Cycling Group Trail Etiquette Reminders After Vs. Assault

A recent assault of cyclist-on-cyclist on the busy Washington and Old Dominion Trail close to Ashburn, Virginia, has a biking advocacy group tell again everyone about appropriate trail etiquette.

The assault on Sunday involved two cyclists riding toward each other from opposite sides of the path. At the same time, one cyclist was passing all along the centerline, the other cyclist held out his arm and hit the helmet of the cyclist who was approaching, knocking him to the ground  and injuring him seriously. The communications director of the Washington Area, Bicyclist Association, Colin Browne on this side, “Frankly, that’s terrible, don’t hit people’ isn’t a bike trail etiquette thing. This is the thing that you learn when you are in kindergarten. So, this is really disappointing.”

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Gerry Ryan Faces A Bad Period As He Steps Down As President Of Cycling In Australia

This month of the year is surely the worst time for Gerry Ryan. He once used to be the chief of the Australian cycling board and used to manage the board pretty well before the problems stared. Lance Armstrong was running on a great run and the Australian cycle gained his fame and money but times changed and it was that time when Armstrong was caught in the case of doping the Australian cycle started to lose its fame. The problems started for the board as several players came out retiring for the fear of getting caught by the anti-doping squad. Two of the Australian racers came out admitting that they had doped in life and hence the picture of Australian cycling got worsen. As this crisis was not enough the Australian board also faced the problems of finances.

All this problems made life difficult for the president Ryan. He was finding it difficult for making sure that the board ran through good governance as the financial crisis continued for the board. This led to a financial crisis and thus the members of the board had to leave their post in order to stop all the problems. Ryan recently ended his woes by leaving the post of president of cycling of Australia. He made way for Malcom Speed to ensure the financial crisis can be overcome. Leaving out the office he stated that if it would have been a business then it would have been closed by now. It is a sport which is represented by the country and hence it has gained some funding that would help them revive from the tough situation. Not only had this he also stepped down from the CEO position of his pro-cycling team. Currently he will be helping the team find out a new CEO for the team.

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Stage 19 of September 12with Cangas de Morrazo

Adam Hansen is two day short of finishing his tenth Grand Slam consecutively. He still has the presence of mind for stage 19 at the Galicia of Vuelta a Espania. Michael Mathews and John Degenkolb reached the Alto Monte Faro with the final combat between the sprinters of Vuelta.

Hansen attempted to try his fortune at Cangas de Morrazo. He continued with acceleration. His effort was appreciated and it did not go waste though the lead which he got for himself was not enough for the riders to be able to lag behind him. The chase showed disagreement. Warren Barguil in the finale showed his contribution by the setting of pace.

He however, had the advantage by the impasse which went on. With seven second remaining he doubled it. So it was not just his wit by which he triumphed. There were other factors which contributed to his success. He chased the peloton by freewheeling just by five seconds. After the offence which he made he smiled and it further widened when a reporter questioned inquisitively whether the win was a surprise or hard work. He struggled and he reached it and made it before through his hard work and it was his day. He was alone but that did not deter his confidence in any way.

The manager of Froome pointed out it is sport and anything is possible in bike race. He did not seemed much surprised by the fanfare at all. However it was not the podium which they settled for according to Brailsford. Contador however, stood on the brink of victory. The advantage which he has received is useful. The race is yet not over for many as they strive to push their limits to uneven boundaries. It is this spirit which makes the riders long for more.

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Blythe surprises with dramatic win at RideLondon-Surrey

Britain’s young rider Adam Blythe has delivered a dramatic and perfectly-timed sprint that led to a surprise triumph for him in the wet RideLondon-Surrey Classic riding race yesterday.

A breakaway team of 5 were together foraying into last lap of a few 100 m of the two hundred kilometer course on Mall but it was the 24-year-old lad of NFTO squad who blasted out right from back, getting tremors for his favored contenders.

The bright young rider was powerful enough to lead over fellow Brit Ben Swift from Team Sky & Omega Pharma’s Julian Alaphilippe.

It was quite a tough fight for all the riders courtesy the torrential shower which left the disturbing poodles all across the course causing extreme situation for the contenders at RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2014. A good lot of riders could not stay upright during initial stages due to treacherous conditions & the situation got even harder thanks to constricted country lanes.

