Bike news round-up: GB national team returns to Tour of Britain

Plus a GQ gong for Wiggins, Storck clothing and Witches Curse sportive details

Product and team news

A Great Britain national team will return to the Tour of Britain next week, becoming the seventeenth and final team to be announced for the ninth edition of Britain's national Tour.

The team is made up of under-23 riders George Atkins, Owain Doull, Josh Edmondson, Tom Moses, Alastair Slater and Simon Yates.

The last appearance of such a team in the race was 2008, having being a regular fixture since its re-launch. Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy have all ridden in national colours, while Roger Hammond (2005/06) and Paul Manning (2007) claimed stage wins on national duty.

Joining the British sextet will four Tour de France jersey winners; Bradley Wiggins (2012 Yellow), Mark Cavendish (2011 Green), Samuel Sanchez (2011 Polka Dot) and Ivan Basso (2002 White), all looking to fine tune their form for the world championships.

Seven teams line-up for the race having competed in this summer’s Tour de France, while Orica GreenEDGE, Liquigas – Cannondale, Saur Sojasun and Team UK Youth all make their Tour of Britain debuts.

Bradley Wiggins scoops GQ gong

2012 may have been a year which saw him win the Tour de France, Olympic gold and a whole raft of other stage races, but given his love for fashion, the award Bradley Wiggins picked up on Tuesday night would have been very special indeed.

He collected GQ's Lifetime Achievement award from former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher, who began by saying that "not since Phil Daniels in Quadrophenia has someone looked this cool on a set of wheels".

Storck enter cycle clothing fray

German bike firm Storck have launched their own cycle clothing line, Storck Cycling Gear. We caught a glimpse of the range last week at Eurobike, finding garments that are largely seamless and padding that is sized according to rider weight. The UK website, www.storckcyclinggear.co.uk, goes live in early October, but a full catalogue is available here.

Routes, racing & rides

One for the climbers - Witches Curse sportive in the Ribble Valley

7,500ft of climbing over 68 miles await the riders of this Sunday’s CTC Challenge Ride, the Sensa Bikes Witches Curse in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The ride, which also has a 45-mile option, was postponed earlier this year due to bad weather.

It takes in Ribble Valley towns including Pendle, Longridge and Warrington and is designed so that you are never more than 10 miles from the finish - in case you decide it’s too much. Merlin Cycles will have their new range of Sensa Bikes for riders to demo and will also be providing mechanical support at the start area. Visit the CTC Challenge Ride website to enter.

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