BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Stages Cycling is now working with the South African distributor Omnico, which will exclusively sell and distribute Stages Cycling products within Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia and Botswana).
This year Stages has added distribution in four global markets: South Africa, the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and continental Europe.
"As the international expansion of Stages Cycling and Stages Power meters continues to advance, we are excited to partner with Omnico in the South African market," said Eric Jaworsky, Stages Cycling's VP of sales. "Over the course of the past year, we have seen unbelievable interest from the cycling community in South Africa. Omnico has all of the ingredients that we look for in a distributor, and without a doubt will represent and support our power meters at the highest level."
Omnico is an established distributor for more than a dozen cycling and electronics brands in South Africa. "Stages Cycling is certainly the perfect fit for us at Omnico," said Alan Hodson, Omnico's CEO. "When we added GoPro to our range of premium cycling brands like Cannondale, Fox, Giro and more, it meant we needed to focus on being rider-centric and be in a position to deal with rider queries with regards to electronic lifestyle products. This service, together with our cycle dealer distribution network and warehousing infrastructure, means that we can do justice to a globally successful brand like Stages Cycling — which requires strategically keeping in touch with the rider."
The Stages Power meter, which was launched in North America in 2012, is sold factory installed to aluminum crank arms from Cannondale, FSA, Shimano, and SRAM.
Stages Power meters will be available in Southern Africa in September through Omnico
ST LARY PLAT D'ADET, France, (Reuters) - Poland's Rafal Majka won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a 124.5-km trek from St Gaudens on Wednesday. Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. (Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Ed Osmond)
Rafal Majka's stage 17 win gives Tinkoff-Saxo their third stage win in the last four days of the Tour. Majka also jumped ahead in the mountains classification with his aggressive ride to Pla d'Adet. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, his second triumph at the race.
The stage featured four leg-breaking climbs — three Cat. 1s before the hors categorie ascent of Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet at the finish.
Majka attacked from a chase group on the final climb, passed several riders, and eventually found himself at the front of the race. He rode the final 2.4km solo en route to victory.
Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) finished second at 29 seconds back, while race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was third, 46 seconds behind Majka.
“This is a thank you for my team, working for me always, especially Nicolas [Roche], who was always working for me, riding really strong,” Majka said. “I passed everyone to win the stage, and now I have the KOM jersey. I’m really happy. [Team manager] Bjarne [Riis] told me to wait, don’t go with [Joaquim] Rodriguez, we need to win the stage, and if we win the stage, we’ll take the jersey.”
Tinkoff has now won three of the last four stages, with Michael Rogers taking Tuesday’s stage 16 and Majka winning Saturday’s stage 14. The team was dealt a blow last week when its leader Alberto Contador crashed out of the race.
Nibali has a 5:26 lead over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in the GC standings, while Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) is 6:00 back in third. Two others — Jean-Christophe Peraud and Romain Bardet, both of Ag2r-La Mondiale — are 8 seconds and 1:34 behind Pinot, respectively.Final climb
At the base of the final ascent to the finish line, four riders were at the front of the race: Roche, Visconti, Pierre Rolland (Europcar), and Amael Moinard (BMC Racing). Visconti surged ahead on the lower slopes of the mountain, which caused some chaos in the small group as everyone tried to match Visconti’s effort.
Roche attacked and reeled Visconti back, and the group was all together once again shortly after the attack began.
But with 9km left, Visconti tried again and this time he was successful. Now riding off the front, the Italian began his solo trek up the mountain that nearly resulted in a stage win.
Meanwhile, in the chase group that was trying to catch Visconti and his three primary chasers, Majka broke away as he attempted to maintain his grip on the polka dot (mountains classification) jersey.
Majka seemed to be enjoying his chase of the leaders, repeatedly smiling at TV cameras as he passed them. At one point, he made a show of how steep the climb was by grabbing a large antenna mounted on the back of a TV motorbike and pushing off.
Majka dropped Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) with 7.5km left before reaching the three chasers riding behind Visconti half a kilometer later.
Now riding with a teammate in Roche, Majka took a break and rode on his wheel as he geared up for his final effort.
One kilometer after that, Majka decided it was time. He surged ahead of the group, riding at a high cadence as he tried to reach Visconti. He eventually caught him with 4.2km remaining, at which point the two began working together as they continued to climb.
With 3km of uphill still to go, Majka looked fresh as he pedaled in complete circles. Visconti, meanwhile, was mashing on his pedals as he felt the sting of the steep grade.
At the 2.4km to go mark, Majka attacked and immediately opened a gap, going so hard that it seemed like Visconti was merely spinning on a bike trainer.
Majka slowed a bit in the final kilometer but still finished with a comfortable buffer between himself and Visconti.
