Cadel Evans Tries Cycling In Sydney

Cadel Evans has achieved much in his elite career of professional cycling.


Though he announced his retirement from races in 2015 he is very much a part of the racing world, courtesy of the road race that is named after him. He also took part in a mountain bike challenge in South Africa, an invite that had been extended to him last year. Though he started with a passion for mountain biking, he went on to take part in road races as well. Being an Olympian who won four times consecutively, he won several events like the UCI Road World Championship, UCI Pro Tour and others such as the Tour de France.

Being a well known and celebrated figure in the world of cycling in Australia, he has recently commented on the state of riding through the streets of Sydney. Even Tour de France champions can find maneuvering their bikes through busy streets intimidating. There was a recent accident that Chris Froome experienced in the streets of Monaco while he was training. Cadel has had similar experiences. He braved through tough riding situations, but even then he cannot find ease of mind maneuvering through the streets of Sydney. Evan lives in Victoria after retiring and has even promoted his autobiography called The Art of Cycling recently.

He has been supporting efforts put in by the city authorities to build paths for cyclists around the city. He feels that the many streets still remain unsafe for cyclists and indeed, many streets can be intimidating. The other reasons that Sydney streets are unsafe is that many streets are too narrow and many road drivers have little time or patience to care for cyclists. Hence, he wishes to build more awareness among drivers for cyclists and to make Sydney a more cyclist friendly city for visitors and residents alike.

JUMP QUEST: BRADLEY WIGGINS EXPRESSES READINESS

Bradley Wiggins, former winner of the France de Tour has come out to express his readiness to participate in The Jump Quest, a celebrity winter sports contest.


The 36-year old is insisting that he does not see himself as a favorite for the event, and not also “fussed about winning.”

Wiggins, who has retired from professional cyclist is planning to take on the grueling contest one day at a time. He also hopes that at the end of it all, he comes out of the contest as a better skier.

He said: “I’m not sure if my competitiveness will come out, maybe when I get going, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. My goal is to just improve my skiing; I’m not fussed about winning.”

Wiggins noted that since he began training, he has become used to the routine and it hasn’t proved really tough yet. He wishes to remain as fit and possible, and avoid fat as well.

This year’s edition of the Jump will see celebrities such as Gareth Thomas and Jason Robinson, Rugby players, footballer Robbie fowler, Paralympic medalist Kadeena Cox, gymnast Louis Smith and Jade Jones, a Taekwondo champion take part in it.

The lineup is completed by three reality stars Spencer Matthews, Josie Gibson and Lydia Bright, model Vogue Williams, comedian Mark Dolan, entrepreneur Caprice and TV presenter Emma Parker-Bowles.

For Wiggins, one of the reasons he decided to join in the reality TV show was that there were also several other sportsmen and women competing in it as well. He also made it known that The Jump is one of the only reality TV show he could participate in while jokingly adding: “I definitely don’t fancy putting on any Strictly lycra and sparkles.”

This Sunday on Channel 4, the Jump would begin.

WEGMANN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Having closed out the year 2016 with team stoltings group; the stolting service group, Fabian Wegmann has announced his plan to retire from professional cycling.


He is not alone in this as Marco Bandiera, who has just recently rounded up with the Androni Giocattoli sidermerc organization after his third season, has also decided to retire from the sport.

Among the host of sports men retiring from competitive cycling this year, Geert Dockx from Belgium has also made the decision to exit the sport and hang up his cleats. The 36-year-old Wegmann just recently announced his retirement plan in a press release. Wegmann, who has won multiple events including many German national road titles and is regarded as the king of the mountains from his victory at the Giro d’Italia in 2004, has spent a large part of his life participating in the sport.

Throughout the course of what had been a wonderful career, he had received a good number of one days-and other stage victories. A good part of his professional career was spent riding with several teams from the Gerolsteiner to the milram, then the leopard trek and then the garmin organizations after which he spent his final two years at the cult and stolting.

Regarding his decision to retire, Wegmann said at the press conference:

“Retirement gives me a mix of sadness and excitement as I have committed the past 15 years to the sport, but there is a lot to look forward to from now with new goals and ambitions.”

He expressed his joy to have participated in the sport and gained a lot of experience. He said; “I’ve been fortunate to race some of the biggest and best races around the world and have gained a lot of experience from the sport. I’m now ready to give something back and to put what I know into new challenges.”

Phinney happy to be at Roubaix start; doubtful about Tour de France

He is still making back up following a dreadful racing crash around 2 years back, but Taylor Phinney was enjoying the ideas of lining out in the Paris-Roubaix when he talked on the eve of the race.

