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Commonwealth Gold: Behind the intense Sam Gaze is fire and ice
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It was the year of the Novichok poisoning, the Commonwealth Games held in the Gold Coast, and Nasa's InSight landing on Mars. This summer we look back at the big stories of the year around the world and closer to home. This story... More...
Neff powers through mud to finish among the best at Namur World Cup
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former mountain bike world champion Jolanda Neff announced that she would be racing World Cup cyclo-cross with her new team Trek Factory Racing, and she finished an strong fifth place at the series'sixth round in Namur on Sunday. Neff started the Namur World Cup in the fifth row because she does not have enough points in cyclo-cross to start further ahead. Her start position didn't seem to affect her race, too much, however, as she quickly worked her way from near the back of the field to the front within the opening laps. The riders faced a tough circuit that was covered with thick mud, making it a challenge for all competitors. Neff seemed to race through the mud almost effortlessly, and used her world-class mountain bike skills to tackle to technical sections.ADVERTISEMENT Neff caught up to the lead group, however Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) had already made her winning attack. Neff then finished fifth with just 36 seconds behind Brand. World Cup leader Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) was second,Annemarie Worst third and Nikki Brammeier (Mudiiita) was fourth. It is not her first season racing cyclo-cross. In January, she was forced to end her cyclo-cross season early after a crash at Hoogerheide. She competed in Namur on Sunday, just days after arriving home from a training camp in New Zealand. "I came back from a training camp in New Zealand only three days ago," Neff said. "So, finishing fifth here is great. I was able to profit from my mountain biking background. I struggled on the climbs but moved up on the technical sections." " Jolanda Neff (@jolandaneff) December 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan to test his legs at Vuelta a San Juan
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will line-up to race the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan (January 27 to February 3).The former world champion says he will use the race to test his legs but that he is also aiming for a stage win. "It will be a good opportunity to test my legs and, why not, to try to win at least one stage," Sagan said in a press release from the race organisers. Sagan will start his season at the Tour Down Under held from January 15-20 in Australia. He will then travel to South American and land in Argentina on January 26, a day ahead of the Vuelta a San Juan's scheduled start.ADVERTISEMENT It will be Sagan's debut at the Vuelta a San Juan, however, he has participated in three editions of the Tour de San Luis (2013, 2014 and 2016), although he did not secure a stage win in that stage race. "I remember with pleasure the good climate and the affection of the Argentines," Sagan said. He said that competing in the Vuelta a San Juan, given its early-season position on the calendar, made it a good event to gain form ahead of the European season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mollema to target Giro d'Italia in 2019
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bauke Mollema will focus on the Giro dItalia next season before helping new Trek-Segafredo teammate Richie Porte at the Tour de France in July. Mollema has only ridden the Giro dItalia twice in his career, in 2010 and 2017, but was keen to return to the Italian Grand Tour. The Dutchman will join the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Simon Yates and compatriot Tom Dumoulin in going for the GC at the Italian race. Thats my big goal for the first part of the season, Mollema told Cyclingnews. Ive only done it twice; my first Grand Tour and last year, where I finished seventh. So far, the Giro has gone pretty well and Im looking forward to going back. Now, Im even more motivated to do it. I even asked the team to go to the Giro myself. The team was not expecting that I would want to go, but I asked them. Im really looking forward to going back to it.ADVERTISEMENT The course suits me well. There are three TTs but they are all pretty hard with climbs and the first and last ones are quite short also and the long one has a steep climb in the middle. Its not really a TT for the flat specialists, its for the climbers who can do a good TT. Mollema will be hoping for some better luck at the Grand Tours than he did in 2018. He rode the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana this year but failed to secure a major victory. I didnt feel like I had a great season last year. In general, I think that my condition was pretty good. I just missed a win in a really big race, like a Grand Tour or a Classic, Mollema said. When you look at the Grand Tours, the Tour didnt go really well. That was my big goal last year and once I crashed on the cobbles, I didnt have a chance on GC anymore. That was disappointing. Sharing leadership with Porte You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Arches of new Whanganui bridge soar skyward
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
People passing on State Highway 4 are swivelling their eyes westward towards cranes and the arch of a new bridge rising up in a paddock on Papaiti Rd.The arch of the bridge is complete but still needs stiffeners, Whanganui District... More...
Cycling: George Bennett set for Tour de France return in 2019
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett is set for a return to the Tour de France, but is unlikely to lead his team at cycling's biggest race.Bennett was on track for a top 10 finish at the Tour in 2017 when he had to withdraw due to illness, and didn't... More...
Cycling: How Sam Bewley came to love his selfless job in the professional peloton
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It may seem counter-intuitive but don't look at Sam Bewley's results if you want to understand his cycling success. In 2018, Bewley finished in the top 40 on just three of his 51 individual stages - but his performances were good... More...
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas in line for knighthood in New Years Honours
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Geraint Thomas was just awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, but he's set to get an even bigger honour in the New Year More...
Bradley Wiggins admits he's not planning to live past 60
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The former Tour de France winner gave a revealing interview on TalkSPORT and says he doesn't plan on living into old age More...
