Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Tour of Chiang Mai is coming

In just 4 weeks from now The Master Tour of CMRU (Tour of Chiang Mai) will take place on the roads around Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, which is fast becoming something of a cycling hotbed. Racing will take place over 3 days (22-24th October) and will take in four stages. Outside of the main Open categories there will be age related options too, so there's something for everyone.
We'll bring news from the race directly to the site, so stay tuned ;)

For details and entries you should contact the organiser direct at

Team Champion System in the Caribbean

Cyclists of the Caribbean

By Steve Thomas/

Adding yet another continent to the teams list of “raced on” this year (South America) Team Champion System rider Georg Tazreiter (Our Austrian track racing specialist) headed to the Caribbean paradise island of Tobago a few days ago, where he will take part in two of the regions major stage races – the 5-stage Tobago Cycling Classic and the UCI ranked Tour of Tobago.
Both races are firmly etched into the “wish lists” of many riders, especially those from the northern hemisphere, which is fast approaching winter. A number of composite teams lined up for yesterdays opening stage, plus numerous national teams; including the Austrian national squad, of which Georg is a member.
Fast and furious racing marked the 10 lap opening stage, and Georg found himself in several promising breakaway groups, but in the closing stages the reins were handed to his team-mates, who took the stage victory and the yellow jersey.
Defending the race lead will be key for the Austrians, but Friday will see the 90 rider field take on a double stage – both critiriums, where Georg hopes to shine, and to take hold of the sprint’s jersey which he won in the same race 2 years ago.

Stage winner Ricardo Zoidl – Austria
18th Gerog Tazreiter – Champion System/Austria

Dream race

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

dadadadada, goood stufff that moonshine

Trek join forces with team MTN

Trek to Sponsor Premier African Pro Cycling TeamTeam MTN-Qhubeka spreads the importance of World Bicycle Relief, need for bicycles in rural Africa

(Waterloo, WI/Johannesburg, South Africa) – Trek Bicycle has announced that it will become the official bike supplier of the African continent’s premier professional cycling team, Team MTN-Qhubeka.

Team MTN-Qhubeka is the most successful and largest multi-discipline African continental race team. The team comprises 24 men and women of varying African nationalities competing in road, MTB and BMX racing. “One of our focus areas is the development of a new generation of competitive African athletes,” explains MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal, Doug Ryder. “14 of our athletes are under 26 years of age. Our team is a mix of young riders and experienced leaders.”

Along with additional support by component suppliers SRAM and Ritchey, MTN-Qhubeka races a full professional UCI-continental road and mountain bike schedule throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

“To have a partner like Trek that has aided athletes in riding to the most prestigious titles in all of cycling as our team’s bike is an amazing thing,” Ryder adds. “While their bikes speak for themselves, what Trek really offers is a wealth of racing experience that the entire team will benefit greatly from.”

Part of Team MTN-Qhubeka’s vision is to provide opportunities to develop young African riders to perform at the highest levels of the sport. Qhubeka, a South African nonprofit organization supported by the team provides bikes to rural children throughout Africa in exchange for community and environmental improvement work. The organization is a beneficiary of World Bicycle Relief, supported by SRAM and Trek.

“The team represents so much more than just racing,” said Trek Race Department Director Scott Daubert. “We’re excited to get to work with this special group of athletes and help them reach new heights on the road and trail while spreading their message to a wider audience.”

While the road teams will ride the Grand Tour-proven Trek Madone, the mountain bike teams will race aboard the full suspension 29er Trek Superfly 100 Pro and Superfly hardtail.

