Death of Jose Viejo

Former Pro of Spain Jose Viejo passes away who was remembered for having the biggest margin in the stage of Tour de France. He died in Madrid, his home Azuqueca de Henares.

He was struggling with liver disease. His name is forever marked in the Tour de France stage for posing as a solo winner in about 22 minutes and 50 seconds.

In 1976 he raced in the Super Ser Squad of the Luis Oceania. The director of the sport told other to lead the race when Oceania had lost time in the mountains of Alps and was trailing to the Lucien Van Impe. The entire task came on the shoulders of Impe in the stage 11 which was a 224 kilometre race. He celebrated his victory with 160 kilometres and he took on the Dutch Gerban Karstens in 22-50 minutes. After coming back to his home he relied on to it. It was his wife Elena who recorded the fabulous event and who has 5 children.

Racing took place by Viejo for teams such as Kas, Zor, Teka, La Casera and Super Ses. His entire journey of cycling profession lasted for 12 years that is from 1971 to 1982. His biggest trophy was the stage of Manosque. Amidst his other palmares it includes the Poland Tour in completion and races of small stage such as Vuelta a Asturias, Pais Vasco and Vuelta a Andulicia. When he retired from the professional cycling he took to the opening of a sports shop and then he worked for the lottery company.

At a mass in his home town he will be remembered and also for the entire cycling world for emerging as the only rider to win in the prestigious events. His achievements speak for himself and he does not have to prove it to anybody.

Abergavenny Road Club Excels At The Welsh Cycling Awards 2014

Abergavenny Road Club has obviously established the fact that it is one of the most excellent cycling clubs located in Wales by winning three awards at the USN Welsh Cycling Awards 2014 which were held in Cardiff on the 18th of October, 2014 (Saturday).
Bill Owen was awarded with the Event Organizer of the year 2014 for the tremendous effort he had taken to organize the British National Road and Time Trial Championships in which several Olympic and World champions had participated this year. The award was accepted on behalf of Bill Owen by his wife- Brenda Owen.
Brenda Owen said that she is absolutely please to collect the award because she is aware of the fact that a lot of hard work goes into organizing such championships and the 2014 championships according to her were exceptional.
Abergavenny Road Club received the Club of the Year 2014 award and this is the second time that the club has won this award at the Welsh Cycling Awards. Ever since the club had received this same award in the year 2013, it worked even much harder this year.
Owen Davies (Chairman of the club) claimed that the year 2014 has been the best year for the club because it has been growing tremendously both in terms of membership and strength. Cyclists participating at the Commonwealth Games on behalf of Wales and World Champions have become members of the Abergavenny Road Club.
Davies also said that it is really remarkable to see that so many people in Wales enjoy cycling. The club was really chuffed and thrilled to win the award again this year.
Club Cyclist of the year 2014 was given to Graham Edwards (a member of the Abergavenny Road Club) who felt very honored and privileged after receiving the award. Edwards has always made efforts to encourage cycling among youngsters.

Trott Admits Hard Battle Ahead For National Titles

Leading Brit female cycling star Trott (Laura) has admitted that great fight awaits for her as she prepares to defend her titles this year at National Track Championships.

The esteemed event will have Brit cycling elites vying from September 24th -28th at Manchester based National Cycling Center.

In regards to women endurance challenges, Trott would be joined by other Olympic champs such as Dani King & Joanna Rowsell. World champs such as Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker are the other 2 prime members of the 5-member team pursuit squad. The good bit is that, in spite of the acknowledgement of the tough battle ahead, like a true champ, Trott is focused to give it her best shot.
“I love to compete at nationals given the incredible ambience at Manchester velodrome. The home-crowd cheers for you constantly that act as great spirit and performance booster”, stated Laura.
“I just cannot wait to come up on boards for defending my titles- the competition surely would be hard though & I would be simply up against the cyclists who are generally my teammates- thus it is interesting to find out who actually gets to the top. With such huge numbers of young cyclists making breakthrough at the competition, I would have to be alert on next genre as well. It feels amazing to come up on podium top as a national champ & so I’m hoping to secure the same status up this year as well.”
Dual Commonwealth bronze winner & Olympian Jess Varnish would be sprinting in women sprint events at National Track Championships this year. She would be defending 4 titles that she emphatically won in the year 2013, beating junior world champ Dannielle Khan & Victoria Williamson.
Trott has recently shifted from Wiggle Honda to Matrix Fitness.

