Thursday's British news round-up
KINESIS MAKES THE TRIP TO CANADA
Team Kinesis has made the journey from the UK to Canada, for the UCI 2.2 ranked Tour de Beauce along with another British squad, Rapha Condor.
"With the team this year it has been my objective to develop the young riders and try to bring them on by giving them big stage races of four to eight days," explained team manager, Chris Truett.
"The lads might not be winning them this year, but in the long term these will make them stronger and better riders with the ability to compete at the very highest level here in the UK."
The Kinesis team has not been riding any of the Tour Series criteriums but Truett argues that this is not to the detriment of his riders.
"It has always been our goal...to help young riders develop and in my view the way to do this is with stage racing rather than crits. Ideally we would like to do both but we don't have a big enough squad or budget so we had to decide on one or the other. With this approach they will hopefully become stronger road men with all the skills of tour racing.
"That's not to say that we haven't been throwing our weight around in races, we're still here to win. We were mixing it with the best in a very competitive Ras and since our return the team has been busy using the form garnered in Ireland.
"Admittedly with our race programme this year we've missed a couple of Premiers and obviously the Tour Series has been really big with all the media coverage so hopefully we'll be there next year but I believe it's better for us to take this approach, build the riders and the team so that when we come back we're able to rip it up!"
Kinesis team for the Tour de Beauce: Steve Lampier, James Stewart,James Moss, Rab Wardell and Casey Monro.
FLEEMAN BACK ON THE BIKE THIS WEEK
Dan Fleeman (Cervélo) crashed in the recent Bayern Rundfahrt and was forced to undergo surgery to have a screw inserted into his wrist.
Fleeman is scheduled to return to training this week and hopes to return to racing in about three weeks' time.
DRAGON RIDE WELCOMES SOME SPECIAL GUESTS
This weekend's Dragon Ride sportive has already reached its 3,100 capacity, but the organisers, BreakAway cycling, announced this week the participation of some special guests.
Paralympians Simon Richardson and Darren Kenny will ride the challenging 180km route through the Brecon Beacons.
Richardson, a Beijing Gold medallist and World Record holder in both the
‘kilo' and the 3km pursuit, has already described his challenge as "very tough" will be joined by Kenny, who recently set a new athlete's hour record on the track.
Kenny and Richardson will be joined by Cervélo professional, Daniel Lloyd, who recently rode and finished his first Giro d'Italia.
READE DROPS IN ON OLYMPIC HOPEFULS
Shanaze Reade, currently out of action due to a shoulder injury, surprised young BMX riders at Birmingham BMX Club last week when she dropped in to watch their training session at Perry Park in the city.
Renovation of Perry Park BMX track has begun and will continue in 2010 as British Cycling and Birmingham City Council await news on their bid to host the UEC European Championships in July 2011 at the city's BMX venue.
If successful, the bid will give a new lease of life to Perry Park BMX track and provide the city, its residents and athletes with a state of the art International BMX facility for generations to enjoy.
This bid forms part of Birmingham's new cycling strategy which also sees the city bid for the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships at the National Indoor Arena (NIA), the last major international BMX event before the London 2012 Olympics.
Holding the UEC European Championships at Perry Park in 2011 will enable the city to test the infrastructure, transport and logistics for the UCI BMX World Championships in 2012.
"It was great to check out how the reconstruction at Perry Park is coming along and I'm really looking forward to training here once the track is complete," Reade said.
"It was brilliant to see the kids enjoying a good training session. Some of them were with their dads who used to train on the very same track when they were children. The prospect of riding the BMX World Championships here in Birmingham in 2012 is so exciting."
JERSEYS AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY
Signed jerseys from the likes of Nicole Cooke, Chris Boardman and Jens Voigt amongst others will be auctioned in aid of the Piam Brown Ward, a paediatric oncology centre in Hampshire.
More details can be found at www.piambrowngolfcyclechallenge.co.uk/
RIDE TO THE HORNS WITH MARK WEBBER
The second running of the Ride to the Horns sportive, the brainchild of Formula One Red Bull driver Mark Webber, returns this Sunday.
Webber, a keen cyclist, who lives and trains in the area, devised the event to encourage people to take up cycling but also to raise money for charity.
Webber will be on hand at the event to offer support, start the ride and greet the other riders as they return.
Starting and ending in Mentmore, near Leighton Buzzard, the Ride to the Horns is an undulating and picturesque 97-mile route through the Chilterns, covering some of the roads used in the Tour of Britain and the Archer Grand Prix.
Entries are restricted to 500 so early entry is advised. See www.wheelsinwheelscc.com for more.
TRACK TRAINING WITH DAVE LE GRYS AND LEE POVEY
Dave Le Grys and Lee Povey of Fast Track Coaching are organising a novice/introduction training session at the Newport velodrome.
Aimed at both beginners and those with previous track/road experience, there will be two one-hour sessions on Friday July 17 and a youth/junior weekend clinic from 7-8 August.
Further information can be found at www.fasttrackcoaching.biz
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