Monday, 26 September 2011

World Road Race Champs with Team Champion System

Somewhere over the rainbow

By Steve Thomas/

They often say that a “crock of gold” lies waiting at the end of the rainbow, and there’s no doubting that when it comes to the race for the ultimate cycling rainbow (The Elite World Road Race Championship jersey) that the victor will carry off a huge pot of the shiny stuff.
Yesterday afternoon in Rudersdal, Denmark, British super sprinter Mark Cavendish seemingly jumped from the shadows in the closing 150 meters of this year’s world title race to take an impressive victory, the first by a Briton for 48 years (When Tom Simpson won).
Selection for the World Championship is one of the highest and hardest fought for honours in cycling, and numbers of riders per nation are based on accumulative points scored in major UCI ranked races throughout the previous season. This year the Brit’s fielded 8 riders, the most they’ve had on the start-line in a long time, and they rode the perfect race in the service of Cav. It was an achievement that could not have been considered 15 years ago, when Britain was very much a cycling minority, not far ahead of where many of the Asian nations find themselves today.
With championships status being awarded several years in advance, and courses being agreed at the same time, nations and riders have a long time to prepare for these races – if they qualify that it. As most of these races are city based it’s not often that a race favours a climber, and this year’s slice of Danish had sprint finish stamped all over it from the get go, and thus riders from smaller national teams have little chance but to cling onto the powerhouse squads like Italy, Australia and Britain.
With three riders qualified and selected for the race the Estonian national team had some strong and accomplished power to offer, but lacked a sprinter and the “train” of the bigger nations. One of these three riders was Team Champion System rider Mart Ojavee, the current Estonian Road Race Champion, and the only rider on the team who has not spent the season racing the major stage races and classics of Europe.
In our first season as a team it was a great achievement to have a rider competing in what is arguably the biggest single day race in the world (Especially being a Continental ranked team). Survival and opportunist moves were the order of the day, as Mart explained; “I knew that if I could finish the race that it would be a good result. We (Estonia) had a rider out front for a long time so got ourselves seen.”
On the final lap the pressure was on, as the distance clocked up towards the final 266-km mark; “The last lap was just too much for me. I have not had enough races of that length and intensity. I lost a little time and finished 110th, but even if I’d stayed with the lead group the result would have been about the same.” Said Mart in a typically modest way.
It was a great ride for him, especially considering he’s hardly been forced to grit his teeth in anger at anything over 200km this year. He was in good company too; surrounded by some of the sport’s biggest names – David Millar, and Brad Wiggins amongst them.

Who are you??

Cav is World Champ, Cancellara 4th - on the tops

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Australians report from Denmark

Canberra's Chloe Hosking has enjoyed a promising world championship debut with sixth place in the elite women's road race in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 20 year old mixed it up with her more experienced rivals in the bunch sprint to decide the title but it was defending champion Giorgia Bronzini of Italy who triumphed on the uphill drag to the line.
She completed the 140 kilometre course in a time of 3:21:28 to edge out Marianne Vos (NED) who won in 2006 but since then has been a perennial bridesmaid with five straight silver medals. Germany's Ina Teutenberg was third.
Hosking, who rides with pro team HTC - Highroad, says she's happy with her result and that she managed to avoid crashing during the perilous last lap.
"I was just hoping to stay upright. There were crashes left, right an centre coming down the back straight," said Hosking. "It was fast and it was dodgy but I came away with a sixth at my first world championships so I'm happy."
As has been the case with the previous races the medals have been decided in a frantic dash to the line.
"I was hoping that on that last little kick up it would break into a smaller group but it didn't and I think, you've seen in the last few races it's such a fast course. To stay away is not so easy," said Hosking. "We never wanted to do a lead out train it was more of a sit in, protect yourself and if the girls could, if they still had it in their legs, fire missiles and see if they it would string it out.
Cycling Australian women's road coach, Martin Barras, says the team performance augers well for next year.
"When you look at where our team has been that is our best result for the last few years," said Barras. "I am not going to go and get overly excited with a sixth place, (but) the fact is it comes from a young girl it is a step in the right direction especially heading into the Olympics."
Meanwhile Amanda Spratt, team captain on the road for the Australian women, was one of those who came down in the last lap but recovered to finish the race, albeit more than two minutes after the leaders.
"The crash happened with a couple of k's (kilometres) to go, it was getting hectic in the finish but I'm fine and I crossed the line," Spratt said. "It was pretty chaotic. A flat course and it went so quickly. We had to be really attentive and up the front and I think we did a good job of that.
"The plan today was to be patient throughout the day and wait for the last few laps which we tried to do but nothing was sticking so in the end we put Chloe up for the sprint and she was sixth so a good result for the team."
Earlier in the day the junior men's road race was won by Frenchman Pierre-Henri le Cuisinier ahead of Belgian Martijn Degreve and Dutchman Steven Lammertink. Australia's best placed finisher was Calvin Watson who was 16th.

