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LONDON — Dave Brailsford, the man behind British cycling success at recent Olympic Games, has urged Scotland to vote against independence in Thursday’s referendum poll.
Brailsford guided the British team to eight gold medals at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, which included victories for Scottish cycling star Chris Hoy.
The former British cycling performance director said pooling of resources and talent meant the United Kingdom could achieve more success collectively at world level than if it were split into its constituent countries.
“Scotland has been a huge part of the success of British Cycling, and I hope the UK stays together for the benefit of all sport, but especially Olympic sports like ours,” Brailsford, now the head of the Sky cycling team, said Monday.
“UK sport is one of the best things this country has, and it is all possible because we can share talent, resources, and ideas.
“I was born in England but raised in Wales with Welsh as my first language, and I feel passionately Welsh, English, and British, and I feel all the countries of the UK are a big part of my national identity,” Brailsford said. “My message to friends in Scotland is simple: ‘It is for you to decide your own future, but for the sake of UK sport I hope you vote No.’”
Last year, Hoy — Scotland’s most successful Olympian with six gold medals to his credit — was branded a “traitor” by some nationalists after warning that that Scottish athletes would find it harder to win medals after separation than as part of Team GB because of a lack of suitable training facilities and coaching.
Team SmartStop capped off their exceptional year of racing with a double win at the Thompson Bucks County Classic.
Canadian Zach Bell cruised to victory in the road race on Saturday, while Shane Kline out-sprinted the field in Sunday’s criterium.
After a wet and cold start to the UCI America Tour race, Zach Bell raced away from a breakaway of six riders in the final 12 miles of the Bucks County Classic to solo to victory. After a slew of crashes and abandons throughout the race, Bell found himself with a very select group of riders.
Attacking the break on the last circuit not only gave way to a win for Bell, but also helped Jure Krocjan and Team SmartStop secure wins in the 2014 UCI America Tour rankings.
The weekend concluded with a criterium on Sunday. A race that has historically resulted in a winning breakaway, this year’s installment was plagued by crashes and strong commitment from SmartStop to keep things to a field sprint.
Despite going down halfway through the race, Shane Kline was able to ride back into the race with help from teammate, Adam Myerson, who led out Kline for SmartStop’s second win of the weekend.
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Registration will open at 9am and racing starts at 11 am following the below schedule
11 am - SS, Men's 4, and Juniors race for 40 minutes
1140 ish am - Free KIDS race 9 and under race 1 or 2 modified laps
12pm - Men's 3/4 and Women's 4 race 45 minutes
1pm - Men's Open, Women's Open, and Master's 40+ race 60 minutes
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The Taiwan Travel Bureau in association with the Taiwan Cyclist Federation announced the details of the 2014 Taiwan KOM Challenge, which will take place November 15.
Now in its third year, the Taiwan KOM Challenge’s 105km route travels from the eastern coastal town of Hualien, starting at sea level, and rises along its route to the roof of Taiwan, up on HeHuan Mountain at 3,375 meters [11,073 feet].
The course takes the participants up at an average 7 percent through the Taroko Gorge to the 97km point at Dayuling, and then rises up its remaining kilometers to a maximum incline of 27 percent, averaging 17 percent for the final eight kilometers.
The 2013 men’s winner, Rhaim Emami of Iran, completed the race in three hours and 26 seconds from the official timed start, which began after the 18km of neutralized riding.
This year’s race sees a massive increase in the prize money, one million Taiwan dollars [33,145.60 USD] for overall men’s winner, and $200,000 ($6,675 USD) to the women’s winner.
In the past, professional riders like Jeremy Roy of Francaise des Jeux, Anthony Charteau of Europcar, and Tiffany Cromwell of Specialized-lululemon have taken part in the event, a tradition which continues this year with the participation of Giro Rosa KOM winner Emma Pooley.
After much discussion, the organizers of the Taiwan KOM Challenge have decided to implement drug testing for the top six riders and reserve the right to randomly test any other participant in the 2014 event.
Furthermore, any rider with a previous record of doping will not be allowed to compete in the race. The testing will be carried out by the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee and the tests will be analyzed at a laboratory in Japan.
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