Monday’s British news round-up


The Plowman Craven Madison Team really showed its strength at the weekend.

In the Eddie Soens Race at Aintree, they put three of their riders in the winning eight-man break, with Tom Murray finishing a very close second to Halfords Bikehut’s Ed Clancy

Murray followed this up the following day taking third place in the Maxgear RR behind Halfords? Rob Hayles. This was a fine ride by Tom who worked hard to split the Halfords team, who had riders filling five of the top six places.

James Millard crowned a good weekend for the Plowman Craven Madison Team by taking out a fine solo win in the 143km Jock Wadley Memorial Race.

This was sweet revenge for Millard, who was disappointed last week to lose the Severn Bridge race, in a photo finish to Sports Beans? Marcin Bialoblocki.

This time Millard made no mistake. He attacked the break on the final climb before the finish and no one could go with him. Millard then rode alone to the finish and celebrated a fine win in the 27th edition of this classic race.

The sprint for second place went to Simon Gaywood (Corley Cycles) from Yanto Barker (Le Col/Colnago) and Marcin Bialoblocki (Sports Beans).

James MillardAbove: Plowman Craven?s James Millard


Britain?s Alex Coutts (Heraklion-Nessebar-Kastro) is currently in action at the Tour de Taiwan.

Coutts finished 49th in the opening stage, a criterium around the streets of Kaohsiung City, won by Seon Ho Park (Seoul Cycling Team).

The race continues until Saturday.

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Adam Blythe faces uncertainty with his racing programme at present after contracting tendonitis.

Adam has been receiving medical treatment and is hoping for an early recovery to allow him back in the saddle for this early part of the season as soon as possible.


The CTC, the national cyclists? organisation, is launching a ?New Vision for Cycling? which calls for a doubling of cycle use in ten years.

As the Government prepares to set out its future transport priorities, the CTC is urging it to consider aiming to increase cycling by 100% in ten years. The ?New Vision? explains why and how this could be done. Evidence shows this will reap economic benefits of around £3.5 billion, reduce the risks of cycling by a third and save 0.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Roger Geffen, the CTC?s Campaigns and Policy Manager, said: ?The Government is looking for transport solutions which are good for both the economy and the climate, good for our health and for road safety, for the local environment and our quality of life. There is an incredibly easy answer: promote cycling!?

The CTC is calling for a commitment to cycling from all Government departments and recognition of the benefits an increase in cycling will bring to every area in the UK. CTC?s ?New Vision for Cycling? also calls for action on cycle-friendly planning and design; safe drivers and vehicles; better provision for combining cycling with public transport use; promotion, encouragement and incentives for cycling and more and better opportunities for recreational and off-road cycling.


Gordon Fargher took a convincing win in the Border City Wheelers hilly 32-mile time trial in Cumbria on Saturday.

Click here to read the full story and a round-up off the weekend?s time trial action.


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