the prestigious event to the 8,600-acre Dalby Forest in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
The World Cup events regularly attract up to 400 of the world?s elite mountain-bikers, creating significant economic and tourism benefits for the area. The event is also expected to bring new cycling facilities for the area.
CUMMINGS IN ITALY
Britain?s Steve Cummings was in action in Italy yesterday at the Coppa Sabatini.
Cummings finished 79th, 2:50 behind race-winner Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ceramica).
Cummings is set to stay with the Barloworld team for next season. Be sure to check out next week?s Cycling Weekly for a full run down of where the British pros will be riding next year.
BRITS DOWN UNDER
Britons Chris Froome (Barloworld) and Jonathan Bellis (CSC) will be riding in Australia at the upcoming Jayco Herald Sun Tour (October 12-18).
Bellis will be riding in his third race for the CSC team, after racing at the Tour of Britain and Circuit Franco-Belge stage race.
TfL LAUNCHES CYCLING SAFETY CAMPAIGN
Transport for London (TfL) has launched a Cycling Safety campaign throughout cinemas in London, starting this week.
Following a number of fatal cycling accidents in the capital over the last month, the campaign carries messages such as, ?It?s easy to miss what you?re not looking for. Look out for cyclists.?
With goods vehicles involved in more than half of all cycling fatalities in London each year, TfL has also distributed 10,000 free Fresnel safety lenses to freight companies, improving drivers? vision of cyclists that pass alongside the nearside of their vehicles?.
PURPOSE-BUILT CYCLING HOMES
With the fanfare that announced that Bristol was set to become the UK?s first cycling city, one aspect of the plans that slipped under the radar was the building of 47 purpose-built cycle homes in the city.
Inspired by the popularity of cycling in Dutch and Belgian towns and cities, the £11m scheme is designed to encourage more people out of their cars and onto their bikes.
Adjacent to the Bristol to Bath cycle path, the new terraced townhouses feature various cyclist-friendly facilities, including ramps from the cycle path to the front door, indoor bicycle storage on the ground floor and an onsite bike maintenance garage and shop.
The houses are expected to cost in the region of £200,000. ?Cycling must be cool,? said The Times in August.
SUNDAY BICYCLES REBRANDED
Sunday Bicycles has re-branded itself as ?Sabbath? as of October 1 2008.
Wondering why? Well, according to owner and director Greg Roche, the British manufacturer has been ?pursued by an American corporation claiming trademark infringement and have persistently demanded rights of our domain name.
?While we have been advised by our UK lawyers of a 60% likelihood of success at the High Court, the cost of taking the case there is totally prohibitive to us as a small UK business.
Sabbath bicycles have grown significantly since its inception in 2006, established originally with only a £10,000 overdraft.
See www.sabbathbicycles.co.uk for more details.