Related The UCI’s World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Switzerland has signed a new four-year agreement with bike components company Full Speed Ahead (FSA).The World Cycling Centre (WCC), which houses the headquarters of the International Cycling Union, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), is a high-level coaching and training centre. Designed for riders, coaches and cycling managers, the WCC has been given the label ‘Olympic Training Centre’ by the IOC.Under this sponsorship agreement, which runs from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2016, FSA will provide the WCC with handlebars, stems and crank sets for the trainees’ road, track and mountain bikes. In addition, the FSA brand Vision will supply time trial aerobars for the young athletes training in Aigle, Switzerland.The first delivery of components has already arrived at the centre, ready for the 2013 intake of trainees and the beginning of the next Olympic cycle.“We are extremely fortunate to have the support of this major international company,” said WCC Director Frédéric Magné. “This agreement takes us through to Rio 2016 and hopefully we will see some of our trainees performing at the Olympics with FSA and Vision products.”Full Speed Ahead, whose European headquarters are located in Busnago, Italy, is one of the cycling industry’s leaders in the production of high range products for bicycles. The company also sponsors numerous professional road and mountain bike teams.www.uci.chwww.fullspeedahead.com
Solicitors are believed to be the target of a large-scale referral fee fraud, City of London Police said this week, predicting ‘further police action’ over the next few months.Detectives from the City of London Police Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) have already interviewed nine people this month who it suspected submitted bogus whiplash claims in relation to made-up road traffic collisions.The suspects were eight men and one woman aged between 20-50, from Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Wales. IFED said they were released while the unit’s investigation continues, ‘with further police action expected in the coming months’.The investigation opened in 2013 when insurers notified the police of personal injury claims which they suspected were fraudulent.A spokesperson for IFED said solicitors must ‘carry out due diligence when taking on personal injury claims’.An insurance fraud taskforce, set up by the then justice secretary Chris Grayling in December, is expected to report by the end of this year on how to combat fraud of all kinds, including motor claims. Its recommendations are likely to form the bulk of the government’s future plans for civil litigation.The taskforce’s initial report, published in March, suggested there is no simple profile of a ‘fraudster’, with those involved ranging from organised gangs in ‘crash for cash’ scams to otherwise law-abiding citizens who commit insurance fraud when given the opportunity.