Some superb sights on the ride for the men and ladies this last weekend.
Mens Road Race
That old man of Kazakhstan, Alexander Vinokourov, sprung the trap on Team GB , and Uran Uran in the last 150m, to take gold in the 250km mens road race. Vinokourov will retire after the time trial on Wednesday, ending a controversial 14 year career that had him at different time being both a Hero and Villain (remember that 2007 Tour de France doping ban). winning the gold medal in the men’s road race to crown the end of a 14-year career that saw him in the roles of both hero and villain.
“My family, my kids, my parents were behind me the whole time. I still have the metal plate in my hip, my femur, so it wasn’t easy. Today, a dream has come true.”
In a race that was held without race radios, the British team were unable to set up a sprint for world champion Mark Cavendish.
They let a large breakaway group to form, and were never able to chase it down.
Uran Uran took silver, with Alexander Kristoff of Norway winning a mass sprint to get the bronze.
38 year old Stuart O’Grady rode his sixth and last Olympics Games appearance in what he callled “one of the rides of my life”.
Aussie tactics had O’Grady braking early at the 20km mark, and ended up coming away with sixth place, eight seconds behind Vinokourov .
Plan B for the Aussies was an attempt by Michael Rogers to bridge the gap, but he was hauled in by the Peleton.
O’Grady rated the experience before a massive crowd that lined the course throughout as a career highlight.
“From a team point of view, we haven’t come here to get a top 10,” O’Grady said as the medal ceremony began.
“That was one of the rides of my life … Today was going to be my last Olympic appearance and I wanted to go all in … the people of London out there today … that was the most incredible [experience] I have ever had in my life … without my wife.”
Asked how he quickly marshaled the 12 riders in the first attack group he went with after only 20km, O’Grady said: “I was telling the guys [on the Australian team] last night, ‘Without radios, most of those blokes are just sheep. They haven’t got a director telling them what to do.’ They are at the Olympics … I was using a bit of experience and keeping them motivated.’’
The expectations were high for Team GB to win gold, and when it didn’t eventuate, it was everyone but their own fault.
The Cocky GB team cocked up.
“We were always working at Mark’s pace, so we couldn’t react to those things and that was never our plan,” said Cavendish’s teammate David Millar.
David Brailsford (Team GB cycling director) said in the leadup, the sprinter was “plan A and all the rest of the letters of the alphabet,” too.
“But I think teams a lot of teams were just launching their strongest riders up the road to just tire us out and it worked” Millar said at the finish.
“To be honest we were going so hard there weren’t many riders who could have ridden with us. We rode the race we said we were going to race” “We can’t complain. Everyone knew what we were going to do, so it was their job to try and derail us, which they did.”
Cavendish was quite critical of the Australians.
The hard luck story of the ride surely was Fabian Cancellara and his heavy crash into the barriers at the right-hand bend going into the park after he made the leap from the Peleton to the breakaway, and crashed heavily into the barriers. Just 15km from the finish.
Womens Road Race
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the gold medal in a rain-drenched sprint ahead of Britain’s Elizabeth Armitstead and Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya.
Shara was the highest placed Australian coming in 3:37 behind in 40th position.
Road Race TV Coverage
One of the stories going around is that the The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) used the local GPRS network to transmit the data from the chips on the bikes . When networks became overloaded because of the number of spectators lining the course, Locog was unable to provide accurate timing information to broadcasters, the riders on the course or their coaches following in cars.
The International Olympic Committee blamed spectators for overloading the network by using Twitter and other data services on Saturday and said they should consider sending only “urgent” messages on Sunday.
The lack of information also caused problems for the BBC and networks around the world, which received a torrent of criticism from viewers who were unable to properly follow the race.
The BBC blamed Olympic Broadcast Services, which provides its pictures, which in turn blamed Locog.
In Memory of Graeme Jose – Whyalla’s First Olympian
From the Whyalla Cycling Club website
Born Wilmington, South Australia 21.11.51, died Feldkirch, Austria 23.6.73 – Aged 21 years 7 months. “Legsie” Jose is no more a cycling athlete. No more will we hear those sly quips in his gentle toned voice. Was he serious? Was he jovial? Or was he only “stirring?” Only his friends could tell and they were not always sure. No more will we see his hirsute face radiated by the questioning puckishness that was so typical of him. No more can we see those lanky legs thumping up and down – their power truly understood only by those endeavouring to match his speed.
Graeme Jose became Whyalla’s most internationally famous son – its first Olympian – it’s first national cycling champion and its No. 1 Sportsman. The 1968 Olympic trackmen gave him the necessary incentive when they trained in Whyalla for their pre-Games conditioning. He attended their lectures, he listened, he watched and he learnt. Paradoxically road cycling became his great love though he was no mean “trackie” and indeed he was the 1973 South Australian pursuit champion.
