DANISH INVESTMENT BANK GROUP RAISED $15,000
FOR CHILDREN’S CANCER FOUNDATION THROUGH CYCLING EVENT
Visiting Japanese professional rider Takashi Miyazawa of Team Saxo-Tinkoff was on hand to present the cheque to CCF and interact with kids recovering from cancer
(11 November 2013, Singapore) – Saxo Capital Markets Pte Ltd (“Saxo Capital Markets”), the Singapore-based wholly owned subsidiary of Saxo Bank, raised a total of $15,000 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) through its “Beat The Pro” Challenge held on 7 November and sale of limited-edition Team Saxo water bottles.
Leveraging its sponsorship of Danish professional cycling outfit Team Saxo, which is one of the top teams in the UCI ProTour, Saxo Capital Markets invited visiting pro rider Takashi Miyazawa to Singapore en-route to the Tour de Bintan (9-10 November).
Besides taking part in the “Beat The Pro” Challenge last Thursday, the Japanese rider also made an appearance this morning at the CCF facility located at the Novena Specialist Centre along with staff volunteers from Saxo Capital Markets to interact with a group of children recovering from cancer
Besides taking part in the “Beat The Pro” Challenge last Thursday, the Japanese rider also made an appearance this morning at the CCF facility located at the Novena Specialist Centre along with staff volunteers from Saxo Capital Markets to interact with a group of children recovering from cancer.
Along with Saxo Capital Markets’ Asia Pacific CEO Mr Kazuaki Takabatake, Miyazawa also presented the cheque for the amount raised by the investment bank to representatives of the local charity.
The 35-year-old Team Saxo rider, who is a team mate of two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, took on 10 local cycling enthusiasts in a simulated road race of the Alpe d’Huez, which is one of the famed stages of the Tour de France, at indoor cycling gym Athlete Lab situated along Amoy Street during the event last Thursday.
“It is my second trip to the Tour de Bintan but this is the first time I am stopping over in Singapore for such charity events,” said Miyazawa. “I thoroughly enjoyed it last Thursday cycling against the local amateurs and they really gave me a tough race, but it was all in good fun and for a good cause.
“I am also very happy to be able to visit the children today and see the smiles on their innocent faces despite the fact that they are suffering from cancer. I am glad to be able to do my part to help the charity.”
Added Mr Takabatake, who is also a cycling enthusiast himself: “Saxo Bank has been a keen supporter of cycling for a long time and recently just announced that we have renewed our sponsorship of Team Saxo. That is because we believe that in the financial industry, cycling is the new golf.
“Therefore in line with this global directive, Saxo Capital Markets will also continue to support cycling in the region, like our involvement in the Tour de Bintan. And we are glad that we are able to leverage our presence in the sport to help out a local charity like the CCF.”
DANISH INVESTMENT BANK GROUP SUBSIDIARY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDREN’S CANCER FOUNDATION
The challengers and Miyazawa will each be racing on bicycles mounted on special stands, which allow the local cycling enthusiasts to pit their skills against the 35-‐year-‐old Miyazawa, who is one of Japan’s top sprinters. He was also the Asian champion in 2007 and represented Japan at 2008 Summer Olympics.
Miyazawa is well known by fans of Asian professional road racing as one of a few Asian professional cyclists riding for top-level teams outside of Japan. He appears regularly on cycling road race TV programs (JSPORTS - Japan’s biggest sports cable channel) as a commentator and has gained good reputation for his insightful comments based on his considerable experience in Europe.
The 10 qualifiers will be selected from special time trials to be held over three weeks starting from the week of 14th October. The participants will each have to make a $50 donation to CCF to take part in the challenge, with Saxo Capital Markets matching it dollar-for-dollar.With the sport of cycling gaining in popularity in recent years, particularly amongst PMETs, the organisers are hopeful that all 120 slots will be snapped up.
Said Mr Kazuaki Takabatake, Asia Pacific CEO of Saxo Capital Markets: “Cycling is fast becoming the new golf and we can see that the port has grown tremendously over the past couple of years in Singapore and the region.
“Saxo Capital Markets has been a keen supporter of cycling, and of the Tour de Bintan for years. This is the second year that we have invited Takashi Miyazawa down for the Tour de Bintan to help raise the profile of the event.
“This year, we thought that it might be a good idea to let the local cycling enthusiasts test their abilities against Miyazawa to help raise funds for charity. Since quite a few of our colleagues are already training at Athlete Lab, we came up with the idea of conducting a simulated race of the Alpe d’Huez, which is one of the big Tour de France at this unique venue, since most people would probably never get the chance to ride the actual course.”
Come the day of the “Beat the Pro” challenge, the online trading service provider will also donate up to S$6,000 to CCF if any of the amateur riders manages to match or do better than Miyazawa during the race.
Together with the sale of the Team Saxo-‐Tinkoff water bottles and the registration donation, Saxo Capital Markets hopes to raise cash in excess of S$20,000 for CCF.
water bottles may varies
Said CCF Chairperson, Dr Tay Miah Hiang: “CCF is touched by Saxo Capital Markets’ kind gesture and support for CCF and our beneficiaries by choosing to work with our Foundation for this special and meaningful event. We hope that the local cycling community will respond to this challenge in support of a good cause.”
To sign up for the “Beat the Pro” challenge, please contact Athlete Lab at Tel: 6224 4410 or visit Athlete Lab
Date : 8 December 2013, Sunday
Venue : Setia Alam Welcome Center
No.2, Jalan Setia Indah AD U13/AD,
Setia Alam, Sek U13, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
Start Time : 7.30am
Distance : 130km
This is a Charity Race organised by TriSportz Event Management & Pacers Sport.
Registration Close : 31 October 2013
Limited to 1000 cyclists only.
Type of bicycles allowed – road racing bike, mountain bike, foldable bike
Entry Fee : RM130.00
Cycle for Life Cycling Jersey
All finishers will be awarded a finisher medal.
Light refreshment will be served after race.
