The palace today stepped in to save British Cycling?s troubled Premier Calendar series, spawning ground of Britain’s future Olympic hopefuls. So far this year three of these events have been cancelled because of high police costs or safety fears.

The Queen, as commander in chief of Britain?s police forces, and a road racing fan since watching Nicole Cooke win the Beijing Olympic road race title last year, has said all police forces should, forthwith, offer escort duty to all the Premier Calendar events free of charge.

The news was leaked by a member of the British Cycling Executive Board attending a Champagne breakfast at the Palace this morning, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the British Cycling Federation in 1959.

?We?re overwhelmed, speechless,? said a BC spokesperson. ?This saves us the bother of raising this matter with Gordon Brown at the G20 meeting today.?