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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Popularity of youth cycling tour might give a boost to championship bid

Organizers have finally confirmed that 357 cyclists, setting a record, from all over the British Isles, are taking part in the Isle of Man Youth Cycling Tour, happening next month. It is expected that the popularity of this annual event, will boost up the bid of the British Cycling National Road Championship in 2016.

Richard Fletcher, the cycling chairperson of IOM commented that this opportunity is a wonderful one to talk with the British Cycling Officials. He further stressed that this will be a great chance to showcase how perfect the island’s facilities are. The timing is quite fortuitous, and the event will be held under the British cycling regulations. To monitor this event officials are sent from the Headquarters along with the North West. Hence it is a perfect opportunity to get in touch with the who’s who and get their respective insight on the championship bid. Quite a number of these people are much aware of the IOM since, they have been attending it for a very long time.

The event, this year is starting on 3rd of May and the cyclists, all of the age group with five to eighteen are taking part in this 3 day event. It is expected to commence on Douglas promenade with an introductory time trial.

Emma Gell, the Secretary of Isle of Man Cycling commented that this year is a record year since around 30 more cyclists are taking part this year as to last year.

First the event is going to kick start with the introductory trial time post which it moves to the actual roads and caters for pretty much all abilities and ages, from absolute amateurs to Champions. The road races are expected to kick start from Saturday and will take place on closed roads.

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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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