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
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.
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”
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
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?
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…)
I have started sourcing for my parts on my “PartsbyParts” project, this is in fact a project that was long overdue, So whats this “PartsbyParts” project I am talking about? Its for poor people who can’t afford to buy the whole bike at one go, no I am just kidding, its a project where I buy a Part a Month till I finish building the whole bike to my specification.
So to see a good clear view of the bike parts that I need to buy, this would illustrate it better for the masses
I have already sourced for the frame and it will be ordered by end of this month, don’t ask me yet what it is .. but I will show you guys the after the end when the bike is fully / finally built-up,
but as for the moment I have a big dilemma in which the wheel sets selection is killing me, I have narrowed it all down to two brands. I really need your opinion on this.
Wait I have to tell u why I have selected this two models, not just esthetic wise but also in performance wise. I need a strong rim that can go fast as well as climb hard. . . . . So what models are they ? 1st up
MAVIC KSYRIUM SLR 2012
SSC Wheel-Tyre System: the pros choice
Optimized Wheel-Tyre System: GripLink / PowerLink
Superior endurance: Exalith
Distinctive full black – SSC graphics
High energy transfer: Tracomp technology
Less inertia for the same stiffness: ISM machining
Low rolling resistance: Yksion PowerLink
The lightest Ksyrium ever: 1400g
Light and stiff rims: ISM + Exalith
Light yet resistant components: Carbon and Zicral bladed spokes, carbon front hub, Maxtal rims
Weight (pair of wheels with tyre – WTS): 1990 grams
front wheel: 635 grams
pair of wheels: 1400 grams
front wheel with tyre – WTS: 930 grams
And the 2nd model needs no introduction and I am only gonna post one picture of it, just in case you guys have not seen it which I doubt.
ZIPP 404 Clinchers
If you guys have any feedback on the wheelsets that I have mentioned above, I am glad to take it in, or even if you have known another brand that is even better task at what I am looking for, do let me know as your comments will be greatly appreciated.
I am kinda leaning towards the Ksyrium cause of the Mavic’s Exalith treatment. The bike I am building is mostly B0B which means black on black. I heard there is surface braking problems exp: NOISE.
How to Choose Clipless or Flat Bike Pedals
Pedal shoppers usually fall into one of several groups: 1) Those making the switch from flat to clipless pedals, 2) Those who are outfitting a new bike (many new road bikes do not come with pedals), or 3) Those upgrading from one shoe-pedal system to another. Here’s what to consider when shopping.
Who Needs Clipless Pedals?
If you ride using flat (platform) pedals, you’ve no doubt (more…)
Something is brewing up in the coming next few days, do watch for this Icon .. Do follow my blog to get the updates ! this will be interesting. Do let me know if you know what that this icon means ? Can’t reveal too much for the moment.
As I always say “No Helmet, No Ride”
Heard from a friend that another cyclist perished along the deathly roads of MRR2, I manage to find the article and this was the excerpt of it
A cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident near Shell petrol station on the MRR2 in Hulu Kelang this morning.
The victim, 37-year-old Rafizi Hamdan died on the spot.This was the second fatal accident involving a cyclist
If you notice that I highlighted the word second, its cause the other person killed was a friend of mine P.K. Yeoh, we use to do rides together with his whole family, I’ve seen his son and wife with him usually at the LBS that we use to frequent. its really a sad thing This was taken from Mac’s website if you would like to read, it a tribute to him Memories of PK Yeoh ,
I just notice that its been nearly a year already since his death ! Time really do flies..
This was taken from the Highway code book for drivers.
The New Highway Code Book 2, Advanced Theory of Driving, (Published in consultation with Traffic management, Land Transport Authority)
Cyclist ride on all types of roads excepts expressways. Bicycles are used for both transportation and recreation by people of all ages and sizes; you should expect to find them almost anywhere. Because they rode close to traffic, cyclists are vulnerable to injury in a collision. As a driver, it is your special responsibility to pay attention to them and to provide for their safety.
1. When sharing the road with cyclists, expect sudden moves on their part at all times. A patch of oil, a pothole, an opening door of a parked car and other hazards can force a cyclist to swerve suddenly into your path.
2. When approaching or passing a cyclist, give him/her ample space and be extra alert. Be prepared to slow down or stop. When a cyclist glances back, it is an indication that he/she may change direction anytime.
3. Look out for cyclists riding against the flow of traffic especially at residential areas.
4. Give even more room to cyclists when they are carrying a heavy weight or a pillion. This makes them unsteady and wobbly and they may ride into your path or even hit the side of your vehicle.
5. Just before turning:
i: Check your mirrors and blind spots.
ii. Watch out for cyclists between your vehicle and the kerb.
iii. Don’t make a sudden sharp turn, you may knock down a cyclist.
6. When overtaking, keep a safe gap between your vehicle and the cyclist. Don’t cut in sharply after overtaking the cyclist. This could result in your vehicle “side brushing” or hitting the cyclist.
7. After parking, look out for cyclists coming up from behind before opening your vehicle door.
I do hope there would be more safe cycling clinic conducted to raise the awareness of safe cycling in parts of the World.
