Berlin 6-Day Second Place for Moses and McLay

British duo Dan McLay and Tom Moses came second in the U23 competition at the Berlin six-day.

The four-day event, which finished on Sunday, forms part of the UIV Talent Cup Series and is the first that the pair has competed in this season.

It was won by Dutchman Nick Stöpler and German Jesper Mørkøv who led the event from the opening night with McLay and Moses consistently lying in second. After the final night, the British pair finished one lap and thirty-eight points behind.

Moses -who has since returned to the British Cycling Academy training camp in Majorca- may now be in need of some TLC having crashed a total of three times over the four nights.

The UIV Talent Cup Series continues this weekend in Copenhagen.

After the first session yesterday, another British pair, Owain Doull and Joshua Papworth, lead the standings by two points.

Dan McLay

Dan McLay in action on the track

Alex Coutts Top 20 in Tour of Langkawi


Scottish climbing specialist Alex Coutts finished seventeenth overall in Malaysia’s Tour of Langkawi on Tuesday.

The ten-day tour, which is considered the biggest in Asia, was mostly raced over flat stages ending in bunch sprints. Coutts’ good performances on the more mountainous fourth and fifth stages ensured his high placing – he finished forty seconds back on stage four, and fourteenth on stage five, losing just under a minute and a half on the leader.


Coutts has notable experience on the Asian circuit, winning the Tour of Thailand in 2008. Having spent most of his career racing in Europe he is now part of the Giant Kenda team, the re-named Giant Asia racing team.

Winning five stages and the points jersey, twenty one year old Italian Andrea Guardini had a dream debut tour for his Farnese Vini team. The overall winner was Venezuelan Jonathan Monsalve of Androni Giocatelli.

Motorpoint team launch details released

The Motorpoint cycling team is having their 2011 launch for Thursday February 17 in Derby. The event will provide an introduction to this season’s riders and their expectations for the coming year. The team will be meeting the public from 7pm at the Motorpoint offices on Chartwell Drive in Derby.

Motorpoint will be racing a mixture of British and international races this year, including the Tour Series, Premier Calendar, Tour of Mumbai, Tour of Britain and Tour of Ireland.

The team has an exciting young line-up with Ian Bibby and Johnny McEvoy as leaders. Bibby performed well in the Tour Series last year, came second in stage three of the Tour of Britain and won the 2010 British cyclo-cross national championships.

Cycling Safety Petition Appeal

Far too many cyclists are killed on the roads every year. Now a campaign to promote an EU declaration designed to protect cyclists is asking for your support.  

Many cyclist deaths involve HGVs and their blind spots. The See me, Save me campaign supports a declaration asking the EU to get HGVs fitted with sensors and cameras in order to remove these blind spots.



The declaration needs to be signed by over half of MEPs before February 16 or it will lapse. The campaign is asking individuals to write to MEPs asking them to sign it.

To get in contact with your MEPs go to www.writetothem.com, type in your postcode, and select ‘to all your MEPs’. Then copy and paste the following text into the e-mail:

Please sign the EU declaration to get HGVs fitted with censors and
 cameras to remove their blind spot.








4000 people, mostly unprotected road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are killed each year in Europe because of HGV blind spots.



 

This declaration needs to be signed by half of the 736
 MEPs before it lapses on Wed 16th Feb.