Chris Froome may not take part in 2015 Tour de France

Chris Froome, to the surprise of many, said that he might not participate in the next year’s Tour de France, instead he will participate in Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

After 2015’s Tour de France route was announced, Froome, the leader of Team sky, said on his website that he and his team will consider very carefully before taking part in an event. According to him, he’s a balanced rider himself and this year’s Giro d’Italia featuring a balanced course is suitable for him. He also thinks that there’s a possibility that after he completes Giro, he’ll be able to get back to his peak form and participate in and even win 2015’s Vuelta a Espana.

Froome said that previously he used to play one grand tour every season. But skipping Tour de France might give him an opportunity to concentrate on participating in two events. He also said that even though it’s still early but nevertheless the team has to figure out which competitions they will take part in next year.

2015’s Tour de France, which is also going to be the race’s 102nd edition, is not putting much emphasis on time trials. There is only a 13.7 km long team time trial.

According to Froome, there’s no denying the fact that 2015 Tour de France is all about mountains. He said that very little emphasis is put on time trialling and the winner of the race will be decided on the mountains. He further added that six mountaintop finishes will make the race very physically demanding.

Cobbles are included in the 2015 tour but Froome refused to admit that it is a major hurdle. He regards cobbles to be difficult and stressful to overcome but nevertheless, he finds riding on cobbles to be enjoyable.

Froome said that he didn’t withdraw from the race just because of the cobbles, but because of the crash that happened on the previous stage.

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Geoghegan Hart’s Take on His Journey and Improvement in 2014

Tao Geoghegan Hart is only 19 years old but he had a great run at the Tour of Britain this year. He defied his youth and impressed everyone by finishing at the 15th position. He has greatly enjoyed his debut year as a professional rider out of the junior ranks. He not only finished the Liege-Bastogne-Liege at an impressive 3rd place, but also secured the 10th place in the Tour de l’Avenir. He has gained a lot of experience in 2014 by participating in various races across Europe as the part of the national team of Britain. He has also rigorously raced in different tournaments of the USA this year.

He said that the arrangement has benefitted him in a number of ways. He added that the experience with Bissel in America and Europe has been a mixed bag with good memories. He thoroughly enjoyed racing under the guidance of Axel Merckx in America and Keith Lambert. The 19 year old racer told the Cyclingnews that although he participated in diverse races but it has been a great learning experience for him.

Geoghegan Hart got the experience of racing at the Alps and finishing at the La Toussurie summit due to the Tour de l’Avenir. Earlier at the Tours of California & Utah, he learnt to tackle the wider North American passes. He said that it was a great experience to race in the big mountains of Europe. The Tour de l’Avenir was his first interesting experience of racing in the mountains. It was quite a different experience from racing in the wider and steeper mountain passes of America. Moreover, the American passes do not have many corners at some places as well.

In this season, Geoghegan has visited the two sides of Atlantic for racing and is looking forward to the World Championships to be held in Ponferrada next week.

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Giorgia Bronzini Wins RideLondon Grand Prix

The Wiggle Honda (cycling team) was able to retain the title for the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix because of the hard work of Girogia Bronzini who was able to beat Marianne Vos (Olympic and World Champion) who belongs to the Rabo-Liv (cycling team).

Bronzini got the chance to win the Grand Prix due to an unfortunate error on the part of Marianne Vos. The competition between the two was tough but then although Vos had power; Bronzini had speed which helped her gain the RideLondon Grand Prix title for her team-Wiggle Honda.

Giorgia Bronzini was extremely delighted by winning the title because she wanted to make amends in relation to her last Olympic performance in London in which she could not win due to some problem with the tyre.

She felt absolutely good because she had the opportunity of winning by beating Marianne Vos in a cycling race which is top-notch.

According to her, the sprint demonstrated the true power of women’s cycling and highlighted the fact that in comparison to men’s cycling; women’s cycling is nothing less.

Laura Trott had won the title for team Wiggle Honda in the event’s inaugural edition. However this time, she gave tremendous support to Bronzini.

Bronzini said that she asked her teammates in the midst of the sprint to attack and make it difficult for Vos and that is exactly what the teammates did. It was because of the team’s effort as well that Bronzini was able to defeat Vos.

