Idaho Opens New Fun Trail For Mountain Bikers

Much to the delight of mountain bikers at Idaho, a new fun trail has opened around recently to ensure a pleasant riding amidst a wonderfully picturesque backdrop. Located at Bogus, the new trail is called “Around The Mountain”.

ATM, as it is popularly known as, the new mountain biking trail was finished last fall & only a handful of bikers had the opportunity to experience it before winter struck. But now, the trail is all-ready for every willing mountain biker.

ATM is surely one among the most beautifully structured trails featuring quite an edgy trail design. It’s a blend of conventional trail where narrow tread sharply scratched into dirt & modern theme displaying  sharp gentle curves.

Besides, there are rock & wooden bridges to add a better dimension to the scenic trail. With a trail length is around 9-12 miles & ATM can be said to a nice intermediate trail. However, it won’t demand huge technical skills as such.

The new Idaho trail commences with quite a steep climb towards Deer-Point trail, close to Deer-Point lift before Simplot Lodge. The biker would have to ride around a mile till the intersection with ATM. The trailhead close to Simplot Lodge bore the name “ATM” signifying the new trail.

The 1st half of the trail features steepest of ascents & descents & the descent covers nicest bermed edges one could get on any of the local trails here. The 2nd half feels is more of climbing rather than descending – it’s basically some shorter climbs & descents till one wind round to front part of Bogus & take final climb till Pioneer Lodge.

According to mountain biking experts, the new Idaho trail is sure to make mark as a marquee trail on Bogus Basin.

Sir Wiggins to miss Volta Catalunya for climbing training

Albeit Bradley Wiggins was directed to support Chris Froom in the Tour of Catalonia yet the 2012 Tour France champion has decided to skip the tour for specialized climbing training. Sir Wiggins has declared to skip the Spanish race in discussions with Sky coaches.

The 33-year-old is presently looking forward to Paris-Roubaix that would commence from April 13 followed by California Tour the next month & then Criterium de Dauphine & Tour France in the middle of the year. The specialized climbing training Wiggins is taking to is meant to tune up his form prior to the upcoming esteemed races.

“We have altered our program to assure that I go on progressing forward. I have spoken to my coaches and together we have finalized that I would be able to benefit better from 2 weeks of tough training on climbing prior to getting back for the Paris-Roubaix competition. I am doing all these to confirm a great form for the California Tour, Criterium de Dauphine & Tour France”, stated the former Tour France hero.

“I would probably miss out on it (Tour of catalonia0 this year given congestion in my race schedule. However, it’s a great chance for me now to get myself some strong training & focus on enhancing at every aspect.”

Wiggins was scheduled to perform as the support of 2013 Tour France winner Chris Froome at Tour of Catalonia this year. However, the Sky head coach Tim Kerrison is confident that a structured training block is much needed for Wiggins at the present stage.

“Whilst Catalonia would have offered Wiggins guarantee workload yet by getting him into a good training environ we would be able to have better control on that workload”, said Kerrison. “We will make sure that this training gets to address all his specific needs.”

Wiggins keen to compete

Bradley Wiggins has reportedly expressed his desire to compete in 2014 Tour France with his old squad Team Sky. The 33-year-old cycling hero has declared to take up any role offered to him by Sky to take part in Tour France.

The 2012 Tour France was the first Brit ever to claim the coveted champion jersey at the most prestigious cycling event of the world. He followed up the heroic feat with a time trial gold medal at London Olympics.

However, last year was frustrating for Wiggins given his serious chest infection that compelled him to withdraw his name from Giro. Besides, it was his bad knee injury that barred him from defending his Tour France title last year that went to the rider’s Sky mate Chris Froome.

Froome’s win at the Tour de France last year led to a bad dispute over the role of leadership in Sky and even resulted in a tension between the two riders who were the best of mates once.

However, Wiggins has lately confirmed that he is ready to ride along Froome, in Tour France, regardless of the role offered to him. The 2014 Tour de France is scheduled to commence from Yorkshire this July

“I wish to get back at Tour France, to get back to my squad, irrespective of the capacity conferred on to me by Sky. I want to ride along the defending champ Chris”, stated Wiggins. “2 Brit winners at the championship starting in UK seems to bring quite an amazing experience for all of us.”

Wiggins is also enthusiastic to take part in California Tour that will start before Tour France, in May.

“I am looking forward to perform really well this season”, added in the former Tour de France champion.

Cavendish Is Very Excited

Mark Cavendish is all set to start the season of 2014 with a bang and hopes to be in the leader’s jersey in the Tour de France which will be starting in July at Yorkshire. Cavendish is super excited about this year because it will be his home town and with the kind of support he normally gets it would be really a plus point for him.

This is the second time that he will be in front of his home crowd. Last time it was in United Kingdom in the year 2007. At that time cycling was not that popular as it is now and the number of people who watched cycling at that time was also quite less. Naturally with the support of the crowd Cavendish will be looking to make this year his most successful year ahead. The first stage of the Tour de France will end in Harrogate, the home town of Cavendish’s mother. From childhood Cavendish always had the dream of cycling in front of his home crowd and to get that opportunity twice in a career is something that is really rare.

Mark Cavendish will be backed by Mark Renshaw and this is a very big news both for Cavendish and also for the whole team. When asked about Renshaw, Cavendish said that Renshaw is a great friend of his and he is delighted to get him back. He is also one of the most gifted people that anyone will ever get in the field of cycling. Patrick Lefevre, the manager of the team said that he is really hopeful this year and thinks that the pair will be good enough for all the other teams and they will emerge victorious at the end of the year.