Welcome to your Bicycling Australia Friday wrap on this, the eve of another three weeks of Grand Tour action with La Vuelta starting tomorrow.
All Eyes On Spain
Aussie cycling fans have been spoilt for choice in this Olympic year and the viewing continues this weekend with the start of the 2016 La Vuelta in Spain. A tough course with 10 mountain stages, it’s definitely one for the climbers. This year’s La Vuelta is sure to be a thriller with the world’s top riders vying for the podium.
Big Names Line Up For La Vuelta
Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana are racing – along with ‘adopted Aussie’ Esteban Chaves of Orica-Bike Exchange. A standout rider who placed 2nd overall at this year’s Giro, Chaves is joined by rising star Simon Yates who this week extended his contract with the Aussie team by two years. You can read more about Simon & twin brother Adam Yates here, and see our full report on the Aussie’s chances at La Vuelta here.
Best Of Olympic Cycling
The Olympic road and track events wrapped up this week. Aussies are still in the medal hunt in BMX & Mountain Biking events – in that discipline riders are up against none other than Peter Sagan! Here’s a highlights package of the road and track action.
Thinking of a holiday? There’s no better destination that Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for fun, fitness and of course some sensational cycling. During a recent trip to the sub-tropical paradise we sampled the cycling and were thrilled with what we saw. Read more about the trip on our website.
Caleb versus The World’s Best
Young Aussie sprint sensation Caleb Ewan is up against some of the top sprinting talent in the world this Sunday in Germany. Orica-Bike Exchange have assembled a solid team of 8 riders for the Cyclassics Hamburg, a 250km one-day classic. Caleb Ewan will battle with such names as Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel, Alexander Kristof and John Degenkolb. It’s sure to be a fantastic race – check the Bicycling Australia Facebook page early on Sunday evening for viewing details.
This week we release our comprehensive review of the Fuji Gran Fondo 1.1 – the perfect machine for those looking for good speed, great handling and all-day, long distance riding.
It’s a fantastic looking bike, has bulletproof disc brakes, and has had experts and amateurs raving since its release. Read about the Fuji Gran Fondo 1.1 here.
Share your #BikeSnaps and Win!
Finally this week, we’ve been swamped with responses to our #BikeSnaps photo competition with several lucky entrants now winning high-quality BZ Optics eyewear. The latest winner is David Sprigings of Townsville who posted this awesome picture to the Bicycling Australia Facebook page. Congratulations David!