Wednesday's British news round-up
BRITS IN ITALY
Britons Ben Swift and Charly Wegelius were in action last week at the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto in Italy.
Swift, in only his second race as a full professional, finished 22nd overall for his Katusha team, 2-20 down on race-winner, Daniele Pietropolli (LPR).
It was the first race of the year for Wegelius, who is now riding for the Silence-Lotto squad, although he failed to finish the final stage of the race.
VISION 1 TEAMS UP WITH ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCH
The new women’s professional cycling team of World and Olympic champion Nicole Cooke, Vision 1 Racing, has teamed up with the charity, Action Medical Research.
The team will wear the logo of the charity on their jersey, with the strapline ‘Official Charity Partner’. The aim is to publicise the important work undertaken by the charity, highlighting awareness of their cycling events and encouraging fundraising for their causes.
Cooke, who was visiting one of the charity’s projects in London, said, ‘seeing the research being carried out by the medical team was so inspiring. I am proud to be able to support [the charity], supporting their fundraising events and the work which is helping to change the outcome of people’s lives”.
ARCHER SPRING AND JUNIOR RACES CONTINUE
Competitors in the Archer Spring RR and Archer Junior RR on Sunday, 19 April, will be racing on the same roads as Premier Calendar riders have competed on in previous years, albeit only for 45 miles.
Arrangements are in hand for the two races, normally supporting the Archer GP which had to be cancelled, to now be recognised as important races in their own right.
So a new course has been developed based on what would have been the 15-mile circuit of the grand prix. The race covers three laps with the start and finish in Hughenden Valley, located near High Wycombe and Great Missenden.
The roll of honour of past winners is notable in forecasting future greats such as world champion Graham Webb, Steve Heffernan, Bradley Wiggins, Roger Hammond and David Millar.
A full field is normally achieved so pre-entry is advised at £14 to Doug Collins, 9 Sandringham Mews, Hampton, TW12 2LF, by 31 March, with entries accepted on a first come basis. In the unlikely event of either event not getting a full field, entries on the day will be £20.
SURGE IN SUTTON CYCLING
Cycling in the London borough of Sutton has shot up by 50 per cent in one year following the introduction of the Smarter Travel Sutton scheme, according to figures released by TfL.
Smarter Travel Sutton is a three-year, £5 million pound project, funded by TfL and delivered in partnership with the borough, local businesses and the local community. It aims to encourage people in the borough to travel in more sustainable ways, by bike, on public transport or on foot.
The progress report for the second year of the scheme has been published by TfL.
Highlights from the report show that the project has achieved:
-A 50 per cent increase in cycling in the borough in the second year of the project
-A 17 per cent fall in reported cycle theft in the borough since the start of the programme, thanks to the introduction of around 200 new secure cycle parking spaces across Sutton
-Every school in Sutton is now actively participating in the Smarter Travel initiative and has an approved travel plan
-Every major Sutton employer is also participating in the scheme, involving over 13,000 employees
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The fact that this initiative has led so many people in Sutton to take to two wheels is great news for the environment and for the wellbeing of people in the borough. At the moment cycling represents just one per cent of journeys in London, so I hope that the experience of Sutton will help to encourage more people to get cycling - thereby reducing pollution and helping to tackle congestion."
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