Monday's British news round-up
HAMMOND SHORT-LISTED FOR VUELTA RIDE
Experienced professional Roger Hammond is set to ride his first Grand Tour for his Cervélo team at the Vuelta a Espana in September.
Dan Lloyd, who rode the Giro d’Italia earlier this year, will not ride the Vuelta despite being listed on the provisional start list as he confirmed to Cycling Weekly last week.
“We already have two amazing Grand Tours behind us with several stage wins,” explained Cervélo team manager, Thomas Campana. “Our team is still very motivated and hungry to achieve the best results possible in the Vuelta a España which will be the “home race” for several of our riders and certainly, beside the World Championships, the highlight of the late season.
“Our goal for the Vuelta is to have a stage win and a good result in the GC for Jose Angel Gómez Marchante who was fifth in 2006.”
ENTRIES OPEN FOR MUDDY HELL
Entries for the inaugural Muddy Hell evening of cyclo-cross racing at Herne Hill are now open.
Muddy Hell at the Herne Hill stadium in London is a spooky evening of entertainment planned for Halloween, set to feature apple-bobbing, roller racing, a barbeque as well as the ‘cross race scheduled for October 31.
See here to enter: http://www.riderhq.com/events/rollapaluzahalloweencyclocrossmuddyhell
WARWICK TOWN-CENTRE RACING
Halfords Bikehut riders Ed Clancy and Rob Hayles will be among 70 elite cyclists shaping up for the annual Warwick Cycle Races.
The race, on Sunday September 6, will be the climax of a day’s worth of events, including round five of the inaugural National Disability Circuit Race series and amateur races for local adult and junior cyclists.
Councillor Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Since the Beijing Games and the incredible success of the Team GB cyclists, the interest in the sport has been incredible.
“It’s great news for the races in Warwick town centre to have one of the gold medallists in the elite race.
“There are also people like Kristian House, who have beaten the likes of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins in the national championships, so it’s going to be an exciting race and very close up.”
To see a full plan of the day’s races and to enter, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cycleraces
‘CROSS SPONSORSHIP CONFIRMED FOR DAY
Gabby Day’s sponsorship deal has been confirmed for the upcoming cyclo-cross season.
Day will be supported by Squirt, a chainlube company, in her assault on the European cyclo-cross calendar this winter.
SKYRIDING IN GLASGOW
An estimated 7,500 people yesterday enjoyed a day of cycling and entertainment in a traffic-free city centre with the second of the Skyrides in Glasgow.
Cyclists of all ages and abilities took to the streets for the event, hosted by Sky in partnership with British Cycling and Glasgow City Council. They were joined by Olympic medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar, as well as TV personality, Gethin Jones.
The third city ride in Sky’s summer series of mass participation cycling events, took in iconic sights along Glasgow’s Riverside, including the SECC and Clyde Auditorium. As well as having the opportunity to see their city in a whole new light, participants were able to take part in a number of activities organised.
Riders could join the cycling parade after having their bikes customised by artists in the ‘Style Zone’, watch professional BMX riders performing tricks in the ‘Street Zone’, and pick up tips on health and wellbeing in the ‘Active Zone’.
Four times Olympic gold-medalist Sir Chris Hoy commented: “It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying a day out cycling together, having the unique opportunity to cycle through traffic-free streets. I hope today has reminded people how much fun can be had from cycling and has encouraged people to get back on their bikes.”
Corin Dimopoulos, Director of Cycling, Sky, added: “I’m delighted with how popular Skyride Glasgow has been, despite the poor weather, and it was fantastic to see so many families cycling together on traffic-free streets and enjoying the day’s entertainment.
“But for anyone who has missed out today, we’re running 100 smaller local and guided rides happening in Glasgow over the coming weeks. Through our great partnership with Glasgow City Council and British Cycling, we hope to build towards our aim of getting one million more Britons cycling regularly by the end of 2013.”
Above: Sir Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar lead the Skyride in Glasgow