USA Cycling hires Rob DeMartini as new CEO
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Cycling has hired former New Balance President &CEO Rob DeMartini to replace outgoing CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. Cyclingnews understands the US governing body intends to make an official announcement in January. USA Cycling declined to comment for this article, saying through a spokesman that the CEOsearch remains confidential. DeMartini previously ran shoe and apparel company New Balance, where he has been president and CEO since 2007. He announced without explanation last month that he will be stepping down from New Balance on December 31.ADVERTISEMENT For almost 12 years, DeMartini led the Boston-based group, which has 8,200 employees worldwide, according to a statement New Balance provided to media when the company announced De Martini's departure. DeMartini increased the growth of the New Balance brand from $1.5 billion in 2007 to $4.2 billion today. He has also achieved significant developments in retail and e-commerce, according to New Balance. "DeMartini championed the brand's long-standing commitment to owned manufacturing and played a key role in working with the US government and industry officials to secure implementation of Berry Amendment legislation for athletic footwear," the company said at the time. The Berry Amendmentrequires the Department of Defense to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or home-grown products. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cylance will return in 2019 as part of new team structure
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cylance will return to the UCI women's peloton for another season in 2019, although the team structure behind the California tech company's sponsorship will change significantly. Current Cylance Pro Cycling team owner Omer Kem confirmed to Cyclingnews he will no longer own the team in 2019, and the Cylance sponsorship will be combined with another program. "It will be a lot different," Kem said of the 2019 Cylance structure. "Cylance will still be part of the name of the team, and I think, at last check, it's still in the top 10 [in UCI team rankings]. But as I said, there's going to be an announcement made, because it only just came together."ADVERTISEMENT With a mass exodus of riders taking place in the off season and no new 2019 roster announced yet, the Cylance Pro Cycling team's future had been in question. The team lost star sprinter Giorgia Bronzini to retirement, Rosella Ratto to BTC City Ljublijana, Lauren Stephens to Tibco-SVB, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok to Rally Cycling, Sheyla Gutirrez to Movistar, Jelena Eri to Ale Cipollini, Marta Tagliaferro to Hitec and Israeli champion Omer Shapira to Canyon-SRAM. The loss of so many top riders meant a significant drop in the team's UCI points and overall team ranking, which is important for gaining entry into the Women's WorldTour races. Only the top 15 teams in the rankings, which are determined on the second Sunday in January, get automatic invitations to Women's WorldTour (WWT) events. Teams outside the top 15 must rely on wildcard invitations, a much shakier proposition if sponsors expect the team to appear in specific races. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves: The dream is to ride a three-week stage race
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Esteban Chaves has already been through more than one very tough time in his life, and the Colombian is not one to complain without a very good reason. But even the Mitchelton-Scott racer admits that his experiences in 2018 have constituted a very special kind of challenge. "It was not easy to go from finishing second in the Giro d'Italia [in 2016] to go to being the very last rider to come across the line of the very last stage, like I was in Rome this year," Chaves, now about to turn 29, tells Cyclingnews as he builds towards his 2019 season. "Those things are hard, but you have to go on fighting and persevering. You have to keep going. I've known and learned about that ever since I was a child. That's how you face life."ADVERTISEMENT Second in 2016, the Colombian's Giro d'Italia bid this May alongside teammate Simon Yates worked out phenomenally well in the first half until Chaves was poleaxed by a combination of viral infections, including glandular fever, a sinus infection and allergies. He finished, but in 72nd place overall and a shadow of his earlier Giro self. He then spent several months off the bike, fighting and identifying the illnesses and viruses before being cleared to resume training. Now, Chaves is heading back to racing. His program for the 2019 season and first race since the Giro d'Italia last May will start with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from February 6-10, but he is as yet uncertain what will happen afterwards. It will be a voyage in the dark. "I'll be in Colombia until the end of January and then Valencia will be my first race. Depending on how I finish that race, we'll see what we do next," Chaves told Cyclingnews. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van der Poel to ride Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race in 2019
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mathieu van der Poel will be let loose on the spring classics for the first time in 2019. While a debut at Paris-Roubaix will have to wait another year, the Dutch talent will race, among others, the Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, and Amstel Gold Race. Van der Poel, 23, has focused on cyclo-cross and mountain bike in the early years of his career, but is hotly tipped to have successful years as a road racer ahead of him. Expectations only grew this year as he won the elite Dutch national road race title and two stages at the Arctic Race of Norway. While he has delayed going full-time on the road in the WorldTour until after the 2020 Olympics, where he will go for gold on the mountain bike, his Corendon-Circus team will step up to Pro Continental level next year, allowing them to earn invites for the biggest spring classics.ADVERTISEMENT The team held a press conference on Monday, announcing their road plans in the spring, as well as unveiling a bolstered roster to support the new race programme, including Stijn Devolder, Lasse Norman Hansen, and Dries De Bondt. Van der Poel's cyclo-cross campaign will culminate in February with the World Championships at the start of the month and the the Brico Cross Hulst on the 17th, after which he will switch to the road. His first outing will be the Tour of Antalya and, while he will not be in the squad that races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad at the start of March, he will ride Nokere Koerse and the Handzame Classic ahead of the big cobbled Classics. E3-Harelbeke is not on the team's schedule, but Van der Poel will lead them at Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, and the Tour of Flanders. ASO are said to have been keen to have Van der Poel at Paris-Roubaix, but he preferred to skip the 'Hell of the North' in order to focus on the Amstel Gold Race, ahead of which he'll line up at Brabantse Pijl. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brailsford: Team Sky riders will be 'appropriately' looked after if no sponsor is found
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dave Brailsford has assured the entire Team Sky roster and staff that they will be paid as normal throughout the 2019 season and that if a new backer is not found for the 2020 season then they will be 'looked after appropriately'. This comes after a report in the Sunday Times suggested that Sky were willing to honour contracts in 2020 if riders were unable to find teams beyond next season. Brailsford's assurances came in a letter addressed to all Team Sky staff and sent out a day after the news of Sky's withdrawal from the sport was announced internally. Cyclingnews has obtained a copy of the letter, which was issued in English, Italian and Spanish, from a source close to Team Sky. "You will continue to be paid as normal throughout 2019 and if the Team is unable to continue after that, you will be looked after appropriately," Brailsford writes.ADVERTISEMENT "The accompanying note from Sky reiterates this message. I know that they will deliver on their promise." Sky's letter comes from Jeremey Darroch, the Group Chief Executive at the corporation. "As Dave has already told you, Sky will be ending its involvement with cycling and our association with Team Sky at the end of next year. After a decade of unprecedented success, I couldn't be prouder of what we've achieved together. It's been an amazing journey, but now is the right time for us to move on as we open a new chapter in Sky's story and turn our focus to different things," Darroch says. Sky to end sponsorship after 2019 Brailsford: I'm sure we've got a future beyond Sky UCI to closely follow Team Sky sponsorship search New Chinese WorldTour team open to talking to Team Sky Pinarello to support Team Sky beyond 2019 Luke Rowe: Sky have spoilt us over the last 10 years You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana rumoured to return to more traditional route in 2019
