Celebrations at Herne Hill Velodrome

150603_Press Release Images_South ElevationCelebrations as a new pavilion for the Herne Hill Velodrome is given the green light

Cyclists across London and the South East are celebrating this week following the approval of plans to build a new pavilion at the historic Herne Hill Velodrome.

At Tuesday’s meeting of Southwark Council’s planning committee, councillors voted unanimously to approve the Hopkins Architects design for the new building, which will replace the existing one, which has been out of use for nearly a decade despite the track itself being very popular and in constant use.

Hillary Peachey of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust said “We’re over the moon.  This has been a long time coming and I want to thank each and every person who has played a role in getting planning permission this week.  For far too long, visitors and riders at Herne Hill have had only basic facilities that do not do justice to the site.  Herne Hill has been vital to the cycling history of Great Britain and now, with this final piece of the jigsaw secured, will play a role in the future”.

The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, who submitted the plans, was established in 2011 to ensure the regeneration and continued use of the Herne Hill site, which has hosted a velodrome since 1891.  The first ‘win’ of the campaign was to secure a medium term lease on the land, thereby unlocking funding from British Cycling to enable the total refurbishment of the track surface, which had become dangerously unsafe to race on.  The second success came with funding from Southwark Council’s Olympic legacy project, to install trackside flood lighting and create a new, junior track inside the existing one, as well as much needed hard standing for use in coaching, training and events.  This was completed in 2013 and has allowed the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust to increase participation from around 15,000 riders a year to a staggering 34,000 a year from a range of schools, community groups and regional cycling clubs.

The design is by Mike Taylor of Hopkins Architects, who was also the architect of the 2012 Velodrome.  He said “After over 4 years hard work by the local and cycling community, this approval is great news for the long-term future of Herne Hill. To complement the 2012 Velodrome in Stratford, south east London can now have decent facilities to support the already popular outdoor track at Herne Hill. In combination these two venues will really help promote cycling in London. After our experience delivering the Olympic venue we are delighted to be able to help out at Herne Hill too.”

The Herne Hill Velodrome, where Sir Bradley Wiggins first rode a track bike while still at primary school, has hosted some of the world’s greatest track riders, and continues to be a hive of activity from balance bike sessions for toddlers to elite level training and racing. Until the completion of the Stratford velodrome for the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Herne Hill was the only velodrome in the whole of London.

Bob Howden, President of British Cycling, said; “This is fabulous news for cycling in London. The planning consent for the new pavilion will allow the completion of the final phase of the comprehensive improvement programme and ensure that cycling’s rich history continues in the long term. As one of the only surviving venues of the London 1948 Olympic Games the future has never looked brighter for Herne Hill”.

Tessa Jowell, who as local MP was vocal in her support for the campaign since the very start, said; “I’m delighted that Southwark Council has granted planning permission for Herne Hill Velodrome, and I know how much this will mean to the community. The new pavilion will ensure this fantastic asset remains as popular as ever, and as Patron of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust I look forward to helping plan for a successful future for the track”.

The approved plans, which have been developed and (subject to completion of funding agreements) will be delivered thanks to Sport England, the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Southwark Council, will allow for a multi-sports room, training and office space as well as reconfigured bike storage. It is proposed to begin work and have the new building ready to celebrate the track’s 125th birthday in 2016.

Pearl Izumi Tour Series – Round Five | Durham

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JLT Condor presented by Mavic clinch the 1-2 on the cobbled streets of round 5 in Durham.

Arguably the toughest round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, the cobbled climb is every two minutes or so, and is a circuit you either love or loath!

Ed Clancy “I love the City, but I hate the circuit” he told the crowd after the finish.

Returning to the Cathedral City of Durham for the sixth consecutive year. It’s one of the most popular rounds for the spectators to watch.

The race got underway with two neutral laps, before starting the 30 or so expected ascends of South Street!

Several attempts were made by ONE Pro Cycling, Starley Primal & JLT Condor to make a break stick.

JLT Condor’s Richard Handley made that break, easing away every lap until he started picking up back markers.

