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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: City stage top event.

THE 2005 British Individual Cycle Speedway Championships have been allocated to Coventry for the first time.

In a major coup for Coventry Devlins Newsagents, the city club fought off stiff opposition from Ipswich and Wolverhampton to land the sports Blue Ribband.

Two championships are contested. Juniors (for under 16s) and Open (the senior championship) and competition will be held on three days of hectic racing over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Semi-finals are staged on both Saturday and Sunday, before the top 16 contest the British final on Bank Holiday Monday.

Brian Furniss, the British Cycling administrator said: "Coventry have made remarkable progress since their reformation in 2001 - they have set a new level in big match promotion."

Coventry chairman Gary Pointer said: "We will be honoured to stage the British finals on behalf of British Cycling and welcome hundreds of riders, officials and supporters to Coventry for a festival of cycle speedway."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 12, 2004
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