“I tried so hard today. I really was thinking I could win, but unfortunately, Majka was looking for a win,” Visconti said. “He just dug deeper and had more than me, but I’m happy. It’s OK to finish second. I’ve been struggling with some of the tougher stages of this Tour, and I thought for a second I might have a chance to win.”GC battle
The contenders in the GC mostly rode together for much of the race in a pack several minutes behind the stage leaders.
On the descent after the third climb of the day, the Cat. 1 col de Val Louron-Azet, Romain Bardet (Ag2r) decided to jump ahead and try to improve on his position — he was fifth overall entering the stage.
Bardet flew down the descent and was just 1:35 behind the stage leaders at the base of the Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet finishing climb. His assault on the GC continued on the ascent, but when Peraud attacked the group with around 5.5km left, Nibali responded immediately. The pair caught Bardet shortly after, and Nibali then attacked with 5km left to race.
Nibali and Peraud quickly caught and passed Rodriguez, who was running out of steam, and continued to make their way up the mountain.
With Majka and Visconti having 3km left to climb, Nibali and Peraud were 1:30 behind. Bardet, Pinot, and Tejay van Garderen (BMC) were another 8 seconds back.
“Yesterday was a pity, it was an off day,” van Garderen said. “You can’t change that. You can only look ahead.” Asked if a podium finish is still a possibility, he said, “Anything is possible. If you would have asked me a couple days ago I would have said, it is really possible. Now, yes it is possible. But it will be hard.”
“It’s not been a good day for me,” said Pinot. “I felt a bit less good today and I had to limit the damage. I felt it right from the beginning that it wasn’t a good day. Perhaps I paid for my efforts from yesterday. I hope I’ll have better legs tomorrow. The Tourmalet and Hautacam are big mountains.”
Nibali and Peraud rode together the rest of the way to the finish line as Peraud earned the prize for the Most Aggressive Rider for the day.
“I’m very happy with my form, hanging onto Nibali in the third week,” said Peraud. “I had the good fortune of having him as a point of reference. He worked with me and I thank him for that.”
The race picks Thursday with the 145.5km stage 18 from Pau to Hautacam that features two beyond category climbs.
Have you ever tried biking or walking across the Harlem River? Despite a plethora of bridges, walkers and bikers often face crossings and approaches that are confusing or downright hostile. A new campaign from Transportation Alternatives and local residents aims to focus DOT’s attention on making it safer for New Yorkers to get between the two boroughs under their own power.
There are 11 bridges connecting Manhattan and the Bronx, including the High Bridge. Nine currently have paths for pedestrians, though most are narrow, and cyclists are allowed to ride on only two of them. New Yorkers walking or biking on either side of the bridges have an even tougher time, penned in by the car-clogged Harlem River Drive and the Major Deegan Expressway. Nearby bike lanes are a hodgepodge with few clear, safe routes leading to the bridges.
On the East River, the city has built out bike routes on bridges and nearby streets, and bike ridership is climbing year after year. Organizers of the new campaign say it’s time for the Harlem River bridges to get the same attention to safety, and on Saturday they gathered for the first of three summer “street scans” to identify places where streets could be safer and easier to navigate.
“I’ve been saying for years that there should be bike lanes in Harlem, and there were none past 110th Street for many years,” said Sherri Culpepper, vice president of the 32nd Precinct community council.
It’s not just about biking for Culpepper, who also walks and drives in her neighborhood. She learned of Saturday’s event from the Manhattan Community Board 10 Vision Zero task force. “I was happy to see that there is an initiative to make the streets safer. Because we have kids that walk to the park by themselves; they go to the community rec centers,” she said. ”Drivers are just driving too fast in the community.”
A few weeks ago, Culpepper witnessed two crashes where Lenox Avenue meets the 145th Street Bridge. On the bus, she saw the aftermath of a crash involving a young boy who was taken to the hospital. ”He did what he was supposed to do as a pedestrian. He stopped, he had the light, he saw the car coming,” she said. But there was a miscommunication with the driver, who struck him in the street. Moments later, a young girl was hit just feet away in a separate crash.
The community council is devoting its attention to traffic safety, and officers often ticket drivers for running red lights as they come off the bridge. “Oftentimes, motorists aren’t yielding to pedestrians as they should,” said Abena Smith, president of the 32nd Precinct community council. ”Before Vision Zero even came out to the public, there were people at the precinct council meetings saying they were particularly concerned about that street.”
Smith lives just two blocks from the 145th Street Bridge and says Harlemites often walk across it to go shopping at the Bronx Terminal Market. “Of course they’re walking, because it’s the easiest way and the least expensive way for them to bring back something,” she said. She doesn’t see too many cyclists on the bridge, but when she does, they are on the sidewalk, where there are “dismount” signs, instead of in the busy roadway. “Maybe for some reason they don’t feel safe enough to do that. They’re always on the pathway,” Smith said, adding that the bridge should have a dedicated bike path.
