Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Vuelta a Espana start list

AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA)
1 - ROCHE Nicolas (IRL)
2 - BELLETTI Manuel (ITA)
3 - BOUET Maxime (FRA)
4 - GADRET John (FRA)
5 - GEORGES Sylvain (FRA)
6 - KADRI Blel (FRA)
7 - MONDORY Lloyd (FRA)
8 - NOCENTINI Rinaldo (ITA)
9 - RIBLON Christophe (FRA)
R1 - GASTAUER Ben (LUX)
R2 - CHEREL Mikael (FRA)
R3 - LEMARCHAND Romain (FRA)
R4 - PERGET Mathieu (FRA)

ANDALUCIA (ESP)
1 - PALOMARES VILLAPLANA Adrian (ESP)
2 - RAMIREZ ABEJA Javier (ESP)
3 - ROSENDO PRADO Jesus (ESP)
4 - CESAR VELOSO Gustavo (ESP)
5 - TORIBIO ALCOLEA Jose Vicente (ESP)
6 - LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose (ESP)
7 - CABELLO BAENA Antonio (ESP)
8 - CHACON Javier (ESP)
9 - RUIZ PINTO Eloy (ESP)
R1 - LECHUGA RODRIGUEZ Pablo (ESP)
R2 - SIMON CASULLERAS Jordi (ESP)
R3 - CANO Jose Luis (ESP)
R4 - CARRASCO GARCIA Sergio (ESP)

ASTANA PRO TEAM (KAZ)
1 - KREUZIGER Roman (CZE)
2 - KESSIAKOFF Fredrik Carl Wilhelm (SWE)
3 - DYACHENKO Alexsandr (KAZ)
4 - BAZAYEV Assan (KAZ)
5 - GASPAROTTO Enrico (ITA)
6 - SEELDRAEYERS Kevin (BEL)
7 - SILIN Egor (RUS)
8 - TIRALONGO Paolo (ITA)
9 - ZEITS Andrey (KAZ)
R1 - RENEV Sergey (KAZ)
R2 - PETROV Evgeny (RUS)
R3 - IGLINSKIY Maxim (KAZ)
R4 - KASHECHKIN Andrey (KAZ)

BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
1 - BALLAN Alessandro (ITA)
2 - BOOKWALTER Brent (USA)
3 - CUMMINGS Stephen (GBR)
4 - EIJSSEN Yannick (BEL)
5 - GILBERT Philippe (BEL)
6 - LODEWYCK Klaas (BEL)
7 - MOINARD Amaël (FRA)
8 - MORABITO Steve (SUI)
9 - SANTAMBROGIO Mauro (ITA)
R1 - PINOTTI Marco (ITA)
R2 - HUSHOVD Thor (NOR)
R3 - WYSS Danilo (SUI)
R4 - BLYTHE Adam (GBR)

CAJA RURAL (ESP)
1 - CARDOSO Manuel Antonio Leal (POR)
2 - GALDOS ALONSO Aitor (ESP)
3 - ARAMENDIA LORENTE Javier Francisco (ESP)
4 - BROCO Hernani (POR)
5 - PIEDRA PEREZ Antonio (ESP)
6 - GARCIA Marcos (ESP)
7 - DE LA FUENTE RASILLA David (ESP)
8 - CARDOSO Andre Fernando S. Martins (POR)
9 - ANDONOV PETROV Danail (BUL)
R1 - FERRARI Fabricio (URU)
R2 - DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David (ESP)
R3 - MOYANO Enzo (ARG)
R4 - BRAVO OIARBIDE Garikoitz (ESP)

COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE (FRA)
1 - BAGOT Yohan (FRA)
2 - BARLE Florent (FRA)
3 - BUFFAZ Mickaël (FRA)
4 - DUQUE Leonardo Fabio (COL)
5 - GARCIA ECHEGUIBEL Egoitz (ESP)
6 - MATE MARDONES Luis Angel (ESP)
7 - MOLARD Rudy (FRA)
8 - MONCOUTIE David (FRA)
9 - SIJMENS Nico (BEL)
R1 - VALENTIN Tristan (FRA)
R2 - VOGONDY Nicolas (FRA)
R3 - LABBE Arnaud (FRA)
R4 - MONIER Damien (FRA)

EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI (ESP)
1 - ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor (ESP)
2 - CAZAUX Pierre (FRA)
3 - SICARD Romain (FRA)
4 - MINGUEZ AYALA Miguel (ESP)
5 - VELASCO MURILLO Ivan (ESP)
6 - TXURRUKA Amets (ESP)
7 - VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI Gorka (ESP)
8 - LANDA MEANA Mikel (ESP)
9 - OROZ UGALDE Juan Jose (ESP)
R1 - GARCIA AMBROA Ricardo (ESP)
R2 - ASTARLOZA CHAURREAU Mikel (ESP)
R3 - PEREZ LEZAUN Alan (ESP)
R4 - PEREZ MORENO Ruben (ESP)

FDJ-BIG MAT (FRA)
1 - JEANNESSON Arnold (FRA)
2 - BONNET William (FRA)
3 - BOUCHER David (FRA)
4 - BOUHANNI Nacer (FRA)
5 - COURTEILLE Arnaud (FRA)
6 - SOUPE Geoffrey (FRA)
7 - PAURIOL Rémi (FRA)
8 - ROLLIN Dominique (CAN)
9 - VAUGRENARD Benoît (FRA)
R1 - RASCH Gabriel (NOR)
R2 - FEDRIGO Pierrick (FRA)
R3 - GERARD Arnaud (FRA)
R4 - GESLIN Anthony (FRA)

GARMIN-SHARP (USA)
1 - DEKKER Thomas (NED)
2 - FERNANDEZ Koldo (ESP)
3 - FISCHER Murilo Antonio (BRA)
4 - LE MEVEL Christophe (FRA)
5 - PETERSON Thomas (USA)
6 - ROSSELER Sébastien (BEL)
7 - TALANSKY Andrew (USA)
8 - VANMARCKE Sep (BEL)
9 - VAN SUMMEREN Johan (BEL)
R1 - KREDER Raymond (NED)
R2 - KREDER Michel (NED)
R3 - WEGMANN Fabian (GER)
R4 - MAASKANT Martijn (NED)

KATUSHA TEAM (RUS)
1 - RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin (ESP)
2 - BRUTT Pavel (RUS)
3 - FLORENCIO CABRE Xavier (ESP)
4 - IGNATENKO Petr (RUS)
5 - LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto (ESP)
6 - MENCHOV Denis (RUS)
7 - MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel (ESP)
8 - SMUKULIS Gatis (LAT)
9 - VICIOSO ARCOS Angel (ESP)
R1 - CARUSO Giampaolo (ITA)
R2 - ISAICHEV Vladimir (RUS)
R3 - IGNATYEV Mikhail (RUS)
R4 - PAOLINI Luca (ITA)

LAMPRE - ISD (ITA)
1 - ANACONA GOMEZ Winner (COL)
2 - CUNEGO Damiano (ITA)
3 - CIMOLAI Davide (ITA)
4 - KOSTYUK Denys (UKR)
5 - KVACHUK Oleksandr (UKR)
6 - NIEMIEC Przemyslaw (POL)
7 - MARZANO Marco (ITA)
8 - POSSONI Morris (ITA)
9 - VIGANO Davide (ITA)
R1 - LLOYD Matthew (AUS)
R2 - BUTS Vitaliy (UKR)
R3 - KRIVTSOV Dmytro (UKR)
R4 - GRAZIATO Massimo (ITA)

LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE (ITA)
1 - CAPECCHI Eros (ITA)
2 - DA DALTO Mauro (ITA)
3 - DALL'ANTONIA Tiziano (ITA)
4 - MARANGONI Alan (ITA)
5 - PATERSKI Maciej (POL)
6 - RATTO Daniele (ITA)
7 - SALERNO Cristiano (ITA)
8 - SARMIENTO TUNARROSA Cayetano José (COL)
9 - VIVIANI Elia (ITA)
R1 - AGNOLI Valerio (ITA)
R2 - BODNAR Maciej (POL)
R3 - OSS Daniel (ITA)
R4 - SABATINI Fabio (ITA)

