Great excitement in Torbay (and the surrounding area) this weekend as Torbay's new Velopark will be officially opened
and gets its first use at the Torbay Cycling Festival on Sunday June 1.
The £800,000 ark is Devon and Cornwall's only closed-road cycling facility and includes changing rooms, bike hire, bike storage and a food/drink stall. The tarmac loop can be shortened to 0.5km from its full length of 1.5km depending on the event. British Cycling funded 50 per cent of the park's costs.
The £800,000 closed track in Paignton will be a 1.5km macadam circuit open to all users, and it's hoped will boost cycling in the area, with the nearest similar facility in Somerset, 90 miles away. (See Photo)
The land is currently used as sports pitches, on a former landfill site. The track will be raised to avoid water logging, and protected with 1.8-metre high fences.
It may soon be followed with a velodrome in Clennon Valley, which British Cycling has earmarked as being among its 'highest priority national projects'.
The Cycling Festival takes place at the Velopark, Clennon Valley, Paignton, on Sunday, June 1, from 10am to 4pm during which time people are invited to try out the new track with a Sky Ride family event. Youth and women's races will be held during the day, plus Rollapaluza roller racing and other events.
After the opening of the facility at the festival, Torbay Council says that "Schools, clubs and individuals will be able to book the circuit through Torbay Council's Booking office at the site or on the day of use. It will be used for competitive and recreational cycling and will enable young riders, who are not permitted to race on the road, the opportunity to compete."
This is a huge boost for Torbay where unemployment is above the national level and is aimed at tourists in the summer with an obvious interest to the local cycling fraternity.
Also a huge Boost to Colin Lewis Cycles who are situated just a mile down the road in Paignton. Colin Lewis Cycles has also been selected to supply 40 bikes for the hiring facility at the Park. These are Giants and we are in the process of ordering and then assembly.
I was expecting the charges for use to be higher than what they are and they seem very reasonable for £2 a session for the use on your own bike. Bike hire and helmet is £3 per hour. Not bad at all!!
Until next week,
With the excitement, report and pictures of the "Black edition Aske" last week forgot about former Mid Devon rider
Yanto Baker. Yanto had had a big win at the Lincoln Grand Prix - round three of the 2014 British Cycling Elite Road Series - after mastering a tough course and tough conditions on
His win came after a dramatic last couple of laps where he and rival Marcin Bialoblocki (Velosure Giordana) were neck and neck. The pair were tied on 69 points in the Spring Cup coming into the race, but Barker got the better of his rival on the cobbles of the Michaelgate climb.
The 34-year-old from London was fifth in the Wiltshire Grand Prix and third overall in the Tour of the Reservoir, but his win in the Lincoln Grand Prix was enough to give him the Spring Cup victory as well as taking the lead in the season-long Elite Road Series.
Here are Yanto's comments: - "I'm so pleased and proud to win the Lincoln Grand Prix as it's one of the biggest races on the calendar. On a day like today with the wind and rain it was like a war of attrition."
"When we got on to the finishing circuit and we had already done 80km there was so much suffering, but I think I deserved that one today."
At last some news about our former employee Jon Locke. Nothing conclusive and with all these reports I try and read between the lines as to what is really going!! Here is the report with thanks to Cycling Weekly:-
The hearing into the anti-doping case of Sky rider Jon Tiernan-Locke has been postponed until the summer, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) have confirmed.
Disciplinary action against the Sky rider was requested by the UCI in December after his biological passport data from 2013 was found to contain anomalies.
However, the case of the 29-year-old Devonian will now be delayed until the summer following a request from the 2012 Tour of Britain winner. It is believed a sample provided around the time of this victory was what triggered an investigation into his data.
A statement from UKAD read: - "The hearing of the anti-doping case against Mr Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been postponed until the summer. This is at the athlete's request. Proceedings are confidential until their conclusion, as dictated by the Anti-Doping Rules. To protect the rights of all involved and the integrity of the process, we are unable to comment further or disclose exact timeframes, which are in any event changeable depending on outcomes. However, as soon as appropriate we will publish the decision on our website."
