Saturday, 31 July 2010

The Irish Rover

A little more shamrock magic

The great Irish era

When Irish eyes were smiling

Twenty three years ago Ireland had a World Champion, a Tour de France Champion, a Giro Champion, a classics king and its home tour was huge, is it time for the luck of the Irish to ride again?

The emerald isle of Ireland has just played host to its first professional national tour in many years. But go back 20 years and the tiny wet island was at its absolute cycling pinnacle. Despite having les that a handful of continental pro racers, and not even enough to field a full team at the World Championships, they managed to place 3 riders in the top ten at that years pro title race, with Stephen Roche coming home ahead of the small breakaway group from which Sean Kelly sprinted to fifth spot and Martin Earley finished just behind. It was an amazing day for what was then one of cycling’s smallest, yet highest profile nations.
Earlier that year Roche had taken a highly controversial victory in the Giro d’Italia, defying team preferences by defeating flagging Italian team mate Roberto Vissentini. From there he went on to do the double by wining the Tour de France in true gritty Irish style, an amazing feat. Coming into the world championship and all eyes were on Kelly, who was in superb form and declared team leader. All looked to be on song for him as the final kilometres approached. Taking the pressure off the team Roche attacked, but it turned out he was so strong that nobody could real him in, and he pulled of the triple crown of cycling, something not achieved since the days of Eddy Merckx.
Ireland is a small country with a small population. The racing there is tough, but it’s still a long way from mainland Europe. It was Kelly who paved the way to Europe, and who turned pro in 1977 for the Flandria team, and it wasn’t long before he was to make his mark as a super sprinter. A true modest country lad at heart he went on to be one of the toughest, most accomplished and most respected rider of his era, winning numerous classics, right into his retirement in his late thirties. He developed very much into an all-rounder, and as well as taking 4 Tour green jerseys he became a serious overall contender, and even took the overall Vuelta title in 1988, and he retired with 193 pro victories to his credit, a feat only bettered by Merckx himself.
Roche on the other hand was a city boy from Dublin, and a real thoroughbred. On his day he was unbeatable, and in his first months as a pro, at the tender age of 18 he won the Paris-Nice; a race that his older compatriot Kelly was subsequently to win even consecutive times.
Following Roche and Kelly through the ranks at that time were Martin Earley, who rode much of his career in support of Kelly, and took Tour and Giro stages along the way and Paul Kimmage. Kimmage rode with Chalry Mottet at RMO, but left the peleton under a cloud of disillusion and when on to publish his highly controversial book A Rough Ride, and early expose of the drug culture in the pro peleton.
While Ireland had these riders at the very top of the sport the Nisan Tour of Ireland was also at an all time high, yet for some reason the great green era simply faded away with the retirement of Roche and Kelly, the follow-on effect and the system was simply not in place for the trend to continue and prosper.
There have been several glimmers of hope for a revival; The Tour de France started in Ireland back in1998, and Marc Scanlon gave great hope by winning the World Junior Road Race in the same year Championships, but little materialised on the scale of earlier years and went on to race with AG2R in France until leaving for the US and retiring the following year.
But, as Bob Dylan said – times they are changing, and once again Ireland is showing times of a potential revival. This years staging of the Tour of Ireland is a sure sign of growing confidence and optimism in the sport, and bodes very well for the future. Another huge to the countries potential rebirth is Pat McQuaid, the man now heading the UCI, and a known supporter of widening the arteries of the sport. The Dubliner is part of a national cycling dynasty, and was himself a pro racer, and often competed on national teams alongside Kelly and Roche, so you can rest assured that he will be fighting the national corner.
We’ve become familiar with Irish riders here in Asia – the likes of David McCann and Paul Griffin have made big waves here, but right now Irish cycling looks to have it’s best chance for a quarter of a century at rising once again to the highs of the 80’s. There are a number of great riders out there – with Dan Martin being the most obvious, swiftly followed by Roche Jr (Nicolas), who really is coming into his own – not to mention Phillip Diegnan, a really underestimates talent, who is quietly plugging away – and taking the odd Grand Tour stage along the way…

Ahh, anyone for a Guinnes?

