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RCUK’s banner at the Revolution

Bad Luck Boris
The bicycle-riding Spectator editor will be up against his party yet again this week. The Conservatives are calling for cyclists using mobile phones when cycling to receive the same fines as motorists who do when driving. Well I suppose it makes sense… but I’m still seeing several drivers a day still using their phones regardless, I was knocked off by a motorist using a phone recently too… It’s funny how you can tell when a car is being driven by someone who isn’t paying attention… for the full story, go to the Times website

Six day stars steal the show
The Revolution track race was fantastic fun. The RCUK team had a great time, even if we didn’t win we looked good trying! Full report and pictures to follow later this week (we even took some video pictures)
To find out the results download this PDF. Bradley Wiggins won the Points competition and Nicole Cooke the women’s Points race. The Madison was really exciting with the six day regulars flying around at 30mph+. Bryan Taylor and John Scripps from RCUK’s team did us proud, battling to stay with an international class field and finishing the race, well done guys. More later.

Ward and Cox signed up
British Women Elite riders Michele Ward and Leda Cox have been signed to ride for the Dutch professional women’s team Vitron-Wilstra in 2005. The Pair will ride in a squad of mainly Dutch riders in world cup races and UCI stage races. For both riders the move comes at a critical stage in their careers and their strong showings on the UK scene in 2004 coupled with their international experience with the Great Britain team attracted the Dutch outfit to them as the season ended.

Frank Vandenbroucke gets community service
Once the golden boy of Belgian cycling, VDB was destined for great things as a young rider. Until the police raided his house two years ago and found EPO, Clenbuterol and Morphine in his medicine cabinet. He has been sentenced by a Belgian court to 200 hours of community service, which he will do in the ‘medical sphere’, just keep him away from the pharmacy.
He admitted to using the drugs and received a 6 month ban from the rather liberal Belgian cycling federation (maybe David Millar has a point..?)
Next year he will ride with another rider with a checkered past, Ludo Dierckxsens, in the non-Pro Tour registered Mr.Bookmaker.com team.

Cyclists’ Deaths Must be Stopped – Leicester Mercury front page…
Recent casualties in Leicestershire have had an effect on the midlands evening paper, so much so that they are running a campaign for awareness from both motorists and cyclists.
Although there will be some fireworks this is a welcome start to raising awareness. Read the full story here

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