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Race leader Jonathan Tiernan-Locke goes to sign on as race winner but lost the race after a positive doping test in 2014
Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has revealed that he may not return to racing as a professional rider when his two-year ban for a UCI Biological Passport violation ends on December 31, 2015.
Speaking to Cyclingnews after attending the Exmoor Beast sportive event near his home in Devon, the British rider reveals the personal anguish he has gone through as he tried to fight his case. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014





Photo: Because Eurosport 2 is covering the 2014 Amsterdam Six Days, the official site may not offer a live stream this year.
The 2014 Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling (6-Daagse van Amsterdam or Zesdaagse van Amsterdam) are being held October 20-25.  There will once again be live streaming video. 
Live streaming video: 7:15pm CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern). (cyclingfans.com)

October 21, 2014




The USA's Guy East and Daniel Holloway get ready for another day of hard racing in Rotterdam
Photo: © wouterroosenboom.nl.
American sprinter revels in track roots: US Elite criterium champion Daniel Holloway could be hard to get in touch with this week; his schedule for the next five evenings is booked. The 27-year-old speedster from Morgan Hill, California, is competing with fellow American Guy East this week at the Amsterdam Six Day, which started Monday in the Netherlands. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014






Photo: I had to go too early. I chose the right side of the road while the others were sprinting on the left.
Today Belkin's impressive streak of ten straight wins in the Tour of Hainan was broken when Moreno Hofland could only manage sixth in the sprint on stage 2. However, the young Dutchman was pleased to get rid of the leader's jersey. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Riding hard in Europe.
One of the most surprising signings of the 2012/13 transfer season was the move from the US amateur team Californian Giant to mighty WorldTour outfit Astana by 22 year-old Evan Huffman from Elk Grove, California.
Huffman produced some startling time trial results in 2012, beating the likes of Tom Zirbel in the McLane Pacific stage race TT and then besting Rory Sutherland at the Tour of Gila TT before taking the US U23 TT title. Californian Giant and Astana share the same bike sponsor in Specialized, who spotted Huffman’s potential and recommended him to the Kazakh squad. (pezcyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014




2014 Races & Results.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015 - Jan 18-25 (Stages),

Giro d'Italia 2015 - May 9-31 (Stages),

Tour of Beijing 2015 - Oct 10-14 (Results),

Paris - Tours Elite 2015 - Oct 12 (Results),

Il Lombardia 2014 - Oct 5 (Results),

UCI Road World Championship 2014 - Sept 20-27 (Results),

Vuelta a España 2014 - Aug 23-Sept 14 (Results),

Tour de France2014  - July 5-27 (Results),

Giro d'Italia 2014 - May 9 - June 1 (Results),


Octobern 21, 2014





On the 2014 Tour de France's second stage into Sheffield, Vincenzo Nibali subjected his rivals to a brutal attack on the steep final climb. More fireworks are expected next year, as the Tour is rumored to include the Mur de Huy and other punchy climbs in northern Europe. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) will present its 2015 Tour de France route Wednesday in Paris, but already, enough is known or rumored to suggest that Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali will have a chance to defend his 2014 title.
The race will start in Utrecht, Netherlands on July 4 and finish in Paris on July 26. It is due to run counter-clockwise around the country, skirting the north coast before running through the high Pyrenean and Alpine mountains. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: La Course by Le Tour de France returns in 2015. - 2014: See our 20 team/rider profiles.
Live feeds for Wednesday's 2015 Tour de France Route Presentation should get underway at around 11:30am CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern).
Where will the 2015 Tour de France go after Utrecht in the Netherlands?  We'll find out on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  The route presentation will be live on Eurosport and it will be streamed live online as well.(cyclingfans.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Broadly, there are three primary reasons why great roads get ignored:.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, the 2015 Tour de France route will be announced.  There will be great excitement.  And then a few boorish, negative types will complain that many of the same old roads and host towns are included, while some of the very best climbs in France are ignored - yet again. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Lars Van der Haar maintained his lead in the UCI rankings.
Lars Van der Haar maintained his lead in the UCI rankings following his victory in a first round of cyclo-cross World Cup held in Valkenburg on Sunday. Arguably the most renowned rider in the discipline, Sven Nys, is currently second, while Francis Mourey, Kevin Pauwels and the Superprestige series leader Mathieu Van der Poel complete the top five. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




