James Oram wins the Tour of Southland

Kiwivelo Armstrong Prestige’s James Oram finished safely in the final stage bunch finish to claim his first SBS Bank Tour of Southland victory over the weekend.

With solid team support through the tour and in the final stages, Oram first claimed the Tour’s yellow jersey on Tuesday’s climb up Bluff Hill and he never looked like relinquishing his grasp throughout the final five days of the gruelling Southland event.

“It’s mentally tough but the boys are amazing. They’re definitely the strongest team of the race and definitely the smartest so I couldn’t have asked for a better team. I’ve known all our guys for a couple of years now so we’ve gelled straight away – there’s always laughs back at the hotel” Oram said.

Oram also took out the Henderson Construction Limited U23 jersey, while Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisers Taylor Gunman claimed second overall from Barry Stewart Builders Sam Lindsay.

The final stage was claimed by Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisers’ Brenton Jones in a tight bunch race for the finish line. H&Js Outdoor World Avanti Plus’ Cameron Karwowski was beaten in to second ahead of 2012 winner Mike Northey (Kiwivelo Amstrong Prestige).

Jones said it was a squeeze down the final straight and he was grateful to be able to hold his line and take the final stage win.

Earlier in the day James Oram had set up his SBS Bank Tour win, limiting his losses to finish third in the morning’s penultimate stage, an Individual Time Trial. New Zealand national champion Joe Cooper claimed the stage victory to lift the Tom Tindale Memorial Trophy by 39 seconds from his Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisers team-mate Taylor Gunman.

SBS Bank Tour manager Bruce Ross couldn’t have been more delighted with the 2013 event.

“It’s been a great week and all credit to the riders and everybody who took part, overall another very successful Tour of Southland.”

“Going into the tour it was thought it was going to be one of the more evenly contested races and that absolutely proved to be the case. There’s some very good up-and-coming riders and I think it was a very good race overall and a very even race – a great result.”

Follow the link for final results from the 2013 Tour of Southland. Text via Tour of Southland press release.

Gerry Ryan to be appointed Cycling Australia president

Cycling Australia will today announce that Melbourne businessman Gerry Ryan will take over from Klaus Mueller as president of the sport’s national body.

Ryan, owner of Jayco Caravans, has been a long time sponsor of the sport, including as owner of the Orica-GreenEDGE WorldTour team.

Klaus Mueller stepped down from the presidency in August this year after four years in the job.

Click here to read more at the Australian Financial Review.

Caroline Buchanan sweeps Oppy awards

Caroline Buchanan’s record-breaking 2013 has continued with the Canberran sweeping the Jayco 2013 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards held at Melbourne’s Crown Entertainment Complex on Friday night.

The 2013 dual world champion grabbed the night’s highest honour, the Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal & Trophy as the Australian Cyclist of the Year, joining Anna Meares (2008 & 2012) and Anna Wilson (1999) as the only women on the honour roll.

Image: Cycling Australia

Image: Cycling Australia

Buchanan, who became the first Australian cyclist to claim world titles in two different disciplines in the same season, scooped the pool by winning each of the four award categories in which she was eligible.

The 24-year-old was also named the Elite Female Mountain Bike and BMX Cyclist of the Year and received the tick of approval from cycling fans by winning the SBS People’s Choice Award public vote.

“To win an ‘Oppy’, it is without a doubt the biggest award or achievement I have ever won. It shows that all the hard work and stress not just in 2013, but since I was a little girl, has paid off,” said Buchanan who claimed the ‘Oppy’ ahead of finalists Michael Hepburn (Elite Male Track) and Richie Porte (Elite Male Road).

It was a superb 2013 season from Buchanan, who embarked on an ambitious campaign of winning a unique cycling world championships ‘triple crown’ in just two months and across three continents.

Buchanan’s whirlwind world tour began with claiming the BMX world title in New Zealand in August and was followed by a credible fifth place (one second off the podium) in the downhill event at the MTB & Trials World Championship in South Africa. Three weeks later in Austria, Buchanan claimed the 4X world title in a dominant display, her third career 4X crown in five years.