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Vuelta a Espaa 2019 route will be revealed this Wednesday evening in the southeasterly coastal city of Alicante and there are rumours that the third Grand Tour of the season could be reverting to a more traditional format. But there is no indication that it will be any less mountainous, with stages in the Pyrenees, Asturias and through the Sierras of Avila and Teruel set to make it just as challenging as usual. Eight summit finishes - the Vueltas trademark strategy for creating an open, exciting race - are expected in 2019, two less than in 2016 and one less than in 2017 and 2018. But the continuing slight reduction in numbers is balanced with some tough mountain stages following what is expected to be an opening team time trial around Alicantes lagoons and saltflats in the provinces coastal town of Torrevieja on August 24. Media reports suggest that stage 5 could well provide the first major sort-out, courtesy of a summit finish on the unprecedented 12-kilometre ascent of Pico del Buitre - the colourfully named Summit of the Vulture - in the sierras of Teruel in inland eastern Spain. This remote, beautiful region, said to have fewer inhabitants per square kilometre than Lapland, was last visited by the Vuelta in 2014 when Colombias Winner Anacona dashed ahead of the favourites for victory in the ski station of Valdelinares.ADVERTISEMENT The Vuelta then heads into much more familiar terrain, with another stage finish in Andorra and possibly two big Pyrenean stages likely to round off the first week. The Vuelta will remain outside Spain, it is thought, with a rest day in Pau, France rumoured to be on the cards for the start of the second week, followed by a long individual time trial round the same area. A return to Spain via Urdax in the province of Navarre on what could be a third Pyrenean stages is predicted, and so, too, is a second-week stage finish in the Basque Country with a sprint finish in Bilbao. But the biggest mountain stages of the second week are all set to be in the northern region of Asturias. Even if the Angliru, Spains toughest single climb in the heart of the Asturias sierras, is likely to be avoided once again, the climbers will not have cause to complain given there are forecast to be three major summit finishes, expected to be held across four stages. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Crits Series is back for 13th year with three new races
December 18, 2018 (08:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Crits will return in 2019 with three new events to bolster the season-long UScriterium series. Next year's USA Crits Series will feature the new Birmingham HammerFest, a preseason event in Birmingham, Alabama.The series-proper will open with the inaugural Destination El Paso Criterium in Texas, and the Salt Lake Criterium joins the Series as another new event. The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough's Blue Dome criterium in Oklahoma will also return after a several-year hiatus. Organisers have invited24 of Americas elite mens and womens teams to participate in the seires, which will focus on the participating "D1" programs that will be announced on January 17.ADVERTISEMENT It is exciting to see three brand-new events join the Series for 2019, said Scott Morris, USA Crits director of development. "We started 2018 with a goal of creating a more sustainable model for American road cycling and made great progress in that effort. We streamed more races than had ever been done in America. We saw an 11 per cent participation increase in our events and created a new platform to allow a broader audience to engage the sport." The Series will continue to focus on a more team-oriented model in 2019, according to organisers, who say there will be a priority on supporting the growth of more teams racing a national calendar through travel stipends, entries and increased support from events for the D1 teams. There will also be expanded coverage of both teams and events via all media formats. All USA Crits Series events will be live streamed on USACRITS.tv. Not only will subscribing fans have access to the event streams, but video-on-demand content will include D1 team and rider profiles, race recap, and full-length archived series races. 2019 USA Crits Series Calendar You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas opens up on "just crazy" Sports Personality of the Year win
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Tour de France champion Thomas became the fourth cyclist to top the SPOTY voting since 2008 at Sunday's glitzy ceremony More...
Driver admits causing death of Olympic hero Chris Boardman's mum with pick up truck
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Liam Rosney, 33, admitted causing the death of Carol Boardman by hitting her with his truck More...
Geraint Thomas' wife Sara Elen Thomas on how couple met - and why her brother calls him 'King D**k'
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Thomas is about to win the Tour de France for the first time but who is the woman behind the Yellow Jersey? More...
Geraint Thomas on meeting Lionel Messi and how the Yellow Jersey has changed his life
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Team Sky star received much adulation after triumphing in the Tour de France with the Barcelona superstar a fan More...
Chris Froome "surprised" at Team Sky announcement and sets goal to secure new sponsor
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The four-time Tour de France winner is grateful for the broadcaster's investment and great success over eight years More...
Canyon-SRAM name 2019 Zwift Academy winner
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Canyon-SRAM women's UCI team has announced the winner o f the 2019 Zwift Academy, with Kiwi Ella Harris taking the prize and earning a contract to race with the team next year. Canyon-SRAM started the Zwift Academy two years ago, allowing amateur riders chance to train with the team and try to prove themselves worthy of racing at the top level. Tanja Erath, the 2018 winner, raced with the team this year and recently signed an extension contract for 2019. After a challenging week of finals at the team's first training camp in Mlaga, Spain, Harris emerged with the victory.ADVERTISEMENT What another fantastic year its been for the Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy, said Kate Veronneau, the academy leader at Zwift. While the champions of the Zwift Academy receive the headline, and rightly so, its important to highlight the thousands of women who took part in the Academy - many with very different objectives to the winner. Its fantastic to be a part of such a community and championing womens cycling. The thirdyear of the innovative talent identification program saw participation numbers double, with 5,000 women taking part. "Each year the Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy provides women the opportunity to challenge their fitness, join an inspiring community of women who ride, and the chance for some to achieve their dream of a professional contract with Canyon/SRAM Racing," the team said in a statement released with today's announcement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky future in doubt after owner withdraws from cycling
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " The future of the most successful cycling team of the last decade was put in doubt Wednesday when Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport following the European pay TV giant's takeover by American company Comcast.Team... More...