LOTTO BELISOL TEAM (BEL)
1 - DE CLERCQ Bart (BEL)
2 - DEBUSSCHERE Jens (BEL)
3 - HANSEN Adam (AUS)
4 - MEERSMAN Gianni (BEL)
5 - REYNES MIMO Vicente (ESP)
6 - VAN DE WALLE Jurgen (BEL)
7 - VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen (BEL)
8 - VAN LEIJEN Joost (NED)
9 - WILLEMS Frederik (BEL)
R1 - DE HAES Kenny (BEL)
R2 - DOCKX Gert (BEL)
R3 - KAISEN Olivier (BEL)
R4 - NEYENS Maarten (BEL)

MOVISTAR TEAM (ESP)
1 - COBO ACEBO Juan Jose (ESP)
2 - CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS JONATHAN (ESP)
3 - INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Benat (ESP)
4 - KIRYIENKA Vasili (BLR)
5 - LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo (ESP)
6 - MORENO BAZAN Javier (ESP)
7 - QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander (COL)
8 - ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin (ESP)
9 - VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco José (ESP)
R1 - VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro (ESP)
R2 - ARROYO DURAN David (ESP)
R3 - BRUSEGHIN Marzio (ITA)
R4 - LOPEZ GARCIA David (ESP)

OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP (BEL)
1 - CATALDO Dario (ITA)
2 - DEVENYNS Dries (BEL)
3 - DE WEERT Kevin (BEL)
4 - PAUWELS Serge (BEL)
5 - PINEAU Jérôme (FRA)
6 - RABON Frantisek (CZE)
7 - STEEGMANS Gert (BEL)
8 - STYBAR Zdenek (CZE)
9 - VANDEWALLE Kristof (BEL)
R1 - MARTIN Tony (GER)
R2 - BOONEN Tom (BEL)
R3 - KEISSE Iljo (BEL)
R4 - VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume (BEL)

ORICA GREENEDGE (AUS)
1 - CLARKE Simon (AUS)
2 - DAVIS Allan (AUS)
3 - DEAN Julian (NZL)
4 - DOCKER Mitchell (AUS)
5 - MEYER Cameron (AUS)
6 - MEYER Travis (AUS)
7 - SULZBERGER Wesley (AUS)
8 - TEKLEHAYMANOT Daniel (ERI)
9 - WEENING Pieter (NED)
R1 - HOWARD Leigh (AUS)
R2 - MEIER Christian (CAN)
R3 - O'GRADY Stuart (AUS)
R4 - VAITKUS Tomas (LTU)

RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM (NED)
1 - BOOM Lars (NED)
2 - BRESCHEL Matti (DEN)
3 - CLEMENT Stef (NED)
4 - TEN DAM Laurens (NED)
5 - GARATE Juan Manuel (ESP)
6 - GESINK Robert (NED)
7 - MOLLEMA Bauke (NED)
8 - NIERMANN Grischa (GER)
9 - VAN WINDEN Dennis (NED)
R1 - BARREDO LLAMAZALES Carlos (ESP)
R2 - MARTENS Paul (GER)
R3 - SLAGTER Tom Jelte (NED)
R4 - KRUIJSWIJK Steven (NED)

RADIOSHACK-NISSAN (LUX)
1 - BAKELANTS Jan (BEL)
2 - BENNATI Daniele (ITA)
3 - BUSCHE Matthew (USA)
4 - DIDIER Laurent (LUX)
5 - GERDEMANN Linus (GER)
6 - HERMANS Ben (BEL)
7 - IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel (ESP)
8 - MACHADO Tiago (POR)
9 - MONFORT Maxime (BEL)
R1 - NIZZOLO Giacomo (ITA)
R2 - RAST Grégory (SUI)
R3 - ROULSTON Hayden (NZL)
R4 - WAGNER Robert (GER)

