Thor Hushovd has retired from the world of cycling but he is launching his book soon. His autobiography is hailed as a controversial version. The book is labelled as Thor that is expected to be sensational and bring an insight into the sport of cycling. The book deals with the abuse of drug usage and corruption of political life. The wrecking image of the governing body of cycling is thrown open in the book.
It is revealed in the book that he visited Lance Armstrong in 2011 and it was revealed that he had taken drugs. He states it vehemently that he exploited the nature of the sports body. It was unexpected of him to say that and to hear it. He wanted to show him that he was wrong but he could not do it. Hushovd himself states that he thought about the usage of drugs when he was paralysed and he believed that the International Cycling Union had hidden the drug tests of various riders which were positive.
The entire system was corrupt that is what he believed in. He states that it would be a shame if the Union had to accept and tell the whole world that Lance was on the wrong foot. Hence in order to protect the world of cycling the association kept quiet. His professional career lasted for 15 long years but was not without any ups and downs. In fact he had to go through a lot of injuries as well. He did not take part in the final race which took place in 2014. In 2010 he had won the Road World Championship. Individual stages have also been won by him of the Tour de France. He has numerous achievements under his belt which will be remembered by the cyclists.
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.
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.”
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.