Cycling world grieving Williams’ death

The tragic news of famous actor-comedian Robin Williams’ demise has not only left the movie zone teary-eyed but the cycling world too has expressed great grief in his untimely death- and why not, after all, Mrs. Doubtfire was one among the funniest & most ardent ambassadors of the riding sport.
The 63-year-old movie star became the unofficial ambassador of cycling during the boom days of the sport in the 2000s. The famous comedian brought legit star quotient to cycling & assisted the sport to foray into American mainstream.
The Oscar-achiever didn’t attend Tour France just to promote his films or to cheer up his buddy Lance but especially because he truly believed in the game.
“I do love bike racing”, the actor had said once during his trips to one of the Tour France events. “It is like NASCAR & downhill ski-racing yet the contestants have put on little more to pajamas. I love bike ad it is like a meditation to me. I feel that I’m a bike-sexual.”
As soon as the tragic news broke out, different social media sites started getting abuzz with condolence messages from the cycling world.
“Such tragic news about Williams”, tweeted famous Brit rider Mark Cavendish. “It was the similar continuous giggles when he was around just as it was with his movies. Lovely man & iconic actor.”
“His ardent love for cycling & passion was completely unbridled”, said the Facebook post from Michael Aisner, the erstwhile Coors Classic racing promoter. “60 bikes, stress on directors to allow him to ride during shoot intervals & eve harrowing stories of dumping bike & sliding under bus to bypass crashing were all great signs of his passionate dedication towards riding & the sport.”
Lance Armstrong and his charity foundation Livestrong too expressed great grief on the sudden demise of the actor.

Officials of Lincolnshire Plans To Learn From The Stages Of Tour De France

The officials of cycling are gearing up for learning cycling in Yorkshire. The county of White Rose is all set to welcome a host of visitors along with the cyclists for a grand cycling race.

Over the border Yellowbellies are also getting ready as in all probability Britain is going to hold the cycling championship the next year. But the first week is crucial as the administrators will keenly notice the details for next year. Many are going to travel with the entire tour of France. Many old citizens are also going to travel as they have been doing so in every Tour de France giving them an opportunity to visit places as well as be able to support the cyclists. But what is important is to cater throngs of crowd and providing them with all the supplies. Hospitality facilities to basic requirement everything has to be taken care of the organization. Lincoln is trying his level best to give a congenial place to the cyclists.

One of the riders also a photographer Phil Crow is getting ready for a full field day. 100 miles a week at least is covered by him as cycling. Over the years he has been travelling with his cycle. Now it seems that all the travelling is a part of his life. With cycling in the terrain of hills in Yorkshire the event of cycling has been raised to a higher degree in Britain. He is among one of the makers of the tour acting as a volunteer and is more than happy to be part of the event. He is volunteering a host of things. The package of sponsorship has also been arranged by the organisers of Yorkshire Festival of Cycling Tour.

Alarming Statistics On Cycle Accidents Uncovered By Newcastle

A study by the University of Newcastle has recently revealed in a study that over a week’s time, over three cyclists are admitted after bike accidents to the John Hunter Hospital. Ben Ewald, an epidemiologist, during the process of his research interacted with more than one third of the total 180 cyclists who were injured and admitted to the hospital, over a period of 12 months. His main focus was on Lake Macquarie and Newcastle area.

Doctor Ewald revealed that while most of the accidents happened off the road, nevertheless there is a lot of concern especially in cases where a car was involved.
Talking about the accidents cases he commented that out of all cases, thirteen of them involved some sort of an issue between a vehicle and a bike. He further added that these problems can be certainly improved if some cycle ways are specially built on the roads.

Stating an example of the accidents, Dr. Ewald said that there was one instance in Hunter Street, where a cyclist was riding along Hunter Street, while suddenly a delivery van took off, which was parked by the street. All of a sudden it took a U turn, and knocked off the cyclist and drove all over him. Dr. Ewald added, saying that his research will reveal that Hunter roads require safety measurements, in order to make it better both for bike riders and other vehicle.

His study has revealed that some roads are pretty unsafe for the cyclists, especially the intersection and the roundabouts, which are quite dangerous. Two of the accidents happened at a roundabout and at right turns.
He recommended a set of changes, which if inculcated in road safety rules, can cut down the number of accidents by quite a lot.

Great Britain finalizes 2014 World Track Cycling Squad

GB has reportedly finalized its squad for the upcoming World Track Cycling 2014. The esteemed championship is to be held at Cali, Colombia, by the end of February- there would be 7 Olympic champions from Great Britain amidst 17 riders.

The Great Britain squad for the Worlds would have its golden couple Laurat Trott & Jason Kenny, along with the elites like Steven Burke, Phillip Hendes, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell & Ed Clancy.

Becky James would be there to defend her 2 titles & she would also spearhead a female sprint group featuring Vicky Williamson & Jess Varnish. The brilliant rider shot to fame a year back with her winning stances at the sprint & Keirin at Minsk world championship in 2013.

Dual Olympic champion Laura Trott would be looking forward to defend her title in team pursuit that she achieved in Belarus. However, the race format has received an alteration now and would be set over 4 kilometers with 4 riders. Katie Archibald has been selected as well and she would be making her debut in the Worlds this time. The red-haired Scottish rider would join up with Rowsell, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Laura Trott in women endurance section.

