Posted on May 26, 2011

Race Across America 2011 team event
We’re racing 3000 miles from Californiato Maryland to raise lots of moneyfor Help for Heroes – and we need your support!
The Strategic Lions Cycling Team have set the ambitious goal of winning and setting a new record in the gruelling and prestigious 2011 Race Across America (RAAM) team event – AND ALL FOR A FANTASTIC CAUSE.
Five riders including Damian Bourke, Principal of The Orthodontic Centre, along with four colleagues and friends, all keen and talented riders, will be joining forces with the Sporstcover Pro Cycling Team in RAAM to raise money for Help for Heroes. Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in Britain’s current conflicts.
We aim to achieve maximum publicity for this event and to raise as much money as we can for both charities.
The Strategic Lions Cycling Team is now actively seeking sponsorship and charitable donations from businesses and organisations who wish to be associated with this exciting andprestigious international event.
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Posted on May 19, 2011

Waterdale’s transformation continues
Enabling works for Doncaster’s new performance venue and public square will start later this month as the town’s Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) project continues to progress.
The exciting new venue and public square are key elements of this regeneration scheme which will revitalise Waterdale.
To make way for these two important developments - under the supervision of the council’s development partner Muse Developments - a number of changes will be made which include the gradual closure of Waterdale Central Car Park over the coming months.
The car park will be closed in phases, with the intention of moving users over to the newly refurbished Southern Multi-Storey Car Park – to be renamed the Civic Quarter Car Park – which remains open during the works.
The plan is to close the final section of Waterdale Central Car Park at the end of August, by which time the Civic Quarter Car Park should be substantially complete with all 850 spaces available for use.
Small sections of Waterdale Central Car Park have already been removed so work can start on building a new access road to serve the new performance venue.
Week commencing Monday 16 May will see about 124 of the 389 spaces removed for archaeological evaluation work to take place.
As the archaeological work progresses, a second section of car park will be closed week commencing Monday 13 June with the loss of a further 148 spaces. The remaining 117 spaces will go in late August when construction of the new performance venue and public square are planned to commence.
In July the transformation of Waterdale Surface Car Park into another high quality public space will start. During the works, 20 of the 51 short stay parking spaces will remain available. This will increase to about 30 spaces once this public realm is complete in spring 2012.
North Midland Construction is carrying out the public realm and infrastructure works.
Councillor Jonathan Wood, Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, said: “We have every reason to be pleased with progress to date. The civic offices’ building is clearly visible and rising further every day. Regeneration of Waterdale is on track and budget and I am looking forward to the next stage of development.”
The much improved Civic Quarter Car Park – which for years has been operating at less than half capacity – will cater for visitors who previously used the Waterdale Central Car Park.   
Work on the £2.5 million transformation began in March, will be substantially complete by late August and will see an extensive range of improvements made to the existing building including complying with the Park Mark for Safer Parking Scheme. This will provide car users with a safe and secure parking experience. Morgan Sindall is undertaking the works.
Dan Needham regional director for Muse Developments commented: “The Civic Quarter Car Park will accommodate all users of the Waterdale Central Car Park and it remains open during these works. It will provide Doncaster with a safe and secure car park that fits into its new environment in Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarter”.
The first phase elements of the CCQ will start opening late 2012.
Further information is available at:
The project is supported financially by the European Union, as part of the European Regional Development Fund’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.
A temporary car park will be created behind the old girls school once the civic offices are completed in autumn 2012. A multi-storey is planned to replace this in the later phases.
Julian Cotton
Communications Account Manager

Posted on May 10, 2011

Race Across America
Damian will be spending his summer holiday taking part in the Race Across America. As a member of the Sports Cover Strategic Lions Team he will start this 3000 mile epic endurance cycle race on 18th June 2011. The team will be raising money for Help for Heroes and for The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract.
In the support team will be Chris Parkinson founder of Parkinson Dental, a Doncaster based quality dental cabinetry makers who are well respected in the industry. 
Damian’s pen picture on the website states:-
Damian Bourke
Damian is an Orthodontist by day, family man by night... but in the early hours of the morning can be seen lifting weights, swimming, running and stomping on the pedals. Like a lot of the RAAM squad, Damian has to juggle a hectic lifestyle but is determined to make an impact in the teams American challenge in 2011.
About RAAM
The toughest endurance event in the world, RAAM offers long-distance cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves to the height of their abilities.  Over 1500 cyclists have completed RAAM since its first edition in 1982.  Winners completing the course in approximately 9 days as a Solo rider and 6 days as a team effort, sometimes sleeping as little as 2 hours per day.  These modern day heroes brave the desert, plains and mountain weather, lead a crew in a mini-organization of support, and raise thousands of dollars for charities around the world.
The Race Across America, known as the “world’s toughest bicycle race”, will set over 250 competitors on a 3,000-mile route stretching from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. Athletes race continuously day and night, on their own power or sharing the challenge with a team, and a crew of 8 -15 people following in support cars with food and supplies for the race. 
These courageous adventurers brave heat, wind, thunderstorms, altitude, the dark of night, fatigue, and sleep deprivation, cross two major mountain ranges, and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. 
About The Race
The Race Across America is one of the most respected and longest running annual endurance events holding legendary stature the world over. It is one of the pinnacles of sporting accomplishment, globally seen as the highest rung of the endurance sports ladder. Since 1982, RAAM has a rich and storied history standing as a monument to human endeavors.
The Race Across America is an event so staggering that merely to finish is, for most, the accomplishment of a lifetime. RAAM inspires everyone that it touches. A monumental race contested with the utmost of sportsmanship and zeal. Truly, RAAM is larger than life. A breeding ground for champions, a testing ground for elite riders and a shining example of the strength of human spirit.
RAAM is a Race of Truth
This is a Race. Unlike other famous races, like the Tour de France, RAAM is not a stage race. The race is one stage, live to the very end. In RAAM, once the clock starts on the west coast, the clock doesn't stop until each racer reaches the finish line on the east coast. RAAM is 30% longer than the Tour de France and solo racers finish in half the time with no rest days. The race format is essentially a time trial, commonly called racing against the clock or the race of truth. Unlike the Tour de France, there is no drafting or taking shelter from the wind. It's an all out solo challenge.
3,000 Miles
The route is over 3000 miles, touching 14 states and climbing over 100,000 feet. Teams typically cross the country in 6 to 9 days, averaging 350 to over 500 miles per day. Solo racers finish in 9 to 12 days, averaging 250 to 350 miles per day. Teams have a relay format and race 24 hours a day. Solo racers have the challenge of balancing a few hours of sleep each night against race deadlines.

Posted on March 03, 2011

The proud team at The Orthodontic Centre, Doncaster have recently been awarded one of the highest accolades by the British Dental Association.


Posted on January 31, 2011