Here are some good tips from the past safe cycling clinic rolled out in East Coast
1. Bicycle is considered a vehicle, you drive a bicycle.
2. Observe all traffic rules like any other road users on the roads.
3. Be competent and confident before hitting the road.
4. Know all traffic rules and road signs. Get a Basic Theory Book.
5. Know your skills, your ability, your health. Do not over estimate yourself.
6. Know your bike, it’s performance, it’s ability, it’s wear and tear.
7. Know your equipments, clothing, helmet, gloves, etc. their functions, performances, their life span, when to replace.
8. Know your route. Plan your route before you ride, know it’s traffic conditions.
9. Know your right of way but NEVER INSIST on it.
10. Be courteous and patience with other road users, share the roads.
The most important take home message is:
TREAT OTHERS LIKE HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED RESPECT OTHERS TO GAIN RESPECTS
Believe it or not this bike cost $14 000 buckaroos, how crazy is that ? Did you know that a Chef in China earns only $402 a month ! how long does he have to work to earn that freaking bike? a total of 3 freaking years just to get that bike and that is if he spent all of it on installment just for that bike, and what bike am I talking about ? check it out here.. (more…)
Not long ago I was looking for Aero helmets on the web, I was doing my research and everything on helmet, searching furiously on reviews, helmet pros and cons and what people think of aero helmets.
Hoping that it will make me go faster on the bike leg, my first choice was Giro Advantage,
And that was it, I had my mind on it and I was pretty much settled on the decision as many people had reviewed it, I told Benny (more…)
Just posting some picture I found in my multiply site, lost all the friendster pictures which had all my race pics.. so salvaging whatever I can ..
This are from the Batu Arang 120km with the gang.. those have done weekend ride would know those familiar faces.
Ryna and Dennis
Ashraff on the right enjoying some coffee at the rest stop
This was taken back about 8 years ago with my O2 PDA phone.. so forgive me for the lousy resolution,Looking back at this pictures really reminded me of good time.
The long awaited Cervelo P5 … but wait .. lets dwell into about about the company first. Did you know that Cervélo Cycles is a manufacturer of racing bicycle frames which came from the same country as Blackberry. That’s right “CANADA”
Cervélo uses CAD,High tech whatchamacallit computational fluid dynamics, and wind tunnel testing at a variety of facilities including the San Diego Air and Space Technology Center, in California, USA, to aid its designs. Cervélo currently makes 3 series of road bikes: the R series, featuring multi-shaped, “Squoval” frame tubes; and the S series of road bikes and P series of triathlon/time trial bikes, both of which feature airfoil shaped downtubes. The company also manufactures T series track bikes
You came here cause you wanted to know how the P5 looked like and here it is ..
JusST Kidding ! that looks more like a Batcycle !!
Here is the real deal !! enjoy and don’t break your next paycheck or two ..
And More pics ..
Front View, the bike practically disappears.
Thats about it … till further notice …
Its Sunday morning again and its the most anticipated day for me in the whole week, why i say this is because i get to ride my bicycle. Today’s route is Puncak Alam in er.. er.. i really dont know where.. Puncak Alam lor. We started in Centerpoint at 7.30am and already a whole bunch of people were there. Many new faces many strong riders.
We started with 30+ strong riders heading out to Kota Damansara with easing leasure riding pace. Superb weather i tell you.
Teck Wai looking abit worried, i wonder why ? hehehe.. I know Mac is always up for the challenge, guess what he the hardcore spent 4 hours in the gym yesterday, doing 2 RPM classes and other weights exercise. Man how he does it i really dont know,
Valerie quiet quiet snuck up from behind and said this.. OH YOU GUYS AGAIN ! sigh .. i know la we all not leng chai do wan to see us.. hehe
this is the first half of the group, the other half behind me, shiok ler.. we like pro riders oni. After we reached Sungei Buloh we intersect out to Old Airport road and go off to Guthrie Highway, TA DA !! guess what.. another group of 10 riders came, its none other than.. MR TAN BOON FOO ! haha.. they came from another route and conjoin with us before reaching Guthrie highway. Kimbeley also joined in.
Pure bliss i tell you this Highway is just pure open road. Saw another lone cyclist from Klang, Uncle Yap he also joined in. At the highway all of us started to get crazy, i joined the first peloton and broke away when we were out from the motor lane, at this time the odo was already at 30+km and i guess haha .. can speed la since the first stop going to come liao. WACK la.. meter already showing max speed of 50kmph plus while Teck Wai drafted behind, suddenly the chase group came and all were in a peloton again. We are pushing 45kmph in a group and the others were left out, Pandai pandai la we all go so fast, We are now a group of only 15 riders and we reached the sungei buloh hospital, EMPTY i tell you this place. like haunted. yucks .. meter already showing distant of 49.8km! hhmm.. guess we over shot, LIM said he knows the way to Puncak Alam. So on the way we go. Boon Foo also with us.. ahha .. Strong rider never to underestimate this fellow man. he will leave you riding in the dust. BLAH BLAH BLAH all hills and riding.. we only made a 5 min stop to buy water.. and off we go.. At last we reach puncak alam and meter already showing 70+km! i was thinking shit.. i dont want to blow my tyres here (bad habit i dont bring spare) a few riders went off on their own after the break and now we were left with around 10riders. Pushed on and ahah at last we caught up with the ORIGINAL PCC group. meter already showing 89km and we are no where near Kota Damansara, we strayed off a extra 30km ahaha, Got back to Center point and i already saw Mac and Val having their drinks. Mac said that they were told to get off the highway by police, lucky we were too far in front hehe.. ok la.. this is the report for this Sunday Ride. not much picture as i had by cam in a sandwich bag. Next Week the hills of Genting !! Catch ya later !