Jon Mould, ONE Pro Cycling lead the peloton around, with Madison Genesis also helping to reel-in the escapee, whilst Round Four winner and team-mate Kristian House marshalled the moves.

Team WIGGINS strongest man Chris Lawless, helped chase down Handley, as the group dwindled down to ten.

With three laps left, the back markers were with-drawn, leaving only ten riders on the circuit.

Handley had almost caught the main group on the final lap, but House & Lawless were around half a lap behind.

An easy win for Handley in the end, with House sprinting into second, to make it a JLT Condor presented by Mavic 1-2. Lawless resigned his-self to third, whilst Scully beat Mould to the line for fourth.

Clancy, losing steam early on, in the race, gathered enough strength to blast around the course for the Quickest Lap contest. Whilst Handley had mopped up the Chain Reaction Points leading most of the nights race.

Madison Genesis retain the Pearl Izumi Leaders Jerseys once more going into tomorrows Round Six, in Barrow-in-Furness.

 

Durham Individual Top Ten Results

1: Richard Handley JLT Condor presented by Mavic

2: Kristian House JLT Condor presented by Mavic

3: Chris Lawless Team WIGGINS

4: Tom Scully Madison Genesis

5: Jon Mould ONE Pro Cycling

6: Marcin Bialoblocki ONE Pro Cycling

7: Tom Stewart Madison Genesis

8: Adria Moreno Sala Velosure Starley Primal

9: Steve Lampier Team Raleigh GAC

10: Stephen WilliamsPedal Heaven

 

Durham Team Classification

1: ONE Pro Cycling

2: Madison Genesis

3: Pedal Heaven

4: NFTO Pro Cycling

5: Velosure Starley Primal

6: JLT Condor presented by Mavic

7: Team Raleigh GAC

8: SportGrub Kuota

9: Team WIGGINS

 

Costa Express Fastest Lap: Ed Clancy – JLT Condor presented by Mavic 2:00.560

Chain Reaction Cycles Points: Richard Handley – JLT Condor presented by Mavic

 

Team Leader board after round 5

1: Madison Genesis

2: ONE Pro Cycling

3: Pedal Heaven

 

Full Official Race Results http://www.tourseries.co.uk/home.php

Pearl Izumi Tour Series – Round Four | Motherwell

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Power “House” Kristian Solos To His First Victory Of The 2015 Series

JLT Condor presented by Mavic’s Kristian House powers his way around the new 1.4Km circuit in Motherwell.

Scotland’s only visit by the Tour Series this season saw a trio of riders break away in the earlier part of the race.

House, Chris Opie – ONE Pro Cycling and Mike Northey – Madison Genesis put a good thirty seconds into the peloton after the first Chain Reaction Sprint, won by Chris Lawless – Team Wiggins.

The pace was high, and the strung out peloton failed to close the escapees down with-in the hour of racing.

House, powered away from Opie and Northey with two laps to go, giving him his first victory of the 2015 Series.

NFTO left it too late to set Steele Von Hoff up for the uphill sprint to the line, but he managed to fend Ed Clancy off, for the best of the bunch sprint.

 

Motherwell Individual Top Ten Results

1: Kristian House JLT Condor presented by Mavic

2: Chris Opie ONE Pro Cycling

3: Mike Northey Madison Genesis

4: Steele Von Hoff NFTO Pro Cycling

5: Ed Clancy JLT Condor presented by Mavic

6: Chris Lawless Team WIGGINS

7: Jon Mould ONE Pro Cycling

8: Tom Stewart Madison Genesis

9: Richard Hepworth SportGrub Kuota

10:Morgan KneiskyTeam Raleigh GAC

Motherwell Team Classification

1: Madison Genesis

2: ONE Pro Cycling

3: Team Raleigh GAC

4: Pedal Heaven

5: NFTO Pro Cycling

6: Velosure Starley Primal

7: JLT Condor presented by Mavic

8: SportGrub Kuota

9: Team WIGGINS

 

Costa Express Fastest Lap: Ed Clancy 1.25.745

Chain Reaction Cycles Points: Chris Opie

 

Team Leader board after round 4

1: Madison Genesis

2: ONE Pro Cycling

3: Pedal Heaven

 

Full Official Race Results http://www.tourseries.co.uk/home.php

Thanks to Pete & Grace for media access throughout the series… http://www.sweetspotgroup.co.uk/home.php

Matrix Fitness GP Series 2015 Round 2 – Motherwell

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Local girl Katie Archibald rode off the front of the bunch, to win round two of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series.

Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International’s Katie Archibald made her move after the first Sprint in Motherwell. Team-mate Gabby Shaw had begun to stretch the peloton out in the early laps of the race.

Race leader by default, Nikki Juniper had won the Sprint Jersey in Round one. So Jessie Walker (RST Racing Team) will wear the Sprint Jersey in Motherwell.

With round one winner Laura Trott (Matrix Fitness) not present, meant Juniper was the next placed highest rider to wear the Leaders Jersey.

Juniper, Walker and Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda) made the uphill sprint towards the line for the first three places, with Shaw taking fourth place.

Archibald didn’t contest the sprint, and this gave her the advantage of riding off the front for the bunch as they all recovered from that effort.

Gaining twenty to thirty meters along the top flatter part of the course, Archibald, a supreme pursuiter, rode steadily away. Roe & Juniper were unable to match her pace.

Archibald took the next set of Points, with Emily Nelson (Team USN) and Annasley Park (Team Giordana Triton) taking second and third.

As Archibald approached the finish line, the chasing bunch of eighteen girls where almost a lap down.

Riding over the line with ease, the main bunch where left to sprint it out for the remaining positions.

In a big bunch Sprint, Nikki Juniper took second place with Eileen Roe third. Lydia Boylan (Team WNT) took fourth and Katie Curtis (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International, fifth.

Nikki Junipers Reaction: “We were only going to attain the Sprints Jersey”, “and we got the first prime”. “But no one heard the klaxon for the next prime”. “We knew Katie had probably got the next one”. “There was a bit of confusion on the Points Jersey”. “But apparently I’m still in it”.

Matrix Fitness GP Series 2015 leader – Round 2 – Nikki Juniper by Cycling Shorts

Nikki Juniper of Team Giordana Triton talks to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc about her current lead in the Matrix Fitness GP Series 2015 after round two in Motherwell.

 

Results: Motherwell

1: Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 0:39:33.541

2: Nikki Juniper Team Giordana Triton 0:41:02.815

3: Eileen Roe Wiggle Honda

4: Lydia Boylan Team WNT

5: Katie Curtis Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

6: Jessie Walker RST Racing Team

7: Emily Kay Team USN

8: Annasley Park Team Giordana Triton

9: Lucy Martin Matrix Fitness

10: Gabriella Shaw Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

11: Henrietta Colborne Team Jadan

12: Rebecca Nixon Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science

13: Jennifer George Les Filles

14: Charline Joiner Team WNT

15: Hannah Walker Team WNT

16: Manon Lloyd Team USN

17: Genevieve Whitson WV Avanti

18: Mel Lowther Matrix Fitness

19: Lauren Creamer Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

20: Emily Nelson Team USN

 

Overall after Round Two

1 Nikki Juniper 37 Team Giordana Triton

2 Katie Archibald 36 Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

3 Lydia Boylan 31 Team WNT

4 Jessie Walker 30 RST Racing Team

5 Annasley Park 24 Team Giordana Triton

6 Laura Trott 20 Matrix Fitness

7 Charline Joiner 19 Team WNT

8 Dani King 19 Wiggle Honda

9 Eileen Roe 18 Wiggle Honda

10 Manon Lloyd 18 Team USN

 

Team Rankings after Round 2

1 Team Giordana Triton 78

2 Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 72

3 Team WNT 56

4 Matrix Fitness 45

5 Team USN 33

6 Team Jadan 18

7 IKON Mazda 8

 

Sprint Rankings after Round 2

1 Nikki Juniper 14 Team Giordana Triton

2 Jessie Walker 12 RST Racing Team

3 Katie Archibald 7 Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

4 Elinor Barker 4 Matrix Fitness

4 Emily Nelson 4 Team USN

 

Next race in the Matrix Fitness GP Series is on June 02nd in Croydon.

