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London 2012 gold medalist Victoria Pendleton will be swapping her bike for some dance shoes on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing this Saturday on BBC One. 

Having retired at the end of the Olympics Pendleton is seeking new ventures, with the tenth series of the BBC’s flagship show first on the bill.

Her competitive spirit will no doubt be on show once more, and here’s hoping for a new Anna Meares-esque rivalry with one of the star-studded
line-up featuring Girls Aloud’s Kimberly Walsh, Westlife’s Nicky Byrne
and fellow Olympian Louis Smith.





Victoria Pendleton might swap tracksuits for tiaras…but her competitive spirit will stay the same!

The first episode will be aired this Saturday at 6.30pm where the dancers discover their professional partners. The series continues throughout the autumn. _________________________________________________________________

Following the success of Britain’s golden girls Laura Trott, Sarah Storey and Victoria Pendleton at the Olympics this summer, British Cycling’s Breeze network is paying homage to women’s cycling by hosting Breeze in the Park.

Taking place on September 23rd, the event will see cycling events for women held at a number of parks from across the nation. Breeze are encouraging women inspired by GB’s exploits at London 2012 to get on their bikes for a relaxed, family-friendly ride.

A big turnout is expected as cycling fever continues to sweep the nation. For more information and a full list of venues, visit breezebikerides.com.

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The Herne Hill Velodrome played host last weekend to the second edition of the Dave Creasy 6 in glorious sunshine.

Inspired by the famous Six Days of Ghent, the event celebrated all things
Belgian with great beer, frites and plenty of competitive racing.





Big crowds and good fun: racing at the Herne Hill velodrome


The duo of Tony Gibb and Tom Gallacher won the men’s senior event, and the party atmosphere ensured that a good time was had
by all.

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Not often do cyclists have the opportunity to ride alongside a world record holder, but the British Heart Foundation are providing the chance with a Bath to Bournemouth bike ride on September 30th.

The aforementioned record holder is the aptly named Ben Rockett, who achieved the feat two years ago by riding 1800 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back in just five days, 21 hours and eight minutes.



Ride from Bath to Bournemouth with the BHF

It’s all for a good cause too, as proceeds from the event go towards the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. If you’d like to get involved, register online at bhf.org.uk/b2b.

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With the Tour of Britain under way, Map My Tracks, the race’s official GPS Tracking Supplier, are providing live coverage allowing fans to follow the race online.

By logging in online at mapmytracks.com, fans can track the progress of the riders through a GPS system that reports where the riders are on the road at any time. Those with iPhones or Androids can also download the Map My Tracks OutFront app for more detailed analysis.

As the hills get bigger and he GC race more intense over the next few days, be sure to keep on top of the Tour of Britain as it reaches its engrossing climax in Guildford on Sunday.

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The cyclocross season is well under way, with Dan Booth, William Bjergfelt and Paul Oldham among those claiming early wins.

Oldham, who lost his national title earlier this year, looked in particularly good form, securing consecutive victories in the first two rounds of the Yorkshire Points league.



Former national champion Paul Oldham tackles the gruelling 3 Peaks Cyclocross

Cyclocross fans have plenty more to look forward to with the 3 Peaks Cyclocross on September 30 before the European Championships head to Ipswich on November 3.

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Places are still available for the annual two-day Hadrian’s Challenge taking place this weekend.

The event, which sees riders follow a route across the country inspired by Hadrian’s Wall, begins early morning Saturday at Mayport and from there heads to Winshields Farm via lunch at Carlisle.

Sunday’s route then follows the Tyne Valley before finishing at Newcastle Quayside in time for lunch.

For information regarding how to enter, visit their website

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Want to ride the Giant’s Causeway Sportive? Time is fast running out to get your pre-event entry in before the deadline of September 13.

The sportive this Saturday offers three routes of 57km, 126km and a gigantic 182km. The weather forecast looks good but the grippy riding through the stunning landscape of Northern Ireland will undoubtedly present a challenge for each and every rider.

Starting and finishing in Ballycastle, entries are just £35 and there will be a post-event get together at the local pub: a perfect opportunity for a raffle, post-ride banter and a chance to soak up more than just the atmosphere. 

Head to the event website to find out more and book your place.

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With the Paralympics bringing Para-Cycling to the public’s attention, there is further good news as British Cycling reports a 20% increase in cycling among people with a disability over the last four years.

200,000 Brits with a long term limiting disability now cycle once a week, demonstrating the accessibility of cycling and ensuring we can hope for continued success at professional Para-Cycling level.

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