A seasoned cyclist and racer- Guy Nethery (forty-seven year old) died after the Cyclocross race which was held in Texas (Webberville) got over. After the race finished on Saturday (18th of October, 2014), Guy rode away and collapsed without any particular medical cause. A passerby noticed him and contacted the race officials. CPR was given to Guy moments after he collapsed.
Spectators and fellow racers stayed near Guy until the emergency services crew arrived at the scene. He was rushed into a nearby hospital by the EMT crew. Later, on Saturday afternoon it was confirmed that Guy Nethery was dead.
Cycling has obviously suffered the loss of such a remarkable cyclist. But the loss has been felt more dearly by the local cycling community of Texas.
TXCX Coordinator and friend of Guy- Joe Doyle said that that Guy was a racer who used to be friendly to everyone and respected everyone equally. Guy also used to participate in Andrew Willis’ The Driveway Series. According to Doyle, Guy loved riding and racing. But above all he loved his family.
Guy Nethery leaves behind his wife (Denise Nethery) and three daughters namely- Chloe, Phoebe and Dylan Nethery.
Details in relation to the medical cause or illness that led to Guy Nethery’s death will be revealed later.
The Visitation is going to take place on 22nd of October, 2014 (Wednesday) from six o’clock to eight o’clock in the evening at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life Services is also going to take place in the same funeral home on 23rd of October, 2014 (Thursday) at two o’clock in the afternoon.
A fund raiser campaign has been started by Rick Weinberg for the education of the three daughters’ of Guy Nethery. The funds collected will be transmitted to the 529 education accounts of the girls after the campaign is over.
Erstwhile Olympic gold champ Cooke (Nicole) has criticized drug cheats in cycling lately post her recent retirement.
The Swansea-born female riding ace was crowned as the road race Olympic champ in Beijing in 2008. She has also accomplished gold at Commonwealth 2002 & World Championships 2008. She stressed on having a happy, successful & drug-free cycling career but has denounced riders like Armstrong (Lance) who were suspended for doping.
“I am really glad with my cycling career”, stated Cooke. “I have got so many happy memories here since the age of 12. I have been able to win every race & more that could dream of winning. I am really extremely fortunate that I have been able to come up clean. I was robbed by many drug cheats yet I am glad that I could be here where I am today with more feats in the basket than my 12-year-old self could dream of.”
“However, there are many genuine rider, who have been really clean, riders with morals & many of them had to retire from cycling with nothing even after tremendous hard work throughout their life.
Armstrong was infamously ripped off his 7 tour France titles last year following his open confession of banned performance-enhancing drug consumption at a famous chat show hosted by Oprah Winfrey. The American has usually denied any instance of doping earlier but came up with all his secrets at the popular chat show.
However, Armstrong’s tears at the show could not sway Cooke and she has also criticized the once-legendary rider.
“When Armstrong cried at the show, Winfrey passed on a tissue to him.Just think about all those genuine riders who had to walk away sans any reward”, Cooke added in.
“Tyler (another rider suspended for doping) would make more cash from the book elaborating how he actually cheated in comparison what I would make throughout my career with honest labor.”
The 2014 Tour France would not only be remembered because of the dramatic win by Italian star Nibali but also because of the crashing accidents that compelled some of the most elite riders to pull out from the 101st edition of the world’s most prestigious cycling event.
Among the favorites who had to withdraw from Tour France this year, one was the iconic Alberto Contador. Contador was a winning choice all through but it’s his devastating crash that forced him to quit with a badly injured knee. The star had recently shared about his enormous speed that led him to the disappointing crash at Tour France last July.
According to the sources, Contador was rushing at precisely 76.8 kph pace while he tumbled down at Tour France. The crash happened o July 14th when the competition was in its 10th stage, amidst torrential rain in Vosges mountains.
“20 days post my crash at the Tour France, I downloaded my file and discovered the precise speed of my accident. 78.8 kmph!”, the Spaniard tweeted. The fall occurred when Alberto was peddling on descent from the Petit Ballon- one of the Category I climb.
Unfortunately, Cotador won’t be able to play for quite some time now. Much to his disappointment, he is not allowed to take part in Vuelta Espana as well. The Spaniard was the celebrated champion of Tour France I both 2007 & 2009. He was however, stripped off his 2010 Tour France title on the charge of doping.
