The loss of Christchurch’s right to host the national road cycling championships has been termed as a catastrophe by the sector chief of Canterbury. Since 2010, the event has been held on the Cashmere hill circuit for the under 23 and the elite where thousands of spectators stand along the route.
Simon Hollander the event manager confirmed that the coming year is going to be the last time until 2019 that the championships will be held in Christchurch. Napier is supposed to be the new venue to host. The news will officially be announced by BikeNZ in January.
The financial strength that Napier has showed during the bid made it clear that they will be the hosts for the championship in the coming 3 years. When Christchurch City Council was asked, they said that they had referred back the issue to BikeNZ. The financial investments that were required by BikeNZ could not met by the council. Read more »
Fight over the yellow jersey at the Tour de France went on between Thomas Voeckler and Andy Shleck. Cadel Evans had all the opportunity to take the prime position from Voeckler. After the position Andy was next in line but it looked that the race was not in their hand as the result was showing something else. The stage was all set with blooming fireworks that was seen all across.
Andy Shleck had defended his claim over the yellow jersey when Cadel Evans was given the jersey following next day. For over 60 kilometres Andy made the ride. Tour de France of 2011 will be always remembered for the journey of the ride which took place. Following the next year he made his debut in Tour de France. Every year the story is something new and different. 2010 Tour was given to Andy as he failed the test of doping. In the coming years though he will be hailed as the greatest winner.
In 2011 he had secured second place but it was clearly visible that he was keen on climbing than on time trail. With injuries and crashes he never had the opportunity to perform according to the testing times. It was a kind of act which was like support role in 2013. Within to 20 he had his name which showed that he still had fire left in him. It was in 2014 that he retired from the professional world of cycling. It was the issue of his knee which left him with no other choice but to retire.
His fans hoped to see him on another exciting tour but it was not to be made possible. It was an emotional farewell for the world of cycling. The terms had been controversial and the memories would never fade away.
London’s Ludgate Circus is turning out to be a dangerous place for the cyclists. On 17th October, 2014 (Friday) a horrible accident took place at this junction in which a female cyclist collided with a lorry.
The twenty-six year old cyclist suffered through a cardiac arrest immediately after the accident because of which she could not breathe. London Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance came to help her and took her to the Royal London Hospital for treatment.
However, the treatment given by the hospital did not work well for her and the cyclist died on 20th of October, 2014 (Monday).
This Ludgate Circus accident is the second cycling accident that has taken place in this roadway this year. The first cycling accident took place on 3rd of April, 2014 in which a male cyclist named Victor Manuel Ben Rodriguez was declared dead immediately after he crashed against a lorry.
Around 6 cyclists have been seriously injured or killed in the Ludgate Circus junction between the years 2008 and 2012.
Member of London Assembly Green Party- Darren Johnson said that ever since Boris Johnson has become the Mayor, around eight cyclists have been seriously injured or killed. All the accidents are just triggering of demands for improving the roadways for the safety of the cyclists.
According to Johnson, plans and policies related to the creation of separate cycle lanes for cyclists in the major roads of London is extremely essential. The style of the cycle lanes should be similar to the Dutch style of cycling lanes.
Transport for London had released certain designs for the safer junctions and superhighways in the month of September. Majority of the people have supported these proposed designs and the mayor has the mandate to create such safe routes. But action can be taken only after consultations end on the 9th of November, 2014.