Wiggins Makes Donations

Brit riding great Sir Wiggins has reportedly contributed 5,000 pounds as donation to 5 Go-Ride clubs to help them in their discovery of future cycling stars.

Go-Ride is the development programme by Brit Cycling meant to explore young talents from the country. There’re three hundred Go-Ride clubs running across the nations, in schools and communities, with the mission to help young cyclists train in varied cycling disciplines.

At present, more than 60 percent of riders at GB Cycling Team were products of Go-Ride Clubs. There is 3 time Olympic champ Jason Kenny & double Olympic champ Laura Trott, who are most renowned graduates of this developmental programme.

To announce the donation, which is being matched by titanbet, Sir Wiggins visited the Liverpool Mercury Go-Ride club- one among the 5 clubs to be benefitted from his donation.

“It was fantastic to meet young riders here at Liverpool Mercury Club today. I am really proud to contribute to great causes such as this. The local riding clubs require our support & the Go- Ride program by British Cycling does a fantastic job in encouraging the young riders about the sport. I am on my way of winding my Foundation at the moment as I am mostly focused on preparing for 2016 Rio Olympics. I am a racer & not exactly a fund raiser as you know.

“I would always stand by grass roots & encourage the young riders to take to the healthy sports such as cycling. I would love to convey my thanks to everybody who has supported me in raising funds for Foundation over 2 years. I am eagerly looking to come up with excellent result at Rio in 2016.”

The 5 Go-Ride clubs that would benefit from Sir Wiggins’ dilation are Salt Ayre Cog Set, Lyme RC, Ribble Valley Juniors, Liverpool Mercury & Cycle Sport Pendle.

Come Back For Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers an Australian cyclist is expected to make a comeback very soon for racing after overcoming his restriction and disapproval for participation because of the positive signs of the clenbuterol drug that was found in him during the Japan cup where he had won the previous year.

Rogers aged about 34 has been at started at Tour de France starter for nine times after his positive result was temporality suspended but preserved his innocence. UCI had mentioned in a declaration on Wednesday that it has received an explanation that the true results was because of the impure meat that he ate while racing in Tour to Beijing in china.

After proper examination of Rogers and the associated technical statements the UCI finally got to know that there was a major chance that the existence of drug have resulted due to the contamination of dirt meat, where he took part in race before leaving for Japan.
The UCI is observing meticulously the current progress concerning clenbutarol and will carry on taking proper steps to make sure that the riders are suitably educated.

Mr. Rogers said on twitter that UCI approved the existence of clenbutarol in his sample that were put together on the tour de Beijing was false as he always stated. He’s taking a break from his DH bike holiday in France with his friends to make the come-back.

In particular the UCI confirmed the nonexistence of any fault and carelessness on his part. According to the UCI rules the drug was found in the sample during the game and he would be automatically disqualified.

Even though it was unlucky for him the UCI would abide by the rules and will apply them constantly. The UCI decision means he could return to the race as soon as possible and he is looking to get back to the competition. He has been given one more chance to prove his innocence.

Fiasco Designs work on Hoy’s Site

A website for the Scot legend Sir Chris Hoy has been designed by Fiasco Design, a popular agency in Bristol. This was mainly done to promote the works of Sir Chris Hoy and also show the wide range of bikes that the rider possessed.

The six time Olympic gold winner and one time silver gold winner retired from cycling in the year 2013 and after that he has already launched a whole new range of Hoy Bikes with the well known retailer Evans Cycle. After retirement Sir Chris Hoy has been seen to deliver speeches on cycling at various corporate and public events. The management agency of Sir Chris Hoy asked Fiasco Design to develop a website that would help to promote the new ventures of the legend in the upcoming years.

The layout of the website has been kept simple so that people can easily navigate through the various pages. The users will be able to browse the images that are there in the gallery section either with the mouse or with the arrow keys and the menu will remain fixed in all the pages. The responsive designs have also been kept on the simple side so that people who are visiting this website from their mobile do not face any problem.

The director of Fiasco Design Ben Steers said that they are really happy to create the website for such a legendary character and they have done their best. They have not tried to do anything superficial with the website and has tried to keep it as simple as possible. He is proud of his designers and said that they have done a great job. The management agency of Sir Chris Hoy is also very happy with the work and they said that it would help them in achieving the future endeavors easily.

Survey Reveals Cyclists As Cooler

Amazing news for the riders all over and the cycling fans- a new survey has recently revealed that people find cyclists as cooler, more intelligent & charitable in comparison to average person.

