2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup

2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup

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Whyte recently entered the North American market, where its 160-millimeter-travel, G-160 enduro bike and the 130-millimeter T-130 all-mountain/trail bike are sure to turn some heads. I have been testing the 2016 version of the T-130 Works carbon, and it has been impressive. For next season, Whyte relies heavily upon SRAM drivetain and suspension products, showcasing their new Eagle 12-speed drivetrain on its carbon-framed G-160 and T-130 models.

Riders unfamiliar with the UK brand will appreciate that Whyte has been on the vanguard of the present steep-seat tube angle and slack head angle geometry, and that their suspension technology has historically been ahead of its time. Most of Whyte’s products are covered by a lifetime limited warranty, and because they live and ride in Great Britain’s muck and rain, they get the reliability thing. Watch for the up-coming review of this year’s T-130 Works and check out the following press release covering their upcoming 2017 range – RC


Enduro


2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - G-160
G-160 Works: $5,999

This is the bike our Gravity Enduro Team race on, and as such, it’s got the best of everything: SRAM XX1 Eagle, RockShox Lyric and Monarch Plus suspension, SRAM Roam 60 Carbon wheels, RaceFace, Maxxis, and of course, Whyte. Specs and Geometry


2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images G-160
G-160 RS: $3,999

The G-160 RS features the very latest Whyte thinking on geometry. With a super-short stem and wide bar, the rider can exploit every ounce of performance from the bike. Specs and Geometry


G-160S
G-160 S: $3,199

The all new G-160 S is the new entry point for the award winning G-160 range. One-by specific frame construction, Whyte’s leading edge geometry, super short stem and wide bar paired with RockShox suspension. Specs and Geometry


TRAIL


T-130 Works 2017
T-130 Carbon Works: $6,499

The T-130 C Works features our new single ring specific Carbon frame, a full width main pivot that increases torsional stiffness, extends bearing life and maximizes suspension performance. The T130 is designed to be a full suspension version of our award winning 900 series hardtails. 130mm travel front and rear and a long and low geometry will give you full trail control. Specs and Geometry


2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-130
T-130 CARBON RS: $4,999

The T-130 C Works features our new single ring specific Carbon frame, a full width main pivot that increases torsional stiffness, extends bearing life and maximizes suspension performance. The T130 is designed to be a full suspension version of our award winning 900 series hardtails. 130mm travel front and rear and a long and low geometry will give you full trail control. Specs and Geometry


2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-130
T-130 RS: $3,799

The T-130 RS features our SCR single ring specific frame with mega stiff symmetrical chainstays. A full width main pivot increases torsional stiffness, extends bearing life and maximizes suspension performance, and a Shimano XT 1 by 11 drivetrain, a RockShox Pike fork, Monarch DebonAir shock, and Reverb Stealth seatpost.Specs and Geometry


2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-130
T-130 S: $3,199

The T-130 platform is incredibly playful when the trail points downhill. RockShox Yari RC fork with 35mm stanchions, Monarch DebonAir shock, and Reverb Stealth seatpost, SRAM 1 by 11 GX Groupset. Specs and Geometry


2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-129
T-129 RS: $3,799

The Works SCR features our 120mm travel SCR frame with symmetrical chainstays for increased stiffness, a Shimano XT 1 by 11 drivetrain , Fox Float 34 fork with Grip Damper, and the Float DPS double chamber rear shock and RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost. Specs and Geometry


2017 Whyte Bikes USA Lineup images - T-129
T-129 S: $3,199

The entry point to the T-129 range and 1×11 cousin to the T-129 RS, the new T-129 S features a Rockshox Reverb Stealth seatpost, so you can hit the descent without stopping to drop your saddle out the way, 120mm travel QUAD4 suspension, Rockshox Reverb Stealth seatpost, Fox 34 fork and Float shock, a Shimano SLX 1x11spd drivetrain, Race Face tubeless ready rims, and Maxxis tires. Specs and Geometry


905
905 Hardtail: $ 2,199

The 905 gets an all new frame for 2017. Updates include 148 x 12mm Boost dropouts, increased tire clearance, and Whyte’s new BBX internal cable routing system. The 905 utilizes SRAM’s GX 1×11 groupset and is equipped with a KS CRUXi dropper post, RockShox Yari RC fork, an Internally routed KS CRUXi Dropper Post, a Whyte custom 760mm bar and short gravity stem, and WTB front and rear specific TCS tires and rims. Specs and Geometry


