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The Guardian has reported that Team Sky and British Cycling are investigating forming a development team which would have Bradley Wiggins as its leader and figurehead, from midway through 2015 into 2016, when the 2012 Tour de France winner hopes to bow out with a bid for an Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro.
Wiggins is currently contracted to Sky, with negotiations taking place about the future form of his contract, and this initiative is being seen as one way of securing his future.
“We’re still discussing ways of supporting Brad’s Olympic ambitions in Rio, but [which] would also explore the fantastic developmental opportunities which could exist in order to support the next Bradley Wiggins,” said Team Sky’s head, Dave Brailsford. “We’re looking at that from various different angles, and there are positive opportunities which I am sure we can make happen.”
British Cycling’s Performance head, Shane Sutton – who was heavily involved in Wiggins’ 2012 Tour win – said he would welcome such a move. “There’s no better opportunity for a rider to be given the chance to follow in the footsteps of Sir Brad. I’m not sure what his plans are, I don’t think anything is set is stone.
“Sir Bradley is under contract to Team Sky and negotiations for next year are ongoing,” said a spokesman for his management agency XIX. “There will be no announcement on his 2015 race calendar until October at the earliest.”
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- We're just a little over a week away and we are READY over here in central MO! This year we're adding in another day of racing at the incredibly fast Cosmopolitan Park. Saturday will continue to be under the lights with a larger course and an awesome party. Sunday will see some minor course changes to keep you on your toes.
If you haven't already registered: https://www.bikereg....omo-cx-cup-2014 Registration will close on the 24th!
Likewise, I'd really recommend booking your hotel if you haven't already. It's going to be a busy weekend in Columbia and unfortunately there's no camping aloud in the park. Message me if you can't find a place to stay and I'm sure we can find a backyard or couch you can crash on.
Check out the website for more details:
See you next weekend!
- I have a lightly used set of American Classic MTB 29er 6-bolt wheels. This is a very light and durable tubeless wheelset. I bought them about 2 years ago, and have been very happy with them. These have black rims, white hubs and back spokes. There are two red spokes to mark the valve stem. They currently have 9mm quick release on the front, but can be switched to a 15mm through bolt. I have the axle for the conversion. These wheels retail for around $900. I am asking $450.
Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) set a new hour record at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland.
He rode 51.115km over the course of an hour Thursday. The 43-year-old German bested Ondrej Sosenka’s mark of 49.7 kilometers by 1.415km.
“I started a bit too fast, after 20 minutes I had to ease off,” Voigt said. “I wanted to give it all in my final race.”
For years, the UCI recognized two different hour records. The Athlete’s Hour, also called the Merckx Hour, was performed aboard heavily regulated equipment in a very specific position.
Another record, called the Best Human Effort, placed very few restrictions on the bike and position used. The exceptionally fast “superman” positions of Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman fell under this record.
However, In May, the UCI hit the reset button on the hour record, opening the door for a record attempt by Voigt.
Both the Athlete’s Hour and Best Human Effort were scrapped in favor of a single hour record with regulations in line with modern UCI track rules. That means that as UCI track cycling rules change, so will the rules for the hour.
To start his attempt, Voigt turned in a 23.574-second first lap, understandably slow, starting from a stand still.
He needed to average 18-second laps to beat the record.
The German rode the first kilometer in 1:15491.
He turned in a 6:00.954 time for the first five kilometers, 4.839 ahead of Boardman’s 2000 mark, but behind Merckx’s 1972 record.
After the first 10 kilometers, Jens’ time was 12:01.336, which was still ahead of Boardman, but behind Merckx, and slightly behind Sosenka’s splits. It was noted that Merckx’s hour record started at a blistering pace, and the Belgian champion faded in the final half of the ride.
After 15 minutes, Voigt was on pace to set the record.
When Voigt reached 20 kilometers, his time was 23:39.198, meaning that his average speed at that point was 50.718kph, on track to set a new record.
Halfway through the hour, Voigt was still on pace.
Nearing the 40-minute mark, he started to show the strain of the effort, adjusting his position, and occasionally rising from the saddle to stretch.
With 15 minutes remaining, Voigt was still turning in laps quicker than 18 seconds.
Voigt’s split at 40 kilometers was 47:16.668. That split indicated that the world record was within his reach.
In the final 10 minutes, Voigt began to push to the finish, riding increasingly faster lap times — some even quicker than 17 seconds.
With less than five minutes left, he fought his bike in the straights, pushing out of the saddle.
On his 199th lap with 1:28 left in the hour, he surpassed Sosenka’s mark.
At the end of an hour, Voigt had turned in 205 laps, riding a total distance of 51.115 kilometers, a new world record.
“I am extremely proud to be joining all the iconic riders that have beaten this record before me,” he said. “I’m proud that my name is now among the greats. It’s one of the big highlights of my career.”
- I bought this from a member on there and unfortunately have not had time to ride it with having a new addition to the family and now could just use the cash instead.
Niner Sir 9 that is built up as a single speed. This frame and wheelset can be converted to a geared bike.
The wheelset and fork are through axles.
2013 Rock Shox SID tapered fork with hydraulic lockout - around 10 hours ride time on fork
Black Chris King hubs laced to Stan's Arch EX rims. Wheels are setup tubeless.
The rear hub is setup with a freehub body that will accept a 9 or 10 speed cassette if you wanted to convert to a geared bike.
Niner RDO handlebars - 670mm wide
Niner RDO stem 90 or 100mm Don't remember exactly
Niner RDO seatpost
Ergon bar ends
SRAM XO hydraulic brakes - 185mm front / 160mm rear rotors
Stylo cranks with 34T chain ring.
Shimano SPD pedals
20T Chris King cog on rear wheel.
Tires still have plenty of life.
Chain has about 20 hours of ride time.
Bottle cages are NOT included.
With so many bottom bracket standards being used on the market, what are the pros and cons of each one?
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