The survey was conducted by some Mindlab scientists recently and was aimed to study subconscious attitudes of people towards varied sports. It found that people perceive that sprinters come up with a rare concoction of generosity, intelligence & a “cool” quotient.

The research was commissioned by British Heart Foundation and was launched as a celebration of the organization’s 39th anniversary of London-Brighton Bike riding. The study reported that the cyclists are viewed as 13% cooler & more intelligent as well as 10% more charitable in relation to other people.

Nearly 23% of respondents participating in the survey admitted that they like to go on dates with cyclists over players from other sports. Around 27% wanted cyclists for pub quiz squad- just around 18% stressed reliance on footballers’ trivia skills.

Interestingly, the respondents’ love for cyclists could be, to some extent, credited for a likeness towards Lycra. Nearly 63% of respondents confessed their preference for this stretchy material which is much in use among the riders. Besides, it’s the celebratory triumph of 2 phenomenal Brit cyclists Bradley Wiggins & Chris Froome at the most prestigious cycling race Tour de France in 2012 & 2013-that have evoked a special respect for cyclists among the Britons. Both the riders had an amazing time at the Olympics as well making the nation proud once again.

The study also wanted to see how much people differentiate among sports stars and other celebrities. Almost half of the respondents, around 48 percent said that they were especially pulled to sports stars rather than other celebrities like film stars or famous pop icons.

Sagan Confirms a Strong Line Up in USA Pro Challenge

Leading Slovakian rider Peter Sagan confirms a strong fight in USA Pro Challenge this year which about to start soon in Colorado from August 19. The world’s No.2 cyclist had an excellent season till date with several strong performances, especially his 2nd Maillot Vert victory at Tour France & presently he is charged up for more winning performances.

The Cannondale rider has already flown to USA much ahead of the Pro Challenge & is gunning up strongly for a remarkable performance at the elite race. “It has always been a huge pleasure for me to compete in US”, stated Sagan reminiscing his previous outstanding wins in the American soil- including the 5 stage victories in Tour of California last year. “I love how people cherish these events, their support & their warmth. It offers me a great boost to explore the best of myself.” The Slovak rider is hopeful that apart from strong performances in the upcoming Colorado race, he has the added boost up that a fantastic ride there can lead him to a remarkable season end.

Sagan went into a short hiatus post Tour de France before getting back for RideLondon Classic. He flew to US on 6th August & since then has been training hard for the prestigious event.

“RideLondon Classic race was the 1st championship post my return & it was natural to experience a tough time”, Sagan admitted his not-up-to the-mark performance at the race. “But I am expecting better condition & good legs in US Pro Challenge. I decided flying to Colorado around a couple of weeks ahead to ensure best of preparations for the event. My first aim is to stay competitive & also to prep up for the last part of this season. I need to get the rightmost form & the desired confidence to make it big”.

Get Active in Fakenham

A huge group of cyclists tested their skills riding through some of the mainstream highlight locations situated in the North Norfolk Countryside. The occasion was the finale of a week long summer activity. The finale cycling activity ended in the Fakenham and around 270 cyclists have participated in the event.

The cyclists include both club racers and beginners. The cyclists had two choices to pick from either a 35 mile circuit or 13 mile circuit. This choice was made available to ensure that everyone got their own chances to make the most of the opportunity. The route map for the ride was made very interesting and fun packed.

There were country lanes, scenic villages, meandering streams, meadows and also a stop for tasting the home made feed station entertainment. There was something everyone would love to enjoy in a ride through a variety of planes. Anyways, people seem to be very active and happy to participate in the event. Well the entire summer event was a different move and apart from just cycling there was also theatre experience, Balkan dancing and Great Duck race and some more exciting things people love to enjoy in the summer time. It was perfect to end the even with a cycling activity as there was something special to discover from the process for the experts at the same time to the amateur cyclists.

Richard Cook was one of the main organizers behind the event and he stated that the event was a huge success and they achieved pretty good milestones as they expected. Richard is also the Town Counselor. In another statement he shared his thought that the process will now happen annually which will in turn get added to the entertainment calendars of coming years. There were lots of things to experience and learn from the event and everyone seems delighted after the final cycling activity.

Evans looking for BMC assurances

Cadel Evans’ future will be decided very soon as the Australian rider registered his worst result in Tour de France this year. The man from Victoria, Australia, wants to carry on at grand tour level, but his dreams will only come true if BMC backs his ambition.

Evans failed to reach his team’s expectations in the Tour de France this year. After dropping to thirty-ninth overall after stage 21, Cadel Evans told Unibet that he needs to speak to his team; The Tour de France is not something that one just do on his own; there were a lot of people he wanted to talk to and find out whether they are confident on him or not. He needs people to support him if he still has to go on.