Men Open (16 years & above)
Men Veteran (40 years & above)
Women Open (16 years & above)
*All participants must be 16 years & above. Age as at 31/12/2013.
For more details and information on registration and event please click on (Cycle for Life Registration and Details)
Updated 5 Nov 2014: some say the link is not working, I have check and this is the link for the registration REGISTER ME
This is BACK, OMG this is back (squealing like a girl)… the PCC 60k X-Country Ride
I missed doing the PCC ride, it has been ages since they emerge, and it seems that recently many things have been rekindling my love from my past, like my recent ride to Genting Sempah and now this, I have just been discussing about this with Jason when I was with him yesterday and he mentioned that he will be doing it if it returns. Well Jason time to redeem yourself and finish the god damm ride, he didn’t manage to complete the course as I think he was held back by the hundreds of riders. If you want to read about my experience and the many hundreds of MTB riders, you can click here (Proton Presidential Ride) . It was a real fun and it was all good.
but looking at that date I dont think I can get a MTB by that time, lets see I can manage to build up a hard-tail by then. If you are interested in registering for this event please click on www.baikbike.com PCC Registration
Well if you dont register for this, you will have to wait for another 2 years. A little blue bird told me that. So be quick.. this event sells out quick
Event Name: PCC Specialized Presidential Ride 2013
Price: RM60.00 per person
Location: Semenyih, Selangor (actual location TBC) | Map and Directions
Dennis Soh +6016.212.2696
James Bak +6012.222.1200
Adrian Chan +6012.213.2188
It is 4 am, posting this out as I am waiting for Lawrence and am way too excited about this morning Ride, drove 400km up-north just to ride this morning after Cold Storage triathlon, I am about to rekindle my love for hill climb, well on bike that is, I am re-visiting Genting Sempah (pronounces as Same-Pa) after a long time with Lawrence,want to train with him for his upcoming Powerman In end October, (am not participating due to my injury) and today is also the day where the long awaited SCKLM which stands for Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon which was postponed due to the haze, there will be thousands of runners pounding the streets of Kuala Lumpur, wishing everyone Good luck running today, I am sure there will be many PR/PB broken as there was extra training time due
(pic courtesy of: Cycling Malaysia)
If you are wondering whats Genting Sempah it is a transit town and also a mountain pass on the border of Pahang and Selangor in Malaysia. Genting Sempah is mostly known as a transit point to Genting Highland. Altitude reaches 5708 feet where its one of the Tour De Langkawi stages, but that’s Genting Highland, I am only doing Sempah which I think has only half of the elevation and last I check stands at only 2000ft, the last time I rode this place was back in early 2000 and its nearly 10 years now after seeing it again. Where I am now has no hill nor mountain,
Every time when I am back I will try to do a hill climb as I really miss aching muscles climbing up hills, I must have so sadistic love for pain. The last time I was back I did Gunung Dato (read it here) with my mountaineering buddy Kah Wane who aspire to climb Everest Soon, I think he is moving to Nepal this coming Year. Well good luck to him.
I know this elevation is pale in comparison to the ones in France or Boulders Colorado but hey beggars cant be choosy, Do you have a favorite Mountain that you bike up or climb up? I would like to know as I would love to add it to my list of things to visit and do, who knows we might be clinking our beer bottles at the summit. Yeah it may not be the Tour or UTMB but hey its sure is a GOOD ADVENTURE
Will I get to the peak after such a long time since I hit the Mountain pass, Will I suffer? or will Lawrence blow me on his attack ? Read on Pt 2 for more pics and video before and after our ride. Thanks for reading guys.
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update: Just saw this posting and a little thing to celebrate for the LeTua ProCycling team,
“The 19-year old part-time musician involved in the hit-and-run incident that killed Arwah Fizi has been sentenced to 6 years in jail and fined RM10,000 this morning. This is a landmark case, the first time the culprit in a hit-and-run incident in which a cyclist is the victim has received almost the maximum penalty. Our friend is gone, but at least some justice has been served”
Race day is just a few days away, I bet most of you guys are already geared up and ready to put the hammer down, this weekend. but before you can do all that you need to collect your Race pack tomorrow, if you dont know where here are the details below
Race Entry Pack Collection
Remember, You do no not need to print out an Confirmation Slip (SAVE THE TREES)
Date: 24 – 25 September 2013 (Tue & Wed)
Time: 1100 hrs – 2100 hrs
Venue: Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore, Level 3, East Coast Room
(Opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Centre)
50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square Singapore 428769
Public Bus Services: 15, 31, 36, 43, 48, 76, 135, 196, 196e, 197, 853C, 966
If you are not able to collect the race kit personally, you may please print out the LOA here —–>
click here to download the Letter of Authorization (LOA).
Participants who do not collect their Race Entry Pack will NOT be allowed to race on event day.
Overseas Participants Race Entry Pack Collection
For overseas participants who are not able to attend the collection, we will be glad to make the necessary arrangements for your deferred collection dates. Please assist us to fill out this form to confirm on your preferred collection dates
Please bring alone the email correspondence and present it to the staff during the collection. Kindly make the appointment before 20 September 2013.
If you have any enquiry, feel free to email us at email@example.com .
Updated 3 Sept 2013:
This is my bike vs my car to work on any other day Do make a wild guess which one arrives faster and earlier against morning rush hour?
I have been cycling to work since about 2 months back now, and when I was reading on blog post this was worth a repost. I have to say that swaying around in traffic is not a easy thing nor its for the fainted heart, this require skills and great flexibility. I will do a post and a video clip (if I manage to get someone to borrow me a GoPro)
Lets just say that Cycling to work Pro’s outweigh the Con’s
- Feels Great
- Laugh at Traffic when you wheeze past their expensive cars
Anyway please read ..
“War on our roads. Cars versus cyclists, the new front line on Australian roads. Depending on which side you’re on …”
So began a report on last week’s Sunday Night program on Channel 7. Fuelled by confronting footage of cars colliding with cyclists, the promos had preceded the shows for days.