This weekend, at the HPCX races in New Jersey, I got to start in the second row, which hadn’t happened in a while. Photo by Keith Snyder
"I’ve been on some good form the past few weeks. The whole pedaling a bike for an hour hard has been going well. Unfortunately, the results sheet has not always really reflected that." (pelotonmagazine.com)





Photo: 2014's top-scoring saddles
BikeRadar.
A good road bike saddle needs to be many things, but the most important thing is that it's comfortable. However, what's comfortable for one cyclist might not be comfortable for another, and that makes the merits of a saddle largely subjective. (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014




Go from back of the pack to the front of the group.
(Photo by Beardy McBeard).
Everyone enjoys the camaraderie, competition, and excitement of a group ride—until you get dropped. Here's how to keep the pace. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The J.B. Special is distinguishable by its tartan detailing.
First unveiled at Eurobike back in 2012, Carrera’s foldable helmet is inspired by the “leather-sausage” that “protected” the heads of the peloton through the 1970s. The new collaboration between Carrera and Brooks England sees the retro dialed up to eleven with a generous helping of leather and tartan detailing from the famous Black Country manufacturer. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014






The 2015 Amgen Tour of California promises much of the great scenery the race is known for. It will also offer a women's stage race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com.
The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will return to Sacramento to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight-day stage race will start in California’s capital city and travel North to South, spanning nearly 700 miles. The Tour of California also announced a three-day professional women’s race May 8-10, as well as an invitational time trial on May 15. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014





Tejay van Garderen lost time due to crashes and a bonk in the Tour de France but still finished fifth. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Tejay van Garderen is chilling out by now. With the last races of the year in the history books, the 2014 racing season is in the rearview mirror.
By any measure, the 2014 campaign was a great year for the American. He opened the season by finishing second to Chris Froome at the Tour of Oman. But that was followed up by a setback at Paris-Nice, when he abandoned ill. Just as quickly, he rebounded at the Volta a Catalunya to win a horrible stage in the Pyrenees for what would be his first UCI WorldTour-level professional victory. After skipping a defense at the Amgen Tour of California, van Garderen’s high hopes for the Tour de Romandie faded when he hit a tree branch and was forced to abandon. That up-and-down turn of fortune set the tone for the remainder of the year. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014






Moreno Hofland (Belkin) wins the opening stage of the Tour of Hainan. Photo: © Tour of Hainan.
Just like a year ago, Moreno Hofland, claimed stage 1 of the Tour of Hainan in Chengmai. The defending champion handled the pressure of being the hot favorite with a bunch sprint victory ahead of Italy’s Andrea Palini and Ondrej Rybin. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The peloton will cross France from the East to the West.
This Wednesday morning, at the Palais des Congres in Paris, Christian Prudhomme and Amaury Sports Organisatin will present the route of Tour de France 2015.
According to La Dépêche du midi, in 2015, it will take place from Saturday, July 4th to Sunday July 26th. The 102nd edition will start in Utrecht, in the Netherlands.The peloton will cross France from the East to the West. In Brittany, the cyclists will ride the Mur de Bretagne. After a transfer to the South of France, the riders will face the first mountain stages in the Pyrenees including the Plateau de Beille. Then towards the Alps, where the riders will climb the famous l’Alpe d’Huez. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 20, 2014





