Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top 5 Fastest Bikes | Cycling Speed World Records

Hold onto your helmets, here are some of the fastest people on two wheels...without a motor.

From flat-out speed on salt flats and snow-covered mountains to records obtained in the pro ranks, we've picked 5 cycling speed records that have to be seen to be believed.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

How Much Protein Do Cyclists Need?

Protein is a key part of any cyclist's diet. But how much should we be eating - and when?

Protein, or more specifically amino acids are important because they are what our body uses to build and repair muscle. This is why sports scientists recommend eating a protein-rich meal shortly after a training session to help accelerate the recovery process. How much and when is crucial, which is why Dan and Simon are here to help!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Warmest Thoughts and Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pooley to Make Comeback for 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Briton looking for gold medal on climbers' course

Emma Pooley (England) took silver in the Commonwealth Games time trial

Emma Pooley could make a comeback to cycling as she bids for a medal on the road at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Briton retired after an emotional ride at the Commonwealth Games in August 2014 and has since been competing as a triathlete. The climbers’ course in Rio has made her reconsider as she looks to take Olympic gold in the time trial.

“I love triathlon but hilly courses don’t come around that often. If I thought I could prove to myself that I have the capacity to get a medal then I would put my name in the hat,” Pooley told the Times newspaper.

The Rio time trial course will feature a 1.2-kilometre climb up Grumari Road, while the road race sees the riders take on the same climb plus two other ascents including the 8.9-kilometre Vista Chinesa.

Pooley made a brief return to the cycling world with an appearance at the Chrono des Nations in October. The 33-year-old finished sixth on the 43.5-kilometre course, 56 seconds down on the winner Tatiana Antoshina.

Pooley was a silver medallist in the time trial at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, and is also a former world champion in the discipline, beating off strong competition to take the rainbow jersey in 2010 in Geelong. However, the flatter course at the 2012 Olympic Games in London didn’t suit her and she missed out on a medal, finishing sixth.

Pooley said that she is ready to make the sacrifices she needs to get to Rio 2016 but is not motivated by simply competing at the Olympics. “I don’t want to just go to the Olympics. I didn’t find them as much fun as some people. I go for the race and not for an Olympic Village experience,” said Pooley. “I don’t want to put myself through it again, especially sacrificing some triathlon races that I enjoy, without being completely committed to going for gold.”

According to the Times article, Pooley’s decision to return was not just down to an attractive course but some gentle persuasion from former Great Britain teammates Lizzie Armitstead and others. Pooley would not only be a key rider for the time trial but her strength in climbing and aggressive riding style could make her an important support rider for Armistead and a second potential option for the GB squad.

Pooley’s participation is by no means a foregone conclusion, but British Cycling’s technical director Shane Sutton is confident that she can put a strong case forward.

“It’s definitely realistic. Now that Emma has looked at the course, she’s keen to be involved. We are keen to drive it forward now so we’re helping with some coaching from Brian Stephens,” he said. “It’s all on track. She’s a definite candidate. She’s a silver medal-winner in time-trial at the Olympics and the course with its climbing suits her perfectly. It gives her a great opportunity to do that and adds strength to the road-race team.”

The women’s road race will be the second road cycling event in Rio, taking place on Sunday 7 August, with the time trial on the following day.

Author: Cycling News

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wiggins Admits He Will Probably Never Attempt the Hour Record Again

2012 Tour de France winner focused on the team pursuit but ready to race on after Rio
Bradely Wiggins after winning gold int he team pursuit.

Bradley Wiggins has revealed he is unlikely to make a second attempt at the Hour Record as the clock ticks down on the final part of his career.

Wiggins will be 36 in April and is expected to end his professional career in the next 12 months, targeting the team pursuit at the Rio Olympics in August. He will then say his farewell in track events such as the London Six and the Gent Six, perhaps only making occasional ‘player-manager’ appearances to raise the profile of his WIGGINS team and help secure sponsorship.

The 2012 Tour de France winner is currently working in the gym to add muscle, speed and power in preparation for the team pursuit. He recently revealed he is aiming to add a total of 16kg to the skinny physique he had when he won the Tour de France. That metamorphosis is the main reason why another Hour Record attempt, even for the so-called Athlete’s Hour using a traditional bike position, is unlikely.