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Israel Hilario Rimas

Israel Hilario Rimas

6 December 1974

Peru

LATEST TRIUMPHS:
2015 Road World Championships – Gold: road race C2; Bronze: time trial C2
2015 Parapan American Games – Silver: road race
Israel Hilario Rimas- Paralympic Athlete
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After the best season of his career to date in 2015, Rimas will be optimistic of winning Peru’s first Paralympic medal in 12 years at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In 2015, he won his first ever world title with victory in the road race C2 at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland, to compliment the time trial bronze he won earlier in the event. Days after competing in the World Championships, he won silver in the road race at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games in an event that combined a number of classes.

Rimas made the podium at all four UCI World Cup road races in 2015, taking victory in Maniago, Italy, and Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. He also took time trial silver in Elzach, Germany, and bronze in Yverdon-les-Bains.

He finished the 2015 UCI road world rankings in a career high third. In 2016 to win Paralympic gold in Rio he will most likely have to beat the two men who finished above him in the 2015 rankings – Spain’s Maurice Eckhard Tio and Russia’s Arslan Gilmutdinov.

Although he took up para-cycling in 2010, Rio 2016 will be his first Paralympic Games.

New Truvativ Descendant CoLab Bars

New Truvativ Descendant CoLab Bars

Truvativ Descendant CoLab
Kyle Strait’s suicide no-hander to Rampage win number two. Every second of Stevie Smith’s World Cup hat trick to the championship. The first jersey or helmet you wore that made you ride faster. A bicycle frame design you like so much that it keeps you awake at night. Music or art that speaks to your very soul—gives you goose bumps. What do these things have in common? A certain genius that make them instant legends. It’s not just that they go bigger or faster or prettier or louder. It’s something that you can literally feel when you see it or hear it. It’s how they make the impossible seems perfectly natural. The great athletes and artists do everything with a unique signature that is instantly recognizable—and impossible to steal. It’s art, magic, genius. The Truvativ Descendant CoLab series celebrates the these core elements that transform someone or something from ordinary to legendary. Combining essential style and attitude with uncompromising engineering, CoLab is an ever-evolving signature series of components created in cooperation with bicycling’s most exciting athletes, advocates, artists, designers—and fanatics.

Truvativ Descendant CoLab
KYLE STRAIT | Larger than Life

Big, bold and purely American, Kyle Strait stormed onto the gravity scene as a kid, and didn’t hang around too long before making his mark. Lyle, as friends know him, is the first rider to ever huck himself off Utah’s cliff’s well enough to win Red Bull Rampage twice. And for as well as the big man dominates the big-mountain lines, he’s perhaps even more at home on the high-G turns of slalom and speed & style—Strait famously declared “Slalom is an American sport” after winning the Sea Otter Classic event a few years back. He’s limitlessly talented on two wheels, but he’s also one of the humblest dudes you could ever hope to meet.

It takes a lot of strength, leverage and confidence to move that much man carcass and bike, so Kyle’s bars are 808 millimeters wide. And to make sure you don’t forget his nationality, he chose a big ol’ eagle to decorate them.

808MM WIDE
25MM RISE
5º UP 9º BACK
MSRP: $80 USD

Truvativ Descendant CoLab
MARTIN SÖDERSTRÖM | Indestructible

“There’s nothing I would rather do,” he tells himself when feels the nerves of competition or the struggle to learn a new trick gets to be too much. Martin Söderström has every right to be nervous as he gets ready for a slopestyle run and he knows a thing or two about struggles—the tall Swede has fought back from some massive injuries over the past few years. Can you name another rider who got a big prize-money check in a hospital bed? The fight has made him stronger and better. It’s something you can see in his runs, a dedication to being the best he can be that always keeps him coming back—and always with a smile on his face.

Martin lets his style on the bike do the talking for him, and his bar design is clean, with a reminder of his country’s colors and the dates and locations of his biggest crashes.

780MM WIDE
25MM RISE
5º UP 7º BACK
MSRP: $80 USD

Truvativ Descendant CoLab
JÉRÔME CLEMENTZ | Entre les Arbres

Jey Clementz is at home anywhere. You have to be when your job is traveling the world to race a mountain bike. But truth be told, Clementz is happiest when he’s riding between the trees—entre les arbres—taking in the sights, sounds, smells and textures very, very quickly. The French Enduro specialist rides with an unmistakable style that is light, quiet and efficient, like a bird, earning him the nickname Loizo Rider. And his ability to find the best racing lines would make you think that there’s a little bird, flying high above, helping him see the fastest way down every trail.

