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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Cycling Australia announces Brad McGee

Cycling Australia has made the announcement that Bard McGee, the Olympic gold medallist and three time winner of the grand tour stage will be assuming the role of directeur sportif being in charge of the road program of the elite men. McGee will get help from Brian Stephens, the present selector alongside him. Stephens will be accompanying McGee in the capacity of European coordinator. Both McGee and Stephens will be taking up their role immediately and that will include the UCI Road World Championship which is scheduled to take place in September in year and also the Commonwealth Games, 2014 scheduled to be held in Glasgow as well as the Rio Olympic Games in the year 2016.

Graham Fredericks, the CEO of Cycling Australia said that McGee’s impressive career as a pro and also his track record as a coach made him the best choice for the program. Fredericks further said the Stephens is the best choice for assisting McGee as Stephens has extensively worked with several Australian athletes for the past 2 decades and from his European base, he surely will be instrument in the role of mentoring the players.

Australian cyclist Matt White was earlier holding for the position that is now being taken up by McGee but following the Reasoned Decision of United States Anti Doping Agency, White was dismissed and the position had been open since then.

White had taken up the position of the direceur sportif in the year 2011, taking over the reins from Neil Stephens, who resigned so that he could focus on the development of GreenEdge Project. As soon as White was appointed, the appointment decision was put under the scanner due to his dismissal by team Garmin-Cervelo during the Tour Down Under for the breaching the policy of medical referral of the team. He had sent Trent Lowe for ex US Portal team Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral at the Valencia’s sports institute in the year 2009.

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Pendleton’s Life After She Retired

Victoria Pendleton is a former British track cyclist who has won two gold medals for Olympics, nine gold medals for World Championships and has had an outstanding racing record in the European Championships and Commonwealth Games. Now after retiring he is not ready to give up cycling all together. She is going to remain associated with the cycling events conducted for women only. She has decided to take up running and become a vegetarian. She feels she has got the freedom to be reckless now. When she was into competitive racing, she was not allowed to run because of the fear of injuries. But now she has the opportunity to do so without any fear.

Earlier she had to also follow strict diet plans and was not allowed to eat as she wished. But now she has the freedom to eat what she likes as and when she wants to. After so many years of staying attached to the racing track, Victoria is eager to enjoy her life away from the track. Now what you will notice a carefree and relaxed girl, totally opposite of what she was on the race track- that is determined and at times emotional. Pendleton is more than happy with what she has achieved in her cycling career. She had not expected this much popularity to come her way.

Victoria is the representative for Cycletta and after her retirement she is going to focus on the Cycletta events. She is also planning to design sports clothes for women as she has craze for fashion and designing. Pendleton is surely missing her competitive cycling career but is genuinely very happy that she is going to get an opportunity to try out new things and face new challenges. Victoria is also set to tie the knots with her fiancé this August.

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