Cycling Australia Announcement Makes Hosking Starving For Success

A Cycling Australia edict for a three-year plan for the Tokyo Olympic Games (TOG) pushed Chloe Hosking the Canberra cyclist, to gold on the Gold Coast. Now, Hosking wants to ensure that she doesn’t go back-step from here” and carries the move till Japan.

Enforced to check what steps she needed to take to make her entry in the 2020 Olympics has made the 27-year-old Hosking, identify her weak points and how she could get better. She is with Canberra nutritionist Harriet Walker. Since November, both have been working together, which has lead to an ultra consistent beginning of the year for Hosking.
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10th Tour of California to start in Sacramento on May 2015

The 10th edition of Amgen Tour of California to be held next year will start from Sacramento according to the latest announcement. The span of the 8 day race is about 700 miles; it will start from Sacramento and proceed southwards. It was also announced that the tour of California will hold a professional women’s race from 8th to 10th May. Also an invitational time trial event will be held on May 15th.

Altogether 52 California based cities have already hosted the race for the first nine years. In its 10th edition 12 cities including Sacramento will play host to the event. Nevada City is playing host to the event for the first time while it is the 10th time San Jose is hosting the event. Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara, Ontario, Big Bear Lake, Mt Baldy, Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles are the cities that are hosting the event.

Senior Vice President of AEG Sports and the Executive Director of the Tour of California, Kristin Bachochin said that after the race was initiated nine years ago, they have always tried not only to present the race as a challenge to the top professional cyclists but also to provide a scenic background. She further added that looking ahead to the tenth edition of the race, they’re sure that the viewers will be greatly entertained watching the race in a visually attractive course.

Amgen, a biotechnology company has been the title sponsor of the race for ten years consecutively.

The 2015 Tour of California greatly boost women’s cycling by hosting the women’s race. The course of the three day race passes through South Lake Tahoe and ends in Sacramento. The women’s race starts on the same day as men’s, on 8th May 2015 and ends on 10th May. SRAM is sponsoring the women’s race.

Some of the world’s top racers will be invited to take part in a time trial event before the men’s individual time trial event at the sixth stage of the race takes place in Big Bear Lake.

Achievements of the Colombian Women’s Cycling Team completely Overshadowed by the comments on Their Outfit

The Women’s Cycling Team of Colombia has landed themselves in the midst of media attention and controversy. Their new kit design left them looking exposed due to the unfortunate nude type strip near their vital regions. The media across the globe termed it as a fashion faux-pass and blew the matter out of proportion. Brian Cookson, the International Cycling Union (UCI) President termed the situation as unacceptable by any standard of decency.

The most unfortunate part of the whole episode is not the design of the outfit, but the reaction from different quarters of the society. It has again proved that the achievements of any female athlete mean nothing because she will never be looked beyond her body parts. The incident has overshadowed all their achievements till date.

The whole world and not just Colombia only notices a female athlete’s professional talents when she wins trophies or brings home gold medals. Whether it is the ladies team of Arsenal or the Williams Sisters, Jessica Ennis or the recent England Rugby team who became the Rugby World Champion, they are all noticed as they have performed exceptionally well in their sport. Apart from these few, most of the female athletes are only noticed for their appearances.

It is high time that they should be noticed for their talents and not their clothes. Here are some important aspects about the Colombian Women’s Cycling Team that the world should know. The team is the Bogota Humana of women’s cycling and it is backed by the Colombian Ministry of Sport. The Bogota, capital city sponsors the team. Not a single news agency or channel has mentioned the names of the players in spite of them being International racers. The names of the racers are Argenis Orozco, Laura Lozano, Luz Adriana Tovar, Ana Cristina Sanabria, Lina Duenas and Angie Rojas.  As per the reports of MailOnline, the annual race takes place to commemorate the death of Michela Fanini, former Italian Cycling Champion.

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.

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 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.

Newly Elected UCI President Starts Off With Drugs Probe

Brian Cookson seems to be a highly spirited and active President. The newly elected UCI chief has embarked on his latest Presidential tenure with the mission of creating independent inquiry system into doping in cycling, following discussions with World Anti-Doping Committee.

Cookson was elected after the previous UCI President McQuid was somewhat ousted from the cycling governing body that almost resulted into a tiff at Florence UCI Congress election. The new UCI President has sworn to implement his pre-election promises and also assured to mend the bond between UCI & WADA along with the guarantee to incorporate revolutionary changes in the cycling governing body.

Legendary cyclist Armstrong’s doping confessions followed by a report covering it from American Anti-Doping Committee had reportedly strained the bond between WADA & USADA last year. However, Cookson managed to sit with prominent WADA personnel & the new president is on his way to form an inquiry that would explore every doping case & would investigate whether UCI was involved in any kind of cover-ups.

“We have started off the procedure of deploying our manifesto promises with the view to re-enforce our reputation & make the most regarded across the globe. I feel we are successful in coming up with a great start”, stated Cookson. “We are on with the process of establishing high-level conversations with WADA that will help us to understand on our further steps on relation to independent inquiry into UCI’ past. We are also contacting the major stakeholders in the pertinent zone, such as USADA, other varied national anti-doping agencies as well as the Sports Ministry from France.”

The new UCI President has even founded a commission with the view to enhance the scene of elite racing for women. This move on development of women cycling is a follow-up post the appointment of Tracey Gaudry as the first ever woman Vice-President for UCI.

New start for Alessandro Petacchi

Alessandro Petacchi has announced to become a part of Omega Pharma-Quickstep which is a highly noted competition of cycling. So, viewers can now see him as a new weapon in the championship because he is a winner of 48 Grand Tour stages. Alessandro Petacchi is an Italian cycler and he has said that he will be in the team Omega Pharma-Quickstep till the end of next year, i.e., 2014. So, this is a good news for the team members because he is an inspiring player who has the guts of winning world championships. Recently he has made the debut on 8th of August with Kortrijk criterium.

After this he has also went for Eneco Tour during 12-18 August. His Paris and Milan-San Remo tours are much popular among his fans. Along with this he has also joined the membership of fiver exclusive riders club. Along with him the other members who have won points classification for the 3 Grand Tours are Cavendish, Laurent Jalabert, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov and Eddy Merckx. So, it is a great achievement which has been gained by this Italian cycling star. The joining of Alessandro Petachhi is a good sign for the team for winning its further championships.

He has said that he loves to be a team player with such enthusiastic players. He will contribute with his experience and always look forward for the benefits of the team. He is feeling privileged to teach and train the young riders. After his retirement this decision is indeed appreciable because many of his fans were eager to know about this news. Now he wants to train the young riders for winning the championship. He is really excited to tell whatever extreme thrills he has witnessed during his career. Also he is feeling incredible after returning back even though he announced the retirement.

McEwen Not Hopeful About Cadel

Robbie McEwen is not hopeful about Cadel Evan’s consistency as grand tour competitor.  In a recent interview the esteemed Aussie Tour de France stage champion declared that according to him Evans’ regime as a premier tour competitor is almost over by now. He pointed out Evans’ not-so-impressive Tour performance after Giro d’Italia in June where the Victorian drained himself to get to the 3rd position.

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