Geraint Thomas "always believed" in Chris Froome's integrity as Team Sky end sponsorship
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Tour de France champion has also backed Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford More...
Team Sky: Sky to end involvement in cycling after 2019 season
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The broadcasting giants joined forces with British cycling in 2008 and has achieved a total of 322 wins in its time More...
Neylan signs with Team Virtu Cycling
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rachel Neylan has signed a contract to race with the Danish-registered UCI Womens Team Virtu Cycling in 2019. The Australian joins the team from the Spanish outfit Movistar. "I'm really thrilled to join Virtu Cycling Women for 2019," Neylan said on the team's website. "I am excited about bringing my experience and enthusiasm to compliment a strong team of women next year." Neylan was second in the elite women's road race at the World Championships in 2012. She spent three seasons with the Orica-Scott team before joining the inaugural Movistar team for the 2018 season. Her role at Movistar was to help develop and mentor a young team.ADVERTISEMENT "Rachel has had a very successful past up into this point in her career and we really want to help find her way back into the top ranks of the World Tour," said Virtu Cycling director Carmen Small. "With the right preparation and support, I believe that Rachel can keep improving on the bike and do even more than before. She brings experience to the team and can help the other climbers, whether that is in a support role or her taking the reins herself. This year, we have tried to strengthen the team in the more climbing race and Rachel will be a crucial part of this next step towards success." Movistar recently announced their roster for next season, and Neylan was the only rider who was not listed to return, but the team thanked her for her efforts this season on their social media channels. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
McLaren power into cycling with Bahrain-Merida joint venture
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
McLaren and Bahrain-Merida have announced an exciting joint venture from the start of the 2019 road season with the overall aim of becoming the most successful team in professional cycling. The deal has been in the making for roughly a year with shared interests from the owners of both companies. The news will be officially announced on Wednesday at the Bahrain-Merida training camp in Croatia, with the McLaren logo on the team kit. Merida will stay as the secondary sponsor of the team, but McLaren's experience in Formula 1 will be relied upon to improve the team in some specific areas. At an event at McLaren's Woking base in early December, the company's Chief Marketing Officer John Allert " a long time cycling fan who grew up just a stone's throw away from Willunga Hill in Adelaide " announced the plans in front of a small gathering of journalists. Bahrain-Merida's general manager Brent Copeland was alongside Allert and added that the joint venture had the potential to revolutionise the sport. "This is great for cycling and maybe the most exciting thing that's happened in cycling for the last decade," Copeland said.ADVERTISEMENT "McLaren can help us out in so many areas. More and more topics come out as we talk about it. It's exciting for us, and it is for cycling in general. Their experience is unlimited." The news means an obvious jump in the team's overall budget, but the primary focus in 2019 will be for McLaren to gain experience in working with a WorldTour team on a long-term strategy. The company already know their work with Specialized but have already had time with both Rohan Dennis and Vincenzo Nibali in their technology centre and wind tunnel in Woking. Neither Copeland nor Allert would discuss the team's new budget or McLaren's share of the investment, but the plan at this stage is for both parties to work with Merida in 2019 in the hope that the bike supplier remains with them once their current contract expires at the end of next season. It's possible that McLaren could become a title sponsor in the future, alongside Bahrain. "What Bahrain-Merida have been able to achieve off a standing start in two years is phenomenally inspiring," said Allert. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bahrain-Merida gather in Croatia for training camp - Gallery
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following a day of medical testsat the IRR Rehabilitations Institute of Turin, riders for Bahrain-Merida are spending this week on the Croatian island of Hvar for a first full training camp with the 2019 roster. Star rider Vincenzo Nibali and new recruit Rohan Denniswere on hand and ready to greet their new teammates. Bahrain-Merida added eight new riders in 2019, including three from the former BMC Racing Team: Dennis, Damiano Caruso and Dylan Teuns. Also new to the team this year are Marcel Sieberg from Lotto Soudal, Jan Tratnik fromCCC Sprandi Polkowice, Phil Bauhaus from Team Sunweb, Andrea Garosio from d'Amico-Utensilnord and Stephen Williams from SEG Racing Academy. The team are also breaking in rider-turned-director Franco Pellizotti in his new role.ADVERTISEMENT Click or swipe through the Bettini photo gallery above for a glimpse of this week's camp. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Floyd Landis signs McCabe, Tvetcov to Continental squad
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Floyd Landis and Gord Fraser announced the first riders to be signed to their new Continental team, which will be named Floyd's Pro Cycling. The team will race primarily on the road, but with new equipment sponsor Van Dessel, they will compete in some gravel and mountain bike events. Landis is funding the team in part with the money from settling of his False Claims Act suit against Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team management and owners. Landis' Continental team will be registered in Canada and has acquired infrastructure from the defunct Silber Pro Cycling team. However, the registration ran into legal issues with the Canadian Government, so the team name had to be changed from Floyd's of Leadville Pro Cycling due to Canada's legalisation of cannabis.ADVERTISEMENT "Canada is sorting out the legalities surrounding CBD and athletics," Landis said in a press release. "My commitment to the team remains unchanged regardless of what it needs to be called. After years of litigation, I have no desire to enter another lengthy legal battle over the name." Fraser, who also directed Silber, has been leading the way with the signings. "We're going to focus on developing the best young cycling talent in Canada while expanding to recruit some of North America's most dynamic and proven riders," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Varnish calls former British Cycling doctor Freeman as witness in sex discrimination case