Good news cycling stories are everywhere – and they’ll often catch you by surprise.
And just to get the pulses racing, there was a clip of radio announcer Derryn Hinch encapsulating his view of cyclists: “Cockroaches on wheels.”
To read more click on ——–> Cyclist passes 589 cars on way to work.
Tri-Factor triathlon is the last series on their competition which was held last Sunday on 18th August 2013, buddy Lawrence aka Laulang drove down south here to participate on his very first full Olympic distance and jittery even a little he was not. Color Run was also held on that weekend and I heard it was spectacular after my buddy Kah Wane participated in it, coming back with big gloats and color stained skin.
Anyway this is my race report for what I have to say was the hardest triathlon event that I have done, I would say that even my 70.3 event was easier than this and don’t go scratching your head but read on to understand why.
It was an early 4am and woke up to get ready, fixed myself a bowl of Oats with dried cranberry to fill my stomach for the long day ahead, I think I woke Lawrence up cause he was all groggy and still sleepy eyed (good for him). We then drove over to the race site at about 6am after picking up Eddy. We parked and ride to race site cause of wanting to warm up our legs before the race, Race official and volunteers was already there, Totally salute them for their dedication to this sport (I have the up-most respect to the volunteers always
We got our body marked even before the transition site open and I have to say THUMBS-UP organizers for being flexible in that, everything was organized and after body marking we were routed to the bike pen and volunteers was quick to point to where we were stationed.
Setup my T1 and T2 transition like I always do. but this year I am racing with a road bike instead of my tri-bike, it was always see familiar faces in the pen and talking to participants on the side.
Being the first wave to be flagged off, I surely feel the pressure knowing that I will surely be clobbered by the faster swimmers after the rest of the waves starts off, swim is not my strongest sports of the 3 and worst when I know I only trained one week before. “AIR HORN SIGNALS THE START” first 100m felt easy but this is whenmy nightmare begin, after the first buoy I felt the sea kinda swallowed me whole and turn me inside out spitted me out and swallowed me again. I am talking about the current (I never anticipated such a strong current before)
swimming from one buoy to the other seems like it takes forever, that’s where it hit me.. the current was pushing me back. One stroke forward and two stoke being pushed back. ( I feared for my life honestly) I swam like a dog to gain composure. then after finishing my first lap, I didn’t rush to do my second like I always do.. took my breath looked at my watch and it was 22mins for 750m.
I have in my mind the thought of quitting as I know I am going to either kill myself on the swim or just drown in the swim. Told myself to HTFU and jumped in to do my 2nd lap. felt the current even stronger and the same thoughts goes over and over my head again, *QUIT OR DIE* by the time I got to the second buoy again. the red cappers has surpassed me, I know I am seriously behind my target of 40min. I kicked my head into commando mode and told myself I didnt came here all the way just to quit, I changed tactics and swam breast stroke under water and glide to the finish.
Came into T1 and I certainly took my time to transition, I totally lost all my leg power cause of all the kicks just to push me to the swim finish line. did short stretches and took in water and gel. I know I was one of the last to come in cause all the bike on my group was gone. That sure wont deter me from giving up.
Bike was a crazy fast 6.6km course. Lots of complain on this bike course because why on earth would you place a water station in the middle of the course with cups and NO ONE HANDING IT OUT? i mean its OK to hand out cups cause I would use it to splash over myself, but your guys was just sitting down chatting. (totally not cool) , having no ODO on my bike I relied on memory of the 6 laps I was doing, I wasn’t sure how fast or how slow I was going but I just give it my all until the last 500 meters where I crank my gear up to loosen my muscle, All I cared was just the run ahead to gain time. Bike and Run is my strongest leg anyway.
It is funny how after 2 weeks I found a cure to my Plantar fascistic and I crammed all my training into two weeks but it was all worth it.
Coming into T2, I packed my gel and drank more to hydrate myself. I had no HRM on me, just my trusty Timex to tell me how long I have been going, and looking at my watch it was already 2hr 23mins gone. , The run was pretty much a standard 5km x 2 loop and I ran I stop I ran I stop , drink drank drunk and boom finish line.
When I was running in to the finish line there was this weird guy shouting at the volunteers, at one point he was cycling down with his kid down the runners lane (he is not one of the participants, just some leisure guy visiting East Coast) he was in a shouting match with the security personnel but not sure what it was about, hope things turn out fine for him.
The event organizers should buck up on their water stations, I heard from previous participants that “Last Year” they ran out of water, and so happened again this year, tsk tsk tsk, when I was running my last lap, I know cups was used up and they were asking racers to put back the used cups. My way to save the environment was, I squished the cap and place it on my race belt, when I reach the next station just before, I opened it up and asked them to pour it in.
Overall event was well organized, hope to join next year event if time permits.
My official timing came as such, It is my worst swim time by far and I have faced my fear now for now and overcome it. All I have to do is move forward and train for my swim. and swim alone.
Bike 1hr 24min ( I really dont know how many laps I gone to be honest)
Run 1hr 12min
Total time: 3hrs 37min not impressive and not proud of it, but I have no excuse as my training only started 2 weeks before and I have myself only to blame. Once I get my PF sorted out I can really go all out, but as of now I am still training but at only 40% capacity.
If you want to know your results please click here : Tri Factor Full Results
I have been following “All Season Cyclist weblog” for a while now and this Trek loving, Park tool using knowledgeable Bike Guru sure hits the spot for all bikes information. He surprised me even with new stuff that I didn’t know about. Do check out his post on Road ID iphone App, Sorry Android boys I have tried looking for it but its not available.
But please do read his post attached below on his review of the Road ID iPhone App for cyclist and Runners, I believe everyone should download it as its a pretty good safety app.
