Saturday, 30 June 2012

Bamboo Bike Maker

A week or so back I posted a couple of pics of Mr Bamboo Bike Builder, who I met quite by chance while out for a ride near to Chiang Rai in Thailand. A couple of days ago I called by to see how these amazing machines were build, here's a few pics of how carbon fibre and bamboo combine to create the frames..

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Chinese race all clear to go, UCI

The Licences Commission today informed the UCI of its decision to award a UCI WorldTour licence for a period of four years to the Tour of Hangzhou (CHN). The first edition of the race will take place from 17th to 21st October 2012. This new event will close this year’s UCI WorldTour calendar.

“The Licences Commission’s decision to award a four-year licence to the Tour of Hangzhou is excellent news for cycling,” commented the UCI President. “One year after the success of the first Tour of Beijing, we are delighted to offer the world of cycling – riders, teams, partners, media, spectators – this new opening in Asia which widens the horizons of our sport and lends it new weight. Thanks to this development throughout the world, but without forgetting its origins, the UCI guarantees cycling’s modern status and reinforces its position among the major Olympic disciplines.”

The Licences Commission also renewed UCI WorldTour licences, for the period 2013-2016 to the following events:
-Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (ESP) ;
-Critérium du Dauphiné (FRA) ;
-Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian (ESP).

Two other events, for which the licence was to expire in 2013, requested and obtained an early renewal of their licence, which will cover the period 2013 – 2016. They are the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (CAN).

Team Sky music for the Tour - really, take a listen

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Malaysian TT Championship results




Mike Hall, riding around the world

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Soft rubber and a bamboo bike

Out for a ride today, just happened on a soft tyre and pulled over at the side of a backroad in northern Thailand. Suddenly I hear a voice asking if I'm ok, I look around and there's a guy on a bamboo bike. It took a while to register, and there really is no punch line.
It turns out these bike are made by him (Phil Webb) in northern Thailand, stated as something of a community project. Needless to say we'll be heading over there for a test ride and to check things out, so watch this space.

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Cav & Bernie prepare for the Tour

From Pinarelo

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Weekend ride, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Just a couple of i phone pics from a great day ride around the Mae Kok river out of Chiang Rai, Thailand, a mixed road and dirt road ride, plenty of hills, hill tribe villages, elephants and pain...

Saturday, 16 June 2012

US Olympic selections

Men's road cycling:
Timmy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda)
Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan)
Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) – road race & time trial
Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing)
Women's road cycling:
Kristin Armstrong (Exergy TWENTY 12) – road race & time trial
Amber Neben (Specialized-lululemon) – road race & time trial
Shelley Olds (AA Drink - Cycling Team)
Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Ladies UK Tour Series, Wyman wins

Annie Simpson crowned Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series 2012 Champion, but Helen Wyman the winner on the day in Stoke-on-Trent

Defending Champion Helen Wyman went out with a bang, taking a dominant victory in the final round of the 2012 Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series in Stoke-on-Trent.  Wyman however couldn’t do enough to unseat Series leader Annie Simpson, whose 12th place on the night was enough to seal the title by five points.

The Matrix Fitness – Prendas rider also took the Sprints competition, by just a solitary point from VC St Raphael’s Jo Tindley who put in a great final round performance to almost take the jersey. Simpson’s fifth place in the evening’s first sprint being just enough though to keep hold of the black and green jersey that she has held since Round One in Oxford.

Wyman attack early on in the 35 minute race, with no other rider able to respond to her acceleration allowing to quickly build an insurmountable lead.  While Wyman’s move didn’t affect the team standings battle between local squads Matrix Fitness – Prendas and Node4 – Giordana Racing, the defending champion still stood an outside chance of keeping her title.

With Simpson unable or unwilling to respond, Wyman’s lead stretched to over a minute and a half around Stoke-on-Trent City Centre, allowing her to take an impressive solo victory.  Behind the main field was steadily whittled down until just over dozen riders remained.

