Monday, 31 October 2011

Malaysian road racers earn Olympic start

Malaysia will be represented in road cycling at the Olympics for the first time since 1992.
This is by virtue of Malaysia finishing as the fourth-ranked country in the Asian men’s rankings behind Hong Kong, Indonesia and Japan.
The four countries get to field two riders each in the individual road race at the London Olympics.
Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said that the national body would have the final say on the two riders.
He added that they would make their decision based on the cyclists’ performances in major competitions, like next month’s SEA Games and next year’s Tour of Langkawi and Tour of Malaysia.
Those in the running for the two slots for road cycling are Anuar Manan, Muhd Rauf Nus Misbah, Akmal Amrun, Adiq Husainie Othman, Amir Rusli Mustafa and Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin.
M. Kumaresan is the only Malaysian to have competed in the Olympic road race discipline.
Kumaresan made his Olympic debut in Seoul in 1988 and before making another appearance in Barcelona in 1992, featuring in the track endurance apart from road disciplines.
Naim said that having two riders in the road race of the Olympics marked a new chapter for Malaysian cycling.
“This will make up for having fewer riders qualifying for the track event at the Olympics due to stricter qualification rules,” he said.
“We had four cyclists in track cycling at the Beijing Olympics but we are looking at no more than three for London next year.”
Azizulhasni Awang, Josiah Ng, Rizal Tisin and Mohd Edrus Yunus competed in the Beijing Olympics three years ago.
However, it looks like Azizul and Fatehah Mustapa are good bets to make the grade for London in the keirin discipline.

Thanks mncf

Are you riding to San Francisco? Singlespeed cyclo cross worldmchamps

Single Speed Cyclo-Cross World Championships, 18-20 November

Single speed cyclo-cross is for those looking for the kind of connection with the terrain that only a solo gear can provide. It's also for seriously fast cyclists who have developed finely honed skills in reading, anticipating, and riding terrain changes without the aid of gear shifts. This year's world championships take place in San Francisco's storied Golden Gate Park, and will no doubt create another memorable episode in cycling's saga at this famous venue, which has hosted bike races since the days of the Ordinary. If you don't have an entry into the sold-out event Men's Championship event, consider entering one of the Open class races, which allow geared bikes as well as single-speed. Or you could just show up to sink a few Pabst Blue Ribbons (event sponsor) and watch some crazy fun bike racing. We hear a lot of belt drive bikes will be raced there. 

Sunday, 30 October 2011

RIP Sir Jimmy Savile

It won't mean much to those non-Brits out there, but this guy was a legend in the UK, much much larger than life - he passed away aged 84 at home in Leeds yesterday.
What few people know is that in his younger years  he was an avid cyclist and racer - and even rode the Tour of Britain, which is quite amazing...
Here's the man in action...

Adults only!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Tour of Hainan last call

Tour of Hainan, all cooked

By Steve Thomas/

Following nine fast and action packed days of racing this year’s Tour of Hainan raced to a close yesterday when it completed its round island journey and came back into the city of Sanya.
The final overall honours went to Valentin Iglinskiy of the Kazakhstan World Tour team Astana, making it his second consecutive overall victory in the race. The defending champion took the race lad from VC La Pomme rider Justin Jules when he took victory on stage 8 of the race, after Jules found himself in the wrong end of the bunch when it split on this rolling stage, which left him some 24 minutes behind the leaders, and well and truly out of contention for the overall title.
For Team Champion System it was a brave and successful race, with the team featuring in most of the major race moves in what is widely considered to be a sprinters race. The highlight of the race for CS was undoubtedly the superb solo victory on stage 4 by Deon Locke, who also put in a strong effort two days later on stage 6 by going on the attack and mopping up a number of KOM points along the way, only to be caught inside the final 7km of the stage.
With most stages ending in massed bunch sprints, and the overall title proving something like a game of roulette, decided on bonus seconds, the team went into the race with hopes of taking a stage, which given the opposition was something of a long shot; but the plan worked out thanks to Locke’s win.
Once again the top sprinter in the race was Dutch rider Kenny Van Hummel of the Skill-Shimano team, who took victory on 3 stages.

