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Graham - third in the Cycling Masters World Championships

Posted: jeudi octobre 2, 2008

Financial Protection for your holiday

You will have not escaped the news of the collapse of the XL Leisure Group. Fortunately for those covered under XL’s ATOL licence, people overseas are being repatriated back to the UK at the end of their holidays, whilst those who have booked, but not yet travelled, will have their money refunded. Unfortunately some people didn’t book under the ATOL arrangements and, where their insurance does not cover them, they are left without their holiday or a refund of the money they have lost.

Therefore it’s best for your own financial protection to book your holiday or travel through an ATOL licenced tour operator and you will be pleased to know that Sports Tours International is protected by the ATOL arrangements when you book your holiday or travel, that includes flights and accommodation. Our ATOL number is 2711. Where you book a non-air inclusive holiday, and we act as the principal, your money is financially protected by our ABTA bonding arrangements. Our tour operating ABTA number is V1479.

We hope this reassures you in relation to your future holiday or sports travel arrangements and we look forward to talking to you soon when you come to book your next holiday.
Posted October 2008

Marathon’s are BASIC for Andy

Golightly by name but not by nature when it comes to fundraising for Andy Golightly.

Andy is the fundraiser for Salford based BASIC (Brain and Spinal Injury Centre) and he believes in leading from the front when it comes to raising funds. Already this year Andy has taken part in the London marathon, the Great North West Run, Greater Manchester run, twice on the same day and the Blackpool half-marathon. But he is not content with that. In October he is taking part in the Great North Run in Newcastle and then he is flying to New York City with Sports Tours International to take part in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday 2nd November, his first event abroad.

What is more remarkable about Andy’s feats is that he does all this from his wheelchair. BASIC Fundraiser Andy says: “BASIC were there for me when I needed them most so the least I can do is to try and put something back. This year we are looking to raise over £55,000.00 this year to create a community café & training facility here at BASIC. I am funding my trip to New York myself so that all monies raised sponsoring me go straight to the charity”

Andy, an ex primary school teacher from Bolton, had a succession of tumours on his spinal column which has resulted in his need to use a wheelchair. Andy adds: “Ever since becoming a wheelchair user 7 years ago I’ve wanted to do the New York City Marathon. My trip out to NYC has been made easier by using a local tour company, Sports Tours International, who have been very helpful in putting my itinerary together”.

Brendan Fox, Sports Tours International’s head of operations says: “We were so pleased when Andy approached us as his preferred travel company. He is the first marathon wheelchair competitor to use our services and we will make sure his trip is very smooth”.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Andy on his fundraising trip can do so via Just Giving
Posted October 2008

Another Team GB cycling success!

Only this time the GB stands for Manchester based and Europe’s largest cycling holiday and travel company Sports Tours International’s very own Graham Baxter.

On Friday 29th August, Graham who rides for Spanish club Team Aqualia, finished in bronze position at the UCI Masters World Road Race Championships, held in St Johann, Austria. Graham joined 200 of the World’s best Masters, aged 40 to 45 years, as they lined up at the start of the 120km race. The race was fast and mainly controlled by the Italians but when Graham attacked on the Huberhohe climb the pack was split. With only 800 metres to go Graham and 3 other riders sprinted for home but he was pipped at the line by Gregoire Balland (France) and Angello Menghini (Italy) to come home in the bronze position.

Not content with a bronze finish Graham climbed back in the saddle and headed for Pontefract to take part in the very punishing British National Veterans’ Road Race Championship. The championship took place on Saturday 6th September and Graham won the 40-44 years age group and can now proudly wear the British National Champion’s jersey for the next twelve months

Further to his hectic cycling schedule, Graham organises Sports Tours’ cycling holidays and tours to the Tour de France, to which Sports Tours is an Official Tour Operator, and also to other great cycling events all over the world. Sports Tours International is proud to have such an athlete as Graham as a great ambassador for its’ company. Brendan Fox, Sports Tours International’s Head of Operations says: “Sports Tours International now offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of cycling holidays and tours for cyclists to enjoy their sport around the world. It is very important to have somebody with Graham’s knowledge and experience on hand to advise us on ensuring we deliver the best tours for our customers”.
Posted September 2008

Sports Tours offers triathlon training to JLo

Sports Tours International has invited Jennifer Lopez to attend their Intermediate Triathlon Camp at Club La Santa, Lanzarote prior to her first Triathlon in Malibu on September 14th 2008. As stated on www.monsteradcritics.com recently, Jennifer Lopez has vowed to complete her upcoming triathlon, even if she has to “crawl across the finish line”. JLo gave birth to twins Max and Emme in February but this hasn’t stopped her from training for the gruelling challenge, which involves running, cycling and swimming. She also says on the website: “If I have to crawl across that finish line, I am going to. I keep telling myself that when I’m training, ‘this is for charity’. Your kids are going to know about this. Don’t embarrass the family! ‘Get it done, Lopez’! But the swimming is a killer, I’m not a natural.”

