Posts Tagged ‘Mark Cavendish’

So, it’s been a while since I last put up a post here on Sweat ‘n Gears. The past few months I have been with work – a new international role that I have. As such, finding time to work on the blog has been a little hard. But making the most of a day off from work, I thought I would write up a few posts.

Last week saw the 10th edition of The Tour of Britain take place. The race had many big names take part including the likes of Mark Cavendish, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, and Garmin’s Dan Martin, to name but a few. And on Sunday the race concluded with Bradley Wiggins taking the overall honours!

One video from the event that really caught my attention was this one from the AN Post Chain Reaction team. It stems from the day Sam Bennett took the win on Stage 5. You can see (and feel) team manager, Kurt Bogaerts, well up with emotion when he hears that Sam took the win.  Enjoy the clip!

The men’s Olympic Road Race took place on Saturday and unfortunately Team GB were not able to deliver the goods. Many will question what went wrong but I honestly feel they just read the race wrong and let too many favourites get away. By the time they realised what happened, it was too late to pull it all back to deliver Mark Cavendish to the line first.

Anyways, as it is not often that the Olympics lands on your door step, I decided to make the most of it and go see the racing on Saturday with a few friends. The plan was to get to West Byfleet where they also had a large TV screen that was showing the race live. Unfortunately we didn’t know the local areas of the race in Surrey too well and placing too much trust in the SatNav we managed to land up in Weybridge.

Once in Weybridge we made our way to the train station as the route was going right past there. The location was approximately 40km into the race route. We set up camp with a great view of the oncoming riders (as you will see in the clips below). When we arrived there were only a handful of people  standing against the barriers. However, by the time the race came past, there was not a single gap in the people against the fence and the crowds were standing about 5 deep. An awesome spectacle to see, especially in the UK. It was estimated that over 1 million spectators attended the men’s race.

And this is what we saw:

Video 1 – the breakaway group

Video 2 – the peloton

Les mémoires du peloton 2012 Calendar

If you are still looking for that perfect gift for xmas, then look no further than the ‘Les memoires du peloton 2012 calendar‘ brought to you from the wonderful team Prendas Ciclismo.

It is a fabulous retro-inspired calendar with photographs spanning over 40 years. It features twelve former in black/white and full colour including Eddy Merckx, Joop Zoetemelk, Tom Simpson, Felice Gimondi, Johan Museeuw, Paolo Bettini, Mario Cipollini, Graeme Obree, Tom Boonen, Giuseppe Saronni, Jaan Raas and Mark Cavendish.

According to the team at Prendas, the 2012 edition was conceived around the time of Mark Cavendish’s victory at the UCI Road World Champs, hence the rainbow bands added to the theme.

So point your browser towards Prendas right now to ensure you get your copy for 2012. Not that you need any more enticement but here are some of the awesome images you will be able to have hang from your wall:

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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!

BSkyB has announced the creation of a professional British road cycling team, Team Sky, to be managed by Great Britain’s Olympic performance director Dave Brailsford CBE.

Team Sky will build on the principles that make British riders a consistent success on the track and will support Sky’s work as Principal Partner of British Cycling, fuelling the sport from grass roots to elite level.

And the team will expect results. Team Sky wants to create the first British winner of the Tour de France, within five years. It also aims to inspire people of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes, through the team’s positive profile, attitude and success, and add further support to competitive cycling in Great Britain.

Team Sky will have a core of British riders, coaches and support staff and its HQ will be in Manchester, home to the GB cycling team. It will compete from the start of 2010, throughout the calendar, with the objective of gaining an invitation to the Tour de France. The race schedule will include the Tour of Britain, a chance to showcase the team on home ground.

An initial squad of around 25 riders will be recruited during the 2009 calendar year. They will be supported by a team of coaches, technicians and support staff from across the cycling world, many of whom work throughout the year with British elite and developing riders. Team Sky will now start to recruit key personnel and approach commercial partners to support the new team.

Since becoming Principal Partner of British Cycling last summer Sky has used its relationship with millions of homes to encourage families to get out and ride in order to help their health, their fitness and the environment. The Sky Sports London Freewheel in September brought more than 50,000 recreational riders together to ride traffic-free streets in the heart of London.

Sky is also working with British Cycling to develop a range of inspiring events, to make cycling fun, easy and accessible to all, which will be announced in the spring.

Does this mean that Mar Cavendish (Columbia-Highroad) , Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream), and David Millar (also Garmin-Slipstream) will be bought out of their current team contracts to join this new team?

Here are some of the bicycles ridden by our heroes, whether it be at the Olympics or Tour de France. They can all be seen at Cycle 2008 in London which is currently taking place this weekend.

Carlos Sastre's Cervelo R3SL

Carlos Sastre's Cervelo R3SL

Mark Cavendish's Giant TCR Advanced

Mark Cavendish's Giant TCR Advanced

Theo Bos

Theo Bos' Koga Miyata Kimera

Shanaze Reade

Shanaze Reade's Redline Flight Pro

Magnus Backstedt's

Magnus Backstedt's Felt F1 Sprint

Christian Ven Velde

Christian Ven Velde's Felt DA

…and last but definitely not least, Paul Manning’s team issue bike that he rode in the team pursuit to claim gold at the Beijing Olympics.

Paul Manning

Paul Manning's Gold winning team issue Olympic bike

For more pictures of Cycle 2008, check out the following links:

Cycle 2008

– The coolest bikes in the world

– The new Shimano electronic Dura-Ace Di2

Less than half a day to go before the start of Cycle 2008 and I’m looking forward to it. To be honest, I’ve never been to a bicycle exhibition in all the time that I have been riding a bicycle. Am glad I have the opportunity to attend tomorrow so will be making the most of it.

So having a read through the press release section of the Cycle 2008 website, there are quite a few tidbits that seem of interest. One in particular is about cycling stars and the actual bikes they have been riding that will be available to see at the exhibition.

For cycling enthusiasts, this includes:

Tour de France Winner Carlos Sastre’s Cervelo R3-SL will on exhibit at the Sigma Sport stand.

Magnus Backstedt’s Felt AR Team issue bike from Tour de France and Tour of Britain can be seen on the Saddleback stand. Magnus himself will also be at the show every day on the stand.

The Giant belonging to the fastest sprinter in the world, Mark Cavendish, will be there for all to see on the Shimano stand.

For the mountain bikers:

Madison will proudly be hosting the Commencal World Championship winning bike of Gee Atherton. Gee will also be on the stand throughout the show.

On the Dirt Magazine Stand they’ll be showing off the bikes that normally carry Steve Peat, Dan Atherton, Tracy Moseley and Matt Simmonds, hopefully they’ll be clean, otherwise the Dirt stand will certainly live up to its name.

BMXers:

Shanaze Reade, who spectacularly crashed out of the final of the BMX event at the Beijing Olympics, will have her bike at the Shimano stand, alongside Mark’s Giant.

Trekkies (not of the ‘Star Trek’ kind):

The last bike to ever beat the flying Scotsman, Chris Hoy, which was ridden by Theo Bos will also be on the Shimano stand throughout the show.

So, not sure what to do this weekend? Get yourself over to Cycle 2008 at Earl’s Court in London. Sounds like heaven to me.