French escape artist and peoples' favourite Jacky Durand has retired from the pro peloton aged 37. He achieved two World Cup victories during his 14 year career as well as twice being French National Champion. "Dudu" was best know for his solo suicide breaks, racking up huge numbers of kilometers alone, usually only to be reeled in in the final kilometers of the race. In the Tour, he regularly led the Most Attacking Rider competition (for the rider to have covered the most KMs ahead of the peloton) despite, or possibly because of, being the lanterne rouge (last placed rider on GC).
Boardman's record lasts
Chris Boardman's hour record was unscathed by Swiss rider, Jean Nuettli's attempt at the record on Tuesday in Vienna. Nuettli covered 46.642km, nearly 3km less than Boardman's 49.441km, set at Manchester Velodrome in 2002.
Brompton's back on Sturmey Archer
As from January 1st 2005, Brompton 3spd bikes will be using Sunrace Sturmey Archer again. In 2000, Brompton were left in the lurch when Sturmey Archer went bust, and since then Brompton has been using hubs from SRAM. Bromton's 6-speed bikes will continue with the SRAM hubs after the change.
Bigger Bike Week in 2005
'Everyday cycling for health and fitness' will be the main promotional theme of next year's Bike Week, 11-19 June. More than 1,000 organisers are expected to run 1,500 local events, attracting at least 250,000 participants. Bike Week 2005 will include the popular Bike2Work promotion to local authorities, NHS trusts and other employers.
Promotional materials on offer to organisers who register will include stickers, balloons, posters, certificates and prize draw leaflets. An updated 'Dr Bike' free cycle checklist will also be available to help cycle campaigners get more unused bikes back on the roads. All registered events will be included in a searchable database at www.bikeweek.org.uk
Thanks to increased sponsorship from UK governments and the cycle industry's Bike Hub fund, Bike Week HQ will again be providing £5M public liability insurance for event organisers who have no other cover. Bike Week national co-ordinator Nick Harvey commented: 'Cycling event organisers, especially volunteers, welcome the peace of mind provided by our insurance. In 2005 we will also consider insuring events taking place from 11 April, such as skills training and bike safety checks, if they are intended to increase participation in Bike Week.'