Bike news round-up: Leov announces retirement

Plus Strength in Numbers, Pain on the Plain & Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool sportive

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 news that Justin Leov will hang up his wheels at the end of this season, a free-to-view clip from the Strength in Numbers film and a couple of weekend UK sportives.

Product and team news

Leov to hang up his wheels

Downhill star Justin Leov (Trek World Racing) has revealed he will retire at the end of the season, reports our sister site Cyclingnews.com. After nearly a decade on the circuit which produced three world cup podiums, the New Zealander has decided it’s time to bow out.

"I've given this a lot of thought and for me there's no question that this is the time to announce my retirement," he said. "The sport has given me a great 10 years, and these last four with Trek World Racing have been the real highlight. There are other things for me to do and both me and my wife Tory are looking forward to the future."

"I'll be giving it my all for the next races and aiming for the best results possible. I'll always be a super competitive and committed person but for now it's time to turn these traits to another life."

Team director Martin Whiteley said, "While I've known for some time that this will be Justin's last year on the circuit, the public confirmation of it doesn't come any easier. Justin is an integral member of the team, a hugely talented riderand an amazing mate and teammate. We will savour every week we have with him for the remainder of this year and then wish him well in his new chapter in lifer. We are truly indebted to Justin and all he has given us, the team and this sport."

Strength in Numbers' Switzerland clip free-to-view at Redbull.com

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A section from hit mountain biking film Strength in Numbers is now available to view online at Redbull.com. The clip follows Wade Simmons and Matt Hunter in Verbier, Switzerland, and shows just what an inspiring place it is to ride a bike. The full movie is out now through iTunes and as a DVD, BluRay and download package from its makers, Anthill Films, website.

Routes, racing & rides

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Here are a couple of events to whet your appetite.

Wiltshire sportive to raise money for armed forces charity

A Wiltshire sportive that goes off-road onto prohibited military land takes place this Sunday (8 July). The Pain on the Plain event across Salisbury Plain is raising money for official armed forces charity SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), with all proceeds going into its coffers.

The off-road sections are optional should you not feel comfortable taking your bike over rough terrain but organisers Wheels in Wheels Events, who also run the Forest of Dean Classic, believe it’ll be fine providing you take it easy.

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Three distances are available – 30, 62 and 100 miles – with each starting from Tedworth House in Tidworth. Prices range from £35 on the day, to £29.50 in advance and £10 for the shortest route. Feed stations and mechanical back-up are provided en route, as well as a hot meal at the finish.

In addition, the Army Cycling Union will be hosting its annual criterium championships at the same venue the day before. For more info, visit its website.

19th Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool sportive set for this Sunday

Those of you further up north might find the 19thLiverpool-Chester-Liverpool Bike Ride more to your liking. Over 3,000 cyclists are expected at this Sunday's event, which offers cyclists the rare chance to ride through the Mersey Tunnel.

Distances range from the 25-mile Chester to Liverpool ride, to the 90-mile Liverpool Challenge, which takes in Delamere Forest. It’s organised by the experienced Pennine Events, who can count the recent Great Manchester Cycle and British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Night Ride on their books. Entries close on 4 July – visit their website for further details.

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