Road ID iPhone App For Cyclists And Runners
As I was watching the Tour de France last week I saw an interview with Edward Wimmer, one of the co-owners of Road ID (the most essential piece of cycling gear I own). During the interview Wimmer mentioned that Road ID had recently introduced a free iPhone app that would allow your friends or family to track you while you are out on a ride or going for a run. I downloaded the app this past Monday and it has quickly become one of the most important apps on my iPhone!
The Road ID iPhone app is very simple to set up and even easier to use. Once you download the app from the iTunes Store you input your basic information (name, address and email address), then you can select up to five of your contacts who will receive either an email or a text message when you are ready to go ride or run. The contacts you selected with get a brief message telling them that you are going out—and in the message there is a link they can click that will allow them to see exactly where you are at any given moment while you are out (Road ID calls this an eCrumb—an electronic breadcrumb). They can watch you on any smart phone or web browser.
The Road ID iPhone app also allows you to turn on a stationary alert—if you don’t move for five minutes the app will send an email or text message to your selected contacts warning them that you are not moving. The message does not necessarily mean that you are lying face-down in a ditch somewhere—it just means that you have not moved more than 15 feet or so in the past five minutes. However, one minute before the text message or email goes out the app will sound a loud alarm to warn you so you can cancel the message (the alarm reminds me of a klaxon horn from a WWII battleship). At the moment this…… to read the full post please visit his blog at ——> “All Season Cyclist”
Organised by the Triathlon Association of Singapore, Cold Storage Singapore 2013 (CSSIT) is expected to attract a capacity crowd of 3,500, with participants as young as 7 years old.
Held over two days on 28 and 29 September at East Coast Park (Area E2), the International Triathlon Union (ITU) sanctioned event will feature a new non-competitive category – the Family Relay Challenge, aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle for the family and encourage bonding through exercise.
To participate, children aged 10 and above are encouraged to form a team with their siblings and/or parents to complete the Mini Triathlon distance of 200m Swim, 10km Bike and 2km Run for the honour of Singapore’s “Best Triathlete Family”.
Various categories of different difficulty levels are available for triathlon beginners and experienced alike. The Mini Triathlon category will take place on Saturday, 28 September along with other categories such as the Sprint Triathlon (750m Swim, 20km Bike and 5km Run) and the Kids Triathlon (various age groups and distances, see below for detailed info).
The scene is then set for the participants of the Standard Distance category on Sunday, 29 September, where they will complete the Olympic distance of 1.5km Swim, 20km Bike and 10km Run . Winners in the Elite and Junior Elite Categories, will gain points for their ITU World ranking and get to win a total prize money of USD$10,000.
Register now at www.triathlon.sg. TAS will donate S$1 for each race entry and all proceeds will go to TAS’ adopted charity, the Singapore Children Society. Registration for the CSSIT will close on 25 August 2013.
I have a special promo code for my readers: do key in for a Discount code for 20% : EBSIT1309
let me know if it the discount works, see you guys on Race Day and Happy Training
|Date||: 28 – 29 September 2013|
|Time||: 7:30am to 16:30pm|
|Venue||: East Coast Park (Area E2)|
|Nearest MRT Station
Cold Storage Supermarket
Triathlon Association of Singapore
28 Sep (Saturday)
Boys/Girls (7 – 9 Years old)(100m Swim, 5km Bike, 1km Run)
Boys/Girls (10 – 12 Years old)(200m Swim, 10km Bike, 2km Run)
Boys/Girls (13 – 15 Years old)(200m Swim, 10km Bike, 2km Run)
Open Men/Women (16 – 44 years old)
Veteran Men/Women (45 years old & above)
Open/Mixed Relay (16 years old & above)
*NEW Family Fun Relay (10 years old & above)
Boys/Girls (16 – 19 years old)
Open Men/Women (20 – 44 years old)
Veteran Men/Women (45 years old & above)
Open/Mixed Relay (16 years old & above)
*NEW National Championships Juniors Boys/Girls (16 -19 years old)
29 Sep (Sunday)
18 – 24 Years Old Men
18 – 24 Years Old Women
25 – 29 Years Old Men
25 – 29 Years Old Women
30 – 34 Years Old Men
30 – 34 Years Old Women
35 – 39 Years Old Men
35 – 39 Years Old Women
40 – 44 Years Old Men
40 – 44 Years Old Women
45 – 49 Years Old Men
45 – 49 Years Old Women
50 – 54 Years Old Men
50 – 54 Years Old Women
55 – 59 Years Old Men
55 – 59 Years Old Women
60 Years Old & Above Men
60 Years Old & Above Women
Open/Mixed Relay (18 years old & above)
*NEW National Championships Open Men/Women (18 years old & above)
Love to cycle? Love to run? – Then Run it, Bike it, Du it. Come and join in this year’s Singapore Duathlon National Championships at the scenic East Coast Park. From first-timers to the elite, the Singapore Duathlon is a race for everyone!
Schools all over will battle it out to be crowded Inter-School Champion and Clubs will go head to head for the Club Competition Trophy.
Who will be crowned this year’s Singapore Duathlon National Champion?
Registration & Fees
|18 – 29||18 – 29||20 – 39||20 – 39||16 – 19||16 – 19|
|30 – 39||30 – 39||40+||40+|
|40 – 49||40 – 49||Sprint Relay 16+|
|Standard Relay 18+|
|18+||18+||8 – 9||8 – 9||12 – 13||12 – 13|
|10 – 11||10 – 11||14 – 15||14 – 15|
|Kids Relay||Youth Relay|
Perks and Prizes
If you are looking to register, click on the big Red button under “Registration & Fees”
It is the last week of the 100th Anniversary of the Tour De France and today (Stage 17) is one of my favorite stages which is the individual time trial. As I have mentioned this month will be dedicated to the Tour De France.
For all cyclist we all need to know the basic hand signals when we ride as courtesy to other road users, unless you have invented a signaling mechanism on your bike we still use good old hand signal. So check out the hand signal that all cyclist should know.
Right/left turn: Arm straight out to the side you’re turning. (It’s more common than the old cycling manual bent arm.)