Trike drifting

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Yayasan Sime Darby Raises Over RM125,000 In Charity Ride

Cycling For A Cure – Tabung Leukimia YSD

Putrajaya, 24 September 2011 – Cycling For A Cure, a charity event to raise funds for eligible leukemia patients, succeeded in raising over RM125,000 today. Held in Putrajaya, the charity cycling event attracted approximately 500 participants including Malaysian track star Azizulhasni Awang, who is the ambassador for the Tabung Leukemia YSD.

Organised by Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD), the charity ride around picturesque Putrajaya was participated by YABhg Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of YSD, with the support of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF). This is the first time the event is being held.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the level of support that Cycling For A Cure received today. We are encouraged by the number of people who were willing to give up their time to come out and support this cause,” said Tun Musa.

“Thanks to the generous support from several companies including the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and also the cyclists who took part today, we were able to collect over a total of RM63,000. With YSD matching every ringgit collected, I am pleased to reveal the total contribution to the leukemia fund has reached over RM125,000.”

For the record, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Auto Bavaria contributed RM15,000 each while TM have given RM10,000 for the charity ride. Other companies that have stepped forward with pledges are Ximnet (RM7,000), Sime Darby Industrial (RM 5,000) and Sime Darby Motors Division (RM 5,000).

A number of different categories of cycling were held, as well as two categories of races, the men’s elite and women’s elite. The men’s elite 100.5-kilometre race saw the Salleh brothers from Terengganu completed a sizzling 1-2 finish. Zamri Salleh, the older of the two and riding for the Navy team, completed the route in a time of two hours 23 minutes and 29.462 seconds. His younger brother, Harris, riding for the Terengganu team, chased his sibling all the way and eventually finished second place in a time of 2:24:14.724.

“This was my first race since Raya and thankfully it was not that difficult.  The attack started in the last 40km with six riders breaking away. I made my move about 15km from the end. I thank my teammates for their help,” said a delighted Zamri.

In the women's category, rising national cyclist Jupha Somnet, who was voted best female athlete in this year's SUKMA, crossed the line first in a time of 2:34:01.007. A fraction of a second behind her was Mariana Mohamad.

Earlier today, Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, the SIme Darby Director, flagged off the various categories of the charity ride which was also participated by Tun Musa and Azizul Hasni and his teammates.

100.05km Men’s Elite:
1.            Zamri Salleh                                        2:23:29.462
2.            Harrif Salleh                                        2:24:14.724
3.            Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin              2:24:14.751
4.            Sofian Nabil Osman                         2:25:18:868
5.            Muhd Shahrul                                   2:25:18:926

100.05km Women’s Elite
1.            Jupha Somnet                                   2:34:01.007
2.            Mariana Mohammad                     2:34:01.351
3.            Nurul Sakinah Abdul Karim           3:11:37.042

Team Champion System to take Pro Conti status

Stay tuned over the coming week or two for all the dish on the team's upgraded status!

September 23, 2011 - Champion System, the worldwide leader in custom technical apparel, is excited to announce its support of a ground breaking cycling franchise. Champion System is sponsoring the first-ever Asian based UCI Professional Continental Cycling Team in 2012. In 2011, Champion System was the title sponsor of its own Continental team that was registered in Hong Kong. That was a one year venture and for 2012 Champion System is increasing their sponsorship with a new and entirely different project.
The new Champion System Professional Continental Team will feature Asia’s top cyclists as well as seasoned European and international professionals. One of the primary goals of the team is to allow Asia's top cyclists to compete at the highest level of the sport. Until now opportunities for Asian racers to compete in major International competitions has been rare. Besides racing in the major UCI Tours in Asia, the team will compete in professional tours in Europe and North America with the goal to develop Asian-based World and Olympic champions.
Edward Beamon has been hired as the Team Director. Edward is recognized as one of the longest standing Manager/Directeur Sportif in the U.S., running the former Navigators Insurance Cycling team for 14 consecutive seasons, between 1993 and 2007. He went on to direct the US-based Team Type 1 in 2008. In 2010 he joined Fly V Australia Pro Cycling Team as Technical Director.

