It is summertime now in Niseko Village, with warm and pleasant weather making Niseko the perfect destination for active pursuits. Whether it is action and adventure or a quiet exploration of this beautiful Japanese region, Niseko Village has it all, from PURE outdoor activity centre, countryside trekking in search of Hokkaido’s famed wildlife inhabitants, to horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, and rafting down the region’s rivers.
In the midst of all that action, an international Hokkaido premier road cycling race takes place in Niseko every year, and this year being the third year, the event has become part of the prestigious UCI Gran Fondo World Series; the first time the event is being staged in Japan. For cyclists around the world, the Boardman Niseko Classic is a great way to qualify for the Championships, and the perfect opportunity to experience racing in Japan and discovering the beauty of Hokkaido.
The UCI World Series is made up of 15 races spanning the globe, and offers age group categories to riders. Already with a huge presence in Europe, America, Africa and Australia, the Boardman Niseko Classic will be the first time the event is being staged in Asia and Niseko Village is proud to be part of the action!
Cyclists and their families can enjoy a weekend of non-stop summer celebrations, including a food festival, beer tents, live music, fireworks display, taiko drums performance, celebrities, guided bike tours, bike demos, fresh local produce, onsen hotsprings and a range of outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, rafting and so much more.
Enjoying closed roads, clean air and beautiful vistas, the 140km course includes 2,362m of vertical, leading competitors up the awe-inspiring Panorama Line climb, out to the Sea of Japan, and back to Niseko Hirafu Resort. A 70km race category is also available, providing a shorter challenge (includes 1,125m of vertical) and finishing together in Niseko Hirafu Resort.
There are KOM and Sprint challenges, plus prizes for all age categories, with mechanical support and product demos available during race weekend. Enter now at the Boardman Niseko Classic website, A race and stay package fully managed by Bike Tours Japan is available for your convenience, inclusive of 4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and dinners, airport transfers, guided rides and support.
Do you like riding? Do you have two bikes or more? and do you want a pretty storage for it as well? Good then read on
These are really some good ideas if you live in apartment the size peoples master bedroom like in Singapore or Hong Kong, storing our bikes always pose a challenge for us.
Current bike storing equipment isn’t really trendy nor is it pretty to look at they are just functional, I am glad that @lividEyed shared this on twitter this morning, but Instead of 20 ideas, I have picked out the top 5 practical and trendy looking storage that will make your hard earned two wheeler stand out at your home.
No 5. is by DEDE gear closet, which I think will cost a bomb but it packs in neatly and all away from prying eyes , Dede gear closet: Dede gear closet is created by interior designers Van Staeyen. It can hold up to nine bikes and store other bike accessories as well.
No 4. has got to be DaHangar which is pretty minimalist and very beautiful in my opinion as it brushed aluminum. It is designed to hang your bike within your home and also has storage space for your helmet as well as other accessories.
No 3. is Pedal Pod Designed by Tamasine Osher, Pedal Pod is space-saving bike storage and shelving unit, made out of walnut.
No 2. SLIT white bike holder: Made out of varnished multiplex, the SLIT sophisticated foldaway mechanism for holding you bicycle and folds away when not in use. The folding mechanism would be a good idea to keep the area near when folded away.
No 1. This has got to be my favorite because of its simplicity and clean lines, the birch wood color goes great with any house deco, it is none other than the Bicycle displaying shelves: This stunning bike displaying shelving unit also has space to accommodate your books, shoes or other stuff in an organized manner.
Let me know which one is your favorite, and which one will most likely be in your home if you had the choice?
Three weeks of grueling cycling across France all boils down to the positioning of themselves with these jerseys below, This guide helps us understand more on how they are obtain in the race.
Yellow: the most famous one, the maillot jaune, it is awarded to the rider with the shortest overall time for all the stages added together, the rider who has covered the course faster than anyone else. First awarded in 1919, it is yellow because the race was organised by the newspaper L’Auto which was printed on yellow paper. Today it is sponsored by LCL, a bank. New for 2015 is the use of time bonuses of 10-6-4 seconds for the finish of each stage except the time trials.
Green: the points jersey, which tends to reward the sprinters. Points are awarded at the finish line and at one intermediate point in the stage and the rider with the most points wears the jersey. The allocation has been tweaked to reward the stage winners, for more on this see May’s Tour de France Points Competition Scale Revealed. It is sponsored by Skoda, a car company
- Flat stages / Coefficient 1: 50-30-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3 and 2 points for the first 15 riders to finish
- Hilly finish-Medium mountain stages / Coefficient 2 and 3: 30-25-22-19-17-15-13-11-9-7-6-5-4-3-2 points for the first 15 riders to finish
- Mountain Stages / Coefficient 4 and 5: 20-17-15-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points for the first 15 riders to finish.
