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by Matt de Neef
October 31, 2014
In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Matthias Brandle beats Voigt’s world hour record, covers 51.850 kilometres; Velocio Sports partners with Cervelo for 2015/16; First year at Sky a learning experience for Nathan Earle; Janez Brajkovic joins UnitedHealthcare through 2016; Clarke, Lapthorne, Meyer, Norris and Bernard Sulzberger re-sign with Drapac for 2015; Sammy Sanchez undecided about racing in 2015; Strava raises $18.5 million in venture capital; Martyn Ashton reflects on a year of being a paraplegic; Movember begins tomorrow – join us!; On the Road with Danny MacAskill’s Drop and Roll Tour.
by Shane Stokes
Austrian rider Matthias Brandle has broken the hour record set by Jens Voigt last month, covering a total of 51.850km at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, surpassing Voigt’s mark of 51.115km.
Brandle looked to be on course to achieve his goal of covering 52 kilometres but faded inside the final ten minutes, his cadence slowing and his style becoming ragged. He dug deep, though, and beat Voigt’s record by less than a minute, setting a new mark.
“I feel really great, but during the race it was so hard,” he said afterwards. “It was so good that so many people are supporting me here, because I had a difficult period in the middle of the race. I really suffered. I had to do a few laps a little bit easier, but then in the end I could find my rhythm again and bring it to the end.”
“At the end it was really hard, I was really on my limit,” he said. However while his body was screaming out, things then became earlier mentally. “The closer the hour comes, the easier it goes,” he said, talking about the moment he realised he could do it. “You know there are ten minutes left, five minutes, then you know it is going to an end. You can suffer pain so much.”
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The women’s team of sports management company Velocio Sports — currently racing as Specialized-Lululemon — has announced that it will ride Cervelo road and TT bikes in 2015.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Cervélo going forward,” said Velocio Sports Owner Kristy Scrymgeour. “Cervélo has been a big supporter of women’s cycling at the top level for many years with the Cervélo Test Team and we’re looking forward to continuing that tradition.”
Managing director at Cervélo, Robert Reijers, said the company was excited to enter the women’s pro circuit.
“Velocio Sports is one of the most consistent, high-performing teams on the circuit, with an undefeated track record on the team time trial world championships and the world champion individual time trial on the roster”.
“We believe that the combination of these powerful riders and our industry leading aero products will bring new levels of performance to women’s cycling.”
The team will release its roster and details of other partners in the coming weeks.
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Mauro Santambrogio’s suspension for a positive test of EPO at the Giro d’Italia will end on Sunday, November 2nd and it’s been reported by Italian media that he’s already found a team to ride with in 2015: Amore & Vita . Santambrogio had a reduced suspension by 6 months as a result of his co-operation with CIRC, the Independent Commission for the Reform of Cycling established by President Brian Cookson.
The step up to racing for a WorldTour team is a significant one for many riders, particularly if they’re making the leap from Continental level to the sport’s highest division. Team Sky’s Nathan Earle was one rider who made that leap in 2014 and now the Tasmanian has spoken to Cyclingnews about his season.
“An experience,” Earle said, summing up his year. “It was tough but exciting at the same time, some things were easier than I thought while some things were harder than I thought, but I’d probably sum up the whole year as a learning experience.”
When asked about the highlight of his season, Earle pointed to Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
“It’s a race that I have always had an interest in and it’s always fascinated me. I used to have a framed picture of the race in my bedroom and I used to think ‘Wow that would be pretty cool to race that one day.’ To be able to race that was a bit surreal.”
Earle finished that race a little more than five minutes down on winner Simon Gerrans and was the only Sky rider to cross the finish line. “So I ended up being the last guy in the race which was pretty special.”
Click here to read the full article at Cyclingnews.
US-based Professional Continental team UnitedHealthcare has announced that Slovenian cyclist Janez Brajkovic will join the squad in 2015 and 2016.
“I’m very excited to join the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. I’m extremely motivated and I know we’ll have great years together”, the 2010 Criterium du Dauphine winner said. “I’m ready to lead when appropriate, and also to work for my new team as the race and situation demands it. Teamwork is a very strong component with this program and I’m looking forward to contributing to that.”
