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27-year-old Justin Leov has been on the pro circuit since 2004 (Rob Jones)

From the latest product news to details of routes
and events, our news round-up is a collection of short snippets of
information in one handy article.

Today we bring you news that Justin Leov will hang up his wheels at the end of this season, a free-to-view clip from the Strength in Numbers film and a couple of weekend UK sportives.

Product and team news

Leov to hang up his wheels

Downhill star Justin Leov (Trek
World Racing) has revealed he will retire at the end of the season, reports our sister site Cyclingnews.com. After nearly a decade on the
circuit which produced three world cup podiums, the New Zealander has decided
it’s time to bow out.

“I’ve given this a lot of thought
and for me there’s no question that this is the time to announce my
retirement,” he said. “The sport has given me a great
10 years, and these last four with Trek World Racing have been the real
highlight. There are other things for me to do and both me and my wife Tory are
looking forward to the future.”

“I’ll
be giving it my all for the next races and aiming for the best results
possible. I’ll always be a super competitive and committed person but for now
it’s time to turn these traits to another life.”

Team director
Martin Whiteley said, “While I’ve known for some time that this will be
Justin’s last year on the circuit, the public confirmation of it doesn’t come
any easier. Justin is an integral member of the team, a hugely talented riderand an amazing mate
and teammate. We will savour every week we have with him for the remainder of
this year and then wish him well in his new chapter in lifer. We are truly
indebted to Justin and all he has given us, the team and this sport.”

Strength in Numbers’ Switzerland clip free-to-view at Redbull.com

A section from hit mountain biking film Strength
in Numbers is now available to view online at Redbull.com. The clip follows
Wade Simmons and Matt Hunter in Verbier,
Switzerland, and shows just what an inspiring place it is to ride a bike. The full movie is out now through iTunes
and as a DVD, BluRay and download package from its makers, Anthill Films,
website.

Routes, racing rides

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Here are a couple of events to whet your appetite.

Wiltshire sportive to raise money for armed forces charity

A Wiltshire sportive that goes off-road
onto prohibited military land takes place this Sunday (8 July). The Pain on the
Plain
event across Salisbury Plain is raising money for official armed forces
charity SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), with all
proceeds going into its coffers.

The off-road sections are optional should
you not feel comfortable taking your bike over rough terrain but organisers
Wheels in Wheels Events, who also run the Forest of Dean Classic,
believe it’ll be fine providing you take it easy.

Three distances are available – 30, 62 and
100 miles – with each starting from Tedworth House in Tidworth. Prices range
from £35 on the day, to £29.50 in advance and £10 for the shortest route. Feed
stations and mechanical back-up are provided en route, as well as a hot meal at
the finish.

In addition, the Army Cycling Union will be
hosting its annual criterium championships at the same venue the day before. For
more info, visit its website.

19th Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool sportive set for this Sunday

Those
of you further up north might find the 19thLiverpool-Chester-Liverpool
Bike Ride
more to your liking. Over 3,000 cyclists are expected at this Sunday’s event,
which offers cyclists the rare chance to ride through the Mersey Tunnel.

Distances range from the 25-mile
Chester to Liverpool ride, to the 90-mile
Liverpool Challenge, which takes in Delamere
Forest. It’s organised by
the experienced Pennine Events, who can count the recent Great Manchester Cycle
and British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Night Ride on their books. Entries close on 4 July –
visit their website for further details.

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