British news round-up: Lincoln steps up 2015 Nationals bid

Lincolnshire formally launched its bid to host the 2015 British National Road Race and Time Trial Championships on Friday.

Organiser of the long-running Lincoln GP, Ian Emmerson, has sent a 126-page proposal to British Cycling in the hope of securing the event.

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With the time trials scheduled for Thursday June 25, Emmerson has proposed a 11-kilometre circuit that would include “a few climbs to get the riders out of the saddle on each lap”.

In the road races three days later, the planned would route would take riders out of the city on a starting loop before coming back to race around the famous Lincoln Grand Prix circuit and up the cobbled 1 in 6 Michaelgate climb several times.

Aside from the championships, a number of other events have also been planned. Amid an ‘Uphill Dash’ and the Lincoln Grand Prix Sportive, a criterium has been proposed that would see riders of all ages and sexes race against one another around the majestic Lincoln Cathedral.

Tour Series returns to Redditch

Redditch will welcome the Pearl Izumi Tour Series for the third consecutive year in 2014, it was confirmed on Thursday.

The Worcestershire town will host round seven of next year’s criterium-based event (June 3), with the event forming part of the “Choose How You Move Redditch” project, a three-year programme aimed to encourage locals to travel sustainably.

Metaltek-Knights of Old were the surprise winners of this year’s round, their only series victory to date, while Endura Racing took the honours in 2012 en route to the overall victory.

Hannah Barnes won the Johnson Health Tech Series round on the circuit in June, although organiser SweetSpot have not confirmed whether or not Redditch will also welcome the women’s series once again in 2014.

“We are delighted to return to Redditch after the success of the past two years and look forward to renewing our partnership with Worcestershire County Council and their Choose How You Move project,” said race director Mick Bennett.

Mayor expands ‘Boris Bike’ scheme to cover south west London

The Mayor of London has announced plans to expand his Barclays Cycle Hire scheme in the capital.

Among the proposals are the introduction of 2,000 new cycles and more than 150 new docking stations in south west London, with locations including Clapham Junction, Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney.

Two million now ride bikes regularly

British Cycling have announced a huge rise in the number of bike users across the UK. According to results from Sport England’s Active People survey, the number of British adults who now ride their bike more than one a week has risen to over two million.

With the survey confirming that cycling has become the nation’s third most popular sport (in terms of participation), BC’s Chief Executive Ian Drake commented: “We’re thrilled with today’s results. The fact that we’ve grown regular cycling numbers three times more this summer than during the summer of London 2012 shows that our legacy of increased participation is really kicking in.”

Women’s involvement in cycling is also rising, the survey suggests. According to BC, the number of women racing in formal cycle sport events has risen 24% while over 100,000 women are said to have joined their programmes this year.