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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Date published:
September 28, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Revolution Series welcomes back Team Sky to off season track events

    Geraint Thomas and Sky had to get used to life without Bradley Wiggins on stage 8.
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    August 19, 2011, 3:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Olympic stars expected to turn out for vital Games preparation

    Team Sky will again field a team in the Revolution Series which takes place throughout the road and track off season at the Manchester Velodrome. Organisers of the successful track events confirmed that four events would make up the series, with the first beginning on October 29 and further events scheduled for November 7, January 7 and 28.

    The series comprises of eight domestic and international teams with Sky the headline of events. The team will be looking for revenge after Maxgear pipped them to the overall title last year. The events typically invite a number of elite track stars from Europe as well as local national team riders.

    "Revolution is now established as an important part of the track calendar with Team Great Britain using the events as crucial preparation for the World Cups and world championships. The young British riders make the racing hard and the international riders recognise this and approach Revolution very seriously. This season we expect to welcome some of the top road pros to the event as they begin to fine tune their track form ahead of the 2012 Olympics," event organiser James Pope told Cyclingnews.

    With Olympic tickets in short supply these events will provide an opportunity for British fans to see Olympic hopefuls such as Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Geraint Thomas as they fine tune their form ahead of the Games.

  • Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson critical after hit-and-run

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    August 19, 2011, 18:20 BST

    Motorist has been arrested

    A motorist has been arrested over a hit-and-run crash which left British Paralympic champion cyclist Simon Richardson in critical condition in hospital.

    The incident happened on the A48 near Bridgend, Wales at 9:40am on Wednesday. The vehicle involved – a small white van – failed to stop and continued east in the direction of Cowbridge. A 59-year-old man from Cowbridge was later arrested and remains in custody.

    Richardson, 44, was taken to University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff, by air ambulance, where he's undergoing treatment. One of his sponsors, Phil Jones, told Cyclingnews he has suffered significant injuries, including a double fracture of the spine, a double pelvis break, a broken breast bone, severe lacerations to his legs and a deflated lung. He is currently being assessed before going into theatre.

    South Wales police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred outside Crack Hill House, Bridgend. Anyone with information should contact their Roads Policing Unit on 02920 633438 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

    Richardson was seriously injured in 2001 when he was in collision with a car while out with his cycling club. He started cycling again on the advice of doctors, using a specially adapted bike powered by his right leg. After bringing home two golds and one silver medal on the track at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, he was made an MBE for services to disabled sport.

  • Jennings puts junior track worlds medal haul down to self belief

    The podium for the women's omnium: Katarzyna Kirschenstein (Poland), Taylah Jennings (Australia), and Ingrid Drexel (Mexico)
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    August 29, 2011, 23:29 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Dual world champion's fast rise to the top continues

    Australia finished on top of the medal tally at the 2011 UCI Junior Track World Championships with Queensland's Taylah Jennings the nation's top performer with a clean sweep of the omnium, gold in the team pursuit and silver in the team sprint.

    It's been a good year for Jennings in her first season at under 19 level, who went home to Rockhampton after the Australian Track Championship in Sydney in January with a medal tally of three gold, two silvers medals from the 500m time trial and points race, plus a bronze in the pursuit to claim the Under 19 Champion of Champion's jersey.

    Seven months on, it's a long way from being someone who "only ever got silvers and bronze at national titles" to being a dual world champion.

    "I did a lot more endurance stuff between nationals and worlds and I think I started to believe in myself a lot more because the coaches told me that I was better than I thought I was," Jennings, 17, told Cyclingnews upon her return from Moscow.

    Jennings kicked off the championships teaming with Victoria's Adele Sylvester for a silver medal in the team sprint on night one. The pair had set the second fastest qualifying time of 46.105 and in the final they were quicker over the two laps posting 46.062, over a second behind Italy's Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiya Voynova (44.873). However, that result gave some indication that Jennings hadn't quite caught up to the expectations of her coaches.

    "I was so surprised... I saw my time for the second lap and I was like ‘wow, how am I doing this?'" she recalled.

    The following night, Jennings teamed up with Georgia Baker and Emily Roper for the team pursuit having qualified...

  • Japan ready to open first indoor velodrome

    Japanese rider, Minami Uwano, wearing a black armband, for the people of Japan affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami
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    August 31, 2011, 22:05 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Izu Velodrome to be inaugurated in October

    Following success in recent Olympic Games, Japan has ramped up its ambitions in track cycling by building its first indoor velodrome. It will be the country's first indoor 250 metre venue and is due to open on October 29. Named the Izu Velodrome, it is based in Izu on the east of the country.

    Japan is of course home to keirin racing and has produced a number of world class riders in the discipline. In recent Olympic Games it has won two medals: a bronze medal in keirin at the Beijing Olympics in 2004, and a silver medal in the team sprint four years earlier at the Athens Olympics. It is believed that with the new track facilities the nation will be able to step up their ambition, not just in terms of producing more world class athletes but also in terms of hosting events.