Apart from this 31-year-old Spaniard another name that had to withdraw from Tour France this year was Chris Froome. The 2013 Tour France champion Crashed out while riding on cobbles amidst huge rain – the cobbles were one of the newly introduced challenges for the Tour France riders this year.
After a blazing performance at Dauphine, Alberto Contador is in fantastic form and the great Spaniard is pretty confident that he would be successful in preventing Chris Froome from defending his title at 2014 Tour France.
The Tinkoff-Saxo star rider remarked that he is far fitter at present than the 2013 Tour France champion. In regards to the UCI individual World Rankings, it is Contador who is leading the pack while Froome is at the 15th/16th position. In fact, Froome has himself declared that he considers Conttador as his main threat as he proceeds to defend his title at Tour France 2014.
“Chris is the rider to beat as he was being the best for the past couple of years”, said Alberto, the two times Tour France champion.
“However, this year, I am in comparatively better shape. I do not know if my current fitter form would be adequate to topple him but I would try. There’re others worth considering as well.”
Contador has been a proud winner of Tour France in 2007 & 2009.
The Spaniard’s recent results prove that he is once again back on track upholding his former glorious self which was tinted a bit during his 2010 doping ban. This season, he has won at both Tirreno-Adriatico & País Vasco as well as earned an honored 2nd place in Algarve, Catalunya & Critérium Dauphiné.
Tour de France 2014 is going to be the challenging-most ever courtesy its cobbled roads. Talking about the cobble hurdle, the Spanish star said- “I have seen video footage from stage 2 but haven’t ridden it. It would be really tricky. There are several climbs & we would need to take account of the wind as it could have a crucial role that day. I have got good legs & would do fine, though.”
If you were expecting to see Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) perform at the Volta a Catalunya then you can abandon the expectation because recently Wiggins has announced that instead of participating in the tour which starts on the 24th of March 2014 and ends on the 30th of March 2014, he will devote the time to hill training and climbing.
Earlier, he was going to be a part of the tour to support his teammate Chris Froome (Team Sky). But then Wiggins and his coaches decided that a special training programme will be more beneficial for Wiggins. In the 2013, Volta a Catalunya Bradley Wiggins stood fifth in the general classification.
At the moment, training is being given priority by Wiggins because he wants to regain his previous form in order to perform well in Paris-Roubaix (April), Tour of California (May), Tour de France and Criterium du Dauphine (summer months).
Wiggins actually had a very hectic racing schedule ahead. But this training period is going to give him some free time so that he can focus on his training. He is happy that he has got the opportunity to train and improve himself before he makes a comeback for Paris-Roubaix.
The head of Performance support, Tim Kerrison said that in order to control the burdensome workload of Wiggins, a needs-specific training was essential. Wiggins has actually started off very well this cycling season. He has supported his teammates efficiently and has not participated in the general classification races at the Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy) and Ruta del Sol (Spain).
In relation to his performance at the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico 2014, Wiggins said that certain things went wrong and thus the result was not satisfactory (he came 3rd in the final stage). Wiggins is of the opinion that now the time has come to take the next major step.
Chris Froome has always been in the news for his great achievements in cycling but this time it is something different. The former Tour de France winner was seen to have fearing blisters and was left to feel the burn after the full fledged training in South Africa.
This is the first time that such a thing has happened to him and his fiancée Michelle Cound says that it is due to his negligence that he is facing such consequences. She is of the opinion that Froome refused to apply enough sunscreen before going for practice and that has resulted in these blisters.
She also posted a picture of Froome’s back side which had become red. The picture was a proof of the temperature in which he has been training and his fiancée also said that if this continues then it would be difficult for him to participate in the championships.
The team members of Froome also saw and they said that the team kit must have had some problem. The mesh jersey of Team Sky has clearly not suited Froome although it was made keeping in mind the rider’s comfort. Mesh jerseys of Team Sky are known to keep the rider cool and feel minimum weight while riding even if it was the hottest day of the year.
However the plan has clearly backfired and Team Sky would have to come up with something better this time to make sure their riders are safe. The picture that was posted by Michelle Cound clearly shows the downside of his jersey. Froome will be defending the Tour de France championship this season but if the jerseys continue to be like this then it may become a challenge for him. The manager of the team has said that they will definitely look into the matter and will surely try to come up with a better jersey for Froome and also for the other riders.
Great news for the Jaime Nielsen fans. The beautiful Olympic track cyclist has won on women time trial at Christchurch road cycling.
The 28 year old rider finished the long 25 km racing course within 34 minutes and 28 seconds- being 28 seconds ahead of five time world champion Linda Villumsen.
