Movistar receives sponsorship until end of 2016

Telefónica announced on Wednesday that it will extend its commitment to cycling as it continues to support the Movistar Team for the next three years.

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Telefónica started sponsoring the team in 2011 and since that time Movistar has achieved 82 victories (21 in 2011, 29 last year, 32 this season).

Three overall podiums (Valverde was 2nd in the 2012 Vuelta as well as 3rd in 2013, while Quintana took second in the last Tour de France) have shown the team to be especially strong in three-week stage races, where they have notched up 17 stage wins.

Text adapted from a Movistar press release.

Graham Fredericks resigns as Cycling Australia CEO

Cycling Australia’s long-serving CEO, Graham Fredericks today confirmed his intention to stand down from the position after 18 years at the organisation’s helm.

“It has been a very real privilege to be at the centre of cycling’s growth and development in Australia over the past two decades,” said Fredericks. “However, all good things must come to an end and I believe the time is right to step aside and allow for a fresh approach.”

Fredericks will finish up in the role after the CA Annual General Meeting on 9 November.

The process for securing new leadership at Cycling Australia is now well under way. A nominations committee has been working together to develop a shortlist of candidates for the vacant Cycling Australia presidency. Once appointed, the new president will play an active role in the recruitment of the new CEO.

Text via Cycling Australia press release.

Trek confirms climbers for new squad

Trek Factory Racing has rounded out its roster of climbers for 2014 with the signing of Laurent Didier (LUX), Matt Busche (USA), Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), and Robert Kišerlovski (HRV). The four WorldTour veterans represent a foundation upon which the team will support its GC contenders.

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“These four riders form a strong group of guys that have more than just one card to play: they can ride for their own result, but they can also ride in support of a leader, said Trek Factory Racing General Manager Luca Guercilena.

A consistent competitor throughout RadioShack Leopard Trek’s stage race efforts, Laurent Didier, brings a wealth of WorldTour experience to Trek Factory Racing’s climbing corps.

Former US National Champion, Matt Busche, will compete in a variety of races for Trek Factory Racing in 2014. A key component to Chris Horner’s 2013 Vuelta a Espana victory as well as a consistent competitor in select one-day races, Busche has proved himself a valuable and versatile asset to the team’s stage and classics race efforts.

Bolstering the new team’s stage and select Classics is the Basque veteran Haimar Zubeldia (pictured above). Having ridden for a Trek-sponsored team since his time with Astana in 2009, Zubeldia is intimately familiar with the equipment that he will race upon in 2014 with Trek Factory Racing.

And Croatia’s national champion, Robert Kišerlovski has signed onto Trek Factory Racing after a season of contributing to RadioShack Leopard Trek’s stage racing efforts. Most notably, Kišerlovski played a key supporting role to the team’s Vuelta a Espana effort.

Text adapted from a Trek press release.

Porte ready to lead at a Grand Tour: Sky

Dan Hunt, one of Team Sky’s directors has offered a glowing endorsement of Aussie rider Richie Porte, saying that the Tasmanian is capable of leading Team Sky at the Giro next year, if not contesting the win.

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“He’s ready to lead at a grand tour,” Hunt said of Porte, before adding, “I think he has the possibility of winning the Giro. I think he has all the right credentials to lead and win a grand tour but in three weeks of road racing almost anything is possible. It’s probably the hardest race on the calendar.”

But Hunt and Team Sky aren’t getting ahead of themselves.

“The next few weeks are about a time of recovery after a long season and then the management team with Richie in particular can sit down and think about what it would take to win the Giro.

“So rather than looking at it with just some hopes and dreams we’ll start looking at it objectively and figuring out how are we going to win, who are we going to win it with and what do we need to win this race. We’ll just work backwards from there.”

Click here to read more at CyclingNews.

Movistar topples Sky in WorldTour team rankings

While Team Sky is often spoken of as the team in world cycling, with the biggest budget and the best riders, the British-based team has this year been knocked off its perch as UCI WorldTour team champion by Movistar.

Benat Intxausti’s win at the Tour of Beijing earlier this week was enough to push Movistar to the top of the tally and see Sky drop to second.

A team’s score is calculated by adding the WorldTour points from each of the team’s top five riders. Movistar had three of the top 10 riders in 2013 while Sky only had two.

Click here to read more at CyclingWeekly.

Bike and Lifestyle Show hits Sydney

Sydney’s biggest cycling and lifestyle expo lands this weekend, featuring an array of the latest products and services the cycling and fitness industry has to offer.

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Presented by Cycling Australia and SBS, the Bike and Lifestyle Show runs 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday at The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park.

With 70-plus exhibitor spaces filled, visitors can expect to see the latest and greatest from bike brands and retailers – including the ever expanding category of electric bicycles – component makers, as well as various travel and tour companies offering a range of cycling holiday options.

There’s also info on some of the biggest participation rides in Australia including The Ride to Conquer Cancer, Amy’s Gran Fondo and cycling tourism events like the Santos Tour Down Under and the MARS Road National Championships in Ballarat.

Upwards of 15,000 are expected at the show including 8,000-plus competitors in Bicycle NSW’s Spring Cycle who will enjoy complimentary access to the event after winding their way to Homebush after crossing the Harbour Bridge.

What: Cycling Australia & SBS’ Bike & Lifestyle Show
Where: The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park
When: 9am – 5pm this Saturday & Sunday, October 19-20
More info: www.bikeshow.org.au

Text adapted from a Cycling Australia press release.

Inside MTN-Qhubeka’s Service Course

Here’s an interesting look behind the scenes at the MTN-Qhubeka service course:

You can read more about the MTN-Qhubeka service course here. You can also check out articles we’ve written previously about visits to the Orica-GreenEDGE and Team Sky service courses.

The Strava files

Here’s a feature article from Bicycling about US cyclist Kim Flint who died while chasing a Strava record. The article questions what role, if any, Flint’s pursuit of the Strava record played in his death while pondering the bigger and now-frequently-asked question: “how, if at all, is Strava changing us as cyclists?”

Have a read of the article here.

Aussie breaks two backwards-cycling records

When you’re having a bad day on the bike it can feel like you are going backwards, but Australian rider Andrew Hellinga has actively pursued backwards riding and appears to have set two world records in the process: the longest distance cycled backwards and the longest distance cycled backwards in 24 hours.

Hellinga covered a staggering 337km while sitting on the handlebars and pedalling, all while looking over his shoulder to check where he was going.

Check out this piece on road.cc or this blog post by Hellinga himself to learn more.

Double Bay in a Day

Bicycle Network’s Around the Bay in Day is on this Sunday and with the longest ride options being in excess of 200km long, it’s a big day in the saddle whichever way you look at it. Which is why we were particularly impressed with this guy’s effort to ride around Port Phillip Bay twice in one day.

So if you’re riding in ATB on Sunday and feeling like the final slog back into Melbourne is feeling a little tough, try to take some solace in the fact you don’t have to do the whole thing again.

Changing a flat tyre with no hands

Fixing a puncture is annoying enough as it is; fixing a puncture with no hands would seem to be nigh on impossible. In this video Hector Picard shows that’s not the case.

The video isn’t perfect — the blue link to Hector’s website in the middle of the screen is annoying, and the soundtrack feels a little overblown — but it’s still amazing to watch this feat of patience and skill.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:


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