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Professional development firm Mountivation have signed a three-year deal to sponsor the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic for the next three years.

The Preston-based company have already set up a Cycling Development Academy in this country, although the sponsorship deal is their first foray into providing backing for top-level races.

CiCLE Classic director Colin Clews praised the new deal, saying: “The three year nature of the agreed partnership also provides stability for the race which it has failed to gain previously in its short eight year history.”

This year’s race – to be held on St. George’s Day (April 29) this year – will again start in Oakham before taking in a gruelling 105-mile route on and off road to Melton. For more information visit www.cicleclassic.co.uk (external link).



Riders tackle the notorious Somerby Forest during last year’s race

The South-West based Primal Europe team launched in style in Plymouth on Sunday, as Tom Stockdale – the youngest member of the squad – took a specially-equipped bike for a quick spin around Batten Bay.

Having won 25 times in 2011, the clothing manufacturer’s European Sales Director Judith Smith said: “We were so proud of the team in 2011, not only did they win lots of races but inspired the development of a totally new cycling club.”



Fancy a ride? (Picture credit: Jaimie Warburton)

Primal Europe 2012 line-up: James Williams (Team Manager), James Smith, Martin Smith, Adam Bright, Wayne Coombs, Robert Willcocks, Phil Borrett, Tom Stockdale, Peter Haworth, Richard Oram

Twenty3c-Orbea have signed ODP rider Alice Barnes for 2012.

Alice, the younger sister of National Circuit Race champion Hannah, will represent the team on the road, as well as in ‘cross and mountain bike events.

Team manager Ceri Dipple said: “As a member of the British Cycling MTB Olympic Development Programme we know that Alice has a bright future ahead of her will be doing extremely well in the coming months.”



Jamie Pine extended his lead in the Imperial Winter Series at Hillingdon on Saturday as he won for the third consecutive round. Pine has recorded eight top ten finishes – including six wins – in the eight races so far. The London Dynamo rider beat Tom Smith (Felt-Colbornes RT) and winner of last week’s SEERL Winter Series race winner Benjamin Moores (Norwood Paragon) to the line.



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  • bill jones

    Is that the Primal team kit? Any more photos looks fantastic, how do you get hold of it?

  • Ken Evans

    “……took a specially-equipped bike for a quick spin around Batten Bay.”

    Is this some new UCI bike design ??
    Or is he training for the new “Tour De Channel” event ??

  • Mark Jones

    Great to see the CiCLE classic getting a sponsorship deal to help give it some stability. It is a pity that this race along with the Premier Calendar series are not shown on ITV4, as this would help bring more sponsors and stability to our domestic scene.