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Cookson accuses McQuaid of ‘rule bending’


UCI presidential candidate and current British Cycling president Brian Cookson has accused current UCI president Pat McQuaid of bending the rules ahead of the election in Florence on September 27th.


H Young creates Sportline to handle bike brands


Madison parent company H Young has created an offshoot – dubbed Sportline – to distribute the stable of complete bikes. Ridley is now found within the Sportline range having secured a distribution deal last month. There’s more on that over on page six.


Chris Smith starts Leveret with Moots and Lupine


Chris Smith, formerly of Madison, Magicalia and Evans has launched Leveret Productions, a distribution business carrying Moots and Lupine. Looking to take advantage of lower postal rates from the European Union, Leveret Productions facilitates direct distribution by the brands themselves.


Cycle Systems now handling Campag EPS training


London-based Cycle Systems has begun tutoring Campagnolo EPS-specific courses. As the UK's only certified Campagnolo EPS course, the module is said to be the “highest level currently achievable short of spending an internship at the factory itself.”


Fix Distribution launches with Corsair and Atomlab


David Mellor has signed Atomlab and Corsair exclusively as part of the trade-launch of Fix Distribution. The Loeka and One Ghost Industries brands are also stocked by the up-start business, who are contactable on 07974 198664


Lucky cities get share of £77m cycle cash


Halfords: ‘Government support is vital…there is a


clear demand for better cycling routes’  Pledge to support Bikeability with continued funding


By Jonathon Harker


THE BIKE trade has reacted positively to the Government’s announcement of £77million for cycling. Advocates like Sustrans, CTC and British


Cycling have supported the move, as have retailers including Halfords and brands like Gocycle. However, some bloggers – including the


Cycling Embassy of Great Britain (page 89) and ibikeLondon – have pointed out the investment equates to little more than the funds allocated to Cycling England, the body axed by the Coalition Government.


“Everyone should have the opportunity to cycle


safely, whether they are commuting or having a leisurely ride...”


Halfords CEO, Matt Davies


The new cash has been earmarked for eight cities and four National Parks and when added to local contributions from councils and authorities amounts to £148million, to be spent between now and the end of 2015. Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich are the lucky cities to receive a slice of the new funding, while the New Forest, Peak District, South Downs and Dartmoor also receive a share. Speaking at the announcement of


funding, Prime Minister David Cameron said:


“Following our success in the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Tour de France, British cycling is riding high – now we want to see cycling soar… “This government wants to make it easier


and safer for people who already cycle as well as encouraging far more people to take it up and business, local government, developers, road users and the transport


sector all have a role to play in helping to achieve this.” Halfords CEO Matt Davies said:


“Government support is vital to provide the infrastructure cyclists need and this initiative is an important step forward. “We know first-hand how interest in cycling is growing rapidly and there is a clear demand for better cycling routes.


BIKEABILITY AND NEW NATIONAL SCHOOLS AWARD


THE GOVERNMENT announcement saw a renewed pledge of support for Bikeability, teaching children cycling, as well as mooting a new National Schools Award Scheme that will see the bike trade work with the Department for Transport through the Bicycle Association. The scheme is intended to provide a lasting practical legacy for everyday cycling inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, will be funded through the industry’s Bike Hub levy and encourage schools to promote more cycling and walking to school. Details have yet to be finalised on the new scheme, as Bicycle Association’s executive director Phillip Darnton explained to BikeBiz: “We are very pleased to be working with the DfT to develop the scheme; as yet we have not settled any of the details. We are planning to work with TfL, Cycling Scotland (who run a cycle-friendly schools scheme


Got your speech ready?


THE COUNTDOWN to the 2013 BikeBiz Awards is well and truly on, with the trade snapping up tickets to the awards night, on Wednesday September 25th. Celebrating the cycle industry and


For breaking news visit: www.bikebiz.com


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providing an opportunity for the trade to hobnob in an informal setting, the awards take place at the Hilton Metropole, NEC Birmingham, the night before the trade day of nearby Cycle Show. This year there are more Awards up for grabs than ever before, for retailers, media,


distributors, brands, training and service providers and more. Ansmann UK is backing the BikeBiz


Awards 2013 as Platinum Partner. Event Partners are Suarez, JVC and Cycle-S.O.S. This year Competition Partner is Cycleguard and ISPO Bike is Retail Partner for the Awards. Tickets cost just £35 and include


entrance, two drinks vouchers and a hot buffet. Tickets can be ordered online at http://tinyurl.com/mq2a2zo or by calling 01992 535647


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already), with Living Streets (who have a walk to school week) and, of course, with Sustrans who already run the Big Pedal with funding from Bike Hub. We are also engaging with the Youth Sports Trust, the Association of Bikeability Schemes and other organisations such as the CTC to design a scheme which will appeal to as many schools as possible."


On the Bikeability funding news, training provider BikeRight! said: “We’re pleased to see a significant level of funding for cycling over the next two years in three conurbations where we deliver


cycling services for local authorities. The extension of Bikeability funding until 2016 gives further confidence that child cycle training remains a Government priority, and allows local councils to plan a progressive programme of training the next generation of cyclists. BikeRight! provides Bikeability training for 20,000 children annually, at present.”


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