Monday’s British news round-up

Some of cycling’s most well known track riders have been confirmed for a series of events to be held at the Manchester Velodrome this autumn.

Current Olympic and World Champion Victoria Pendleton will be defending her national Keirin and sprint titles at the National Track Championships from October 20-24.
Later in the month, four-time Olympic gold-medallist Sir Chris Hoy will be among the top names competing in the first round of the track World Cup from October 30-November 1.

Fresh from her double gold medal success at the recent paracycling World Road Championships in Italy, Sarah Storey will be defending her world title in the individual pursuit when she competes at the paracycling track World Championships from November 6-8.

“We have already sold out seated tickets for Saturday and Sunday of the track World Cup. I’m pleased to announce standing and track centre tickets will go on sale this Friday to make sure no fan misses out,” Jonny Clay, Cycle Sport and Membership Director at British Cycling commented.

Tickets are available for all three events via Ticketmaster.

Nik Bowdler has wrapped up the BBAR (Best British All-Rounder) for the second year in succession.

After a late 1-42 ‘50′ from closest rival Andy Wilkinson briefly put the long-distance time-trialing star into the lead, Bowdler’s victory hinged on the ratification of his result from the BDCA 50, where the Guildford resident recorded his fastest time by over a minute.

Confusion over event entries meant he has had to endure a nervous month-long wait for his time to be BBAR-approved by the National CTT Committee. With only a handful of time-trial events left in the season, victory is virtually assured, with the top placings decided.

“It came right down to the wire,” said a relieved-sounding Bowdler.

Despite his win – and his average speed being a mere 0.1mph down on his 2008 mark – the Farnborough & Camberley CC recognised that his form was lacking compared to last year: “It’s a relief. I wasn’t too far off [last year] but I’ve been quite on the edge.”

He continued: “A big disappointment was the BDCA 100 – it was looking perfect conditions and was cancelled, which threw a spanner in the works. The 12-hour didn’t go too well either.”

As for next season? “I’ve not made any plans, but I’ll still go for it next year,” smiled Bowdler.

In the women’s classification, Julia Shaw looks equally comfortable at the top of the standings, with Lynne Taylor and Avril Swan rounding off the podium.

BBAR Men 3 Distance (29/9/2009)
1 Nik Bowdler (Farnborough & Camberley CC) 27.206mph

2. Andrew Wilkinson (Port Sunlight Wheelers) 27.168mph
3. Barry Charlton (Lyme Racing Club) 26.643mph
4. Julian Jenkinson ( 26.601mph
5. Sean Childs (Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA) 26.461mph

BBAR Women 3 Distance (29/9/2009)
1. Julia Shaw (UTAG 27.451mph

2. Lynne Taylor (Walsall RCC) 26.470mph
3. Avril Swan (Team Endura) 25.512mph
4. Clare Ella (Lincoln Wheelers CC) 25.415mph
5. Charlotte Wadsworth (Ribble Valley CRC) 24.584mph

Nik Bowdler

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Above: Bowdler in action

British Cycling’s President, Brian Cookson, was last week appointed to the UCI’s Management Committee, at the organisation’s Annual Congress held at the World Championships in Switzerland.

The appointment has put British Cycling at the centre of the UCI’s strategic processes, as the Management Committee is central to driving the UCI’s direction on high-profile issues such as anti-doping and standards of sports governance in cycling. 

The Committee is a democratically-elected body at the heart of the UCI and Brian’s presence on it as a member over the next four years will keep British Cycling in touch with the UCI’s policy direction and give it a powerful lobbying voice at the top of the sport.

”I am delighted to have been elected and I’d like to thank those national delegates who voted for me,” said Cookson.

“It shows once again how highly regarded British Cycling is at the highest level of the sport and I look forward to assisting the UCI in developing cycling at home and abroad”.

Hill climb season is upon us and the West Lothian Clarion has managed to secure a closed road for the inaugural Kingscavil Hillclimb in October.

Only 0.9km, it is also one of the toughest climbs in the Bathgate Alpes.

The organisers are trying to make the event a bit different and are trying to locate the services of a bagpiper at the top of the hill to encourage the riders across the line.

Entries are by post only but further details can be found at

Sunday October 11, 9am. Closing date for entries: October 3.

Three thousand people collectively cycled nearly 150,000 miles yesterday raising thousands to get unemployed young people into work.

Personalities from radio, TV, fashion and sport including Magic 105.4’s Neil Fox, Jeff Banks, Diane Louise Jordan and ex-footballer Dion Dublin joined cyclists for The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace bike ride, the largest mass participation event of its kind in the charity’s history.

The money raised during the ride – from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle -will go towards giving hundreds of disadvantaged young people the confidence and skills to find jobs. 

The Prince’s Trust has helped more than 600,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each working day. It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 14- to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.  

Entries are already open for next year’s event at

Palace to Palace

Above: riders flash past Buckingham Palace