Wednesday’s British news round-up

After a fine start to the cyclo-cross season, in which Britain’s Helen Wyman won the Star Cross in the USA with consummate ease, the Kona/FSA rider’s luck run out, however, in Monday’s Rad Racing GP, the second round of the North American Trophy Series.

After taking an early lead, Wyman punctured and dropped back to 20th, minutes down on the race lead.

With nothing to lose Wyman chased back to claim a well-earned fourth.

The Briton is now lying third in the Series, with America’s Sue Butler having taken over the series lead.  

After the race, a disappointed Wyman commented, “that’s racing; I’ll just have to try to make up for it next time out. I couldn’t have punctured in a worse place really. But I gave it my all and I know my form is good”.  

The next race for Wyman is Cross Vegas, before returning to Europe for the first round of the World Cup in Italy on October 4.  

Wyman continued, ‘It’s a shame for Kona/FSA also as I would have liked to have got a double win for them.  They’ve put a lot of faith in me to take over from Wendy Simms who was World Number 1 last year, but I guess one out 2 isn’t too bad.’

Brief Results from Rad Racing GP
1. Sue Butler

2. Alison Dunlap
3. Kari Studley
4. Helen Wyman
5. Barbara Howe

Ex-professional cyclist Flavio Zappi has been racing in the UK for some months now but next year will set up his own development team for young British cyclists who have not made it through the British Cycling development programmes.

For 2010, Zappi has a roster of five U23 riders and plans to make an impact on the Premier Calendar as well as in races in Belgium.

Riders confirmed for next year so far are: Jack Kirk, Tom Yetman, Sam Parker and Dexter Gardias.

See next Thursday’s Cycling Weekly for more.

Catherine Williamson of the Fenixs team ended her Giro della Toscana campaign with a top ten result.

Williamson was tenth on the 106km final stage from Quarrata to Firenze, won in a bunch sprint by the inimitable Marianne Vos.

The British rider finished the six-day stage race 37th overall, 11-24 in arrears of overall winner, Diana Ziliure (Safi Pasta).

Multiple BMX and track world champion, Shanaze Reade, will visit the Sabbath Bicycles stand at the upcoming Cycle Show on Sunday October 11 from 2pm. The 20-year-old will be on hand to chat and to sign autographs.

For 2010, Reade will be riding a Pure Bicycles titanium BMX in a newly formed team to help young Olympic prospects, Team Bicycles.

Rob Vernon, Director of The Pure Bicycle Company said: “Pure was launched because we felt that while there was huge investment in technology in other cycling disciplines – road racing and track particularly, there has been no innovation in BMX.

“We had the BMX know how and expertise, but we wanted to work with Sabbath because we felt they could help us create the product the riders are demanding.

“The Pure team riders have had direct input into the design of PRO XL they have been riding, feeding back to us and Dr Iain Roche at Sabbath who has been able to interpret the requirements and help us deliver a market-leading BMX frame”.

Pure Bicycles will be displaying Shanaze’s PRO XXL bike on the Sabbath Bicycles stand, located at stand E30, from 2pm on October 11.

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Shanaze Reade BMX

Above: Shanaze Reade with her new steed