Marianne Vos regretted her mistake on the race course but was still happy that she stood in the second position. It was predicted that Lizzie Armitstead would give tough competition to Vos. However Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) stood in the third position.

Whereas Eileen Roe (Starley Primal Pro Cycling) and Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda) stood in the fourth position and fifth position respectively.

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Oskar Blues launches Mountain Biking haven in N. Carolina

Famous brewery brand Oskar Blues has launched mountain biking destination in its latest 145 acre North Carolina farm. The farm is meant to serve as a unique beer-bike haven.

Situated around eight miles from Oscar Blues’ Brevard-based brewery, the farm is expected to be a paradise for mountain bikers as well as a grand entertainment space amidst the stunning background of Dupont Forest.

Oskar’s REEB Ranch would be the home to Bike Farm which is a reputed bike guide & concierge service by Eva Surls & Cashion Smith. The REEB Bike/Ranch farm group is aimed on creating an international-standard mountain biking space for the entire family where the visitors would get a biking park & direct trail accession to Dupont’s stretches of single beautiful track.

Riding has been a big aspect of Oskar’s culture always & was a principal reason behind Dale Katechis’ (founder) selection of W.N. Carolina as host for 2nd brewery. “W. N. Carolina rings in tune with the similar eclectic mountain essence which inspired Oskar to have Dale’s Pale Ale into a can”, stated Katechis.

The very name of the brewery “REEB Ranch” is a tribute to Oskar BGlues Colorado based hand-made bike firm REEB Cycles.

“It’s vital to maintain that very trail-side camaraderie here in community”, Katechis added. “We have been successful in integrating our passions for farm, restaurants, REEB cycles & brewery into everything we do- Oskar REEB Ranch is meant to carry on that endeavor.”

The famous brewery brand has maintained a hands-on grassroots feel with different Colorado projects like REEB Cycles & Hops and Heifers Farm that renders home-grown pork, beef & veggies to 4 Oskar restaurants- including the latest Coors Field based CHUBurger.

The new bike park is already under construction by now.

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Contador not present at the presentation

Alberto Contador missed out on the presentation of the Vuelta a España route for 2014. Reportedly he was busy with his team in the first training camp. This was the first camp of 2014 and it was important that Contador was present there. He however saw what happened in the presentation and was very impressed by it. He has been the winner of this championship in the years 2008 and 2012.

The 31 year old Spaniard confirmed that he would be starting his season on the 23rd of August this year in his home tour. When asked about his plans for the upcoming season the two time Tour de France winner said that he will definitely like to win it for the third time and also focus on the other championships. The Spaniard has recently launched a cycling school and is very happy to achieve this dream of his.

In a press conference Contador said that the format in the recent years have been in favor of riders especially for the pure climbers. He also added that it becomes difficult at times when the finishes are uphill but on the other hand the new format also allows the riders to earn bonuses from those situations which have resulted in a better performance from all the riders.

Contador has some amazing Grand Tour victories where he was seen to dance on the pedals after his win. Apart from this his victories in the hills has also been very important where he was able to beat the hour mark. In the tour to come the path has already been defined by the organizers and they have set a 34.5 kilometer stage towards the half way mark and then on the final day there will be a 10 kilometer flat blast. This will ensure that the riders have enough time to catch up in between the race.

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Froome Determined for Drug-free Cycling

While the entire cycling world is in a whirlwind following disgraced cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s recent confession on drug consumption during his celebrated Tour France wins, the defending Tour de France hero Chris Froome is hell bent on establishing a fresh drug free cycling era.

Lance Armstrong was stripped off his 7 Tour France titles on the ground of dope consumption and banned from professional cycling after the much-worshipped cycling God revealed about his doping activities publicly on a popular TV talk show. Alberto Contador, another cycling great, too was ripped off his 2010 title following drug scandals.

Froome admitted that the recent drug scandals actively involving some of the best regarded faces of cycling will stir doubts among the fans whenever there would be a high profile win. The Nairobi-born rider has come to terms with the fact that his 2013 title and that of Bradley Wiggins’ in 2012 are too under the scanner of doubts amidst cyclist fans- but again he sternly believes that his another Tour France title back-to-back in the coming year would be able to establish the notion of a drug-free cycling era firmly.