Jey’s inner need to thread tight and technical trails at high speed caused him to chose narrower-width bars, relatively speaking. And to make sure everything ties together, JC’s logo is bright Cannondale green.

750MM WIDE
20MM RISE
5º UP 7º BACK
MSRP: $160 USD

Truvativ Descendant CoLab
STEVE SMITH | Long Live Chainsaw

On or off the bike, if you wanted to keep up with Stevie Smith, you needed to bring your a-game. And the chances were good that he’d still go harder than you. Straight talking and hard charging were ways of life for the man who brought the title of Downhill World Cup Champion home to Vancouver Island in 2013. Make no mistake about it—the kind of speed it took to win that championship required a hell of a lot of work. And desire. And dedication. You’re not given this kind of success—you make it. But every once in a great while, a legend is born. Stevie Smith was pure legend. Already in development for months prior to his passing, Stevie’s new bar is a result of his collaboration with TRUVATIV. With permission from his mother, the Stevie Smith model bars will be made available for sale, and their profits will go to the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation.

Following Stevie’s tragic death, the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation (www.steviesmithlegacy.com) was formed to help ensure that new generations of mountain bikers might benefit from the encouragement Stevie gave is teammates – and from the sacrifices his mother Tiann made for him. Donations from friends, fans and sponsors have already climbed to almost six figures.

The Descendant Steve Smith bar commemorates the brilliant riding style of Canada’s greatest downhill racer, with go-for-broke style and a nod to the red of the Canadian flag.

780MM WIDE
25MM RISE
5º UP 7º BACK
MSRP: $80 USD


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Introducing of Otso Cycles

Introducing of Otso Cycles

Introducing Otso™ Cycles. A new bicycle company from the engineers and innovators at Wolf Tooth Components™.

Otso™ Cycles – Company Genesis
There are so many bike companies already – why start another one? The short answer is because we wanted bikes that did not exist. Most people would just keep dreaming and hoping somebody would make their ideal bike someday but if you are the slightly crazy mechanical engineers and innovators from Wolf Tooth, you start a new bike company and spend every free minute making those bikes a reality.

It sounded easy when we were first brainstorming over a couple of beers but we quickly learned that it takes a ton of work to do it right. We had to become experts in many topics including carbon molding, stainless steel tube welding, investment casting, and ISO fatigue testing to name a few. Along the way, we developed a new patent-pending adjustable dropout system and carbon frame design.

The results of our efforts are two groundbreaking new bikes: a narrow q-factor fat-capable bike that feels like a nimble trail bike and is equally fun to ride in snow and dirt; and a drop-bar bike that transcends all the usual labels and is a joy to ride everywhere from gravel to CX to your favorite urban singletrack.

Otso is focused on bringing new and innovative ideas to the bike industry and so far we’re pretty damn proud of the results. All of our test riders are amazed by these bikes, and you will be too from the very first ride to the last mile of an epic race. Enjoy the adventure!

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Otso Voytek

 

Otso Warakin

Now more details on the bikes:

Voytek™ — The ultimate hardtail mountain bike for plus and fat tires
Voytek is a carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike designed around the exclusive Otso Plus-Fat™ concept. It is a 27.5+ or 29+ trail bike that can also accommodate up to 26×4.6” tires. With the narrowest Q-factor of any production fat-capable bike, it feels like a mountain bike, not a fat bike and opens up a whole new dimension in summer or winter riding. Also featuring our patent pending Tuning Chip™ rear dropout system, the chainstay length can be adjusted from a fun and nimble 430 mm to a fast and stable 450 mm. Voytek blurs the line between plus and fat and it will change your perception of what’s possible in this class of bike.

