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The shame of being married to a MAMIL, a Middle Aged Man In Lycra

  • Jennie Price from Surrey is a cycling widow
  • Her husband Richard’s transformation began five years ago 
  • To get fit, he bought a road bike but soon became obsessed 
  • Now he spends hours in the saddle
  • He has also spent a fortune on bikes, cycling clothing and gadgets 

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Standing in the sunshine, chatting with my friends in the park on a lovely Saturday morning, I could not have been more content.

Then I caught a glimpse of garish pink and DayGlo yellow. In an instant, my mood was shattered as a voice gasped: ‘Dear God, Jennie. Is that your husband?’

And there he was, walking towards us in an outfit even Daniel Craig would struggle to pull off. In fact waddling would be a more apt description, as his cycling shoes made walking all but impossible.

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Cycle of despair: Jennie Price and her husband Richard with his £2,000 bike

Cycle of despair: Jennie Price and her husband Richard with his £2,000 bike

Yet, as I stood there mortified, Richard had a smile as broad as the Thames. For my darling husband is a MAMIL, and had just returned from his ritual Saturday bike ride.

‘What is a MAMIL?’ I hear you cry. Well, as of last week you need look no further than the Oxford Dictionary to find out. It stands for a Middle Aged Man In Lycra.

The definition is ‘a middle-aged man who is a very keen road cyclist, typically one who rides an expensive bike and wears the type of clothing associated with professional cyclists’.

Crisis: Richard's mid-life crisis is entirely his choice, says Jennie who says it has turned her into a weekend widow rapidly turning grey as she watches money drain from their joint account

Crisis: Richard’s mid-life crisis is entirely his choice, says Jennie who says it has turned her into a weekend widow rapidly turning grey as she watches money drain from their joint account

You will have seen them. Their numbers are swelling at an alarming rate, thanks to Tour de France winners Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome — men I would admire but for my husband’s desire to emulate them.

As professional sportsmen, it is their job to dress in ridiculous clothes and spend endless hours in the saddle. But Richard’s mid-life crisis is entirely his choice, and has turned me into a weekend widow rapidly turning grey as I watch money drain from our joint account more quickly than a Mark Cavendish sprint.

For those fortunate enough to have normal husbands, allow me to elaborate. Being a MAMIL is about much more than squeezing your ample frame into tight lycra.

MAMIL hero: The men all want to be like Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins

MAMIL hero: The men all want to be like Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins

This means boring dinner parties into silence with endless chat about bikes, spending long hours of family time out ‘training’, embarrassing your children walking around the house in bib shorts (think a mankini with padding around the nether regions) and paying eye-watering sums for obscure items of kit.

Richard’s transformation into a MAMIL began five years ago when, to get fit, he bought a road bike. At first, he wore a sensible pair of shorts and a loose-fitting jersey.

But then the buying began in earnest. New wheels (the old ones were slowing him down, apparently), a pair of cycling shoes, then another pair, then a ‘quicker’ helmet, then a personal trainer to help him shed the pounds and improve his ‘power to weight ratio’.

Transformation: Richard's evolution into a MAMIL began five years ago when, to get fit, he bought a road bike

Transformation: Richard’s evolution into a MAMIL began five years ago when, to get fit, he bought a road bike

The clothes grew tighter, the cost escalated as he bought a cycling computer (a glorified satnav), which at £500 cost almost as much as his bike, and £250 sunglasses (they have gaps in the lenses to stop them steaming up — but if you sweat as much as Richard, they steam up anyway).

Now our weekends have been taken over by cycling. For MAMILs do not simply go on an hour-long run out. Rides regularly last three hours or more, while in the spring and summer they disappear for days to ride in ‘sportive’ events.

My husband, like so many of his friends, is a fanatic. He buys an average of one bike a year, each more expensive than the last. His first was a relatively meagre £800, that he sold two years on for £200.

Emulating their idols: Jennie's husband and his friends go on cycling trips abroad so they can cycle routes taken by professionals like Chris Froome, pictured right

Emulating their idols: Jennie’s husband and his friends go on cycling trips abroad so they can cycle routes taken by professionals like Chris Froome, pictured right

Today, he has three: a day-to-day ‘workhorse’ (£1,000), a steel ‘winter trainer’ (£850) and a custom-built, red, white and blue road bike (£2,000 — his name is painted on the frame).