Just had a look at the Plymouth Herald and it would seem that one of Jon's solicitors was not available for a date at the end of this month and the delay was not Jon's choice.
You can feel Jon's heart in his statement: - "I already feel as if I'm serving a suspension, and cannot move forward with my life until this whole thing is resolved. I know I'm innocent of anything and have stated that all along and yet this has been hanging over me since last September and originally, I believed the hearing would take place in March."
"We're now approaching June and there's still no resolution to it - I just hope this delay to the hearing doesn't drag on, for the longer it does, the longer me and my riding career are in limbo.
"I just want it settled and can assure everyone involved that the delay is not of my making."
Until next week,
We have all been raving about the Black edition Aske for the last few weeks. Now at last here's the photo. See what we
One comment was, "It is a work of art not a bike!!" The Black edition Aske is built with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and Enve finishing kit.
Also we have some good news for us!! The purchaser does not want the bike for a while so we are able to display it, until required, in pole position in the front window for all travellers along the Dartmouth Road into or from Paignton to observe!!
Look at the spot just below the saddle on the seat post. What is that squiggle?? The bike had to be signed by the designer just like any other work of art is signed!!
Chris Froome (Sky) showed some form in the recent Tour of Romandie and now its Bradley Wiggins to do his bit in their run up to the Tour of France. At present Bradley is in the Tour of California and things couldn't be going better as he has the lead 28 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis (Garmin Sharp). Not seen any of the racing because of time difference but sounds like Bradley has been getting great support from his team and is in fine form.
Adam Yates (Orica GreenEdge) is currently 5th some 2.14 down.
In the Tour of Italy after a extremely successful 3 days in Ireland its down to the nitty gritty in Italy. After 6 stages the leader is Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge and 21 seconds behind is Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team followed by Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team.
The only Brit riding is Ben Swift (Sky) who is way down in 180th some 38 minutes down but 5th in the points classification.
Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) had major goals heading into this year's Giro d'Italia. With exceptional form just ahead of the start in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and having grown up just a few hours away, he was a huge hometown favourite.
Fans were trying to pry open the doors of the team bus just to catch a glimpse of him. It all went wrong during the open team trial though, and the Cervélo S3 that he would have used for this year's road stages sadly won't see any use.
Dan crashed just 15 mins into the time trial on Stage 1 and was taken to hospital with the common cyclist complaint. Doctors at a local hospital diagnosed the injury as a broken clavicle, disappointing for the Irish fans and particularly Dan.
Until next week,
"It's a stunner!!" "Wow!!" They are some of the many comments of customers and
friends on entering Colin Lewis Cycles in Paignton.
They are referring to the newly designed "Aske Bike" which has now been completed and on display in our shop in Paignton ready for our customer from London to pick up this Saturday.
Sorry was hoping for a photo for today but not arrived yet. A definite for next week though.
As described before it is in black with a silver trim on the inside of the front forks.
It is finished with all the "Bells and Whistles" added and all I need is a photo which would much speak louder than written words!!
After all the excitement of the Aske Bike almost forgot that second or third biggest cycling event (always a matter for debate but no debate over No1) is starting today (Friday) in Ireland.
There will be 2 stages starting from Belfast (the first being a team time trial) with a third on Sunday from Armagh to Dublin. Monday is a rest and transition day before the Giro moves on to its roots in Giovinazzo, Italy.
With teams saving their key riders for the TdF the winner could be anyone amongst Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Rigoberto Urán (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), Cadel Evans (BMC) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale).
There are 2 locals to keep an eye on Dan Martin is good for a stage win and maybe a top ten GC placing if he climbs better than usual, but those mountains are long and steep in the final week.
Dan's cousin Nicolas Roche is another rider that always promises much but has always has one poor day. He also hasn't shown much form so far this season.