Voytek™ Key Features
? Designed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a team of engineers with extensive mountain bike and fat bike riding and racing experience. It’s like riding your favorite hardtail trail bike but with the added capability of fat tires.
? Narrow Q-factor crank arms — the narrowest pedal stance of any production fat bike by a wide margin. Uses the 83mm bottom bracket standard (implemented as PF107) to provide an actual Q-factor as narrow as 183 mm. The result is the pedals are spaced only about 10 mm wider than a normal mountain bike whereas other fat bikes are typically 30-50 mm wider. The wide Q-factor of all other fat bikes adversely affects both pedalling efficiency and bike handling. A narrow Q-factor fat tire capable design provides benefits in biomechanics.
? A narrow Q-factor reduces knee and hip strain while allowing proper/normal cycling muscle recruitment. Simply put, this means more efficient pedaling and painless/seamless transitions between fat biking and mountain biking.
? Narrow Q-factor also improve bike handling making the Voytek handle like any other top of the line hardtail. Weight shifting, which is how riders generate much of their steering, causes a torque about the center of the bike based on where the rider’s foot pushes down. With a narrow Q-factor this torque is not only familiar but is also smaller with the foot being closer to the center of the bike. With a wide q-factor, this torque is much larger and creates an unwelcome and abrupt turning transition feel that all wide Q-factor fat bikes have.
? Accomplishing this narrow Q-factor has not been done before on a production bike because it requires a custom offset chainring (not easy to do unless you make your own chainrings), a commitment to 1x drivetrains (Voytek is designed exclusively for 1x drivetrains), and some creative engineering with the chainstay design (we can be very creative).
? Tuning Chip™ system developed by Wolf Tooth Components provides 20 mm of chainstay length adjustment and subtle changes to the bottom bracket drop and head tube angle. Choose a shorter-higher-steeper the 430 mm position, the shortest chainstays available on any production fat bike, for a fun and nimble ride. Or choose a longer-lower-slacker 450 mm position for more stable handling in deep snow and sand. as well as making subtle changes to bottom bracket drop and head tube angle. A middle position chip is also available. Swapping between the positions is very simple and can be done in about 2 minutes.
? Tuning Chip™ system is the lightest, most compact and best looking adjustable dropout on the market. This patent-pending design uses two interchangeable chips to select one of three possible axle locations. There is no possibility of axle misalignment and it is very secure for a creak-free ride.
? Plus-Fat™ design delivers great handling as a 27.5 plus or 29 plus trail bike in the dirt and as a fat bike in the snow and sand (or dirt). Our bike’s geometry is simply more fun to ride than other fat bikes.
? Modern geometry — longer top tube, short chainstays and slightly slacker head tube angle. Simply put, shorter rear center and longer front center for more speed and more fun.
? Proportional sizing — all important dimensions are changed for each frame size. We put the extra time and money to do it right. It is becoming commonplace to take shortcuts and share carbon lugs between sizes (e.g. L and XL having the same head tube length) leaving the smallest and tallest riders with a poor fitting bike.
? Accommodates internally routed dropper post.
? Possible wheel/tire sizes include: 26×4.0” up to 26×4.6”, 27.5×2.6 up to 27.5×4.0, 29×2.2 up to 29×3.0. Notes on tire clearance:
? 26×4.0” tires will fit on any rim up to 100 mm width but 26×4.6” tires fit only on narrower rims such as our Lithic Rhyolite with 64 mm internal width. May fit wider rims, but user is responsible for verifying adequate clearance on all non-factory builds (too many factors with tire manufacturing, wheel trueness and dish, rims, and tire pressure).
? 177x12mm rear hub spacing, 150x15mm front rigid fork or Bluto hub spacing, and 110×15 with a Plus specific fork.
? EPS molded carbon fiber provides smooth interior walls and optimized carbon compaction.
? 100% carbon fiber frame. No aluminum inserts or structural fiberglass. Light weight, high strength, Otso™ quality.
? Single speed capable with optional dropouts.
? Available for pre-sale now at otsocycles.com. Medium and large bikes ship starting mid-September. Small and XL frames ship in October.
? Color options: matte black/gray/white and gloss metallic-platinum/blue/white.
? Build options:
? Frankset (crankset included with frameset since 83mm BB cranksets are not yet widely available) – $2299 – includes frame, custom carbon fork, Race Face Cinch Aeffect crankset, Wolf Tooth CAMO™ chainring, headset, and seatpost collar. An upgrade to Next SL crankset is available.
? Fat bike complete – $3899 – Shimano XT build, DT Swiss 350 hubs, and our Lithic Rhyolite rims that we developed for the perfect combination of width, weight, and durability.
? Plus bike complete (27.5+ or 29+) – $4199 with RockShox Reba fork or $4599 with Fox F34 Factory fork – Shimano XT build, DT Swiss 350 hubs, and Race Face Aeffect 40mm internal width rims.
? All bikes can be customized with upgrades and add-ons from companies including Industry Nine, Thomson, Wolf Tooth, Enve, SRAM, Whisky, Schwalbe, and Shimano.
? Complete build spec, frame geometry, and other details are available at otsocycles.com.