Wyman was home and safe by the time Lauren Massey of Vivelo Bikes / Inverse / Cyclaim jumped off the front of the pack on the drag to the line, sprinting clear for second, with junior rider Jessie Walker showing an impressive turn of speed for third spot.

Hannah Walker and Penny Rowson also took top eight spots for Matrix Fitness – Prendas, sealing the team honours, but there was an agonising wait while Simpson’s 12th spot was confirmed to ensure she kept the white jersey by five points over Wyman, with her only other rival, Node4 – Giordana’s Corrine Hall finishing 15th.
Behind the top three there was a close battle for fourth overall, with Rowson just edging Massey by one point, despite the latter’s impressive sprint to second in Stoke-on-Trent, while Peterborough race winner Harriet Owen took sixth.

VC St Raphael took best of the rest honours in the team competition behind the dominant top two, with their lead rider Jo Tindley taking second in the Sprints plus seventh overall.

The consistent points scoring of Mule Bar Girls’ Louise Mahe helped them to fourth, just ahead of Look Mum No Hands!, with distinctively clad WyndyMilla UK Youth the final team in the standings.

Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series , Round Five, Stoke-on-Trent, Results

Round Five Individual Result
1)         Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing
2)         Laura Massey, Vivelo Bikes / Inverse / Cyclaim
3)         Jessie Walker, Matrix Fitness - Prendas
4)         Harriet Owen, Node4 - Giordana Racing
5)         Hannah Walker, Matrix Fitness - Prendas
6)         Lucy Garner, Node4 - Giordana Racing
7)         Jo Tindley, VC St Raphael
8)         Penny Rowson, Matrix Fitness - Prendas
9)         Ruth Winder, Team VanderKitten
10)        Alice Barnes, - Orbea
11)        Adel Tyson-Bloor, VC St Raphael
12)        Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness - Prendas
13)        Grace Garner, RST Racing Team Trigon
14)        Louise Mahe, Mule Bar Girls
15)        Corrine Hall, Node4 - Giordana Racing
16)        Rebecca Heath, VC St Raphael
17)        Miriam Freemantle, Team Hope Factory Racing
18)        Hayley Edwards, Champion System / Maxgear / Kyklos
19)        Sarah Brook, Mule Bar Girls
20)        Nicole Walters, Team Hope Factory Racing

Round Five Team Winners: Matrix Fitness - Prendas

Final Overall Individual Standings, post Round Five (top ten)
1)         Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness - Prendas, 77pts
2)         Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing, 72pts
3)         Corrine Hall, Node4 - Giordana Racing, 62pts
4)         Penny Rowson, Matrix Fitness - Prendas, 58pts
5)         Laura Massey, Vivelo Bikes / Inverse / Cyclaim, 57pts
6)         Harriet Owen, Node4 - Giordana Racing, 54pts
7)         Jo Tindley, VC St Raphael, 50pts
8)         Hannah Walker, Matrix Fitness - Prendas, 45pts
9)         Louise Mahe, Mule Bar Girls, 45pts
10)        Alice Barnes, - Orbea, 31pts

Final Overall Team Standings, post-Round Five
1)         Matrix Fitness - Prendas, 202pts
2)         Node4 - Giordana Racing, 175pts
3)         VC St Raphael, 105pts
4)         Mule Bar Girls, 82pts
5)         Look Mum No Hands!, 45pts
6)         WyndyMilla UK Youth, 7pts

Sprints winner Stoke-on-Trent: Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing)

Final Sprints standings, post Round Five (top three)
1)         Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness - Prendas, 25pts
2)         Jo Tindley, VC St Raphael, 24pts
3)         Hannah Walker, Matrix Fitness - Prendas, 19pts

UK Tour Series, Burnie burns it up

Bernard Sulzberger sprints to win in Stoke-on-Trent, while Rapha Condor Sharp take Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial

Endura Racing have been crowned The Halfords Tour Series Champions, the fourth different team to take the end-of-Series honours in the unique team based Series that reached the end of its fourth season in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday.