Second half stage winners

Stage 5 Anuar Manan –Ternegganu Cycling team
Stage 6 Kenny Van Hummel – Skill Shimano
Stage 7 Kenny Van Hummel – Skill-Shimano
Stage 8 Valentin Iglinskiy – Astana
Stage 9 Kenny van Hummel – Skill-Shimano

Final overall GC

1.  Valentin Iglinskiy – Astana

36 Simon Chau, 43 Deon Locke, 61 Mart Ojavee, 67 Wu Kin San, 90 Holger Burkhardt.

More core training

Belt drive carbon Gates for US hand-built show

NAHBS welcomes Gates Carbon Drive for 2012 and beyond!

Gates Carbon Drive, the leading belt drive transmission system for bicycles, has commenced a three-year sponsorship of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
The Denver, Colorado, company will run a belt drive bike design contest at NAHBS, and in 2012 will award $8,750 in cash and prizes to qualified independent frame builders who create the most innovative bicycles with the Gates Carbon Drive system. These bikes will be on display at the Sacramento show, which is where the judging and awards ceremony will take place.

Friday, 28 October 2011

NAHBS changes location for 2012

NAHBS HQ relocates to Louisville

After four years in Speedway, Indiana, NAHBS HQ is uprooting and moving to the mid-western cycling hub of Louisville, Kentucky, the venue for the 2013 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships, and also home to many enthusiastic handmade bicycle fans.
Don Walker, the founder and president of NAHBS said, "I will sorely miss my friends here in Speedway, but I have to be frank: Louisville has been on my mind since the NAHBS show in Indy, back in 2009. I heard then that entire bike stores were shutting down in Louisville so their staff could travel to attend NAHBS. Who wouldn't want to be part of that culture? So far I have felt an outpouring of generosity and many people there are very receptive to our move. It is truly heart warming."
The NAHBS office will be closed until November 1st, while Lesley and Don are getting set up.
The new mailing address is: PO Box 158, Buckner, Kentucky, 40010.
Of course none of this affects the venue of NAHBS 2012, which is Sacramento, California.

Shuardi makes Malaysian SEA Games cut

Suhardi Hassan (pic) hopes to bring back the glory days for Malaysian road cycling following his surprise inclusion in the squad for next month’s Indonesia SEA Games.

Suhardi was called up to the road cycling team two days ago to replace Kelantan-born cyclist Loh Sea Keong, who has been ruled out for six weeks after being involved in an accident during training.

Suhardi was the last Malaysian cyclist to take gold in the men’s individual road race at the Manila SEA Games in 2005. He came close to repeating the feat before settling for silver in Korat two years ago.

The 29-year-old Suhardi has vowed to use his experience to help the road squad win the team gold medal for the first time.

Suhardi is competing in the national road Grand Prix circuit in Perlis on Saturday and he intends to use the event to familiarise himself with the Jakarta-bound cyclists – like Muhd Rauf Nus Misbah, Akmal Amrun, Adiq Husainie Othman, Amir Rusli Mustafa and Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin.

“Perlis is also my hometown and the SEA Games call-up has motivated me to do well this weekend,” he said.
“This should be my last SEA Games so I hope to come back with sweet memories.

“I’ve got two medals – a gold and a silver from four previous Games. I’m disappointed with the silver from Korat in 2007 because I was in really good form.

“I was beaten to the gold medal by an Indonesian (Ryan Ariehaan) due to a wrong strategy in the last 10km.
“I hope to make up for it this time. If I don’t, I’ll work doubly hard to make sure we get the team gold medal.”

Suhardi is not the only seasoned campaigner in road cycling as Indonesia have also listed former SEA Games gold medallist Tonton Susanto, who is already 39, in their squad.

Malaysia are targeting at least four gold medals in cycling as they contest all the disciplines for the first time. Besides road, the cycling programme also comprises track, mountain bike and BMX.

thanks mncf

Epic ride, fall 2010

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Russian around

Malaysian MTB'er ready for SEA Games

NATIONAL mountain bike champion Masziyaton Mohd Radzi is confident she can transfer her good form at the recent Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) into a gold medal winning performance at next month's Indonesia Sea Games.
The 23-year-old, who despite not being able to defend the overall title she won at the event last year amidst a stronger field at the LIMBC this year, said her performances had started to peak at the event and believes she will be able to win a first gold medal at the Games this year.

