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Prime minister Gordon Brown today hosted a reception to announce plans for a major new annual international Six-Day Race and cycling festival in London in 2009, three years before the London Olympic Games.

Speaking at a reception in Downing Street - an unprecedented occasion reflecting the growing stature of cycling - the Prime Minister congratulated the festival promoter, the former double world champion and six-day star Tony Doyle MBE, for his enterprise.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.