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How Will Team Ineos do without Two of Their ‘Big Three’? 0

Posted on August 25, 2020 by Lucy Waldon

The general classification results make good reading for Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) when you look back at the most recent editions of the Tour de France. Out of the last eight races, the British team have won seven yellow jerseys. Last year, it was Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal who made history when he became the youngest cyclist to win the prestigious yellow jersey. Then aged 22, he was also the recipient of the white jersey, signifying that he was also the winner of the young rider classification. This year, Bernal is one of the early favourites in the odds on Tour de France winner. But will he – and Team Ineos – be successful once again?

Out of form Froome

There had been question marks over whether or not Chris Froome would be included in this year’s Tour de France team. After suffering horrific multiple injuries in a freak high-speed incident last year, that prevented him racing in the 2019 Tour de France, and only returning to action in February, it was always a big ask for the former four-time winner to come back at that same level of form and fitness. Unsurprisingly, he has been left out of Team Ineos’ Tour de France squad.

It was recently announced that Ineos won’t be extending the contract of their former leading racer, and instead, the 35-year-old will join Israel Start-Up Nation next season. After the global coronavirus pandemic put paid to many races and events taking place, the calendar has since been rescheduled and while Froome has been able to participate in warm-up events ahead of the Tour de France, team boss Dave Brailsford said of the decision: “Chris needs that little bit longer to get to the highest level.”  

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Cardio Cycle – Why You Should Include Biking In Your Fitness Regime 1

Posted on June 21, 2019 by Natalie Ige

Developing a fitness regime is a delicate balancing act. You need to balance exercise – your cardio, strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. Diet is also important. While you don’t need to buy into all the keto or paleo nonsense, you still need to eat a healthy, balanced diet that’s full of fruit, vegetables, grains and lean meats. And don’t forget rest days, as these help you to avoid injury, burn out and fatigue. But is there an element that’s missing from your regime? Let’s take a quick look at cycling, and why jumping on a bike may be the missing element in your exercise plan.

Cycling is a Low Impact Activity

Riding a bike – either a real bicycle or an exercise bike, is a great way to keep fit that’s also low impact when compared to running or other forms of cardio. You’re less likely to injure yourself while riding. This is great news because an exercise-related injury can leave you out of action for weeks and will undo all that good work that you’ve put into staying fit.

A Major Muscle Workout

Did you know that riding a bike will work the majority of your muscle groups? If you go to the gym, you’d have to work out on multiple machines just to activate your different muscle groups, but a short bike ride will do the job just as well.

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Myths About Women’s Cycling That Should Be Busted 0

Posted on June 21, 2019 by Landon Domenic

Since women started cycling, people have had a lot of negative thoughts about it. There are several myths that anti-women-on-bikes people believe. Although society has evolved a lot, and the manufacturers have introduced hybrid bikes for women keeping in mind the physical structure of women, myths still linger.

This article portrays logics against the myths, which may help you stop the nonsense whenever anyone will tell you something negative about your biking or racing.

Women Are Not Tough Like Men:

A bike manufacturer once told Olympian Lea Davison, a great mountain biker, that women will fear the sport if any tough or aggressive image of her is shown. Is it right? No, thinking like that is completely offensive. Whereas women step into the world of motherhood being aware of the horrors of childbirth, how can it be possible to get scared of seeing an aggressive image of a bike racer?

Additionally, the US Census Bureau says that one of the cities has experienced the highest rate of female bikers during the wintertime, which needs a high level of mental toughness. So, this concept must be diminished soon.

Women Need Special Bikes and Gear:

It is a great thing that bike companies have introduced new products like bikes, gear and clothes specifically designed for female athletes. It is true that most of the women can get all-day comfort from the women’s specific saddle. However, most does not mean all. Women, who have a pelvis shape like men, cannot fit on the women-specific bikes. So, women should buy one, which meets her uses and fits her the best.

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How To Find Your Stolen Bike 1

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Martin William

bikesHas your bike been stolen? Stolen bikes are difficult to track, and the police rarely prioritize bike theft. So should you simply give up just because it is hard to find your stolen bike? Well, there is no need to stay helpless. A little determination greatly increases your chances of getting your bicycle back. This checklist on how to track a stolen bike will help you during the stressful situation.