"I did not manage to win anything this year but my performances were quite good against some of the best riders in the world and I managed to finish in the top ten consistently," said Masziyaton, who clinched a bronze medal in the cross country mountain bike event at the 2009 Laos Sea Games.

"After a long year of training I feel that I am nicely coming into form and am confident I will be able to put in a very strong performances at the Games next month.
"I also feel that I have matured a lot and am more experienced than I was two years ago, which is also important in racing, and I believe a gold medal is a realistic target.

"It is not often we get to race against world class riders as it costs a lot to compete abroad so it definitely gives me the confidence to do well in Indonesia," added Masziyaton, who achieved a respectable fourth place at the climbing stage of the LIMBC.
Masziyaton, who will also be competing in the road race event at the Sea Games, said riders from Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam would be her strongest opponents at the Games but was confident she would be able to overcome them.

"Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia will be the strongest teams but I am already quite familiar with them as we have often competed together in competitions in the region.

"I still have a lot of respect for them and will not be taking anything for granted," added Masziyaton, who trains daily at the Ipoh National Sports Complex.

thanks mncf

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

More bad buck action

Tour of Hainan part 2, from Team Champion System

By Steve

They say that the best things in life are worth waiting for, and it certainly seems to be the case for Deon Locke, Team Champion System’s Australian flyer, who won the fourth stage of the Tour of Hainan on Sunday.
Throughout the season Deon has been running dangerously close to claiming a victory, with a string of animated breakaway attempts and a long run of fourth place finishes to his credit. But this time around it all came together and his ever-aggressive riding mixed with some sound “on the run” tactical advice from the team manager earned him his greatest ever victory, and his first of the 2011 season.
Having opened his season way back in January with some memorable and brave breakaway attempts in the Tour de Langkawi Deon then struck out with a crash while warming up for the Tour of Taiwan in March and suffered a complicated fracture to his arm, which left him out of action for some months. Eventually he returned to racing, just as strongly as he went out, and had a consistent run of aggressively earned placings in Europe through the main summer season.
Just a week before Hainan he hinted at good form with a 4th placed ride in the Tour of Genghis Kahn in Mongolia, although few would have marked him down for victory in Hainan, one of Asia’s most prestigious races, and a race with a top shelf field too.
Early in the 163 km stage between Wenchang and Haikou Deon went clear with 2 other riders, and they gained six minutes advantage over the field at one point. Both of these riders were potential overall GC contenders in the race, and were primarily in the hunt for intermediate bonus seconds dotted at sprint points along the route. Playing things wisely Deon allowed them to fight it out between themselves and took a back seat ride until the main bunch came within reach of the escapees, and then duly attacked and left them behind.
Chase as they might nobody could reel back the determined CS rider, and he came home alone to take the stage victory by a handful of seconds advantage in hand over Chinese national team rider Ma Hainjun and Hong Kong’s Wong Kam Po, thus scoring one of the best victories of the year for the team.
Stage five of the race saw the team on the attack once more, with Mart Ojavee following a similar tactical script as Deon had on stage 4, going away from a small breakaway group with 19 km to go. Unfortunately he was reeled in inside the final 7km of the stage.
As anticipated stage 6 of the race ended in a mass bunch sprint, which was taken by Skill-Shimano rider Kenny Van Hummel, with CS rider Holger Burkhardt the best team finisher in 15th place.

Results stage 4

1.  Deon Locke – Team Champion System
2.  Ma Hainjun – China
3.  Wong Kap Po – Hong Hong

Stage 5 winner Anuar Manan - TPA

Stage 6 winner Kenny Van Hummel – Skill Shimano

Overall standings after stage 6

1.  Justin Jules – VC La Pomme
2.  Valentin Iglinskiy – Astana @ 6 seconds
3.   Alexander Schmitt – Eddy Merckx @ 7 seconds

