An eventful year
Bespoked show changes dates, Smithfield gears up for ordinaries, Sport England boost women's cycling and Seville to host Velo-City. Plus our updated events listing...
Posted by Peter Eland on Sunday 16 Jan 2011
Sue Archer writes:
Spotted on Bikebiz, an announcement of new dates for Bespoked Bristol, 'the UK's Handmade and Boutique Bicycle Show'. The first show was held in April last year, but this year the event moves to June 10 - 12, and will be held in the Paintworks event space. As well as handmade bikes, the event will feature producers of high quality components and accessories.
Smithfield showcases ordinaries
The Smithfield Nocturne bicycle racing events have been running since 2007, and going from strength to strength, with special events like folding bike races alongside the Elite Criterium races. This year spectators will be able to experience the excitement of ordinary, or high bicycle, racing - bikes known to most people as 'penny farthings'. The ordinary racing will take place on the 11th June, with separate mile events for antique and modern reproduction machines, and a 5 lap criterium race for all-comers. On the following day, there will be a social sightseeing ride around London, which ought to be an interesting sight in itself!
Interested ordinary riders should contact Phil Saunders at phil.saunders(at)cityoflondon.gov.uk - entries are limited to 40 riders plus 8 reserves. Event details and entry forms will be available on the Nocturne website from the end of January.
Sport England gives women a boost
UK cycling governing body British Cycling has been awarded just under one million pounds by Sport England as part of a project to encourage more women to take up sport at a grassroots level. The money will help to fund a National Women’s Cycling Network, encouraging women of all ages and abilities to organise social rides in their local areas, with the aim of getting 80,000 women on their bikes. Statistics show that while one in five men take part in sporting activity, only one in eight women do so, and that while cycling is on the increase overall, the number of women cycling is decreasing.
YOu can read about the project and grant in more detail here on the Sport England website.
Seville takes on Velo-City crown
A large hot city, with a car-centric layout and fiery Latin driving styles might not sound ideal for cycling, but when Seville City Council invested in a three year programme of infrastructure, cycle trips increased tenfold. In celebration of this, the 2011 Velo-City conference will be held in Seville, Spain, this March. The conference will explore positive influence of cycling in the fields of Health, Efficiency, Education and Economics, improving the overall quality of life for inhabitants.
Three years of investment has provided Seville with more than 120km of fully segregated cycle tracks, and raised daily useage from 6000 trips to 60,000, with many drivers abandoning their cars in favour of the bike. In addition, the city has hosted the Sevici automatic bike hire scheme, similar to the Velib in Paris or the Barclays' Bikes in London.
Velo-City takes place at the Barcelo Renacimiento Hotel, Seville from the 23 - 25 March. We hope to have a report in a future issue...
Events listing updated
Just a note that our events listing page has now been updated with 2011 dates. We'll try to be at as many as we can!
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