Cassandra Maximenko (Silverbull Target Taining).
Van Gilder settles for second and Cutler third. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Michael Vanthourenhout takes U23 race in Valkenburg.
It’s been a busy weekend in cyclocross racing across the states and around the world. Here are some capsule news stories we’ve received. (bikeworldnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: He described a ride that started early in the center of the city, then climbed up on quiet roads, back down and around the island through forests, along beaches, across a reservoir, and then finally back to town.
Hong Kong. Riding bikes. Mutually exclusive. Keep them separated. They don’t go together.
I wouldn’t say that’s a controversial opinion. It didn’t even seem like one that was up for discussion, but there we were talking to this guy at Eurobike, who was gushing about how cool riding bikes in Hong Kong is." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The RG-4600 and RG-4720 are shown here. Both models are available in two versions. Photography by Matt Wikstrom
SH+ is an Italian company that is devoted to ski and cycling helmets, goggles, gloves and eyewear. There are nearly a dozen models in the company’s eyewear catalog and all feature bold styling and bright colors. For cyclists, there is the RG-4600 with a single wrap-around lens, the half-framed RG-4720, and the full-framed RG-4700. All three models use an interchangeable lens system. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Just as you’d expect, with the hammer down on the flats, an aero bike is faster. But when it comes time to buy a bike you’ll need to factor in more than just raw speed.
In a perfect world, we would all have a quiver of bikes hanging in the garage. Lightweight climber for when you’re headed to the hills. Aero road bike for long days on the flats. And a rig with wider tire clearance and subtly more relaxed geometry for those off-road adventures. Alas, for most of us owning that many bikes exceeds the capabilities of our available disposable income. So which bike is the best bike if you can own just one? The gang from the Global Cycling Network conducted an interesting shoot-out between aero road bikes and lightweight climbing bikes to see which is the fastest. Check out this video to find out what they discovered - and hear some interesting conclusions (roadbikereview.com).

October 20, 2014




Photo: Designed with CFD, the head tube – down tube junction is shaped to make the transition to the fork crown much more smoothly..
This year’s Interbike was just plain better than last year (and the year before and the year before)… It seems as though the cycling industry had decided that the world is still turning and cranks are still going round and product development is actually still OK. (pezcyclingnews.com)

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October 19, 2014






Four members of the controversial 1999 U.S. Postal Service team will ride together at Gran Fondo Hincapie. Photo: TDW Sport.
This weekend, at a gran fondo in Greenville, South Carolina, several members of the former U.S. Postal Service team will ride together again.
Four members of the USPS team that won the 1999 Tour de France - Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Kevin Livingston - will reunite at the October 25 Gran Fondo Hincapie.
Former Postal/Discovery Channel team members Michael Barry and Tom Danielson will also be attending. Though initially listed as a participant, former USPS rider David Zabriskie has said he will not be able to make the trip. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: With only a few more races left in the season, our form is no longer at risk of hitting peaks or valleys. (Photo by Ted King)
"Once we start riding through all the months ending in ber, professional cyclists get a giddy feeling. For the first time all year, our training plans extend past the date marking the end of just one more session of intervals. The necessity to complete another muscle-searing training effort will soon be (or already is) behind us, and now we can head out onto the road for the simple love of the ride. This freedom is invigorating." (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: the World Tour races must invite all the UCI WorldTeams, normally the top-18 teams with a licence to ride.
After the World Tour last week now for a look at the full pro calendar. The World Tour might have retreated from China but there are 48 days of racing in the country, more than the USA, Britain and Australia… combined.
The wider calendar bas all the .HC and .1 rated races around the world on the UCI Europe, America, Asia, Oceania and Africa Tours as well as the World Tour, so the Tour de France, the spring classics but also the Tour of Langkawi and more. There are 194 races – a grand tour counts as one race – with a total of 606 days of racing. (inrng.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Chris Horner, Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana Deià-Lluc 2014 Credit: Andy Jones .
With 2014 coming to a close, there are several riders without contracts for next season. Grand Tour overall and stage winners, an Olympic Champion and the 2010 Dauphiné victor remain searching for a team. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




