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The New Vesp VO2 Has A Carbon Frame At A Very Affordable Price

Every cyclist has the dream of owning a Carbon fibre bike. The carbon bikes are faster as they are lighter and are more comfortable but very expensive. The most expensive bikes found in the market today are all carbon bikes. But foe all the carbon bike cravers, there is a good news as the VO2 from Vesp has a build of carbon fibre but is very much affordable as it is available under the £1000 price. This one is a renowned company mainly known for its great wheels.

The whole credit of this goes to Jimmy George the Kent based designer as he proved that the bikes made of carbon fibre need not be sold at extremely high rates to bring in profits. The light, fast and very comfortable bike can a huge hit and make the other manufacturers think a bit.

Although the Vesp is not a bad bike, it too has a few drawbacks. Its features are very limited but that is what makes it more interesting. The other thing is that the great carbon frame, the seat stays and the forks are of very good quality but even though they are comfortable, the cost if combined has made the company have low budgets for its other builds.

The Vesp VO2 is mainly targeting the inexperienced cyclists who are more enthusiastic of the frame rather than the features. For them anything that has oversized tubes and the stem is shaped into something that looks like aerodynamics, the bike automatically appears to be better than it is. The price is what perfectly justifies the make and if you want a fun, comfortable ride, then this bike is probably the best option.

The actual problem is that even though the price is really low, this kind of bike should not be used by an amateur cyclist. The alloy bikes are a better choice as they have a better quality of wheels and other components.

Mountain Biking To Be Introduced To Nevada’s High School Students

Nevada students have been looking for a sport other than the traditional ones like baseball, football etc and soon mountain biking will be introduced to them as an option. The governing body of High School Mountain biking, National Interscholastic Cycling Association has plans for a Nevada league. The chairman of the organization Doug Bedient has said that they’re seeking participants from high schools from all over the state; he has also said that the middle school students too could enter the league.

The league is set in Incline Village.

Bedient is hopeful of the league being up and running by 2016 or even sooner if possible.

Bedient is a coach himself; he coaches a team in incline village which mostly competes in Northern California.

Bedient is of the opinion that no other prerequisite other than the interest in outdoors is necessary. Bedient has received information that the new league is going to take up a year or so in order to be set up.

The ideal course is going to be short but will have multiple loops and the terrain, according to the association, can be negotiated by beginners.

The schools will not be providing funds for this, it’ll be funded by the families of the participants and other sponsors and if necessary, fund raising programs will serve the purpose.

The uniqueness of the interscholastic bike league lies in the fact that unlike other mountain biking competitions, it is much more accessible and there’s also the opportunity of representing one’s school or community.

According to Bedient, anyone can join a team and the competitions are tailored to let novices develop their skills through competing in lower level competitions to let them advance to tougher races ahead.

He says that his experience has taught him that beginners who dedicate time and put a significant amount of effort in practice generally make progress at a very fast rate.

Bedient said,” you can take a freshman girl, you put her on a bike with a little training and in a month I am dying trying to keep up.”

Cardiff Is To Host A Cycle Race

It is going to be the biggest cycling event in Wales when the top most professional cyclists will be joining the amateurs for a dual distance race of over 120km and 50km this summer that will start and finish both in Cardiff.

Velothon Wales has set up its mind to put up the country in the international cycling map and also boost its reputation that they too stage big sports events. It is also the best opportunity to show off the beautiful scenic view of the country.

It is holding a fully closed road event on 14 June next year where as much as 10000 riders along with Union CyclisteInternationale sanctioned riders will be starting and finishing the race at the middle of Cardiff.  This race will be attracting many top riders and their teams.

There will be two racing distances to choose from-120km and 50km but the riders will be assured of all the safety measures taken because of full closure of the roads. At the end of the race the participants are allowed to join the spectators to see the race in the Cardiff City Centre.

Jonny Clay, Membership Director for British cycling says that mass participation in this type of elite level road racing is going to be a very successful method of staging major events in the coming years. He is confident of the fact that as many as thousand people are eager to participate in the race either as spectators or as participants.

Velothon Wales is providing an opportunity to amateur riders of all ages to follow the footsteps of legends like Luke Rowe, Becky James and Geraint Thomas. These people have been very inspirational to the public.

The entry fee for the race is $55 for 120km and $40 for 50km road.

Failing To Recover From Crash, Mark Cavendish Out Of Tour De France

Following a dislocated collarbone after a crash on Saturday, cyclist Mark Cavendish will not be able to take part further in the Tour de France. This has also put a question mark of the 29 year old cyclist’s participation in the upcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled at the later part of this summer.

Mark Simon Cavendish, an Isle of Man rider, had won a title at the British road race on course to Glasgow around a year ago.

According to medical scan reports, the cyclist has ruptured all his ligaments near the joint of the upper part of his shoulder after the rider collided with Simon Gerrans in Harrogate while a sprint was in process.

Cavensish said he was devastated after the accident and it was not possible for him to start today. The rider added he had some optimism of the swelling to subside overnight but it went to become worse in the morning. He said normally he bounces back straight in case of such crashes but this time he knew something bad had happened as he was in a lot of pain. He, however, was able to finish the race, Cavendish added.

According to Omega Pharma-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere, Cavendish cannot lift his arm and he is also unable to pull his handlebars.

Blaming himself for the crash, Cavendish said he had spoken to Gerrans at the end of the race and later talked to him in the hotel at night. Wishing Gerrans for the later part of the race, Cavendish said he hoped Gerrans was okay and added he was a good guy.

On Sunday morning Cavendish had boarded the bus raising hopes that he would compete in stage two between York and Sheffield. However, he was announced unfit to start the race following the little sleep the cyclist had in the previous night.

The stage, where Cavendish went down, was won by his arch rival, Marcel Kittel of Germany.