Slowing or stopping: Hand down low, palm side out. Hand on butt is also common.
Runner or car door on the side of the road:Tap side of your leg and point, or point to the side and swing arm behind back.
Shaking hand at waist: Pothole, roadkill, nails, rough surface, anything you want to avoid. Always yell “GLASS!”
Wave: A nice gesture to thank cars or pedestrians for letting you go.
Wave forward: To cars: It’s safe to pass. To other bikes: Go ahead, you’re riding faster than I am
*Special Situation Signals*
Middle finger: Only for when someone intentionally (1) threw something at you (2) almost ran you over. (Use with caution.)
*Special Situation Signals*
Hand out to side, wrist bent: What the *#&^ are you doing?!
*Special Situation Signals*
Simple point followed by thumbs-up: As if to say, “That girl is pretty” or “That’s a good restaurant.”
Thanks to Oliver Baker for his Illustrations. This was shared by Jené Shaw in Triathlete.com
This month we are celebrating Tour De France and I will be dedicating everything on two wheels. I love to see things in motion and have been fascinated with bikes or actually anything on wheels for as long as I can remember and I still love riding my bikes through the hot summer days. Well Singapore ONLY has two season the hot and rainy one that is.
I remember riding a trike when I was 2 or 3 years old and then when I was older I got a BMX from my parents and everything went crazy after that. I love the time riding out with my buddies at 3 am just to feel the cool breeze, so far I have owned a couple of number of bikes from BMX, MTB, Roadbike, Tri-bike, vintage bikes and I am still currently building a monster of a bike which I am targeting to be sub 6kg
when it comes to losing weight it takes a lot of effort to be counting calories to lose weight, this applies also to bikes as well, I have to watch what I buy. LOL I am counting everygram and the bike below gives me inspiration. Am not looking to buy a bike off the rack as it will take the fun away from building your own bike. When it is done, I will post up the full completed bike. (hopefully its finished by end of the year)
Check out the below bike that has already been through a diet and is pretty slim. introducing Stevens Comet only weighing in at 5kg or a little over 11 lbs , amazing
Perched on scales to reveal its staggeringly low total weight of 5.07kg, the Comet is an absolute beaut. It’s not going to be seen in the pro peloton anytime soon at this weight, but this 9,990 Euro number is going to be the pride of weight weenies everywhere. It comes complete with full SRAM Red groupset, Ritchey Super Logic cockpit components and Xentis Squad 2.5 Tubular wheels.
But wait if you were in amazement of that 5kg bike ? Please don’t crap in your pants when you hear that there is a lighter bike, in fact it is so light you can say 6 cans of coke will be heavier than it, lightest bike in the world weighs in at only 2.7kg, yup you heard it right? its only 2.7kg or 5.9 pounds. Amazing wonders…
In 2008, a German named Gunter Mai stunned the cycling world by building the lightest road bike ever made. The initial build of his light bike tipped the scales at just under 3.2 kg, and he eventually tuned it down even more to roughly 2.8kg. And it was no mere show bike; Mai reportedly logged over 20,000km on the machine in its first couple years. But he shocked the cycling commumity again when, early this year, he suddenly parted out the entire bike and sold each piece individually, scattered to the four winds.
But some of the key parts made it into the hands of a Colorado rider who wanted to reincarnate the anorexic beast, and he sent off the custom Spin frame, THM fork, the stem/handlebars, and a few more parts to Jason Woznick of Fairwheel Bikes in Tuscon, Arizona. There, Woznick set to work sourcing the lightest parts available to finish off the build. Almost every part on the bike is completely custom, and cannot be purchased off the shelf anywhere, for any price.
Holding the machine is truly breathtaking. There’s nothing to it. Even picking up another object of similar weight isn’t quite illustrative, because, for example, a gallon of milk is very dense (and also two pounds heavier). Picking up a six-pound bike is different — it simply feels like nothing is there.
Full story can be found here at TriRigs.com website.
Buddy of mine just started a blog on Road/ MTB Bike reviews and he have just finished his first review on the Time RXR (Luxury category in my books), I wouldn’t dare ride on any of those high end bikes as they cost and arm or leg. maybe two,
Just to give you a rough gauge on the price of this “OLDER MODEL ? TIme RXR 2012 model
Probikesupply is selling them for USD$5300 (Frame Only), and that my friend is a far reach for most normal working wage people. Please read on below for his review
I had a chance to ride a TIME RXR ULTEAM 2012 which was lent to me by a friend that frequently ride with me. Thanks to him, George, that I am able to experience one of the top performance super bikes. First impression of this bike is the detailed decals and awesome design by this company called TIME from France.
Although this bike is designed and manufactured in the year 2012, the technology behind it is up to date and can be matched with most of the new high end bikes around the market. TIME fully design, build and mold their frames from their very own factory in Vaulx-Milieu, France. TIME weaves their own carbon and claim one of the best in Europe and produce this frameset using a technology called RTM, short for Resin Transfer Molding. It is believed this is a very guarded secret and it is not made known to the general public how exactly it is being done. Well I am not a person that is technically sound on all this but my intention today is only to share my very own riding experience on the bike.
First of all, here is a full bike view…
to read his thoughts on this ultra high end bike do go to http://fishbrain976.wordpress.com/
When it comes to cycling, most people are looking for the speed factor and when it comes to speed its always relate to weight, that that will relate to “MONEY” with a lighter bike you will definitely use less energy, but there are many theory against this (something about moving mass etc etc)
This post is not about weight anyway, its more of this material composition called “Ceramic” , people are paying top dollar when it comes to ceramic, being watches, phones, jewellery etc..etc.. and this virus has also infected the biking industry, but dont be surprise that ceramic has been around for ages So why does one ceramic makes it so much faster?
Integrity – Ceramic bearings are 10 times rounder than steel bearings and 20% more rigid. No part of the bicycle is subjected to more intense physical conditions than bearings, increased stuctural integrity in the bearings leads to a more efficient bike.