The peloton passes under the La Course sign
Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
Vuelta a Espana director Javier Gullén has sais that the Spanish Grand Tour is to emulate the Tour de France and will hold a one-day women’s race prior to last stage in Madrid next September.
The women’s event will be held on the Paseo de la Castellana boulevard in central Madrid, which will return to hosting the last stage of the Vuelta in 2015 after this year's finish in Santiago de Compostela. (cyclingnews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: I am excited to join the staff of Bretagne-Seche just after ending my career. I felt potential in this team. It will make progress. The challenge is exciting.
Sébastien Hinault who has just ended his professional career at the age of 40, will be sports director at Bretagne-Seche Environnement in 2015. He will work alongside athletic director Roger Trehin and coach Franck Renimel under the leadership of general manager Emmanuel Hubert. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Zach McDonald rips up the course at MFG in Magnuson Park. © Robert Grunau.
A few days of the rains that Seattle is known for relented and gave way to near summer conditions for Sunday’s Magnuson Park CX, the fourth stop in the MFG series. 1,018 racers took to a course that started out wet, with patches of mud, that had mostly firmed up for the elite races in the afternoon. The predominately flat course took up a swath of Seattle’s enormous Warren G Magnuson park and featured a few technical bits in fields along Lake Washington. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The Tour of California has been under pressure to put on a proper women's race, as they use to run a UCI-level crit.
"We've known about these for a while, but there's been more details announced this week about the two new women's races for 2015 - the Vuelta a España final day race, and the Tour of California women's race.... And breaking news, an announcement we didn't know about - a new round in the 2015 Road World Cup!"

October 21, 2014





Photo: The peloton in Madrid on stage twenty one of the 2013 Tour of Spain .
For the first time in its 80 year history, the Vuelta a Espana will hold a women’s race on the day of the final stage of the men’s race which finishes in Madrid.
According to Spanish sports newspaper Marca, organizers of the Vuelta, Unipublic, are already in talks with the UCI over classifying it as top category one-day race in the elite women’s calendar, so they can potentially recruit the best riders in the world to the race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The Race Against The Stasi - The Incredible Story of Dieter Wiedemann, The Iron Curtain and the Greatest Cycling Race on Earth.
With most biographies, the best part of them is the chorus of voices the author calls upon to add to the story he tells. In The Race Against The Stasi Sykes lets his chorus - Wiedemann himself, friends, family, contemporaries - take center stage, while he takes himself off to the wings and out of the story. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Knowing how long you have to pedal to work off a treat can help you eat less of it, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
(Photo by Rochelle Hartman).
Snickers: 72 calories, or a 10-minute ride at 10–12 mph.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup: 80 calories, or a 6-minute ride at 16–20 mph.
Almond Joy: 91 calories, or an 8-minute ride at 14–16 mph.
Milky Way: 76 calories, or a 4-minute ride at more than 20 mph.
M&M’s: 90 calories, or a 19-minute ride at 10 mph. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: As a rider’s pressure on the pedal moves relative to the crankarm due to ankle twisting or variations in spindle length, the 4iiii corrects for it based on this calibration data.
4iiii’s $399 Precision ANT and Bluetooth power meter built into this little unit comes with a glue kit for the user to attach it to the left crankarm. The installation kit includes a jig that plugs into the pedal hole to ensure it’s placed in the correct location. After gluing it on with epoxy and leaving it for six hours, the user hangs a 10+ pound weight from three different points on an included load cell spindle. This is done just once for an aluminum crank, but it should be done annually with a carbon crank, since 4iiii says its flex characteristics can change over time. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The 2015 Trek Madone 2.1 is set to retail at £1,000 / US$1,319.99 / AU$1,799
Tom Ballard / BikeRadar.
Trek has limited the 2015 Madone range to the top-end carbon 7-series and aluminium 2-series bikes, giving greater prominence to this entry point to the Madone pedigree. This follows the introduction of the ultra-light Trek Emonda and Trek's continued emphasis on the distance friendly Domane. (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014





The legal battle between Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Department of Justice continues as the government calls Armstrong's claims
The United States Department of Justice responded to Lance Armstrong’s initial legal defenses on October 17, calling he and his attorneys’ approach “baseless.”
In a 27-page document filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. attorneys attempted to assail Armstrong’s central defenses, which essentially amount to this: The United States should have known about the doping program at the U.S. Postal Service team, and that in its sponsorship of the program, the government got much more than it paid for. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




Hollande and Prudhomme pose for a photo Photo: © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport.
At the Palais de Congrès in Paris on Wednesday morning, Christian Prudhomme will reveal the route of the 2015 Tour de France, and, as per tradition, the race director will also deliver something of a state of the nation address, casting an eye over the twelve months gone by and looking forward to the challenges of the year to come. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: But what about the Tour of Hainan and the Tour of Taihu Lake?
The season’s over for 2014. It’s been a great one for OPQS with 62 wins, half as much again as the nearest team. Mark Cavendish has been their best rider with 11 wins and it could have been more were it not for that crash at the finish of the Tour de France’s opening stage. But OPQS’s win rate is helped by 18 of their 30 riders winning. (inrng.com)

