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Great news for English female cyclists- Brit Cycling is reportedly on a mission to bring in 1 million more female cyclists on track by the year 2020.
The British Cycling is working to hard to develop female cycling in the country that was witnessed by its launch of Women’s Cycling Strategy in march 2013, post London Olympics. As per the newly launched Strategy, nearly 106,000 female cyclists have signed up for the programs this time.
“Women here have a true appetite to take part in racing or getting into personal challenge riding”, stated Ian Drake, the CEO of British Cycling body. “Post the launching of our strategy we have witnesses huge progress within 6 months only & it’s our goal to bring in 1 million more women in cycling by the coming 7 years. So far, 24,000 women expressed interest in participating for the Brit Cycling sportives in 2013 & our women member base shows a 19 percent enhancement post the Strategy launch.”
The English Secretary for media, culture & sport, Maria Miller, cited the examples of star female Brit cyclists like Laura Trott & Becky James while stressing on the high momentum of female cycling in England. “With star role models like Becky James and Laura Trott, an increment in women’s races, the announcement of Women’s Tour & increasing number of female coaches- it seems that cycling here is in grand momentum here”, our sources quoted Miller. The Women’s Britain Tour, which would be launched in 2014, achieved the same dignified status as men’s race this year in October
According to reports from British Cycling scene, around 37,000 female riders have participated in 2013 traffic-free cycling. Shanaze Reeded, the 30time Brit BMX Champion of the world remarked-“the sport of cycling has always been usual with men for long. Now, we have started to end the gender gap.”
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Eneco Tour is memorable for Alessandro Petacchi. This tour has witnessed his return after the retirement news. There are many fans of this two-wheeler action and Petacchi has done all this for his fans only. He started his professional cycling career in 1996 and holds the credit of winning 48 grand tour stages. After Paris-Roubaix, he has not participated in any race of cycling and this Eneco tour has witnessed his comeback after retirement. Though people were nervous for his participation yet he has shown self confidence and did it well. He was very excited for this race as he already been for other championships.
He has said that every cycling game is like a first day at school for him which maintains the thrill in him. For this race he was feeling good too. He has participated in this tour to show that he is still able to fight with his competitors. His first day of tour was awesome as he explained in an interview. However, he has regrets of losing the game but he is not disappointed. He will come back with better preparation next time. Even during this tournament he was among the top 10 cyclists of the contest.
However, he wants to achieve more and moving ahead on the same path of winning. He admits that now its not a big deal what position he holds in a championship. He just enjoys racing with the cyclists. This is the spirit of participating in a game. One should enjoy it. He is really hopeful to move ahead with the same team because he finds it extraordinary. He is feeling privileged to be a part of this team. He was also welcomed with great advice and tips which he found useful for the game. It didn’t take much time for him to be part of this team.
Sir Bradley Wiggins, the Olympic champ, thinks that gaining a stone in weight would improve his scopes in World Championships in Florence next month. Earlier, the 33 year old rider missed Tour de France because of a knee injury. But, later he made a really impressive return with a win in the thirty-seven kilometers time trial at Tour of Poland.
Bradley Wiggins told that carrying extra weight is real hard, but if one gets in a time trial and he won by a minute, it really pays off. Sir Bradley is taking part in the 56.8 kilo-meter time trial on 25th September on Tuesday. Continue reading “Wiggins set for World Championships”
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