Asian team debuts in Tour of California

Asia one of the continents known for a good sporting history debuted in the famous tour of California. A young team from Asia made their debut in the recently concluded Tour of California. The Champion system pro cycling team from Hong Kong was the team that made their debut in this tour for the first time.

The team was all set not to make a great deal of show in the tour. They were not expected to finish in at a good position.  The team was made up of riders from seven different countries from Asia. They comprised of young riders which was to compete against the best cyclist in the world. The young team from Asia surprised the professional riders with good sporting performances.

The cycling event holders were happy to have a new team entering from a continent like Asia. Majorly the cycling sports included teams from American and European continents. The tour manager stated that the aim of the sport is to add more teams across the world and to reach out to every single person. With the inclusion of the Asian team the sport slowly but steadily entering in the continent of Asia.

The champion system is an apparel company from Hong Kong. They made the relation with the sport stronger by providing tour jerseys to the various teams. This relation between Asia and cycling started off in the tour of California and with such strong relation the cycling teams from Asia are sure to enter more in this sport. The apparel company owner after the tour stated that he is sure to nurture more talent in the continent to fight the famous races like the tour de France. This will surely raise the level of competition in this sport as the sportsmen increases and so does the fan base for the sports.

Cycling Center Voted The Best

A competition was held in Portland to find the best bicycle shop in the country. Barb Grover, the owner of Splendid Cycles had tweeted in the morning asking about the tally of votes, as he was eager to pay the donation check.

As already predicted before, the conclusion of this race has been proved right. The Bike shop Bliss tournament was won by Community Cycle Center.

The community Cycle Center is a nonprofit organization. After surviving the five rounds of race, thy community was declared victorious by 307 to 61. In total, there were 64 bike shops who had participated in this Bike shop Bliss tournament.

In order to win the competition, Splendid Cycles planned to donate $1 for each vote in their favor, but this scheme did not make the eager competitors win. Grover, the shop’s owner still desired the competition to continue.

The competition had ended on Wednesday, when the voting tally came to an end at 6 p.m.

According to the results, Splendid Cycle will donate $3017 to charity for the community cycling center’s shop, projects, holiday bike drive and education projects.

It is notable that after the announcement of Grover planning to donate $1 for each vote, they still garnered additional 17 votes for themselves. Needless to say, the bike shops exporting their cycles to the entire world do have fans in the cities of U.S.A and everywhere else.

The healthy competition amongst the bike shops has yielded good results. The competition has a unique rule that the winner is paid the amount by the rival team. After surviving a month of face-off with the other bike shops of the city, fashioned like the NCAA March Madness Bracket of basketball, owners of Splendid Cycles Joel Grover and Barb Grover said that they believe that Community Cycling Center deserved to win, and therefore they have.

Australians Defeat Great Britain

If you want to know how to avenge a defeat, then learn from the Australian cycling team. On 20th February 2013, at the Track World Championships being held in Minsk, Australia avenged the two consecutive men’s pursuit team losses it had faced from Great Britain and thus regained their past glory.

The Australian team had come close to winning the World Championships in Melbourne and also the Olympics held in London last year. But Great Britain had swept away both the titles from right under their nose.

However, the young Australian pursuit squad consisting of four exceptional cyclists: Alexander Edmondson, Glenn O’Shea, Alexander Morgan and Michael Hepburn defeated their rival team in Minsk and won the four kilometre race. The time they took to cover the 4km race course was 3 minutes 56.751 seconds. This time fell short of becoming the world record set by Great Britain at the Olympics in London last august.

The Britain Team had Steven Burke, Samuel Harrison, Ed Clancy and Andrew Tennant who finished off their race in 4 minutes 00.967 seconds losing the race to the Australians. Denmark won the Bronze medal by defeating Spain in their face-off.

Annette Edmondson and Amy Cure bagged the Bronze and the Silver medal respectively for Australia through their outstanding performance in their individual pursuit race. The American Cyclist, Sarah Hammer won the Gold Medal and defeated the two Australians Edmondson and Cure.

The men’s team gave an appropriate farewell to the endurance trainer Ian McKenzie by winning the title. This was the last time McKenzie was there to support the pursuit team as an endurance coach. He will hand over his position to Tim Decker who will take over as the new coach next month. Ian McKenzie has been the endurance coach for more than thirteen years and the pursuit team was happy to give him such a victorious Farewell.

Armstrong’s ban may restore cycling’s image

Anne Gripper, an ex-anti doping chief of International Cycling Union (UCI), says that she is happy with the investigations made by USADA regarding Lance Armstrong’s case and supports the ban on him. Gripper played a crucial role in introducing the blood passport system. She also took some major steps to protect the sport of cycling from going into wrong direction, as you would remember.