Durability – In various tests, ceramic bearings have been found to be 5-20 times more durable than steel bearings. So if your steel bearings typically last 3-4 years, ceramic bearings should last a minimum of 15 years.
Weight – Ceramic bearings weigh 40% less than steel bearings. Weight savings are most beneficial on rotating parts, nothing on your bike rotates faster than the bearings.
What do these numbers mean for a rider? Well, FSA did some testing and found that a bike equipped with ceramic bearings was 4% more efficient than the same bike equipped with steel bearings. So for every 100km ridden on the steel bearing equipped bike, the ceramic equipped competition rode 104km, while expending the same amount of energy. If we assume the peloton averaged 40km/hr, that’s a win by…..SIX MINUTES!
I was suppose to embark on my project which is long overdue, it was the “Parts by Parts” project which involves building a bike parts by parts, and by building everything from scratch this ceramic bearings has come to my attention, Do watch the video and let me know what you think? Do you believe in them or not?
I’ve read about this awesome invention from my usual tech magazine T3 and I would like to share with you guys, its called SMART, yup just “SMART” This helmet is created by LifeBeam and they teamed up with LAZER to created this awesome helmet. If you don’t like to read which I doubt cause you are on a blogsphere you can always watch the Youtube video below
I believe they have came up with a winning product here and I can’t wait to get my hands on this to review it. Its on sale now but you have to pre-order it from this website, expected delivery is 3rd quarter of 2013 ——> CLICK TO ORDER <——-
The world’s first smart cycling helmet with an integrated heart rate sensor, allowing real time, accurate, hassle-free heart-rate monitoring without using a chest strap!
The SMART platform is lightweight and incorporates a microprocessor integrated with LifeBEAM’s advanced algorithm, a state-of-the-art optical physiological sensor, accelerometer, and full wireless communication capabilities.
The SMART Solution
We integrated our unique sensor & algorithms, originally developed for fighter pilots & astronauts, into the Lazer’s GENESIS helmet resulting in the SMART – a cycling helmet that provides highly accurate, real time measurements of heart rate under normal as well as extreme physiological conditions without the problems inherent to chest straps.
The information gathered by the SMART appears in real time on your mobile phone, sport watch or cycling computer via ANT+ or Bluetooth.
Our sensing technology was built for intense activities in extreme environments and demonstrated highly accurate results compared to the most reliable ECG chest belts in market. It is, therefore, suitable for high performance athletes in any cycling environment.
Cyclists who want to monitor and improve their performance cannot ignore their heart rate. Personal heart-rate provides a window to individual’s overall fitness.
Heart rate is commonly monitored using chest straps. Fitness watches, cycling computers & smartphones – all provide a platform that can communicate with a chest strap and display heart rate.
But what if you hate wearing that strap around your chest for hours? Straps can chafe, irritate, lose contact and migrate. We now offer the perfect solution – the SMART.
What do you get with SMART?
The SMART will arrive to you ready-to-use with no assembly required.
The systems includes:
- Lazer Sport GENESIS helmet integrated with LifeBEAM sensing technology
- LifeBEAM’s physiological sensor & processing unit:
- Integrated 3-axis accelerometer
- Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+ Wireless Communication capabilities
- Rechargeable Lithium battery – at least 15 hours of continuous usage
- Weight: 50 grams (0.132 lbs.)
The sensor & technology integrated into the SMART platform will allow future implementation of additional sensing, sound & display features.
LifeBEAM is a startup company comprised of engineers and pilots, passionate about the development of physiological monitoring solutions. We specialize in remote monitoring of multi-physiological parameters, such as heart-rate, blood flow, oxygen saturation and more.
LifeBeam’s first development was a unique miniature sensing platform that was implemented into fighter pilot and astronaut helmets, to monitor their physiological conditions, help them perform better, and in extreme cases – even save lives.
Now you can use this technology during cycling!
What could be simpler than putting on your SMART cycling helmet integrated with our small and almost invisible sensor, and continuously monitoring your heart rate?!
Technology – main features & benefits
LifeBEAM’s core sensing technology is based on state of the art non-invasive optical methods, using miniature components that allow unobtrusive & continuous physiological monitoring. These unique sensing methods enable a high-accuracy measurement of various physiological parameters.
LifeBEAM’s main technological expertise creates applicative solutions that are significantly insensitive to motion artifacts and thus can be used in dynamic environments and under extreme conditions.
So what’s so cool about SMART?
SMART uses electro-optical technology to continuously measure your heart-rate.
The optical sensor is placed on the helmet’s front, gently touching your forehead. The sensor samples the blood pulse in a high frequency and transmits a raw signal to the processing unit, which is placed in the helmet’s back.
The processing unit filters the signal from motion artifacts and, using the communication module, wirelessly transmits the cleansed pulse to your display device in real-time.
AND…YES, IT WORKS WITH MOST DEVICES AND APPS IN THE MARKET!
The SMART is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 & ANT+ devices – smartphones, fitness watches, cycling computers – and works with most fitness applications, so use your favorite display device or smartphone app for additional functions, such as: average speed, distance, pace, GPS, calories-burned, etc.
We plan to continue developing the SMART, keeping it up to date with the ever-changing technologies, in order to provide the best and most cutting-edge product for our customers.
Integrating a processing unit and wireless communication capabilities opens the door for various additional sensors & features that will be processed in the helmet and transmitted wirelessly to any place!
A few examples for some optional future implementations:
- Additional Functions: Stand-alone device, Crash detection, Bicycle locator, integration with Cycling training apps for additional parameters and more!
- Advanced display capabilities: head up display capabilities just like in fighter pilots helmets!
- Additional Sensors: GPS, SIM, Logger and more!
- Sound feedback features.
After successfully monitoring a pilot’s vitals, LifeBEAM wanted to expand and reach new horizons.
On one of their weekend rides, two engineers from our team modified our technology and integrated it into their cycling helmets.
Excited by the outcome and the idea of combining our technology with their love of cycling, they convinced the team to pursue their dream.