It's nice in Nice

Friday, 23 September 2011

Tour of China roundup

Spots and dots, the Tour of China ends

By Steve Thomas/

This year’s Tour of China drew to a close a couple of days ago when Aaron Kemps of the Champion System sponsored V Australia team took the final stage victory in a sprint finish, finishing just ahead of team-mate Jonathan Cantwell (Who is the current Australian Critirium Champion).
A staggered stage plan lead to 2 rest days during the 10 day race, the second of which came before the penultimate 85-km stage around Tianjin.
On paper the overall race looked set to be a battle of the seasoned opportunists, those who could climb but were also able to take advantage of tough terrain to steal the show. But as ever things didn’t quite run true to form, and the overall honours fell to Uzbekistan’s Muradjan Halmuratov of the Giant Asia team, who managed to steal a 3-minute lead over the field early in the race, and held the advantage right through to the end.
For Team Champion System (And many of the other major squads) it was an odd race; the team’s riders were in the thick of the action most days, but didn’t quite manage to score a stage victory in a race where even the mountainous stages became the domain of the sprinters, and where former World Track Champion Boris Shpilevski of Russia and the Champion System sponsored and Iranian based Tabriz Petrochemical Team took 4 back-to-back stage wins, clearly showing a return to his best form in time for the second half of the Asian season.
Stage 5 of the race was considered as the “Queen stage”, and covered a gruelling 214-km between Mianyang and Suining. Early in the stage a promising breakaway group went clear, and stayed out front for more than half of the marathon length stage. Making his presence felt in what was so close to being the race winning move was CS rider Deon Locke, who took the lions share of the numerous King of the Mountains points along the way and earned himself the lead in the spotted jersey competition, which he clung onto by the skin of his teeth for a couple of days, only to be hustled out of the final title by TPT’s super climber Ghader Mizbani.
Most have the team have returned home for a brief rest before next months Tour of Hainan, although for Estonian National Champion Mart Ojavee there are just a couple of days turnaround on offer before he battles the effects of jetlag and the best of the best in the World Road Race Championships, which take place this weekend in Denmark.

Tour of China final results

1.  Muradjan Halmuratov – Giant Asia
2.  Ivan Kovalev – Russia
3.  Alexander Serov – Russia

24. Wu Kin San, 45. Deon Locke, 62. Simon Chau, 67. Mart Ojavee.

Roller mania

Awang broken but better?

AZIZUL Hasni Awang can't wait to race, but will have to hold himself back until the opening round of the UCI World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Nov 4-6.
There won't be any preparatory competitions in the build-up for the world number one keirin rider as he seeks to rebuild himself from the base.

His recovery from the calf injury suffered in the horrific crash in the final round of the UCI World Cup in Manchester in April, which saw a 20cm long wood splinter piercing through, is complete. And now Azizul is focused on regaining the form that put him on the top pedestal of the keirin event.

"I just can't wait to race, but I have to work on base training. Our coach (John Beasley) told me not to rush into making a comeback. That's why I gave the World University Games a miss last month," said Azizul, who is back in the country from Melbourne for a charity event.
Azizul will join over 400 cyclists in the Yayasan Sime Darby Cycling for a Cure in aid of the YSD leukaemia fund in Putrajaya tomorrow.

"Beasley has set the World Championships (in Melbourne on April 4-8) as a target. So in that sense there is still time," said Azizul, 23.
Azizul isn't worried about his form come the Astana round of the World Cup, and is confident that the road to full form will begin with identification of weaknesses there.

"There we will know where we need to improve and work on them," said Azizul.

He said the crash in Manchester was a blessing in disguise as he may come back stronger than before.
"Prior to that, it was just about hard, explosive training without time to focus on other areas. But since then, I've had time to work on things like my balance, to pedal more efficiently with both legs. I think I will be a more complete package after this," said Azizul.

Thanks MNCF

DIY MTB Cable cam

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Froome for Langkawi MTB Marathon

Chris Froome, Britain’s new cycling sensation who finished runners-up in the recent Vuelta, the Tour of Spain,  will saddle up for the Langkawi International Mountainbike Challenge 2011 next month.

