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Broadcaster Sky commits to supporting cycling ‘to 2017 and beyond’

Sky says it will continue sponsoring its WorldTour team and supporting cycling in Britain for the foreseeable future

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Telecommunications company Sky has said that it will continue to support cycling through to the end of 2017 and beyond . The company is best known in cycling circles for its sponsorship of the eponymously-named WorldTour1 team, which it has been involved with since its debut in the 2010 season. Sky also currently sponsors British Cycling, but this deal will draw to a close at the end of 20162 after an eight-year partnership. To underline Sky s commitment to continue supporting cycling, the company recently launched its Sky Loves Cycling campaign across multi-media and social media. It released a short promotional video on Thursday packed full of the cycling stars and events associated with the brand.

>>> British Cycling and Sky partnership to end after 20163

The new brand campaign celebrates Sky s role in transforming cycling across the UK and the impact this has had on British culture, said Ian Murray, head of brand, cycling and Team Sky.

Our commitment to the sport will continue into 2017 and beyond with Team Sky and other partnerships. Team Sky s annual budget is said to be around 24million, the majority of which is in rider salaries. Tour de France champion Chris Froome earns around 3million per year4.

Broadcaster Sky Commits To Supporting Cycling ‘to 2017 And Beyond’

Chris Froome won his second Tour de France title in 2015 (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

Sky has said that the advertising value they get back coverage given by the team is worth over 500million. The team is perceived in the sport to have set a new standard in terms of its business model and the way that it has approached racing, its well-known marginal gains concept being now widely used by other squads. It won the Tour de France with Bradley Wiggins in 2012, and Froome in 2013 and 2015.

Cycling team sponsorship and sports sponsorship in general can be less than stable. Swiss WorldTour team IAM Cycling announced earlier this week5 that it will not continue past the 2016 season due to lack of sponsorship.

>>> Who will take Tinkoff and IAM Cycling s WorldTour licences in 2017?6

The Tinkoff team, owned and sponsored by Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov, will also stop at the end of the season7 as Tinkov says he is withdrawing from cycling sponsorship. In addition to team sponsorship and its funding of British Cycling, Sky has also been involved with the Sky Ride mass participation events.

The official statement for the Sky Loves Cycling campaign reads: Britain s most successful Olympic team in the last decade, three Tour de France wins and we ve got over 1.7 million people on their bikes.

What a ride it s been so far.


  1. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ draw to a close at the end of 2016 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> British Cycling and Sky partnership to end after 2016 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Chris Froome earns around 3million per year (www.teamsky.com)
  5. ^ IAM Cycling announced earlier this week (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ >>> Who will take Tinkoff and IAM Cycling s WorldTour licences in 2017? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ also stop at the end of the season (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

5 Travel Destinations You Must Visit This Year

It s that time of year when the snow is still lingering, the skies are grey, and we just can t wait to escape on the travel train! Where to? you may ask?

Get your Air Miles ready and jet off to one of these five travel destinations that you must visit in 2016!

Quebec City, Canada

We all know that the Canadian dollar isn t helping our travel dreams at the moment, but travelling within the country can help to quell your travel bug. Journey over to Quebec City and you will catch a glimmer of a European vacation without breaking the bank.

5 Travel Destinations You Must Visit This Year

Entertainment in Quebec City is easy to find. During the summer, the city streets come alive with performers, musicians, and other entertainment for your amusement. The colder months offer the Carnival de Quebec, often touted as the biggest and most colourful winter festival around .

This grand city also delivers incredible scenery and plenty of historical value as one of North America s oldest settlements.

Manchester, England

Immerse yourself in rich history and culture in England s second city, Manchester. The first industrialized city in the world is chock-full of interesting buildings and architecture with stories you won t believe. The city is packed with museums and galleries where you can learn all about the history of not only Manchester, but also of Great Britain as a whole.

