Lance Armstrong is all set to ride for Livestrong Fundraiser for the first time since his disgraceful doping confessions that ripped him off all his Tour France titles. The Livestrong Fundraiser is a marquee event meant for collecting funds for cancer survivors.
The erstwhile cycling champ signed up for the charity ride on February 2nd. The ride would be held at Austin, Texas, where Armstrong had donated $5,000 donation & set up his Lance and Friends” squad with many long-time participants.
It was in 2012, that Armstrong participated in the Livestrong Fundraiser event for the last time. That was shortly post the disclosure of USADA’s exhaustive report highlighting the rider’s illegal consumption of banned performance-enhancing drug. The disclosure not only saw Armstrong stripped off all his titles but Livestrong too severed all bonds with him.
Ironically, it was Lance, a cancer-survivor himself, who launched this charity in the year 1997. It had a change of name in 2003 and since then has been known as “Livestrong. As per the documents from the foundation, the organization has raised over 500 mn USD as the funding for its mission that is “to empower and inspire people suffering from cancer.”
“Lance has signed up for fundraising squad which will participate in Livestrong Challenge at Austin in the month of October. He registered for this charity ride on 2nd February and made a donation of $5,000”, stated a report confirming the participation of Armstrong at Livestrong charity ride.
While approached on his remarks about participation in the Livestrong ride by betting site titanbet, the former champion remarked that he is “humbled & proud” of the organization.
Livestrong officials have stated that they warmly welcome Armstrong’s fundraising efforts. “He has registered to take part at our annual riding event”, informed Ellen Barry, the spokeswoman from Livestrong.
The criminal justice system is deteriorating to defend the pedestrians and cyclists according to the crusaders. Many of the cyclists are likely to meet at the Edinburgh for the final pedal on Saturday on parliament dispute. In the mean time the transport minister Keith brown has declared an additional £4.5m investment in cycling who will be present at the protest.
The associates of cycle law Scotland would like the government to initiate a scheme of alleged liability in civil cases. The motorist is presumed to be accountable for damages, loss or injury until and unless they might prove in other way, in such cases.
Near about nine cyclist were killed and 898 cyclists were injured in 2012 on Scotland roads. This figure has been shown by the cycling campaigners. But the facts recommend only a minor number of such crash effects in driver being reported to the administrator monetary.
Brenda Mitchell of cycle law Scotland uttered that the statistics showed that there were 400 occurrence involving cyclists and motorists in 2012 in Lothian and borders but out of them only 44 were referred for trial. That implies there is not healthy system of legal rule in the place.
Ms. Mitchell whispered that the present criminal law offers all the protection that cyclists and pedestrians require. This is one of the opinions used against a system of severe liability for defenseless road users.
If drivers are regularly accused of reckless driving offenses then it would change the behaviour of the drivers and at the same time defend the cyclists. However the Scotland government has inquired whether the beginning of the presumed liability will make the country street safer for the pedestrians and the cyclists.
The transport Scotland, the Scottish government and all other safety road partners, including the guys at Soldeu Bike Park, are enduring to work together making an attempt to enable the cyclist to utilize the Scotland road safely.
Slovenian cyclist Luka Mezgec registered a comfortable victory in the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya, whereas Chris Froome was successful in finishing it safely in the peloton. Mezgec capitalized on the support provided by his teammates at Giant – Shimano team to beat his closest opponent, Leign Howard of Orica – Greenedge , to clinch the title at Calella.
The third place was occupied by Omega Pharma’s Julian Alaphillipe who showed good performance to make his name among the star studded performance list of the event. Chris Froome was a major attraction of the Spanish event as lot of eyes was on the veteran’s performance. But he was able to negotiate the course without any incident after the undulating final course was followed by a rapid descent towards the destination. This was a huge challenge for Chris Froome and the crowd were ecstatic when the veteran went past the final line.
There was a serious lack of sprinters in the competition and it reflected on the slow start to the race, but as time went by, Mezgec was able to take an early lead of four seconds right before the tougher stages of the race. The rest of the race was not very difficult for the Slovenian as he gave one of the best performances of the season which prompted him to the pole position.
Chris Froome is one of the most well known faces in the cycling world and has been a constant feature in almost all the major races of the season. The veteran was not a surety for this race as he was hesitant about participating, but he was able to finish the race well and without any kind of incident. The next round of the race will take place tomorrow and the crowd must be excited to know what happens next.
One of the great riders in cycling Stuart O’Grady will be speaking for the first time publicly since July after his drug confession. Stuart O’Grady who is an Olympic gold medalist confessed in the latter half of 2013 after the Tour de France that he had used some banned blood booster in the year 1998.
The gold medal winner has been invited to a charity dinner coming Friday and he will be giving a speech there. The time is just perfect because it will be before the weekend before the Tour Down Under in Adelaide starts. The fund raised from this special night which has been named as “Ride Like Crazy – Dinner with Stuart” will go to a Neurosurgical Research Foundation and Flinders Medical Centre Foundation which is supported by the South Africa Police.
Stuart’s case is quite similar to the legendary Lance Armstrong who has been banned for his lifetime due to the doping case which he still denies not to have been involved. Previously Armstrong was also invited to such a dinner raising fund program where he got a standing ovation.
With the Tour Down Under just around the corner Fairfax Media has decided to host this charitable dinner program at an apt time. It will however be a bit tragic for Stuart because earlier he had signed for a racing contract for the year 2014 which was immediately cancelled after he made his confession of using EPO.
Experts believe that had he not confessed then the Tour Down Under would have been his last professional ride in cycling and it would have been a hero’s sendoff. The dinner program will also feature two of the current riders namely Cadel Evans and Jens Voigt and also the legendary Chris Hoy who holds the record of winning 6 gold medals in the Olympics.
