This weekend lionizes an important date on the cycling world as the hundredth edition of Ronde van Vlaanderen is all set to happen on 3rd April, Sunday.
Qhubeka’s Team Dimension Data will be part of this chunk of cycling history when African team lines up at the beginning in Brugge.
For a lot of people, the Ronde van Vlaanderen is the acme of the Spring Classics season and for cycling fans of Belgium, it is certainly is the pinnacle of the game. With, more than hundred hundred years of tradition, the Ronde has become one of the most sought after victories in cycling and images from the race can be found posted on many a young cycling fan’s bedroom wall.
Again, the parcours that includes the legendary Hellingen climbs and cobblestoned paths of Oudenaarde have set the stage for yet another classic. Paterberg, Oude-Kwaremont, Koppenberg as well as Taaienberg are only a few of 18 hellingen that would be finished in this year’s 256km Tour of Flanders.
Albeit the Brit cycling is struggling hard to come up with a winning performance yet Sir Hoy is really confident about an inspirational presence from Sir Wiggins. According to the best decorated British Olympian, the returning hero would come up with the needed fillip that would help the track cyclists to bounce back with confidence from the last month’s 14-year low at World Championships.
However, the legendary rider has warned the cyclists and the fans of Brit Cycling not keep expectations of the all-conquering feats of 2012 London & 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Britain came up with a disappointing 14-year low last month at Track Cycling UCI Worlds that was hosted at Paris. It was one of the worst performances by the Brit squad ever where they won only 3 silver medals & not one single gold- such an incident was an unfortunate first since the year 2001.
It, certainly, was quite an alarming outcome & poses a murky shadow on Britain’s fate at the upcoming Olympics. The big event is not even eighteen months away & hence the British team needs to work really hard to catapult it to a strong contending position at the 2016 Olympics. Sir Hoy, the celebrated mentor for Brit riders, did admit that the camp is passing through an under-confident phase at present. (more…)
Even though Andy Murray has won Wimbledon, he is now a great part of Scotland to win the Six Nations glory.
Chris Hoy has also retired from cycling after winning six gold in Olympics but even then, he has become an important member of Vern Cotter’s squad.
Kiwi Cotter paid his respects before the autumn tests started as brought great personalities like Andy Irvine, Sir Ian McGeechan and Jim Telfer to seek advice and thus proved his humility.
The down to earth nature of Kiwi has gotten the attention of players who are in the team only due to his return. It was two years ago that Scotland started playing really poorly and panicked. In the game against Tonga at Pittodrie, they lost focus and also suffered a defeat of 21-15 which was extremely humiliating to coach Andy Robinson. He then resigned. (more…)