5 Travel Destinations You Must Visit This Year

If history isn t exactly your thing, there are many other fun activities to participate in. Music and sports are major attractions in Manchester; from The Smiths and Morrissey Bus Tour to a Manchester United game, there is something for everyone in this lively city.

5 Travel Destinations You Must Visit This Year

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The perfect balance of relaxation and celebration, Rio de Janeiro is a travel destination favourite.This seaside city is famed for its luxurious beaches, including the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Arguably the most recognizable icon of Rio de Janeiro is the 38 metre Christ the Redeemer statue situated at the top of Mt. Corcovado.

You can spend your vacation relaxing on one of the gorgeous beaches or soak up the culture of the city on an official walking tour or a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain.

5 Travel Destinations You Must Visit This Year

If you plan to visit this must see travel destination, you should definitely plan to be there this August. Host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the historic city of Rio de Janeiro will open its doors between August 5th and 21st to thousands of visitors enjoying the events of the worldwide spectacle of athleticism. Don t miss out on this incredible experience!

Palau, Micronesia

The Republic of Palau in Micronesia is an absolute must-see for the adventure junkie. Not only is the archipelago made up of magical scenery, including about 200 limestone and volcanic islands, emerald forests and marvellous turquoise water, but it also is home to many exciting adventures.

5 Travel Destinations You Must Visit This Year

Diving in the gorgeous lagoons will allow you to witness underwater wonders you can t imagine. We re talking WWII shipwrecks, stunning marine life, and awesome sea caves. Don t miss Jellyfish Lake, where you can swim with 12,000 harmless jellyfish. On land, you can also find an adventure in scouring for numerous WWII relics sprinkled throughout the jungles.

This is one travel destination where you must remember to bring your underwater camera too!

Bordeaux, France

If learning about history, culture, and heritage excites you, Bordeaux is high on the list of destinations to visit. As the largest urban World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO, half of the neoclassical city of Bordeaux has undergone many restorations, making it one big historical landmark.

Don t forget about the wine! Bordeaux, France happens to be the world s most popular wine destination, with over 60 different appellations.

Cycle through the immense vineyards and sip on some of the world s most treasured wines along the way.

5 Travel Destinations You Must Visit This Year

Plan to visit this incredible city after the opening on La Cite du Vin1 in June of 2016, which will be a sight for sore eyes. This outstanding display of architectural genius will allow visitors to participate in an interactive and multi-sensory experience discovering the cultures and civilizations of wine around the world.

Earn 10,000 Air Miles to Start Your Travels

Now we all know that travelling isn t cheap, but two Kelowna realtors are on a mission to help clients see the world. Nick Latondresse and Aaron Moss, a team of Century 21 REALTORS , have created an exclusive offering for home buyers and sellers in the Okanagan. If you buy or sell a home with Latondresse or Moss before June 30th, 2016, you will be entered to win 10,000 Air Miles! Simply listing with the duo during this time frame will automatically earn you 1,000 Air Miles as well. For more details on this offer, check out their website2. Ready, set, jet!

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  1. ^ La Cite du Vin (www.laciteduvin.com)
  2. ^ website (www.century21.ca)

Busman's Holiday

One of the pleasures of exploring our coastal northwest is the chance to see other kitchen gardens growing in this climate. Recently we traveled by ferry and bicycle from Lopez Island to Vancouver Island, BC, the Olympic Peninsula and Whidbey Island and back to Lopez. As we pedaled along bike trails and quiet roads, we saw flourishing vegetable and fruit gardens on a much larger scale than ours and delighted in the farm stands, farmers markets and restaurants that they supply. On the bike route from the Sidney, BC ferry terminal to Victoria, we stopped at Mitchell s1, a sixth generation family owned and operated farm that has been growing on the Saanich Peninsula for over 150 years. From our bikes we could see their fields stretching up one side of the valley and in their store we saw some of the over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables they grow. Their website offers a great series of vegetable photos.