The recent declaration of 2014 Tour France route has raised great concerns among cyclists. Cobblestones are once again back for the Tour route the coming year which is speculated to bring in a dramatic twist in the race.
Cobblestones used to be a regular feature in Tour France initially given that majority of French roads was choked with small rocky chunks. As those roads started disappearing with passing Tours, the cobblestones became a rarity on the Tour track.
Christian Prudhomme, the Tour France director seemed to be highly excited about the latest revealed Tour track, insisting that the cobbled route would make the championship all the more thrilling.
“Cobblestones are a part of the racing”, remarked Pruddhomme. “It is very appropriate that cobbles would be featuring in the Tour.
The cobbles would cover 9 sectors spanning across 15.4 km of potentially hazardous and bumpy roads. The pave are considered akin to a bane for GC riders, particularly running Tour France champion Chris Froome or Quintana. Both of them hold exotic backgrounds sans any experience on cobbles.
Albeit Froome has got some experience on the cobbled patches during Paris-Roubaix yet Quintana is a complete amateur here. The cobbles will feature at stage 5 of the 2014 Tour France.
“It’s terribly risky to ride on the cobbles. Anything might go wrong here- crashes, mechanicals, punctures”, Froome seemed worried while speaking about the newly unveiled route for Tour France. “It is something for which we need to undergo specific training.”
The Tour France organizers are hopeful that the return of cobbles in 2014 edition will beget some additional drama that would be able to keep the tension taut all along the route to Paris.
“We do not wish to see 2 or 3 days sans anything happening”, stressed Prudhomme. “We do not wish the Tour France to get predictable.”
Bradley Wiggins, a highly esteemed professional cyclist has decided to leave the road and come back on the track of after the end of the next session. Apart from winning the world famous cycling event Tour De France 2012, Bradley has won four Olympic Titles which is not at all surprising for such a brilliant sportsperson of Britain. He described that it will be a wonderful closing session of his career if it has a gold mark of next Olympic apart from which he is also chasing Olympics to move on to the fifth.
Sir Bradley Marc Wiggins is one of the prominent cyclists of Britain. He is the only one who has the interest in football followed by the Olympics in his teenage. It was the inspiration of his father who was also the pro cyclist and rode in many Grand Tours and in Olympics. Currently, he decides to ride again this year. It is not just because he is going too fast, but due to the last victory in the Grand tour and his injury that made him to work hard for the next winning if he could try for 2014 or directly in the Olympics.
Bradley has lost much of his weight and a bit muscles due to injury which is not at all the reason why he is getting late to appear for his fifth, instead he is taking the challenge and working hard to cover up the track in 2014.
Interestingly, Wiggins cleared that he was willing to support Froome who has really shown a remarkable wheeled action on the track of Tour De France this time. He admitted in an interview that Froome is really better Grand Tour rider than him. This encourages him to do much better in the last phase of his cycling career if selected by Team Sky.
Andy Raymond Schleck was a born cyclist and is seen more on the cycle than off it. Born in Luxembourg, he has been one of the greatest professional cyclists the world has ever seen. From one event to the other, he has been winning one title after the other and in the process leaving his mark on the world.
Cycling has been in his blood as his father was also a great cyclist and had won many titles during his peak time. Like father like son, Andy Raymond Schleck was not to be left behind and this meant that he has won as many titles and accolades like his father.
Though the youngest sibling, Andy Raymond Schleck had found great teacher in his father and his elder brothers and this meant that his training began right in his childhood. Taking inspiration from his father, he started cycling at a very young age and this made him a seasoned player within no time.
When he began his professional career, he ensured that he was a force to be reckoned with and his wins were a proof of his talent and professionalism. He soon was caught by one of the most popular sport directors, Cyrille Guimard and this saw the beginning of a great career for him – and he began to rival the football news in the belgian sports papers.
His talent was soon taken into consideration and this was the reason why he was soon amongst the top cyclists of the world. He was a great competitor at a very young age and there has been no looking back since then. His professional wins has left mark in the international circuit and seen him emerge as one of the greatest cyclists and has ensured that there is no blemish to his reputation. One title after the other and one win following the first one, Schleck’s success story has seen no looking back since the beginning.
With the launch of the 2011 range of Boardman Bikes happening on Thursday, we thought we’d give them a road test for our readers. These are the kind of bikes that pros like Lance Armstrong and Alessandro Petacchi like to be seen on!
The Boardman Road Pro Carbon, priced at £1800, will be the centre-piece bike of the Boardman Performance range, using the same frame design as the brand new Elite Seris AiR (aerodynamic racing) frame.
The Road Pro Carbon frame is markedly different from nearly all of Boardman’s previous offerings. It’s not even that close to the Elite AiR/TT/1 time trial frame which up until now has been the company’s only aero frame.
Starting at the front, the head tube is larger than you’d expect from an aero bike – the drag reduction being done through shape rather than frontal area. That means front end handling isn’t compromised too much compared to some ‘narrower’ bikes we’ve ridden.
All tubes, save for the box section chainstays, are smooth and airfoil shaped, giving the Road Pro Carbon a slightly stealthy look. The brake and gear cables fit neatly into the top and down tubes, where they’re fed through the frame until they’re needed.
Finishing kit consists of a Shimano Ultegra 6700 groupset with an FSA Energy BB30 53/39T crankset, zipp wheels with Continental Ultra Race 700x23c clincher tyres, Boardman Pro stem and handlebars and a Fi’zi:k Arione saddle. The size L (57cm) bike featured here weighed in at 7.83kg (17.26lb) without pedals.
All makes for a very impressive ride.