46 Simon Chau, 54 Mart Ojavee, 76 Deon Locke, 88 Wu Kin San, 91 Holger Burkhardt.

More base training

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Alex Stieda, part 2

The Alex Stieda story, part 2

Pro bike racing was a European sport, not only European – central European, and it’s heart still is. But, until that day no outsider had ever taken the reins of the sport, but that was all about to change. Stieda was one of only 2 none US riders on the fledgling 7-11 Tour team (Raul Alcala of Mexico being the other). It was the first time that a US based team had ever been invited to take part in the great race, and many saw it as something of a novelty, maybe even a joke; “We were green, for sure. But I got the jersey, and the very next day Davis Phinney won the stage, it was amazing.” Although things went downhill somewhat from there for the 7-11 team, the race was also won for the first time ever by a none European rider – Greg Lemond of the USA. The sport and the Tour had been flipped sideways, and things would never be the same again.
As the race wore on the Tour contenders gradually snatched back the jerseys from the Canadian, but he’d had his day, defying the odds in with he deal; “I clung on to the polka-dot jersey for the longest. We weren’t in the mountains, and I was scrapping it out for every last cat 5 climb point available. There was this guy up against me all of the time. I didn’t know who he was at the time – he had GDL on his sun glasses, so I checked his number after.” That rider was none other than the legend of Paris Roubaix, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle.
The American team was slowly draining as the race went on, and it became something of a battle for survival; “We’d never really seen or ridden anything like it before. A few days before the start we got the “race bible” and checked out things. But, when we saw mountains like the Tourmalet it was hard to comprehend. There were no pre rides or training camps. Luckily we didn’t have a GC rider to work for, and so it became an individual battle to get through.”
Back then the stages were longer, and there was no race radio and no internet, so to an extent the whole show was a little blind, as was his time in yellow; “It made the headlines in the Canadian sports pages the following day, but it didn’t get the exposure it would today. All of the Euro guys were telling me that it would be one of the greatest day’s of my life, and that I would live with it forever. I didn’t really believe it quite so much, but it was true – I’ve had plenty of other good wins, but the yellow jersey is always the one people will remember me by.”
The team struggled through the race, finishing 5 out of its 9 riders, including Stieda, who was fighting for the stage finish podium right until the end; “I was completely shattered, and really struggling. I did think of quitting, but for some reason Gerrie Knetemann (a classics legend and former World Champ) took me under his wing. He came up to me and told me that I had to finish the race to honour having worn the yellow jersey, or I’d always regret it. “
The bespectacled Dutchman knew something about that honour, having taken several Tour stages and the yellow jersey himself, and he helped nurse the ailing Stieda through the race; “He’d tell me where to ride and how to ride. I was sat in a café in Pau, before the start of a mountain stage, he came and told me to stay with him, and gave me all of the time calculations we needed to make to make the time cut – and he was spot on, he had an amazing amount of experience.”
As the race hit the Champs Elysees Greg Lemond pulled on the final yellow jersey, after an heroic and historic duel with his team-mate, and patron of the Tour, Bernard Hinault; “It was a different race, that was happening at the front, while I was in a whole world of my own at the back, just trying to survive. I was amazed when I saw them on TV, crossing the line hand in hand on Alpe d’Huez. Hinault was definitely the patron, or boss, of the race. He controlled everything. But Lemond; his performance was amazing. Early in the race he had really bad diarrhea, he even had it all down his legs, and was struggling to even stay with the peleton. It took real guts and determination to win that race. Along with Stephen Roche I rank him as the most impressive Tour rider of my era.”
