Posts Tagged ‘world champion’

Onix Black RH Pro

A couple of months ago I wrote about the new guy on the block, Craig Middleton and his own named brand Onix. Well, he’s back and this time with some BIG news for his new 2012 range.

For his new range, Middleton will now have the  expertise of three time Olympic medallist and former double World Champion on the track, Rob Hayles, to help guide his company’s product development. A big kudos for Onix!

With this new signing, Onix has launched two new bikes for 2012: the competition focussed Onix Black RH Pro and the more sporting Onix Black RH. The RH of course refers to Hayles himself.

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The past few weeks on Twitter I’ve noticed mentions of this new cycling film called Chasing Legends. I didn’t pay it much attention due to my work load and constant travelling around the UK. So this morning I’m reading through the excellent blog from Simon Lamb – La Gazzetta Della Bici – and came across a trailer for this film or documentary as I have found out.

The documentary has been put together by Gripped Films, documenting the 2009 Tour de France through the eyes of the Columbia HTC professional cycling team and the “legends of the sport”.

The world premier of the film was yesterday, the 15th March. Its timing could not have been better, especially after the epic stage in yesterday’s Giro d’Italia, which saw world road race champion Cadel Evans take the stage. As Simon Lab says in his blog:

“For a brief moment today cycling returned to a pre-war era of brave men and true spirit. Cycling is so beautiful because it breaths with the earth it is raced on and nowhere was that more apparent than on the ‘brutale ma meraviglioso’ farm tracks today. GIRO è VITA.”

A fitting stage for what seems to be a documentary that details exactly what this sport is all about – the true heroic spirit of cycling. Make sure to check it out!

Miss February, Hanka Kupfernagel

Miss February, Hanka Kupfernagel

Thanks to the team at Bikeradar.com for their ideas on stocking fillers for xmas this year.

One item of notable mention from the online news site is the 2009 Cycle Passion Calendar. It’s a huge format calendar (40 x 60cm) featuring high-quality photos of female cycling stars including the likes of Sabine Spitz (gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, European mountain bike champion 2008), Hanka Kupfernagel (2008 elite women’s cyclo-cross world champion, gold medal winner at the Sydney Olympics) and Irina Kalentieva (Bronze medallist in Beijing, mountain bike world champion in 2007).

Methinks somehow this is a gift I will have to buy myself. Can’t see my wife going out of her way to get this for me.

For more ideas on xmas stocking fillers for road riders, see the list of ideas from Bikeradar.com.

‘No rest for the wicked’ as the saying goes. We’ve only just finished with the Olympic track racing and already we are gearing up for the UK National Track Championships at the Manchester Velodrome. Racing will be happening from 16th-20th of September.

According to news sources some of the UK’s best riders have already signed up including World champion Jo Rowsell and 2008 Olympic bronze medallists Steven Burke and Chris Newton. There’ll be fresh British talent on show to including riders from British Cycling’s Podium and Development Academies, like Anna Blyth, David Daniell and Matt Crampton.

Tickets for the event have gone on sale at Ticketmaster at £5 (£4 for concessions – under-16’s and OAPs), family tickets (two adults and two under-16s) are also available for £10 per day. A season ticket can also be purchased which will allow you access to the velodrome for all the racing. This costs £12.50 for a single ticket, £25 for a family ticket and £10 for concessions.

Methinks it’s time to start dropping hints for the wife that I would like to go along. Should be some great racing there next month. Something that can’t be missed.

This just in:

The Sydney Morning Herald

French cycling legend Jeannie Longo today clinched a place to compete in her seventh Olympics at the age of 49.

The five-time world champion staked her claim with an outstanding win in both the road race and time-trial at the French National Championships last week. She finshed in 31 minutes 16 seconds, over a minute ahead of second-placed Edwige Pitel.

A remarkable achievement. Let’s see if she can produce the goods?