Friday, 31 December 2010
Thursday, 30 December 2010
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Entry forms can be downloaded at
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Now between December and early March Japanese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, and Korean riders follow the path paved by the Japanese riders and head to the region for winter training. Up to 30 or so riders at a time can be found pedaling the mountains around Chiang Rai, including the Fukushima's and Japans number one rider Yukiya Arashiro, who finished 9th in the recent World Road Race Championships, and rides with the newly re-named Europcar team.
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Monday, 27 December 2010
|Boris, with the rainbow rings of a former World Track Champ|
After many years of riding on other Asian teams Iran launched it's own pro teams a few years ago - the Tabriz Petrochemical team and Azhad University teams. The former was the baby of the strongest of the Iranians, while the latter was a track lead squad made up of fast finishing sprinters.
The Tabriz team has been the most dominant team in Asia for a few years now, not only thanks to it's Iranian powerhouses - but to other riders from the former Soviet nations. This year it's gone a step further to increasing it's power, and giving the team some serious explosive sprint strength by signing two more well established, and non Iranian riders; Boris Shpilevskiy, a super fast Russian rider who has won many Asian races, and served a short time in the Pro Tour, and Markus Eibegger of Austria, who rode with the Footon Survetto Pro Tour team last season.
Sunday, 26 December 2010
This story has absolutely nothing to do with cycling - other than the fact that I was guiding a bike trip at the time - and that Cuba also has some great cyclists - it was, or at least I think it was printed in a leading "lads" magazine a few years back, but as I never got paid I kinda forget. I just happened to be sat watching the movie Ali, and thought I'd post it. It was the "Rumble in the Jungle" - and wow, how you can relate to Ali's pain, it was said to be the moment the damage was done. But, either way - it's Football World Cup time, and we at BNA (me are not exactly fans of this poncy overpaid and over-exaggerated sport. There are few sports that compare in terms of physical prowess, dedication and prowess - boxing is one of them. But personally I don't like to get hit...
After a whole month of rum, salsa and close shaves I was heading back through a mid morning hang over to my Havana lair to pack my bags ready for a late night flight back home, having failed in my quest to track down perhaps the most famous of all Cuban boxers, and maybe even the most popular man in the whole country - Teofilo Stevenson, three time Olympic Heavyweight Champion.
Teofilo Lorenzo Stevenson
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
Meantime - team Geox is also suffering hard at not regaining it's Pro Tour status - with the teams new sponsors trying to take control of the team from owner Mauro Gianetti, threatening to pull their sponsorship if this doesn't happen - this situation is a disaster for the sport, and shows some major holes in the UCI points system, as the team has signed both Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov for 2011, 2 of the best grand tour riders around. Both are now free to find other teams - if they so wish.
Team RadioShack for 2011
Now it's goodnight from him, and goodnight from me ;) - the Two Robbies in action...
Thursday, 23 December 2010
AISAN Racing Team is the continental team that has carved a name among the local fans especially sprint specialist Taiji Nishitani, who will once again lead the challenge from the Japanese team in Le Tour de Langkawi 2011, from 23 January to 1 February.
Aisan opened eyes when they won a stage and ranked 12th overall and fifth in the Asian teams category in their first appearance in LTdL 2010.
With eight of the 10 stages in 2011 route involving flat courses, Nishitani is expected to continue to add into his collection of victories in LTdL, after winning Stage 4 from Mersing to Parit Sulong in the previous edition.
The 29 year old rider began making a name among local fans when he won Stage 6 in the 2009 edition of Jelajah Malaysia in Bera, and he is expected to get help from his teammate; Masashiro Shinagawa in the bunch sprint to the finish line.
Shinagawa, also a part of the team’s line-up in 2010, is considered the most experienced rider in the team because of his racing experience in Australia and Europe.
Previously riding for Skil Shimano, Shinagawa, 28, also raced in the classic Paris-Roubaix, a well respected rider in his native country; he emerged twice as the national champion in 2006 and 2009, as well as Japan's under-23 national champion.
Another rider to look out for is Kazuhiro Mori who raced under Aisan’s colors since 2006, also respected for his dominant ability in track events. Together with Nishitani they competed in the 4km team pursuit for Japan in the recent 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. Mori had also been listed as the individual time trialist for Japan in the Asian Games and finished seventh overall.
Kenichi Suzuki and Takeaki Ayabe will be given the climber’s task to conquer two consecutive gruesome climbs up Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands for Aisan in the 2011 edition, both had competed in the previous edition and are surely familiar with the conditions in Malaysia.
Takeaki who previously represented Team Miyata-Subaru before being recruited to Aisan had extensive experience in Asian races. Another rider in the list racing in LTdL 2011 is Shimpei Fukuda.
The most interesting in the Aisan Team line-up for LTdL 2011 is their former rider Takumi Beppu has been assigned as team manager. Beppu who ranked 27th overall in LTdL last year had extensive racing experience with professional teams such as Jura Suisse and Mapei, also familiar with the intricacies of the route in Malaysia, Aisan is a strong force to be reckon with in this edition.
AISAN RACING TEAM LINE-UP:
TEAM MANAGER: Takumi Beppu
RIDERS: Taiji NISHITANI, Takeaki AYABE, Shimpei FUKUDA, Kazuhiro MORI, Masashiro SHINAGAWA, Kenichi SUZUKI
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Meantime, Contador attended the first team Saxo-Sungaurd training camp/get together recently, and has denied having any professional relationship with Madrid Cycling Federation president Javier Fernandez Alba, who is currently under investigation in a doping enquiry. Alba also works in a "clinic gym" north of Madrid, and was described by Spanish magazine Interviu as Contador's "discoverer, manager and coach". Contador denies this involvement.
Back in Switzerland the UCI are busy making snowmen and mince pies, and considering introducing a scale of charges and suspensions for doping