More details of Olympic road race test event emerge
LOCOG, the organising body behind London 2012, have released further information about the London-Surrey Cycle Classic (August 14), which will be the test event for the Olympic road race next July.
Setting off an finishing on The Mall, riders will follow exactly the same route that will be used to decide the winner of the gold medal in 2012.
However, the test mirror’s the women’s event, so only climbs Box Hill twice, although access on the hill may be restricted.
The roads will be fully closed for the race, with diversionary routes and parking bay suspensions likely to be put in place.
Details of these, along with team selections for the 140km “classic” (likely to be categorised as a UCI 1.2-ranked event) will be announced at a later date.
The race follows the same route as the Olympic road race.
London-Surrey Cycle Classic schedule
Start – The Mall, KM0, 09:00
Richmond Park 09:15
Bushy Park 09:30
Hampton Court Palace 09:35
Ripley Village 10:05
Box Hill (restricted access likely) between 10:40 and 11:20
Hampton Court Palace 11:40
Richmond Park 11:55
Finish - The Mall, KM140 (87 miles), 12:10
Brit to attempt round-the-world cycling record
London-based photographer Sean Conway is attempting the round-the-world cycling record, starting on February 18 from Greenwich.
Conway is taking part in the 2012 Global Bike Race. All competing riders set off from Greenwich but choose their own routes around the globe.
Round the world record attempts must involve travelling at least 18,000 miles in one direction, covering at least two points that are on oppisite sides of the earth.
Conway plans to tackle the mammoth task by heading through Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Iran, India and Pakistan, South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
The record is currently held by Vin Cox, from Par, Cornwall, who managed it in 163 days, six hours and fifty eight minutes, finishing in August 2010.
Mr Cox is actually organising the round the Global Bike Race, in which over fifteen riders will take part.
Shropshire man to compete in transplant world championships
Richard Smith, resident of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, will in June defend his world time trial title at the World Transpant Games in Sweden.
The World Transport Games are organised to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery and to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation.
All athletes competing have undergone an organ transplant at some point in their lives.
Richard, who won a gold medal in the time trial and a silver medal in the road race representing Great Britain in the World Transplant Games in Australia in 2009, is taking on the best the World has to offer in Slottsskoden Park, Gotenberg once again in both road and time trial disciplines on the 19th and 21st June respectively.
A defence of his British road race and time trial titles will follow in Belfast in August as part of the British Transplant Games.
Richard, a 3rd Category road racer and British Cycling qualified coach, is a long-term member of Telford’s Wrekinsport Cycling Club
New club launched in West Yorkshire
Last Saturday saw the launch of a brand new community cycling club based in Knottingley, West Yorkshire.
Named, BBM Revolution CC, the club’s launch saw a number of local rides set of from their HQ.
The club already has eighty members, and has ambitious plans for the year. They are planning to promoting 4 races, and several family cycling days.
They are also working towards a youth coaching set up where under 16’s will receive training and advice in a safe, traffic free environment.
The club’s president, Ashley Brown, said “anyone can join the club and ride their bikes together whatever their level. We have kids in the club, complete novices, groups riding for weight loss right through to our resident Olympians and racing cyclists and everything in between.”
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