Currently competing with the British team in the World Championship in Copenhagen, Froome is looking forward to swapping his road bike for some off-road action on the legendary island of Langkawi on Oct 17-23.   

The 26-year old said: “I actually started cycling through mountain biking, so it’ll be a nice change to switch away from the road bike for a bit and go back to my roots at the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge.

“I believe Langkawi is a paradise for training, so I plan to ride an event or two and then spend some time enjoying a few outdoor activities, exploring a few places and taking in the scenery on my bike.”

Froome’s attendance is seen as a further boost to the Langkawi event which, into its second year, is already attracting considerable international interest from the mountain bike community.

Froome’s epic battle in the recent Vuelta a Espana with eventual winner Juan Jose Cobo had cycling fans around the world on the edge of their seats.

The Kenyan-born rider is highly regarded for his loyalty in assisting team-mate Bradley Wiggins in the mountain stages of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.   However, he has in the past year enjoyed his own success with top-10 finishes in the Tours of Castilla y Leon, Luxembourg, Romandie and Switzerland.

He rode a blistering time-trial on stage 10 of the Vuelta to hold the overall leader’s jersey for a day, before a week of relentless attacks in the high mountains finally paid off in stunning style with a memorable win on Stage 17.  By the time the race reached its finale in Madrid, Froome lay second overall, missing the top step of the podium by a mere 13 seconds.

Latest UCI news

UCI Road World Championships
return to the United States in 2015

The International Cycling Union’s Management Committee met today in Copenhagen, Denmark on the occasion of the 2011 UCI Road World Championships.  During its third annual meeting, the UCI Management Committee awarded the 2015 UCI Road World Championships to Richmond, Virginia (USA).

The UCI President, Mr. Pat McQuaid, welcomed the decision « which is part of the globalisation process in cycling and which will allow the American continent, where our sport is enjoying an impressive development, to once again host the most important event of the UCI calendar, twelve years after the Canadian edition in the town of Hamilton”.
The UCI Road World Championships had been held previously in the United States in 1986 in Colorado Springs.

The UCI Management Committee also awarded the following events:

2012 World Championships “UCI World Cycling Tour Final”:
Pietermaritzburg (RSA)

2014 UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships:
Seoul (KOR)

2014 UCI Road World Championships:
Ponferrada (ESP)

The UCI Management Committee also ratified the 2012 calendars for MTB,  BMX Supercross UCI, Trials, Indoor Cycling, Paracycling and UWCT which will be available on-line tomorrow on

Further the UCI Management Committee acknowledged the 2012 UCI WorldTour calendar, as approved by the Professional Cycling Council the previous day. As 2012 is an Olympic year the following changes have exceptionally been made, further to the requests of the respective organizers:

Tour de Pologne : July 10 – 16
Clasica San Sebastian : August 14

Further the Tour of Beijing will be raced on the October 10 - 14, and the Giro di Lombardia on October 20.

The UCI Management Committee endorsed the composition of the Athletes’ Commission, further to a decision taken in 2010 to create this body. The Members have been either elected by a voting process organized within the ranks of racers from different disciplines or appointed by the UCI, as follows:

Florian Rousseau (FRA/appointed) – President

Dario Cioni (ITA/appointed),
Cadel Evans (AUS/elected),
Philippe Gilbert (BEL/elected) representing Road

Judith Arndt (GER/ elected),
Marianne Vos (NED/ elected) representing Women Road

Anna Meares (AUS/ elected),
Teun Mulder (NED/ elected) representing Track

Georgia Gould (USA/ elected),
Greg Minnaar (RSA/appointed) representing MTB

Vilma Rimsaite (LTU/appointed),
Roger Rinderknecht (SUI/appointed) representing BMX

Sven Nys (BEL/appointed) representing Cyclo-cross

Jiri Jezek (CZE/ elected),
Lukas Weber (SUI/appointed) representing Paracycling.

Finally, the UCI Management Committee has named two new Commission Presidents: Mr  Brian Cookson (GBR), who was until now President of the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission, has been elected to preside the UCI Road Commission. Mr  Marian Stetina (CZE) replaces him as UCI Cyclo-cross Commission President. 

