Bike news round-up: Latest gear & events

Victoria Pendleton, Pacific Cycles, Grupetto Italia, Cheshire Classic & 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 a preview of Victoria Pendleton's new range of women's bikes, word on the arrival of Pacific Cycles in the UK, new bikes from Grupetto Italia, Dan Lloyd's new team and more.

Product news

Victoria Pendleton & Halfords team up for women's cycle range

Not content with teaming up with one Olympian in Chris Boardman, UK retailer Halfords are working with Victoria Pendleton to sell her new line of women's bikes. The three-strong range is designed for those who want to make cycling part of their daily lives, whether that’s for pleasure, town or city riding. The bikes, Somerby (£299.99), Brooke (£299.99) and Dalby (£349.99) will be available in 16” or 18” frame sizes, and will go on sale from 22 March.

Pendleton on location this week (courtesy of Halfords' Twitter page)

Cycle Surgery expands operations

Cycle Surgery has announced it will open a new store in Wandsworth, London this March. The 2,500 sq ft shop, open seven days a week, will stock bikes from Trek, Giant, Brompton and Ridgeback, equipment from Endura, Giro and Mavic, as well as a workshop with Cytech qualified mechanics.

Pacific Cycles reach UK shores

Pacific Cycles are opening a new European office in London, bringing their full size folding bikes to the UK for the first time through retailers Firebox and Fudges Cycle Store. One of the highlights of their range is the aluminium, 26" wheeled iF Mode city bike (£1,699), aimed at commuters who want the convenience of a folding bike but who have been previously put off by small wheels. It also folds in a way that allows you to drag it along on its wheels rather than having to carry it.

Three new Grupetto Italia bikes for 2012

Mottarone SL

Grupetto Italia have unveiled three new bikes for 2012; two carbon models in the Mottarone SL (from £2,500) and the Mergozzo CL (from £1,550), and the steel CS Maggiore (from £1,350). The bikes are available to view at their showroom in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and via their website, and offer a free fitting service with all purchases.

Routes, racing & rides

Dan Lloyd signs for Team IG-Sigma Sport

British pro Daniel Lloyd has been signed by UK based Team IG-Sigma Sport. Lloyd, who rode for Garmin-Cervelo last year, was contemplating retirement after he wasn't retained by the powerhouse American squad. But he was persuaded to keep racing on the UK domestic circuit by his friend Ian Whittingham at Sigma Sport.

The team is hoping for a top 10 finish at the Tour of Britain, as well as wins at the Tour Series criteriums and Premier Calendar events this year.

Cheshire Classic future boosted

The Cheshire Classic Women’s Road Race, the opener to the British Cycling National Series, has brought Epic Cycles on board as a new sponsor. The 77km race, won last year by Junior World Champion Lucy Garner, is set for 22 April in Northwich, Cheshire and thanks to the sponsorship, it will now have access to full support from National Escort Group motorcycle marshals and a biking paramedic.  It comes as a welcome boost for the sport after recent reports from riders and promoters apparently struggling to find backing for their events.

CTC expands sportive calendar

CTC, the UK's national cyclists' organisation has added two more dates to their sportive calendar for 2012 - the Swindon Cycle Champions ride on 19 February and the North West Challenge, Manchester on March 18. Entry to the Swindon event is on a buy one get one free basis, so it'll cost £15 for you and a friend. Both are on top of returning rides from 2011, including Dorset's Ride to the Pies (25/26 February) and Sheffield's Phil Liggett on 19 August. Visit the website for entry information.

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