Simon Clarke Focusing On Giro d’Italia 2015

Grand tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana) have always been good hunting grounds for the Australian professional cyclist- Simon Clarke. In the Vuelta a Espana 2012, Clarke was not only able to win one of the race stages but also won the stage of mountains classification. Along with that, Clarke’s team Orica-GreenEdge won the team time-trial race stage in the Tour de France 2013.

Simon Clarke had also participated in the Tour de France 2014 in which he was honored with the most combative rider award after the stage 12 of the tour. Clarke had received the same combative rider prize after the stage 3 of Tour de France 2013.

For the upcoming cycling season, Clarke wants to focus on Giro d’Italia instead of the other two grand tours. (more…)

Philippe Gilbert Wins The Fourth And Final Tour Of Beijing

The fourth and final tour of Beijing which possessed the world tour status came to an end on Tuesday, 14th October. Philippe Gilbert came first in the five day long race. Dan Martin got the second place and Esteban Chaves finished 9 seconds after him.

The UCI, to the surprise of many decided to end the Tour of Beijing after its four year license expired last month.

Tony Martin of Omega Pharma won the first two Tour of Beijing in 2011 and 2012 and in 2013 Benat Intxausti from Spain won the race. Philippe Gilbert from Belgium won the final Tour of Beijing that took place this year. Gilbert said that it was a great experience for him and he is happy because his name will be among the list of the winners of the race. To him, the entire experience was a very special one.

According to the organizers, they had to face difficulties after Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde decided not to participate in the race. But according to the director of Global Cycling Promotion, Alain Rumpf, their journey from 2011 has been an incredible one and due to the concerted effort of everyone involved they have been able to contribute a lot to global cycling as well as cycling in China.

He further added that the only World Tour ever held in Asia has been able to make a connection with the cycling enthusiasts and experts there. He also said that social media helped greatly in the matter of popularizing the event throughout the world and the event was televised in every continent. He also expressed hope that this event would help cycling grow to a much bigger level in China.

The UCI previously confirmed that excepting the removal of Tour of Beijing, there are no major changes in the schedule of 2015 World Tour. The next year’s world tour starts with Santos Tour Down Under in Australia scheduled to be held in January and end with Giro di Lombardia in October.

Natchez Public Forum To Discuss Ideas In Making The Place A Safer One For Riders

The Natchez trace has been one of the biggest concerns for the cycling authorities. It is a trace that follows throughout the National Park and later it came in picture that it was a National park trace and not an interstate road which can allow many on goers by. The cyclers have been under the scanner from quite a long period of time and this year the forum of the Natchez will be discussing all the security concern related to security concerns of the trace. The forum will be an open forum where one can discuss the points which can be done in order to increase the security of the trace. There are complains that while driving a cyclist can distract the road and hence can lead to accidents. There are other security concerns for the cyclists as they claimed that cycling in the trace is surely loved by them but it is not concerned to be a safer place to ride because of the constant traffic present over there. The drivers make it more dangerous and thus it results into a risky path to ride freely.

The trace officials will be setting up a new public forum in order to discuss the ways which can be used in setting up the rules of making this trace safer for the cyclers who want to ride in the trace. This way the people can come up with a common idea in making the trace safe. This forum will be having two sessions that is a morning session and an evening session so that more people can come to the forum and share some great ideas for making the beautiful trail safer for all kinds of driver. It will be an interesting to see what the outcome of this public forum is.