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Welsh closed-road sportive Velothon Wales lasted before being forced to announce that there would be no event in 2019. It attracted 8,000 riders this year but organiser Ironman was unable to find a “sustainable model” for the future of the event, which is part of the International Velothon Series.
Conor Dunne to be paid by departing Delaney
Disillusioned Aqua Blue boss Rick Delaney has pledged to pay Irish road champion Conor Dunne’s 2019 salary at the Israel Cycling Academy after he was left in the lurch when the Irish team folded. Dunne was the last person to be signed for 2019 by Delaney and only managed to find a place on ICA two weeks ago. Irish businessman Delaney called cycling a “circus” and vowed never to work in the sport again. He lamented the amount of bad press he’d received and said: “I’m glad I’m nearly out.”
t Tokyo test event for men’s road race
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics has announced a men’s road cycling test event to take place on July 21, 2020. The 179km race will use much of the official Olympic Games course, omitting the Mount Fuji circuit. There is as yet no women’s road test event, though a third and final batch of test events will be revealed in January.
Geraint Thomas joins celebrity circuit
Having already followed Bradley Wiggins to Tour glory, Geraint Thomas emulated Wiggo again at the weekend — this time by appearing on BBC1’S Graham Norton Show.
Sharing Norton’s sofa with Nicole Kidman, Stephen Fry and comedian Joe Lycett, he spent much of his short slot explaining the tactics of cycling and listing his various injuries. Plus ça change...
Government action plan under fire
The Department for Transport’s two-year action plan, announced last week, has garnered a mixed response. Sustrans voiced disappointment at the lack of focus on speedlimit reduction in the plan, which is aimed at better protecting vulnerable road users. A review of the Highway Code and new powers for councils to combat cycle lane parking feature among 50 of the proposed measures.
Dunne will compete with the Israel Cycling Academy in 2019
Sustrans wants more focus on speed limits
Tokyo is road testing its Olympic route
Thomas talks tactics on Norton’s famous sofa