1.     Notify the police

Perhaps you think that it is pointless to notify the police but sometimes stolen bicycles are recovered. If you do not have proper documentation, it will be difficult for the police to return the bike to you even if it is yours. Theft reports also help the police to know how and where to allocate their resources, increasing the probability of succeeding in their crackdown. Make sure you have all the required information such as its serial number, description, and photo. Read the rest of this entry →

How to Remember Cycling Legend Stephen Wooldridge 2

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Christina Sommers

Wooldridge-cyclingIt is a sad day for the cycling world, as one of the most decorated cyclists passes on. Stephen Wooldridge had it all in terms of the top most accolades as a cyclist. He was at the peak of his career in the early and mid-2000s which saw him scoop multiple awards including the Olympic gold medal. It is with this that he has been greatly appreciated not only in his homeland, Australia but also around the world. There is no mention to cycling without uttering Wooldridge. Apart from cycling, he played a huge role in developing the sport and unending mentorships to the young and upcoming cyclists. As such, he will be remembered for the following:

A philanthropist

He was a joyful giver in terms of mentorship and finances. His philanthropy in the sport was received by teams and organizations. For example, he would offer his support in monetary terms to the Olympic teams over the years and also contributed to fundraising for a noble course. His desire to see young cyclists grow and become champions was clear and genuine. Up until his death, he supported almost every initiative, which involved improving the sport in the region.

An Olympic gold medalist

In the 2004 Olympics, all the top athletes and teams went head to head from across the world to compete on the grandest stage of them all. Every great athlete and sportspersons dream of dominating the Olympics and winning the prestigious gold medal. You can catch the upcoming top-rated cycling competition so that you can buy your tickets early and plan beforehand. It was time for Wooldridge to represent his country and show up to scoop the gold. He did not disappoint as he was able to win the cycling race at Athens to keep the Australian flag flying up and high. Due to this, he will be remembered in the history books as a great sportsman worth recognition. Read the rest of this entry →

Peace on the Road: 5 Things Every Bicycle Enthusiast Needs 1

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Lizzie Weakley

Peace on the Road 5 Things Every Bicycle Enthusiast NeedsWhether traveling through city or countryside, on a daily commute or across the country, every bike trip can use a little extra gear to make the trip that much easier. Everything from action cameras to active wear will keep your bike trip convenient and exciting.

Panniers

If you cycle to the store or around town, panniers are invaluable. These packs attach directly to the bicycle, making it easy to store items and ride without directly feeling an extra burden. Whether you’d like to pick up milk and groceries or transport light gear on a longer trip, panniers make transportation a piece of cake.

Active wear

Comfortable, athletic clothing can make the difference between an easy bike ride and an uncomfortable slog through the city. Moisture-wicking clothing, form-fitting shirts, and comfortable athletic shoes are just a few of the many necessities for the well-traveled cyclist. Companies like DHDWear provide stylish graphic tees provide a great example of bike-related clothing that fits in and looks great in non-athletic settings.

Lights

Nighttime safety measures are vitally important, but that doesn’t mean they’re a hassle. With reflective safety clothes and discreet-yet-noticeable flashing LEDs, you can be sure to stay safe when cycling in the dark. Headlights, taillights, and safety vests will increase visibility without much effort, giving you the power to explore the world when drivers have a harder time noticing cyclists. Read the rest of this entry →

  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Stan Jones – Weight Training Trailblazer
      October 11, 2020 | 1:48 pm
      Stan Jones

      The Sports Then and Now Athlete of the Month was one of the great linemen of his era and is considered a trailblazer for using weight training and conditioning to develop his skills.

      After a standout career at the University of Maryland, Stan Jones spent nine seasons as an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, making seven Pro Bowl appearances and earning first team All-Pro three times.

      In 1962, assistant coach George Allen suggested Jones move to defense to help solidify that unit for the Bears. He played both ways in 1962 and then in 1963 moved permanently to the defense.

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