October 20, 2014




Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) are two 24-year-olds who have raced together for years. They are expected to deliver many more exciting battles as they reach the prime of their careers. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com”.
Cycling’s class of 1990 promises to lead the way in 2015 and beyond based on its progress and results so far. Michal Kwiatkowski dominates the headlines after his recent world championship win, but many other 24-year-olds are at his side. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




French champion Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) finished second Photo: © Rob Lampard.
Bernaudeau on Europcar, Chavanel heads to Normandy beaches. (cyclingnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: My first coach, Rahsaan Bahati, gave me some excellent tactical advice.
'This year I delayed entering my first race until yesterday, reasoning that it would give me a bit of a breather and a chance to rest my legs and stomach after a road season in which I raced twice and drank hundreds of gallons of fermented electrolyte recovery drink. Also, prior to my season opener at the SPYclocross Series, I had hired a couple of coaches so that I could improve on my string of last place finishes from 2013." (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Once upon a time, cyclists were free to mix and match transmission components but that all changed when Shimano introduced indexed gear shifting in 1984. Photography by Matt Wikstrom
With three major groupset manufacturers, transmissions of anywhere from seven- to 11-speed, and an excess of aftermarket cranksets and wheels on the market, consumers will inevitably suffer from a clash of component compatibilities, particularly when upgrading. Matt Wikstrom takes a look at the known incompatibilities between groupsets from different brands (and within the same brand) along with some emerging compatibilities. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Zipp Service Course was given a full reboot in 2013, resulting in an all-new line of six bars, two stems and four seatposts.
Zipp is well known in the professional peloton for their wheelsets, but their Service Course bars and stems are increasingly seeing use in the pro ranks as well. The line is a great choice for team mechanics as the range of bars offers a wide selection of widths and shapes to accommodate the needs of riders. (bikeworldnews.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: decently fast, comfortable and well equipped. And while 10kg isn’t that light, it’s good for the money, and you'll only really notice on climbs.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Nippy, comfy and impressively specced – you're unlikely to find a better ride at this price point." (bikeradar.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: With a longer wheelbase and taller head tube than an out-and-out race bikes, the Infinito CV Disc is a bike for going the distance.
road.cc verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Same smooth ride quality and racey performance with the benefits of disc brakes, but it's not exactly cheap and the fork isn't stiff enough."  (road.cc)

October 20, 2014




Photo: the road in early October, just before it was closed for the season.
"In Seattle, we don’t really have four seasons. The joke that we get a three months of summer and nine months of rain is fairly true.
Yet I love to see the landscape change with the seasons and the weather. That is why I love the Cascade Mountains. Every time I ride there, the landscape looks and feels different." (janheine.wordpress.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The 2015 Fizik Aliante was first seen at the Eurobike show in August Tom Ballard / Immediate Media.
The 2015 Fizik Aliante heralds the saddle series’ first complete redesign in 15 years. This new edition offers lighter weight and sleeker looks, but is still the same comfortable seat that's loved by riders around the world.
The redesign process at Fizik focused on maintaining the lauded seat dimensions and curve of the original Aliante, while bringing the look up to date with the Arione. (bikeradar.com)

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October 21, 2014




Photo: Details of reasoned decision released, show basis for outcome of case. Photography by LB/RB/Cor Vos
Orica GreenEdge rider Daryl Impey can continue his career uninterrupted after the UCI and WADA have declined to appeal his probenecid case verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The CEO of the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS), Khalid Galant, confirmed that no appeal had been lodged against its earlier decision to allow the rider to return to racing. The permitted timeframe for appeals has now lapsed. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 21, 2014




Brian Cookson has opened the door to the UCI lowering the 6.8kg weight limit. Photo: AFP | Fabrice Coffrini.
The 6.8-kilogram (14.99-pound) weight limit imposed by current UCI regulations is on thin ice, but hasn’t fallen through just yet.
“I understand why that rule was brought on in the first place, though I think that technology has moved on,” UCI President Brian Cookson said to VeloNews in a phone interview. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