On the following 6 months, the R&D team worked together to amend the algorithms to suit the cycling environment and develop a kit that could be integrated into a professional cycling helmet while prolonging the battery life, maximizing the duration between charges, and without adding unnecessary weight.
After numerous testing iterations & prototype improvements, we were ready to choose the right helmet-manufacturing partner.
Cooperation with LAZER SPORT
Lazer is one of the top cycling helmet manufacturers in the world with over 90 years of experience (the oldest helmet manufacturers still operating).
With its headquarter in Belgium, Lazer designs, manufactures and markets helmets in more than 50 countries.
Lazer’s GENESIS cycling helmet (in Canada also called GS) is one of the most popular helmets in the world.
- Fit System: Rollsys® Retention System
- Construction: In-Mold (6 pieces)
- Ventilation: 19 vents
- Weight: 280g (0.617 lbs) (M) CE
- Certification: CE – CPSC – AS
- Sizes: M-L
Awards & Recognitions
In 2010, LifeBEAM won the national innovation contest “Ramon Breakthrough”, sponsored by Google and represented Israel at Singularity program at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley.
In 2012, we were honored to participate in NASA’s R&D activity, where our unique sensors were used and tested during different research activities.
In addition, we have performed a joint research at the European Flights training facility in the Netherlands and with a number of Air Forces around the world.
- Rewards/PricingWe created a great list of exciting perks that will allow you to enjoy our forthcoming product & technology while supporting our efforts.
The Pioneer Deal: Early Bird (200 available) – $149
The SMART Package: Own a SMART – $189
The Gift package: Surprise your friend with a SMART Gift– $195
The Buddies package: Order 2 SMARTS with your friend or ride buddy – $358
The Group package: Order 5 SMARTS for your cycling group – $845
The Silver Distributor package: Order 20 SMARTS – $2,780
The Gold Distributor package: Order 50 SMARTS – $6,450
Use of Funds
We are asking for your help so we can produce the first run of the SMART and deliver them to our initial customers. If you love cycling, sports, or fitness in general, we would love your support so we can bring the SMART helmet to market and further implement our technologies in new products in the future.
- Join Our Ride!Our team developed the groundbreaking technology, but in order to bring it to mass production … we need your help!
We ask you to help us elevate our project from a working prototype to its final production stage.
Update: I have uploaded this on my Vimeo account please view it there<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/58089722″>Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah FULL Part 2</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user16029478″>Isaac976</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
This is the final Part 2 of the interview where he talks about his team and family. Very touching?? I don’t know for you to decide
Please leave a comment on how you feel after watching? I would like to know what the majority of people thinks
Sorry video is down permanently, please look for other alternative.. I will see if I can upload in my Vimeo account .. please stay tuned .
The race is finally over, after skipping two run races, I finally did my triathlon after waiting for 4 weeks. That was how long it took my legs to feel better, Special shoutout to Team Triboys Ian Faria and his bro Chris for sending me this neat transition towel. Will be racing Escape from Alcatraz with them soon in the near future. If you wanna hook up for training or racing with the boys you can search Instragam hashtag or on twitter for #teamtriboys and you will definitely see them handsome hunks. Once again thanks boys and see you guys soon.
If you guys didn’t know what happened, lemme clue you in before you laugh at my miserable time, I was training for my “North Face 50k which is held in October” and my feet accidentally ran over a tree root, it angled 90degrees with a very loud crack and that was into my 4k out of my 15k trail run (I finished the whole 15k in pain if you are wondering) It all just went downhill after that. I had my feet X-ray and Doc cleared me, some how or rather the pain still persist till today. All I could train for this Tri event was swim and bike.
So kingdom come came and went. It was good sunny morning on last Saturday. Met with many of the boys before the swim felt a bit humid but its all in the fun. The swim leg got delayed
Participant had to make two loop for the swim and so how did the swim went? it went something like this.. choppy sea water, got hit in the face on my first 100m with my goggles knocked off my face, water got into my eyes and it stings like mad… got grabbed, groped and whatever you can think of, but hey that is why they call it the “Washing Machine”, you don’t join a tri event to have silky smooth swimming pool water do ya? came out of the first loop and saw my watch for the first 750m, did a 16min but I nearly had a massive cramp when I was near to shore, I stop short of shore line and my legs couldn’t feel the ground, so I was curling my leg to feel ground and with that awkward leg position I nearly had a muscle pull on my calf, you know those massive super cramp. Did not want to put myself in danger and don’t think I can afford a big cramp to my calf on the second loop. I didn’t kick as much on the second lap and I swam cautiously and closely to the line just in case my leg cramps up. Swim time: 43min
Bike leg is always fun, went into T1 and took my gel and first time I did not place my shoe clipped ready on my bike for fast transitioning as this was a two week old shoe, have not put enough mileage into them shoes yet. Bike loop was an insane six loop over ECP with many dangerous turns (saw a couple of people bleeding pretty badly and bandaged up) … Road Marshal was shouting like crazy saying DANGER .. BIG GROUP AHEAD GO SLOW (er… its a race.. GO SLOW??) well I do hope the revamp the bike segment next time for a better and safer riding race. I was looking at my bike meter and it went like 32 – 34avg that was all I wanted nothing more nothing less and before my last lap I will usually take in some carbs for the run segment and guess what, silly me had to drop my packet of gel on the road, It was a decision for me to pick it up or leave it, I left it (was it a poor decision? I don’t know) Bike Time: 1hr17min
Here comes the moment of truth, I told myself either I die running or I walked to the end in my run segment. went in T2, grabbed my headband put on my shoes, went out running in less than 2min and boy I could (NOT) run, after leaving the run out, massive cramps came into my thigh and I know for sure that without run training it will definitely kill me. Its not that this is my first race.. I never felt cramps this bad before, I practically walked and hop myself for the first 2km or so.. What was I thinking.. four weeks and not even one training on my run.
