When one is keen to explore or travel by cycling, it can be a great way to see Britain since there are several routes that make it easy to explore different parts of the country.
For instance, the roads in the Yorkshire region offer challenging cycling routes, but compensate by giving great views of the landscape. Indeed, with cycling one takes the time to look around which is not as easy to do when you are driving. With cycling you are at one with the place you are traveling through and it still makes it possible to cover large distances which are not possible if you are walking or hiking.
Indeed, the Yorkshire routes are well known, courtesy the Tour de Yorkshire race, but can also prove to be ideal for any amateur cyclist who wishes to explore this region. Those who take the Yorkshire route, either as a part of the race or otherwise, will be starting from Fox Valley that is situated close to Sheffield. They will then come to Pea Royd Lane.
The climb here is supposed to be a challenging one as one would be moving to 476 feet in about a kilometer which puts the average gradient at twelve percent. When one has come to the top they can settle back in their saddle and relax. It is time to locate family and friends who might still be on their way up as well as enjoy the rolling hills in the Yorkshire countryside. Indeed, the locals often find the cyclists to be mad to have dared such a climb in the first place. However, if you are enthusiastic about cycling and have followed the Tour de Yorkshire closely, you will surely be inspired to make a trip here and explore the countryside as well as challenges of this route on a pair of cycling wheels.
Cyclist George Bennet will be unable to participate in any forthcoming event as he has been forced to take much-needed rest.
Bennet who has been sidelined from the track because of glandular fever will have to be exempted for most of the events during the southern hemisphere summer.
This means he would be unable to compete in some of the events like the tour in Australia billed for January and the forthcoming New Zealand championships. Bennet had already had an abnormally long off-season period as he ended his year in September, shortly after the vuelta a espana.
The lottoNL-jumbo rider had taken to twitter to announce the reason for his absence, he wrote:
“Precautionary rest after glandular fever (aka the kissing disease) a month or two ago. My summer might be fucked but at least I’m getting some.”
Bennet, whose tenure with the lottoNL team, had just been extended for an additional two years had enjoyed an amazing 2016 performance. His season included an appearance at the tour de France, the vuelta a espana and the rio Olympic games, he had finished in the tenth position at the vuelta.
His ill health will greatly affect him in the next few months ahead as he has been sidelined from all domestic racing events in the summer. However, the sports man from New Zealand seem to be taking the news surprisingly well as he has so humorously announced on leading social network platform twitter.
During his time off from the wheels, Bennet will be put through a series of precautionary tests and has been ruled out of the national championships that is set to hold in three weeks. Bennet has competed for four years in the tour of Australia, and his lack of training on the bike places him in doubt for the event. He finished in the 53rd position at the tour de France and was the only kiwi present in the Olympic road race.
In a fortunate twist of events, new information has come to light that the TJ sport team project known as Lampre Merida in 2016 is safe from possible collapse and extinction as some Abu Dhabi sponsors have swooped in to provide the much needed funding for the team.
After a bad run in with the former Chinese sponsors, TJ sport’s future in the world tour event has been bleak and uncertain and the team members along with the general public had been kept in the dark about the team’s next move. With this recent development, the team is set to participate in the world tour in 2017 as its new sponsors from the Middle East have successfully covered their shortcomings and provided enough funding needed for the team to compete.
The UCL had awarded 17 world tour licenses to participating teams in November 25, but the team was left out as it had been put under review by the UCL license commission. TJ sport had requested for extra time from the UCL to enable it complete its application, this was because a key player in the sponsorship had fallen ill resulting in a delay in getting some documents from china.
However, reports emerged in early December that the team had encountered some difficulties as the team coordinator Mauro gianetti and manager Giuseppe Saronni were striving to obtain the funding from china in spite of the massive investment promise in a press conference in august.
This had surfaced after there was a cancellation in a training camp, this put the team in serious worry as they were faced with a deadline of December 15 to complete their application and registration for the world tour.
While the new sponsors from the Middle East (Abu Dhabi) remains unknown, it seems that enough funding has been provided to fit the teams budget and enable them proceed with the initial plan.
Tour de France is bringing about several similar events in other parts of the world.