General manager Mike Tamayo said of the signing: “Jani was looking for a team where he could be a leader and get back to his winning ways, where teamwork is a primary focus. An atmosphere in which the team will rally behind him and one that he can also give back to.”
Brajkovic began his career in 2005 with Discovery Channel before riding with Astana in 2008-9, spending two years at Radioshack in 2010-11, then returning to Astana from 2012 to 2014. In addition to his Dauphine win, Brajkovic also has the Tour de Slovenia on his palmares plus a ninth place overall in the 2012 Tour de France.
Text adapted from a UnitedHealthcare press release.
Drapac Professional Cycling has announced that Will Clarke, Darren Lapthorne, Travis Meyer, Lachlan Norris and Bernard Sulzberger have all extended their contracts with the team for the 2015 season.
Clarke was one of the standout riders on the team in 2014, having been awarded the Most Competitive rider on three of the six stages at the Tour Down Under, won three races of his own, and worn the leader’s jersey at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan. Lapthorne’s best result was third overall at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, and he was also sixth in the Australian Nationals road race.
Click here to read more at Drapac Pro Cycling.
This time last year (and indeed into the new year) 2008 Olympic gold medalist Sammy Sanchez was still looking for a 2014 contract. One year on, the Spaniard is again yet to sign a contract for the upcoming season, but for different reasons to last year.
“At the moment I’m weighing things up, I can’t say, yet, what I’ll be doing in 2015″, Sanchez told Cyclingnews. “But it’ll be my decision. Right now I’m spending time with my family, rather than thinking about anything else. If I want to continue racing, I will.”
Sanchez tells Cyclingnews that he has offers for the coming season, saying: “So it’s my decision right now.”
Speaking of the collapse of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team in late 2013 and the turmoil it caused on the transfer market, Sanchez said: “That was so difficult and I had team-mates who couldn’t continue racing even though they wanted to.”
Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.
Strava has raised US$18.5 million in capital after bringing on renowned venture capitalist Michael Moritz to advise the fitness tracking company.
Strava CEO Mark Gainey said the company was planning on using the funds for “growth expansion.”
“We’re now approaching the point where 75% of our users exist outside of the US,” he said. “We’re also seeing that people are using Strava across multiple sports, so we’re exploring how to build out the service in an authentic way in all areas of sports.”
Strava has three revenue streams: a premium subscription version of their app, sales of gear and gadgets, and the sale of anonymous data to local authorities for mapping and urban planning purposes.
Click here to read more at Re/Code.
Many of us know former pro mountain biker Martyn Ashton from the first Road Bike Party video, which you can see below. Now, roughly 14 months after a serious crash caused a spinal chord injury, Ashton has reflected on his first year as a paraplegic.
“As the months rolled by I continued to try different things and have an open mind to what I’m able to do. However there is no way I can deny that a huge part of my life has gone. Riding Mountain Bikes has been what the last twenty plus years have been about for me. I love riding bicycles, so no amount of hand biking or swimming will change that desire for two wheels.
“For a while I have battled with those demons, looked for replacements in other sports, realised they don’t offer me a new direction. I didn’t ask for that, I didn’t want a new direction. I was very happy riding bikes. I can no longer pretend to myself that I will find that new direction.”
It’s a compelling piece about what it’s like to have your life situation altered dramatically and how Ashton dealt with the challenges that presented. Well worth a read.
Click here to read the full blog post at Animal.
November begins tomorrow and here at CyclingTips we’re preparing for a month of moustache-laden goodness as we grow mo’s in support of Movember. And we aren’t just ‘tashing up ourselves – our goal is to make cycling Movember’s largest sporting network in the world. But we cannot do it without your help. Last year, together, we raised over $110,000. Of course, this year we want to go even better!
You can join the CyclingTips network as an individual or better still, sign up your team, club or workplace under the CyclingTips umbrella and ask people to join your team. You can find out everything you need to know, including how to sign up, by heading here.
Here’s the latest dose of madness from Danny MacAskill. Worth a look.
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips: