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RICHMOND PARK TIME TRIAL ON SUNDAY
In an unprecedented move, London Dynamo have gained permission to hold two early-morning time-trials on a 10.4-mile route on a circuit in London training mecca Richmond Park. If these pilot time-trials are successful, it is hoped that a series will follow in the picturesque Royal Park in 2010.
The event has already attracted a sizeable number of entries, including one from domestic time-trial titan Michael Hutchinson.
The first event is held this Sunday (August 9) with first man off at 6am, and riders starting at 30-second intervals. The second time-trial will be on Sunday August 23. There are no entries on the line: to enter, e-mail Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details, visit www.londondynamo.co.uk.
TROTT WINS BUNCH GALLOP TO BECOME NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMP
VC Londres starlet Emma Trott was crowned the women’s British junior national champion this weekend at the Essex Giro. She was first across the line in a bunch sprint, beating junior and senior rivals alike, as only eleven of the 34-strong field qualified for junior honours.
Jessica Booth (Halesowen & A CC) had to settle for second and silver, while Hannah Rich (Pinarello RT) took fourth and the bronze medal, just behind ineligible older rival Leanne Thompson (Hewitt Racing).
This continues Trott’s rich vein of form: just a few weeks ago, the first-year junior took a gold in the women’s team pursuit at the European junior track championships, as well as two bronzes in in the scratch race and individual pursuit respectively.
1. Laura Trott (VC Londres) Junior gold
2. Jessica Booth (Halesowen A & CC) Junior silver
3. Leanne Thompson (Hewitt Racing)
4. Hannah Rich (CandiTV-Pinarello RT) Junior bronze
5. Claire Thomas (Edinburgh RC)
6. Kara Chesworth (Dysynni CC)
7. Sarah Reynolds (Team Wallis CHH)
8. Ruby Miller (Private Member)
9. Ella Sadler-Andrews (Team Wallis CHH)
10. Alexandra Tyrer (Twickenham CC)
ARMISTEAD TAKES SPOILS IN GERMANY
Lizzie Armitstead (Lotto-Belisol) claimed victory on Saturday, outsprinting her rivals in a 47-kilometre criterium in Bochum, Germany.
Accomplished sprinter Armitstead went on the offensive, infiltrating the breakaway and making sure it stayed away. At the finish, she comfortably distanced second-placed Vicki Whitelaw for the win.
At the following day’s Sparkassen Giro, Armitstead set up her team-mate Rochelle Gilmore for victory. The Great Britain national team were also in attendance: Lucy Martin finished sixth, with Hannah Mayho and Katie Colclough eighteenth and nineteenth respectively.
KINESIS’S TOUGH RIDE IN ALSACE
The Kinesis-KUK squad were on the Franco-German border last week for six days of racing at the UCI 2.2 ranked Tour d’Alsace (July 28-August 2). It was a tough learning experience for the young outfit: ultimately, none of the six-man team made it to the finish.
However, they can take solace in the fact that half the field also abandoned over the course of the attritional race, including star sprinter Theo Bos, racing just before his one-month ban for his involvement in Daryl Impey’s Tour of Turkey crash begins.
With the whole Alsace region experiencing a 95-degree heatwave, every stage was raced in sweltering conditions: Kinesis rider Tom Last suffered a nasty bout of heatstroke on the second day, forcing him to abandon the race.
James Stewart and guest rider David Mclean were the last men standing for Kinesis. Stewart abandoned early on the final stage, which finished on the Ballon d’Alsace. However, Mclean made it up across the line in 27th, only to be unclassified on the results sheet. Swiss rider Simon Zahner won the overall title.
Team manager Chris Truett attested to the difficulty of the event: “It was the hardest race I’ve ever seen in my life. The heat got to us firstly, and then the distance, speed and the mountains. Some of the best in Europe were up there.” He also paid tribute to the level of organisation and support in France: “It made the Tour of Britain look like amateurs because it was just so well done.”
The squad are now off to the Tour of Pendle this Sunday, hoping to continue their good run of form after James Moss’ fourth place in the East Yorkshire Classic.
STANNARD IN POLAND
ISD rider Ian Stannard is the sole British participant in the Tour of Poland (August 2-8). After finishing inside the top forty on the opening stage, the 22 year-old was 147th on yesterday’s second stage, losing 3-08 to stage winner Angelo Furlan.
GREAT BRITAIN GOLD RUSH AT MASTERS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
The European Masters Track Championships were held at Manchester Velodrome last week (July 27-August 1), and Great Britain emerged as the most successful nation by far. The tally of twenty-six golds was twice as many as closest challenger France.
In total, with thirty-two silvers and twenty-eight bronze medals, Great Britain scored a whopping 86 medals in a dominant display over the six days.
Alongside their gold medals, new European records were also set by Geoff Cooke, Alison Chisholm, Ian Humphreys and Peter Ettles.
For full results, visit http://www.cyclingmasters.com.