Interestingly, the route was used for 2012 London Olympics.

But once the route dried out, the spectators experienced an eleven-man breakaway which included the 2012 world road-racing champ Philippe Gilbert.

It was cut to 5 to set a fantastic finale as chief peloton, including the 2012 Tour France hero Sir Brad Wiggins failed to pull breakaway squad back.

The championship concluded with a remarkable weekend of riding, in capital city that earlier that day featured around 24 thousand novice riders managing a sportive on same course post freecycle event on Saturday where 55 thousand cyclists relished ten miles of traffic-less roads in city centre.

On the other hand, in  top notch women Grand Prix tournament last Saturday Giorgia Bronzini of Italy beat top favorite & 2012 Olympic road-racing champ  Vos (Marianne) in the last few metres.

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Tour France 2014 Seems Tougher Courtesy Cobble Terror

The iconic Tour France has always been held as a high physically demanding championships of the world but this year it seems even tougher given the addition of cobble terror in the race route.

Interestingly, the Tour France route tends to change with each passing year to pose unique demands on the riders, teams & their resources. This year, the tour has been divided into as many as 21 stages which encompasses a total area of around 3,656 km. The 2014 route includes 9 flat stages followed by 5 filly stages, 6 mountain stages, a 54 km long trial & 2 rest days. The versatility of the championship track demands various specialized equipments with better edgy features than those that were used in the previous Tour France versions.

According to experts, it’s the cobbled route that constitutes the intriguing-most aspect of 2014 Tour France. The cobbled route would come at the 5th stage. The tour cyclists, who usually weigh in between 60 -80 kg would have to face massive impact & vibrations while they pass through these surfaces. The terrifying but is that as the cobbled roads are an old phenomena these are hardly flat. Breakage, wear & subsidence have made them very coarse and uneven. To maximize the control & speed, the best of riders usually cycle along the middle side of the cobbled track. However, the seasoned riders might even take to dirt gutter area in between cobbles & grass banks located at road sides as these assure a comparatively smoother surface.

The cobbled track gets exceptionally tougher in wet conditions when it is extremely dangerous to ride on even slightest of cambers. Loss in control, crashes & punctures are common occurrences at this situation & injuries could be severe.

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Safe Cycling for Children!

Teaching the kids to ride a cycle is a very difficult business. It is even more challenging to show them how to give brakes and stop the bikes. But recently a product has been introduced which will help your children to protect themselves and not meet an accident by the use of automatic brakes. The Mini brake is the name of the device that keeps your children safe by reducing the speed of their bikes and brining it to a halt.

This brake is controlled by a remote has two parts which includes a remote control for the parents and a mini brake fixed at the back of the bike. By making use of the remote the parent can protect the child from getting into any danger. The bike is guaranteed to be safe and smooth to stop and control as is said by the product company.

This will ensure that even if your kid is travelling at a speed, he will not fall as soon as the brake is applied as mentioned in the Indigo crowdfunding page. The working of the bike is shortly explained, and it’s even tested at the Vallnord Bike Park. The brake is responsible for stopping the bike as soon as the parent presses the button which is on the remote control. The product self tests itself for operation as soon as it is switched on. When the batteries of the product is finished it automatically stops the bike. At a range of 164 ft the product also stops the bike automatically.

To maintain additional safety it is ensured that as soon as the signal between the bike and the remote is blocked, the brake applies automatically. The product switches off itself when the bike is not used. All the events of braking are logged in the ‘black box’ which is there in the bike.

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Frank Schleck test positive in dope test

Frank Schleck, the Luxembourgish road cyclist of the RadioShack Nissan Trek team has been ruled out of the Tour De France after failing a dope test on Tuesday. The youngster is a prominent team in the road cycling scene and this shocking news overshadowed the news of Bradley Wiggins’ bright chances of winning the prestigious race to be held in Paris this weekend.

The 32 year old rider, who finished third in the last year’s Tour De France, left the police station at Pau where he was summoned to discuss his case with the authorities after the governing body of cycling has announced that he was tested positive. (more…)

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