British Barloworld professionals Chris Froome, Steve Cummings and Geraint Thomas will head to Tuscany in early February for the team?s pre-season training camp.

The riders will be able to test new equipment and plan their racing programme in detail with team manager Claudio Corti and the directeurs sportif Alberto Volpi and Valerio Tebaldi.

“The riders will also be busy perfecting their position on the new Bianchi bikes, especially their team time trial bikes that will be used for the first time in the Tour of the Mediterranean,? explained Alberto Volpi.

?We want to be competitive in this early team time trial so that the riders will be prepared for this kind of race later in the season. We’ve got several strong time trial riders and we’ll work on them riding perfectly together”.

The team will ride the GP degli Etruschi during the training camp, before heading to the Tour of the Mediterranean, the Trofeo Laigueglia, the Giro di Sardinia and the GP di Lugano.

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The 2009 Dragon Ride will benefit for the first time from Mavic?s legendary service course vehicles.

For over 30 years, Mavic has provided neutral support and assistance to the biggest bike races in the world.

The idea for a service course was conceived during the 1972 Dauphiné Libéré, when Bruno Gormand gave up his Mavic car to a stricken team manager.

Mavic will be providing both on road and starting village support to entrants.

See for more details.


Rotor Q RingAbove: BMC UK RT will use Rotor?s innovative Q Ring chainring next season

The BMC UK Racing Team has announced a new sponsor in the shape of Rotor Bike Components.

The team?s BMC bikes will be equipped with Rotor?s innovative Agilis Evo Cranks, Q Rings (pictured above) and SABB bottom brackets for the team?s assault on the Premier Calendar, National Circuit Race Series and Tour Series.

Rotor Q Rings are ovalised (elliptical) chainrings, which offer a solution to the inefficiency of the dead spot in the pedalling motion.

Q rings reduce the negative effects of the dead spots, moving the legs more easily through the dead spot and enabling the legs to remain in the power stroke for a longer period of time compared to round chainrings.

?What struck me first when I started riding the Q Rings was how much more efficient my legs felt,? said one of the team?s riders, Daniel Kogan.

?Before, my right leg always seemed to be the more dominant one, but with the Q rings my legs felt balanced. Out of the saddle, I think, is where the difference between ordinary rings and Q Rings can really be found.?

More details about the team can be found at


Round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont, who toured 18,000 miles around the globe in 194 days, will now turn his ear to a rowing record, a 3,300 trip from New York to Falmouth.

Next summer, Beaumont will join 11 other men in a 52ft boat, in which they will use three pairs of oars on a rotating two hour basis through the violent storms of the North Atlantic.

?The selection process was tough,? Beaumont told the Edinburgh Evening News, ?six days and six nights sleeping out under tarpaulin, sleep deprivation, 30-mile hikes. It was very psychologically demanding as well as very physical, it becomes about resolve, about not giving up?.


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