The rest, as they say, is history; the 7-11 team matured into one of the greatest teams of all time, manifesting into Motorola and Discovery along its evolutional trek, and went on to win 7 Tour titles with Lance Armstrong. But for Stieda the Tour was a one shot race; “Back then things were different. We didn’t have a set up like Girona (with full service de course); we had to fly back and forth to the US to race, to fulfil commitments to 7-11. So, they needed riders to race more in the US, and to me it made more sense than struggling through the mountains.”
It was back in 1981 that the 7-11 team came around, and it was all based around multi Olympic speed skating champion Eric Heiden, who was a national hero. The team was targeting the 1984 LA Olympics. The LA men’s road race was won by 7-11 team rider Alexi Grewel, who narrowly finished ahead of Canada’s Steve Bauer, who would also eventually find his own way to the team too.
For Stieda the 7-11 adventure started in early 1982, when he joined the team on the recommendation of his mentor and new 7-11 teammate Ron Hayman, who had been racing pro in Belgium for some time; “Ron introduced me to the team. It was February 82, and I’d been riding the Montreal Six Day. It was freezing back home, and I flew straight to Las Vegas for my first race with the team. It was a crit on the parking lot of Caesar’s Palace, complete with plywood ramps over the speed bumps. I was away with Ron, and he let me win. The team’s boss gave Jim Ochowicz (team manager) a bit of a hard time about it, because he thought all of the riders should be form the US.”
By that time Stieda had already cut his racing teeth in Europe; “I was a track endurance rider, and we spent time racing in France and Belgium on the road with the national team, and I did some time in the Belgian kermesses too.” But with turning pro things changed some; “We were used to riding crits, and really hadn’t expected the difference that came with 250km stages, and the mountains, it took time to adapt.”
After returning to focus on the US scene he took many quality victories, but seemingly Europe was a past chapter; “I made a decision, which I think was right for me at the time. I was basically a pursuiter, and not suited to struggling through grand tours. If I could change things (with the benefit of hindsight), I think I should have based myself in Belgium and focussed on the cobbled classics and kermesses – that’s what I was best at and enjoyed the most, and was best suited too. But, that said; Gent was full of Kiwis. Aussies, and other foreigners living in grotty rooms eating rice and scrimping – and I really don’t know if I wanted to go through all of that.”
A few years later he retired from racing; “I got the chance of a good job with Softride, and made a sensible and economic decision for the future.” Had he taken that yellow jersey ten years later maybe things would have been different, as along with the cultural cycling revolution came a financial one too; “I had a good time, it was what it was, no regrets.”
Now working for a an IT company in Calgary he still has his wheels dipped in the puddles of cycling; “During the winter here it’s almost impossible to ride outside, so I also run indoor cycling classes each week. I just produced a video too, which is to help people pick up the essential skills of cycling, and I am involved with Gran Fondo Canada, and also run some tours and training weekends. I’ve devised a method to teach people what it’s taken me a lifetime to learn in just a few days.”
With his former teammates Raul Alcala and Alexi Grewel both on the comeback trail could he be tempted? “No, not racing. Overall I think for me that it’s always been about enjoying cycling, and mainly the camaraderie – that was the best thing about the whole 7-11 team. For me the perfect ride is hurtling down a huge Alpine pass at full speed. I think the racing was a means to and end.”
Although he effectively started the wheel spinning, Canadian riders have not followed his trail in the same way that US riders have done; “There are a number of factors that restrict things; the weather is a huge thing. There are not many places that you can train through the winter here – and it’s a long haul to drive to Arizona. But the ice hockey system draws all of the young athletes away, even I wanted to play hockey. I think Steve Bauer’s plans (with Spidertech) and approach are great, and it could help bring a lot more talented athletes into cycling, which is what we need.”