- Individual time trial stages / Coefficient 6 : 20-17-15-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points to the first 15 riders to finish
- Intermediate sprints: 20-17-15-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points respectively for the first 15 riders
- For more on the stage coefficients, scroll down
Polka dot: also known as the “King of the Mountains” jersey, points are awarded at the top of categorised climbs and mountain passes, with these graded from the easier 4th category to the hors catégorie climbs which are so hard they are off the scale. In reality these gradings are subjective. Again the rider with the most points wears the jersey and the race celebrates the 40th anniversary of the jersey this year. It is sponsored by Carrefour, a supermarket.
- Hors Catégorie passes: 25,20,16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2 points respectively for first 10 riders to finish
- Category 1 climbs: 10,8,6,4,2,1 points
- Category 2: 5,3,2,1 points respectively
- Category 3: 2, 1 points
- Category 4: 1 point
- Points are doubled for the final climb on a stage with a summit finish (Stages 10, 12, 17, 19 and 20).
White: for the best young rider, this is awarded on the same basis as the yellow jersey, except the rider must be born after 1 January 1990, ie aged 25 or under. It is sponsored by Krys, a chain of opticians.
Obviously a rider can’t wear two jerseys at once, they’d get too hot. So if a rider leads several classifications, they take the most prestigious jersey for themselves and the number two ranked rider in the other competition gets to wear the other jersey. For example if a rider has both the yellow jersey and the mountains jersey they’ll wear yellow whilst whoever is second in the mountains jersey will sport the polka dot jersey. If a rider has all the jerseys the priority for the others is green, mountains then white.
There’s also a daily “most combative” prize awarded every day to the rider who has attacked the most or tried the hardest. It is a subjective prize and awarded by a jury. The rider gets to stand on the podium after the stage and wear a red race number the next day. It is sponsored by Antargaz, a bottled gas company.
Stage Coefficients: as mentioned for the points jersey competition each stage is awarded a “coefficient” or rating which has an impact on the points available. These ratings are also used to determine the time cut for riders finishing within a percentage of the stage winner’s time.
- Each day on a normal stage there’s €8,000 for the winner, €4,000 for second place and a decreasing scale down to a modest €200 for 20th place.
- For the final overall classification in Paris, first place brings in €450,000 and the Sèvres porcelain “omnisports trophy”, awarded “in the name of the Presidency of the French Republic“.
- The full breakdown is €450,000 for first place, €200,000 for second place, €100,000 for third place and then €70,000, €50,000, €23,000, €11,500, €7,600, €4,500, €3,800, €3,000, €2,700, €2,500, €2,100, €2,000, €1,500, €1,300, €1,200, €1,000, €950, €900, €850, €750, €700 until € 650 for 25th place.
- Then 26th to 30th place collects €600
- 31st to 40th place gets €550
- 41st to 50th place gets €500
- 51st to 90th place gets €450
- every other rider to finish collects €400
There are other pots of money available in the race:
- €350 a day to whoever wears the yellow jersey, €300 for the other jersey holders
- €25,000 for the final winner of the green and polka dot jerseys
- €20,000 for the final winner of the white jersey
- There’s also money for the first three in the intermediate sprint €1,500, €1000 and €500.
- The climbs have cash too with the first three over an HC climb earning €800, €450 and €300
- The highest point in the race sees a prize when on Stage 17 the Henri Desgrange prize is awarded at the top of the Col d’Allos and is worth €5,000 and the highest point in the Pyrenees, the Col du Tourmalet on Stage 11, brings the Jacques Goddet prize and another €5,000
- The “most combative” prize is awarded and worth €2,000 each day, the “Super combative” prize is awarded in Paris and the winner collects €20,000.
- There’s also a team prize with €2,800 awarded each day to the leading team on the overall, as calculated by the best three riders overall and €50,000 for the final winners in Paris. Note the team prize is calculated by adding the time of the best three riders each day rather than the best three on GC. For example if a team has riders A, B and C make the winning break one day then their times for the stage are taken and added together. If riders X, Y and Z on the same team go up the road the next day, their times are taken. So it’s the times of a team’s best three riders each day as opposed to the best three riders overall.
