Norway’s Thor Hushovd won the road world championship in Australia on Sunday, charging clear of a bunch sprint to edge out Denmark’s Matti Breschel. Australia’s Allan Davis took bronze in what was one of the most exciting World Champs in years.
Standard Bank’s annual Cycle4Kids event, in which bank employees and a few of the banks clients, cycle from Johannesburg to Durban to raise funds for charity, will this year pass a total of R12 million in funds raised.
The 2010 event, taking place from 13 to 17 October, is expected to raise in excess of R1, 3 million. The number of cyclists is capped at 50. “So, with the R20 000 each rider has to raise to qualify for Cycle 4 Kids, the absolute minimum we raise with each event is R1 million,” says Standard Bank’s Cycle4Kids organiser, Andrew Somerville.
Fabian Cancellara reaffirmed that he is the fastest man against the clock by winning a record fourth time trial crown at the world road race cycling championships.
Cancellara clocked a winning time of 58 minutes 09 seconds for the tough 45.8km course. British rider David Millar was second in 59:11 and German Tony Martin took third in 59:21.
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain was suspended on Thursday after failing a dope test, in the latest drug scandal to hit cycling’s most prestigious event.
The cycling superstar, who won his third yellow jersey at the end of July’s three-week epic, announced that he had tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance, but blamed it on food contamination.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) swiftly announced he had been provisionally suspended.
American Taylor Phinney has made it two world titles in the same season with a narrow victory in the men’s Under-23 time trial at the world road championships. In March, Phinney won the gold medal in the individual pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Copenhagen.
Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) notched up another first in his illustrious cycling career on Sunday when he won the four day Clover Tour in the Lowveld.
It is the first time that a mountain biker has managed to win a local road tour. Earlier this year Evans also made South African cycling history when he won the pro-elite time trial at the national road championship in Klerksdorp. He also finished second overall in the Giro del Capo.
Evans’s overall winning time was 15 hours 20 minutes and 39 seconds. Shaun Ward (Panda) finished second overall in 15:21:49 and Jason Bakke (House of Paints) was third in 15:21:54.
The host country for the 2010 edition of the UCI’s main event is Australia, one of the world’s great cycling nations. This is due to the growing success of the Tour Down Under, the UCI ProTour’s opening event, as well as the exploits of the best Aussies – in particular Cadel Evans and Jack Bobridge. Oceana is only the fourth continent the Road World champs has visited since its inception in 1927. The other three continents are Europe, America and Asia.
There are a number of Bike Computer apps in the App Store–Cycle Meter, Cycle Tracker, and Cycle Watch, just to name a few–and while they all do the job of tracking your speed, route, time, and miles, none of them are really all that accurate. Plus, it’s just sort of a pain to pull your iPhone in and out of your pocket or bag to access its cycling functions. There are mounts, but these don’t solve the accuracy problem. The solution? Enter: LiveRider.