“Now it’s all about the focus for Rio, so it’s looking like never again. The time to do it would be now, but my body shape is changing for the team pursuit and it’s gone further away from what it should be for the Hour,” Wiggins said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.

“I have to accept that the Hour was what it was, a record of its time. There is a tinge of disappointment as I wanted to go past 55 kilometres and get past Tony Rominger’s record [of 55.291km] if conditions had been different. The record (54.526km) is beatable and it will be beaten but another 700 metres would have made people think twice.”

Racing into 2017

Wiggins recently revealed he will ride the Dubai Tour in February and the Tour of California in May as he prepares for the Olympics. He also hinted that he could even race occasionally in 2017 as part of his WIGGINS team, as it helps to develop some of Britain’s best young riders.

“I will see how I feel this time next year,” Wiggins said. “There might be other opportunities. They might ask me to present [BBC football programme] Match of the Day. If I haven’t got a job by next year I will keep racing.”

“I will keep training – I don’t see why I would stop doing that – and I might slip into the odd race that is easy to do, like a player-manager. I don’t know how that will fit into the team’s plans, but what I do know is that the team’s moved forward – we’ve got some good young talent for next year.”

Wiggins is a traditionalist and hopes to complete the circle on his professional career by riding the Gent Six next December. He was born in the Belgian city because his Australia father was based there and also rode the Six Day circuit. Wiggins won the Gent Six in 2003 and local hero Iljo Keisse is keen to ride with him in the 2016 edition.

“I’d love to do London, and go to Gent 17 years after I first rode,” Wiggins confirmed. “It’s another of these little historic things I want to go back and revisit one last time. I want to go there and ride with Iljo Keisse. It’s something we’ve been talking about for 10 years. I want to keep racing until the end of the year rather than stop in Rio.”

Author: Cycling News

Saturday, December 12, 2015

How To Ride Safely In The Rain

You do have to make adaptations to your equipment and technique when the roads get wet. Here's our guide to staying safe in foul weather.

Before setting off, it's a good idea to run lower air pressure in your tyres - this helps increase the contact patch with the road and maximise the grip available. We recommend roughly 10-20psi lower than the pressure you would use in dry conditions. Experimenting with different tread types can work too, but avoid using brand new tyres in the wet. Having lights on your bike is always a good idea, but especially when rain reduces visibility.

On the road, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to brake before corners, and avoid leaning the bike excessively through the bend - even if you know the road well, there might not be as much grip in the wet. Also keep an eye out for potential hazards like painted road markings, leaves and oil.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2020 Olympics Track and Mountain Bike Events to be Held Away from Tokyo

UCI has to settle for venue in Izu, 120km from the host city

Bradley Wiggins sits second wheel
Track cycling and mountain bike events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place some 120km away from the Japanese capital, the IOC and the UCI confirmed on Wednesday.

The velodrome at the Japan Cycle Sport Centre in Izu will be used for the track events – though it will need refurbishment – and the mountain biking will be held on an existing adjacent course, which will also need to be renovated. The IOC claims the decision, part of a ‘venue master plan’ that focuses on “cost effectiveness, sustainability and legacy”, will enable savings of $100 million.

UCI President Brian Cookson is understood to have been concerned about the proposal to move the events away from Tokyo, and negotiations between the UCI, the IOC, and the Tokyo 2020 organising committee have dragged on in recent months.

"It's no secret that the big issue was moving the track events out to Izu," Cookson recently told the Associated Press. "It's a long way from central Tokyo to Izu and we need to make sure the impact of that is minimized if that's the only available solution.”

The UCI have had to settle for Izu, though athletes and team officials will be able to stay in the main Athletes Village in Tokyo before and after their competition. During competition they will be housed in a separate satellite village close to the venue and there will be a bullet train between Tokyo and Izu, which is hoped will keep travel times to a minimum.

The 250-metre velodrome is set to undergo significant construction work, primarily to increase the seating capacity, while the mountain bike course, which will have the imposing Mount Fuji as a backdrop, will need to be renovated to meet Olympic standards.