Friday, 30 July 2010

Great Asian Rides - Genting Highlands, Malaysia

The evil climb to Genting Highlands is about as tough as climbs come - and is a challenge you really should try if ever you find yourself anywhere near to Kuala Lumpur. The climb lies just to the north of the capital city, and is basically a service and access road for the huge casino and theme park at it's summit.
The climb is long, hot and tough - and became famous thanks to the Tour de Langkawi, which is usually decided on this road to hell. It's feared by most cyclist, and adored by those tiny climbers who like to dance away from their rivals on it's slopes.

The climb

Distance - 23 kilometres
Altitude – from just above sea level to 1629 meters
Gradient – damn steep, up to 20% in places
Category – hors – the toughest there is!

There are 2 ways to tackle the first half of the climb; the traditional old road from Rawang, to the west, and the highway from Genting Sempah. The Rawang route is the normal Tour de Langkawi approach, and traffic can be very heavy until you turn on to the Genting road. The other approach can be reached from Gombak, north of KL this is via a really sweet and winding 10 kilometre climb through the jungle to Genting Sempah, the main highway junction for the Highlands, which is occasionally used in the LtDL.
The two approaches are equally as tough (although my preference is to hit from Rawang direction), and both merge into one at the halfway point, by the Awana Hotel. From here it’s a multi lane highway right to the top. The race usually turns left before hitting the main resort, which you cannot do as it’s a one-way system, so keep right and follow the road through the resort to First World, where you can loop around for the descent. The other option makes for an easier approach from KL - via Genting Sempah, but then the first part of the climb isn't so quiet.
In recent times the commercial angle on Genting has prevented the race form finishing their, or restricted it to finishing half way – so as not to disrupt the profitable gambling traffic heading up there for the weekend.
We've also heard of riders being stopped from climbing the full way to the summit - so we can't guarantee you'll be able to go all the way - but from Rawang is the best option.
First thing you need to be sure of is having enough low gears to make the climb – even the pro riders here use gears like 39 x 27, which is almost unheard of in pro bike racing – and very few of us are pro’s. Bravado is no way to get you up this beast. If you have a road bike then you would be well advised to get a triple/compact front crankset – and the lowest rear gears you can get – maybe 28 sprockets. If you are on a mountain bike then the whole thing is much easier from a gearing point, and you don’t need to worry too much.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

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Tour de Laos and Tour of Luzon next editions

Things are yet to be cast in concrete and pasted to you race schedules (as is usually the case in Asia), but it looks like the second running of the Tour de Laos will be taking place later this year - between the 24th-30th of November. Meantime the Tour of Luzon (Philippines) also looks to be secured for the end of February-March next year, with an increased race budget. The race is a long standing fixture, but last year it received a considerable revamp and boost to international status when new organiser came on board.
Lets hope the regional race organisers can get their heads together before scheduling races - last year the Tour de Langkawi, Luzon and the OCBC Classic all fell at the same time, which seriously impacted all events - although we do know there are some organisers who will refuse to move their dates to avoid such a clash.
Keep watching the site, when more becomes clear we'll report back...

Tour de France withdrawal fever? Here's a tribute to the sadly missed and great Parco Pantani

Marin bikes take off


Wednesday, 28 July 2010

2011 Trek Fuel sneak peep

Taking a natural break during a race, what do the pro's do?

None cyclist always want to know the answer to this one - and even regular cyclist struggle to get their heads around it. Well, you see, it takes years of training and practice to mater the art of taking a pee while riding in a bunch.
In most big races riders tend to agree to a truce while they stop for a pee - en-masse at the side of a road, or just about anywhere you may chose to relieve yourself. This has often caused problems - with riders being disciplined for urinating in public. It has also been the cause of a great deal of infighting, and caused the rapid decline of many a young riders career - when this truce is called that's what it is - he who ignores it is severely scolded by his fellow riders.
So how do you do it? Firstly you make sure you stay out of the way of other riders - otherwise the urine will blow back onto them - which is not going to make you very popular. Then yo stand on your lower pedal, pull down your shorts at the side and wee wee - if another rider can push you all the better - you don't want to come to a grinding halt mid whiz.
What about the ladies? Oh dear, they can't exactly do that, and whipping of your jersey and crouching down takes way too long - if there isn't time, well, lest just say the only option is to finish with wet shorts.
And don't ask about number 2's, we'll leave that to your imagination.

NB - of course we don't recommend any of this, it's just so you know

The Schleck brothers celebrate the Tour being over

Landis drug rap up

Monday, 26 July 2010

Atherton Project 6, new

Laos boy wonder?