The next day, biking from Port Angeles to Sequim, we stopped at Nash s Farm Store2, a highlight for me because I ve admired Nash Huber ever since reading about him years ago in the Puget Sound Consumer s Cooperative (PCC) newsletter. Unlike Mitchell Brothers, Nash Huber didn t start with family land but with the PCC Farmland Trust3. Working with the trust he has saved acres and acres of farmland from development and farms many of them now4, supplying his farm stand, farmers markets and restaurants with his produce. He s especially famous for his carrots. I spotted him at the back of the store and one of the staff said proudly, Yes, that s our Nash. In addition to farm stands open daily, there are farmers markets5 all along the Olympic Peninsula.

Most are open only on Saturday but we were lucky to find the wonderful Wednesday Port Townsend Farmers Market6 open at Polk and Lawrence streets in the uptown section of Port Townsend. Dharma Ridge7, Finnriver8, Midori Farm9 and Red Dog Farm10 were just four of the many farms offering gorgeous fruits and vegetables. After seeing the beautifully grown produce from all of these farms and talking with their proud farmers, we imagined future bike trips to visit each of them.

Busman's Holiday

Busman's Holiday

As travelers, we didn t have a kitchen for this amazing produce but there are wonderful restaurants that serve this abundance. In Victoria, we ate at Olo11 a word that means hungry in Chinook Jargon. We were hungry when we arrived but not when we left. Their menu12 featuring locally grown vegetables and fruit, island-raised beef and fish from local waters reveals why. One side dish I repeated as soon as we got home was farro served with fava beans. It sounds simple but the subtle visual treat of light brown farro and bright green fava beans and the combination of chewy, nutty grains and soft, earthy beans, were perfect. Olo served this side with lingcod but it makes a fine meal on its own.

In Sequim we ate at Nourish13, Garden to Plate, Sequim s Gathering Place . It is located at the very top of a long hill but definitely worth the effort to get to on a bike. We sat outside and enjoyed the views of their gardens, Sequim, the Strait and in the distance Lopez Island. My delicious NW Nicoise Salad substituted grilled NW wild salmon for the usual tuna and added lots of vegetables and greens to the classic potato and egg. Inspired by their salad, I made a version of it for a picnic the other night adding green and yellow beans and sliced red and gold cherry tomatoes to roasted potatoes and grilled salmon. And in Port Townsend we ate lunch and then breakfast the next day Sweet Laurette Caf and Bistro14, another inspiring farm-to-table focused restaurant. The breakfast Farmers Market Scramble, dictated by what is fresh and organic from our farmers this week added a saut of many of the beautiful vegetables we d seen the day before at the Wednesday market to softly scrambled eggs, just the thing to set us up for the final day of biking.

Heading home on the ferry later that day, we admitted that a bike ride around our Lopez Island and the other San Juan Islands would have given us similar experiences of farms, farm stands and markets and farm-to-table meals but branching out to see what s around us reminds us of the amazing variety and abundance of farming in our region. We re ready to explore more.

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  1. ^ Mitchell s (www.michellsfarm.com)
  2. ^ Nash s Farm Store (nashsorganicproduce.com)
  3. ^ PCC Farmland Trust (www.pccfarmlandtrust.org)
  4. ^ farms many of them now (www.pccfarmlandtrust.org)
  5. ^ farmers markets (www.olympicpeninsula.org)
  6. ^ Wednesday Port Townsend Farmers Market (jcfmarkets.org)
  7. ^ Dharma Ridge (dharmaridgefarm.com)
  8. ^ Finnriver (www.finnriver.com)
  9. ^ Midori Farm (www.midori-farm.com)
  10. ^ Red Dog Farm (reddogfarm.net)
  11. ^ Olo (www.olorestaurant.com)
  12. ^ Their menu (www.olorestaurant.com)
  13. ^ Nourish (www.nourishsequim.com)
  14. ^ Sweet Laurette Caf and Bistro (www.sweetlaurette.com)