“It’s been the most successful year in my career, and I put it down to aiming (high) and setting my goals higher than I believed I could actually reach,” said Buchanan, who claimed a sixth consecutive BMX cyclist of the year award and fourth career MTB award. She also claimed three junior awards in the categories in 2007 and 2008.

“Committing to three world championships in one year, in the space of 56 days, was a big ask, but it really made me step up to a new level.

“I guess if you aim for the stars, you will land on the moon,” she concluded.

Jayco 2013 Australian Cyclist of the Year / Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal & Trophy
Caroline Buchanan (ACT)

SBS Cycling Central Elite Road Cyclists of the Year
Female Shara Gillow (QLD)
Male Richie Porte (TAS)

Jetset Glynde Elite Track Cyclists of the Year
Female Annette Edmondson (SA)
Male Michael Hepburn (QLD)

Elite Mountain Bike Cyclists of the Year
Female Caroline Buchanan (ACT)
Male Daniel McConnell (VIC)

Elite BMX Cyclists of the Year
Female Caroline Buchanan (ACT)
Male Sam Willoughby (SA)

Elite Para-Cyclists of the Year
Female Carol Cooke (VIC)
Male Michael Gallagher (VIC)

Cycling Australia National Coach of the Year
James Victor (Under 23 Men’s Road)

Cycling Australia Coach of the Year
Clayton Worthington

Santini Junior Cyclists of the Year
Jack Edwards (NSW)

Female BMX Rachel Jones (NSW)
Female Road Alexandra Manly (SA)
Female MTB Danielle Beecroft (NSW)
Female Track Lauren Perry (TAS)
Male BMX Aaron Nottle WA)
Male Road Robert Power (WA)
Male MTB Dean Lucas (VIC)
Male Track Jack Edwards (NSW)

Masters Cyclists of the Year
Female Road Gaye Lynn (NSW)
Female MTB Traci Lonergan (TAS)
Female Track Jessica Laws (VIC)
Male Road Stephen Fairless (VIC)
Male MTB Jason McAvoy (ACT)
Male Track Geoff Stoker (NSW)

SBS People’s Choice Cyclist of the Year
Caroline Buchanan

Subaru NRS Awards
Champion Female Katrin Garfoot
Amy Gillett Foundation Champion Women’s Team Women’s Pensar SPM Racing
Champion Male Jack Haig
Champion Men’s Team (John Craven Shield) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers

Media Awards
Keith Esson Award: Warrnambool Citizens Road Race Committee
Cycling Australia Best Young Media Talent Award: Reece Homfray
Cycling Australia Media Award: Rupert Guinness

State/Club Awards
Subaru Australian Club Premiership: Caulfield Carnegie CC
Norm Gailey Trophy – Champion State: New South Wales

2013 Australian Sports Commission Volunteers of the Year
ACT Michael Fay
NSW Kim Ellis
NT Mandy Hargreaves
QLD Anthony Torr
SA Catherine Braithwaite
TAS Val James
VIC Gaelene Snelling
WA Lorraine Schutz
BMXA Annette Gall
MTBA Tania Elderkin

Life Memberships
Phil Bates
Gerry Ryan

Click here to watch SBS Cycling Central’s report from the evening. Text via Cycling Australia press release.

Drapac a confirmed starter at the 2014 Tour Down Under

Drapac Professional Cycling will compete in its first Tour Down Under in 2014 after receiving a Pro Continental license earlier this month.

Team manager Jonathan Breekveldt said in a press statement: “We are grateful for the opportunity to compete in not only the biggest race on the Australian calendar but also the first, and our first, WorldTour event of the year.”

Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur congratulated the team on its UCI status.

“A wildcard entry at the race has been discussed for many years and when Drapac made it clear to us they were aiming for Pro Continental status we decided that it was time for us to offer an invitation if that was achieved,” he said.

The 2014 edition of the race takes place between January 19-26.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

WorldTour license ‘irregularities’ for Argos-Shimano and Lotto-Belisol

The UCI has published a list of registered WorldTour teams for 2014 and noted that the applications for the Lotto-Belisol and Argos-Shimano teams contained unspecified irregularities.