Matrix Fitness GP Series leader Nikki Juniper Chats

Matrix Fitness GP Series 2015 leader – Round 2 – Nikki Juniper by Cycling Shorts

Nikki Juniper of Team Giordana Triton talks to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc about her current lead in the Matrix Fitness GP Series 2015 after round two in Motherwell.

 

Nikki Juniper of Team Giordana Triton talks to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc about her current lead in the Matrix Fitness GP Series 2015 after round two in Motherwell.

 

Read the race report here.

The Milk Race 2015 (Women’s Race) – Image Gallery

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Trott wins 2015 Milk Race by three thousandths of a second

Laura Trott and Kristian House win The Milk Race

Laura Trott today (Sunday 24 May) claimed victory in this year’s elite women’s Milk Race whilst Kristian Houseclaimed the 1st prize in the elite men’s race.

Riding around the city centre course in Nottingham for team Matrix Fitness, Laura beat last year’s champion Katie Archibald of Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International by three thousandths of a second. In third place was Pearl Izumi’s Katie Curtis. Meanwhile, in the men’s race Kristian House of JLT Condor was victorious over team Wiggins’ Andy Tennant and JLT’s Ed Clancy, who came in second and third respectively.

The women’s top five finishers were as follows:

  1. Laura Trott, Matrix Fitness
  2. Katie Archibald, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
  3. Katie Curtis, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
  4. Dani King, Wiggle Honda
  5. Jessie Walker, RST Racing

Speaking after her triumphant win, Laura said: “It’s great to win such a prestigious event especially with an exciting sprint finish. I’m really pleased to return to Nottingham and be in front of such amazing crowds. Here’s hoping The Milk Race returns again next year!”

The men’s top five finishers were as follows:

  1. Kristian House, JLT Condor
  2. Andy Tennant, Wiggins
  3. Ed Clancy, JLT Condor
  4. Christopher Lawless, Wiggins
  5. Sam Lowe, Raleigh GAC

Following his victory, Kristian said: “It’s great to be part of an event like The Milk Race. The atmosphere and amount of support from the crowd make it one of the best events in England to be part of.”

The Milk Race, which initially ran between 1958 and 1993 as the UK’s leading multistage cycling race, was resurrected in 2013 as a city centre event. In 2015, the majority of the event is being funded by The Dairy Council and DairyCo, meaning that all corners of the dairy industry are working together to put on Britain’s leading one-day cycling extravaganza. More than 100,000 people came out to see The Milk Race across the weekend.

This year, the elite races formed part of a festival of cycling in Nottingham city centre, which included a Schools Ride, a Family Ride, a ride for advanced cyclists and a special ride for the British dairy industry.

Once again, Nottingham’s Old Market Square was transformed into The Milk Race Village, where thousands of spectators took advantage of milk-based products and giveaways from some of the country’s leading dairy companies.

In an elite field containing numerous world, Olympic and British champions, the women’s Milk Race has become a key event in the annual cycling calendar, and offers a first prize of £1,000 – the same value as the men’s event.

Sandy Wilkie, Chairman of The Dairy Council, said: “Last year’s Milk Race was a great occasion but today’s event has surpassed it. It was a fantastic spectacle and a great celebration of cycling and dairy.  Our congratulations go toLaura and Kristian, and here’s hoping that, if further funding can be secured, The Milk Race can be a permanent fixture in the British sporting calendar for many years to come.”

Gwyn Jones, DairyCo Board Chairman, said: “The Milk Race is an iconic cycling event and represents a fabulous platform to promote to the public the benefits of milk and dairy in the context of sport. Sport requires commitment, enthusiasm and huge energy from competitors which is something dairy farmers know and appreciate as they go about their work in producing nutritious milk and the other dairy products millions of us enjoy every day. We’re delighted to be supporting The Milk Race in Nottingham.”

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “Today was a fantastic day out for residents and visitors. Nottingham is delighted to host such an important cycling event – one of many this summer as we gear up to welcome more world class sporting events. Congratulations to both winners.”

Further information about the 2015 Milk Race can be found at www.themilkrace.com or follow @themilkraceuk on Twitter.

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