Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault has put his historical battles with Raleigh behind him as he takes on a supporting role with the team.

Le Patron, as Hinault was known during his racing days, will be offering support and guidance to the team as well as joining them for selected events in 2014.

The 59-year-old, who won 41 Grand Tour stages, has fond memories of his battles Raleigh in the 1970s and 80s.

“I remember the TI-Raleigh team with Joop Zoetemelk very well (former Raleigh Tour de France winner),” he said.

“In 1979 when I was in the yellow jersey of the Tour de France Joop and I found ourselves alone on a breakaway and I beat him in the sprint on the Champs Elysees.”

“It was a very good team with great riders.

“Now this is a new team with young people and I am sure they will go on to much success and podium places.”

The 2014 Team Raleigh squad boasts seven British riders, including Yanto Barker and Ian Wilkinson, as well as a host of French stars including former Cofidis rider Alexandre Blain.

(Picture credit: Jean Vantalon)

Workshop to demonstrate opportunities which mountain biking brings to Southern Scotland

Businesses in Southern Scotland will be able to maximise the opportunities presented by the boom in mountain biking through workshops to be held in January.

New trails and visitor centres mean that mountain biking in the area is more popular than ever and the interactive workshops will allow local businesses to make the best of opportunities in mountain biking tourism.

Organised by 7stanes CIC, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and Visit Scotland, the workshops will take place at the new visitor centres in Glentress (January 28) and Kirroughtree (Jan 29)

Catherine Maxwell-Stuart, who will be chairing the workshop said:

“The workshop will be a great opportunity for any accommodation providers, café’s/restaurants, bike shops or other activity providers to learn what they can do to take advantage of the increased profile mountain biking will receive from the introduction of these new centres.”

The workshops will run between 09.30 and 13.15 and is followed by a taster session on the famous nearby trails.

Tickets cost £20, which includes lunch and refreshments, as well as biking equipment, and can be booked through the event’s website

Brailsford admits Worlds bungle

Team Sky principal Sir David Brailsford has blamed himself for Great Britain’s ignominious performance in the men’s World Championship road race in September where not a single British rider finished the race.

Brailsford admitted to Cycling Weekly that he’d been distracted by ‘big issues’ at the time.

Read the full interview in the new Cycling Weekly, available in digital copy

Marking 50 years since Granville Sydney’s first Hill Climb Championship

In October Tejvan Pettinger climbed The Stang in Yorkshire to clinch his first British National Hill Climb Championship, a full half a century since legendary rider Granville Sydney completed the same feat.

Sydney then went on to dominate the event for the next decade with the Huddersfield Star Wheelers rider winning a further five individual gold medals between ’64 and ’73.

In the team event the Star Wheelers were even more impressive and triumphed eight times in the same period.

However, in 1974, the year after Sydney’s sixth and final gold medal, the rider sadly lost his life and Allen Ward, a longstanding Star Wheelers member, wrote in to commemorate 50 years since his first win.

“Granville dominated the climbs in the mid-to-late 60′s and early 70′s as did the club in the team event as well,” said Ward.

“He should be remembered because he inspired so many of us in and around Huddersfield, which is why we were able to win the team event in 1977 and 1978 as well.”

New York and Manchester talk cycling

Cycling was on the agenda for two cross-Atlantic cities this week as Manchester and New York came together to discuss their bike policy plans.

The meeting, organised by British Cycling, was designed to compare notes on city cycling development objectives and in particular Manchester’s Velocity 2025 strategy, which aims to get 10% of people to travel by bike by 2025.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Nick Vaughan said: “Through Velocity 2025 plans we aims to boost the number of cyclists in Greater Manchester by 300 per cent over the next 12 years.”

The strategy, which received £20million worth of government funding in August aims to take inspiration from New York’s Citibike, which has helped double the city’s bike use in the last five years.

Chris Boardman, BC’s policy advisor, said: “There is a lot that cities like Manchester and London can learn from New York.

“That’s why it’s crucial that we listen with open ears about the possibilities for how we can transform Britain into a cycling nation.”

Rowsell named Wattbike ambassador

Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell was named an ambassador for Wattbike this week, the only indoor bike to be endorsed by British Cycling.

Rowsell, who has taken up a 12 month post with the company, said: “Training indoors is where the hard work is done to achieve the big goals on the track and the road.

“Having been part of the British Cycling programme for many years I’m very familiar with the Wattbike and training to power is by far the most effective and efficient way for any cyclist to improve on a bike.

“The Wattbike feels just like riding a road bike yet allows me to train at very specific intensities without the interruption of poor weather, busy traffic and unsuitable terrain.”

The 25-year-old is the current British National Time Trial Champion and has enjoyed a successful start to her track season with a World Record as part of the Team Pursuit squad at the European Championships in Apeldoorn.

Zappi Pro Cycling 2014 Squad

Ex-professional cyclist Flavio Zappi has announced the 2014 line-up for his British Pro Cycling squad, all of whom are aged 19 or younger.

Zappi, who rode the Giro in ’83 and ’84, boasts the 2011 Junior Road Race champion Dan Pearson in his squad, as well as James Knox, winner of this year’s Junior National Hill Climb Championships.

The Italian is a strong believer in youth development and runs the team in an academy style of living together as well as racing, which he hopes will create a strong bond between riders.

Zappi Pro Cycling 2014:

Dan Pearson

James Knox

Dante Carpenter

Luke Hattersley

James Newey

James Locker

Jacob Loftus

 

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