The rider of the BMC Racing Team rider spoke shortly after coming off the stage at team presentation, and told that he had been boosted by his sensations in Classics.

He told that they were better than he was expecting. For sure in the Tour of Flanders, you get to the end of 260 kilometres and still it feels a bit heavy on the left side, but he have been able to stay on top of any pain and any issues. He feels great on his bike. He has been pleasantly surprised.

Phinney’s mishap in May 2014 saw the rider left with a compound break to his tibia as well as a discerped patellar tendon. The wounds raised wonders over whether or not his career would go on, but with the backing from doctors as well as physical therapists he got back to where he required to be.
Last August, he won a stage of USA Pro Challenge and after that he was part of victorious BMC Racing team in time trial world championships. He was also a part of the team that won TTT in Tirreno-Adriatico.

He has a long fascination with Roubaix. He told that he is relaxed and happy to be there. He has been thinking regarding this for a some time. He is just going to attempt to go out and have a good time tomorrow and see what they could do as a team.

Daan Myngheer: World of cycling mourns 2nd Belgian death

Cyclist Daan Myngheer, aged 22, has passed away in hospital after he suffered a heart attack during the first stage of the Criterium International in Corsica.

He is the second cyclist from Belgium to die in as many days after cyclistAntoine Demoitie was hit by a motorbike during Gent-Wevelgem race.

Myngheer, who turned pro last year, was in an induced coma. In a statement, his team told that he lost his last race after fighting like a champ.

Myngheer suffered the attack when he was in an ambulance, before he was being transferred by helicopter to a nearest hospital, where he was kept on stilted respiration and then he fell into a coma. According to his team, his organs have been donated.

Hearing the incident, UK cyclist Mark Cavendish tweeted: “Such a terribly sad few days in the professional cycling world. Another tragic loss.”

“RIP Daan Myngheer. My thoughts are with your loved ones.”
Team Sky said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Daan Myngheer. So sad to lose another member of the cycling family.”

ASO, the Tour de France organizers, who also control the Criterium International, told on Twitter: “Our deepest condolences go out to the families, friends and team-mates of Antoine Demoitie and Daan Myngheer.”

Brian Cookson, the UCI president also took to social media and said: “My thoughts are with the family, friends and teammates of Daan Myngheer.”

Recently, 25 year old Demoitie, who was driving for the Wanty-Gobert squad, was lost his life when he was hit by a bike.

Changing Market For Road Bikes

Though Easter weekend will not last for long the glory of the British cyclists will be out in full force.

Irrespective of the location and the model of bike from sleek to fast to the folding bikes, it will be a show of all.

It is believed that the number of sportive has clearly grown and events are being organized where the riders have to cover a certain period of time in a given time. The above statement has been researched by the Mintel market research group and British cycling which is the national governing entity. Over the past five years there has been a huge growth of near about 240% in the events were sportive took part. In the past year there was a count of 380 of such sportives being registered with British cycling and there was a head count of more than 100,100 people that took part. Such level of participation has suggested the following year to be record breaking.

The market for road bikes has increased even though most of them are very pricey and some have add-ons that make them expensive. Mintel says the popularity of sportives as stated in his latest cycling report is the reason behind the boost of such high-price tag bikes.

The market trend of bike sales has also been changing. In 2014 the market was noted with less than 10% sales by volume for road bikes which has now become as much as 25% in terms of value. This is because the average selling price of a road bike is much higher than that of other types.

Though the sale of bikes in a year has changed but it has changed very little in the past five years. However, the average selling price has jumped by almost 42% off late.

Leopold Konig Hopeful Of Doing Well In This Year’s Giro d’Italia

Every Grand Tour in which Leopold Konig took part, the 27 years old professional cyclist who rides for the British team Sky has always been among the top ten riders to finish. Konig will take part in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

For the first time in his professional career, Konig will be participating in Giro d’Italia. He is hopeful of doing better in this race than he did in any other Grand Tour race in his professional career. Giro d’Italia will be held this year in the month of May.

It is likely that the leadership of his team will be shared between him and the 30 years old Australian professional Cyclist, Richie Porte. In last year’s Tour de France, Konig became the winner of the 7th place in the overall category and he thinks that he can do better than that in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

Konig said that in the past he became the winner of seventh and the ninth place in 2014 Tour de France and 2013 Vuelta a Espana respectively and thus it can be expected that he will be among the first five riders to finish in this year’s Giro d’Italia or it is also likely that he will be able to accomplish a podium finish in that race. Konig also indicated that nothing would please him more if he manages to become the overall winner of this race or even become the winner of second place in overall category.’

