North American cyclists win Guardian gongs

Canadian jump-star Dave Watson was The Guardian's winner in the Alternative Sports Personality of the Year Awards, with Tyler Hamilton third. A football manager was second in the third annual running of the British newspaper's alternative awards. Watson was given the gong for his leap over the tail-enders in peleton at last year's Tour de France. Hamilton was in the reckoning because of his bravery at continuing to ride in the same peleton each day, despite a cracked clavicle.

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Limited number of 2004 wallcharts available FOC

All you've got to do is mail a stamped-addressed envelope. The wallchart features all of this year's notable trade show dates as well as major cycle and other sporting events. It went out with the December mag but now that the working year has officially started we're starting to get requests for extra copies for home and workshop use.

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Mesh saddle wins ISPO award

The Saddleco saddle from California, already a winner of design awards from Fortune Magazine and ID Magazine, has now scooped a pre-show award from ISPO, the international outdoor equipment trade show staged in Munich this February. Saddleco - fronted by US bike trade vet John Neugent - gets a free expo booth to publicise the award.

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ACT to mail-shot 1000 non-members; goal is 100 new members

If you're a UK IBD and not yet a member of the Association of Cycle Traders you can expect a letter from Mark Brown by the weekend. Brown is the ACT's sales and marketing manager. He told the 1000-address mail-shot is the biggest the ACT has ever undertaken and is indicative of the association starting 2004 in the same way it handled Q4 of 2003 and that's as a "proactive, not reactive" organisation.

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Ryder is an all-rounder

23-year-old MTB champ Ryder Hesjedal has signed a rather unusual two-team contract to race for the Subaru-Gary Fisher mountain bike team and the United States Postal Service road racing team for 2004.

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