SKY PROCYCLING (GBR)
1 - FROOME Christopher (GBR)
2 - FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio (ESP)
3 - HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis (COL)
4 - NORDHAUG Lars Petter (NOR)
5 - PATE Danny (USA)
6 - STANNARD Ian (GBR)
7 - SWIFT Ben (GBR)
8 - URAN URAN Rigoberto (COL)
9 - ZANDIO ECHAIDE Xabier (ESP)
R1 - HUNT Jeremy (GBR)
R2 - LÖVKVIST Thomas (SWE)
R3 - PORTE Richie (AUS)
R4 - PUCCIO Salvatore (ITA)

TEAM ARGOS - SHIMANO (NED)
1 - DEGENKOLB John (GER)
2 - GESCHKE Simon (GER)
3 - FRÖHLINGER Johannes (GER)
4 - GENIEZ Alexandre (FRA)
5 - JI Cheng (CHN)
6 - DAMUSEAU Thomas (FRA)
7 - HUPOND Thierry (FRA)
8 - DUMOULIN Tom (NED)
9 - DE KORT Koen (NED)
R1 - DOI Yukihiro (JPN)
R2 - KLUGE Roger (GER)
R3 - DE BACKER Bert (BEL)
R4 - LUDVIGSSON Tobias (SWE)

TEAM SAXO BANK (DEN)
1 - CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto (ESP)
2 - NOVAL GONZALEZ Benjamin (ESP)
3 - NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel (ESP)
4 - HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jesus (ESP)
5 - SÖRENSEN Nicki (DEN)
6 - MAJKA Rafal (POL)
7 - PAULINHO Sergio Miguel Moreira (POR)
8 - PIRES Bruno (POR)
9 - TOSATTO Matteo (ITA)
R1 - SÖRENSEN Chris Anker (DEN)
R2 - MORKOV Michael (DEN)
R3 - GUSTOV Volodymir (UKR)
R4 - CHRISTENSEN Mads (DEN)

VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM (NED)
1 - DE GENDT Thomas (BEL)
2 - HOOGERLAND Johnny (NED)
3 - LAGUTIN Sergey (UZB)
4 - LIGTHART Pim (NED)
5 - LINDEMAN Bertjan (NED)
6 - MOL Wouter (NED)
7 - RUIJGH Rob (NED)
8 - VALLS Rafael (ESP)
9 - VEUCHELEN Frederik (BEL)
r1 - KEIZER Martijn (NED)
R2 - LAMMERTINK Maurits (NED)
R3 - MARCZYNSKI Tomasz (POL)
R4 - NOVIKOV Nikita (RUS)

Monday, 30 July 2012

Three Peaks Cyclo Cross ride

Here's a few pics of a ride and shoot from a few days back with Rob Jebb in the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. Rob is a multiple winner of the cycle cross race, which is renown as the toughest cross in the world - he alas happens to be a multiple winner of the running Three Peaks race...





Here's a link to a story we ran on Rob a while back
http://bikenewsasia.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/rob-jebb-his-three-peaks.html

