Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 23, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Live coverage of women’s Cadel Evans Road Race, WorldTour status could be next; Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more; Investigation finds possible corruption in Ponferrada world championships funding; British Cycling annual report shows ‘tremendous growth’; Four cyclists nominated for Italian athlete of the year; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie to race Cape Epic; Olympic champ Laura Kenny to return to racing in London; Former Irish U23 Jack Wilson ends career; Drunk driver who killed cyclist released from prison early; Local politician ‘attacked’ by squirrel while cycling; 2016 Dutch National Headwind Championships; Cyclocross has gone to the dogs.

British Cycling annual report shows ‘tremendous growth’

by CyclingTips

British Cycling recently issued its annual report, with president Bob Howden saying that “cycling is flourishing at all levels.”

The report said that the organisation had a 14 percent increase in coaches furthering their professional development through British Cycling courses, the Go-Ride programme created half a million opportunities for young people to improve their cycling skills and the Breeze programme now has more than 100,000 female participants.

As well the organisation signed its 125,000th member this year. Of course the awarding of the 2019 UCI World Championships is also a highlight. “The successful bid will bring with it £15m worth of investment into cycling facilities, which will allow the grassroots level of the sport to continue to flourish,” the report said. “This will build on the £10m which British Cycling has invested since 2009, just one of the many milestones passed this year, which illustrates how the sport is flourishing.”

“We are quite simply spoilt for choice when looking back at our elite achievements from 2016,” said Howden. “This summer in Rio our Olympians and Paralympians dominated their respective cycling medal tables, underlining the amazing talent of our athletes and support staff, the proven effectiveness of our coaching systems, and more generally, the health of the sport in Britain.

“As ever, the work that we do across all disciplines and levels of the sport would not be possible without the tireless, invaluable work of our army of dedicated volunteers. Their work does not go unrecognised, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all.”

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