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.

Documentary on Lance Armstrong

The title of the movie was supposed to be “The Road Back” but ultimately it was decided as “The Armstrong Lie”. The director of the movie Alex Gibney in this movie has portrayed everything he could about the now infamous Lance Armstrong.

Initially the movie was supposed to be named as the “The Road Back” because when Alex started to make this documentary on Armstrong he was about to make a comeback in his cycling career but with the turn of events things became messy for Lance Armstrong when he was caught for doping allegations for which he has got a lifetime ban in cycling. This has affected massively in the production of the documentary of the seven time Tour de France champion and that is why Alex Gibney has now decided to name the movie “The Armstrong Lie”.

There are many reasons why he went into the bad books of people and also for the panel that were on his case. First of all he denied the fact about the doping when there were many valid evidences against him. On top of that when he was asked to co operate he did not. There were times when he was said that he could go back and rejoin his cycling if he gave them enough information but he chose to keep shut and that has now apparently backfired on him. In a recent tweet from the 7 time champion he has said that he is willing to co operate and will give the required information but it looks like it is too late for him now. The betrayal and anger and everything that has happened since the beginning has now resulted with an 8 year ban. All this and many more things will be there in the documentary that is about to release this year.