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Dowsett all set for 2013 Giro d’ Italia

Promising rider of Team Movistar Alex Dowsett will be making his Grarnd Tour debut when the 2013 Giro d’ Italia kicks off in Naples on this Saturday.

The 24 year old rider from Britain is well aware of the fact that he is about to participate in a race which is widely considered one of the hardest in the calendar but he has already set himself a few challenges and has said that his biggest challenge as well as objective is to complete the race successfully.

Talking about the Giro D Italia, Dowsett said, “It is just 21 days of hard core racing and to be very honest I have kind of avoided taking a look at the route layout because I know this race is definitely going to be one of the hardest things that I will ever be doing. I have been preparing hard for this race and I intend to continue this hard work for the three weeks of the race. I intend to take the race day by day and give it my best shot.

He further said that Tirreno-Adriatico has given him a lot of confidence and riding for the second and the third week is going to be like experiencing the unknown. He said that it was quite mad to think that a single race takes up almost the entire month of May. He said that he was writing off May from his social calendar and this is something that he has never done before.

Dowsett has been enjoying a varied and packed calendar this racing season and he has competed in the Tirreno-Adriatico, the Belgian Spring Classics and he along with his team mates from Movistar were also able to fit into a team time trial which took place in Spain.

So, his experience in these events will come in handy at the Giro d’ Italia.

Biking like never before

Cycling has always been a crowd puller since its advent and mountain biking is no small art which lacks popularity. This immensely popular adventure sport deals with riders going off the road on their bikes and into the wid. The obstacles are many as per the different categories of mountain biking.

Cross country gives a complete feel of the wild terrain whereas all mountains is mainly about doing pulling of steep rides both up and down. This can be done anywhere on road as well as on specially created tracks with ramps and other equipment for best display of skills. Mostly bikers tend to prefer off road trials and love to rough out their bikes in the wild.

They take upon many risks and carry extra supplies in their back packs. Tools for trailside repair jobs and emergency first aid kits for injuries beyond the region of available help is also essential for mountain biking.

The bikes themselves are customized to deal with the problems of mountain biking. The suspensions are stronger in order to dampen and support the heavier more sturdy framework of the bike which I also another necessity for mountain bikes. The wheels are stronger along with thicker tires for that extra grip on the loose terrain. The bikers also need to be in a more dynamic position then when cycling.

In mountain biking handling is very essential and so the biker needs to be always ready for action along the course and look out for rocks and loose soil all along the way. Shock absorption by the forks as well as the suspension can be simple springs to hydraulics to make sure that the bike doesn’t get beat up long the trial. There is also the use of disc brakes which comes really handy for breaking on slopes and increases the altogether maneuverability of the bike.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is basically a sport where bicycles are ridden in terrains off the road and the bikes used in such sports are specially designed for rough terrain.  The features and looks of mountain bikes are similar to general bikes but their gear and wheels are designed to endure rougher surfaces without causing too much friction too. Mountain biking is a type of professional sport as well and there are several professional bikers who are known for their excellent skills in mountain biking.

  • Categories of mountain biking

The whole system and group of mountain biking can be broken down into a few categories-

a)      Cross country (also depicted as XC) mountain biking

b)      Downhill mountain biking

c)      Free ride mountain biking

d)     Dirt jumping mountain biking

e)      Slope style mountain biking

f)       Trail riding dirt trails mountain biking

g)      All mountains mountain biking

Some of these categories are used in tournaments and competitions for professional bikers in the field of mountain biking most mountain biking is placed under the cross country and trail riding categories for recreational and professional racing sports.

  • Main skills required in mountain biking

Any mountain biking sportsman needs endurance, balance, bike handling and confidence skills for the sport. They also need strength, stamina, technical drops and skills in making jumps, ramps and aerial maneuvers. They also need to know the technical details required for this sport.

  • Equipment required for mountain biking

There are a lot of specific equipment needed for mountain biking-

Durable and efficient bikes made for  exclusive trails and terrains, protective gear and accessories like mountain biking glasses, gloves, GPS navigation systems, Pumps for the tires, bike repair tools, headgear, high power lights, sole gripper shoes and other items are all required for mountain biking.

Froome backs Cavendish’s decision

Chris Froome recently stated that Team Sky had been denied of more stage wins at Tour de France because of their own faults. Few days ago, Mark Cavendish opined that if Team Sky showed a little more aggressiveness in riding the Tour then they would have come up with both the green and yellow jerseys at the end. Froome’s recent statement seemed to have justified Cavendish’s comment.

Meanwhile, because of the feeling of dejection Cavendish left Team Sky joined Team Omega Pharma QuickStep. Froome claimed Cavendish to be a remarkable stage winner but because of his team’s concentration on the yellow jersey he had to keep aside his own dreams of winning record number of stages in the Tour. Chris Froome seemed a little frustrated with his team’s biasness over Bradley Wiggins but he reported that he didn’t have any difficulties in keeping aside his own ambition for the team’s benefit.

He asserted that cycling is a team game and it is always thought that the most reliable would go for the best shot. Froome values the team’s strategies more than his individual goals and this is why he is not disappointed with the results, though it seemed that if Team Sky was a little aggressive then he would have easily won two more stages.

On the other hand Bradley Wiggins, who is suffering a rib injury, already stated that his main goal would be now next year’s Giro. It significantly implies that Team Sky will go with Chris Froome as their protected rider in the 2013 Tour de France. On being asked about the chances, Froome said that it hasn’t been decided yet but Wiggins’ interest on Giro is true. He also agreed that it would give him more opportunities to focus on the Tour next year.

Mountain biking race season ends with Fall Classic

The mountain biking race comes to an end for this season with the Fall Classic. The cyclists seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the event. It has been reported that near about 230 riders participated in this event. The track of this event goes through Horseshoe Gulch to Baker’s Tank and ends in Indiana Gulch. Jeff Westcott, the coordinator of the event, stated that all the riders were pretty much satisfied with the track.

Westcott asserted that the Fall Classic has been around since 1980s and it is of a great importance in the world of mountain biking.

As far as the leaderboard is concerned Cameron Chambers grabbed the first position with 2 hours, 20 minutes and 7 seconds timing in the elite men category. The second spot was claimed by Jay Henry with 2:24:40 and Peter Kalmes followed him with 2:28:52. Nick Truitt secured the fourth spot and he was also announced the overall mountain biking champion of this year in the category of the elite men as he won seven Summit Mountain Challenges races this season.

In the elite women category, Gretchen Reeves, who won the Firecracker 50 women’s championship this year, grabbed the first position with 2:50:36. Sara Schuler followed her with 2:54:14 timing and Jaime Brede, the famous Breck rider finished in 3:01:09.

In the category of the expert men 19-34, Joe Howdyshell took the first position by beating Scott Archer by 10 points. Westcott seemed really impressed with Sarah Homolish who grabbed the overall third position in mountain biking in women’s 19-39 this season. Westcott stated that it was really very impressive of Sarah. Then he added that she must have been very happy to share the podium in overall category and it must encourage her to do better for the next season.