The Bronx side, at 149th Street next to the Major Deegan, is just as difficult for pedestrians and cyclists. “You have cars coming from different angles, and it’s this big wide open space,” said Greg Thompson, a Bronx resident whose sister Renee was killed by a turning truck driver on the Upper East Side last year. “It’s a confusing spot. You really gotta look.”
On Saturday, participants split into two groups, with one going by bike and the other on foot. At the end of the afternoon, both converged where the Madison Avenue Bridge meets 138th Street and the Major Deegan Expressway, and watched as pedestrians and cyclists tried to safely navigate around a crush of car traffic.
“We have a lot of trucks, commercial trucks,” Smith said. “That tends to cause a lot of congestion and makes it difficult to cross the street safely.”
“It discourages people from moving back and forth in a way that’s easy, convenient and safe,” TA organizer Tom DeVito told the group. Saturday’s event included representatives from the precinct community council, Community Board 10, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and the office of City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. ”You’re all experts in a way that, you know, not necessarily someone from DOT can be,” DeVito said. “You know the streets better than anybody.”
Over the course of the afternoon, the groups suggested everything from better lighting and more curb extensions to a crackdown on illegally-parked city vehicles and more bike lanes. DeVito said TA plans to take the suggestions to local elected officials and DOT.
The second “street scan,” scheduled for this Sunday at 2 p.m., will focus on the area near High Bridge. Another event is planned for mid-August near the University Heights Bridge.
If you care about the natural environment, where should you live?
Surrounding yourself with the trappings of nature, writes Shane Phillips at Better Institutions today, is a far cry from respecting and protecting the wilderness:
Much like the flower, for many of us, to love nature is to destroy it. We move from the city to the suburb or the rural town to be closer to nature, and to make it habitable (for us) we clear-cut it for new development, pave it over and turn woods and grasslands into manicured lawns, pollute it with our vehicles, etc. In our efforts to possess a small slice of “nature,” we change the meaning of the word, leaving us with something beautiful, perhaps, but far from natural. This strain of thinking is very popular in places like the Bay Area, where there’s a belief that we have to sharply limit development in cities in order to preserve some semblance of nature — ”how can a place so gray possibly be green?”
But environmentalism is about much more than surrounding ourselves with greenery; in fact, its true meaning is exactly the opposite. Real environmentalism means surrounding ourselves with steel, concrete, and other human beings, leaving nature to itself instead of attempting to own it and shape it to our own selfish needs. What makes cities so important is that they allow us to express our love and appreciation for nature in a healthy way: from a distance, as a societal and environmental resource that can be preserved far into the future.
Elsewhere on the Network today: Seattle Transit Blog says the city’s efforts to secure a streetcar are gaining momentum. The Transportationist prices out the economic costs of slower-than-expected travel times on the Twin Cities’ new Green Line. And This Big City looks at the impact of AirBnB on cities.
As if it wasn’t already amazing that the Tour De France was blasting through the Yorkshire dales creating a buzzing atmosphere for cycling around Britain and the World! We was approached by Le Coq Sportif to put on a ride celebrate the Tour coming to UK and London! The plan was to invite cyclists to celebrate the Tour by riding our own mini stage around the Kent countryside on Sunday, 6th of July, starting at the Le Coq Sportif store in Covent Garden and ending there just in time to grab a beer and watch the end of Stage 2, which was being held in Yorkshire.
We received great interest and had just over 20 people signed up and ready to go. We met at the Covent Garden store where we had a suprise welcome of warm coffee and cakes perfectly set up my Look Mum No Hands, it was brilliant timing as it was the greatest british weather for summer… RAIN!
We set of at 9 sharp adorning our rain jackets with the optimism that it might get sunny! We headed out over Waterloo and towards Camberwell up and through Bromley and then into the Kent countryside. I would like to say it went smoothly but travelling in a group of 20 through the streets of London with endless red lights was not an easy task. With the rain came 5 punctures in the first 20 miles!
Once we were out in the countryside the ride went really well, riders got to tackle a few of Kent’s finest climbs and a chance to try and beat me up hill . The route was a mix of hills and sweeping country lanes which would cover just over 100 kilometres.
The ride took about 4 hours which wasn’t too bad with a few stops and one very unfriendly pub owner who would not fill peoples water bottles up without purchases!
We had a nice coffee stop just before a mass TT to get back to the store in time for the Stage finish. Everyone got back safely and really enjoyed there ride, everyone stayed around to watch the TDF stage 2 finish with a lovely craft beer in hand!
I would like to thank everyone who came down, my fellow team mates George and Pascale for doing a great job helping out with the group. High Five! Also Dean “the traffic stopper Hill” for a great job he did at the back of the group.
And last but not least I would like to thank Le Coq Sportif for supplying us with awesome kit, for putting on a great ride and letting us watch the Tour at a great shop! Also thanks to Look Mum No Hands for the coffee and cakes.
Police stop Sri Lanka Commonwealth Games athletes cycling on motorway
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Wendy Houvenaghel announces her retirement from competitive cycling
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