Then there are the clothes, gadgets and ‘sports nutrition’. Tools, inner tubes, tyres, wheels, hats, gloves (summer, autumn, winter and spring versions), shoes (waterproof for the winter, lightweight for the summer), overshoes, arm warmers, leg warmers, lights, pumps, pedals and saddles… the list is endless.

Every week another mysterious package arrives, with the latest waterproof jersey or a vintage cycling cap of a type once worn by one of his increasingly obscure heroes.

Spending: Jennie says every week another mysterious package arrives, with the latest waterproof jersey or a vintage cycling cap of a type once worn by one of his increasingly obscure heroes

Spending: Jennie says every week another mysterious package arrives, with the latest waterproof jersey or a vintage cycling cap of a type once worn by one of his increasingly obscure heroes

At night in bed, he reads Cycling Weekly or autobiographies of surly-looking Belgians. He has also been agonising over whether to shave his legs or not, although the only reason he can give me for doing so is ‘the pros do it’.

Even when it rains we get no respite. Rather than miss a ride he sets up rollers (a treadmill for bikes) in the kitchen and scares the dog witless by riding on the spot for a noisy hour.

Then there are the foreign trips. We live in the Surrey Hills — one of the best cycling spots in the country. Box Hill, where the Olympic road race was held, is a local climb and the Tour of Britain passes through every year.

All the gear, no idea: Jennie's husband as much kit as Mark Cavendish but cycling is not his career

All the gear, no idea: Jennie’s husband as much kit as Mark Cavendish but cycling is not his career

The one thing we don’t have is a mountain. So a couple of times a year Richard and his MAMIL pals pack their bikes into protective boxes (£500) and fly to the Pyrenees or the Alps, for a weekend emulating their professional cycling idols.

It may drive me to distraction, but I must admit I admire his dedication. Our son, James, six, certainly looks up to him and wants a road bike, too.

Even Jessica, eight-going-on-18, was genuinely interested in racing a bike until recently, when she started to prefer my Zumba and dance classes.

For a man diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago, Richard is impressively active

For a man diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago, Richard is impressively active

Both ride well and have picked up a love of exercise from Richard and me.

For a man diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago, Richard is impressively active. Within a year of taking up cycling he rode from London to Paris and this summer did the Etape du Tour — a mountain stage of the Tour de France, in appalling weather.

As mid-life crises go it could be a lot worse. I am far happier my 41-year-old husband is out riding a pushbike with a bunch of other men than zooming around on a Harley-Davidson and chasing girls half his age.

I also take comfort from the fact I am not alone. In our circle of friends, six of the husbands have taken up cycling .

They are putting this passion to good use, too. Next May they will take part in a charity cycle ride from Guildford to Bordeaux in aid of The Fountain Centre, a local cancer charity.

Being a MAMIL, like all mid-life crises means acting like little boys. As 11-year-olds do, they have their in-jokes, asserting the perfect number of bikes to own is N + 1 (N is the number of bikes you have already).

Another formula, which shows they are not entirely stupid, is S – 1 (S is the number of bikes that will prompt your wife to demand a separation).

In Richard’s case, he seems to have taken heed to the latter — he used to have two more than now (a mountain bike and a Brompton folding cycle).

Of course, he hankers for more. Recently, he has been wittering on about carbon and titanium frames, in the hope of boring me into submission.

I humour him up to a point, but on one issue I will not budge. Since that day in the park Richard is banned from attending any social occasion dressed in lycra — on pain of his bike being sent to the tip.

Would I really follow through with the threat? Just try me.

 

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Lucy Mecklenburgh may have been dressed head-to-toe in blue, but the former TOWIE star was anything but glum as she attended the BT Sport Action Woman Awards on Tuesday.

The TV beauty beamed as she posed on the red carpet at the London event, covering her slender curves in a floor-length turquoise gown.

Despite the draped nature of the dress, it displayed her physique perfectly, and included a racy deep plunging neckline.

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Bold: Lucy Mecklenburgh cut a striking figure on the red carpet at the BT Sport Action Woman Awards in London on Tuesday, revealing a glimpse of her cleavage in the racy gown

Bold: Lucy Mecklenburgh cut a striking figure on the red carpet at the BT Sport Action Woman Awards in London on Tuesday, revealing a glimpse of her cleavage in the racy gown

The daring cut went nearly down as far as her navel, where the fabric on the item ruched around her waist, adding voluptuousness to her frame.

