On Saturday, only a colorful sea of red could be seen from miles away over Geelong as a large number of cyclists, in their thousands joined up in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road People’s Ride.
Over the weekend, the public event which served as an entrée to the world-class elite races saw riders of all abilities take part in one of either the 65m or 111km courses.
Clint Pickin, a 28 year old dairy farmer who had lost a leg during a work accident about three years ago was among the riders participating in the race.
“I did three months’ worth of rehab — just in rehab itself — four months’ worth of running in Melbourne, then I bought a trainer off my cousin and cheap bike and started off going 10km/h,” he said.
Pickin who noted that he improved and did the race faster, also lamented that the race never got any easier. (more…)
Simon Gerrans has expressed confidence in his Orica-Scott teammate Esteban Chaves.
Speaking from the Herald Sun Tour launch in Melbourne, Australia, the captained has reaffirmed his opinion that, come next year, Esteban Chaves will beat Chris Froome at the season opening races in Australia.
“I’m not sure of their (Sky’s) complete line-up, who else they are bringing out, but I think Esteban will have probably the upper hand on Chris at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, purely because he’s going to have the Tour Down Under in his legs,” Gerrans said.
Chris Froome, who races from Team Sky, has won Tour de France three times with a remarkable performance. At the 2016 race, Froome and teammate Peter Kennaugh dominated the race right from stage one with a combination of skill and strength. Consequently, no other team was able to match their diesel engine which classically set the terms from the front of the peloton.
The captain of the Orica-Scott, has revealed that his team has been doing a block of training in Columbia, and would come out in good shape, and prepared to take on Team Sky next season. (more…)