Robin Williams And His Love For Cycling

Robin Williams was surely well-known for his acting skills. But very few people are aware of the fact that he had a passion for cycling as well. He was friends with Eddy Merckx and Lance Armstrong who are both experienced and popular cyclists.

Williams was truly a very close follower of the major professional cycling tournaments and when once he was asked as to how many cycles/bikes he owned, Williams replied “too many to count”.

As soon as Team Sky (British-based cycling team famous due to the cycling stars like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome) got to know about Robin Williams’ death, their official page on Twitter was utilized in order to pay a tribute to him. The tweet from Team Sky thanked him for his support and paid condolences to his relatives and friends.

It was due to Lance Armstrong that Williams was inspired to support cycling. He had even participated in the charity event that Lance Armstrong’s foundation had organized in Texas known as Ride for the Roses. Along with that, Robin Williams was an ardent supporter of Tour de France.

During the Tour de France 2002, he actually donned Armstrong’s team’s jersey and took a ride with Armstrong and the U.S. Postal cycling team.

Williams used to make an appearance in almost all the major cycling events because of which he got to know Eddy Merckx as well. Merckx was a cycling legend during the 1970s because he had won many one-day classics and major tours.

Merckx was shocked when he got to know about Williams’ death and said that Williams was extremely humorous and an avid cycling fan too.

Even Lance Armstrong used Twitter as a medium to pay tribute to the legendary comedian and tweeted that he loves Williams and will surely miss him terribly since he was a great friend.

Armstrong’s Documentary Reveals Him Both As Big Cheat & Top-Notch Drug Victim

Albeit Tour de France is the most happening event in cycling this July yet the riding enthusiasts all over have another very crucial point of discussion at this moment. It is the new documentary on the infamous cycling god Lance Armstrong that has revealed as a big cheat & a high profile victim of doping in sport.

The documentary entitled as “The Lance Armstrong Story: Stop at Nothing” is directed by Alex Homes.

Armstrong’s rise and domination in professional cycling was nothing less of a fairytale where he was worshipped as the most legendary rider ever. After successfully recovering from cancer Lance became a god not only to cycling world but to all the people who were struggling hard to achieve in adverse situations.

His confessions naturally brought a massive gloom in the cycling world and hence when USADA stripped the once-legend of his 7 Tour France titles, the cycling enthusiasts were both shattered and also relieved.

Now, it won’t be wrong to declare that the cycling experts at least, for once, had this feeling that there must have been some additional power that enabled this comparatively unknown Texas lad to beat the entire EPO genre. The very dramatic prowess with which he enthralled the world has always raised questions beyond harder training or some incredible psychological strength that he gathered while fighting the cancer demon.

However, again, a second thought about Armstrong & the pro cycling world would reveal him not just a cheat but an unfortunate top-notch drug victim as well.

Drugs & doping was never uncommon in pro cycling. It was mainly because of the incredible expectations from the cyclists to continuously outdo their natural skills leaders that push many of the apparently clean riders to banned performance enhancing drugs- unfortunately Armstrong too, no matter how strong a public figure he was, got badly trapped into this inhuman regime of larger-than-life expectations.

Liverpool to house inaugural stage of Britain Tour

Liverpool has received the esteemed honor of hosting the inaugural level of the prestigious Britain Tour 2014. The biggest pro cycling race in UK would be held in the month of September this year, from 7th to 14th.

The Tour Britain organizers have recently confirmed Liverpool’s selection as the host for “Grand Depart” on September 7, 2014.

It’s the 1st time that Liverpool will be hosting the prestigious inaugural stage of Tour Britain. Albeit the city had earlier held the final stages of the elite race in 2006 & 2008, it never had the opportunity to host Grand Depart.

According to market reports, the Stage 1 might start & finalize at The Strand amidst the picturesque background of 3 Graces, with 10 laps across a thirteen kilometer circuit.

“This is something huge for Liverpool”, said Cllr W Simon, the assistant mayor of Liverpool & the city’s cabinet member for sports. “It’s a great news that the internationally famed cycling event is about to have its inauguration at Liverpool this time.”

“The championship pulls in some among the classiest riders from all over the world with earlier chases featuring elite names like Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. There is a magnanimous momentum gearing up for the sport & we are proceeding with the plans to beget a massive riding revolution here”, continued Simon. “The recent figures exhibit more people today taking to bikes in the city & that there is some actual appetite for the sport presently. Besides with our new cycle-hire scheme at present there couldn’t be any better period for us to house this elite event.”

The Liverpool track for the Grand Depart 2014 is yet to be revealed shortly, accompanied by details on a mass-participation race that might coincide with Britain Tour’s arrival at Liverpool.

Tour de France for female cycling

With almost every sport getting egalitarian, the female riders also wish the same for cycling. A woman Tuscon rider-filmmaker Kathryn Bertine is all set to appeal to Tour France to allow the female riders to participate in this illustrious cycling championship.

Albeit the cycling world has designated a number of championships for women, the fairer sex has been barred from participating in the world’s most prestigious cycling event Tour France.

Bertine, a seasoned cyclist herself, has created a film entitled “Half The Road” which documents struggles of women pro riders who aren’t invited to similar racing events dominated by men or offered the equivalent prize money as received by male riders.

The Tuscon film-maker would be hosting advance screening of her film tomorrow at Tuscon’s Loft Cinema from 7 p.m. onwards. The screening session would be followed by a question & answer round with the filmmaker herself & a team of premier international riders. It’s going to be a 100-minute film.

“Mostly it is regarding what we could do on it”, stated Bertine while asked to speak about her new film. “Nobody likes to watch films where you have people complaining.”

The 38 year old cyclist-filmmaker has helped in collecting around 1 million signatures on behalf of Change.org which has appealed to Tour France organizers for the permission of women cycling in the most illustrious cycling championship of the world.

Bertine stressed that her initial stints with competitive riding 7 years back revealed to het troubling discriminations bet women and men racing in the cycling circuit. She interviewed many top women riders regarding gender gap in the sport & it’s their passionate responses that urged the filmmaker to come up with her latest movie.

Bertine spent a couple of years on making the film & has traveled the globe interviewing elite athletes, cycling & medical experts.