The vibrant shade of the dress worked well against her honeyed skin tone and brunette locks, which she wore in an elegant half-up, half-down style, with tendrils framing her face.

She carried with her a glittery clutch bag and wore several items of glitzy jewellery to ramp up the glamour on her ensemble.

The 23-year-old, who recently split from boyfriend Gethin Jones, finished her look with natural make-up, accentuating her eyes with a heavy smoky shade on her lids.

Feeling blue? Lucy couldn't hide her smile as she posed at the awards ceremony - she was there to support gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who was nominated for the BT Sport award

Feeling blue? Lucy couldn’t hide her smile as she posed at the awards ceremony – she was there to support gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who was nominated for the BT Sport award

The TV star, fashionista and fitness expert joined women in the sports world at the BT awards ceremony, which celebrated female sports stars and their successes over the past year.

Each of the nominees were joined by a supporter too, and Lucy – who appeared on BBC’s gymnastics show Tumble this year – attended in honour of gymnast and nominee Claudia Fragapane.

There were 10 nominees for the title, celebrating British sportswomen across several disciplines, including tennis, athletics, cricket and football.

Athletic figure: Caroline proudly displayed her sports-honed body in her striking number at the prestigious ceremony, celebrating British women in sport 

Athletic figure: Caroline proudly displayed her sports-honed body in her striking number at the prestigious ceremony, celebrating British women in sport 

Winner! Dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin dazzled in a glitzy black dress on the red carpet... shortly before being revealed as 2014's winner of the award

Winner! Dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin dazzled in a glitzy black dress on the red carpet… shortly before being revealed as 2014′s winner of the award

Hosted by TV presenter and sports expert Clare Balding at BT Sport’s Olympic Park studios in London, it was revealed that dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin had taken the title on Tuesday.

She took over the title of Action Woman of the Year from the previous winner, Downhill Mountain Biking star Rachel Atherton.

Fans voted for their winner on the BT Sport website, choosing from a shortlist of 10 talented female sports stars, which also included Charlotte Edwards, Jo Pavey, Jordanne Whiley, Shauna Coxsey, Fara Williams, Emily Scarratt, Helen Glover and Heather Stranning, Claudia Fragapane and Lizzy Yarnold. 

Also sporting a similar plunging neckline to Lucy on the red carpet was BT Sport TV presenter Caroline Pearce, who displayed her athletic frame in a cut-away LBD.


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Halfords launches Cycle Republic in central London

Chief executive Matt Davies opened the Cycle Republic store in Euston and said there are plans for several more across London and in other towns and cities around the country.

He said: “We started working on this around a year ago because we felt that with the superstore focus of Halfords there was an inability to target cyclists in central London. The more we’ve been working on this the more we realised it could work in other cities.”

Cycling has been the biggest growth area for Halfords.

After years of struggling sales, there has been a renaissance in the wake of the 2012 London Olympics.

Bikes make up 24% of all vehicles on the capital’s roads, with 12% of London cyclists riding at least once a week.

The stores will sell around 1000 exclusive lines including bikes from its Chris Boardman and Victoria Pendleton ranges.

Davies predicts that Halfords could outgrow the UK cycle market, which is rising at 5% a year.

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It was a night celebrating the top British women in sport.

And TV presenter and sports star Caroline Pearce made sure to dress up for the prestigious occasion, arriving at the BT Sport Action Woman Award ceremony in London on Tuesday night in a striking figure-hugging black mini dress.

The athlete and model wowed as she walked the red carpet ahead of the awards event, revealing her enviable toned figure in the LBD, which included a very deep plunging neckline.

Daring: Sports star and TV presenter Caroline Pearce wowed in a revealing LBD on the red carpet at the BT Sport Action Woman awards in London on Tuesday evening

Daring: Sports star and TV presenter Caroline Pearce wowed in a revealing LBD on the red carpet at the BT Sport Action Woman awards in London on Tuesday evening

Caroline, who presents BT Sport’s UFC: Beyond The Octagon weekly programme, displayed her body confidence in the short item, and revealing her toned legs.

As she turned to strike a pose, she showed off even more skin in the backless dress. 

The talented star – who was a previously pentathlete and heptathlete – wore her blonde locks in an effortlessly wavy style, while completing her look with patent black peep toe heels and a chunky watch on her wrist.

She joined the likes of sporting heroes Charlotte Dujardin, Anne Keothavong, Chemmy Alcott, Helen Glover and Heather Stranning at the second annual awards ceremony.