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Carrying the flag


Rwanda has chosen a cyclist as its flag-bearer for the opening ceremony: Adrien Niyonshuti, a survivor of the 1994 genocide, and a Mountain Biker with a bright future.
When Chris Hoy enters the Olympic Stadium on Friday, you could say that he will be dazzled by the power of history. Billions of eyes will then peer, between shadow and blinding floodlights, at the last of the 204 teams expected to take part in the parade of nations – Great Britain. Hoy, the Scots track rider, whose photo decorates children’s breakfast-cereal packets, will be leading the team, proudly carrying the flag of the host nation. This honour is always unique, and in the past few delegations (1) have chosen a cyclist as their flag-bearer.
Adrien Niyonshuti is also part of the chosen few. At 25 years of age, he is one of the most famous people in Rwanda, and is often regarded as a hero, as he embodies the past and destiny, the drama and the renewal of his country.
Refusing to bathe in the glory, this Mountain Bike specialist chooses his words carefully: “I’m very happy to be bearing the flag,” he explains, “but I don’t feel any more special than the other athletes selected for the Games.” There are actually seven team members from Rwanda; in athletics, swimming and judo.
“Above all, I would like – as a result of these Olympic Games – that people think of my country in terms of sport and cycling in particular, even as simply a great nation,” continues Niyonhuti. "The first thing people think of at the moment is the genocide, but that was 18 years ago. I want people to concentrate on the positive aspects of my country.”
Niyonshuti will always hold in memory the suffering endured during these massacres that, in the space of a few weeks, killed 800,000 down in the valleys in this small East African country. His six brothers and friends died, while he – as a young boy – hid in tiny holes in the ground to survive. Once Rwanda had been liberated and was at peace once again, it became possible to begin the essential reconstruction of the country.
Today, it is one of the safest and most modern destinations on the continent. The faithful speak of redemption, while the economists highlight the strong growth (+8.8% in 2011), and those who left the country and then returned have discovered a vast, open building site.
Rwandan cycling symbolizes this renewal particularly well. The national Tour, rated at 2.2 on the UCI calendar over the last four years, is the most popular sporting event in the country – even eclipsing football – and has a unifying effect on the nation, leaving trails of joy in the towns and villages. As for the national team, made up mostly of young survivors like Niyonshuti, it has in parallel moved from regional level to become one of the best in Africa.
Aimable Bayingana, President of the Rwandan Cycling Federation (Ferwacy), feels the emotion as the opening ceremony approaches. “Adrien is like a son, for all of us: he honours those who love cycling and develop the sport here, and he embodies the values of the whole country. Children identify with him, and many would like to take up cycling, but unfortunately we don’t have the means to do this to the extent that we would like. Adrien will achieve things at these Olympics that most other people cannot dream of.”
In his preparation for London, Niyonshuti has succeeded in mobilizing all those people who have supported him from the beginning: the Scott Swisspower Mountain Bike Team, led by Thomas Frischknecht, who welcomed him to a training camp in Switzerland in June; his American trainer Jock Boyer, who has built up the national team and spotted new talent since 2007; and the South African team MTN-Qhubeka. After he had an experience at the UCI Continental Cycling Centre, the group labelled UCI offered the rider a professional contract four years ago. One Olympics later, and his “crowning” is complete.
Niyonshuti is now hoping to take part in the Tour de France. His results on the road are characterized by courage and an impressive show of strength on mountain passes. At the end of 2010, he came in 4th in the African Championships’ time-trials, behind renowned riders like Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea), Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa) and Azzedine Lagab (Algeria).
“Each time that Adrien is riding, Africa rides with him,” adds the President of the Federation. “The whole continent will be on their side.”
In London, Niyonshuti will be once again telling his story to journalists, as he has done during the last few weeks for CNN and the BBC. He will recount his sufferings but also his dreams. On Friday evening, he will fulfil one of them when he raises the blue, yellow and green flag – with a bright sun in the right-hand corner – with the whole world watching. 



(1) Apart from Chris Hoy (Great-Britain) and Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwanda),the other cyclists who will bear their countries’ flags in the 2012 Games are Marion Pajon (Colombia), Lee Wai Sze (Hong Kong, Chine) and Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Bario biking, Borneo

The Kelabit Highlands around mario in deepest Sarawak are home to some amazing Borneo biking, we've been checking out these ultra-remote trails this week, here's a few snaps.






Friday, 20 July 2012

Oh Franky - ?

The UCI communicates that the analysis of the sample B of Frank Schleck’s urine carried out today has confirmed the result of the adverse analytical finding notified by the Anti-doping laboratory of Châtenay-Malabry following the analysis of the sample A.

In accordance with the Anti-doping rules, the UCI will request the Luxembourg Federation to open a disciplinary procedure against the rider.

