Suppose you pay a lot of money for a carbon bicycle, whether road or mountain bike. Your feeling tells you that a lot of money = lots of quality, right? Then you start riding but after a while your feel something wrong.
Or suppose you want to buy a bike through Ebay. Can you be sure that what on the surface looks like a gem is really flawless? Or they crash. Or worse, someone you loaned the bike to crashes but doesn’t tell you. How do you know the frame is still sound? The same applies after tightening the roof-rack clamp of derailleur clamp too tightly. On the surface, everything is OK but in reality the part is broken and only lasts a couple of days.
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It was in late 1996 when Saeco, international maker of pump-driven espresso and cappuccino machines, engaged Cannondale to sponsor its Italian-based Team Saeco professional cycling team. Cannondale became the first U.S. bicycle maker to supply frames under its own name to a European professional team.
The 1997 cycling season became very special for Cannondale. Mario Cipollini won five stages in the Giro d’Italia, and also won two stages at the Tour de France where he also wore the yellow leader’s jersey for four days. And from there...the rest is part of cycling history.
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Ten teams had already had their licences approved: AG2R, Katusha, Lampre, Quick Step, Saxo Bank, RadioShack, Garmin-Cervelo, Omega Pharma-Lotto, Rabobank and Sky.
The complete list of UCI Professional Continental teams will be announced on December 10.
The Italian cycling museum in Madonna del Ghisallo, which had lent the jersey to nearby Milan's bike and motorbike fair, has appealed for its swift return.
Pantani, the last man to win the Giro d'Italia and Tour in the same year, died in February 2004 aged 34.
Pantani, known as "the pirate" because of his swashbuckling style of racing and the colourful bandana he wore to cover his shaven head, was one of Italy's most popular sportsmen.
However, his career was overshadowed by doping scandals. He was thrown out of the 1999 Giro while leading the race for failing a blood haematocrit test - an indicator, though not proof, of the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
In 2002 he was suspended for six months after a syringe containing insulin was found in his hotel room during the 2001 Giro.Reuters
......Plentong Epic Ride 2010 Johor Bahru......
Over 60km of wonderful trails cutting across various terrains in Plentong, Johor Bahru with many new sections of fabulous single tracks.
Beginners or EXPERTS, THERE is something for everyone-fast fire roads, gorgeous single tracks, lung-busting climbs and adrenaline pumping downhill and the most important is, less tarmac and all are rideable, There is also a chicken loop for the not so strong RIDERS.
The details of the event as below:
Fee: RM45 / SGD20
Date: 28th Nov 2010 (Sunday)
Time: 7.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: Plentong, JB
GPS Coordinate: (Location Registration)
N1 31.420 E103 49.242
Google Map Direction: (Best route for you come to us)
Registration:- Is now OPEN
For online registration:
- Go to this link below and fill up the detail
- Once the fee is transferred do email to us the transaction references or bank slip as payment
For team registration:
- Download the form from the link below
- Fill up all riders details and email back to us the complete form together with the bank slip or any online bank transaction references
***Registration will be close on 13 November 2010
If you have any inquiry please do not hesitate to contact us. We are just a finger away.
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Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Neo : 6012-711 1091
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- Sign in starts: 7.00am
- Sign in closes: 8.15am
- Ride Briefing: 8.15am
- Ride Starts: 8.30am
2. Venue: Setia Eco Garden, Gelang Patah, Johor Bahru (GPS Coordinate: N 01'29.671' E 103'35.571')
3. The Courses: Expect to be riding perhaps 4 hours to 6 hours or more to complete the full ride.
July 2, stage 1: Passage du Gois-Mont des Alouettes, 191km
July 3, stage 2: Les Essarts-Les Essarts, TTT, 23km
July 4, stage 3: Olonne-sur-Mer-Redon, 198km
July 5, stage 4: Lorient-Mûr-de-Bretagne, 172km
July 6, stage 5: Carhaix-Cap Fréhel, 158km
July 7, stage 6: Dinan-Lisieux, 226km
July 8, stage 7: Le Mans-Châteauroux, 215km
July 9, stage 8: Aigurande-Super Besse Sancy, 190km
July 10, stage 9: Issoire-St-Flour, 208km
July 11, rest day at Le Lioran/Cantal
July 12, stage 10: Aurillac-Carmaux, 161km
July 13, stage 11: Blaye-les-Mines-Lavaur, 168km
July 14, stage 12: Cugnaux-Luz Ardiden, 209km
July 15, stage 13: Pau-Lourdes, 156km
July 16, stage 14: Saint-Gaudens-Plateau de Beille, 168km
July 17, stage 15: Limous-Montpellier, 187km
July 18, rest day at province of Drôme
July 19, stage 16: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux-Gap, 163km
July 20, stage 17: Gap-Pinerolo, 179km
July 21, stage 18: Pinerolo-Galibier/Serre-Chevalier, 189km
July 22, stage 19: Modane-Alpe d’Huez, 109km
July 23, stage 20: Grenoble-Grenoble, ITT, 41km
July 24, stage 21: Créteil-Paris/Champs-Elysées, 160km
Di Luca was banned after testing positive for EPO-Cera after finishing second in the 2009 Giro d'Italia.
However, his collaboration with investigators probing doping in cycling has led to a reduction in his sentence that was initially set to run until July 2011.
Di Luca said he had spoken to the prosecutor in Padua "to explain the methodologies that I've seen".
The 34-year-old, who won Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Giro in 2007, is cleared to race immediately and has been linked with a move to Geox who will take over sponsorship of ProTour team Footon-Servetto in 2011.Eurosport