Whilst the Giro d'Italia only includes one British rider on its start list - Ben Swift (Sky) - the concurrently running Tour of California (May 11-18) can boast seven including overall hope Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and back-on-form sprinter Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).
Josh Edmondson and Luke Rowe are both part of Sky's line-up to assist Bradley, in what the 2012 Tour de France winner has singled out as one of his major season targets.
Mark looks to be in good shape having taken four stages and the points classification at the Tour of Turkey last week
Also present is Tour of Turkey winner Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge), who must surely have one eye on California's mountain stages
Nineteen-year-old Tao Geoghegan Hart rides for the US-based Bissell Development squad, fresh from placing third in the under-23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege last month. It's the Hackney rider's first big opportunity to ride in the senior ranks.
Scott Thwaites (NetApp-Endura) completes the list.
Until next week,
Sorry no photo of the latest Aske Bike yet although just back from the sprayer.
The colour is black and with silver accompaniments it is going to be a stunner. More sales have come in to make the "Where tradition meets Technology" Aske Bike a success for its designer Simon Aske
of Colin Lewis Cycles. More info please call in the shop at Paignton or give us a ring on 01803-553095
Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has sped to 3 stage victories in the ongoing Tour of Turkey. But just to show he can be beaten on stage 5 he dropped to 2nd by a whisker. There is more good news for us Brits coming out of Turkey and that Adam Yates (Orica Greenedge) is lying 2nd overall 6 secs down from leader Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, Solutions Credits).
Team Sky struggling somewhat early season but try and put a brave face on. With 2 key riders out (due to unproven drug allegations where there is not any evidence to convict and all the evidence points to the facts that the drug passport system is full of holes and Sky daren't reinstate riders for fear of upsetting sponsors) the team is left low on numbers plus injuries and sickness adding to the dilemma.
Never the less in the present Tour of Romandie, Chris Froome looked comfortable as he sprinted for the finish of stage two at the Tour de Romandie, claiming a top-10 finish in the process.
Chris produced a surprising turn of speed in the final metres in Montreux to solidify his general classification charge, placing 10th on the stage and moving up to ninth overall.
Team Sky helped with the early pace-setting duties on the 166.5-kilometre test, keeping the defending champion safe and well-positioned ahead of a key mountain test on Friday.
Friday will be the key day with live coverage on Sky Sport(!!) just for a change from the ever dominant Eurosport.
Yanto Barker was back in action again after last weekend in the Rutland-Melton International but ended completely frustrated with a puncture when in a winning position. Back to the drawing board!!
Team Raleigh featured 2012 winner Alex Blain, 2013 winner Ian Wilkinson, plus Yanto Barker, Tour of the Reservoir stage 2 winner Evan Oliphant, French cyclocross talent Matthieu Boulo and last minute addition Liam Stones, who replaced the injured Mark Christian.
Yanto made the early running and formed an 6-strong break that contained considerable threats in the form of Tom Scully and Tom Moses, names that will be familiar to Raleigh fans from 2013.
The break hovered around a minute over much of the early section of the race, which included many of the rough unpaved sections that draw the crowds.
After tackling the dreaded Somerberg and Sawgate sections, the field had dwindled considerably, leaving only the strongest, including a full complement from Raleigh, split over several groups on the road.
Into the final half hour of racing Oliphant jumped off the front of the chasing Peleton with Kristian House in a determined effort to catch the break and give support to Barker. With that move the commissaries pulled the team cars out of the gap, which proved to be the decisive factor.
No sooner had Oliphant and House reached the break did Barker puncture. The attacks then came flying in, and with Evan still catching his breath from making up the minute, it effectively ruled Raleigh out of the race.
By this time the team car was back behind the Peleton and unable to get to Yanto in time. The team helpers, who were positioned with spare wheels along the rough sections of the course, were out of reach, leaving Barker effectively stranded.
After almost the whole day in the break a devastated Yanto was left to roll home on a flat tub and an exhausted Evan was left with the scraps of the breakaway places.
Until next week,