Charity ride in KL this weekend

Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD), in collaboration with the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), are hosting a charity cycling event called the Cycling for A Cure: Tabung Leukemia YSD. We invite YOU to come and cycle with us to raise the much needed fund. The event details are as follows:

Date : Saturday, 24 September 2011
Time : 6.30 am to 1.00 pm
Venue : Dataran Putrajaya, Precint 3, Putrajaya
(In front of the Perbadanan Putrajaya Complex)

This charity ride aims to raise funds for Leukemia patients in Malaysia who cannot afford the high cost of Leukemia treatments. This fund will be made available to Malaysian teenagers and adults, between the ages of 13 to 72 years old, who are in dire need of bone marrow transplant. Selected patients will undergo comprehensive treatment available at the Blood Diseases Centre of Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya (SDMCSJ) Sdn. Bhd. YSD will match ringgit to ringgit for the funds raised during this event.

You will have the opportunity to cycle with Mohd. Azizulhasni Awang, a prominent Malaysian icon and a member of the YSD Track Cycling Team, who is also the ambassador of the Tabung Leukemia YSD. Other YSD Track Cyclists namely Josiah Ng, Mohd Rizal Tisin, Muhammad Edrus Md Yunos, Mohamad Hafiz Mohamed Sufian and Fatehah Mustapa will also join the race.
Since the whole event is aimed to raise money for Leukemia patients in Malaysia, each participant is required to pay a participation fee of RM50, and the amount will be contributed to the Tabung Leukemia YSD. Interested participants need to download and complete the registration form and return or fax it to YSD by 23 September 2011.

Australians report from World TT Champs

Jack Bobridge and Richie Porte have secured a second starting place for Australia in the time trial at next year's Olympic Games after both finished in the top six today at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Denmark.
The first starting position is secured through nation ranking but the additional place was determined by today's race results.
Germany's Tony Martin produced a phenomenal ride at an average speed of 51.8km/h to post a winning time of 53:43.85. He was a minute and 15 seconds faster than Great Britain's Brad Wiggins while four time world champion, Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, was a further five seconds slower in third place.
Bobridge was the 2009 under 23 time trial world champion but today was his debut in the elite team. He covered the course in a time of 55:57.71 to be fifth fastest while team mate Richie Porte, who was fourth last year, stopped the clock at 56:13.39 for sixth place.
Bobridge went out hard and fast early posting the third best times at both the 10.8km and 16.2km splits.
"I always get sucked into that going in a bit hard. I tried to control the first lap but it was my first one and to run fifth I'm over the moon, it's fantastic," said Bobridge. "I left nothing at all in the tank, left it all out on the road. I can't remember a time trial that hasn't hurt but that one definitely hurt a lot."
In February Bobridge set the four kilometre pursuit world record at the Australian championships and a month later won gold in both the individual and team pursuit finals at the track world championships in the Netherlands. But today was his first time trial over this distance.
"To get in there and get my first one done is fantastic.... this is the longest one I've ever done," he said. "I can take a lot out of today and study it. There's a lot of room for improvement. I'm only 22 so I've got a few years to improve on it as well and get stronger.
"It was definitely a real power course into a headwind. I look at those guys (the medallists) and how many seasons they have under them, how old they are and their experience and I'm just really happy to be amongst all those guys," said Bobridge. "(My result) It surprised me and I surprised some others as well."
26-year-old Porte was slower in the early kilometres but finished strongly and agrees the course was tailor made for strong, power riders.
"I would have loved a couple more climbs in there but it is what it is," said Porte. "To be honest I was expecting a little more but I can't really complain. Tony (Martin) was in a world of his own.
"Congrats to Jack, he's had an interrupted season and to come out and pull fifth - I think we're young and a little more inexperienced than those guys.
"Sixth in the world is pretty good. No excuses but I just wasn't quite on my game today," said Porte. "It's been a long season and it's nearly over so I'll come back next year and do a little better."
The 2011 UCI Road World Championships are being staged in Copenhagen, Denmark from 19 to 25 September 2011.
Thursday is a competition rest day before racing resumes on Friday with the junior women's and under 23 men's road races.