After retiring from racing, Bobby Julich worked with Saxo Bank as a technical director. In 2015, he'll return to the squad, now Tinkoff-Saxo, as a sport director. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)..
American ex-pro Bobby Julich and Sean Yates look to be heading to Tinkoff-Saxo in a major, behind-the-scenes shakeup at the team for next season.
According to reports in the French daily L’Equipe, the pair will join Tinkoff-Saxo’s sport director staff for the 2015 season. At the same time, Philippe Mauduit and Fabrizio Guidi, two long-time sport directors who’ve been with the team since 2011, are out. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014






Photo: We want the best riders in the world there from the start of the year to the end, so that there’s a real narrative with all of the champions together throughout the season from one race to the next.
The Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme, will reveal the route of the 2015 edition of la Grande Boucle on Wednesday, October 22. Before it happens, though, he agreed to traditionally share his reflections on a current and future picture of the discipline and currently hottest topics in sports media, including investigation on Astana, Oleg Tinkov’s proposal or a revival of cycling in France in Germany. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 21, 2014




In 2006, Mike Friedman suffered a pulmonary embolism. He made a full recovery and returned to professional racing thanks to prompt medical treatment. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).
On November 17, 2006, Mike Friedman, 24, felt an excruciating pain rip through his torso. “I’ve never been so short of breath,” he said. “It was like a dull knife ripping apart my chest.” In the middle of watching the movie “Cars,” he turned to his date and said, “We need to get to a hospital. I think I’m having a heart attack.”
Forty minutes later, Friedman was under evaluation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, not for a heart attack, but for a pulmonary embolism, a potentially lethal blood clot in his lung. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Lizzie Armistead urges UCI to implement a minimum wage for female cyclists to progress the sport.
The Olympic silver medallist and Commonwealth cycling champion has urged the International Cycling Union (UCI) to improve pay conditions in a bid to help professonalize women’s cycling.
“There have been some good realistic steps and good progression,”  Armistead told Sky Sports News. “I think the UCI has put in some good ideas and some good strategies but obviously there’s still a long way to go. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 21, 2014




So now that it's over... what was it about anyway? Photo: Doug Pensinger.
Zzzzz... whu? Oh, the year in cycling is over? Right! Let's get on this.
First off, this limping to the finish is a lame way to wrap up the season. In what other sport does anyone have to ask "Is the season officially over?" None, that's what. And by the way, I mean men's cycling. The women finish with the Giro dell'Emilia, or maybe the World Championships, depending on how you feel about predominantly Italian fields. In any event, they close out in relative style. The men? The Nationale Sluitingprijs, or the soon-to-be-snuffed out Tour of Beijing. (podiumcafe.com)

October 21, 2014




Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) raced to second place at Full Moon Vista cyclocross in Ellison Park, in Rochester, New York. Photo: Dave McElwaine.
Canadian cyclocross rider Maghalie Rochette captured attention across the American racing scene with a third place finish at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester and second at Rochester’s Ellison Park Full Moon Vista race. This weekend, she heads to Winnipeg to vie for a maple leaf jersey in Canadian cyclocross nationals.
Now in her third and most consistently successful year of UCI ‘cross competition, the 21-year-old Luna Pro Team rider also won The Night Weasels Cometh, a big non-UCI event in New England. (velonews.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: The run-up slowed things down on an otherwise fast course. © Pat Malach.
Chris Jones took his second win of the 2014 Cross Crusade series Sunday in Portland after Carl Decker slid out on pavement in the final corner and had to settle for second. The women had their third winner in as many races after Beth Ann Orton powered away from the field in the fast, dry conditions. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Joe Berlyoung (Chicago, IL) leads Andrew Giniat (Winnetka, IL) as both try stay in the top 15. © Snowy Mountain Photography.
A week of rain and an early morning frost lead to a very tacky course at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup’s fourth race, Carpenter Park. Taking advantage of the ideal cyclocross conditions were Kelli Richter in the women’s elite race and returning from Wisconsin Joseph Maloney  in the elite men’s race. (cxmagazine.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: To apply, for a scholarship, you must be at least 18 years old and a US resident.
One topic that often comes up during discussions of roadblocks that keep women from riding is the intimidation factor of walking into a male-dominated bike shop. To help combat this, and help grow women’s cycling, SRAM, Liv, Quality Bicycle Products, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro’s, and Park Tool have teamed up to fund ten scholarships for women to attend a two-week Professional Shop Repair and Operations class at UBI. (bicycling.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Giro says its new Synthe is its most aerodynamically efficient road helmet - but it's also very well ventilated at both fast and slow speeds, light, and comfortable
James Huang / Immediate Media.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Aero, airy, light, and comfy – if you're after a new road lid, we'd urge you to give this a once-over." (bikeradar.com)