Brendan Fox, Sports Tour International’s head of operations says: “We have had Formula 1 driver Jensen Button training with us in Club La Santa and we hope that JLo will take up our invitation. The sport of triathlon is fast becoming the sport of celebrities with such stars as X Files David Duchovny and Good Morning Vietnam actor Robin Williams taking part. And closer to home TV presenter Craig Doyle and Olympic double gold medal rower, James Cracknell have all been in action recently”. Jensen Button told John Naish from the Times: “I go to Lanzarote to train at Club La Santa, which is used by Olympic athletes because it’s warm all year round. They do mini-triathlons there, so I got into doing it.”
Posted September 08

Sports Tours International backs Team GB in the Olympics

Sports Tours International has been thrilled with the success of Team GB in the Olympics in Beijing over the last week. It is especially exciting to see the Gold Medal winning achievements of the Cycling Team, and we hope to see more success from Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. Hopefully we will see more great performances in Athletics over the next seven days. From Sports Tours’ point of view, it’s great to witness Team GB’s success and look forward to more people participating in sport in the next four years as we get ready for London 2012.
Posted August 08

David Cameron thanks Sports Tours International

When Salford based Sports Tours International discovered last week that the leader of the opposition had had his bike stolen there was no need to put to a vote as to what action should be taken. They immediately offered Mr. Cameron a cycle holiday at Club la Santa in Lanzarote and the opportunity to take one of the bikes back with him for personal use or to donate to his favourite charity. Via email through his private secretary Laurence Mann, David Cameron has thanked Sports Tours for their very generous offer made to him to join in the Club La Santa cycle training camps and the offer of a new bicycle. Mr. Mann included in the email that David appreciated all the kind messages of support and generous offers of help which he received.

David’s stolen bike was found and returned to him by the Sunday Mirror. David is absolutely delighted to have his bike, which he described after its theft as an “old friend”, back in safe hands. The email continues: Because David has had his bike returned, we cannot accept your kind offer of a new bicycle, but David has asked me to thank you very much for your thoughtful offer. David has also already arranged his summer holiday this year and the rest of the time he will be working, so he is unable to take you up on your offer to visit the training camp in Lanzarote. Thank you for taking the time to get in touch and for your considerate offer of help. David really is most grateful.

Commenting on the thank you Sports Tours Brendan Fox says: “We were delighted to receive Mr. Cameron’s thank you and are only sorry that he couldn’t take up our offer to visit the cycle training camp. I am sure he would have had a good time and his cycle would have been safe too!”
Posted August 08

Sports Tours International Rescue!

Forget Scott Tracy or Virgil, when it comes to International Rescue think Sports Tours International. The Manchester based company upon hearing of the plight of the leader of the opposition, the Rt Hon David Cameron, and the theft of his bike, have contacted his office to offer him the use of a new bike at the resort of Club La Santa in Lanzarote. If Mr Cameron takes up the offer, Sports Tours International have informed him he may keep the bike he uses during his time at Club La Santa or donate a bike to his chosen charity.

Brendan Fox, Sports Tours Head of Operations said: “When we heard the news today we emailed Mr Cameron with our offer. The summer recess has just begun so I imagine he will need transport to attend to duties in his constituency of Witney, and what better way to do that in keeping with his green issues then by cycling to his surgery”.

Bicycle theft has doubled in the UK since the mid 1990s, with reports showing that over half a million bikes are currently stolen every year. Brendan adds: “We have put down a few rules for cyclists to ensure Mr Cameron doesn’t get caught out a second time”.
1. Make a note of the bike’s frame number and take a picture of the bike and keep it in a safe place.
2. Use an ultraviolet marker to mark the frame of the bike.
3. Only use a good quality D-lock. A poor quality lock at the lower end of the market can be easily sawn through or bolt cropped in seconds.
4. Always lock your bike to something immovable or at least as strong as the lock.
Posted July 08

European Masters Track Championships

As a further sign of its position as Europe’s number 1 cycling travel company, Sports Tours International is sponsoring the 2008 European Masters Track Championships being held between July 29th and August 2nd at the Manchester Velodrome. This is sure to be a fantastic event and the crowd will be excited to see world class track cycling back at Manchester after Great Britain success at this year’s World Championships. For up to date information on the championships, please visit their website
Posted July 08

Le Tour de France drives cycling sales up

Britain’s Tour de France double stage winner, Mark Cavendish 23 from the Isle of Man, has caused the staff at Manchester based Sports Tours International something of a headache that many businesses in this doom and gloom financial climate would welcome. Since Mark won his second stage in Toulouse, the first Britain to do so since Barry Hoban in 1973, the hits on the STI website have gone up by 40%.

