UCI World Rankings
The UCI top 20 updated standings as of 3 days ago.
Great to see Richie Porte in the top 10, not bad for a domestique.
Arctic Tour of Norway
This year sees the first Arctic Tour of Norway, a 4 day race taking in the stunning Northern Norway scenery. Starting August 8, this race will be raced above the Arctic Circle, from Bodø to Harstad via the Lofoten islands.
Race promoters have appointed Thor Hushovd as Ambassador and the Norwegian national champion couldn’t have come back to form at a better time.
“The riders will never forget riding along the fjords, the islands and the sea. Cycling is the only travelling sport which can showcase the most jaw-dropping places on Earth. Lots of viewers in the rest of the world will discover the most beautiful face of Norway thanks to footage of the Arctic Race. I’m proud of my country, so it’s an honour for me to be its ambassador. ……….Organising such an event is the logical next step for Norwegian cycling, after bringing up riders and finding a place for our activity in the country’s sporting landscape.”
The guys will have to get used to the longer daylight hours with Sunrise at 3:28am and sunset at 10:20pm.
But at this time of the year, the sun is waning so they lose around 10 minutes of sun each day.
Temperatures are a balmy 15degC max and 10degC minimum.
Tour of Poland
Congratulations to Orica GreenEdges Pieter Weening who won the Tour of Poland.
If you haven’t seen Taylor Phinneys Stage 4 win, have a look here at the way he held off the peleton to take a dramatic win.
Some great ToP photos from SteephillTV
Caroline Buchanan – BMX World Champion
Congratulations to Caroline Buchanon for taking out the 2013 Elite Women’s BMX World Championship in Auckland.
A great rebound after her London disappointment last year.
One more perspective on Stuey
This from a Wednesday Legs reader.
Thanks for the email, you don’t very often get a chance to hear storys from the other side of the trench.
Amys Gran Fondo
Joining Keith and the lads from the SPACE at this years Amys Gran Fondo. Keith from Velo Porte has been working his architectural butt off in organising the logistics. Help also from a number of bods, including contribution from the following sponsors has been able to keep some ofthe costs down. Thanks all.
Commercial & General
MBFS Financial Solutions
Toy of the Week – Helter Skelters
Rain pants for committed commuters, the playfully insane and long distance tourers. Three-quarter length styling makes ’em easy to pull on and off, enhances breathability, avoids chain suck and reduces bulk when stashed. HydroFoil fabric shields your thighs from deluges and your bum from rear wheel splatter.
- Lightweight waterproof-breathable 2.5 layer HydroFoil fabric with fully tape-sealed seams for maximum waterproofness.
- Zipped fly with gripper elastic waist keeps them hitched up.
- One piece gusseted crutch.
- Articulated knees.
- Velcro speed tabs at cuffs.
- Zipped rear pocket.
- Turns into itself to form a tidy package.
Made by Ground Effects in New Zealand.
I bought a pair of these a few years back and wear them on my commutes into work on the rainy days. Highly recommended.
Contrary to popular opinion, these are nothing like these.
Just had to drop this photo in.
till next week