The battle for supremacy on tar intensified over the past weekend (14-15 August 2010) when the riders of MTN-Energade and Medscheme took their ‘battle’ to the roads of the West Rand during the EPR Cycle Challenge, which finished on the Tarlton International Raceway.
This time round it was Medscheme who took the victory. Arran Brown outsprinted Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Energade) to win the race over 120km in 2 hours 59 minutes and 52 seconds. Kachelhoffer (Medscheme) finished third.
2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre will ride in Mauro Gianetti’s new Geox team next season. Carlos, who has been riding in the Cervélo TestTeam for the past two years, seems really excited at the prospect of this new challenge.
Levi Leipheimer from Team Radioshack won Colorado’s Leadville 100 on Saturday, knocking more than 12 minutes off of the old record and finished about nine minutes ahead of Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski. Todd Wells finished 3rd with six-time winner Dave Wiens in fourth. The Leadville 100 is a 100 mile (160.9 K) epic mountain bike race within the high altitude mountains and valleys of Leadville, Colorado.
Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has been diagnosed with burnout. In a statement made on his website, Ullrich said: “A few days ago, I was diagnosed with burnout, that will probably need a longer treatment. In order to ensure complete recovery, I will therefore stop all public appearances in the next few months.”
A ‘virus’ was the reason why Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) did not perform as well as he would have liked at the pro-elite race (over 107km) of the UCI Marathon World Championship in St Wendel, Germany.
Evans, who finished 8th overall in last year’s World Championship, was restricted to the 25th position this year.
But he at least has the satisfaction that he was able to play a small part in the victory of his Cape Epic team-mate, Alban Lakata (Austria).
Amongst the bicycles most important, and perhaps most enduring legacies is its effect upon women’s issues; indeed the mark the bicycle left upon gender relations in the 1890s is difficult to underestimate. The advent and popularity of the safety bicycle, with its appeal to both sexes mandated that women cast off their corsets and figure out some way around their long, billowy skirts. Hooray to the bicycle I say. Below are some ladies celebrating and enjoying their bicycles….NSFW.
No bicycle in Williamsburg is safe.
A longtime neighborhood resident has gotten so frustrated by sidewalks packed with parked bicycles that he has actually begun injecting Krazy Glue into locks as a form of vigilante injustice.
The renegade — whose name has been concealed because of the sensitive nature of this story — has committed the crime a few times, but told us last week that there are plans to broaden the sticky situation.
Every rider who is prepared to put in long hours of training will eventually have his moment of glory on the winner’s podium.
Bradley Potgieter (MTN-Energade), who won the Carousel Classic on Monday (9 August), can vouch for that.
2010 certainly did not start out well for the young rider. On 5 February, when he was on his way to join his team-mates for a training session, he was involved in a motor car accident.