Team Lotto-Belisol on stage

To be eligible for the WorldTour a team must meet four criteria: sporting, ethical, financial and administrative. Failure to meet any of the four will attract scrutiny from the UCI license commission, as is the case with Lotto-Belisol and Argos-Shimano.

Lotto-Belisol has confirmed it has ‘two administrative formalities’ to deal with, most likely missing paperwork, while Argos-Shimano has stated their delay is due to documentation about its new title sponsor for 2014, which the team hasn’t announced.

Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.

Utrecht will host the start of the 2015 Tour de France

The Dutch city of Utrecht will host the start of the 2015 Tour de France, the race’s organisers announced on Friday.

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In a statement, representatives for the city said they were “extremely happy with this enormous economic, cultural and tourism impulse”.

The Tour de France has started in the Netherlands five times before and 2015 will mark the sixth time in nine years the race has started outside France.

Details of the opening stage of the race will be revealed on 28 November

Click here to read more at The Guardian.

Four-part interview with Lance Armstrong

If you haven’t caught up with Cycling News’ four-part interview with Lance Armstrong, it’s worth a look:

– Part one: Oslo 1993, the UCI and the switch to “high-octane” doping
– Part two: Working the media, David Walsh and being clean during his comeback
– Part three: Riding the wave of power, apologies and being the witch in a witch hunt
– Part four: Landis, yellow jerseys and if he’s really sorry for what he did

Goss should be challenging Sagan: Matt White

Matt Goss would be the first to admit he hasn’t had a great start to his career at Orica-GreenEDGE having won just two stages in two seasons: a stage at the Giro last year and a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico this year.

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Regardless, Goss has the full support of Orica-GreenEDGE director sportif Matt White who believes the Australian can bounce back in 2014 and should be aiming to challenge Peter Sagan.

“The plan for Goss is to hit the ground running in Australia in January. He won’t be doing the Giro next year, his preparation will be a little different” White told Cycling News.

“With Goss at his best he should be going head-to-head against Peter Sagan. He’s not the pure sprinter like Cavendish, Kittel and Greipel and nine times out of ten in a flat sprint he’s going to come up short against those guys. If Goss is on top form though he should be targeting the same stages as Sagan.”

The 2014 season is the last in Goss’ three-year contract.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Taiwan KOM challenge

The infamous Taiwan KOM challenge is a race that sees competitors climb from sea level to Mt. Hehuan at an altitude of more than 3,200m, all in roughly 80km. CyclingTips’s Andy van Bergen was there racing in the 2013 edition of the event on the weekend and will file a report in the coming days.

2013 Taiwan KOM winners Rahim Emami (left) and Eri Yonamine (right).

2013 Taiwan KOM winners Rahim Emami (left) and Eri Yonamine (right).

In the meantime, check out these videos of Australians Tiff Cromwell and Simon Clarke speaking about the race.

Is it OK to kill cyclists?

This opinion piece in the New York Times by Daniel Duane has attracted plenty of attention over the past few days thanks, in no small part to the provocative headline. But the piece is actually very good and is well worth the five minutes it will take you to read it.

Check out the article here.

Links between a cyclist’s age, gender and their crash risk, adjusted by cycling exposure

Spanish researchers have published a paper that estimates the association of cyclists’ age and sex with their risk of being involved in a crash, with and without adjustment for their amount of exposure to cycling.

Image: Claus Tom/Flickr

Image: Claus Tom/Flickr

The authors found that large differences between age and sex groups in the risk of involvement in a cycling crash are strongly dependent on differences in their exposure rates. Taking exposure into account, they found that risk is greatest for cyclists younger than 30 years-old and older than 65 in both genders.

Click here to read the abstract and to get access to a copy of the full article.

Bicycle gangs of Los Angeles

This article by Tim Walker in The Independent documents the ever-increasing collection of organised late-night group rides in the near-deserted streets of Los Angeles including the Wolfpack Hustle Midnight Drag Race.

In a city that’s so famously car-dominated it’s interesting to see cycling thriving in this way. Check out the article here to read more.

For the Love of Mud: a film about cyclocross

This trailer looks great and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the full film once it’s released.

The Rocacorba Recap

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


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