GREEN IN MONTENEGRO
Britain?s Matt Green (Cinelli) left for Montenegro yesterday for a four-day stage race, called the Paths of King Nikola which starts on Wednesday.
?I?ve been on a heavy training block in the Ardennes so it depends on my form there as to what I [can] do there,? said Green.
One of Green?s team-mates this year is Frank Vandenbroucke, who is making yet another comeback.
?He?s fit,? said Green. ?He tried a late attack at the Nokere Koerse [last week] that nearly worked. He is looking for a result in the Dwars Door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl?.
BLYTHE BACK IN SHAPE IN BELGIUM
A bout of tendonitis looked set to wreck Adam Blythe?s early-season plans but he appears to have made a full recovery.
Blythe even managed a third place in the 160km GP Wilfried Peeters semi-classic in Belgium.
Blythe was one of the key drivers in a break that stayed away nearly all day. The group was caught in the closing kilometres but he still had the legs to sprint and finish on the podium.
Without the effort contributing to the break, Blythe said the result may well have been different but was positive about his return to racing.
Above: Blythe being interviewed after his third place finish in the GP Wilfried Peeters. Photo courtesy of Joscelyn Ryan.
WYMAN GEARING UP FOR 2009
Helen Wyman is gearing up for the 2009 season on the road with the Vision 1 Racing team.
?I?m currently on a training camp with all of the team in Tuscany. The weather makes a nice change to Belgium!? explained Wyman.
?Unfortunately since my crash at the World cyclo-cross Championships I haven?t been able to start my road training properly as I have had patella bursitis. So weeks later and after a lot of treatments I have now managed a full week?s training of 15 hours and am beginning to think I can be back racing again within three weeks which two weeks ago I didn?t think would be possible.
?All the girls [on the team] are really nice and are getting on really well which I think really helps them to ride well on the road too,? added Wyman.
OLYMPIC HOPEFULS SUPPORT WORLD CUP BID
Top British mountain bikers visited Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire last week as the final preparations are made to submit a bid to hold a UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup event there in May 2010.
Organisers are encouraging cycling fans to support the bid by cheering on British Olympians or taking part themselves in the Dalby round of the British Mountain Bike Race Series event on Sunday May 10 2009.
The Dalby round of the British Mountain Bike Race Series is a test event for the 2010 World Cup. It will be the first event to use the new World Cup course and a high level of support will boost chances of this prestigious World Cup event coming to the region.
2012 Olympic Lilly Matthews and Seb Batchelor both visited Dalby to show their support for the Dalby round of the British Mountain Bike Series.
York born Olympic Academy cross-country mountain bike rider Sebastian Batchelor, who also rides for Halfords Bikehut on the road, said: ?the new World Cup course at Dalby Forest will be fantastic. There are races for riders of all abilities from beginners to top professionals. The layout of the course is great for anyone who wants to watch the racing, and there are lots of other facilities for a great family day out?.
He added: ?a big turnout of riders and spectators on 10 May will really help to secure the World Cup here next year?.
If the bid is successful, Yorkshire Forward has pledged to invest in the development of mountain biking in Yorkshire by developing a network of six new trail centres in the region and employing a new Go-Ride coach to inspire and nurture young Yorkshire cyclists.
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