New 29'er from Orbea

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Monday, 16 July 2012

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Basso to battle in Britain


Ivan Basso to lead Team Liquigas – Cannondale at The Tour of Britain

Two-time Giro d’Italia winner to start ‘hardest yet’ Tour of Britain this September


Team Liquigas – Cannondale will take part in their first Tour of Britain this September, led by Italian rider Ivan Basso, who will also be making his debut in the race, tipped to be the ‘hardest yet’ edition of Britain’s greatest race.

The 34-year old, who has twice won Italy’s biggest race, the Giro d’Italia, is currently competing in the Tour de France. 

Thanks to the team’s huge success this season, Liquigas – Cannondale are currently ranked third in the UCI World Tour standings prior to the start of the Tour de France, where the team has so far won three stages through Peter Sagan.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director said, “We are delighted to have the Liquigas – Cannondale team participate in The Tour of Britain for the first time.  The inclusion of such a high-profile team led by two-time winner of Giro d’Italia, Ivan Basso, underlines the growing status of The Tour of Britain and its importance to pro cycling teams.”

The Tour of Britain starts on Ipswich’s Waterfront on Sunday 9th September, as East Anglia hosts the Grand Depart of Britain’s biggest free-to-watch sporting event.  England, Scotland and Wales all feature on the eight-day route, before Surrey hosts the final stage, with Guildford’s uphill cobbled High Street the finish for Stage Eight on Sunday 16th September.

The identity of the remaining riders in Liquigas – Cannondale’s provisional Tour of Britain line-up will be announced later in the Summer, along with further news on the other teams and riders taking part in the ninth edition of the modern Tour of Britain.

The 2012 Tour of Britain will take place between Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th September 2012

Stage One         Sunday 9th September                Ipswich to Norfolk Showground
Stage Two         Monday 10th September              Nottingham to Knowsley Safari Park
Stage Three       Tuesday11th September Jedburgh to Dumfries
Stage Four        Wednesday 12th September        Carlisle to Blackpool
Stage Five         Thursday 13th September            The Stoke-on-Trent Stage
Stage Six          Friday 14th September                Welshpool to Caerphilly
Stage Seven      Saturday 15th September            Barnstaple to Dartmouth
Stage Eight       Sunday 16th September              Reigate to Guildford


Skye and Torridon mountain biking, with Danny MacAskill, Steve Peat and Hans Rey

Friday, 6 July 2012

Across Vietnam for charity


(Ho Chi Minh City, July 6th 2012) July 6th 2012 marked the final arrival of 4 young Englishmen from “Ride4Education”, named Sam Wilson, Callum Ewing, George Blurton and Jamie Richards, after a 29-day ride from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh City.  They aimed to raise funds to support 5 young Vietnamese students’ four year university degree.
These young men undertook this incredible adventure after hearing about the efforts of Saigon Children’s Charity (SCC) to ensure access to higher education for young people from poor family backgrounds – and wanted to show their support of poverty-reduction projects while experiencing the challenge of a life-time. Being 1st year university students themselves, the team rode across Vietnam and spread the message “Eliminate poverty through education” to everyone on their journey. The group also handed out back-packs and school supplies to children along the way.
Sam Wilson shared his thought. “Whilst teaching in Guyana last year, I saw firsthand how education can impact children’s lives”, said Sam. “To me, in order to eliminate poverty, we should start by helping children first, as they are the country’s future.”
The four kind-hearted students from England decided to embark on a rocky and challenging road 2.400 km from the North to the South of Vietnam, during which they experienced severe illness, unfriendly thunderstorms, blinding sun rays and very sore muscles. As a testament to the philanthropic energy with which they planned the adventure, the four friends also expressed their happiness that their friendship had also raised to heights of the Hai Van Pass!
Geroge Blurton, 19 year old student, offered his thought. “I personally wanted to join the ride to raise funds, because I see that university offers us so many good things, equips us with knowledge and brings us the best fun in our life”, said George. “And I want to share my happiness and fun with disadvantaged students in Vietnam”.
In response to the kindness and enthusiasm of these young men, friends, families and supporters have raised about US$24,000. This number is expected to increase continually.
The scholarship children of SCC are growing up and eventually they will be looking for their further educational path. It is such a happy sign that increasing numbers of SCC scholarship students are now qualifying for a place at university or vocational college.
Như Bình, a sophomore of Pedagogy College who is funded by SCC, offered her thankfulness. “The scholarship is not only a valuable financial support but also a meaningful spiritual gift that encourages me in my educational path”, said Bình. “I am very thankful for the donors and SCC that I could make my dream of going to university come true”.
SCC is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 and works to support disadvantaged Vietnamese children to get an education and a fairer start in life. With a mission to “Eliminate poverty through education”, SCC builds schools, provides vocational training and gives scholarships from kindergarten to university.

