Cyclo-cross can kick-start interest in cycling, believes IBD organiser of national championships

Ipswich IBD Elmy Cycles is organising the 2002 National Cyclo Cross Championships, due to be staged 12-1th January. With good sponsorship, a sold-out Novotel and a city centre location, Steve Grimwood of Elmy Cycles believes the success of this event will demonstrate the potential of cyclo cross as a general interest spectator sport, and one that cyclists of all disciplines can be inspired by

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Song about an IBD melts sociologists heart

A song by American singer-songwriter Darryl Purpose has tweaked the heartstrings - and twanged the spokes - of bike industry expert Dr Paul Rosen of the Science & Technology Studies Unit of the Department of Sociology at the University of York

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Need a placement or two?

Here are two keenies seeking what Americans call internships and Brits call work placements. No doubt bike supply companies are inundated with such requests but these two enthusiasts have shown initiative by widening their searches and advertising themselves industry-wide. However, James Hawkins believes it will be hard to offer his engineering talents to manufacturers in the UK because there are now so few of them. Should he therefore seek work in America?

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Turnover and margin boost for Orbit

In a pre-Christmas newsletter, Orbit Cycles owner Simon Gershon revealed the bike maker and trailer distributor had seen sales growth in 2001. It was a topsy-turvey year, though: Orbit benefitted from off-roaders switching onto touring and road bikes during the FMD epidemic but the company lost tandem sales due to FMD hitting hire centres

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