For instance, L’Etape Australia is a similar event being held in the snowy mountains. It is based on the alpine regions and would cover a distance of 157 kilometers in the country. The cyclists who would take part in the tour would cover most of the Strava areas. They would experience the Kosciuszko road that lies ahead with cows and farmhouses that they will pass on the way. With a cycling app one can set their pace and track their speed. The tour is planned in Australia this winter. There would be celebrated cyclists like Chris Froome who would be taking part in the tour. The tour promises to help cyclists relive the Tour de France experience in this part of the world. Many are already gearing up for the event. Those who would be new to this region will get to check out regional landmarks like the Kosciuszko National Park.
The Snowy Mountains should not be easily discounted. They offer mountainous tracks for real. There are climbs that are long and tenacious in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. When you move from Perisher to Charlotte’s Pass, you will find that the terrain changes. It moves from rolling, gentle hills to rocky terrain and dark green surroundings. With silent surroundings the cyclists can experience the whistling wind and the pounding of their heart. The mountainous world offers the event a credulity that is similar to Tour de France cycling course. The region also opens up to cyclists who can discover this region and use it as an escape from their city slick world. It is definitely an experience worth looking forward to. Most people and cycling enthusiasts would be glued to this region when the end of the year comes along.
Trek-Segafredo declared Yaroslav Popovych’s retirement.
He raced in his last race for the team at the Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. The man from Ukraine turned pro in the year 2002 with Landbouwkrediet-Colnago after snatching the U23 road race title. He would move into a directeur sportif position with the squad.
Popovych said that this would be quite the adaptation for him. From the bike to the car of the director. He just love driving cars, but that is not the same as driving for five hours at 40 kilometers per hour! It could be really challenging to work with the athletes he rode with till yesterday, but he is ready for it.
This is really a magnificent scope. This is something that has been on his mind for some time, even though in a way quite not anticipated as the team just approached him regarding this last winter and gave him this offer to ride till Paris-Roubaix. He has always known that he would stay involved in cycling. And this is perfect: to stay with the same group of people.
Once, Popovych was seen as a possible successor to Lance Armstrong when he got together the Discovery Channel team in the year 2005. The earlier year he had won a stage of Giro d’Italia and kept the race lead for 4 stages. In the year 2005, he finished twelfth overall in Tour de France and was the best young rider.
An Irish club cyclist has passed away after suffering a likely heart attack during Tour of Flanders sportive on 2nd April, Saturday.
Fifty six year old Pat Coyle fell ill and then collapsed when climbing up Oude Kwaremont, twenty-five kilometres from sportive’s finished in Oudenaarde.
Medics offered immediate help to this popular well-known Irish cyclist, who is believed to have been riding with his son, but they were not able to save his life. It was the Shannonside CC rider’s fourteenth ride in the yearly sportive that attracted sixteen hundred riders this year for what was the sportive’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
In a statement released a statement, in which it said that “Cycling Ireland would like to extend their condolences to the family of Pat Coyle of Shannonside CC, Athlone, who died at the Tour of Flanders Sportive in Belgium yesterday following a heart attack. The tragedy occurred during the 227km event that attracts 16,000 riders, and is in its 25th year, an event in which he had participated many times.”
It further added that Mr Coyle had been a very active member of the Shannonside Cycling Club, who was mainly committed to the club’s development, having been an important organizer in events like Operation Transformation cycle in Athlone in 2015.
Tejay Garderen has reportedly won the 4th stage of Volta Catalunya while 2013 Tour France champ Froome (Chris) finished around twenty-eight minutes behind the winner.
Tejay started off more than eighteen minutes down post crashing on the 3rd stage & hence according to many- Porte was the favorite for overall lead since the previous lead Pierre Rolland from Europcar & Maciej Paterski from CCC Polsat were being dropped earlier.
However, Bart Clerq from Lotto Soudal put up a valiant fight to cross finishing line forty-four seconds down to Porte – that was sufficient to render him a good 21 seconds of lead over Porte going into 5th stage.
“I was extremely motivated today”, stated Van Garderen.
“I altered the very tactic of striving to head for classification & concentrated wholly into stage. That’s all which I was focused on today.”
Albeit Porte badly missed out the lead position yet he could take some solace from Alberto Contadaor- the duo would be taking on each other come May at Giro.
After the attack from Tejay, Alberto came up with his very own move at the remaining 2.3 km & distanced Porte initially. But, Porte had a strong team-mate Kiryienka who helped him to catch up with Contador gradually that ultimately dropped the famous Spaniard in the last 500 m.