Mountain Highs. and Lows

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Aussies take more worlds tin

Queensland university student David Edwards claimed the bronze medal in the junior men's time trial at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Denmark to bring the Australian medal tally to four after four events.
The 18 year old from the small town of Atherton, in tropical north Queensland, clocked a time of 35:28.47 for the 27.8 kilometre course to finish 20 seconds off the pace of Danish winner Mads Wurtz Schmidt.
"I can't really process what's going through my head right now, it's very full on," said Edwards. "I always hoped and dreamed of doing well and now I have a bronze medal it's definitely not hit me and probably won't for a couple of days - third in the world is huge."
New Zealand's James Oram had been the early leader with his time of 35:11.79 and endured a two hour wait in the hot seat before the Dane came home four seconds faster to snatch the win and put him into second place. Edwards was the last of the medalists to ride and was second fastest at the first check point but was unable to match the speed of his rivals.
The teenager, who is a first year psychology student at Griffith University, says the performances by his Australian team mates on day one when Jessica Allen won the junior women's time trial and Luke Durbridge the under 23 men's crown, was certainly a great motivation.
"It was huge," said Edwards. "I was very nervous already and then it was two from two (yesterday) which was fantastic for Australia but a bit of pressure as well.
"I just went out there and did my job and I'm pretty happy with it," he said.
It is Edwards second year with the junior development program and he came to Europe last year to gain experience and this year to prepare for the world championships.
"It's been great," he explained. "Last year I got pretty smashed in the races but I needed that and this year I was able to come back and be competitive. I won a race in Italy a month ago a and that was great preparation, this year's been a good trip."
His team mate Calvin Watson also posted a solid performance to finish twelfth in a time of 36:05.73.
Junior men's road coach Dave Sanders was thrilled with the performances of both riders.
"Honestly a top ten or top five and I would have been really happy so to get a medal is extraordinary and I couldn't ask for any more," said Sanders who agrees the pressure was increased by the medal results of day one. "The standard was set very high and we know our boys are world class but you have to nail it on the day so really pleased with the boys' efforts.
"This was a dead flat course but quite technical so I was a little concerned Dave might not have the power to punch out of the corners but technically he nailed it and it was a really good ride."
Before he moved to Brisbane this year to study Edwards had predominantly trained alone in Atherton.
"When I first met David I asked him 'who do you train with?' and he said 'no-one really'," explained Sanders. "So I asked 'who do you race with?' and he said 'I don't 'and I said 'what do you mean you don't, don't you go to Cairns to race?' and he said 'well I did but after a couple of kilometres I'm on my own anyway (in front) so I might as well stay home and train'.
"He's done a great job on his own and the people who look after him have done a great job to get him to this level," said Sanders. "I'm very proud of him, he's a great kid."
Edwards was kitted out with a radio for his ride so coach Nick Formosa could relay time checks and information to him from the following car but he lost reception midway through the first of two laps.
"It was the first time I used a radio so that was a different experience but (once I lost reception) in my head I was just saying 'keep going'. I was thinking about all the people back home in my little town of Atherton watching me and supporting me that was pretty great motivation."
Unfortunately by the time Australian and Oceania Champion, Shara Gillow, rolled down the start ramp in the women's event three hours later the weather had turned nasty and she rode the 27.8km in wet, cold conditions as did team mate Taryn Heather who started 40 minutes later.
Gillow, 23, started racing three years ago and finished eighth on debut at last year's world titles in Geelong. Today, despite being tentative in the wet conditions, she completed the course in a time of 38:07.93 which was only a minute off the pace of gold medallist and veteran performer Judith Arndt of Germany (37:07.38). New Zealand claimed a second silver medal through Danish born, Linda Villumsen, and the bronze medal went to 2010 world champion, Emma Pooley of Great Britain.
"The girls that went off first had a bit of a drier run and in the wet conditions I just tried to take the corners as fast as I could," said Gillow. "I was hoping to do the best I possibly could today and I did that."
Meantime it was a surprise Heather made it to the start line let alone the finish after struggling with tonsillitis for the past week. But in her first world championships she toughed it out to post a time of 40:16.09 and finish in 31st place.