Yet Whyalla (50′ above sea level) almost flat, hardly measures up as the ideal surroundings to develop a road champion. The nearest hills are near Quorn almost 70 miles away, the roads are “dead” and the winds unfriendly. But thrive he did. Somehow he managed to ride to Quorn for those energy sapping climbs. Somehow he tallied up hundreds and then thousands of miles. Professional rider John Murray fanned the flame. John’s home revolves around bikes. He lives bikes, sleeps bikes, and talks bikes and his wonderful wife Pat puts up with bikes and bike riders. Into this environment stepped Graeme Jose. Here he was nurtured and here he was guided conscientiously and intelligently. John Murray become his friend and mentor and the combination proved very fruitful.
“Legsie” rode the 1971 Australian senior Road title around Sydney’s Centennial Park. He thrilled the South Australian camp with his “flyer” at three laps to go and only the alertness of John Trevorrow and Dick Paris cost him that title. This was a taste of the Jose style for he was the least distressed of all the finishers and might easily have ridden the course again. Graeme paid me a treasured compliment when he wrote and asked guidance to prepare for the Munich Games Selection tests. My answer was for him to repeat whatever he did in 1971 for he had obviously found a suitable method of his own.
The rest is history but who can forget his bridging ride to catch his great friend “Blackie” Don Allan in Brisbane. He was modest in victory and was truly surprised at the Munich Team announcement. Those pre-Games training times in Victoria enhanced his abilities and his reputation. He made friends, he was accepted, he was feared in competition, and he proved himself a top class road cyclist.
It was my privilege to become very closely associated with Graeme. We shared together all those pre-embarkation obligations. The medicals, the public appearances, the farewells and the travel. I helped him and he reciprocated. He built a bridge of communication to other team members. Then came those wonderful Munich days. Everyone worked hard there and raced even harder. Nobody was more diligent than Graeme Jose and his three second places and one third placing in pre-Games international events reflect his efforts. His final lap in the Games road race was tremendous.
I know I speak for all the Olympic team when I say we loved and respected him. His decision to travel again to Europe this year was a momentous one and it was his own. It did not come easy and meant postponing his engineering studies. It cost him his job and ultimately his life. What a tragic blow to his family, his club, his town, his State, his country and to his sport. What sadness for a life to be extinguished with such wonderful prospects unfulfilled.
We who mourn him extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family, but what can we say to lessen their loss. We grieve with them and perhaps this sharing of sadness will bring solace to them. Cycling in Whyalla, in South Australia, and in Australia has suffered a great and irreplaceable loss.
The Graeme Jose record is outstanding: Who can believe that his two Amateur Sport Club Memorial Medal awards, his Lindy award, his Caltex Sport award, his State and National titles, his Olympic selection took a mere 18 months to acquire. His racing record is too long and involved to repeat but he will never lose his hard won championships for he died South Australian and Australian senior road champion – doing what he loved while representing the country he loved.
Farewell mate, we are all proud of you, and I hope we are all good enough to meet you again.
Toy of the Week – Aston Martin One 77
The Aston Martin One-77 Cycle made in Britain, is the world’s most technologically advanced road bicycle. It features technology and innovations derived from racing car, with the highest levels of fabrication and craftsmanship.
Limited to just 77 pieces, like the car itself, the One-77 Cycle is available in seven exclusive AM colors, with hand-stitched trimming of both the saddle and handlebars detailing that mirrors the craftsmanship and quality integral to every Aston Martin road car.
I’ll take the last option.
Have a gander at the electronic specs
- Crank Force Left
- Crank Force Right
- Crank Torque Left
- Crank Torque Right
- Crank Position
- Crank Angular Velocity
- Crank Cadence
- Average Crank Cadence
- Maximum Crank Cadence
- Total Power
- Average Power Per Revolution
- Left Leg Power
- Right Leg Power
- Maximum Left Leg Power
- Maximum Right Leg Power
- Average Left Leg Power
- Average Right Leg Power
- Interval Number
- Interval Type (Time / Distance)
- Interval Size
- Interval Target 1
- Interval Target 1 Delta
- Target Parameter Type 1
- Interval Target 2
- Interval Target 2 Delta
- Target Parameter Type 2
- Interval Average speed
- GPS Locked
- GPS Number of Satellites
- GPS Speed
- GPS Altitude
- GPS Latitude
- GPS Longitude
- GPS Heading
- GPS UTC
- Time zone offset
- Acceleration X
- Acceleration Y
- Acceleration Z
- Left Useful Power
- Left Wasted Power
- Right Useful Power
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- Atmospheric Press
- Maximum Altitude
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- Rate of Ascent
- Rate of Descent
- Temperature Ambient
- Event Marker
- Rear Wheel Speed
- Maximum Speed
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- Trip time
- Trip Distance
- Total Distance
- Heart Rate Via ANT+ Device
- Minimum Heart Rate
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- Left Crank Data Packet Counter
- Right Crank Data Packet Counter
- Left Crank State of Charge
- Right Crank State of Charge
- Left Crank Serial Number
- Right Crank Serial Number
- Heart Rate Packet Indicator
- System Battery Voltage
- System Current Consumption
- Crank length
- Tyre Diameter
Website of the Week – Glam Adelaide
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Spreading the Word
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