Laos doesn’t spring to mind when you think about bike races and bike racers. But maybe that’s going to change soon. For some time the capital of Laos, Vientiane, has been undergoing something of a semi-French revolution come renaissance.
Cycling is starting to take off in the country, and possibly the hottest prospect is 18 year old Alex Destribois-Coudroy

BNA - Who is Alex? Where's he from, how did he start bike racing?
ACD – Alex, or Ariya, is may name.  I’m a Eurasian rider from Vientiane. My father is French and my mother is Thai, but I have Laos nationality,
I started biking at 9-years old (my father sent me to Wisut Kasiyaphut - manager of Giant Asia Racing Team) and I started serious racing at 14.

BNA - People don't know much about racing in Laos. Is there much of a race scene - any good riders, many races?
ACD - We have few races in Laos, only about 3 per year, but we try to race in the neighboring countries. We have here in Laos about 10 good riders.

BNA - What is your dad's involvement with cycling in Laos?
ACD - My father built his cycling team in Laos about 17 years ago with just a few riders. He then became national coach, and still is
BNA - What has been your racing history and best results?
ACD - I did many races in Thailand, where I got my best results; when I was junior I finished 2nd on GC in the Tour ff Mae Fah Luang in Chiang Rai (2008), and then after that my results in races were always in the same range. For my first tour in the elite category (Tour de Laos 2009) I finished 1st on GC and then for the Tour of Friendship (2010) I also finished 1st on GC.

BNA - This year have you had much chance to race in Asia - and how was the experience?
ACD - This year is not finished yet, and I have the opportunity to do some more races, but I have to find team first.

BNA - How do you get to go to the UCI Centre Mondial, who else is there - where do you stay etc?
ACD - We had to apply to UCI World Cycling Center - then they invited us for a trial couple of months. There were 2 riders from Laos. We were living in Aigle at the head office of the UCI. We were trained by Slovak coach Mr Luka Zele.

BNA - What kind of schedule do they put you on, and what are the plans?
ACD – I was progressing well in the elite category system, with 5-days of training morning and afternoon and 2 days of racing a week. My first objective was to pass the evaluation to be accepted next year - and I did it, I think...

BNA - Have you raced in Europe before? What experiences and results have you had already?
ACD – I have been to France 2-3 times, but this was my first time racing. I had a very good experience. It’s a very different style compared to Asian racing. and I did well because my first race I finished 5th, and I always finished in the top 20 in elite races/

BNA - From which countries do the other students come from? Have you met any from really remote places?
ACD – They are mostly from developing countries; all over Africa, Algeria, Turkey, Korea, Hong Kong etc etc

BNA - What differences have you learned from racing in Europe?
ACD - The racing in Europe is more about teamwork and more calculating. At elite level there is a lot of before and after race briefing.

BNA - How long do you stay there? Then what comes after that?
ACD - I stayed there for 2 months, and then next year I will go back for longer for more training and racing.

BNA - Last year you won the Tour de Laos - did the race and the sport get a lot of interest?
ACD – Yes; and this year we are planning to do it all again in November, with the help of the Association of Lao Tourism. Many people were involved in the race.

BNA – What do you hope to achieve in cycling? Being as Laos is a communist/socialist state can you turn professional?
ACD - I want to become a professional cyclist, and I want to help develop cycling in Laos, and to make people more interested in the sport.
Being from Laos it will not be a problem to turn professional. The government and authority will be proud the have a professional athlete, because right now they don’t have any.

Just how do the pro's know who to look out for?

Things have changed a whole heap in bike racing since the advent of the race radio. Nowadays riders receive instructions from the team car, communicate with their team mates - basically they don't have to do a whole lot of thinking for themselves, their directors watch the race on min TV's on the dashboard, or simply assess from the drivers seat - and then tell the riders what to do.
What effect does this have on the racing? We;;, it kinda makes things a bit sterile, a little too controller. The radio does have it's place of course - when there's an accident - but all too often you hear riders complaining "I missed the break because we didn't know...".
Yep, it has it's pro's and con's - but it would be great to see riders thinking for themselves again.
But, it's not all hi-tech, and sometimes the radios just don't work - which is why in stage races the rides in contention often scribble down the numbers of the rivals, and then tape them to their bikes - take a look

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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Boris rules again in Tour de Qinghai Lake, Iranians in full charge

Ohh dear - Tour de France final TT

Wow, Schleck really puled one out of the bag - those seconds Contador took after Schleck dropped his chain probably decided tis years Tour...
Cancelalra took the stage by 17 seconds from Tony Martin, Contador and Co were 5 minutes behind. With just the final promenade to go here's the overall standing.....