Trott’s boyfriend Jason Kenny, who is a 3-time Olympic hero as well would be leading the men squad. However, Simon Yates , last year’s worlds point-race winner, won’t be defending the title this time but rather has declared to focus on road career.

GB squad for the Worlds at a glance:
Men’s sprint: Jason Kenny, Matt Crampton, Phil Hindes and Kian Emadi.

Men’s endurance: Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Jon Dibben and Sam Harrison.

Women’s sprint: Vicky Williamson, Jess Varnish and Becky James

Women’s endurance: Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King

Mayor Pledges Active Participation

Boris Johnson is hell bent on actively pursuing “Cycling Revolution” in London with the assurance of making the city welcoming to bikers akin to Copenhagen and Amsterdam. The city Mayor has pledged to make as many as 33 of London’s endangering routes safer for the riders.

Mr. Johnson was at City Hall recently where he showed updated figures regarding a high profile police traffic project that was launched following 6 cyclist deaths within less than couple of weeks. As per the sources, the new police traffic project has stopped over 2,000 motorists & cyclists in the last 15 days for infractions like jumping red signals.

Speaking at the conference regarding depletion of abnormal figure of biker deaths related to lorry clashes, the London Mayor stressed on a new program by London Transport which is geared to make thirty-three of the capital’s most dangerous routes safer for the bikers.

“There’s now a rising scream asserting that the biking revolution is getting too fast & that we must somehow get every cyclist off road & people are taking me in some accusing way. The analysis has hugely exaggerated my messianic capacities. I’m a very passionate cyclist myself but I’m not some Pied Pedaller”, noted the London Mayor. “People take to bikes since they love biking.”

Johnson has admitted the imperfection of the current London road & traffic system, further acknowledging the need for a safer system. He has promised to revamp the current system with the help of segregated lines.

“We would be expanding & improving superhighways, where possible & where it deems sensible. We would segregate these routes just the way we’ve done in case of Stratford. The London cycling revolution is meant to continue & accelerate. It isn’t the right time to give up or slacken off – if we can get it all right, the reward is going to be huge. Our city should be the ideal one for the riders.”

USA Cycling Lets Go Of USA Cup

After a long debate, USA Cup has finally got the decision of not making their events a part of the USA Cycling. USA Cup always is in charge of most national and regional level cycling races. Earlier, USA Cup had conducted the Pro UET and the Pro XCT under the USA Cycling Association. These fall under the endurance calendar and cross country (national level) categories, respectively.

Steve Johnson, the President and CEO of USA Cycling, recently told the press that they are surely disappointed to lose out on certain events but at the same time, they will concentrate on their own events, Pro UET and the Pro XCT, more aggressively now.

They all have other stakeholders to consider now, quoted Johnson. USA Cycling officials had a meeting with their mountain bike committee as well. They announced that their calendar would feature some new changes. They will not only represent the venues for the upcoming races but it will also be portrayed in such a way that will inspire upcoming and new riders. All this drama started with the petition to change the highly debated UCI Rule number 1.2.019. After a long struggle and questioning, it will finally be presented in an edited and revised form from 1st January 2014. This rule will not allow any professional cyclist to take part in any competitive, registered races, which are not under the UCI or USAC.

The main reason why USA Cup pulled out of USA Cycling is because they have been in collaboration with USAC for two sessions now and there had been a lot of problems with the costs and payments. When the USA Cycling officials

Petacchi Retires From Professional Cycling

The sprinter legend belonging to the cycling team- Team Lampre-Merida, Alessandro Petacchi has taken the decision of ending his eighteen year cycling career. His decision was announced by his team Lampre-Merida via a statement given Petacchi himself. The statement said that Alessandro was extremely satisfied with his professional cycling career and he believes that he has achieved all the essential victories that any rider like him would ever want to accomplish.

Alessandro also thinks that since he has reached the threshold of about two hundred victories in his cycling career, it is high time he retires and gives his life a new dimension. Along with this, Alessandro also wants to spend more time with his family.

But there is a possibility of him returning to the cycling world back again as a manager or coach. He said in his statement that though he is saying goodbye to his cycling fans for now but he might just come back to share with the new young cycling generation his experience and learning. That means he is pausing his cycling career but he is not going to break off all his ties with the cycling world. Unibet think he might be back sooner than fans think.

Here is a list of the few victories that are a part of Alessandro’s cycling career: Multiple stage victories in Vuelta a Espana, Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. He has also been the winner of one-day races like Paris-Tours (2007) and Classics Milan-San Remo (2005).

However his career was also not devoid of any controversy. In the year 2007, he was suspended by Milram cycling team and was banned for twelve months from cycling because of doping. But then he turned out to be innocent and returned to cycling competitions in the year 2008. He became a part of Team Lampre-Merida in the year 2009 and ever since he has been one of the best sprinters belonging to this team.