The Potteries played host to a spectacular Grand Final, also incorporating the women’s Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series event, that included the first ever Team Time Trial round of the Series, named in honour of Stoke-on-Trent’s Tommy Godwin.

On the night honours in the two events went to outdoing Champions Rapha Condor Sharp in the Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial, and to local squad Node4 – Giordana Racing in the evening’s circuit race, while Team Raleigh – GAC’s Bernard Sulzberger finished an impressive season by taking the individual win, plus a sweep of the Boardman Bikes Sprint honours on offer.

Endura Racing confirmed the news that had been along time in coming that they were the champions of The Halfords Tour Series thanks to their third spot in the Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial.  The Scottish sponsored squad had to wait until after the evening’s final round though to be coronated, and couldn’t quite manage to go out with a win.

The Julian Winn managed team however do finish with an enviable record of seven wins from twelve, showing just why they ended up champions in the unique, team based Series, 17 points clear of 2011 Champions Rapha Condor Sharp in second.

The ‘Men in Black’ managed to avoid a whitewash in 2012 by taking the honours in the Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial, which got the professional action underway in Stoke-on-Trent following school and business races.

Rapha Condor Sharp ended up top of the timesheets posting a 3.09.28, just half a second quicker than Team UK Youth in second.  Endura’s third gave them the title, while the surprise was Team Raleigh – GAC’s poor performance against the clock down in seventh.

Come the Series closing race, attacks came and went until a six man move containing a distinctly Antipodean flavour went clear, establishing a lead that would never be vanquished.  Joining Stephen Adams (Cycle Premier – Kovert) and Yanto Barker (Team UK Youth) was Kiwi Mike Northey (Node4 – Giordana Racing) and a trio of Australians in Richard Lang (Rapha Condor Sharp), Bernard Sulzberger (Team Raleigh – GAC) and double round winner Zak Dempster (Endura Racing).

The six worked together until the penultimate lap, when short of the line Sulzberger surged clear with Northey the only rider to respond.  The yellow jersey clad rider hit the line first when it counted, with Northey in second and Lang edging the sprint for third some distance behind.

A second group of six riders fought out the next spots, with Ian Wilkinson leading home his group ahead of Matt Cronshaw.  The move that mattered however came behind, with Torquay winner Marcin Bialoblocki jumping away from the peloton on the final lap to take what would be, for Node4 – Giordana Racing, a lucky 13th.

The Pole’s performance put the Stone based team top, ahead of Team Raleigh – GAC and Champions Endura Racing.

“It’s really satisfying to get this win which was important for every UK team so it’s great for us to win the Series and wrap it up in such convincing fashion,” said Zak Dempster, who won the Canary Wharf and Woking events.  “Incredibly satisfying for everyone involved, not just for the five guys here tonight, but the others who helped out, Erick [Rowsell], Dean [Windsor], and Russell [Downing].

“I hope for Jim [McFarlane] at Endura it’s a good repayment for his great investment in cycling. There hasn’t been a British Continental team do so much in a season as we have done so far and it’s been great to be part of that and for me personally, it feels really good.

“I knew I would be watched and went away early and attacked the break to show I wasn’t there to muck around and I spent a few laps on my own. On this course, with the uphill and downhill, you could really smash the hill so I think I should have gone earlier on my own or tried to do what Bernie [Sulzberger]did. Fair play to Bernie though, he’s a quality bike rider and deserved to win a round of the series as he’s been a big part of the series in the sprints.”

Sulzberger added the individual win to the Boardman Bikes Sprints on the night, plus the overall of that contest that he had wrapped up one round earlier, eventually finishing with nearly double the points of second placed man Marcel Six of Metaltek Scott.

The result that matters though in The Halfords Tour Series is the team standings, with Endura Racing having led the way in the five Halfords orange leaders jerseys since Round One in Kirkcaldy in early May.

