Saturday saw the festivities of the Rapha SuperCross Series make their way to Sydney. The event team found a great venue at Sydney Park just outside the CBD. The venue was in excellent shape considering they had close to 100mm of rain the night before. The course featured a nasty paved climb and a fun twisty descent back down.
The most serious race of the day was first up with the elite men battling it out. For many it was a feat to even make it to the start line with thorns causing endless punctures. The field included National Champion Allan Iacuone, Adelaide’s Shaun Lewis, Canberra’s Andy Blair and NSW Champion Nick Both.
A select lead group of 3 formed containing Lewis, Blair and Chris Aitken. Aitken was dropped from the group following a flat tire. On the last climb Lewis put in a massive acceleration to gap Blair. He held a small advantage over Blair all the way to the line. In typical fashion, Nick Both finished his race of strongly to take third place.
The next race in the program was the Elite Women who were combined with the Open Men. The course conditions evolved with the foam machine being fired up at the finish line. BrewCX rider Claire Aubrey rode strongly to take victory, and become a proud recipient of a SuperCross victor’s jersey.
Brett Lancaster & Svein Tuft re-sign with Orica-GreenEDGE
Brett Lancaster has re-signed with Orica-GreenEDGE following a consistent two year tenure with the Australian squad. A gold medal winner in team pursuit at both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, Lancaster plays a critical role in the team time trial and the sprints. He also actively mentors his younger, less experienced teammates.
“The choice was simple,” said Lancaster. “I wanted to stay on the team. I wasn’t really thinking about going anywhere else. The last two years have been very memorable. I’ve achieved some incredible things. I’m looking forward to another two years with GreenEDGE.”
Meanwhile Svein Tuft has inked a new two year deal with Orica-GreenEDGE. The eight-time Canadian National Time Trial Champion has proven to be one of the strongest workhorses in the professional peloton. Tuft has been a part of each of the Australian outfits wins in the team time trial over the last two seasons.
“It was a pretty easy decision for me to stay,” said Tuft. “This is team is a home for me and the riders and staff are my family. I knew after the first season that this was the place where I wanted to ride out my career.”
Text via Orica-GreenEDGE press releases.
Cavendish revisits the 2013 Tour de France
In an excerpt from his upcoming book, At Speed, Mark Cavendish writes about his up-and-down experience at this year’s Tour de France including his final-kilometres crash with Tom Veelers on stage 10, having urine thrown at him the following day and more.
Here’s a slice:
“Kittel’s teammate, the Dutch rider Tom Veelers, let his head droop and stopped looking where he was going as he finished his lead-out, veered right into my line and into my body with 300 meters to go. In the impact I stayed upright but lost momentum, while Veelers crashed spectacularly in the middle of the road. Almost instantly, fingers were pointed at me, mainly because, having concentrated on the frames immediately before and during the collision, the TV analysts generally neglected to mention that the road veered left after Veelers’s fall at exactly the same angle I had taken.”
The full excerpt can be read over at VeloNews here. At Speed is due for release later this month.
Giro d’Italia could start in New York
The technical director of cycling at RCS Sport, Mauro Vegni, has revealed that he is already hard at work designing the 2017 edition of the Giro d’Italia, the race’s 100th edition, and that 100 cities have expressed interest in stage starts and finishes.
During a cycling convention in Northern Italy Vegni hinted at a possible New York start for a future edition of the race. A third rest day would be needed to accommodate the transfer from North America to Italy. Vegni also hinted at a Middle Eastern start to the Giro.
“It’s wrong (for us in Italy) to think of the Giro d’Italia as a local event, it’s an international event that is liked and admired around the world,” Vegni said, according to Tuttobici.
“Each edition of the Giro is born two years before the date of the race. I’m fascinated by the option of [starting in] New York even if it’s difficult to make it happen.”
Click here to read more at Cycling News.
Cancellara still eyeing off hour record
There’s been talk for years of Fabian Cancellara having a tilt at the world hour record and as we reported earlier this season, Cancellara has once again fuelled speculation that he’ll finally attempt the feat.
Cancellara is apparently set to sit down with team manager and coach Luca Guercilena next week to discuss the details of the attempt.
“First of all we’ll study the equipment with the engineers from Trek, then we’ll decide the right moment to go for it. The ideal moment would be after a peak of form: he needs three weeks of specific training to get used to the track,” Guercilena explained to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The current record is held by Ondrej Sosenka who covered a distance of 49.7km in Moscow in 2005.
Click here to read more at Cycling News.
WADA approves four-year bans for doping
The World Anti-Doping agency has announced an extension to the bans athletes will face if found guilty of doping offences, from two years to four. The regulation was ratified as part of WADA’s new anti-doping code which will come into effect at the start of January 2015.
“We are now equipped to go forward in the best possible way with a set of rules. It’s a good day for sport, for athletes and for our future. I firmly believe that the revised code will put the interest of clean athletes as the number one priority,” outgoing WADA president John Fahey said.
The new code will mean that athletes who test positive will miss an Olympic Games.
Click here to read more at Cycling News.
RCS Sport and Qhubeka hand out bikes in South African charity initiative
The organisers of the Giro d’Italia, RCS Sport, have combined with the Qhubeka bike company to provide bicycles to school children in South Africa.
Some 120 Qhubeka Buffalo bikes were handed out to children in Johannesburg as part of the Qhubeka Bicycle Education Empowerement Program with 58 of those bikes paid for by RCS Sport.
RCS Sport Cycling marketing manager Marco Gobbi said the organisation was ‘honoured’ to be able to help.
“I think this is linked to the magic of sport. Cycling is born in our streets – from kids who ride for fun or cycle for need, [so] it’s fantastic to be able to tangibly contribute to help those kids in South Africa. Donating a bicycle to a child in this country may mean granting him or her a chance to reach school and to help the family by completing travel distances otherwise impossible to cover.
“This is the reason why we decided to dedicate our gala dinner of Milan-Sanremo to the MTN-Qhubeka project last spring in Milan.”
Click here to read more at VeloNation.
Patients in intensive care ‘can cycle while unconscious’
Researchers at McMaster University in Canada have found that unconscious patients on life support are able to pedal a bike.
Lying motionless in bed is known to cause 18% muscle loss in patients in just ten days and one in four critically ill patients who survive their condition will suffer severe weakness for up to five years after recovering.
“What we find is that, consistently, some patients who are even deeply sedated are able to do little bits of active cycling”, rehabilitation scientist Michelle Koh said.
“If we know that the patient is cycling above the set rate for more than five seconds, then we have confidence it is the patient doing the activity,” said Kho, explaining how researchers know whether the patient is pedalling the bike themselves.
Click here to read more at road.cc.
Design Behind the Bike
The folks at the Open University have created a five-part video series called The Design Behind the Bike which gives you a glimpse at the artistry and craftmanship that goes into making an elegant bike. Check out part one in the series below.
The Rocacorba Recap
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed late last week:
- The Bike Lane: The Stars Align
- Cycle Mode: Japan’s largest cycling festival
- Schwalbe Ultremo ZX Tubeless Tyres review