Wednesday’s British news round-up


An on-form Matt Crampton had a successful night’s racing at Revolution 24 setting the fastest 200m time of the night and finishing second in the sprint final.

At the end of the night, after hearing the Rollapaluza rig was track centre, he decided to attempt to beat Craig Maclean’s record of 18.94 seconds for the standard 500m distance.

As the house lights came up a small crowd gathered to witness what was to be an incredible performance.

Matt blasted out an amazing 17.90 seconds, over a full second faster than the previous best mark.

“We thought Craig’s record was pretty safe until tonight,” said Caspar Hughes of Rollapaluza, himself one of only a dozen people to break the 20-second barrier.

It remains to be seen how safe Matt’s new record is as more top riders from all cycling disciplines are taking up the Rollapaluza challenge.

Matt’s stats:

500m in 17.90 seconds

100.6 kmh


85 inch gear (44×14)

Average cadence 254rpm

imageAbove: Matt Crampton after his record-breaking effort. Photo courtesy of Crankphoto


The British Cervélo duo of Roger Hammond and Jeremy Hunt will head to Belgium for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (formerly Het Volk) on Saturday.

Meanwhile, fellow Cervélo Briton Dan Fleeman will travel to Switzerland for the GP Insubria and the GP Lugano.

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The Endura racing team held its official team launch on Saturday at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

The team used the magnificent venue to outline their objectives for the year and showcase their sponsors for 2009.

Friends, family and sponsors gathered together to meet the team and offer their support for the season ahead.

The team was also pleased to announce that they have registered at UCI Continental level for 2009. Team Manager Jonathan McBain said, ?it was fantastic to see so many people here to support us and the encouragement was very well received.?

Greg Byron, who delivered a presentation on the team?s behalf, highlighted their key long-term strategic aims including

– Building a team ethic that ensures professionalism, delivers continuous improvement and ensures the team and staff enjoy what they are doing;

– Establishing a team where talent can be identified and developed; and

– Continuing to build and maintain relationships with British Cycling and Scottish Cycling development programmes,

In terms of the team?s aspirations for 2009, they aim to win a Premier Calendar stage or race, in addition to obtaining top ten finishes on a regular basis. They also endeavour to win a Tour Series event.

2009 team line-up:

James McCallum

James McCallum

David Smith:

Kevin Barclay

Josh James

Alistair Robinson

Scott Macrae

David Lines

Gordon Murdoch

Callum Wilkinson

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