Friday, 21 October 2011

Alex Stieda - the first Canadian leader of the Tour de France - part 1

Some 25 years ago Canadian rider Alex Stieda took the cycling world by story when he became the first ever North American to teak the lead in the Tour de France, we catch up with him on home turf....

“It’s hard to believe that half of my life has passed since that day, it really doesn’t seem that long ago…” Reflected Alex Stieda on his groundbreaking capture of cycling’s most prized garment, the yellow leaders jersey of the Tour de France, the greatest bike race on earth.
It’s the stuff of dreams, something that just about every boy cyclist dreams of when he climbs on a bike – to one day take part in the Tour de France, and to hold that holy grail of bike racing. But, its something so prized and fiercely fought over that the privilege of wearing it is reserved for a very special few, and even many of cycling’s greatest racers slip into retirement without ever having taken home a yellow jersey. But, not Alex Stieda; for one day in July of 1986 the young Canadian defied tradition and protocol and became the first ever rider from the Americas to take the lead in the race.
It was a chilly winters eve in Calgary, a long way from the scorching French summer of 86, but framed on the wall behind was that very same yellow jersey he earned 25 years before; “I framed it way back, but did a real bad job, so my wife re-did things.” The thing to note is that on that day the young 7-11 team rider’s brave ride not only earned him the yellow jersey, he amassed enough point in the other competitions to take almost all of the other Tour competitions leaders jerseys too; “I took all of the jerseys except the points jersey, which Eric Vanderaerden had, but they’re all badly framed and stashed away somewhere.”
It was the second day of the Tour, and the first road stage, which was an 80km morning blast that was sandwiched between the previous day’s prologue TT and an afternoon team time trial. These early stages of the race are always a tense time, usually controlled by the sprinters teams and often marred by crashes, yet Stieda had quietly come up with his own audacious plan to do all he could to take the race lead, and famously turned out that morning in a skin suit, much to the amusement of the other riders; “Nobody knew why, and I couldn’t even tell my team mates, just in-case it didn’t come together; but, I’d calculated that it was only 80km, just like a crit, and I was a good crit rider – and so didn’t need food and drink. I’d checked the time bonus points along the route, and knew that if I went for it then there was a chance that I could get enough time to take the yellow jersey.”
As he raced away from the peleton many thought it was nothing more than a suicide mission, yet his cunning calculations slowly begun to add up; “I knew that with the TTT in the afternoon that many teams would want an easy ride, and I’d planned on having a small group with me, but ended up on my own.” As the time ticked by so the skin-suited rookie was drawing ever closer to taking the race lead, which caused a stir behind. His closest rival to take the lead was Belgian super sprinter Eric Vanderaerden, who set off in pursuit, along with a small group of other hopefuls; “I knew they were coming, and rode flat out for every time bonus just as if it was the finish of the race, burying myself. Every second was crucial, and I knew that Eric could take the jersey if he won the stage.”
The breakaway group caught Stieda in the closing stages of the race; “I had to keep on pulling to try and keep the group away and get the jersey, which ruled me out for the finishing sprint, and it worked, I got the jersey.” The significance of that day may have been a little lost in the champagne bubbles, but it was the start of something; something that would well and truly change the face flavour of pro bike racing forever, and of course Alex’s life.

Part 2 coming next

You can check out Alex Stieda’s tours and video at

Thursday, 20 October 2011

High Noon in Hainan

By Steve Thomas/

As the main European road race season draws to a close things are still in full flight in Asia, and only just getting started in the southern hemisphere. For the past few week’s things have been sizzling in China, in bike racing terms that is. The race making all of the headlines was, of course, the Tour of Beijing, the first ever World Tour race ever to be staged in Asia. But, despite the myths outside of Asia, most of us know there has been a thriving race scene in the region for many years (and the Tour of Beijing actually first took place several years ago), and it’s a scene which so much stronger than most anticipate, which is why Team Champion System and several other teams choose to focus their efforts on the east.
During September and through October China takes centre stage when it comes to racing in Asia. The Tour of Beijing, Tour of China, and the Tour of Genghis Kahn have all taken place on recent weeks, and Team Champion System have been in action in most of these races; but today things get sweaty and sticky as the heat is turned up a notch or two with the Tour of Hainan.
Sitting off the coast of south eastern China, and to the northeast of Vietnam, Hainan is the stunning island of Hainan, the only tropical island in China, which has made it something of a luxury holiday destination, and also a popular sports training and event location.
The annual Tour of Hainan has been a prominent fixture on the UCI Asia Tour for some time, and attracts some of the strongest teams in the worlds to its shores, and this year includes the Astana World Tour team and the Geox-TCM and Skill-Shimano Pro Continental teams amongst others.  This year the race follows a familiar route around the island, which takes in all of the most popular regions and cities of Hainan, a virtual “mini grand tour”.
Although the island has rolling terrain, this is known as a race for sprinters, and occasionally opportunists. With nine back-to-back road stages to go at this is always a fast and tough race, with the sprinters teams trying to contain the opportunists. In past years there has been an opening time trial, which has pretty well set the stage and moulded the shape of the race, but this year everything is to be battled for on the open road. Team Champion System will be pitched directly against some of the fastest sprinters in the world, but will be hoping to snare some good with their now familiar aggressive racing style.
Stay tuned for regular race updates.