October 21, 2014




Photo: Cannondale’s new Slice Black Inc heads a five-strong range of time trial/triathlon bikes (Pic: Cannondale).
Cannondale has revamped the Slice time trial bike, removing the Slice RS used by the Cannondale team from the UK range and replacing it with a machine geared towards multi-sport athletes. (roadcyclinguk.com)

October 21, 2014


















October 20, 2014




Photo: an ambulance was on the spot and our coach Rob arrived a minute later. He was transported to the nearest hospital but his injuries were beyond saving.
Kenyan rider John Muya Njoroge has been killed in a collision at the Tour of Matabungkay in the Philippines over the weekend. Philippine news website Tempo.com.ph and the Kenyan Riders Facebook page report that the 30-year-old died on Saturday October 18 at 10am when he collided with a car coming the other way. (cyclingtips.com.au)

October 20, 2014




As one of the most promising young American riders, Tejay van Garderen often bears the brunt of high public expectations. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com.
Talent is a gift, a lovely box with a pretty ribbon. Expectation is a leaden cloak upon thin shoulders.
There is a pressure to perform in sport, just as there is in life, but it’s magnified in such a complex arena like cycling. Small mistakes are extrapolated into patterns of failure, a tome of publicly perceived underachievement. (velonews.com)

October 20, 2014




Davison capped off her comeback season with a bronze medal at the 2014 Mountain Bike World Championships. (Photo by Michal Cervany).
How the Olympian and national champion went from her second hip surgery to a bronze medal at the World Championships - in a single season. (bicycling.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: I’m up for contract and looking for a new team as Lampre-Merida will not keep me for next year.
Andrea Palini is riding his final race in Lampre-Merida colors at the Tour of Hainan. Looking for a new team, the Italian got the race off to a solid start when he finished second on the opening stage. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Thor Huovd and Lance Armstrong on stage three of the 2009 Tour de France Credit: Graham Watson .
Recently retired Thor Hushovd is ‘no hero’ for keeping silent about Lance Armstrong’s doping after hearing about it in 2011, says US anti-doping boss Travis Tygart.
“You’re no hero when you sit still without doing something about injustice against great athletes,” Tygart told Norway’s VG website.
“It’s a sad day when athletes are afraid to or unable to stand up for fair play and integrity in sport.” (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

October 20, 2014




Photo: Smith Optics is not a name we would have nominated to reinvent head protection.
Much like bikes, apparel and wheels, helmets fractured into different categories a few seasons ago—aero helmets, lightweight helmets, and helmets with all the fit bells and whistles. And, like those other products, helmets have begun to morph into single products that do it all. New helmets are light, aero and well ventilated with comprehensive fit systems. (pelotonmagazine.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: The device will retail for $370 for cycling use. A running version will sell for $300 and a multisport edition will sell for $420.
Previously, lactate threshold could be measured only by taking periodic blood samples, usually performed in labs while the athlete rode a stationary trainer or ran on a treadmill. The BSX Insight instead relies on a device that straps onto the athlete's calf and shines an LED light into the muscle. Based on the way the light is refracted, the device can determine blood lactate levels. The company claims its results are 95-97 percent as accurate as traditional tests. (bicycleretailer.com)

October 20, 2014




Photo: This is not good for me and for what people think of me.
Due to the recent doping cases, UCI has decided to review Astana's WorldTour license. Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang is worried about the situation. (cyclingquotes.com)

October 19, 2014





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