Brendan Fox, Sports Tours International Head of Operations comments: “During the Tour de France bookings for our cycle tours do increase as do the hits on our website. But the volume of traffic we have had since Mark took the second stage at Toulouse has been phenomenal. We wish Mark the very best for the remainder of the race and look forward to seeing him cycle down the Champs Elysées on July 27th”.

Mark made his Tour de France debut last year, when the race started in London, but a crash en route to Canterbury denied him the chance of success. Insiders now expect Mark to battle through the Pyrenees and Alps in an attempt to fine-tune his form for Beijing. Brendan adds: “More and more people are having concerns about the environment and green initiatives which has lead to an increase in people cycling to school, work or for pure pleasure. We are pleased that we are able to offer family cycling holidays across Europe”.

Sports Tours International is the single largest Cycling Tour Operator in the UK, if not the world and has Official Tour Operator status with Le Tour de France.
Posted July 08

Sports Tours sponsors the City of Manchester 10k

Sports Tours International has announced its support of the City of Manchester 10k run taking place on July 6th. It is the ideal event for all runners, either inexperienced or seasoned, and takes in a route around the Sportcity complex. Visit the Manchester YMCA Harriers website for more details.
Posted June 08

Jenson Button: from Formula One to Triathlon

As the Exclusive agent for UK and Ireland for Club La Santa in Lanzarote, we were please to see Jenson Button telling John Naish from The Times why his new sport -triathlon – is as punishing as life in the fast lane.

Button says he began triathlon training a year ago partly to boost his stamina and partly out of boredom. “I go to Lanzarote to train at the Club La Santa, which is used by Olympic athletes because it’s warm all year round. They do mini-triathlons there, so I got into doing it.”

To read more please visit The Times Online website
Posted June 08

IMG ‘Tri’ Sports Tours for size

One of the World’s leading mass participation event organizers, has announced today an exclusive partnership with Sports Tours International. Manchester based Sports Tours, is the UK’s leading multi-sports travel tour operator, specialising in cycling, running, golf and specialist training camps. The exclusive arrangement will see Sports Tours manage and market all of IMG mass participation sport’s travel and accommodation requirements for triathlon participants across many of their worldwide events.

Commenting on the agreement, IMG’s Clive Sanders said: “Sports Tours International has a great sporting heritage. Their customer focus and product knowledge made them our ideal partner of choice for our triathlon, running and cycling offer.”

Additional to the triathlon activity, Sports Tours and IMG will be joining forces on cycling events and specialist training camps in Lanzarote at Club La Santa, where Sports Tours is the exclusive sales agent in the UK and Ireland.

Sports Tours International’s Chief Executive Chris Bird added: “Over the next five years, Sports Tours will become one of Europe’s leading sporting tour operators. To be chosen by IMG Mass Participation Sport as an exclusive partner is great recognition of our achievements over the last two decades and is a real feather in the cap for our owners, directors and product teams.”

As an exciting way to launch this new venture, IMG has made available to Sports Tours, some additional exclusive entry places for triathletes for previously “sold out” events, including The Mazda London Triathlon in August as well as the recently launched Stockholm Triathlon in August. Further details are available here
Posted April 08

Sport Relief Super Cycle

Sports Tours International were pleased to support the SPORT RELIEF “super cycle” by handing over a cheque for £1000 to Adrian Chiles and Alan Shearer.

In the picture we have Brendan Fox, Head of Operations, handing over the cheque at The Hawthorns, home of West Bromwich Albion, with Shearer and Chiles, as they stop off on their “super cycle” ride form St James Park to BBC Studios in London.
Posted April 08

Sports Travel Leader Backs University Boat Race

Sports Tours International, one of the UK`s leading specialist sports travel companies, have agreed a sponsorship deal with the 2008 “Two Cities Boat Race”.

Next month, the Universities of Manchester and Salford will go head to head in the 37th Two Cities Boat Race on Saturday 10th May at Salford Quays. The crews from the two universities will compete along the traditional River Irwell course, which starts at Sam Platts Pub and finishes at the Lowry Bridge. Every year thousands of spectators line the banks of Salford Quays to watch the fiercely contested spectacle.

Commenting on the recent deal, Sports Tours International Chief Executive Chris Bird said, “We are delighted to be part of another great regional sporting event. The Two Cities Boat Race attracts hundreds of spectators every year, and we want to be part of its development!”

Salford University’s Head of Development, Michelle Bryant commented, “We are thrilled that Sportstours International has joined forces with the Two Cities Boat Race to help make it even bigger and better this year. The event is fast becoming one of the highlights of the region’s sporting calendar, and we look forward to working with our new partner to make the day a great success.”

Bird added “As a Manchester based tour operator, it is important that we support local sporting initiatives alongside the major international events that we take over 20,000 participants and spectators to each year.”

More than a thrilling sporting event, the Two Cities Boat Race is a social highlight: As well as the universities’ boat race, spectators are treated to the spectacle of dragon boat racing and a festive atmosphere along the Quayside, with food, drink and live entertainment all day long.
Posted April 08

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