Wednesday’s British news round-up

Tony Gibb and Tom Barras will ride for the newly-formed MSTINA Racing Team for the rest of the year.

Gibb and Barras, who left the Plowman Craven outfit in June, have joined forces with Simon Barnes (former team owner and Plowman Craven) and Gianluca Cappello (UK distributor for clothing company MSTINA) to form the new team.

The team, which at the moment consists of just Gibb and Barras, made its debut at the National Circuit Race Championships, in which Barras was ninth.

“We already had a link with Tony and Tom because we provided accessories to Plowman Craven over the last couple of years,” explained Cappello to Cycling Weekly.

“Tony and Tom were without a team so the idea to create something came in July, just before the National Circuit Race Championships. We were keen to set something up for the rest of the year, but we were very tight with time as everything had to be done in about a week, designing the kit and things like that.”

The future of the team is unclear at the moment, but Cappello says that the team is currently in the process of recruiting new riders and potentially a new sponsor.

In the meantime, Gibb and Barras will head to the Tour of Bermuda – a race that the latter won last year – on Tuesday of next week with high hopes.

Tom Barras
Above: Tom Barras in MSTINA kit

Lizzie Armitstead, fresh from her top-20 placing in the GP de Plouay, was third yesterday in the opening stage of the Tour Cycliste Féminin International Ardèche.

The 119km first stage, a circuitous route starting and finishing in Beauchastel, was won from a lone break by Cervélo’s Christiane Soeder.

Alona Andruk (Safi Pasti) led home the peloton 2-03 in arrears, with Armitstead rounding out the podium.

Newly-crowned British champion Nicole Cooke was fifth, whilst Lucy Martin and Nikki Harris (both Great Britain) placed in the top 40. 

Tom Murray, formerly of the Plowman Craven team, has signed for Sigma Sport for the 2010 season.

Murray parted ways with Plowman Craven and spent the rest of the year based in Belgium, as part of the KW Heist Zuidenkempen team riding kermesse races.

The Sigma team for which Murray has signed is expanding its ambitions, and indeed its budget (believed to be double the budget for 2009), for next year as it targets the Tour Series criteriums amongst other races.

Sussex Cycle Racing League is promoting the South-Eastern Regional Track Championships for the end of September with generous prize funds up for grabs.

Held at Preston Park in Brighton on September 26, the senior race programme includes sprint, pursuit, points and scratch races with separate categories for juniors and women.  

There is also an Omnium event for Youth A, B and C riders which will include a time trial, points, Keirin and scratch races.

Championship medals will be awarded in all categories and as a Regional C+ event ranking points will also be available.   

The final senior event, a 15km scratch race, will also have a generous prize fund of £100 for the winner, £50 for second and £25 for third. There will also be a bonus prize of £25 for the rider who wins the most laps.

For more information and to download the entry form, visit Pre entry is encouraged as it not only saves money but will also means you can eschew the signing on process on the day. Pre-entry closes at midnight Saturday September 19.


The Together Trust is appealing to Salford residents to dig out their sports kit and help raise funds for Inscape House, the charity’s school for autism in Salford, by taking part in a cycling and running event in Salford Quays later this month.  

On September 27 the city will play host to the Salford Cycle event and 10k road race. The event, designed to appeal to all ages and abilities, will take in some of the local sites and landmarks including The Lowry, the Imperial War Museum and Manchester United Football Club. 

The Together Trust, one of the North West’s oldest and largest charities, is one of the charity partners for the event, with all funds going to its Inscape School. All riders and runners are asked to make a pledge to raise £50 for the charity.

For further information or an entry form and to register call 0161 283 4883 or email