Monday, February 28, 2011

Bring Back Team Radios

The UCI’s ban on team radio has taken a lot criticism since it began earlier on in the year. There has already been a protest in the opening stage of the Challenge Mallorca.

Teams rode the stage with the banned radios, claiming the issue was to do with safety and not Directors trying to control the races, which the UCI has indicated. There have also been protests in Argentina and Italy, with teams complaining about the lack of input they had in the decision. There have been requests, made by the Cycling Professionals Association, for certain options to be considered. These have included only having one rider per team with access to a radio or limiting use to hazard warning.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

One Cycling Discipline isn't Enough, A Marianne Vos Profile

Dutch rider Marianne Vos is probably the definition of an all-rounder, winning races in mountain biking, cyclo-cross, road and track racing.

Born 13th May 1987 in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands; she took to cycling, aged six, after watching her brother racing. Vos would have to train with her brother’s team as she couldn’t take part in racing. Eventually she took up cyclo-cross at the age of eight, where she was old enough to take part in races. Not satisfied with just one sport she also took up, the popular Dutch sports, inline and speed skating.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Awang is out of hospital after surgery

Don't watch this if you are a little squeamish, but here is the video of the crash during the Kerin final where Awang got a splinter through his leg.

The Malaysian rider has been discharged from hospital, after having the splinter surgically removed, and has been ordered to rest for two weeks.

Standings after the final round in the Track World Cup

After the fourth and final round of the Track World Cup in Manchester, here is a run down of all the standings and a link to the PDF.

Men's Sprint
1. Kevin Sireau (Fra) 42pts
2. Tsubasa Kitatsuru (JPN) 24pts
3. Jason Kenny (GBP) 20pts

Men's Individual Sprint
1. Rohan Dennis (AUS) 12pts
2. Geraint Thomas (GBR) 10pts
3. Marc Ryan (NZL) 8pts

Men's Team Pursuit
1. Spain 32pts
2. New Zealand 29pts
3. Great Britain 28pts

Men's Team Sprint
1. France 36pts
2. Great Britain 27pts
3. New Zealand 22pts

Track Cycling World Cup - Round Up Day 3

All was still to play for on the final day in Manchester with Great Britain putting on a stunning performance to take gold in the men’s team pursuit.

Opening up the evening session was the men’s team sprint where France edged out Germany to claim their second gold of the weekend. Kevin Sireau joined Gregory Bauge and Michael D’Almeida who qualified quickest, before taking the final by two tenths. Record Holders Great Britain took third place just ahead of Team Jayco.

Track Cycling World Cup - Round Up Day 2

Chris Hoy made up for his disappointment in the men’s sprint by winning the men’s kerin, while Victoria Pendleton had to settle for third in the women’s sprint.

In the Omnium Shane Archbold moved New Zealand from bridesmaid to bride, with a resounding victory ahead of Ho-Sung Cho. The Kiwi won his fourth omnium, since taking the sport up in November, with 15 points; under half of Cho’s. Taking no less than three victories, a third, fourth and fifth; it was plain sailing to New Zealand’s first gold of the event.

Anastasiya Chulkova made it the first gold medal for Russia in the women’s scratch race ahead of ,2008 Kerin champion, Jennie Reed. Chulkova looked like she might make a lap on the group; after staying away for most of the race and, despite being pulled back towards the end, won by a convincing margin.

Track Cycling World Cup - Round Up Day 1

Manchester played host to the final World Cup event of the track season and with the World Championships in Apeldoorn only a month away, this one meant business.

The opening day of the World Cup was an all out battle between Great Britain and Australia, with Kevin Sireau of France the only one from neither nation to take gold. Australia claimed both the men’s pursuit and women’s team sprint. Anna Meares continued her great season by taking gold with Kaarle McCoulloch, by three tenths over China. Star of the European Championships Sandie Clair had to settle for bronze, when she and Clara Sanchez beat Great Britain.

In the men’s individual pursuit Rohan Dennis beat British Road Champion by nearly half a second to take gold. Dennis won Gold in last year’s team pursuit at the World Championship, but this year he will be looking for the individual. Great Britain took their first gold in the women’s team pursuit and almost smashed the record in the process.