Friday's British news round-up
HEWITT WINS SURREY LEAGUE 5-DAY
Team Sabbath-Claytan first category rider Gareth Hewitt took victory in the Surrey League Revolutions 5 Day Race on Tuesday.
Leading second-placed rival Chris Spence (Caesarean CC) by a mere second before the fifth and final stage, Hewitt showed that attack was the best form of defence. He broke away from his closest challenger on the third of four laps of a circuit which included the legendary Ashdown Forest climb of ‘The Wall’ to secure a more comfortable winning margin.
Meanwhile, Chris McNamara (Team Corley Cervélo) claimed stage victory on the attritional final day, finishing eleven seconds of a three-man chasing group, which included Hewitt.
The overall race winner explained: “I was a bit nervous on the last stage and felt really rough in the first hour, but it just got better on the steep climb. I could see the people in second and third couldn’t hold my wheel on the Wall, and I managed to get rid of Chris Spence on the third lap of the climb; the Wall was hard as ever.”
He also praised his team-mates for their erstwhile work protecting his jersey: "We rode really well as a team. The first day we were all really active and I made it in the break, when it finally did go."
"It was a bit of a long, grim day but Dave [Coulson] and Kieran [Frend] just marshalled perfectly and made sure they were in any of the following groups. They also did a great job to keep me up there and holding on for the second and third days.”
He continued: “It was certainly one of my best wins and my first win in a stage race. We were really consistent in the stage results and I also got the Points Jersey, which was an added bonus.”
The overall triumph was forged on the opening two days, as both Hewitt and Spence were part of successful breakaway. creating an initial advantage over the rest of the bunch.
Final overall standings after stage five:
1. Gareth Hewitt (Team Sabbath-Claytan) 18-31-16
2. Chris Spence (Caesarean CC-Jersey) at 2-39
3. Dan Staite (Python Racing Team) at 5-47
4. Richard Tanguy (Pendragon-Kalas) at 6-10
5. Roger Smith (Wildside RT) at 7-20
6. Gareth McCullough (Medway Velo) at 7-51
7. Matt Melville (awcycles.co.uk) at 8-15
8. Ishmael Burdeau (agiskoviner.com) at 8-41
9. Martin Smith (Army CU) at 9-50
10. Richard Cartland (Team Corley Cervélo) at 10-08
HUNTING FOR STAGE WINS
Jeremy Hunt (Cervélo) was a close second in the second stage of the Tour de Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne in France.
Hunt escaped in the closing stages of the second stage from Rouillac to Saint Maixent l’ecole with Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures) and Guillaume Blot (Cofidis) for company, but the Briton was edged out by Casper in the finale.
Hunt is currently lying 49th overall, 2-49 down on race-leader, Gustav Larsson (Saxo Bank) with one stage remaining.
BOWDLER TOPPING THE BBAR STANDINGS
Last year’s BBAR-winner Nik Bowdler is also currently leading this year’s standings.
The Farnborough and Camberley CC rider set a time of 1-41-06 for a ‘50’, 3-37-08 for a ‘100’ and 287.89 miles for a 12-hour to set an average speed of 27.099mph.
Andrew Wilkinson (Port Sunlight Whs) is in second at 26.650mph, whilst Barry Charlton (Lyme Racing Club) is in third with 26.643mph.
LANCASHIRE RC 12-HOUR
Sunday September 6 will see the return of the annual Lancashire Road Club 12-hour TT.
The event has been run yearly since 1922 and this year the event is celebrating its 80th edition.
The LRC is reputedly the flattest 12-hour course in the country with a generous prize list, excellent catering, superb marshalling, high quality feed station facilities and the beautiful Fylde countryside.
What’s more, in August 2010 the Lancashire Road Club will be promoting the National 12-hour Championship so why not come along this year and give it a trial run?
Standard CTT entry forms to Mike Smith, 12 Lees Road, Anderton, Chorley, Lancs PR6 9PP. Tel 01257 480840
JUNIOR TOUR OF WALES
The Junior Tour of Wales kicks off this weekend in the Brecon Beacons.
The race is a breeding ground for future stars of the sport, with Dan Martin and Charlie Wegelius both having won the race in previous years.
This year, the Welsh national team will be the team to be with Sam Harrison (12th last year), Jon Mould, Rhys Gravelle and Rowan Marshall vowing to be crowned Junior Tour-winner.
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SAFETY CONCERNS TOP THE LIST FOR WOMEN
Safety concerns is the most common reason more women are not cycling according to a poll undertaken by Sustrans.
Melissa Henry, Sustrans’ Communications Director, said: “Women are telling us in no uncertain terms that they don’t feel the roads are safe enough for them to cycle on. Their response so far to the woefully inadequate provisions for cyclists in Britain has been simple; they don’t cycle. In fact, 79 per cent of women do not cycle at all.
“But, women are also telling us that they desperately want that situation to change. The desire to cycle, and to enjoy all the benefits that cycling brings, is becoming a priority for women. We need to make it a priority for governments too and push for real changes in the way our villages, towns and cities are planned. Now women have 90 days to register their support so we can ensure their voices are heard across Britain.”
Some of the vital changes that women believe are necessary include the creation of more cycle lanes that are separated from all other vehicles - 67 per cent of women in the Sustrans poll believe this would encourage more women to travel by bike.
Sustrans’ ‘Motion for Women’ petition will be open for 90 days from September 1. Women are asked to add their support at www.bikebelles.org.uk
The petition is already being backed by organisations including Mind, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and the Townswomen’s Guilds.