Froome had been ill lately that forced him to skip Tirreno-Adriatico last March yet he declared himself as all-right for the Catalunya race. The 2013 Tour France champ missed out on his chance in the 3rd stage after losing nineteen seconds to the rivals. His 4th day was no less than a catastrophe where he finished on 131st.
As Froome was completely out of picture, it was easier for Tejay to attack & march towards the great win with full aplomb.
Chaos is generated in the classics to control the races of stage. The riding done methodically by Sky was important for the victories.
The strategy created by the Sky is imperative to remain intact. The goal of the team has also heightened. Thomas admitted that number is the key to win in Classics. The major part of the focus of team is due to Geraint Thomas who has a splendid record in Classics and is a fierce competitor to all.
In all the seasons, the worth of Thomas was seen and the campaign of Spring is largely due to Thomas. The controlling power of Classic is not that easy since it requires technique, subtleness and cohesion by the members of the team. From next week he is going to continue in Portugal as part of the squad of Team Sky.
He would want to give back a repeat performance of 2012 for Team Sky. His reign in the Classics is hailed as highly successful and he wants to get better with age. He has got many rivals and every year the competition gets bigger and stronger. The pressure of winning has also increased. Apart from challenges, pressure is also there on Cancellara.
As far as potential threat is concerned, Sagan is the one who is feared by Fabian. Cancellara feels that more the young people in the game of cycling, more the coolness. That is why according to Fabian they are emotional and at the same time unpredictable. Fabian feels that though he is getting older, he is feeling young at heart. He is also not taking the performance of Wiggins lightly. Both in the Flanders as well as Roubaix the spirit of competition is going to be nerve wrecking. Every other cyclist is afraid and seeing a potential threat in Fabian Cancellara.
Andy Schleck got the second place in the 2010 edition of Tour de France.
Alberto Contador finished first in that race but he was disqualified after he was found guilty of doping and consequently Schleck was declared winner of the 2010 Tour de France. Schleck received the trophy for winning the 2010 Tour de France on Thursday, 27th November 2014, about 4 years after he was declared winner.
He announced his retirement from the sport in the month of October this year. Schleck, 29, announced his retirement on account of his injuries. He said that he still wants to continue racing but he won’t be able to as his injuries are severe.
The trophy was presented to him by the French President, Francois Hollande who happens to be a fan of Schleck, at the Elysee Palace which is in Paris. He was presented the Yellow Jersey in May 2012 by the general director of Tour de France, Christian Proudhomme. Schleck couldn’t be given the winner’s trophy earlier because Contador didn’t return it.
Schleck earlier had expressed his disappointment at not being able to receive the winner’s trophy. Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s foreign affairs minister arranged Schleck’s appointment with the president at the palace. He said that as Contador didn’t give back the trophy, it couldn’t be presented to Schleck but he believed that Schleck will win the Tour again. Asselborn came to know of Schleck’s disappointment at not being able to receive the trophy and after he announced his retirement, Asselborn immediately decided to present Schleck with the Trophy. He also that that President Hollande told him that he’s a fan of Andy Schleck multiple times and thus he decided that the trophy would be presented to Schleck by the French president. Schleck said that it was an honour for him to be able to meet the President of France.
2014 Velo d’Or was won by Alberto Contador. He got the rider award. He wants to climb to 5895 metres with his team mates of Tinkoff-Saxo at Kilimanjaro.
He wants to start his career with a kick start in 2015. He states that he will have to recover soon from the trip so that he could focus on other tour.
Recently he attended the camp in Tanzania and the team of Russia was also present there. There were cyclists and 72 riders in all. They followed the route of Machame till the Kibo Peak. The weather suddenly took an upturn from the rain forests of Shira Plateau. The weather was so bad that four riders had to stop in the middle. The first three days it rained like hell in which their clothes all got wet and they had nothing to wear. Their other equipments and bags were also wet.
On the last day they reached the peak. The climate was windy but it soon turned normal. Contador had a small group who reached the peak. The time which was allotted to reach the peak could not be met and they were late. They faced difficult moments and tough tides and some of the riders needed help which they got. One of the aims of the entire expedition was to strive under all circumstances in life. Of course it was not as easy a solution but they fought hard.
He plans to gain Tour de France double title. It takes courage to even attempt the task. Other riders have their minds set on other tasks. They successfully achieved what they wanted and the year has been good for Alberto which he wants to carry forward in 2015. If the season starts well it goes on well as well and if it does not it turns to be a disappointment.