Bike news round-up: Cape Rouleur entry to open next week

Plus £6m cycleway funding boost, Dalby, Cycletta & Purbeck Hill a Saurus

Entry to the Cape Rouleur, a four-stage sportive in the Western Cape, South Africa, will open on Tuesday 9 October at 12pm.

The event, which is being run by the organisers of London-Paris and Alpine Challenge, will take place from 3-7 March next year, cover over 600km from its base in Franschhoek and is expected to cost around £1200 (excluding flights). For a full report of the 2012 event, click here.

Scotland's cycle path network to get £6m upgrade

Scotland’s cycle path network is to get a £6m revamp, Transport Minister Keith Brown has announced. Improvements will be made to the Land’s End to John O’Groats route with an upgrade to the stretch from Barnton Junction to the Forth Road Bridge in Edinburgh.

The cash will also be used to create more cycle paths in Glasgow ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Routes in Dundee, Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh will also be improved, as will the cycle path along the A90.

As well as providing a boost for infrastructure, it will allow the country’s school children to learn more about bike safety by providing more funds to schemes such as Bikeability and Give Me Cycle Space.

Wiggle Purbeck Hill a Saurus returns

Back for a second year is the Wiggle Purbeck Hill a Saurus mountain bike event on 18 November. Taking place on the Jurassic coastline of Dorset, over 500 riders are expected to sink their teeth into 20 or 25-mile rides with feed stations tucked away in warm village halls for a welcome respite.

Dalby Bike Barn to host open day

The Dalby Bike Barn trail centre, which relaunched in June under the stewardship of CTC and Pace Cycles, will be hosting an open day at the North Yorkshire forest on Saturday 13 October. Running from 10am-5pm, visitors will be able to test out the latest bikes kit from Pace and take part in free taster sessions of mountain bike skills development courses.

Pre-registering for taster sessions is advised. Visit the website to view the programme and book your session by emailing dalby@ctc.org.uk.

The event will form part of Dalby 13, a cycling expo showcasing the latest 2013 road and mountain bikes, clothing and accessories from the likes of Fox, Lezyne, Lapierre, SRAM, DT Swiss, Scott and Maxxis.

Victoria Pendleton back in the saddle

Victoria Pendleton will take a break from her preparation for Strictly Come Dancing to get back on her bike for the Cheshire leg of the Cycletta series this Sunday. The 55/40km ride for women only will take place in Tatton Park near Knutsford. Click here to enter.

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