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.