So funny, must watch

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Monday, 2 July 2012

Tour Down Under 2013 announced


The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under, launched today, will, for the first time, have an even number of stages that favour both sprinters and all rounders.
A completely new stage route and a grass start are just two additional new components to the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under.
The stage routes revealed Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills will host a start for the first time while Rostrevor will host a stage finish also for the first time.
The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from 20 to 27 January, 2013.
Race director, Mike Turtur, said the event would be turning 15 next year and competitors and spectators alike would notice some differences.
“We’ve built the Santos Tour Down Under successfully over 15 years and it now brings in more than $42 million of economic activity, which is quite an achievement, but we’re always looking at ways to keep the event dynamic and constantly evolving,” Mr Turtur said.
Furthermore, the 2013 UCI WorldTour race will include a brand new ŠKODA King of the Mountain climb at Corkscrew Hill.
After successfully hosting stages last year, Prospect, Lobethal, Unley, Stirling, Tanunda, McLaren Vale and Old Willunga Hill will again host stage starts or finishes.
“Stage Two from Mount Barker to Rostrevor will be the shortest open road stage in the race’s history at 116 kilometres and also includes a gruelling new ŠKODA King of the Mountain climb on Corkscrew Hill,” Mr Turtur said.
“Riders will set off from Modbury in Bupa Stage Four, which will be a grass start – the first grass start in this event’s history and, as far as I’m aware, in any other road racing event too.
As the largest cycling race in the southern hemisphere and the first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Santos Tour Down Under will again attract an extremely high calibre of cyclists.
“Always a festival, the Santos Tour Down Under will be in full-party mode when we officially celebrate its 15th birthday on Saturday 19 January in Victoria Square with the team presentations followed by various entertainment.
“Last year’s event was soaked up by more than 760,000 spectators, which included more than 36,000 interstate and international visitors," said Mr Turtur. “With the race route travelling through South Australia’s spectacular regions, it’s a great opportunity for visitors to explore the state’s diverse attractions and scenery and enjoy the warm January weather," said Mr Turtur. “I look forward to seeing the exciting new components of next year’s event unfold and to again welcoming some of the world’s best cyclists to South Australia.”
Santos Chief Executive David Knox said the company was proud to be the naming rights sponsor for a major event that was so capable of attracting elite cyclists and visitors from around the world.
“Our announcement in January to extend our naming rights sponsorship until 2016 demonstrates our dedication to an event that provides the state with so much energy and showcases South Australia’s beautiful and vibrant regions to a global audience,” Mr Knox said.
“We look forward to again working with Events South Australia and other sponsors to grow the popularity of the event and increase the economic benefits for the state.”

2013 Santos Tour Down Under stage routes:

  • Sunday 20 January – People’s Choice Classic – Rymill Park, Adelaide (51km)
  • Monday 21 January – Rest day
  • Tuesday 22 January – Stage 1 – Prospect to Lobethal (135km)
  • Wednesday 23 January – Stage 2 – Mt Barker to Rostrevor (116.5km)
  • Thursday 24 January – Stage 3 – Unley to Stirling (139km)
  • Friday 25 January – Bupa Stage 4 – Modbury to Tanunda (126.5km)
  • Saturday 26 January – Jayco Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill (151.5km)
  • Sunday 27 January – Stage 6 – Elder Park, Adelaide (90km)