The road cycling events, including the road races and time trials, will take place in the centre of Tokyo, as will the BMX, for which a temporary 5,000-seater facility is being built.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for cycling at the Olympic Games and I would like to thank the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for their collaboration in agreeing these venues,” said Cookson in a statement on Wednesday.

“Athletes, spectators and those watching around the world will experience not just incredible venues, superb infrastructure and forensic planning, but also spectacular backdrops such as the Imperial Palace Garden and Mount Fuji to create truly unique cycling events.”
Author: Cycling News

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wiggins Bulks up for the Olympics but Keen to Stay a Working-Class Hero

2012 Tour de France winner working to add kilos and track speed for Rio

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins has revealed he is working hard in the gym to complete the transformation of his physique from Tour de France winner back to track pursuiter.

While other track riders are competing and chasing qualification points in the World Cup events, Wiggins is spending long hours in the British Cycling gym in the bowels of the Manchester velodrome, working to add extra muscle, with the aim of being 16kg heavier and a lot stronger than when he won the 2012 Tour de France.

In a long interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, Wiggins recalled growing up as a boy in a working class part of London who was blindly in love with cycling, despite often being bullied because he wore lycra. Now 35 and facing the final 12 months of his career before retiring after the Rio Olympics and perhaps a farewell ride at the Gent Six day, Wiggins insists he has not changed despite becoming a public figure in Britain for his results in cycling and his unique no-nonsense attitude.

“Success hasn’t changed me,” Wiggins said. “I drive a van, not a Ferrari. I have stayed in the same house. We don’t have a nanny or anything. If I am at home, I take the kids to school at eight in the morning. Then I go training and pick them up afterwards.”

“I quite like just being me. Just a working-class hero, if you like. Approachable. I like the fact that people see me in Tesco and say, ‘What are you doing in here?’ I’m like, ‘Same as you. Getting my two-for-one.’ I treat people in the same way, whether I am talking to the Queen or a volunteer at the Olympics.”

More relaxed and more conciliatory towards Froome

Wiggins is more relaxed as he focuses on the track. During the interview he recalled that trying to win the Tour de France with Team Sky became all-consuming. He suffered under the weight of expectation and criticism in 2011 before increasing his focus even more in 2012, the year when everything finally went perfectly and he won the Tour de France.

“I lived it 24/7. I was sleeping at home in an altitude tent in another room on my own. We used to go away to Tenerife and sit on top of a mountain for two weeks at a time, then come down for a week and do a race somewhere. I was so totally absorbed, day in, day out,” he said.

“Even in 2012, the focus didn’t flicker. I would win something massive like the Paris to Nice race, and we wouldn’t celebrate. It would be, ‘Keep your head; think of the bigger picture.’ It took incredible discipline. Even when I won the Dauphiné, there was no celebration. Our minds were still focused … on that one big target. It was all about winning the Tour.”

Wiggins and Chris Froome fell out at the 2012 Tour de France and bickered about team leadership at Sky in the following years. They are two very different people and are unlikely to rebuild their relationship. However Wiggins recently praised Froome for releasing some of his performance data and for putting up with the extreme scrutiny and pressure of winning the Tour de France.

“I can tell you it’s bloody hard to win the Tour de France, so Chris, the riders and all of them at Team Sky deserve the plaudits. They worked hard and I thought Chris especially did well dealing with the hostility out there on the road. He just batted it off and got on with the job. I respect that type of professionalism,” he said.

Adding 16kg for for Rio

Wiggins is clearly enjoying being back on the track and away from the expectations of Team Sky and the Tour de France. He is surrounded by young riders in both the Great Britain pursuit squad and his Wiggins team that uses road racing as preparation for the track. It makes him feel young again.
Wiggins is targeting a final gold medal –it would be his fifth gold in the team pursuit event.

“I did two Olympics, then I went away for seven years to do the road, so coming back is like being 19 again,” he explained. “This is a lot easier than the Tour de France. It is three minutes long and then it is over. There are fewer external variables, like wind and crashes. You are playing with fractions of a second. And I like that. It is quantifiable. It is like the hour record. If you do this power for this lap, for this given time, you will do this overall time.”

Wiggins lost significant weight to become competitive at the Tour de France. Now he is bulking up to add the extra strength and speed that is needed for modern day team pursuiting.

