Saturday 28 February 2009

Velo Club Montpellier Launch Elite Racing Team

Velo Club Montpellier held its Elite Team launch at Leisure Lakes Bike Store in its home town of Cheltenham on Saturday 28th February. The strong team of four riders will compete in national elite races across the country, including races which form part of British Cycling’s high-status Premier Calendar Series. The launch was a glitzy affair, with special guest Edward Gillespie, Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, in attendance to launch the team.

Newly signed riders Jon Pain (from GWR Team) and Paul Standen (from Total Fitness) both join the powerful Velo Club duo of Wayne Coombs and Colin Mattinson. The team will also be backed up in local races by 27 strong club members who all compete in road races. The main sponsors of the team include CPLC Associates, who are a multi disciplined development consultancy, providing extensive experience in all areas of construction and design, and Leisure Lakes Bikes, who will provide the team with Wilier bikes and equipment.  Rider list:

  • Jon Pain (Elite)
  • Wayne Coombs (Elite)
  • Colin Mattinson (1st)
  • Paul Standen (1st)


The team started their 2009 campaign the following day (Sunday) with the 105km Severn Bridge Road Race. All put in strong performances, finishing strongly in the depleted peloton after fast racing tore it to pieces. The team aims to obtain strong results in national road races as well as tackling the prestigious, and televised, Premier Calendar series. Full sponsors list:

  • Leisure Lakes Bikes (Cheltenham) –
  • CPLC Associates Ltd –
  • DataForm –
  • jSolutions –
  • McInnes Communications –



Leisure Lakes Circuit Series Launch

The evening also saw the launch of the Leisure Lakes cycle racing series to be held at Cheltenham racecourse throughout the month of June 2009. Racecourse boss Edward Gillespie was on hand to give his support to the series which promises to bring fast and furious cycle racing to the home of jump racing.

The series comprises of four circuit races on each Friday evening throughout June 2009. Racing will last for 30 tight laps around a circuit that has been specifically designed within the racecourse arena. Tight corners, hilly drags and fast straights will ensure that only the most competitive riders will succeed.

The races will be open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders. All races will also be open to women. A separate youth race, promoted by Cheltenham and County Cycling Club, will also be provided at 7pm, before the main races at 7:30pm.

Leisure Lakes Bikes, as title sponsor of the race series, will provide a Specialized Allez road bike for the overall winner of the circuit series. Other cash prizes will be provided from club sponsors CPLC Associates, McInnes Communications, DataForm and jSolutions.

Leisure Lakes Bikes Circuit Series – Cheltenham Racecourse:

  1. Friday 5th June 2009
  2. Friday 12th June 2009
  3. Friday 19th June 2009
  4. Friday 26th June 2009