- In addition, every team that starts gets paid €51,243 to cover expenses. And should a squad make it to Paris with seven or more riders they stand to collect an additional €1,600 bonus for each rider the have left.
Today marks the day for 3 weeks of cycling ecstasy as the Pro Cyclist battle it out for Yellow Supremacy at the 2015 Tour de France. Here is a guide and profile of every stage with a quick take on the day added, Tomorrow I will share the Jersey classification as well as the prize awarded to the riders. Stay tuned
One short time trial stage and six summit finishes make this one for the climbers. The race starts with mini-version of the spring classics crammed into one week with wind-ravaged roads, cobbles, sharp uphill finishes. All this action means there are relatively few stages for the sprinters, probably just five in the whole race. The Alps and Pyrenees are both raced hard with the Alps having four consecutive days of racing with the crowded Alpe d’Huez climax.
Stage 1 – Saturday 4 July
The grand départ happens the Dutch university city of Utrecht. Don’t call it a prologue, Stage 1 is a stage in its own right as it’s almost 14km, enough to open up some significant time gaps. There’s the race for the yellow jersey and the secondary contest between the overall contenders as they look to take time or limit their losses. The course is flat with only canal bridges and underpasses altering the elevation. There are many 90 degree bends but they’re wide. A course for the powerful over the skilled.
Stage 2 – Sunday 5 July
Flat but potentially dangerous. First the Netherlands is a crowded place with a lot of street furniture and once the course gets away from towns the roads get more exposed to the wind. The latter part passes along the coast before it finishes on top of the Pijlerdam flood defence. This is open terrain where a light breeze can feel angry and the peloton will be wary of crosswinds.
Stage 3 – Monday 6 July
Next in the spring classics smörgåsbord sees the race traverse Belgium to pick up the finale of the the Flèche Wallonne in the Ardennes including the “new” Côte de Cherave climb just before the finish which should help split things up. We’ll the overall contenders duelling with the spring classics specialists on the infamous Mur de Huy.
Stage 4 – Tuesday 7 July
The race returns to French soil, literally, as it heads for the dirty cobbled lanes. This is the fear stage where the overall contenders worry their chances will turn to dust in the cobblestone lottery. The pavé sectors used are hard but not the nightmare zones from Paris-Roubaix.
A day for the sprinters. The relative lack of chances for the sprinters in this year’s race surely dooms any breakaway attempt, the best escapees can hope for is their name and jersey on TV.
A seaside trip for the race. Nice for a ride but sending 200 riders along the northern coast could be risky if the wind gets up. Over the half the stage hugs the coast and much of it passes atop exposed cliffs before an uphill finish in Le Havre designed for Peter Sagan and Michael Matthews.
A stage across Brittany, a region that loves cycling so expect big crowds. No more so that than finish at Mûr de Bretagne, a village of just 2,000 people but its population will swell tenfold or more for the day. This uphill finish was used in 2011 with Cadel Evans getting the better of Alberto Contador.
Stage 9 – Sunday 12 July
A 28km team time trial over a difficult route with lumpy, exposed roads. The awkward final climb to the finish will test team cohesion especially as this comes relatively late into the race and teams could have lost riders to crashes and other misfortunes. A long transfer to the Pyrenees and a rest day follows, a chance to lick wounds and examine the time differences.
The first summit finish of the race and where the time gaps between the contenders can go from seconds to minutes. Over more than a week of racing in the big ring the sudden change in rhythm often surprises some. The Col de Soudet is an awkward climb with irregular gradients and long sections above 10% before it flattens out to the line.
A classic day across the Pyrenees with the Aspin and Tourmalet pairing. The Tour has visited Cauterets often for a climb to a ski station above the valley, this time it arrives in the town itself for a more gradual finish but an uphill slog all the same.
The names are not as legendary but the stats show this is a giant day with 4,500m of vertical gain including the tough Plateau de Beille summit finish, 15.8km at 7.9%. It’s also a scenic ride across quiet valleys where the Tour de France is the biggest thing to happen every year.
A hard transition stage with many uncategorised climbs including the final ramp to the finish line just outside Rodez where the race climbs up for almost 600m at 10% just outside the HQ of RAGT, an agricultural business that sponsors the Tour.
Stage 14 – Saturday 18 July
The route skirts the landscapes described in Tim Krabbé’s The Rider novel but it’s all about the finish with the arrival on the small airport run above Mende via the sharp Col de La Croix Neuve sometimes known as the Montée Jalabert.