1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 89:16:27 
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:39 
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:02:01 
4 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:40 
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:06:54 
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:09:31 
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:10:15 
8 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:11:37 
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:11:54 
10 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 0:12:02

The worse Tour TT ever?

Abdu's famous crash scene

History lesson - Eddy Merckx on Tour

The men in yellow, the other yellow

Friday, 23 July 2010

Tour de France Stage 18

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 4:37:09
2 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions 
3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 
7 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 
8 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 
9 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 
10 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 

Tour of Qinghai Lake stage 7 - GC same same

For all those suffering in the Qinghai Lake Tour, a message from Japan

SRAM special Tour gear

On Test - Tineli team shorts

Tineli is a New Zealand based (Chinese manufactured) cycling clothing company, who specialise in producing custom cycling gear, but also offer a range of off the peg clothing too. The company is owned and run by Tim Vincent, a former 24-Hour Solo World MTB Champion, thus a man who knows the importance of a good pair of shorts - after all 24-hours in them on a wet day is a good test bench - or rather test pad ;)

The company used to produce the clothing for the Marco Polo team, which means that I have personally been using the shorts and jerseys for around 3-years now, and they're still going strong. We recently got hold of the latest Tineli Team Bib Shorts, which are the same as their off the peg team shorts, and their custom versions too. Things have not changed a great deal over the last couple of years, so we can honestly say that these are some of the best custom shorts around - they have a well designed seamless chamois padding system, which is robust, comfortable, dries very fast, and is well padded too - so we've never had any seam or chaffing issues here.
The shorts are multi panel, with the chamois being double stitched - so in all of the time we've worn them there have been no loose threads. The leg grippers have a silicon band inside, which looks a bit kinky at first, but what it actually does is take away those nasty gripping marks and tensions that often occur, making things comfortable and smooth, which is a major issue for many cyclists.
Above the waist is an elasticated mesh bib which allows for maximum breathability and a secure comfort level. These shorts are real quality strides, they are not cheap lightweights; you hold them and can feel the durability, good no frills practical value and comfortable shorts, highly recommended.

On a side note - we have also been wearing the matching Tineli Team Marco Polo jersey for some time now, which is again highly recommended - no frills, real durability and comfort - and a great moisture wicking fabric too.

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Le Tour today

Wow, what can we say - today the legs did the talking - Schleck, full of anger, had to agree- Bert is the man. Meantime Bert granted him the stage win - now going into the final TT it's 8 seconds to Contador, and he is the best against the watch, but who knows what fire Andy has inside?

  1. 1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 5:03:29
    2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:00:00
    3 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:18
    4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:27
    5 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:32
    6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:01:40
    7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:01:40
    8 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 0:01:45
    9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:48
    10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:14
  2. GC

1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 83:32:39 
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:08 
3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:32 
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:03:53 
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:05:27 
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:06:41 
7 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:07:03 
8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:09:18 
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:10:12 
10 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 0:10:37

Did they say Samuel Sanchez, or Manuel? Seems like Carlos Sastre is turning into Carlos the Jackyl, refusing to slow up after his countryman crashed - missunderstanding?

Tour of Qinghai Lake - stage 6

Team Subway on a roll in the Tour of Qinghai Lake

What's Robert Gesink riding in the Tour? Yep, just like Dennis

A year ago the Giro's pink had patches of red

Denis Menchov didn't have such a sweet final day in the Giro d'Italia as Ivan Basso had this year... ouch, that hurt - and what do you think went through his mind? Answers in Russian on a postcard please...
Lets hope this year's Tour final TT goes a little better

A day out with Denis Menchov's bike

As the great Russian gets within striking distance of a crack at the Tour title we thought we'd take a look at a typical day on Tour with his bike....

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Tour de Qinghai Lake today, yesterday's stage winner sent home after one finger victory salute

Team Hong Kong - Champion System in Qinghai Lake

Lance gets angry

Stage 17 Tour preview

Stage 16 recap, great Tour de France drama..

