Breaking news, a second edition of Happy Friday. I am happy to report that its not only the bicycles and gadgets that has caught Jason from Olympic Cycles eye at Eurobike. Take a look at what he just sent through…and there is a bicycle thrown in.
So Eurobike is happening and its the biggest industry trade show in Europe with thousands of attendees and exhibitors. These kinds of shows usually have some eye candy walking around promoting products and Eurobike is no different. Cue Mr Garry Fischer. Thank you for your twitter feed. You Dawg!
Port Elizabeth, September 1997. The location for the first race of the 5FM/Energade Sprint Triathlon Series of the season and all of the top SA triathletes were in town to flex their muscles. The usual suspects like Raynard Tissink, Glen Gore etc had all made the journey to the Friendly City to kick off their seasons and secure some points for the overall series title.
But the talk after the race was of a young Maties student who had decimated most of the field on the cycle leg finishing in a solid second place just behind the seemingly unbeatable Tissink.
Almost thirteen years have since passed and the name Lieuwe Boonstra is now synonymous with triathlon in South Africa. An internationally rated Xterra specialist, we were fortunate enough to speak to the charismatic Boonstra who juggles training and competition with a full-time job and busy life outside of the sport.
Eurobike, the world’s leading trade show for the bicycle industry is currently taking place in the town of Argenbühl, Germany. Our friends from Olympic Cycles are attending and have sent some feedback after the first day. By all accounts the venue is huge and jam packed with all the latest bikes and gadgets that the industry has on offer. Here are some points that have stood out for Jason so far.
Laurent Fignon has died at 50 years of age from Cancer. Laurent won his first of his 2 successive Tour de France titles as a 22 year old in 1982. Despite the many successes of his career, Fignon will be best remembered for the extraordinarily narrow margin of his defeat on that day in 1989, the tightest finish in the Tour’s history.
The final of the DH World Cup series came to an exciting end on Monday in Windham, NY. After suffering a bad crash in practice on the weekend, South African Greg Minnaar bounced back and put together a great run. However it was not good enough and he had to settle for 2nd place behind the inform Gee Atherton. Sam Hill, who has been off his bike since the Fort William round with an injury had a great run finishing 13th. Respect.
When Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) makes up his mind to finish off something, it is not just idle talk.
He proved this on Saturday (28 August) when he won the Cullinan ultra-marathon (100km) in the MTN series in fine style by outsprinting David George (SAFindit) to take his fourth victory in the series and win the series overall.
Thomas Frischknecht, a man that needs no introduction to the world of MTB and cyclocross has written about his SCOTT-Swisspower teams performance this past weekend at the closing round of the XCO World Cup season in Windham, NY. He gives us some insights to his riders results, the race in general and his thoughts on Julian Absalons protest.