Wednesday's British news round-up
GEARING UP FOR THE NATIONALS
Daniel Lloyd (Cervélo) recently rode, and completed, his first Giro d’Italia and is now focusing on the upcoming National Championships on June 28.
“I’ve just been relaxing since the Giro,” Lloyd told Cycling Weekly.
“I didn’t stop completely, I felt strong afterwards but pretty tired really. I was feeling quite good in the last week and I’m feeling pretty strong now.”
As far as the National Championships are concerned, “we [Cervélo] have had a bit of bad luck with Roger [Hammond] and Dan [Fleeman],” who are both recovering from injuries; Hammond has now returned to racing but Fleeman’s return date is still to be confirmed.
“We’ll try and get as many of us into the break as possible, but with just four riders, we won’t be able to control the race so we’ll see.
“I’ve not seen the course yet but I’ll check it out when I get there on the Friday,” said Lloyd.
In the meantime, Lloyd will ride the Ster Elektrotoer stage race in Holland.
BMC OPTIMISTIC AHEAD OF REMAINING TOUR SERIES ROUNDS
After seven rounds of the Tour Series criteriums, the BMC team is currently last in the team standings but is optimistic of moving up ahead of the remaining rounds.
“We'll definitely be fighting it out till the end, and with two of the final three rounds in Essex at Colchester and Southend, it's not over till it's over,” explained team manager, James Whatling.
Whilst the big four teams have been able to change riders, allowing others to rest, “we've had our troubles for sure over the last few rounds, with illness and work commitments dictating team selection, but it's given our youngsters a chance to prove themselves.
“The average age of the team at Blackpool and Southport -except for me- was only 21 and although the guys found it tough, they fought like Trojans.
“We have made a point of putting our faith in our riders rather than bringing riders in just for the Tour Series, and we are proud of the fact that our team roster is as it was when we began the season, and will be the same when the season ends, win or lose.”
BEN SWIFT TO PRESENT SIMSPSON GP PRIZES
Katusha professional Ben Swift will be in Harworth this Sunday (June 21) to present the prizes for the Tom Simpson GP junior national series race.
The race length is 130km and starts at 1.30pm from the Sports Pavilion on Scrooby Road Bircotes.
ETAPE DU TOUR: PROFESSIONAL BACK-UP
To make things a little easier on the day of the Etape du Tour, specialist sportive travel company, La Fuga, has put together two packages offering exclusive feed stops and rider support on the big day.
There are two packages available: gold (£20) and platinum (£60). Gold offers access to the exclusive feed station (away from the frantic srambling), with energy products, snacks, sun tan lotion and tools available.
Those opting for the platinum package will also benefit from a soigneur at the summit of Mont Ventoux and La Fuga’s post-event gazebo in Malaucene.
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UK’S FIRST 24-HOUR CYCLING RACE
Billed as the UK’s first 24-hour cycling race, the Ride 24 is a unique team relay race that takes place on the Top Gear test track and is organised by Action Medical Research.
Taking its inspiration from the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race, the event pits teams of four riders against each other with the team completing the most laps declared the winner.
The four riders will share the workload in what will be an intense test of strength and endurance.
Medals for the first three teams will be presented at a gala lunch on June 28 by Nicole Cooke.
The event costs £200 per team to enter and a commitment to raise approximately £1500 per team in sponsorship is required.
Further details are to be found at www.action.org.uk
LONDON-PARIS UNVEILS LINE-UP
The list of entrants for the London Paris Cycle Tour has been unveiled with former Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner, Stephen Roche, topping the bill.
Amongst others, James Cracknell (double Olympic gold medallist), Geoff Thomas (cancer survivor and former England footballer), Scott Sunderland (former pro-cyclist and Team Sky manager) and Brian Smith (former British road race champion).
This year’s event will have four partners, the Geoff Thomas Foundation, youth education charity Christel House, Schools for Children of Cambodia and South Africa’s Morning Star, which works with children with HIV. The London-Paris riders raised £51,462 in 2008.
BRITISH CYCLING AND SKY ANNOUNCE SUMMER OF RIDES
Victoria Pendleton and Elle Macpherson stopped the traffic in Regents Park today as part of a launch of the new Skyride events.
The events will take place through the summer and include fou city-centre events on closed roads as well as 400 local rides taken out by BC members who have trained up as ride leaders.