In the Giro d’Italia, Evans finished in the 3rd position. After that there were high expectations from him. People expected him to do well in the Tour. Earlier, Evans told that illness bust up his schedule last year and taking part in Giro d’Italia was crucial to rebuild his fitness. He added that 2013 has been his worst season as a professional.

Decision making and planning is a real tough job. Participating at Giro certainly did not work for him. However, that does not mean he would have done well in the Tour if he would not have taken part in Giro. Evans said that this is the very first race in his career that he lost. He thinks, he just have to learn from it once again. Now it is time to look back, find out the mistakes and see where he could improve and bring his confidence back.

Any cycling authority should raise voice

The World Anti-Doping Agency has raised its voice against the decision given by the Spanish judges to destroy the 200 bags of blood involved in the case of Operation Puerto. Wada has filed an appeal against the decision for the case whose trial was held at a court in Madrid in Spain. Sources confirmed that Wada has decided to fill a declaration for appealing at a Criminal Court at Madrid. Any official from the agency was not available for comment further as per the Wada policy of protecting the integrity of any process initiated by them. The International Cycling Union, Spanish prosecutor and the Italian Olympic Committee have also decided to support Wada’s appeal against the Madrid court.

Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria was condemned by all the various authorities for International sports and Anti-doping for denying them to analyze and test the blood bags to see their implications on any athlete. The blood bags were recovered from the office of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes in 2006. Overall 211 blood bags with plasma and frozen blood were confiscated from the doctor’s office. He was the person who provided blood doping facilities to the cyclists. Fuentes was suspended for one year for running the huge doping ring.

Police further revealed that the doctor had a work association with soccer players, boxers, athletes and tennis players although it is not clear whether he helped them in doping as well or not. The chief of US Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart also expressed his displeasure on the decision as well. He termed the decision by the Spanish court as “obvious setback”. He is very upset with UCI for not taking any kind of strict decision against all the pending doping cases. He said that after the Lance Amstrong scandal and US Postal doping case, it has been seven months and UCI is still sitting idle. He is happy that the cycling fraternity has raised a voice against the decision of destroying blood bags.

Betting on the Tour

The 2013 Tour de France will be run between 29 June and 21 July. This is it’s hundredth birthday, so the interest will be even higher than usual. The Tour de France is always important event on the French calendar and this time it will be held entirely on French land.

This is an event in which British cyclists have been prospering recently. Last year both first and second places went to Britain.

The event was won by Sir Bradley Wiggins and the runner up was Chris Froome. Only four minutes separated them. This year Chris Froome is the outright favourite and he is prices at 7/5. Second favourite is last year’s third place Alberto Contador from Spain and he is currently priced up to 11/5. Odds on Wiggins are 16/1, which are very good for a reigning Champion.

The really exciting betting doesn’t really get going until the start of the event, and when it does you can expect some wildly fluctuating odds as different riders emerge. A lot can happen in the Tour de France and it frequently does, so expect some surprises. If you can predict them in advance you can make some real money.

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One year doping suspension too harsh

Cyclist Frank Schleck, who was suspended for a year after failing the dope test during last year’s Tour de France, has once again reiterated that according to him the punishment that he was meted out was too severe.

The 32 year old rider, who came third during the Tour of 2011 had tested positive for diuretic Xipamide, which is a banned substance. The ban handed down to Schleck is backdated to last year’s July 14 and basically means that Schleck will be missing the Tour de France this year.

Schleck had earlier said, “I am thoroughly disappointed with the verdict. I personally think that suspending me for a one whole year is extremely harsh especially since the council has conceded that I had taken the diuretic Xipamide, unintentionally without knowing it.

Frank, who is the older brother of 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck, has also added that it was unfortunate that as per the UCI provisions involuntary contamination is enough for pronouncing a punishment.
Following the ban, Schleck will lose all the results of 2012 event. He was in standing in the 12th position when he was forced to withdraw.

Luxembourg’s anti-doping body (ALAD) president Robert Schuller has said that they accepted the ban that was imposed on the rider.

Earlier, Schleck had said that he had absolutely no idea how the banned substance got into his system. He further said that though a one year ban was imposed on him, it has been proven that he is not a doper. He said, ‘I am relieved that the judges concerned acknowledged that mine is not a case of doping and I did not take the diuretic Xipamide to enhance my performance. This is very important to me, my family and friends and to all those who support me. I know I did nothing wrong”.