Monthly Archives: July 2011

The latest ride in the stable…

Emily the Btwin NatureNo, it isnt some fancy carbon machine, not even a titanium tourer… the latest addition to the Johnny household comes in the form of “Emily”, little Miss Johnny’s new cycle.

This is a great little bike in my opinion. It doesn’t suffer from the added weight of budget and totally unnecessary shock forks, it is just a great little frame, sensible gearing and efficient brakes.

Available in black, a groovey pattern or this “nature” cream and pink colouring, it didn’t take a genius to guess which variety a young girl would opt for.

Well assembled by the local Decathlon in Saumur, all I had to do was swap over the cables for front and back brakes (the French have them on opposite sides to us), set the saddle and bar height, and inspire the rider to have a little confidence in her abilities!

Several rides around the field followed, and then out onto the local roads for a 40 minute trundle. There can be few places that offer better riding with hardly a car in sight and long flat surfaces.

Happy to report that both rider and ride are doing well and looking forward to a great many future miles together.

Perhaps one day soon, the bulk of stores will realise that little girls dont want/need suspension forks that don’t work, and we might see some good value sensible bikes available on the high street in the UK. In the mean while, well done Decathlon, a great bike at a reasonable price.

 

Reade suffers BMX disappointment


Shanaze Reade

Reade won the first of her three world titles in 2007

Great Britain’s Shanaze Reade suffered a disappointing day in the BMX World Championships – finishing a lowly eighth in the semi-final in Copenhagen.

The London 2012 Olympic hopeful was fastest in Friday’s time trial despite having initially withdrawn from the competition with a wrist injury.

But the defending world champion “slipped a pedal at the start gate” and could only manage eighth in her semi.

Colombian Mariana Pajon won the world title having led from the start.

After Denmark, the three-time world champion is due to compete in the BMX 2012 test event at the Olympic Park in Stratford on 19 and 20 August.

As well as competing at the Olympics next year, Reade is also bidding to earn a place in the GB track cycling team for the team sprint after winning two world titles with Victoria Pendleton in 2007 and 2008.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/14353091.stm

Reade wins BMX time trial title


Shanaze Reade

Reade won the first of her three world titles in 2007

Great Britain’s Shanaze Reade has added to her world title haul with success in the time trial event at the BMX World Championships in Copenhagen.

The 22-year-old, who won world titles in 2007, 2008 and 2010 had been a doubt earlier this week with a wrist problem.

But she was fastest in Friday’s qualifying run and topped the standings again in the final, with Australian Caroline Buchanan taking silver.

The Briton finished in 37.440 seconds – 0.187 seconds ahead of Buchanan.

Reade had pulled out of the event earlier this week after aggravating the wrist on which she had recently undergone surgery, only to be persuaded to delay her decision over whether to compete following further tests and training.

After Denmark, she is next due to compete in the BMX 2012 test event at the Olympic Park in Stratford on 19 and 20 August.

Reade, who has won three world titles, went to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a favourite for BMX gold but suffered huge disappointment when she crashed out in the final.

As well as hoping to make amends in London next year, she is also bidding to earn a place in the GB track cycling team for the team sprint after winning two world titles with Victoria Pendleton in 2007 and 2008.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/14280547.stm

Thomas tentative about 2012 Tour


Team Sky's Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas has impressed riding on the road for Team Sky

Geraint Thomas says he will probably have to sacrifice next year’s Tour de France in his bid to defend the Olympic track cycling team pursuit title.

The Welshman finished 31st this year as the highest-placed British rider in the Tour’s general classification.

But the 25-year-old says he will probably now focus on London 2012.

“I could still ride it but I could miss it as well, I don’t want to jeopardise my preparation for the track as it means so much,” Thomas told BBC Wales.

“I think I’d regret it if I rode the Tour de France and wasn’t as good as I could be on the track and we ended up coming second.

“I’d probably kick myself forever, because London is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’ve been lucky enough to be in my prime to go for that gold medal.

“With the Tour, by the end of it, it’ll be over 90 hours [of racing] and on the track it’s four minutes of effort, it’s quite a big difference.

“Obviously the road gives you the strength and the endurance. The way the team pursuit is now you need all that but I think it’s a bit too close.

“I don’t know if there’s actual evidence but it’s one of those feelings you get that you don’t have that top end and that real punch – and for sure you need that on the track.”

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I think the road race is out of the question because it’s before the team pursuit

Geraint Thomas

Bradley Wiggins, Paul Manning, Ed Clancy and Thomas triumphed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, setting two world records on the way to winning team pursuit gold.

The pull of repeating that success on home soil seems set to relegate the Tour for one season, as Thomas edges back to competition inside the velodrome.

Chris Boardman, an Olympic champion at the 1992 Games in Barcelona before turning to the road, has advised Wiggins to put the Tour de France before other considerations, especially after a broken collarbone ended the 31-year-old’s race early this year when he was tipped for a podium spot.

But Thomas is at a different stage of his career and has plenty of time to hone his Tour performances, whereas he will only get one chance to ride in a home Olympics.

With the emphasis seemingly firmly back on the track, Thomas has definitely ruled out competing in the road race event at London 2012, won in Beijing by Spain’s Samuel Sanchez, despite his growing reputation.

“I think the road race is out of the question really because it’s before the team pursuit,” Thomas added.

“To really commit to the team pursuit properly, it’s so fast and so technical that I think I’d need more time on the track.

“I wouldn’t be able to ride the road race, I think it would jeopardise my chances for the team in the team pursuit.

“With the Tour de France, it’s still one of those things that’s up in the air at the minute, I’m not too sure when I’ll make the decision.”

Thomas will next be in competitive action in the Eneco Tour, which starts on 8 August and covers routes in the Netherlands and Belgium over seven days of racing.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/14305695.stm

Reade could still race at Worlds


Shanaze Reade

Reade won the first of her three world titles in 2007

Great Britain’s Shanaze Reade could still defend her title at this weekend’s BMX World Championships in Copenhagen.

The 22-year-old was ruled out of the event earlier this week with a wrist problem.

But following further tests and training, she has travelled to Denmark and may yet compete.

A decision as to whether she will race will be made as close as possible to Friday’s qualifying session.

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Reade is a three-time world champion, having won the titles in 2007, 2008 and 2010

She is also hoping to compete in the BMX 2012 test event at the Olympic Park in Stratford on 19 and 20 August.

Reade, who has won three world titles, went to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a favourite for BMX gold but suffered huge disappointment when she crashed out in the final.

As well as hoping to make amends in London next year, she is also bidding to earn a place in the GB track cycling team for the team sprint after winning two world titles with Victoria Pendleton in 2007 and 2008.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/14280547.stm

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