The South Carrick David
Bell Memorial road race has been saved thanks to a late influx of entries,
allowing the 48th edition of the National B event to go ahead on August 18.


The race, held in and around Girvan, Scotland, is part of the ‘Ayrshire
Alps’ weekend of cycling and just three weeks prior to its staging, less than
20 riders had signed up.


The race takes place on an undulating 81 mile
course.


To find out more about the weekend’s festivities go to www.ayrshirealps.org

Stafford GP returns






The fourth annual Stafford GP takes place
this weekend as part of a new two-day festival, which also features a new
sportive and new professional men’s race.




The Staffordshire Cycling Festival kicks
off on Friday August 9, with the Stafford Grand Prix the first event of the two
days.

At a new time of 4:30pm on Friday, there’s a hand cycle race and women’s
GP, before the men’s professional race at 8pm.


The race, which was originally held in the
1980s, was won by Ed Clancey when it was revived in 2010. Teams taking part
this year include IG-Sigma Sport, Rapha Condor JLT and Madison Genesis.

The GP is followed on Saturday by two new
sportives on a 35 mile or 70 mile route, and the new Shugborough Kermesse, a
two-hour race around a 3.8 mile circuit in Shugborough.




Danny MacAskill takes Taiwan

Most people’s idea of a holiday to Taiwan doesn’t involve riding on
and teetering perilously across the state’s landmarks.


But it does for Danny MacAskill. The Scottish streets trial rider
has taken his video camera to the eastern Asian streets and has returned some
more jaw-dropping footage to his extensive portfolio of stunts.


MacAskill bunny-hops over parked scooters, wheels along benches and
walls, bounds onto huge pillars separated
and terrifyingly twists and spins onto roofs.


“Taiwan has really cool architecture, it really mixes the old with
the new. This place has amazing streets,” MacAskill says in the video of his latest
daredevil antics that you can watch here:






 

Cyclo-cross goes Victorian 

A unique urban cyclo-cross event set around a town that replicates
life in the Victoria era is taking place at the end of the month.

Blists Hill Victorian
Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge, will be hosting the event on the
evening of Saturday August 31, with the organiser of
the spectacular Newport Nocturne, Nick Jeggo, behind the event.


The loop around the town’s
urban and rural spots will provide a series of demanding challenges as they
ride through narrow pathways, across the village green and nearby woods before
heading back to the loop’s start along the canal.


Jeggo commented: “Blists
Hill is a fantastic location for a cyclo-cross race, there’s already been a
massive amount of interest.”


He added: “We really want there to be a fun aspect to the evening.
We are working on a few other ideas, which we think will lend themselves to the
occasion.”


There will be four types
of races to cater for all ages in advance of 12.  Racing gets underway at 6pm
and spectators can watch for £3; under-16s are free if accompanied with an adult.
For more information contact Nick on 07967 45268 or visit  www.queenviccx.moonfruit.com/race-entry/4577903230 

 

Tickets still available for Junior Track World Championships

Tickets are still available for the UCI
Junior Track World Championships currently taking place in Glasgow. The next generation of track cyclists from around the world is
competing in a range of disciplines until Sunday, at the Chris Hoy velodrome in Scotland.


For tickets click here www.glasgowlife.org.uk/juniorworlds2013/

Leicester Castle Classic route revealed

The first Leicester Castle Classic race
route has been announced with the country’s best professional teams set to
compete.


Taking place on Sunday August 18, the demanding 4km loop – that will be raced 20 times
in the 80km kermesse race – will commence and conclude on the Western
Boulevard.


Replicating kermesse style racing in Belgium, the riders will have to navigate over the cobbled stones around
Leicester Castle before they sprint to the finish.


Rapha Condor JLT, Team IG Sigma Sport, 100%
ME and Node4 Giordana have already signed up to the event highlighting the
quality of field that will be in action in the Midlands.


Prior to the elite racing there is a
Corporate Relay Challenge for amateur cyclists to compete and a Choppers ‘n’
Shoppers fun race.

These can be entered at www.britishcycling.org.uk/leicestercastleclassic.

 Entry fees for the fun races are being donated to the Joe Humphries Memorial
Trust.