A breakaway or a bunch sprint? All the climbs are steady with slopes of 4,5 or 6% before the finish in Valence and the second rest day.
The race rides into the Alps to Gap and then climbs the Col de Manse, a regular climb followed by an infamously irregular descent, the place where Lance Armstrong once ploughed across a field and where Andy Schleck’s nervousness allowed Cadel Evans to take time and helping him to win the 2011 Tour de France.
Stage 17 – Wednesday 22 July
A air of déjà vu with the repeat of this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné stage with the Col d’Allos and Pra Loup, itself a recreation of the 1975 Tour de France when Bernard Thévenet took the yellow jersey off Eddy Merckx. You’ll probably be sick of the story of Merckx’s defeat being told again and again come the day but it’s a great stage to watch. The Col d’Allos is a hard climb with a very technical descent before the more regular but still tiring climb to Pra Loup.
Stage 18 – Thursday 23 July
An uphill start to launch the breakaways and then a road that climbs or descends all day, even that calmer part of the profile around the intermediate sprint is up the awkward Romanche valley, a tiring road that often has a persistent headwind. The giant Col du Glandon is tackled before the races plunges to the Maurienne valley before the scenic climb of the Lacets de Montvernier and then a fast and straight run to the finish.
Stage 19 – Friday 24 July
4,600m of vertical gain in less than 140km and they’ve added a valley section just for the sake of it. The opening climb of the Col du Chaussy leads halfway up Col de Madeleine before descending back down the valley and then taking a flat route in one direction before returning back in the same direction to scale the Col du Glandon for the second time in the week then onto to the Croix de Fer and then the rough Col du Mollard. A twisty, shaded descent takes the riders back to the valley again before the ski station summit finish to La Touissure, 18km at 6.1% and the steepest slopes at the start.
Stage 20 – Saturday 25 July
At just 110.5km this is a short and sharp stage designed to encourage explosive racing from the start. Only the best laid plans can go wrong as emergency roadworks for a late change means and the race abandons the Col du Galibier for the Croix de Fer. It’s a touch easier and there’s just a little more flat road to the foot of Alpe d’Huez, the climax of the 2015 Tour. Ideally there’s still a battle to be had between the overall contenders but a coronation in front of the giant crowds would be fitting too.
Stage 21 – Sunday 26 July
Ah Paris! As ever the final stage is a bizarre event, a parade that mutates into a criterium. Sèvres is famous for its porcelain and where the winner’s trophy is made. The race will use the entire length of the Champs Elysées, circling the Jardin des Tuileries at one end and the Arc de Triomphe at the other for a full lap.
Early May I was in Bangkok Thailand to cover the International Bangkok Bike 2015, as you know this is not the first time they are having this show and it is now into their fifth installment, they have grown in size since 2010.
The exhibition is held annually here at the Impact Muang Thong Thani hall and getting here seems to be a hassle if you want to take a bus or sky train as I believe there is none but the beautiful thing of being in Thailand is their affordable taxi services unlike Japan or Hong Kong which will cost us a arm or two,
Anytime you need a cab you can just flag one down but make sure they use their meter so that you don’t get cheated (I always tip them if they do turn on the meter. but hey, if you feel adventurous do read on below for directions to Impact Muang Thong by public bus or train.
This year installment had plenty of exhibitors as well as distributors despite the decline of high end cycling demand in Thailand, the bike show features new bicycles, accessories, clothing, and cycling related products on display and available for purchase. I got myself an awesome helmet for about $50 (check out the design)
The show charges no entrance fee but all you need to do is register at the counter before you go in, you will be presented with a sticker as for all exhibition and do remember to paste in on the board when you exit the hall.
If you like you can watch my walk-about and interviews at the Bangkok Bike 2015
The show may not be as big as the Taiwan or the American bike expo but it stills attracts a huge number of visitors on each day, I was hoping to see more of the latest cutting edge technology from all the major brands, but it seems that most distributors and exhibitors are very much independent and local retailers which show case their own products which is not too bad.
If you are ever in Bangkok Thailand next year around this time, do make your visit to this place and it will not disappointed for sure.