Athletic figure: Caroline proudly displayed her sports-honed body in her striking number at the prestigious ceremony, celebrating British women in sport 

Athletic figure: Caroline proudly displayed her sports-honed body in her striking number at the prestigious ceremony, celebrating British women in sport 

Winner! Dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin dazzled in a glitzy black dress on the red carpet... shortly before being revealed as 2014's winner of the award

Winner! Dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin dazzled in a glitzy black dress on the red carpet… shortly before being revealed as 2014′s winner of the award

There were 10 nominees for the title, celebrating British sportswomen across several disciplines, including tennis, athletics, cricket and football.

Hosted by TV presenter and sports enthusiast Clare Balding at BT Sport’s Olympic Park studios in London, it was revealed that dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin had taken the title on Tuesday.

She took over the title of Action Woman of the Year from the previous winner, Downhill Mountain Biking star Rachel Atherton.

Feeling blue? BBC Tumble star Lucy Mecklenburgh sported a plunging blue dress that showed off her slender curves as she arrived. She was there to support gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who was nominated.

Feeling blue? BBC Tumble star Lucy Mecklenburgh sported a plunging blue dress that showed off her slender curves as she arrived. She was there to support gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who was nominated.

Olive-ly look: Judy Murray looked demure in an olive green outfit - the tennis coach and former Strictly star was also in attendance at the BT Sport awards, to support Jordanne Whiley.

Olive-ly look: Judy Murray looked demure in an olive green outfit – the tennis coach and former Strictly star was also in attendance at the BT Sport awards, to support Jordanne Whiley.

LBDs all round! Sports enthusiast Helen Skelton  and action sports presenter Abi Griffiths worked very different little black dresses on the red carpet... the latter with bright yellow accents

LBDs all round! Sports enthusiast Helen Skelton (left) and action sports presenter Abi Griffiths (right) worked very different little black dresses on the red carpet… the latter with bright yellow accents

Clearly thrilled after her victory, Charlotte wrote on Twitter: ‘What an honour! Speechless! My word! Could not do it without the entire team, fans and that gorgeous horse at home! What a year!’

Fans voted for their winner on the BT Sport website, choosing from a shortlist of 10 talented female sports stars, which also included Charlotte Edwards, Jo Pavey, Jordanne Whiley, Shauna Coxsey, Fara Williams, Emily Scarratt, Helen Glover and Heather Stranning, Claudia Fragapane and Lizzy Yarnold.

Each of the nominees were joined by a supporter too, and BBC Tumble and former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh cut a dazzling figure as she showed up on the red carpet in honour of gymnast Claudia Fragapane.

Matching pair: Record-breaking rowing World Champions Heather Stranning (left) and Helen Glover (right) took the night off from their boat to rock similar glitzy black outfits at the awards 'do

Matching pair: Record-breaking rowing World Champions Heather Stranning (left) and Helen Glover (right) took the night off from their boat to rock similar glitzy black outfits at the awards ‘do

All-white: BT Sport nominee and Grand Slam-winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion Jordanne Whiley looked sweet in a white dress and matching cardigan at the ceremony

All-white: BT Sport nominee and Grand Slam-winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion Jordanne Whiley looked sweet in a white dress and matching cardigan at the ceremony

The TV beauty beamed as she posed on the red carpet at the London event, covering her slender curves in a floor-length turquoise gown.

Despite the draped nature of the dress, it displayed her physique perfectly, and included a racy deep plunging neckline.

The daring cut went nearly down as far as her navel, where the fabric on the item ruched around her waist, adding voluptuousness to her frame. 

Former Strictly star Judy Murray was also at the BT Sport event, in a supporting capacity: the tennis coach was there in honour of Grand Slam-winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion Jordanne Whiley.

She looked lovely in a deep green lace dress and matching olive-toned heels ahead of the evening’s festivities, which were aired live on BT Sport. 

Glamour: Former British World Cup alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott looked elegant in her silver and pewter embellished mini dress and towering heels

Glamour: Former British World Cup alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott looked elegant in her silver and pewter embellished mini dress and towering heels

Selfie time! Caroline took the time to pose for a picture with tennis ace Anne Keothavong outside the venue

Selfie time! Caroline took the time to pose for a picture with tennis ace Anne Keothavong outside the venue

 


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Lake nights in Cumbria

Initially I’d hesitated over the Lake District for a short break: surely it was better to pick somewhere closer to London if our essential aim was rest. In fact, the Gilpin Hotel Lake House, with its wood fires and snug drawing rooms, is an ideal place to step out of the world and pause for a timeless timeout.

