Cycling

Updated 13th February: A round up of cycling news from across Erewash

DRAYCOTT BASED CYCLIST WELCOMES LOCAL WOMEN'S TOUR HEAT: Draycott based professional cyclist Nikki Harris has welcomed the news that the Women's Tour will see a stage being held in Derbyshire but is not yet able to commit to taking part whilst she focuses on completing her cyclo-cross season, before taking up a place with a new team Boels Dolmans.

Her aim is to join team-mate and world champion Lizzie Armistead in Team GB for the Rio Olympics in the Summer, but ahead, stage 3 of the Women's Tour of Britain will start in Ashbourne on Friday 17th June working its way through the Peak District before finishing in Chesterfield.  Stage four will progress quite close to her home village of Draycott, coming near to Long Eaton with riders racing from Nottingham through to Stoke-on-Trent.

Harris said that it was great news for the women's tour, but that, as she didn't have her race programme that far ahead, she predicted looking further ahead after the first part of the season, but described her team as being "really strong" so didn't expect to be easily able to be part of things.  Harris will spend the first part of the road season with race action up to April before a short break before preparing for the Tour of California but said that the Olympics was the main objective.  However, she added that there was still a lot of time before she would have a better idea as to how possible it will be.

She aims to use her form in cyclo-cross to contribute to early road races to assist the team which she said would give both her and the team an idea of where her riding skills sit and whether she is able to offer Lizzie Armitstead what is needed by the time the Olympics come around. 

The staging of the Tour of Britain will be the third time that the female equivalent of the sport has been raced, but it will be the first time that action will have passed through Derbyshire.