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...the num­ber of years

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

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