Source: The Age, written by: Bradley McGee
A sense of deja vu
I have felt a sense of deja vu these past weeks as the Lance Armstrong story unravels. My emotions are the same as they were after the 1998 Tour de France, when the Festina team was kicked off the race for systematic doping and I was a new professional.
Source: Bike Race Info portal
Backpedalling through the archives – 1947 Tour Quick Facts:
4,640 km ridden at an average speed of 31.412 km/hr. Unlike the immediate pre-war Tours, the 1947 Tour had no half-stages. 100 starters aligned on national and regional teams with 53 classified finishers.
Source: The Associated Press
French cyclist Robert Marchand has ridden 100 kilometres in 4 hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds.
Doesn’t sound fast? Consider this: Marchand is 100-years-old! Setting off on his Trek racing bike around noon at a track in Lyon, Marchand covered the distance at an average pace of 23.3 kph — not far off the 24.25 kph pace he kept up to set the world hour record for his age group in Switzerland last February.
Tour of Alberta to debut in 2013 – Major professional cycling race is headed to Alberta
As the popularity of professional cycling in Canada hits new highs thanks to the performance of racer Ryder Hesjedal, a new multi-day pro stage race is heading to Alberta.
By: Zdenko Kahlina
Perfect weekend to close the 2012 season in Edmonton!
Is there a better time to ride a bike than at the end of September? Especially with the weather we’ve been having lately. It’s perhaps the best time to get out and just ride for the pure pleasure of it. Read on!
These days cycling Fondos are getting more popular than ever!
Needless to say, don’t even think of entering a gran fondo if you lack the proper training and fitness (at least 2000 km/1200 miles), if you hate climbs, are afraid of technical descents with hairpin curves, or are uncomfortable riding in a crowd.
Source: Cycling News
Records and stats from the last 109 years
The world’s most famous road race – the Tour de France - has a rich 109 year history and its fabled past is synonymous with the greatest names in the sport. 2012 Tour de France begins this Saturday, June 30th with the prologue, in Liege.
Source: PEZ Cycling News
Contributed by Richard Pestes
Canada salutes their hero of the Giro d’Italia!
Sad to say, but the 2012 Giro d’Italia is over, wasn’t it great from the first pedal stroke to the last? Canada (and Garmin) has its first Grand Tour winner. Ryder Hesjedal had more than one battle to overcome, but apart from one scare on stage 20, he had it all under control.
UCI World Cycling Tour
By Zdenko Kahlina
Photo Alain Buyck
New road world champions crowned in Stavelot (Belgium)
After many years in trying, my old friend Bojan Ropret (Slovenia) finally made it in Belgium this September. He was third in the road race where several different veteran categories raced together
By Zdenko Kahlina
How windy was Velocity stage race?
Strong fields and flatland racing with horrendous cross winds ever experienced during the bike race (70+ km/hr), characterized this past weekend’s Velocity Stage Race held in and around Edmonton, Alberta. Approximately 180 riders competed in four men’s and two women’s categories. With this race cycling season is now officially open in Edmonton.
Contributed By Phil Gale
Europe, get ready for the Canadian invasion!
The world of cycling has historically been dominated by the Europeans. Belgium, France, Italy and Spain are countries that are most engrossed with cycling’s past. There are times in that history when new countries have broken into the fore, with their refreshing and often radical ideas.
Source: John Whitney, BikeRadar
Just before the epic Milan-San Remo pro cycling race.
Just before the pros set off on the epic 298km Milan-San Remo, BikeRadar took a look at some of the bikes that would help take them there.
Spring is (almost) here
By: Zdenko Kahlina
Finally it’s that time of the year and let’s get out there and ride.
This morning at the Sherwood Park Tim Horton’s there weren’t too many riders showing up for the first road ride of the year. I’m guessing it’s because not everybody is used to have first ride this early in the season. Well, not here in Alberta, anyway.
A Photo gallery from the team’s training camp
By: Team Sky on Facebook
Beginning your preparation for the new season?
While here in Edmonton we are still shoveling snow on our driveways as the best preparation for the new cycling season, somewhere in other parts of the world, cyclists are beginning their preparation with the road rides in the warm climates.
By: Jean-François Quénet
Is Kiserlovski Liquigas’s next big thing?
Robert Kiserlovski finished his first Grand Tour Giro d’ Italia 10th overall. Croatian is also second best young rider. Richie Porte isn’t the only rookie occupying the top ten of the Giro d’Italia at his first attempt to a Grand Tour.
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