Eric Heiden, American hero

Tour of Qinghai Lake - stage 4 - GC unchanged

How do pro's get their nosh on the road?

Eating and drinking during a race is as vital as breathing it's self, well - almost. Pro bike riders tend to be on the skinny side, to say the least, so they don't exactly carry a whole heap of excess fat to burn during a race.
What and when a rider eats during the race depends on how long the race is, if it's a stage race, their need  etc. We'll take a peep into a riders musette (feed bag) in our next installment - for now we'll look at how that food gets delivered - meals on wheels.
Riders will typically start with plenty of fluid, especially if it's hot, as the first feed station can be a long way off, and early in a race feeding is not so easy to do as roads and things tend to be jammed. Races have permitted feed zones - a team car goes ahead to these zones, which typically cover stretch of road of about 1km in distance, usually on a slight rise, and positioned so as not to disrupt the racing. Here the soigneurs stand beside the road with the musettes or bottles loosely attached to they hand/arm, and are dressed clearly in team kit so the riders can see them.
As the riders pass they usually slow down a little and grab at the bag. Often riders miss their bags, so their team mates maybe take two - or share their own food with those who missed the feed.
During the race a team rider is designated to go back to the team car to collect bottles for the team - often this is the job of the team's lower ranked riders - but riders often also take turns at the task. The Rider raises his had - the race commisaire sees him and calls his team car forward - the rider then stashes bottle everywhere he can, up to 8 at a time, up his jersey being the most popular place, then he rides back to dish out the goodies to his teammates.

Bring a little Joy to your day

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Tour de France stage 16, amazing day...

Provisional stage result:

1 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5:31:43
2 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
3 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
5 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack
6 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack
7 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
9 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 0:00:28
10 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 0:06:45

Who is the Voice of Le Tour? (en Francasie)

Contador says sorry to Andy

VW's New Blue Bike, one already on order for Spartacus :)

The story behind the race leaders jerseys

 I guess that most readers know how the race jersey system works in a stage race such as the Tour de France (Yellow for the race leader, green for the points classification leader, polka-dot for the King of the Mountains and white for the best young rider).
The colour system came around through sponsorship – the original news paper that sponsored the Tour was printed on yellow paper, the Giro d’Italia is sponsored by Gazzetta dello Sport – which is printed on pink paper, hence the colouring. That said, the standard Tour de France system has been widely adopted throughout the world of stage racing. In Asia this is also the case – although a blue jersey is often included for the best Asian rider.
But if you stop and think it’s an fascinating thing – what happens to those strange cloak like jerseys riders wear on the podium? How do the jerseys fit? How do sponsors get their names on them so fast?
To answer these questions and more we went to Champion System HQ in Hong Kong. The company is one of the worlds leading suppliers of custom cycling wear, and a major sponsor of the official jerseys in leading Asian and US races. Wilson Ng explains how things work…

BNA - For your major Asian race, like the Tour of Qinghai Lake, what exactly do you supply - how many different jerseys, sizes, any extras depending on weather?

CS - For last few years, we have been supporting major UCI races in Asia such as Tour de Langkawi, Tour de Taiwan, Tour of Singkarak, Tour of Chongming Island, Tour of Qinghai Lake, etc.  
In Tour of Qinghai Lake, we supply leader jerseys for all 4 categories  - GC (Yellow), KOM (Polka Dot), Points (Green) and Best Asian (Blue).  Usually we will supply 3 different sizes (S, M and L) for each category for each race day, sometimes we will provide extra if the race organizers have special request.

BNA - How do you judge what to send?
CS - There are several factors that we will take into our consideration - the actual needs for the races and event organizers, the level of sponsorship we have committed with the events, the promotion opportunity during the events, etc.

BNA - Do you have any unusual requests?

CS - Each race unique in their ways and hence may have different requests, we always do our best to take care of them.  Sometimes besides leader jerseys, we will also provide race staff uniform, media vests, mussette bags and water bottles.  For example in Tour of Qinghai Lake, the weather in some stages could be quite severe, we therefore provide parka jackets for the key staff of the event.
BNA - What is the deal with podium jerseys, and what happens to them after?

CS - We will provide a few sets of podium jerseys for each category for the presentation purpose.  The race organizer will keep them after the race.