It’s the 1st national road-riding tile for the Hamilton cyclist who was the runner-up in the Christchurch road racing for 3 years in a row. Jaime was 5 sec up on Linda at time-check on return but couldn’t believe it till her support team informed her.
“I felt they were kind of attempting to squeeze the tad bit extra from me”, said Nielsen.
Villumsen was deeply discontent with her Christchurch performance. The erstwhile world champion remarked that she was feeling off the game all through the race.
The men time trial at Christchurch, too, was full of surprise. The Christchurch road racing saw a young 22-year-old Taylor Gunman beating 2012 Oceania champ Sam Horgan. After Jo Cooper, the defending champion was ruled out with 3-time under-23 champ Michael Vink, due to injury & illness respectively, Horgan came up as pre-race favorite.
Interestingly he & Gunman showed identical timing during the middle part of the forty kilometer racing course – however, it was the Aucklander Gunman who proved to be stronger beating the Cantabrian Horgan by twelve seconds. The 22-year-old men time trial winner took 50 minutes & 42 seconds to complete the race.
Gunman was motivated by Cooper in the support car. “I simply wished to show what I an able to do. It was just like an inspiration when you have him in car”, said Gunman after winning the title.
In regards to under-23 men time trial, the title went to Fraser Gough.
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According to the road bike experts, the 2013 Screnton G2 is a high caliber Storck release and most probably the ideal specimen of the “form following the function”. The latest version has come up with much advancement in design & technology. It is powered up with double fit cable-routing and proportional tubing to accommodate both mechanical and electrical gearing. There is concealed interior cable routing in support of brakes & gears & Press-Fit 86.5 full carbon BB shell specification confirms improved lateral stiffness & reduced weight. Then, you are getting a new-tuned monocoque which offers around 20 percent higher head-tube & lateral stiffness at bottom bracket sans adversely affecting handling or comfort quotient. The radical proportional tubing optimizes stiffness & minimizes the weight factor without any sacrilege to ride quality.
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Sir Chris Hoy, the well known cycle rider, would be there for the anniversary run of National Lottery, in which fifteen thousand people will thump round the Olympic Park, their 5 mile path taking them to the velodrome, round Orbit Tower as well as finishing in stadium.
But, unlike his ex cycling partner Victoria Pendleton, Chris Hoy is not doing any running. He is the official starter of the event. His role limited to sounding the motor horn. And there is a very simple reason the most competitive of sporting beasts would not be taking part.
He explained that the story was he could not run. He has got a ‘gammy foot’ (which meant that if you had backed him to beat Pendleton on the betsports website you would be on a hiding to nothing!)
This was something that he found out this year, when he had retired from his career on a cycle. He told that after taking some jogs when he was on a holiday with his wife; he found that he was in pain. After coming home, he had an MRI scan that showed a genetic weakness in his foot.
He stated that he has got what is called Freiberg’s Disease. Since he has not run since he was a kid, he had not noticed that he has got this problem on his metatarsal.
He added that it is like a square peg in a round hole – it rubs as well as causes inflammation. All they could do to fix it is to break the bone, twist it round so that it fits well.
Chris Horner who is with the RadioShack Leopard won the queen stage , which took the leaders jersey in the Tour of Utah. According to Horner, he had a tough ride with George, Danielson and Acevedo. It was indeed a tough ride to get through this competition, with tough competitors on the track. It was Horner and Danielson that was hand on hand and the last 1 km was the most crucial. The last 500 m was when Horner shot around to his right and took to the lead and won the race.
It was tough having three great guys behind you, but at times you need to make a decision is what Horner said after the race. Horner won the jersey , though Danielson and Eijssen were right behind at the second and third positions respectively. Horner is one of the elder statesmen of US racing and has served as a top domestique to several riders including Cadel Evans.
For the Tour of Utah, he arrived for training just three weeks prior as his legs and knee issues were being resolved then only, wherein he had to undergo a surgery to get them repaired. He skipped the USA Pro challenge and was battling for the victory in the tune up race. He underwent great training on a day to day basis so that it did not have extra effort on his knee and this persistent training led him to his dream of winning the Tour of Utah race and the jersey to all by himself.
Even at the Vuelta a Espana, Horner rode to the pole position for the leader’s jersey. Though it was tough, there were instances were the jersey were also won by fellow mates on the other stage days. No matter what, Horner is a tough competitor at this age of his.