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish will call on controversial former British Cyclingdoctor Richard Freeman to provide evidence on Wednesday to the Manchester Employment Tribunal as part of her sex discrimination case against British Cycling and UK Sport. The hearing started on Monday and is expected to continue until December 17. The track sprinter is fighting for compensation, claiming unfair dismissal after she was dropped from Great Britain's elite track programme in 2016 and so missed out on the Rio Olympics. The tribunal will ultimately decide whether Varnish was self-employed or an employee, and she could be owed the full legal obligation of her contract. If Varnish is successful at proving she was an employee, all parties would face a tribunal in 2019. A source close to Varnish said that she is not interested in a cash settlement, rather, she is "frustrated that neither UK Sport nor British Cycling have changed the grey situation that athletes still remain in."ADVERTISEMENT Following Varnish's dismissal from the track programme, she accused former technical director at British Cycling Shane Sutton of using sexist and discriminatory language toward her, a claim that was supported by several other athletes. Sutton resigned amid the controversy, which resulted in a full, independent investigation into the culture of British Cycling's high-performance programme. He was later cleared of eight of the nine allegations. On Monday, both parties spent the first day at their employment tribunal reviewing each other's documents. BBC Sportreported that British Cycling and UK Sport have 4,000 pages up against Varnish. Varnish is set to call three witnesses to give evidence: Freeman, along with her partner Liam Phillips, a former GB athlete, and her agent James Harper. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Barry Soper: Who says we all want more cycle ways?
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: One thing you can say about the American twang of Julie Anne Genter is that it's enthusiastic, particularly when it comes to her pet topics.One of them is cycling, to such an extent that a few months ago she cycled to... More...
Cycling: Shane Archbold and Aaron Gate return to track cycling
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A conversation over a couple of beers in Spain has steered Shane Archbold back to the track.The Kiwi cyclist has been without a professional road team since Irish outfit Aqua Blue Sport folded in August, and has returned to the... More...
Nicola Patrick: Nothing surprises me anymore -- except these surprises
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sometimes I've heard people say "nothing surprises me anymore" " I'm obviously not there, yet, as this week has had more than a few surprises.Turns out some people in New Zealand think that a Maori dressing up as Santa is a big... More...
Cassani predicts heat and climbs will produce a selective Tokyo 2020 Olympics
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian national coach Davide Cassani has predicted that heat and humidity will be a decisive factor in deciding the men's road race event at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, with the climbs on the 234km course expected to reduce the race to final "head to head" battle. Cassani is in Japan to see the course and decide on logistics, confirming that his squad will stay near Mount Fuji rather than in the Olympic village so they can be train on the course at the foot of the snow-covered mountain. The routes of both the men's and women's races will favour the climbers, with the men's parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of Mount Fuji. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the women's course will be a watered-down version of the men's and misses the Mount Fuji loop altogether. The women's race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres during 137km of racing, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing.ADVERTISEMENT A shorter men's test event will be held next July. The race profile includes five key climbs as the 234km race heads towards Mount Fuji and the finish in Fuji International Speedway circuit, from the start in Tokyo's Musashinonomori Park. The climbs start after 40km of racing. The decisive point in the men's race is likely to be the Mikuni Pass. The 6.8km climb averages 10.2 per cent and touches and ends 34 kilometres from the finish. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan to race Classics through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has announced that he will compete in a full spring Classics campaign in 2019, with plans for the 28-year-old to race from Milan-San Remo in March right through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege in late April. Speaking at the Bora-Hansgrohe team presentation in Mallorca on Monday, Sagan confirmed that he would once again begin his season at the Tour Down Under in January. He will add the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina to his programme before returning to Europe for a spell of altitude training in February. "I'm happy be a part of this team. It's been two years already but it's felt like just a week. We're starting another season and we're getting older but I'd like to help pass on my experience to some of the younger riders," Sagan said.ADVERTISEMENT "We've decided that I'll do my kilometres in Australia and from there go to Argentina to do the Tour de San Juan. Then I'll have some rest before going up to Sierra Nevada." Sagan will miss the opening weekend in Belgium at the start of March and also forgo Strade Bianche. "After that I'll come back for Tirreno-Adriatico and the plan is then to carry on until Liege-Bastogne-Liege. We'll see how that goes with such a hard period but that's the first plan." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Varnish's sex discrimination case heads to employment tribunal
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish's case against British Cycling and UK Sport is set to take a significant step forward at Manchester Employment Tribunal this week, as the former track sprinter fights for compensation after she alleged sex discrimination against Shane Sutton, then the technical director of British Cycling. The employment tribunal will consider if Varnishs UK Sport funding means she was self-employed or an employee. Varnish and her lawyers argue funded athletes should be classed as "employees" or "workers" rather than "self-employed." In Britain employees and workers are protected against discrimination, have the right to minimum wage, paid holidays, whistleblowing protection, maternity pay and a pension. Athlete Performance Awards that are paid to athletes are currently considered as grants rather than a salary. The significance of the Varnish case has been compared to the Bosman ruling in European professional football, which allowed footballers to become free agents after their contracts expired. Employment status has come under the microscope in recent years as workers in many fields fight for better rights. However the case has sparked debate about the best status for funded athletes and could spark serious implications for sport funding in Britain and elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT Varnish now runs a coffee shop with several former teammates, but her accusations have rocked British Cycling and lifted the lid on the atmosphere at the so-called Medals Factory. It is understood that UK Sport acted aggressively in its defence, even applying for a strike-out order to dismiss the case, along with a costs order and deposit order. This could have meant Varnish's assets would have been seized pending the case, forcing her to drop her claim. Sky News suggested that UK Sport and British Cycling have already spent more than 500,000 on preparing for the tribunal, including 75,000 for the two barristers that will represent them in the seven-day trial in Manchester. Varnish was dropped from the Great Britain elite track programme in 2016 and so missed out on the Rio Olympics. She has claimed she was subject to discrimination and had been told by former technical director Shane Sutton to "go and have a baby. He denied those claims but then resigned. A British Cycling internal investigation later cleared him of eight out of the nine accusations. Varnishs case has sparked a duty of care debate in British sport which has spread to several other Olympic and Paralympic sports. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Evenepoel will not ride cobbled Classics in 2019