“In the gym, we are trying to build muscle. Bulk. Transforming us into sprinter hybrids,” he confirmed. “As important as nutrition was in the Tour de France in losing weight, this is about trying to gain weight, for me anyway. I crashed out at 69kg [10st 12lb] in 2011 and I am 79kg now. And after the European Championships I go into a two-month gym block at the velodrome, which has all been structured with nutrition, in order for me to gain 2 or 3kg of muscle. By the time I get to the Olympic Games, I am hoping to be 84 or 85kg, which is what I was in Beijing, before I went the other way for the Tour de France. So I will be 16kg heavier than when I won the Tour.”

Wiggins is changing his physique but has no intention of changing his often irascible but playful character. His sideburns have shortened with age but he is still proud of his achievements.

“All the things I do on TV, joking around, having a laugh, making light of things; that’s just my introvert character coming out. Hence the 2012 after-party at the Sports Personality show [when Wiggins jumped on stage and played the guitar]. I get into this manic-like performance mode. It is a coping mechanism. I have this split personality,” he explained.

“In a way, I like that fact that people underestimate me in terms of character. They think I am a bit of a joker who doesn’t really put the hard yards in. That probably gives me an edge.”

“We never see ourselves as celebrities or high and mighty. In Wigan where we live, it is about the Warriors [the rugby league team] and football. They are not bothered about me. I quite like that. I haven’t changed since 2012, and that is why people like you. I am a pretty normal person.”

Author: Cycling News

Thursday, December 3, 2015

UCI grants Professional Continental Licences to Six Remaining Teams

A total of 23 teams confirmed for 2016
Alessandro Petacchi leads the Southeast team
The UCI announced today that they have granted Professional Continental licences for the six remaining teams that had applied for the licences but did not make the initial cut that was announced last month: Bardiani-CSF, Southeast (Tharcor), CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Cult Energy-Stölting Group, Direct Energie (formerly Europcar) and Roth-Skoda.

The UCI’s statement read, “In accordance with UCI Regulations and following a full review of all registration criteria (administrative, ethical and financial), the Licence Commission has rendered its last decisions as relates to UCI Professional Continental Teams.”

In a team press release, Bardiani-CSF said they were confident that they would get their Professional Continental licence. The team will meet on Sunday in Fiuggi, Italy, for a four-day team camp, and will start their 2016 season at Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Spain, from February 3 to 7.

Team manager Roberto Reverberi said, “We want to be competitive from the beginning [of the season], we don’t want to lose any chances to take a good result. In Fiuggi, we will decide the roster for Vuelta Valenciana and G.P. Costa degli Etruschi, as well as planning the biggest part of 2016 racing schedule.

“About our key events of the season; Giro d’Italia and Classics, but first of all, we are waiting with confidence the decision of the organisers.”

Italian media are suggesting that Southeast should now be able to finalise a commitment with Filipo Pozzato for 2016, plus add another couple of riders.

The Polish CCC Sprandi Polkowice, also confident that they would secure their licence confirmed their 27-rider roster last week.

Cult Energy-Stölting Group is likely pleased to have secured their licence, having already announced signing Gerald Ciolek for next year. However, it was reported that they had budget shortfalls and have not paid some of their riders in full for November.

The 23 confirmed Professional Continental teams for 2016:
Androni Giocattoli (Ita)
Bardiani CSF (Ita)
Bora – Argon 18 (Ger)
Caja Rural – Seguros RGA (Esp)
CCC Sprandi Polkowice (Pol)
Cofidis, Solutions Credits (Fra)
Cult Energy – Stölting Group (Den)
Delko Marseille Provence Ktm (Fra)
Direct Energie (Fra)
Drapac Professional Cycling (Aus)
Fortuneo – Vital Concept (Fra)
Funvic Soul Cycles – Carrefour (Bra)
Nippo – Vini Fantini (Ita)
One Pro Cycling (Gbr)
Roompot Oranje Peloton (Ned)
Roth-Skoda (Sui)
Rusvelo (Rus)
Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
Tharcor (Ita)
Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Bel)
UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team (USA)
Verva Activejet Pro Cycling Team (Pol)
Wanty – Groupe Gobert (Bel)

Article Source: Cycling News