Konig said that he is not at all willing to pressurize himself rather he would like to enjoy riding in this race. Konig was all set to participate in the first Grand Tour of his professional career in 2012 but that could not happen as he was ill. He participated in the first Grand Tour of his professional career in 2013.

British Cycling Expects A Repetition Of 2012

British cycling is going to try and revive the triumph they had at the London Track World Cup as their best and leading riders will assemble at the place.

In the London 2012 track, Britain got 7 gold medals and the is well aware of the fact that something of that kind or even better is expected out of them this time in order to make the board have only the name of the country. The only disappointment the team faced last time was in the World Championships where they won only two gold medals.

The London Track World Cup is starting tomorrow at the Olympic velodrome and this will be a three-day event. The new head of British Cycling Shane Sutton said that London is only concerned about managing the Expectations of the people. Everyone wants their home team to be successful but it is the Olympic qualification and scoring points for that is going to be a tough competition. Everyone has the memory of London 2012 fresh in their mind and the public are expecting something like that again.

They have been a great team in London and they want to be the same thing in Rio too. For that, it is being made sure that the riders perform to their best and so are given an environment that is relaxed and doesn’t put much pressure on them.

Double gold medalists like Jason Kenny and Laura Trott will be among the many stars of 2012 to take part in the race this time. Tomorrow the crowd will see Kenny riding the team sprint and the kiering while Trott will be seen on Saturday riding the scratch race, team pursuit and omnium. The final race is believed to be an advantage for Trott.

Cavendish Contemplates Ominum Return In 2016 Olympics

Leading British rider Mark Cavendish has declared that he is contemplating his return right to velodrome at Rio Olympics 2016 with ominum since the Brazil road race might be incompatible for him.

The 29-year-old rider is lately prepping up for Ghent inaugural night. The 6 day mega championship is scheduled to be hosted at Belgium’s Kuipke veldrome. However, he has also insisted that his very return to track bears no connection with the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

However, as per the reports, the Manx cyclist is considering return to velodrome to take part in 6-discipline ominum.

Cav is widely revered as one among the best of sprinters when it comes to road racing. He has claimed twenty five individual stage triumphs in Tour France, a triumph in Milan-Sanremo classic & gold medal in world road.
However, the Manx man is still to win the prestigious gold at Olympics & this very fact might push him towards the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, eliminating all his doubts.

The 29-year-old cyclist was a top favorite for gold 2 years back in 2012 London Olympics but unfortunately he ended up with a disastrous 29th rank in the last lap. As road race at Rio isn’t expected to be compatible for the sprinters, it’s broadly expected that Cav would prefer to compete in ominum- albeit he has not said anything clearly on this point further.

“I don’t have any idea yet”, stated Cav. “My short-term objective is to get back and claim my dominance in Tour France 2015. In fact, this is what which has taken up my entire focus now.”

The rider has repeatedly confirmed that his appearance at the Belgium event has no connection with his probable appearance at the Rio event in 2015. However he also hinted of chances that he might take part in the upcoming Olympic Games.

Cyclovia: A Huge Success In Downtown Tampa

Cyclovia had taken place on the 19th of October, 2014 (Sunday) in Downtown Tampa with the main aim to promote awareness and safety in relation to the pedestrians and bicyclists on the roads of Florida. It was the first Cyclovia that was ever organized by Tampa and it was a huge success.
The roadway called Kennedy Boulevard was open for only pedestrians and cyclists on Sunday. No other vehicles were allowed to enter the roadway. Therefore the Cyclovia organized in Tampa was basically a day dedicated to cycling, walking, running, skating and dancing.
Booths offering information related to safety and helmet fittings were set up to spread knowledge among the people. Along with that, scavenger hunts, live music, food trucks, cycle decorating stations etc. were also set up in order to keep the people entertained all throughout the day.
In several national studies, it has been revealed that Tampa Bay is a dangerous place for pedestrians because of the road traffic. So the organization of Cyclovia in Tampa Bay can be seen as a sincere attempt on the part of the authorities to promote other modes of transportation alongside cars.
According to Lisa Montelione, (member of Tampa’s City Council) events like Cyclovia will help remove the impression that the national studies have created about Tampa being dangerous. Also more bicyclist and pedestrian-friendly policies can help soften this particular reputation.
Stephen Benson (safety specialist working for the Florida Department of Transportation) said that Cyclovia and other such events are organized mainly to create awareness and help people understand the fact that it is normal to witness pedestrians and bikes on the roadways. Benson really hopes Cyclovia events are held even in the years to come because the authorities are looking for different approaches through which Tampa can become a safer place.
Cyclovia was started in Colombia and have taken place in Gainesville and Orlando as well.