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Junior world champion Remco Evenepoel has confirmed that he will not line out in any cobbled Classics during his debut professional season with Deceuninck-QuickStep. Evenepoel claimed both the road and time trial world titles in Innsbruck in September at the end of a remarkable season that saw him dominate the junior peloton at international level. The Belgian youngster will bypass the under-23 ranks in 2019, moving directly from junior racing to WorldTour level withDeceuninck-QuickStep. Last month, the Belgian team revealed that the teenager would ride a light programme of 55 race days in 2019. At a gathering of his supporters club in Geraardsbergen at the weekend, Evenepoel confirmed that he will not tackle the Muur in competition in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT No Tour of Flanders or Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for me, Evenepoel said, according to Het Nieuwsblad. Im focusing on the Walloon Classics and short stage races. You cannot compare the professional Flemish Classics with those of the juniors. They are completely different. I wont pass by here in a race. Evenepoel only turned to cycling in 2017 after previously playing football in the youth structures of Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven. The son of 1990s professional rider Patrick, Evenepoel compiled a stunning sequence of wins as a junior in 2018, including Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, the Giro della Lunigiana stage race, the Peace Race, the Belgian Championships and a double at the European Championships, where he won the road race by a margin of almost ten minutes. His performances have earned the admiration of Eddy Merckx, who told Het Laatste Nieuws: "What else could I teach him? Nothing. He can do it all. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Loy hospitalised after Vlaamse Druivencross crash
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ellen Van Loy was taken to hospital in Herentals, Belgium, on Sundayafter crashing hard at theVlaamse Druivencross. Her Telenet Fidea Lions team reported on Twitter that Van Loy suffered bruising to the ligaments in her knee and would spend the night in the hospital before undergoing more tests on Monday to determine the extent of her injuries. Van Loy, who was coming off a win at GP Hasselt on December 1,went down on the muddy course inOverijse and had to abandon. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) went on to win after battling Nikki Brammeier (Mudiita) throughout the race. The victory at Hasselt at the beginning of the month was the first win of the 2018-19 season for Van Loy, who started out in September with third at the first UCI World Cup of the season in Wisconsin. From there, Van Loy hit the podium at Berencross, Kermiscross, Kiremko Nacht van Woerden, DVV verzekeringen trofee-Jaarmarktcross andDVV verzekeringen trofee-Flandriencross.Van Loy's win at GP Hasselt in front of Denise Betsema (Marlux-Bingoal) and world champion Sanne Cant (Corendon-Cricus) was a positive sign for the upcoming races.ADVERTISEMENT The team did not say how long they expect Van Loy to remain out of action. Uit onderzoek in het ziekenhuis blijkt dat @Ellenvanloy een kneuzing van de gewrichtsbanden van de knie heeft. Morgen volgt er een echo om de ernst te bepalen. " Telenet Fidea Lions (@TFLions) December 9, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Snow stops second day at North Carolina Grand Prix
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The second day of the North Carolina Grand Prix has fallen victim to winter storm 'Diego', as organisers were forced to cancel the racing in the face of heavy snow that covered the course and crippled the area. "Due to main roads not being cleared, the advisement of Emergency Management Services, completely unrideable course conditions, and concern for the safety (and fun) of everyone involved, we've decided that it is in everyone's best interest and safety to cancel," organisers of the UCI C2 races posted on Facebook early Sunday morning. "This event is covered by USAC insurance, so refunds for pre-registered riders for Sunday's race will be covered," organisers wrote. "Series overall awards will be calculated and distributed shortly! Stay safe, stay warm, be smart!"ADVERTISEMENT The North Carolina Grand Prix, which featured two C2 races over Saturday and Sunday, was one of the final rounds of USA Cycling's Pro CX calendar, which concludes this weekend at the Ruts 'n' Guts race in Tulsa Oklahoma. Winter storm Diego has hit the eastern seaboard of the US hard, forcing airlines to cancel more than 1,000 flights. It is expected to continue through Monday, with schools already announcing cancellations. More than 50,000 people are without power. Saturday's races in North Carolina were also hit by snow and cold weather, but they were able to go forward. Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano)took the Elite men's win ahead ofCooper Willsey (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Gunnar Holmgren (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling). In the women's race, Lily Williams (The Pony Shop) beatErica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton) and Emma Swartz (Trek Factory Racing CX). View this post on Instagram You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rally Cycling joins NFL's Melvin Gordon for charity bike build - Gallery
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rally Cycling's Brad Huff, Jesse Anthony, Megan Jastrab, Robin Carpenter and Ty Magner recently joined the NFL's Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers for their third-annual Holiday Bike Build at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, where 100 kids from Gardena-based Falcons Youth and Family Services received brand-new bicycles and Bell helmets. Gordon and the pro cyclists led the children, ages 5-12,in a series of health-and-fitness-inspired activities, including football drills and potato-sack races before leading the kids for a ride on their new bikes around the StubHub Center concourse. The goal was to inspire the childrento adopt healthy habits and focus on their education.ADVERTISEMENT Its incredibly rewarding to be able to draw from my own experience and Rallys message of healthy living to inspire these kids to stay healthy and stay in school, and now with their new bikes, to get plenty of fun exercise, Gordon said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aigle and Lausanne pitch Prudhomme on Swiss Tour de France stage
