Monday's British news round-up
GOOD FRIDAY AT HERNE HILL
Olympic medallists Ed Clancy, Ross Edgar and Chris Newton top the bill at the Good Friday meeting at Herne Hill at Easter.
Current national road champion Rob Hayles and Former under-23 academy rider Andy Tennant also make the journey to South London aiming for the £1,000 first prize for the Golden Wheel 20km scratch race. 2008 winner Tony Gibb returns to defend his title.
Organiser Graham Bristow brings back the 10-minute invitation pursuit, a big crowd favourite, with a classy line-up. “Rob Hayles, Chris Newton, Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant. I haven’t done it for the last couple of years because I haven’t been able to get the quality of riders because of the World Championships, but they will be finished before Easter,” said Bristow.
The Triumph Thunderbird bikes will once again be rolled out for the invitation motor paced event. European stayer champion Timo Scholz edged out Simon Gaywood last year after an epic battle, and both return to resume hostilities in the noisiest bike race you will ever witness.
The excellent Rollapaluza roller racing rig will be available for riders and spectators alike to have a go at Matt Crampton’s astonishing 500m record time of 17.9 seconds.
For ticket information and further details, go to www.bristowevents.co.uk
TWO WINS IN TWO WEEKS FOR BMC
Dan Kogan made it two wins in as many weeks for the newly-founded BMC UK Racing Team in the Maldon CC Road Race at Steeple in Essex.
Local strong man Jason White pulled clear in the final lap. Sensing the danger, BMC put Ben Thompson on the front to reel the danger man back in and once safely back in the fold, Dan Kogan launched a text book counter-attack. With no one wanting to chase in final few miles, Kogan put his head down and soloed to the finish to take his first and the team's second win of the season. Adam Norris made it a BMC one-two, with Jason White taking the final podium place.
1. Daniel Kogan (BMC UK Racing Team)
2. Adam Norris (BMC UK Racing Team)
3. Jason White
4. Ben Thompson (BMC UK Racing Team)
5. Dean Shannon (BMC UK Racing Team)
6. Joe Skipper (BMC UK Racing Team)
7. Joshua Edmondson (Glendene CC/Bike Trax)
8. Mike Smith (Lotto Olympia Team Interbike)
9. Gerard Tighe (Finsbury Park CC)
10. Nathan Miller (Lotto Olympia Team Interbike)
Alan Rosner, BMC directeur sportif is pleased with the positive start to the season the team has made, "It's fantastic what we have achieved over the last two weeks, firstly with Andy Lyons’ win in the Tour of the Dengie Marshes and then with Dan Kogan's win in the Maldon Road Race," he told cyclingweekly.co.uk.
"For a new team, it's important to get some early results and the riders are starting to gel nicely and are wanting to work for one another, a very positive sign for the rest of the season."
Dan Kogan was thrilled with his win, "After last season where I got a lot of second places, it's great to get the win. This is a real team victory though, knowing we had the strongest sprinter in the break in Adam Norris, we played our cards so well and today I got my chance. With two wins in as many weeks, team confidence and morale are high and the next race can't come quick enough!”
FEMALE ENTRIES UP FOR LONDON-PARIS
More and more women are taking up cycling, a fact reflected by the London-Paris Cycle Tour which has recorded its highest number of female entries in its six year history.
Female membership of British Cycling has risen by 25 per cent in the past year. Women’s cycling is the fastest growing category within the sport and 44 per cent of women members now hold a competitive racing licence.
Of the 280 cyclists taking part in the London-Paris 09, 25 will be women. Known as the ‘professional event for amateurs’, London-Paris covers 520km in three days and is the closest the amateur cyclist can get to the Tour de France experience, with rolling road closures and full logistical support.
London-Paris ride captain, Rachel Przybylski said: "Last year I was struck by the strength and determination of the women participants. On the ride, there was no lipstick and high heels. We save that for the celebrations when we get to Paris. But as our photos show, we can be glamorous and what better way to promote women’s cycling? The boys at London-Paris have welcomed us and they say we have a positive impact on the peloton."
Above: Ride captain Rachel Przybylski. Courtesy of Michael Blann
KINESIS IN FRANCE
The Kinesis team was in action last week at the Boucle de l’Artois stage race in France.
The 2.2 ranked race was won by Sergey Firsanov (Team Designa) with Steve Lampier Kinesis’ highest finisher in 21st overall, 1-54 down on Firsanov.
"It was very, very hard and very fast," explained team manager, Chris Truett.
"Young Jack [Pullar] didn't last long on the first stage and couldn't start the second but Steve Lampier and James Moss rode really well.
"It was a level up for us and faster racing than in the UK but it's good to do some foreign races. Part of it is getting back into the rigmarole of stage racing but the lads enjoyed it".
The team will now head to the Girvan Premier Calendar event in its build-up to the Ras. The young team will then race the Tour de Beauce in Canada, another 2.2 ranked stage race that attracts some of the top American and European Continental teams.
RAPHA IN NORTHERN IRELAND
The Rapha Condor team will head to Northern Ireland this week for the four-day Tour of the North stage race.
A total of eight nations will be represented from this year’s 110-rider field.
Rapha line-up for the Tour of the North: Dean Downing, Matt Cronshaw, Liam Holohan, Mike Rudling
MOUNTAIN TIME TRIAL IN BUXTON
This weekend will see another action-packed weekend of racing with a mountain time trial organised by the Buxton CC being one of the highlights.
A field of 93 riders will take to the line with Matt Bottrill and Mark Lovatt – first and second respectively last year – all battling for the first prize of £100.
The race takes place on Good Friday (April 13) over 33 miles.
PRE-NATIONALS TRAINING SESSION
Riders aiming to compete in the national track championships later in the year will have the opportunity to squeeze in some last-minute training at Newport velodrome thanks to Fast Track Coaching.
Aimed at pre-masters and youth/juniors, the training session offers riders motor pacing efforts with start gates also available.
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