Drapac (Australia)
Tabriz Petrochemical Team (Iran)
Team Champion System (Hong Kong)
Geox-TCM (Spain)
Skill-Shimano (Netherlands)
Hong Kong National Team
Pro Team Astana (Kazakhstan)
VC La Pomme (France)
China National Team
Team Type 1 (USA)
Team Differdange (Germany)
Terengganu Pro Asia (Malaysia)
MTN Qhubeka (South Africa)
Asian Racing Team (Japan)
Giant Asia (Taiwan)
Team Eddy Merckx (Germany)
Atlas (Switzerland)
361 Racing Team (China)
CCC Polstat (Poland)

Race stages

20th October – stage 1 Sanya-Wuzhishan 163 km
21st October – stage 2 Wusichan-Xinglong 88 km
22nd October – stage 3 Xinglong-Wenchang 161 km
23rd October – stage 4 Wenchang-Haikou 163 km
24th October – stage 5 Haikou-Chengmai 151 km
25th October – stage 6 Chengmai-Danzhou 201 km
26th October – stage 7 Danzhou-Dongfang 196 km
27th October – stage 8 Dongfang-Sanya 184 km
28th October – stage 9 Sanya 88 km

Etape du Tour routes 2012, dates TBC (but should be rest days)

Recycling man

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

Ordos Tour of Genghis Kahn, second half

By Steve Thomas/

The action continued in Inner Mongolia on Sunday as the 1st Odros Tour of Genghis Kahn entered its second and final day of racing, a 140-km road circuit race based on a 7-km rolling loop around Kang Bashe.
With David McCann in the race leaders yellow jersey the onus was on his Giant Asia Racing Team to defend and retain the race lead in this pioneering race. But, having won the opening stage from a group of 7 fellow escapees he was by no means secure in pole position, and Deon Locke of Team Champion System was just behind him in 4th place, so it was all to play for.
A tough and aggressive race saw CS’s Mart Ojavee very much on the offensive, showing his clear liking for harsh conditions. But, it was not to be, his national champions jersey clearly marking him as a danger man. On the line he claimed 6th spot, which earned him 9th overall in the race, and bagged the most aggressive rider award for the stage.
Not far behind Locke came in strong, and held his 4th place overall – with McCann taking the final honours.
Champion System also finished 3rd overall in the team classification.

The Peopleographer

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The (confirmed) 2012 Giro route

2012 Giro d'Italia, May 5-May 27

May 5, stage 1: Herning - Herning ITT, 8.7 km
May 6, stage 2: Herning - Herning, 206 km
May 7, stage 3: Horsens - Horsens, 190 km
May 8: Rest day
May 9, stage 4: Verona - Verona TTT, 32.2 km
May 10, stage 5: Modena - Fano, 199 km
May 11, stage 6: Urbino - Porto Sant'Elpidio, 207 km
May 12, stage 7: Recanati - Rocca di Cambio, 202 km
May 13, stage 8: Sulmona - Lago Laceno, 229 km
May 14, stage 9: San Giorgio nel Sannio - Frosinone, 171 km
May 15, stage 10: Civitavecchia - Assisi, 187 km
May 16, stage 11: Assisi - Montecatini Terme, 243 km
May 17, stage 12: Seravezza - Sestri Levante, 157 km
May 18, stage 13: Savona - Cervere, 121 km
May 19, stage 14: Cherasco - Cervinia, 205 km
May 20, stage 15: Busto Arsizio - Lecco/Pian dei Resinelli, 172 km
May 21: rest day
May 22, stage 16: Limone sul Garda - Falzes/Pfalzen, 174 km
May 23, stage 17: Falzes/Pfalzen - Cortina d'Ampezzo, 187 km
May 24, stage 18: San Vito di Cadore - Vedelago, 139 km
May 25, stage 19: Treviso - Alpe di Pampeago, 197km
May 26, stage 20: Caldes/Val di Sole - Passo dello Stelvio, 218 km
May 27, stage 21: Milan - Milan ITT, 31.5 km

OCBC Malaysia in a jam

In consultation with the police, due to heavy traffic congestion, the event organisers made the decision to end the The Challenge at 8.25am for the safety of the cyclists. We apologize for the inconvenience caused and will take this into consideration for next year's event. All cyclists will still their official timings for The Challenge. 

Final 2011 World Tour ranking

55SCARPONI MicheleITA19790925LAMPRE - ISD (LAM)357
1514FROOME ChristopherGBR19850520SKY PROCYCLING (SKY)230
1917GOSS Matthew HarleyAUS19861105HTC-HIGHROAD (THR)217