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Local officials from Swiss towns Aigle and Lausanne met with Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme earlier this week to hand deliver their application to host a stage of the Tour in 2021, 2022 or 2023. The group presented Prudhomme with a detailed stage route, course profile and profiles of each the the potential climbs. The proposed route wouldstart at the UCI headquarters in Aigle and finish along Lake Genevea in Lausanne, taking in the Vaud and Friborg Prealps as well as the vineyards of Lavaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lausanne hosted its first Tour de France stage in 1948, when Gino Bartali won after 256km from Aix-les-Bains. Although Lausanne has hosted a Tour stage five times - in 1948, 1949, 1952, 1978 and 2000 - it would be a first for Aigle.Organisers believe the proposed route would showcase two strong sports and tourism symbols, linking the UCI headquartersto the Olympic Capital.ADVERTISEMENT The proposed172.9km stage would not be a parade day by any means, with3,800 metres of climbing and an almost equal amount of downhill. The route would take in four major climbs, including the first category Col de la Croix (1,776 m), the second category Col du Pillon (1,546 m), the third category Col du Saanenmser (1,279) and the first category Col du Jaun (1,509 m). After the mountains, the race would take in the vineyards of Lavaux and then Lake Geneva. After about 4 hours 20 of racing and a final 3.7km climb at 6 per cent gradient, the peloton would cross the finish line in the Olympic stadium of Pontaise. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cervelo-Bigla implement welfare measures after abuse allegations
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After recent allegations of abuse, Cervelo-Bigla will implement measures that go beyond the UCI's Code of Ethics, including an anonymous conflict resolution service from a qualified lawyer. The team was struck by controversy just over two weeks ago when several former riders went public with complaints over the conduct of team manager Thomas Campana, who was said to have bullied, intimidated, and fat-shamed riders. Campana denies the allegations. The UCI recently made updates to its Code of Ethics, effective from 1 November 2018, including 'anonymity of plaintiff' to protect victims, and dedicated reporting channels for filing complaints.ADVERTISEMENT Iris Slappendel and nine other former Bigla riders had originally taken their complaints about Campana to the UCI in 2016 but half withdrew when they found out that their names would not be anonymous and that they would be public knowledge to Campana. The Bigla team issued a statement on Saturday welcoming the changes to the UCI's Code of Ethics and announcing their own new measures. "From 1 January 2019, the team will be offering a mediation and conflict management service provided by an independent Swiss Bar Association-accredited party. A trained female lawyer will be available to all riders and staff to provide advice and conflict resolution services if the need arises," read the statement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Freire eyes Spanish national coach vacancy
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Oscar Freire has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacancy as head coach of Spain's elite men's road cycling team following the resignation of Javier Minguez last month. The 42-year-old won the World Championships for Spain on a record-equalling three occasions (1999, 2001, 2001) and is keen to use his experience to help the current crop of riders. Minguez, head coach since 2013, left his role last month after a salary dispute, in the wake of Alejandro Valverde winning the world title. The role is said to have been offered to his deputy, Pascual Momparler, but Freire is waiting in the wings.ADVERTISEMENT "My intention is to be the coach - if it's not this year then in the future," he said in an interview with Spanish news agency EFE. "It's something I'd like to do and something I believe I could do well, because the Worlds was the race that marked my career. "After spending my whole life in cycling and having been a pro, you know you can bring something else to the table. Many riders who turn pro are very good but because of one single error they can lose a World Championships. That can't happen. "A lot of the time, when I've gone to watch a race, from the sidelines you see when a rider is going badly and it's sad because without having anyone to give them advice things can't be any different." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Erik Zabel joins Katusha-Alpecin as performance director
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Katusha-Alpecin revealed their new kit for the 2019 season, and introduced their new performance director Erik Zabel and director sportif Dirk Demol, at an official presentation in at the Canyon headquarters in Koblenz, Germany. Sprinter Marcel Kittel, who says he has found extra motivation ahead of a new season, modelled the new baby blue jersey along with the team's traditional red shorts on stage. "When things go wrong, it forces you to look at how you do things and where you focus your energy," said Kittel, who had a subpar season with only two victories, both at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. Kittel was time-cut from the Tour de France and didn't finish the BinckBank Tour or Deutschland Tour. In agreement with his team, he ended his season earlier than scheduled in August. He has already kick-started the upcoming season by riding the Saitama and Shanghai Tour de France criteriums in November, and says that he is training and looking forward to 2019.ADVERTISEMENT "I am at a point where I am focusing 100% on my training and my races " I realize I need to focus on the basics. I started training early now for next season, I am feeling fresh and motivated to win again," he said. Zabel back with Katusha The team will mark its 11th season on the WorldTour with 24 riders presented on stage in Koblenz, along with Zabel, as the team's new performance director, and Demol as the team's new director sportif. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinarello partners with Hagens Berman Axeon
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Hagens Berman Axeon team will race on Pinarello bikes for the next two seasons, the Italian manufacturer announced on Friday. The Pro Continental squad raced on Specialized bikes since Axel Merckx's team transitioned from Trek in 2015. Cicli Pinarello SRL said it has been "overly impressed" by the team and promised, "maximum support to try to collect numerous and prestigious successes even at a youth level". The Hagens Berman Axeon riders will compete on the Dogma F10 disc version for road races and the Bolide for time trials. Merckx's teams have been prolific feeders of talent to the WorldTour. Since he began the programme as Trek-Livestrong in 2009, 31 of Merckx's riders have earned WorldTour contracts.ADVERTISEMENT "We have always supported the new generations, so the proposal made by Axel Merckx was welcomed with great pleasure, as we will always offer our maximum technology and experience to help them achieve their goals," said Fausto Pinarello, the CEO and son of founder Giovani Pinarello. The team has retained U23 world time trial champion Mikkel Bjerg and replaced five riders who graduated to the WorldTour with fresh talent in the form of Americans Sean Quinn, Kevin Vermaertke, and Liam Holoewsko, in addition to Karel Vacek, Jakob Egholm and Andre Carvalho. "We are very excited to work with Pinarello, one of the most legendary brands in the rich history of cycling," Merckx said. "They bring so much to the table, and will allow our team to utilize the very best equipment and technology needed to develop the best young riders in the world while continuing to win races." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Colour explosion for Van der Breggen's world champion Tarmac SL6 Disc