Gripper didn’t want to speak about Armstrong’s guilt as she has no detailed information. But what she told is that the USADA is one of the best investigation agencies in anti-doping segment and they would certainly come up with the right verdict. Gripper also asserted that for the sake of cycling this Armstrong case is needed to be resolved as soon as possible. She is still of the opinion that the cycling world hasn’t yet out of danger. But she said that time would definitely heal the injuries. There might be issues from the past which would try to embarrass the sport but UCI needs to be strong. According to her, this Armstrong case is biggest outbreak in the recent years and it needs to be resolved soon. And she also said that UCI must support USADA’s actions regarding the case.

Gripper kept mum regarding Lance Armstrong’s case, USADA’s procedure and UCI’s role about it. But recently she said that she fully supported the lifetime ban on Armstrong. Moreover, she also judged the decision of stripping Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles as a right one. She has complete faith on USADA, especially on Travis Tygart, the chief of United States Anti Doping Agency. She said that she has been familiar with Travis and she could assume that he is capable of dealing with such cases.

Mark Cavendish says good-bye to Team Sky

The sprint king of cycling, Mark Cavendish is finally leaving the Team Sky. Mark joined Team Sky one year ago signing a contract of three years. So it was assumed that he has to buy his way out of the team by giving 1 million pound to the team. But the British team has decided to leave him without any compensation.

The main reason for Cavendish to leave Sky is that the team is thoroughly dominated by Bradley Wiggins. Cavendish wants to join a team where he will be given the opportunity to win the Tour de France stages. So he is expected to join Omega Pharma Quick-Step who guaranteed him to give full accommodation to win the stages.

Mark Cavendish registered his first victory for Team Sky back in 2012 Tour of Quatar where, despite his illness, he won the 3rd stage. He then went on to win the 5th stage of the same race and finished the race at the sixth position. This 27-year-old lightning fast cyclist won the sprint on 2nd stage of Giro d’Italia 2012. He was about to win the 5th stage also but Roberto Ferrari sent him to the ground by switching lanes.

Cavendish won the stage 2 of the Tour de France 2012 taking his tour’s stage win tally to 21. If he hadn’t crashed in the 4th stage then he would’ve won it, too. But the dissatisfaction for Cavendish began later when Team Sky chose to win the race all through Bradley Wiggins and Cavendish played only a second fiddle. In fact he brought water to his teammates! Mark Cavendish then won the 18th stage on July 20, 2012. It took his stage win tally to 22 which equalize Armstrong’s stage win tally. Then he went on to create the history by winning the final stage of the Tour de France 2012 taking his tally to 23, ahead of everyone else but Eddy Merckx who has 34 stage wins. Cavendish is ambitious of breaking that record and that is why he is leaving the team.

Robbie McEwen to retire

During the peak of Robbie McEwen’s career, he was considered as one of the world’s best sprinters. This 39-year-old cycling champion from Brisbane won three times at the sprinters’ classification of Tour de France, and had a record of 12 stage victories on both the Tour Down Under and Giro d’Italia.

McEwen thinks it is a bit odd when soon after he climbed off his bike, realization struck him that he was about to retire. This happens during the Tour of California’s final stage where he was competing for the last time. When he was crossing the line, he felt the finality of his career. He still has to move on, like return to the hotel to relax and muse “all right.” Continue reading “Robbie McEwen to retire”

Mountain bikers new heaven

In Grand Valley, Mountain bikers have passed years tardily and steadily arising plans to inflate the valley’s enviable accumulation of single-track, and in this season the efforts put by them are arriving at fruition with many new trails unfolding for bike riders.

From the brand new as well as cheering Palisade Rim Trail to viewheavy Mesa Trail on Grand Mesa to brand new coils on 18 Road network of the singletrack – Grand Valley is hustling with brand new trails which are lifting the area as a workable competitor to Moab as West’s top mountain biking address.
Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association’s president Scott Winans told that they have got a whole lot of momentum at this point of time. This association has led the fundraising and planning to develop several trails in this region.

Winans pulls off the steep trail of the brand new Palisade Rim Trail along with legerity of a bike rider associate with each rock. For the last 6 years, the engineer along with the Grand Junction-based bike suspension organization White Brothers Cycling as well as the Palisade’s Rapid Creek shop’s co-owner has forced for flourishing trail system of the region. It took almost 3 years of managing with the local provision district for trail covering easement to get at Palisade Rim.

Scott Winans told that it was really a huge deal. He also acknowledged the oddity of eking an relief from irrigation ditch co. He also expected that several other projects may look this and tell.