“It’s fantastic to win. Winning the Halfords Tour Series has been one of the projects for this year, a big target for us and we made no secret of that,” said Sporting Director Julian Winn.  “We did all we could with staff and riders to win so it’s mission accomplished. That means a lot and everyone has done a good job. I’d like to have finished the Series as we started and we went out all guns blazing but it wasn’t to be.

“The plan for the Series was to keep the same five riders right from the word go. A month before the Series, the team was decided on and I got the riders to do some stage races in preparation for the series and have the riders talking to each other; creating a "Halfords Tour Series group”.  Unfortunately, we lost Dean [Windsor] and Zak wouldn’t be here if Dean hadn’t crashed.  But, we had a perfect replacement for Dean with Zak and he knew he was going to be called up as a first reserve. Zak had Halfords Tour Series experience so he made the ideal replacement.”

The Halfords Tour Series, Grand Final, Stoke-on-Trent, Provisional Results

Grand Final Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial Result
1)         Rapha Condor Sharp, 3.09.28
2)         Team UK Youth, 3.09.66
3)         Endura Racing, 3.10.81
4)         Node4 - Giordana Racing, 3.12.49
5)         Team IG - Sigma Sport, 3.14.03            
6)         Metaltek Scott, 3.14.62
7)         Team Raleigh - GAC, 3.15.17
8)         Cycle Premier - Kovert, 3.19.37
9)         Herabalife LeisureLakesBikes, 3.21.78
10)        Team Hope Factory Racing, 3.25.08

Overall Team Standings, post-Grand Final Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial
1)         Endura Racing, 102pts
2)         Rapha Condor Sharp, 87pts
3)         Team UK Youth, 85pts
4)         Team Raleigh - GAC, 80pts
5)         Node4 - Giordana Racing, 78pts
6)         Cycle Premier - Kovert, 48pts
7)         Team IG - Sigma Sport, 42pts
8)         Metaltek Scott, 38pts
9)         Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes, 24pts
10)        Team Hope Factory Racing, 20pts

Grand Final Individual Result
1)         Bernard Sulzberger, Team Raleigh - GAC
2)         Mike Northey, Node4 - Giordana Racing
3)         Zak Dempster, Endura Racing
4)         Rich Lang, Rapha Condor Sharp
5)         Yanto Barker, Team UK Youth
6)         Stephen Adams, Cycle Premier - Kovert
7)         Ian Wilkinson, Endura Racing
8)         Matt Cronshaw, Node4 - Giordana Racing
9)         Tobyn Horton, Team Raleigh - GAC
10)        Kristian House, Rapha Condor Sharp

Grand Final Team Result
1)         Node4 - Giordana Racing
2)         Team Raleigh - GAC
3)         Endura Racing
4)         Team UK Youth
5)         Rapha Condor Sharp
6)         Cycle Premier - Kovert
7)         Metaltek Scott
8)         Team IG - Sigma Sport
9)         Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes
10)        Team Hope Factory Racing

Final Overall Team Standings
1)         Endura Racing, 110pts
2)         Rapha Condor Sharp, 93pts
3)         Team UK Youth, 92pts
4)         Team Raleigh - GAC, 89pts
5)         Node4 - Giordana Racing, 88pts
6)         Cycle Premier - Kovert, 53pts
7)         Team IG - Sigma Sport, 45pts
8)         Metaltek Scott, 42pts
9)         Herbalife LeisureLikesBikes, 26pts
10)        Team Hope Factory, 21pts

Boardman Bikes Sprints winner Stoke-on-Trent: Bernard Sulzberger (Team Raleigh - GAC)

Final Boardman Bikes Sprints standings
1)         Bernard Sulzberger, Team Raleigh - GAC, 108pts
2)         Marcel Six, Metaltek Scott, 56pts
3)         Kristian House, Rapha Condor Sharp, 38pts
4)         Yanto Barker, Team UK Youth, 30pts
5)         Zak Dempster, Endura Racing, 29pts