BNA - How often do teams print their own jerseys - ie yellow with their name on, and then what happens with the official branding etc?

CS - They don't. Category leaders are required to wear official leader jerseys that carry official race sponsor logos on them.

BNA - How exactly do teams apply their branding when they get a leaders jersey?

CS - Some teams will prepare iron-on stickers with their names and sponsor logos on, when their rider get a leader jersey they will put the iron-on stickers on it.
BNA - How many races do CS sponsor worldwide?

CS - Around 200 races a year including cycling, triathlon and other sports

BNA -  In a major race like the Tour de France what kind of fee is involved to be official leaders jersey supplier?

Sorry, we have no idea. (BNA – we will try and find out)

BNA - How often do you also supply skinsuits etc?

CS - At the moment, we only supply leader category skinsuits for USNRC races.

BNA -  Which races in Asia have unusual colour schemes, and are they for any particular reason (like Giro pink etc)?

CS - As we know, most of the races in Asia are just using the regular leader jersey colours as in other UCI races - yellow, red, green, blue, white, polka dot.

Lets see who gets the nice yellow one to take home this weekend!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Tour de France Stage 15

Well, this one will go down in the annuls of the great race! An amazing and controversial day's racing in the Pyrenees. There was absolutely no arguing with the victory of Thomas Voeckler, but the fight behind was a little naggy...
The leaders were well clear of the GC contenders. On the final climb Andy Schleck put in a blistering attack, and then dropped his chain, and was forced to his feet. Meantime Contador attacked after seeing his rivals misfortune, and went over the summit with a group of the other main contenders. The group was driven full on by Sammy Sanchez, who could appear to be working for Contador, who took over and seemed a little too pushy - hardly sportsmanlike. Schleck chased for all his worth, but lost the jersey to his rival - we think Contador has alienated many of the other rider in the peleton - and thing a big day will be ahead tomorrow...

1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4:44:52
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:01:20
3 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto
4 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:50
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram
6 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
8 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
9 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
10 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 72:50:42
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:08
3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:02:00
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:02:13
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:39
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:05:01
7 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:05:25
8 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:05:45
9 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:07:12
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:07:51

Tour of Qinghai Lake stage 4

Iranian super strongman Ghader Mizbani (Tabriz Petrochemical) came home to take todays stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake, Mizbani. The 35 year old took the leading Asian rider jersey, but the overall race lead remains with with Rogina Radaslov - by just 48 seconds from the Iranian, who must be odds on favourite for the race - as tomorrow sees yet another monster climbing stage, to Qinghai Lake, where the air is seriously thin.

Fans (And Big Mig) get ready for todays stage 15 of Le Tour

Singapore MTB Championships report and pics


The 2010 edition of the Singapore National Cycling Championship returned to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, with a new extended race course of 7km featuring longish single track, technical sections and fire trails. 
Hong Chun TAN, the top finisher of the Men's ELITE cross country event, took his 2nd Singapore cross country mountain biking crown after a 5 years break. The Men's ELITE race, raced under wet and muddy condition, showcase the depth of CannAsia-Cannondale team where the team took a clean sweep of the top 3 position with Tim WILKINS, Shahrom ABDULLAH, Fraser MORRISON, before Hong Chun TAN (THC Racing) raced to a strong 4th place finish and the national title. 
Bernice CHEN (L&T Cycle) and Lynda SCOTT (Hammer/Carmichael/Maverick) are the 2 finisher for the Women's Elite event, where Lynda took control of the race at the technical section leaving Bernice and Priscilla to fight out for the national title. Priscilla CHEN was forced to withdraw from the race after a strong first lap with respiratory problems, allowing Bernice to cruise to win the national champion title. Joshua PNG, the defending champion, retains his crown with a strong ride, pitting Daniel KOH to the line 
with a strong and calculated ride in the last 50metres. The pair raced neck to neck for the entire race, gaining  almost 5mins over the chasing group of Ivan TAY (Team Conticomponents) and Ryan CHAN PICO-BikeLabz). 
Things were a lot clearer for the masters race with Richard SINCLAIR (Cannasia-Cannondale) rode a commanding race at the front and won the race with a 6mins winning margin over the eventual national champion Alvin LIM (Eclipse Sports). Roslan bin Ahmad, the defending champion, couldn't match the blistering pace in the wet today, managed a respectable 7th placing finish. 

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