Bike news round-up: Latest gear & events

ControlTech Gale crankset, Wiggle's search to sponsor a cyclist & more

From the latest product news to details of routes and events, our news round-up is a collection of short snippets of information in one handy article.

Today we bring you the new Gale road crankset from ControlTech, Wiggle's search to sponsor a cycling star, the Sustrans National Cycle Network Android app and more.

Product news

ControlTech's Gale crankset breezes in

ControlTech have released details of their new lightweight Gale crankset, which features UD carbon fibre arms, 7075 chain rings and integrated with BB25. With a claimed weight of 660g, the Gale is comes available in 9/10 speed options, a compact 50/34t chainset and a choice of 170mm, 172.5mm and 175mm crank arms. Pricing and availability are to be confirmed, but UK distributor Hotlines will be the place to find them.

Wiggle launch "X Factor" style athlete search

Ever dreamed of becoming a sponsored athlete? Wiggle is giving ordinary people with a talent and passion for cycling a chance to realise that dream. The 2012 Wiggle Athlete Search is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for cyclists to join Team Wiggle and enjoy the benefits of a full support package for a whole season.

All you need to be is 18 years old or over, with a talent for any biking discipline. You can then head over to the competition website to submit your own application to be in with a chance to win a £1,000 training bike, a £2,000 racing bike, a clothing and equipment including a Team Wiggle kit, plus a discount on any kit from their website.

Sustrans' cycle network app brought to life on Android

UK sustainable transport charity Sustrans has released the Android version of their National Cycle Network phone app. The free app, which was released last May on iPhone and downloaded by over 50,000 people, brings 25,000 miles of cycling routes to your fingertips wherever you are in the UK.

Routes, racing & rides

BMX roadshow aims to stir London interest

Access Sport will host a five-day BMX roadshow in east London during February half-term (13-17) as part of a campaign to promote a new wave of participation in the capital. The events will offer free coaching and are backed by British Cycling and Olympian Shanaze Reade. It's part of a legacy project that hopes to establish five new BMX clubs and tracks in the five hosting boroughs of this summer's Games - Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. The Olympic Park itself will have an international standard track, and it’s hoped these community-led clubs will link up to it and ensure its use long after the summer is over.

To find out the full schedule and venues, click here.

Jurassic Classic unearthed

The Wiggle Jurassic Classic is a new Devon sportive designed to raise funds and awareness for the Prostate Cancer Charity. The event, set for Sunday 8 July, features 100km/100 mile routes along the stunning East Devon coastline and passes through towns including Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis. Entry costs £28 for both distances, which gets you the usual benefits of food stations, marshals and route signs. Visit the event website for more information.

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