    The majority of tracks in Japan are designed solely for keirin racing, meaning that they are longer than 250 meters and made with an asphalt surface. This has meant that a number of their top international riders have been forced to train and race abroad.

    To launch the track's first racing, the organisers of the Japan Cup and the owners of the track have teamed up to create a 'Track Party' which will take place on October 29.

    The organisers have confirmed an impressive line up with Theo Bos, Elia Viviani, Giovanni Visconti, Andrea Guardini, Oscar Gatto, Nicole Cooke, Rossella Callovi and Eline De Roover all set to compete.


  • No Olympics for Bartko

    Robert Bartko feels the pain.
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    September 02, 2011, 9:21 BST
    Cycling News

    German acknowledges break with national federation

    Four-time Olympic gold medalist Robert Bartko says that his days on the German national team have come to an end. “The gap between the federation and me is too large,” he said.

    “I have no more hopes for the Olympics – too bad. It shouldn't end like this,” the 35-year-old told the Lausitzer Rundschau.

    Bartko's last appearance on the national track team was at the 2010 World Championships, when he was given the blame for the failure of the German team pursuit. He has not been selected for the national team since then.

    He continues to ride on the Track-Team LKT Brandenburg, and hopes to stay active a few more years. “My deadline is now 40.” He plans to concentrate on six-day races.

    Bartko rode in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics. He won gold in both the individual and team pursuit at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.


  • Meares, Perkins and Awang headline Sydney International Sprint GP

    Laughter and tears for Meares on the podium
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    September 21, 2011, 4:16 BST
    Cycling News

    Elite track stars line up at Dunc Gray Velodrome in October

    The Australian cycling season has received a boost in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games with the announcement that Cycling NSW (CNSW) in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) will play host to the Sydney International Sprint GP at Dunc Gray Velodrome on October 8-9, 2011. Australia's elite track sprinters will line up against the best riders from New Zealand and Malaysia as they prepare for the upcoming Oceania Track Cycling Championships.

    World champion Australians Shane Perkins and Anna Meares will be joined by Azizulhasni Awang as headline acts with the Sprint GP designed to reflect the same track program that will be used in London, which is now less than a year away.

    "The Sydney International Sprint GP will provide Australia's track sprinters with the perfect opportunity to examine the effects of their recent overseas training camp with world class racing," Kevin Young, CNSW Chief Executive Officer said. "To have Australia's best competing against the top riders from our region will give a good indication of how they are shaping up leading into such an important year".

    Along with seeing Australia's current elite sprinters in action, the Sydney International Sprint GP will also feature the best up and coming U19 riders from across Australia in a busy two days of racing.

    Confirmed men: Daniel Ellis (Team Jayco AIS/ACTAS), Scott Sunderland (Team Jayco AIS/WAIS), Jason Niblett (Team Jayco AIS/VIS), Shane Perkins (Team Jayco AIS/VIS), Matt Glaetzer (Team Jayco AIS/SASi), Peter Lewis (AIS/NSWIS), Alex Bird (ACTAS), Andrew Taylor (NSWIS), Mitch Bullen (NSWIS), Jamie Green (NSWIS), Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand), Sam Webster (New Zealand), Eddie Dawkins (New Zealand), Simon Vanvelthooven (New Zealand), Nathen Seddon (New Zealand), Matt Archibald...

  • Last chance for tickets to British Track Nationals

    Rule Britannia: Matthew Crampton (2nd, Team GB), Chris Hoy (1st, Sky+ HD) and Jason Kenny (3rd, Team GB) on the men's sprint podium.
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    September 27, 2011, 1:45 BST

    Manchester Velodrome hosts top British athletes

    The British National Track Championships are set to take place at the Manchester velodrome from 28 September to 2 October, with Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Jason Kenny all down to race.

    Tickets are still on sale for the Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday sessions and with a maximum price of £8, they're a bargain if you want to see next year's Great Britain Olympic hopefuls in action.

    As a taster of just how fast these riders are, take a look at this video of last year's keirin final, where Ross Edgar comes from behind to just take the win.

    It's 1-2 for Great Britain in the men's keirin championship as Jason Kenny edges compatriot Matthew Crampton.

    British National Track Champs - Men's Keirin Final - 2010 (courtesy: British Cycling/ Eddie Allen)

  • Swiss Cycling suspends Marguet

    The Swiss team - Rolling into the action.
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    September 28, 2011, 22:24 BST
    Cycling News

    Track rider positive for pseudoephedrine in February

    Swiss track cyclist Tristan Marquet has been suspended from competition following a February doping positive for pseudoephedrine.

    The cold remedy is classified as a stimulant in the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list and is banned in competition when present at levels greater than 150 micrograms per milliliter in urine tests.

    The 24-year-old Swiss champion in the points and scratch race exceeded the limit at the Copenhagen Six Day on February 9.

    Marquet was informed of the positive earlier this summer and asked to have the B-sample analysed. On September 20, the original test result was confirmed by the B-sample.

    It is now up to Swiss Olympic's disciplinary committee for doping cases to determine the exact length of Marquet's ban, but until then he has been suspended from racing.