If Froome is able to secure a back-to-back Tour France win the coming year he would be the first cyclist to achieve so in a drug-free era, post Miguel Indurain’s feat in 1995.

“If I am able to do it once again, I feel I would be able to get the credibility quotient back to cycling”, remarked a determined Chris Froome. All through his triumph this year, the 28-year-old Froome consistently claimed on being drug-free- He also stressed on the fact that he is on a mission to forward clean cycling.

The esteemed Sky player is eyeing for 2016 Rio Olympic Medal apart from the coming Tour de France 2014 championship that would commence from Yorkshire next year.

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Cycling Might Be Banned In Bridge Street

The leader of the Peterborough City Council (PCC), Marco Cereste has taken a vow that he will try his level best to impose a ban on cycling through the Bridge Street which lies in the city centre. Cereste has promised to do so because some days earlier, a cyclist riding ferociously via the city centre was about to hit Cereste’s little son.

Days after the above incident took place, Cereste again witnessed a cyclist breezing his way through the Bridge Street. This cyclist broke the law that prohibits cycling on Bridge Street between 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening from Monday to Saturday. Thus Cereste is very serious about banning cyclists as more and more of them have started to break rules and regulations.

According to Cereste, traffic of any kind including cyclists should be banned from three main areas of city centre- Bridge Street, Cathedral Square and Long Causeway. He thinks that it has become increasingly dangerous to walk around the city centre with cyclists flouting rules and weaving through the crowds.

A few days earlier Peterborough city councillor, Darren Fower had introduced a petition for the establishment of a cycling lane through the city centre. Fower is of the view that since Peterborough wants to be known as the environmental city then it should support environmentally-friendly means of transport like cycling by building a cycle lane through the Peterborough city centre. The petition put forward by Fower has received more than one-fifty signatures.

On one hand, some of the cyclists are not supporting the idea of banning bikers from the Bridge Street area. On the other hand other cyclists are of the view that riding through the Bridge Street is dangerous for both the pedestrians and riders. At the moment it really cannot be said whether the ban is going to be implemented or not.

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An expert biker to a great cyclist

Cadel Evans hails from Australia and has left his mark in the books of history of Australia as he has been the first player from Australia who has the Tour de France. Cadel Evans began his career as a mountain biker and moved on to be one of the greatest cyclists the region has produced.

Though he had won the World Cup in two consecutive years, he switched his career and moved on to cycling in the year 2001, where he finally found his forte and his passion. The move to the top of the ranks was a steady and gradual one and in the year 2007 and 2008, he proved his forte to the world and this was the time when his competitors took notice of him as a person to reckon with. Read More An expert biker to a great cyclist

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Marine Beth Hope looking for Para-Cycling glory

Camp Pendleton’s Wounded Warrior Battalion’s Marine is participating in the Para Cycling World Cup Final (of International Cycling Union’s) on 23rd August in Matane in Canada. Beth Hope, a chief warrant officer, who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, is aiming medal as well as a spot in 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Beth Hope got the 1st spot in Marine Corps Trials arranged by Wounded Warrior Regiment at the Camp Pendleton as well as the United States National Championships where Beth became a 2 time National champ, earning 2 gold medals with 2 stars as well as stripes jerseys as a para-cyclist participating on an upright trike.

Beth told that the trials changed her life. Her aim is to be world’s fastest woman trike racer. Hope has been doing intense training, with three mile hill repeats and speed work.

The San Diego lady started competing 2 years ago, ten years and forty two operations after partly breaking her spine in a car rollover. She survived breast cancer and a stroke. Beth has been getting her training through sports programs conducted by Wounded Warrior Regiment.

Todd Tanner is joining Reynolds Cycling, stated the company on Thursday. There he will work as a product manager. Todd, a former professional downhiller with twenty years of experience in the bike business, reports to Reynolds GM Jimi Paulsen. He told that Todd Tanner brings terrific perspective and they all look forward to having him on board. This is a spot that they had wanted to fill for some time, but it was important to find the right person. Tanner has a combination of technical abilities and skills to lead the continued improvement as well as expansion of their product offering.

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