For the second year running, the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo will open the UWCT season, giving amateur road riders their first chance to qualify for the Final and race for the rainbow jersey. On September 14th, more than 5000 competitors will set of from Lorne, Victoria, and ride along a fully closed Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay then through the Otway Ranges back to Lorne.
American Jill Kintner set the first sub-four minute time for the women, which would be good enough for fifth. Kintner’s time stood up through one rider before Tahnee Seagrave (Great Britain) knocked four seconds off it to take the Hot Seat. Seagrave held the lead until Manon Carpenter came down second from last and took the lead below 3:50. However, the defending champion, Rachel Atherton (Great Britain) was setting new fast times at each split and looked to be on her way to another win, until a mistake near the bottom of the course cost her the win by a mere 88-thousandths of a second.
The bicycle is moving forward at full speed. Bicycles with electric drive as well as bikes without motors are posting strong gains. This is also reflected by the success story of Eurobike 2014, which came to an end on Saturday in Friedrichshafen after four days of the fair.
Cyclist Ian Crane was freakishly injured during yesterday’s final stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, when he came off his bike and went through the rear window of a team car that stopped short in front of him. He remains sedated in the hospital, and is listed in stable condition.
Innovations test day draws 2,642 trade visitors (2013: 2,318) and 784 journalists from around the world to Friedrichshafen – International visitors increase again
Alfredo Martini, Italy’s former national cycling team coach who guided the squad to six world titles, has died. He was 93.
British Cycling, in partnership with UK Sport and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, has announced that London’s Lee Valley VeloPark will host the UCI Track Cycling World Cup later this year.
Orica-GreenEdge rider Michael Matthews snatched the overall leader’s red jersey at the Tour of Spain when he perfectly timed his effort to win the third stage on Monday.
Greenville will be hosting the 2014 Para-cycling Road World Championships on the TD Bank Campus along Carolina Point Parkway.
American Tejay Van Garderen completed his victory in the USA Pro Challenge Cycling race while Alex Howes won the last stage and German star Jens Voigt ended his career.