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. – Richard M. Nixon
On the 3k mark, a familiar face came behind, tapped and passed me, It was Benny who was in one age group behind, he finally caught me in the run segment (all things going through my head now, thinking of stopping and quitting the race as its going to be a real pathetic race for sure) but I told my self #HTFU and keep going, and so I did.. yes the final run was terrible but I won’t let my head hang in shame. Yes it’s also the worst 10k time ever for me in my running career but I will not let it stop me. I will come back stronger (if my doc cleared me of any problems to my feet) Time: 1hr 17min
Well its the end of the race and I am glad all my buddies was here with me. Not that I am proud of the time, but I sure finished it.. if your wondering yes the pain in my leg still persist. I am heading for an MRI this week. I wont let it damper my mood for me in the upcoming 2013 races that I have signed up for.
PS: word of advice, train before you go for a race. Dont be like stupid me.
Training partners are always great in terms of being motivated and seeking advise.. no matter doing triathlon, Ironman or Ultra running, that is why I frequently used this hashtag #foreveralone cause I am more often than not alone when doing training.
Training for an event demands much from an athlete such as mental focus and more importantly discipline in all aspect of schedule, diet and workout.
I met Zurairi by chance, one day when I was training but I will not expound on that part, as he already had explain of our moment in his featured article. Do read up on his write-up as guest post on his determination to be a Triathlete (if you say you can’t, this post might change you) Do follow him on Twitter @arieternity where he shares his passion for triathlon.
Guest Writer: Zurairi (Singapore) 27 August 2012
My Journey to be Triathlete
After my Kidney Transplant in 2008, (Previous post) , I decided to exercise because my doctor told me to control my cholesterol level. I also wanted to exercise because keeping fit and healthy will ensure lesser complications due to my condition. After 3 months rest from the post operation, I realise my fitness level is very low after I was struggling and panting after climbing the flight of steps at the overhead bridge. I realise that I need to start soon.
I started with very light jogging around my neighbourhood. It was about 1.2km route around my block of flats. My friend also introduced me to swimming. Mr Razib is a triathlete and he taught and coached me the techniques of swimming freestyle. In 2008, I started (more…)
Lance Armstrong losing all 7 TDF?!?! This is too shocking for me (losing all 7 titles), well not all that shocking as I was already following Lance Armstrong from his days in Team Motorola to his first career win in Tour De France.
I have always believe that people with determination can do unbelievable things, and Lance was one of them, with his fight with testicular cancer to being 7 time TDF Champion, this all will change with the recent USADA winning the fight against Lance.
Am sure there will be many believers and there will also be haters, which sides of the fence do you sit on ? Innocent till proven guilty? so far, he has done thousands of drugs test… so go figure
Christophe Ena/Associated Press
By JULIET MACUR
From http://www.nytimes.com Published: August 23, 2012
After more than a decade of outrunning accusations that he had doped during his (more…)
Take a deep breath, can you smell it? … No? … one more time…Take a deep breath, close your eyes… hear the crowd roaring.
Yes its the Olympic Spirit that is in the air, I feel a sense of competition amongst athletes when you watch the games, their eyes glare with energy and their mind set on one thing and only one thing, that is to win. This is the spirits of the athletes that has gathered in London to compete, and compete they SHALL !!
The athletes that has been training everyday for this day to come, to win a medal is such an honor to them but those who did not shall not despair, as they themselves have earned the title OLYMPIAN, not many can call themselves an Olympian representing their country in the highest competing games. I never dreamed of representing my country, but I bet it would be nice., the furthest I dipped my toes into is by representing my state as a cyclist and managed to compete in the 1995 games.
Not only is the Olympic games set for the athletes, it is for everyone, This man Chen Guanming cycled (more…)
At the Olympic level, where cyclists are in roughly the same physical condition, the difference between victory and defeat often boils down to a bike’s aerodynamics. The more smoothly air flows over a frame and rider, the less wind resistance he will feel and the faster he’ll go. Engineers at Cervélo used aerospace-grade computational fluid dynamics software and virtual wind-tunnel tests to design the P5, the most aerodynamic bike ever.
With the software, the team at Cervélo designed, rendered and wind-tunnel-tested dozens of P5 prototypes, before ever constructing a physical model. They identified and refined drag-causing areas. For example, they lowered the handlebars and added internal hydraulic brake cables. They also created a tapered rear edge on the seat post, which reduces turbulence off the rider’s backside, allowing air to flow more fluidly around him. The changes translate to 75 grams less drag than on the P5’s predecessor, a reduction that could result in gains of 1.6 seconds per mile—and a gold-medal run in the 44-kilometer Olympic time trial.
Weight 18 pounds
Price From $6,500
Yup, its true, we had the “AIR FORCE” runway to our self on this particular day , its called the “National Runway Cycle/Skating 2012. Hey sorry if you came here looking for a way to sneak into the Airbase ! TOUGH LUCK DUDE ! you gonna get caught by the Military police or even better the National Security if you were searching for that crap.
This event has been held 16th time and it was started in 1996, and guess what ? this was my first time joining it and I heard its gonna be the last. A little more about this event.
Originally named ‘National Runway Cycling’, the first edition took place in 1996 at Paya Lebar Air Base and has since been held at this signature venue. With increasing interest and support from the inline-skating community, the event was renamed National Runway Cycling & Skating in 2008.
Each year, the event attracts a large crowd of some 6,000 to 8,000 participants. Besides cycling and skating on the runway, participants are also treated to a host of fringe activities, performances and games for the enjoyment of families.
All I can say is that its lots of fun, imagine getting to cycle on the runway of a Military base, get this its DAMM AWESOME !! no kidding and I had a blast , hopefully they will have it next year again. *Cross fingers* enjoy the pictures of the day. See if you can spot me in the picture as well as the F16 fighter jet.
This guy deserves a clap, he finished 45km on a UNICYCLE !!
I was talking to him at km25, he was so nice to explain to me the mechanics of a unicycle. and yet he kept on a steady pace. RESPECT !