ARMITSTEAD OK AFTER QATAR CRASH
Lizzie Armitstead is bruised but ok after Wednesday’s crash in the opening stage of the ladies Tour of Qatar.
On her debut for Cervélo Test Team, the Otley-born rider was involved in one of several crashes caused by strong desert crosswinds. However, she has no more than whiplash and other, superficial injuries.
Cervélo chief medical officer Andreas Goesele said: “Lizzie suffered contusions on her body. She is fine now and will travel back home with the team tonight.”
“She will return to regular training next week, and then we will see how she develops from there.”
BRITISH DUO AT THE COPENHAGEN SIX
The British duo of George Atkins and Jon Mould are currently in Denmark riding the Copenhagen Six-Day.
The Olympic Academy pairing ranked highly on the first night’s action, scoring 13 points in the UIV Talents Cup to place second behind Swiss riders Damien Corthesy and Loic Perizzolo.
Action resumes this evening at the Ballerup Super Arena.
SEVEN BRITS IN QATAR
Seven British riders will head to the Tour of Qatar starting this weekend in the Arab emirate.
Chief amongst them is Tour de France contender Bradley Wiggins, making the first steps in his Tour preparations and debuting in Sky colours.
Joining him from Sky will be Russell Downing, fresh from the Tour Down Under and a training camp in Australia, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas.
Alex Dowsett also makes his debut for Trek Livestrong and will be accompanied by the formidable Taylor Phinney.
Representing Cervélo will be Jeremy Hunt and Roger Hammond, who won a stage of the race last year.
BRITISH FANS SNAP UP TRACK WORLDS TICKETS
British fans have been quick to snap up tickets for the forthcoming Track World Championships at the end of the March, in the hope of witnessing another British gold rush.
“The ticket sale has gotten off to a good start and, especially, the British fans have shown great interest,” explained Jesper Worre from the organising committee.
“In fact, we have had to extend the area earmarked for the British spectators. We are proud to announce that we expect to sell all tickets available for most of the competition days and we promise the audience an intense atmosphere as well as great excitement in the Ballerup Super Arena”.
Official website and ticket sales: www.copenhagen2010.dk
WELSH CYCLING ICEBREAKER OMNIUM
The second round on the Welsh Cycling omnium series on February 20 will be hotly contested after a field of over 100 riders entered for the first event at Newport Velodrome with similar numbers expected for the second.
Event organiser Michael Heaven commented: “The first round was just a preview of what these young riders can do. Now the riders know what to expect you can certainly put money on the event being faster and more exciting for the second round.”
The Icebreaker events are aimed to give the young riders an opportunity to showcase their skills in a top class facility with a high standard of racing.
Once again there will be spot prizes along with the medals for each round and overall series trophies.
The events are pre-entry only at £7 per round rounds so early entry is advised.
For more event information please go to www.welshcycling.co.uk or contact Michael Heaven on 01633 670540
Action from the first round of the series
RIDING FOR ALZHEIMER’S
The Edgware Road Club is organising a reliability ride on Valentine’s Day (February 14) in aid of Alzheimer’s.
Club member Jack Curtis died last week due to the condition and was the first person to stay at the café den Engel, after meeting ‘Fat Albert’ in a chip queue in Ghent in 1955.
All money goes to the Alzheimer’s Society.
For more details, contact Bob Spencer on 02088669517
ACTIVE BIKE AND TRIATHLON SHOW HITS LONDON
The Active Bike and Triathlon Show is a new and exciting exhibition, coming to London’s ExCel Centre from 21-24 April.
From novice to elite level cyclist or triathlete, there’s something for everyone. Top manufacturers will be on hand to exhibit their latest products and designs, while the seminar area will house talks from leading cyclists, triathletes and industry insiders.
There’s also an indoor test track to try out the bikes on offer, from mountain bikes, hybrids, road bikes and Bromptons to the latest electric model.
Tickets go on sale at the end of this month, with ‘early bird’ deals available. For more information, visit http://www.activebike.co.uk/.
ANA NICHOOLA BIKE HOODIE ON SALE
The BikeHood Hoodie from cycle-wear designer AnaNichoola is now on general sale.
The hoodie is black with a thin, pink London skyline silhouette print and a reflective River Thames.
Made from super-soft, brushed organic cotton, it is cut longer in the body and arms to ensure a cycling fit on the bike.
There is also a front pouch pocket and a secret iPod pocket with a headphone hole near the chest.
Anna Glowinski, head designer at AnaNichoola, worked with local schoolgirls on the project, a collaboration with Kingston Council, to encourage teenage girls to cycle more.
For more details or to buy the hoodie, go to http://tinyurl.com/y9k29lb.