A family-owned operation, the Gilpin has been with the Cunliffes on and off since 1919 and lives up to its claim of feeling like home. As well as the original hotel, there is a second property on the edge of a lake called Knipe Tarn. The Lake House has six bedrooms, and considerably more spa areas. We checked into Gertie (each of the rooms is named after a past Cunliffe sister) and spent a moment drinking in the peace and quiet.



Lake WindermereWarm and snug: the Boat House


It isn’t high glamour. There’s no cantilevered furniture or electric call buttons, and you don’t get the feeling that Kate Moss might have once done something mischievous in the bathtub. In Gertie, there was a stuffed cat on the bed (which doubled as the Do

Not Disturb sign), a huge bed with a buttoned headboard, and a Roberts radio. The room was vast. As was the bath. And the rainwater shower. There was tea and shortbread and views far across the valley to Morecambe Bay.

Evenings at the Gilpin begin with cocktails. A silver Land Rover appeared at seven to take us up to the restaurant in the main hotel. Our driver Andy told us that a camera crew was in residence, as the BBC is following the Gilpin’s hunt for a new chef for Service, a programme due to air in February. ‘I was told to scrub up, so I had my hair cut and polished my shoes,’ he said. ‘Then I’m told to herd the llamas into a different field, so I’m out there in the mud with a stick and some carrots…’ Why are there llamas? Serendipity. Like many of the hotel’s guests, they came to the Gilpin and didn’t want to leave.



The GilpinTime to chill: the Gilpin’s new treatment suite


Before dinner we hoovered up handmade pastry twists dipped in truffled crème fraîche and drank dry martinis. The fires crackled. The other diners ranged from a party of well-built retirees from Manchester, whose banter with the staff suggested they enjoy frequent visits, to a couple in their thirties, he with a medallion and she in a tight white cutaway dress. All appeared to be having a jolly time. As were we. The menu was thoughtful, and the scallops wonderfully fresh. The halibut, too, flown in from the Scandinavian fjords, was marvellously soft and sweet.

There is a range of excitements for guests who want to do more than ricochet between the hearth and various local pubs. You can stroll up Cat Crag, to admire the views across to the Isle of Man, or take out a boat on Lake Windermere and recite Coleridge to your beloved. There’s also golf, mountain biking, fly-fishing and walking in the National Park. More cerebral types can head to the homes of local heroes William Wordsworth and John Ruskin, while The World of Beatrix Potter is the perfect family day out.

But it would be a shame to miss the Gilpin’s Jetty Spa Trail, a bespoke couples package in a new treatment suite overlooking the lake. A deep tissue massage, made from oils of your choice, is followed by a wander through the wood to the Boat House where you sit under fur blankets and enjoy afternoon tea. The session is rounded off with a glass of champagne in the hot tub. Indolent? Sure. Restorative? Closer to sublime.

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Suites at Gilpin Lake House from £505 per night (full board, including transfers to Gilpin Hotel for dinner). Spa treatments from £70. Jetty Spa Trail treatment from £300 per couple (01539 488 818; thegilpin.co.uk)

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Lucy Mecklenburgh may have been dressed head-to-toe in blue, but the former TOWIE star was anything but glum as she attended the BT Sport Action Woman Awards on Tuesday.

The TV beauty beamed as she posed on the red carpet at the London event, covering her slender curves in a floor-length turquoise gown.

Despite the draped nature of the dress, it displayed her physique perfectly, and included a racy deep plunging neckline.

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Bold: Lucy Mecklenburgh cut a striking figure on the red carpet at the BT Sport Action Woman Awards in London on Tuesday, revealing a glimpse of her cleavage in the racy gown

Bold: Lucy Mecklenburgh cut a striking figure on the red carpet at the BT Sport Action Woman Awards in London on Tuesday, revealing a glimpse of her cleavage in the racy gown

The daring cut went nearly down as far as her navel, where the fabric on the item ruched around her waist, adding voluptuousness to her frame.

The vibrant shade of the dress worked well against her honeyed skin tone and brunette locks, which she wore in an elegant half-up, half-down style, with tendrils framing her face.

She carried with her a glittery clutch bag and wore several items of glitzy jewellery to ramp up the glamour on her ensemble.

The 23-year-old, who recently split from boyfriend Gethin Jones, finished her look with natural make-up, accentuating her eyes with a heavy smoky shade on her lids.

Feeling blue? Lucy couldn't hide her smile as she posed at the awards ceremony - she was there to support gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who was nominated for the BT Sport award

Feeling blue? Lucy couldn’t hide her smile as she posed at the awards ceremony – she was there to support gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who was nominated for the BT Sport award

The TV star, fashionista and fitness expert joined women in the sports world at the BT awards ceremony, which celebrated female sports stars and their successes over the past year.

Each of the nominees were joined by a supporter too, and Lucy – who appeared on BBC’s gymnastics show Tumble this year – attended in honour of gymnast and nominee Claudia Fragapane.

There were 10 nominees for the title, celebrating British sportswomen across several disciplines, including tennis, athletics, cricket and football.

Athletic figure: Caroline proudly displayed her sports-honed body in her striking number at the prestigious ceremony, celebrating British women in sport 

Athletic figure: Caroline proudly displayed her sports-honed body in her striking number at the prestigious ceremony, celebrating British women in sport 

Winner! Dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin dazzled in a glitzy black dress on the red carpet... shortly before being revealed as 2014's winner of the award

Winner! Dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin dazzled in a glitzy black dress on the red carpet… shortly before being revealed as 2014′s winner of the award

Hosted by TV presenter and sports expert Clare Balding at BT Sport’s Olympic Park studios in London, it was revealed that dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin had taken the title on Tuesday.

She took over the title of Action Woman of the Year from the previous winner, Downhill Mountain Biking star Rachel Atherton.

Fans voted for their winner on the BT Sport website, choosing from a shortlist of 10 talented female sports stars, which also included Charlotte Edwards, Jo Pavey, Jordanne Whiley, Shauna Coxsey, Fara Williams, Emily Scarratt, Helen Glover and Heather Stranning, Claudia Fragapane and Lizzy Yarnold. 

Also sporting a similar plunging neckline to Lucy on the red carpet was BT Sport TV presenter Caroline Pearce, who displayed her athletic frame in a cut-away LBD.


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It was a night celebrating the top British women in sport.

And TV presenter and sports star Caroline Pearce made sure to dress up for the prestigious occasion, arriving at the BT Sport Action Woman Award ceremony in London on Tuesday night in a striking figure-hugging black mini dress.

The athlete and model wowed as she walked the red carpet ahead of the awards event, revealing her enviable toned figure in the LBD, which included a very deep plunging neckline.

Daring: Sports star and TV presenter Caroline Pearce wowed in a revealing LBD on the red carpet at the BT Sport Action Woman awards in London on Tuesday evening

Daring: Sports star and TV presenter Caroline Pearce wowed in a revealing LBD on the red carpet at the BT Sport Action Woman awards in London on Tuesday evening

Caroline, who presents BT Sport’s UFC: Beyond The Octagon weekly programme, displayed her body confidence in the short item, and revealing her toned legs.

As she turned to strike a pose, she showed off even more skin in the backless dress. 

The talented star – who was a previously pentathlete and heptathlete – wore her blonde locks in an effortlessly wavy style, while completing her look with patent black peep toe heels and a chunky watch on her wrist.

She joined the likes of sporting heroes Charlotte Dujardin, Anne Keothavong, Chemmy Alcott, Helen Glover and Heather Stranning at the second annual awards ceremony.

Athletic figure: Caroline proudly displayed her sports-honed body in her striking number at the prestigious ceremony, celebrating British women in sport 

Athletic figure: Caroline proudly displayed her sports-honed body in her striking number at the prestigious ceremony, celebrating British women in sport 

Winner! Dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin dazzled in a glitzy black dress on the red carpet... shortly before being revealed as 2014's winner of the award

Winner! Dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin dazzled in a glitzy black dress on the red carpet… shortly before being revealed as 2014′s winner of the award

There were 10 nominees for the title, celebrating British sportswomen across several disciplines, including tennis, athletics, cricket and football.

Hosted by TV presenter and sports enthusiast Clare Balding at BT Sport’s Olympic Park studios in London, it was revealed that dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin had taken the title on Tuesday.

She took over the title of Action Woman of the Year from the previous winner, Downhill Mountain Biking star Rachel Atherton.

Feeling blue? BBC Tumble star Lucy Mecklenburgh sported a plunging blue dress that showed off her slender curves as she arrived. She was there to support gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who was nominated.

