Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Big bikes and little bikes

This is bike week. It is your chance to channel your inner Victoria or Sir Chris, or in my case to make sure I give them plenty of room when I pass them in my car. Last week there were lots of cyclists on the A30. Are they all heading to John O' Groats?

Did you know that Hornby is making an electric velodrome? Put your bid in now as it will be THE Christmas gift in 2011. My brother explained it as Scaletrix for bikes (!) I tried to find out more on their website but couldn't see anything. It was from an item in Cycling News but see http://www.hornby.com/ to find out more.

I wonder if Lego will come up with cycling Playpeople and will they resemble any of the current stars in British Cycling?

Monday, 13 June 2011

I need sunshine

It is chilly and damp and the forecast for the week isn't much better. This could be the year that Devon Games to Inspire gets rained off.

The outdoor pitches can cope with the rain, but I am not sure how many of the kids can. I knew it was a mistake to put so much effort into Being Sunsafe.

Colleagues are now trying to work out how many things we can do indoors in the corridors of the Sports Centre. As we are talking about 1000 kids that will be interesting.

The latest news is that Ryan Scott, a London 2012 hopeful from Bristol, will be coming along to chat to the kids on Saturday. Last year he won a Commonwealth Gold in the 4 x 100m Relay race. I guess he is used to running in the rain.

Read more on the Relays South West Facebook page or on our website

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Get your t-shirts now

As part of the Devon Games to Inspire ,which takes place on June 18th, the young people taking part are given a coloured t-shirt. This identifies which part of the County they represent.

Our supplier tells us that t-shirts are in short supply globally, particularly some colours like magenta. Large and extra-large sizes are also difficult to source.

So, what's the reason for the short supply? Are more people in the world wearing them? Is it due to a cotton harvest failure? Is it just a story we are being given to stop us hassling the company?

Still, I'll look after my favourites more carefully from now on, just in case it is true.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Tickets anyone?

Three people have told me that money has been taken from their account, so they know they have got some tickets. I also heard from two that they haven't got anything

The fortunate ones are taking it well that they won't know what they have got for a couple of weeks, though one accepts it is unlikely to be the cycling. But what if it is? I will be jealous.

I was disappointed in the BBC Newsround coverage where kids were saying "It's not fair" or people complaining it was stupid system.

So what would your plan be? Speak up please. I guess it would be fair if they got tickets but others didn't...

I did like that London Mayor Boris Johnson wanted us to know he didn't get any tickets.

Yes, but he will be at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and he won't be paying for those!

I am depending on VISA to let me win some. You will be the first to hear if I do!