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Specialized unveiled the new paint scheme for world champion Anna van der Breggen's Tarmac SL6 Disc onFriday, and announced that it would offer a limited run of 250 replica frames for sale to the public. It will be the bike she riders during the 2019 season with her trade team Boels Dolmans. The design is a modern explosion of colours and shapes, a big departure from the more conservative black and gold paint job of the Olympic champion's Tarmac upon which she won the world title at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck in September. "The design we created for Anna pays tribute to the colors of her new jersey in a loud and exciting way " just like her race victory,"designer Ron Jones said. "We combined several elements from years past to put a new spin on what a World Champion's bike could look like. An energetic explosion of color in an all-over frame application draws the eye from front to back, giving the frame an element of speed while maintaining its brash 'In Your Face' style.ADVERTISEMENT "Just like in years past, we kept the design a secret until it was time to unveil it to Anna, leaving her with no idea of what to expect. As always, a big thanks goes to Anna for giving us the opportunity to create another World Champion's bike." Van der Breggen attacked on a climb with over 40km to go in Innsbruck and then soloed to victory a massive 3:42 ahead of Amanda Spratt, with Tatiana Guderzo taking third over five minutes back. Van der Breggen rode a TarmacDisc bike in the race for more reliable stopping power. Van der Breggen said, "I decided to ride the Tarmac Disc because you can always count on your braking system. The Tarmac is honestly perfect for the hilly races and this was the case. From the first climb, I felt that my legs were good. The breakaway went away pretty early, and I didn't have a choice, so I had to continue while remaining focused on nutrition and hydration. I also knew I had strong teammates backing me up. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
$500,000 boost for Whanganui velodrome roof ahead of public open day
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The bid to put a roof on Whanganui's velodrome has had a half a million dollar boost. The $500,000 grant from the Whanganui Community Foundation comes just as the Raise the VeloRoof group prepares to open the facility up to the... More...
Laura Kenny to perform for home crowd at London Track World Cup
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Laura Kenny is set to return to the Lee Valley VeloPark for the next round of the UCI Track World Cup, and she is relishing in the thought of competing in front of home fans. "You know that the crowds are going to be there and that the atmosphere is going to be amazing. It excites me, and I really do look forward to going there," Kenny said in a press release. The four-time Olympic champion has had a successful return to the Track World Cup series after taking a time off during pregnancy and to give birth to her first child.ADVERTISEMENT She has competed in the second round in Milton where she earned gold medals in the Team Pursuit and Omnium. In the third round inBerlin last weekend, she secured gold medals in the Team Pursuit and Madison. The team will be building toward qualifying for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Kenny won both the Team Pursuit and the Omnium at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. "This is the qualification period now for the Olympics, and as a womens endurance squad were definitely heading in the right direction. For me personally, this year has gone really well," Kenny said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Enve's new Carbon Road Hubs are the subtlest way to burn $1,000
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Enve has launched an all-new version of its delightfully excessive (but actually rather stealthy) Carbon Road Hubs for 2019. While theyre still expensive, theyre a good deal cheaper than their predecessors at $1,000 and they feature a number of updates and refinements. Enves original Carbon Road Hubs used DT Swiss internals but the latest version drops these in favour of an unnamed 40t ratchet system with 9 degree engagement.ADVERTISEMENT The rear hub uses pawl-less ratchet system The hubs roll on stainless steel bearings which Enve reckons are actually better suited to the task than the ceramic hybrid bearings found in some high-end hubs. Enve claims that in simulated wet weather testing, its stainless bearings continued to run smoothly well after industry leading ceramic offerings had become crunchy. Outwardly, the hubs havent changed a great deal but the flange design has been updated with a move to a paired-spoke configuration. Enve touts the benefits of running the spokes closer to tangent to the flange, a more mechanically elegant design. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
British Cycling announces eSports national championship for 2019
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
British Cycling has agreed a two-year partnership with virtual racing and training app Zwift, which will include an 'eRacing' national championship next year, open to everyone. Both women's team Canyon-SRAM and men's WorldTour team Dimension Data have used Zwift competitions to 'talent spot' riders in the last two years. In 2016, Leah Thorvilson earned herself a contract with Canyon-SRAM, while Tanja Erath did the same last year. Ollie Jones also won a contract with Dimension Data's under-23 development team last year, and British Cycling will use their 'indoor national championships' to help find any potential future stars, too.ADVERTISEMENT "The eSports market is particularly exciting for cycling as it enables so many more people to participate and be active," Jonathan Rigby, British Cycling's commercial director, said on the federation's website. "We're thrilled to be exploring this new territory with Zwift to innovate in cycle sport. Their technology and our cycling expertise will together allow communities of cyclists to get more out of riding bikes for competition and for fun. "We're also excited about what this could mean for identifying talent," Rigby continued. "We're proud to have a wealth of gifted riders competing on the world stage and are confident that Zwift technology will enable us to unearth more future stars." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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