Feeling blue? BBC Tumble star Lucy Mecklenburgh sported a plunging blue dress that showed off her slender curves as she arrived. She was there to support gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who was nominated.

Olive-ly look: Judy Murray looked demure in an olive green outfit - the tennis coach and former Strictly star was also in attendance at the BT Sport awards, to support Jordanne Whiley.

Olive-ly look: Judy Murray looked demure in an olive green outfit – the tennis coach and former Strictly star was also in attendance at the BT Sport awards, to support Jordanne Whiley.

LBDs all round! Sports enthusiast Helen Skelton  and action sports presenter Abi Griffiths worked very different little black dresses on the red carpet... the latter with bright yellow accents

LBDs all round! Sports enthusiast Helen Skelton (left) and action sports presenter Abi Griffiths (right) worked very different little black dresses on the red carpet… the latter with bright yellow accents

Clearly thrilled after her victory, Charlotte wrote on Twitter: ‘What an honour! Speechless! My word! Could not do it without the entire team, fans and that gorgeous horse at home! What a year!’

Fans voted for their winner on the BT Sport website, choosing from a shortlist of 10 talented female sports stars, which also included Charlotte Edwards, Jo Pavey, Jordanne Whiley, Shauna Coxsey, Fara Williams, Emily Scarratt, Helen Glover and Heather Stranning, Claudia Fragapane and Lizzy Yarnold.

Each of the nominees were joined by a supporter too, and BBC Tumble and former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh cut a dazzling figure as she showed up on the red carpet in honour of gymnast Claudia Fragapane.

Matching pair: Record-breaking rowing World Champions Heather Stranning (left) and Helen Glover (right) took the night off from their boat to rock similar glitzy black outfits at the awards 'do

Matching pair: Record-breaking rowing World Champions Heather Stranning (left) and Helen Glover (right) took the night off from their boat to rock similar glitzy black outfits at the awards ‘do

All-white: BT Sport nominee and Grand Slam-winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion Jordanne Whiley looked sweet in a white dress and matching cardigan at the ceremony

All-white: BT Sport nominee and Grand Slam-winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion Jordanne Whiley looked sweet in a white dress and matching cardigan at the ceremony

The TV beauty beamed as she posed on the red carpet at the London event, covering her slender curves in a floor-length turquoise gown.

Despite the draped nature of the dress, it displayed her physique perfectly, and included a racy deep plunging neckline.

The daring cut went nearly down as far as her navel, where the fabric on the item ruched around her waist, adding voluptuousness to her frame. 

Former Strictly star Judy Murray was also at the BT Sport event, in a supporting capacity: the tennis coach was there in honour of Grand Slam-winning women’s wheelchair doubles tennis champion Jordanne Whiley.

She looked lovely in a deep green lace dress and matching olive-toned heels ahead of the evening’s festivities, which were aired live on BT Sport. 

Glamour: Former British World Cup alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott looked elegant in her silver and pewter embellished mini dress and towering heels

Glamour: Former British World Cup alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott looked elegant in her silver and pewter embellished mini dress and towering heels

Selfie time! Caroline took the time to pose for a picture with tennis ace Anne Keothavong outside the venue

Selfie time! Caroline took the time to pose for a picture with tennis ace Anne Keothavong outside the venue

 


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British Cycling announces 2015 dates for BMX and downhill mountain bike …

Published: 9 December 2014

British Cycling has today confirmed the dates for the 2015 BMX and downhill mountain biking national series.

The 2015 British BMX Series will begin on the indoor track at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, with rounds 1 and 2 featuring on the same race programme as the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in March.

The Series will then head to the Cyclopark in Kent for rounds 3 and 4, before heading north to Cumbernauld in Scotland. Rounds 7 and 8 take place at Burgess Park in London in June,

A venue is still being confirmed for rounds 9 and 10 before the 2015 British BMX Series concludes with the 2015 British Championships, which will this year be staged at Platt Fields in North West on the 29 and 30 of August.

In downhill, 2014 series winners Manon Carpenter and Marc Beaumont will begin their 2015 title defence in Scotland, with Ae Forest in Dumfries the opening venue in April.

The series then heads further north to Fort Willliam in May, before concluding with four rounds in Wales with Antur Stiniog in Snowdonia staging the series finale on the 19 and 20 September.

Full dates for the 2015 British Cycling BMX Series

 

Full dates for the 2015 British Cycling MTB Downhill Series

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