OLYMPIC HEROES TO TOUR OF BRTIAIN
After heroic performances at the Olympic Games in Beijing, it has been confirmed that both Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas will ride the Tour of Britain in September.
Wiggins won two golds in Beijing, one in the individual pursuit and another in the team pursuit, and will be riding for his American Columbia squad. Thomas, another member of the all-conquering pursuit team, will be riding for his Barloworld trade team.
Chris Newton, who won bronze in the points race, is also set to ride for the Rapha Condor Recycling team and represents the third in the trio of medal-winning Brits.
The Tour of Britain will begin on September 7 with a stage around the streets of central London.
BORIS OPENS REDWAY CYCLING TRACK
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, opened the brand new Redbridge Cycling Centre yesterday.
Olympic medallist Jason Queally was also present at the official opening of the £4.5 million circuit which was created by the London Development Agency. The state of the art facility will replace the Eastway Cycle Circuit, which will become a Velopark for the 2012 Olympics in London. It will then be returned to public use, meaning there will be two top cycling facilities in the capital.
The new circuit comprises a two-kilometre track (which can divided up, so it can be used simultaneously), as well as an off-road trail. There is also a pavilion, with six changing rooms, function rooms, a cafeteria, a cycling workshop and a bike hire facility with bikes available to the general public.
?The opening of the Redbridge Centre could not have happened at a better time- this being London?s ?summer of cycling??, said Boris. ?One of my key ambitions as Mayor is to see London become a real cycling city by encouraging the estimated 1.1 million Londoners who own bikes but don?t use them regularly to get back in the saddle?.
?So now there?s no excuse because (it?s a) superb facility?and if you don?t own a bike they?ll lend you one ? just turn up and pedal?.
REAL MAN CYCLING CHALLENGE
David Hillier is the inspiration behind the upcoming Real Man Cycling Challenge. Five years ago, David was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and was given only two years to live. Since then, he has gone on to raise over £400,000 for the Prostate Cancer Charity.
On September 14, there will be the first ever corporate cycling event on closed roads in London. There is currently an offer for 50% of the registration fee.
“Five years ago, I was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer,” said David. “So what was I supposed to do? My consultant told me that exercise would help me so I started cycling everywhere. I couldn’t have looked my family in the eye had I just done nothing. The more I cycled the more my test results improved so I just kept going.”
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NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPS TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for the National Track Championships at the Manchester velodrome, running from September 16-20, are now on sale.
Some of the nation?s finest track riders have already confirmed their attendance, including Olympic bronze medallists Chris Newton and Steven Burke and World Champion, Joanna Rowsell.
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
BRITS AT THE ENECO TOUR
Roger Hammond lines up for Team Columbia, and Jeremy Hunt is in the Crédit Agricole squad for the ENECO Tour in Holland and Belgium.
The race starts in Sitaard-Geelen in Holland today, with a 4.4-kilometre prologue time trial. It ends in Mechelen, Belgium, next Wednesday with an 18.8-kilometre time trial.
In between are the usual mix of flat, rolling and Classics-style stages that typify the event.
Hammond will be building his form for the Tour of Britain while Hunt is again on the look-out for a contract after the news that Crédit Agricole is coming to an end, after failing to secure another title sponsor.
MILLAR AT TOUR DU LIMOUSIN
Garmin-Chipotle?s David Millar is back in action at the Tour du Limousin in France. He was 80th on the first stage from Limoges to Gueret yesterday ? which was won by Ireland?s Nicolas Roche (Crédit Agricole). Millar was in a group 1-52 down.
David Millar, along with his Garmin-Chipotle team, will line up in the upcoming Tour of Britain, starting on September 7.
MCLAY WINS JUNIOR SCRATCH TITLE
With the senior British riders taking a record medal haul in Beijing, Daniel Mclay of the Leicestershire Road Club took the national junior scratch title ahead of Jonathan Mould and George Atkins.
Meanwhile, Jess Varnish comfortably took the junior women?s sprint title ahead of Halesowen team-mate, Helen Scott.