Lancashire has been confirmed as the venue for next year’s British national road race championships, acting as the temporary replacement for the Tour of Pendle.

Confirmed for Sunday June 27, the event will see over 300 riders flocking to Pendle for the event.

This year, the race caused disruption for the residents of Abergavenny although this is something the organisers are keen to avoid next year.

“We are making sure residents are inconvenienced as little as possible and know exactly what’s happening,” said James Starkie, Ward Councillor for Pendleside.

“There’ll be the potential for residents to help provide refreshments, act as marshals and run stalls to support their villages,” he added.

British road race national championship 2009, women

Above: Nicole Cooke wins this year’s event in Abergavenny


The sixth and final round of the National Trophy cyclo-cross series returns to Rutland Water for the second running of the Rutland County International CiCLE Classic on Sunday, January 17.

Organiser Colin Clews promises a few Belgian riders to keep our top men on their toes, and a course featuring steps, dead turns, ‘mini washboard’ and a lakeside beach section to give the race that full-on Continental flavour.

Race director Clews said: “Having provided the ‘tools’, we fully expect the riders to respond with perhaps the best and most hard fought racing of the Winter season so far, providing a wonderful showcase for both the sport of cyclo-cross and the Rutland Water venue.”    

The day of racing will give the British riders the first opportunity to show off their newly-won jerseys from the previous week’s national championships in Birmingham.

The highlight of the cyclo-cross season, the World Championships in the Czech Republic, take place two weeks after the Rutland event.


London will be awash (excuse the pun) with climate change protesters tomorrow in a mass demonstration called ‘The Wave’, supporting climate change action at the UN’s Copenhagen summit.

As part of the demonstrations, the London Cycling Campaign is organising local, group-led rides to the start of the march at mid-day in Grosvenor Square. 

Rides are being led from the following places:

Camden -
11 am meet Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage for
11:30 am start

- 9.45 am depart Cutty Sark Gardens

Islington -
11 am depart Highbury Fields

Hackney -
10.15 am meet Hackney Town Hall

Lambeth -
12:00pm, depart from behind Streatham Hill station (off Drewstead Road)

Lewisham -
11 am Clock Tower, Lewisham town centre

Merton -
10.15 am meet Wimbledon Station forecourt for a
10.30 am depart

Southwark -
9.30 am depart Dulwich Park Cafe 

Tower Hamlets -
9 am depart top of the Green Bridge, Mile End Park

Wandsworth -
12:00 at Tooting Bec Athletics Track

For more information, see for more. All you need to do is bring your bike and wear blue! 


British Cycling has organised a series of presentations regarding the new Olympic Talent Programme.

The intention of the presentations is to inform as many club volunteers, riders, coaches and parents about how the new programme works, how it can help clubs, coaches and riders and to provide a forum to ask any necessary questions.

The presentations encompass each of the disciplines included within the Talent Programme; cross-country mountain biking; track sprint and endurance; circuit racing and BMX.

For further details of the time and location of the venues, see—NW-and-Midlands-0


Cyclists are urged to be vigilant for missing bicycles that were recently stolen from a garage in the Bognor Regis area.

Among the items stolen was a Colnago E1 (one of only 150 in the country), a rare Peraccini and a Marin mountain bike.

Needless to say all bikes have great personal value.

A reward is being offered for any information leading to their return.

Please contact


The second instalment of the Cycle Premier – Metaltek’s animated video previewing the 2010 season is now available.

This episode introduces the rider line-up for the squad.


Evans Cycles has an enormous prize fund up for grabs this winter with £10,000 of cycling gear on offer.

A brand new 2010 Lapiere Zesty 514 mountain bike and BMC Pro Machine SLC01 road bike, worth £2,799.99 and £3,499.99 respectively, headline the competition.

For more details, see

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    Link to route maps for the Britsh National Road RaceChampionship course in Pendle.

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    Pendle is a hill, not a town! You should remember it from years and years of hill climb reportage.

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    There’s no such town as Pendle. It’s a Council area which takes its name from a nearby Hill. Education, education, education.