Do click on their webpage for more information but do watch out this space for nexts year event info
Directions and Transportation
Located in the suburb away from the traffic congestion in downtown Bangkok, IMPACT is:
- 30 minutes from downtown Bangkok via congest free expressways
- 45 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International airport via expressways
- 15 minutes from Don Mueang International Airport
Array of Transportation Services
IMPACT is being served by an array of transportation services such as on-call taxis, minibuses, public buses, IMPACT Link, inter-fairground shuttle buses
ON-CALL TAXIS SERVICES
On-call taxis are available at our various taxi stands and kiosks operated by our staff at IMPACT Challenger 2 and Hall 5
IMPACT Link Shuttle Bus Services
We offer our IMPACT LINK bus shuttle services between Bangkok city and IMPACT. Our fleet of minibuses, donning the distinctive logo of IMPACT serves the 30-minute route between Mo Chit Sky Station and IMPACT, interval daily from 6.00 am to 10 pm.
Public Mini-Bus and Van Services at Ruam-Jai market
Public mini-bus and van services are available to/from IMPACT from the following downtown areas:
|Terminal – A
Terminal – B
|Terminal – C
Terminal – D + E
Terminal – F
Enjoy the pictures from the Bike Show.
Bangkok Airways now offers Free Bike Loading on All Routes to Promote Ecotourism. Yesterday, Bangkok Airways kicked off its “Bike On Board” campaign to offer free bicycle loading apart from personal baggage. The 1st phase of the airline’s new service commenced on 15 October 2014 and will end on 29 March 2015 on its entire network except sectors that are operated by ATR aircraft.
For more information please call Bangkok Airways 24-hour call center 1771 or visit www.bangkokair.com.
Last week was IMMY 70.3 otherwise known as Ironman Putrajaya 70.3, it was a crazy week and it got my whatsapp chatroom buzzing and buzzing indeed.
Watch this Video and you will know why.
SINGAPORE, 16 JANUARY 2015 – The opening of registration today for the 7th edition of the rebranded Cycle Asia Singapore, to be held from 10-12 April 2015, will mark the start of a new dawn for the award-winning event as it will be the first to be held following the rebranding of the Cycle Asia series.
Two events each in Philippines and Australia, on top of one in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, have also been confirmed so far in Cycle Asia’s ever expanding network of events, with organisers Spectrum Worldwide confident of announcing new territories in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam soon to bring the number of events up to 10 in 2015.
OCBC’s decision to organise their own cycling event has presented Spectrum Worldwide the opportunity to take stock and review the direction in which the popular Cycle Asia series should be heading, and the outcome was the decision to go back to its roots and bring back the original tagline ‘Anyone Can Ride’. Said Mr Chris Robb, CEO of Spectrum Worldwide, which also organises the annual Standard Chartered Marathon in Singapore: “That was how it all started back then. We were driven by our passion for cycling and desire to bring the sport to the community.
“Cycle Singapore was the first mass participation cycling event in the Asia Pacific region and went on to establish itself as an award-winning cycling event, growing from than 5,300 participants in 2009 to 9,000 in 2010 and over 11,000 in subsequent editions.”
Going back to its roots and focusing on the community and participation is also why organisers decided not to stage a Professional Criterium as part of Cycle Asia Singapore this year. Robb stressed that under the new directive, Cycle Asia events should not be seen as cycling races, but mass rides which anyone can take part in and enjoy themselves through partaking in a healthy sport.In line with the rebranding of Cycle Asia, Spectrum Worldwide has revamped the official Cycle Asia website, which will no longer be event specific like in the past. The new look Cycle Asia website aims to be a one-stop resource center for all cycling enthusiasts and will include write-ups, related news on cycling and travel, listings of bike shops, and reviews on cycling gear
Safer experience for Cycle Asia Singapore 2015
Along with the rebranding of Cycle Asia, Spectrum Worldwide have also introduced a new operations team this year, led by former Singapore Grand Prix Assistant Director of Technical & Race Operations Lawrence Foo, who will assume the role of Operations Director, as well as new Race Director Thibaut Vellard, who was a Race Director for running events at the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which organises world renown events like the Tour de France, Dakar Rally and the Paris Marathon.
The organisers had previously announced a slew of initiatives for Cycle Asia Singapore 2015 aim at improving participants’ event experience, as well as enhancing safety after taking into account the feedback from participants of past events.
Participants will be able to select from a range of ride categories – The Yakult Ace Light Super Challenge, The Boost Challenge, The Community Ride, The Prologue, The Kids Ride and The Tricycle Ride – all starting and finishing at the F1 Pit Building. The total number of participants will also be capped at 10,500, effectively removing more than a thousand cyclists from the total number in 2014
More details of the collaboration will be announced closer to the Cycle Asia Singapore event. Interested participants in Cycle Asia Singapore can find out more information through the official website – http://www.cycleasia.com