To watch the best of the best, team versus team and listen to the brilliant commentary from Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen for the 103rd Tour de France from this Saturday the 2nd July to the 24th of July over 21 stages while taking in the beautiful French countryside,villages and mad supporters is going to be exciting.Millions of passionate cycling fans across the world will tune any way they can and experience the ultimate racing challenge.
Facts: The Tour de France is a race overs approximately 3500km.
The worldwide television audience is approximately 3.5billion people.
2000 journalists attend the tour.
1200 Hotel rooms are reserved each night for teams, staff,press and personnel.
12 Million spectators watch the tour along the route.
Spectators average 6 hours at the road side at a time.
Number of teams varies between 20 and 22 with 9 riders in each team.
Jerseys; Yellow-Overall leader.
Red Polka Dot- Best accumulated time in the mountains.
Green- The most sprinting points.
White- Best rider aged 25 and younger.
Froome,Quintana,Contador,Aru,van Garderen,Porte or an outsider?
Thank you and well done to those who braved the cold to join 40 odd fellow club members in the warmth of the cosy Hotel Coachman for some quality time together sharing the love of cycling banter.The last Friday of every month come an join us.
Bike Manawatu want to acknowledge all club members (schools and masters)who train hard for races utilising the BM Club events,coaches volunteers, parents,supporters,licences and our beautiful countryside preparing to race whenever, wherever.
We would like to mention four such local BM and NZ junior stars currently training or racing for NZ internationally to watch out for.
The excitement of Campbell Stewart, Michaela Drummond and Emily Shearman representing NZ at the under 19 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle Switzerland July is building.Campbell Stewart is the current world junior Scratch and Omnium champion and Michaela Drummond the current world teams pursuit gold medal holder setting a new world record last year in Europe.
Emily Shearman, new to the NZ team will compete in the woman's teams pursuit and all three have been focused on training and racing with the NZ team at the Avanti Velodrome in Cambridge and are likely to be chosen to race in other events at the Junior World Champs.
As I write this they are all currently racing at the International Track Series in Melbourne against Aussies top junior riders to help their preparation for the Junior World Champs.Campbell and Michaela had won both races on the first day of four hard days racing against the Aussies in Melbourne.
Also in Melbourne is BM and NZ development team local rider Carne Groube known throughout NZ as a gutsy competitor who is also destined for good things. The NZ development team are there currently racing in various different events.
Stories like this make us Manawatu people proud.
The last Friday of every month after work we are inviting our cycling community to join us for a social catch up which is designed to encourage all cycling people to network and enjoy each other's company out of lycra.This social initiative has been a fun thing to do for BM and has brought many people together to further develop friendships. Couples and singles,young or mature who share a passion for cycling are coming along and enjoying their night. If you haven't already experienced this cosy,warm,fun social Happy Hour we would love to see you.
When; Friday the 24th of June
Where; Hotel Coachman
Time; 5.30 to 7pm.
Rio Olympics Velodrome
For all of our trackies. Last week I returned from a couple of weeks in South America where I had the chance to spend some time in Rio de Janeiro Brazil the hosts of the upcoming Olympic Games in August.What a great city of vibrant charismatic people all building towards this famous global event.The stadiums,hotels and location of the most of the Olympic venues are surprisingly glitzy, not at all what I thought.But in true Latin tradition the Brazilians are leaving everything to the last minute assuring the world they will be ready.The impressive Velodrome looked well short of being ready to me which must be of concern for our seriously competitive NZ team who would probably be medal contenders on any surface.If you are going to Rio enjoy all of it you lucky things.Go NZ.
Bike Manawatu are lucky to have such passionate people as members. One such person is legend and historian Ian Gray. The support and knowledge Ian has given back to road and track cyclist for Bike Manawatu is phenomenal. Ian has collaborated with Jonathon Kennett and released a colourful and hugely informative 88 page book "Beginners Guide to Road and Track Cycling" that all cycling people should buy and put in your library. It is a great read for all cycling enthusiasts featuring amazing photo images of past and current local schools and masters riders competing on the local, national and international stage.
Tips for Roadies :1) Choosing a road bike 2) Clothes and gear 3) Setting up a bike 4) safety 5) riding Skills 6) Riding in a bunch
Tips for Trackies : 1) Getting into it 2) Setting up a bike 3) track bike gears 4)riding on a velodrome 5)Track Safety 6) Racing events
For the cost of only four coffees $20 you can buy this great learning book and receive free from Bike Manawatu two free coaching sessions for Road and Track.