Tiesj Benoot seems to be enjoying his partnership with Lotto Soudal, as he has extended their contract until the end of 2019.

Benoot started his first pro season being on top form, claiming the fifth position at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. This season has been one of his best, when compared to his last season in which he suffered a misfortune that forced him to abandon his ambition for the spring in the Ronde.

Benoot suffered a crashed during the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2016 that ended all his hope of setting a good result during the spring. However, Lotto Soudal is confident that the extension of their agreement till 2019 will further boost the riders’ development.

Marc Sergeant, sports manager at Lotto Soudal speaking on the contract extension had said,

“Tiesj will be a key rider in our team the next three years. The long-term agreement we have with our main sponsors enables us to focus on the future of our team. The confidence the sponsors have in this team, makes it possible to extend the contract of Tiesj Benoot until the end of 2019.” (more…)

Improvisation In Bicycles


Stephen Roche from Ireland has been surveying recently about the developments in the trade of cycling. He has been saying that cycling has found an all new level and is definitely a very happy high one. No more is cycling a sport being played and watched for fancy. It is establishing its own place in the everyday modern life. There will be a steady an constant growth in the increasing number of riders and the numbers that enroll irrespective of rank, age and sex.

With the advancement in technology the “ordinary” or “boneshaker” or “penny farthing” has super ceded. By the middle of 1880s the bicycle started being referred to as the safety cycle and is currently seen in almost that form itself. An alternative to horse drawn transport was this practical and reasonable cycle.

However the above is still not considered to be the best form of development and transformation of the cycle into a usable element for making the everyday life more convenient. Veterinarian John Boyd Dunlop was the one to bring about the best transformation in Belfast. The man was trying to make his son’s tricycle comfortable for riding on the roads of the city filled with cobbles; John had used Pneumatic rubber tyres for the first time he thought. (more…)

Christchurch Loses The Hosting Rights


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. (more…)