Otso Voytek

 

Otso Voytek

 

Otso Voytek

 

Otso Voytek

 

Otso Voytek

 

The Tuning Chip exploded view

Warakin™ — A versatile drop-bar bike for any road and any weather
Even mountain bikers need to get from A to B or keep the legs fresh when the weather closes trails. Our Warakin™ bike can take on many different forms to suite your off trail needs. It can be a fierce CX competitor or a relaxed gravel adventure bike and everything in between. A beautiful and durable stainless steel frame combined with our patent-pending Tuning Chip™ system makes for the ultimate all road bike. Legendary stainless steel ride quality with modern features like carbon fiber fork, disc brakes and through axles combine for the perfect ride on any surface.

Warakin™ Key Features
? Patent pending Tuning Chip™ system developed by Wolf Tooth Components provides 20 mm of chainstay length adjustment and subtle changes to the bottom bracket drop and head tube angle. Choose a shorter-higher-steeper 420mm position for a fun and nimble cyclocross feel or a longer-lower-slacker 440mm position for fast and stable touring or gravel grinding handling. A middle position chip is also available. Swapping between the two positions is very simple and can be done in about 2 minutes.
? Through-axle 15×100 fork and 12×142 rear.
? Frame and fork accommodate up to 700×42 tires.
? TIG welded custom butted austenitic stainless steel tubing provides the supple yet lively ride quality of a chrome-moly frame with the beauty and corrosion resistance of titanium. This beautiful frame will last a lifetime, even in harsh environments.
? Brushed finish with bead-blasted logos create a classic look that will keep this frame looking great after a lifetime of miles..
? Carbon fiber fork with tapered steerer (1 ?” – 1 ½” ) for great ride quality and low weight.
? Numerous braze-ons to accommodate 3 water bottles, fenders, racks, frame bags, etc.
? Six sizes available to provide the right fit for any rider (49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60).
? Full length cable housing for flawless shifting in even the worst conditions.
? Disc brakes with 160 mm rotors front and rear. All stock builds use post post mount brakes but fork and frame are flat mount capable.
? Single speed capable with optional dropouts.
? Available for pre-sale now at otsocycles.com. Bikes and framesets shipping in late December or January.
? Build options:
? Frameset – $1799 – includes carbon fork, headset, and seatpost collar.
? Complete 105 build bike – $3199 – with Shimano mechanical disc brakes, Lithic hubs, and FSA cockpit.
? Complete Ultegra build bike – $4399 – with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, DT Swiss hubs and Thomson cockpit.
? All bikes can be customized with upgrades and add-ons from companies including Industry Nine, Wolf Tooth, Enve, and Schwalbe.
? Complete build spec, frame geometry, and other details are available at otsocycles.com.

Otso Warakin

 

Otso Warakin

 

Otso Warakin

 


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Carol Cooke

Carol Cooke

6 August 1961

LATEST TRIUMPHS:
2015 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial; Silver: road race
2014 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial; road race
2013 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial; road race
London 2012 Paralympics – Gold: mixed time trial T1-2

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Carol Cooke- Paralympic Athlete
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Carol Cooke is a Canadian-born Australian cyclist, swimmer and rower who won a gold medal in the mixed time trial T1-2 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A keen swimmer, she was part of the Canadian national swimmingteam and was hoping to make it to the Moscow 1980 Olympics before her country boycotted the Games. She moved to Australia in 1994 and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. In 2006 she took uprowing and narrowly missed out on being part of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Following this disappointment she switched to cycling.

Shortly after taking up the sport, Cooke won both the trial and road racing events at the 2011 AustralianPara-cycling Road Championships. She won gold medals in both the road race and road trial competitions at the 2011 Para-cycling Road World Cup in Australia and silver medals in the same events at that year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Denmark.

In 2013 and 2014 she won both the time trial and road race events at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

A year later, in 2015, she retained her time trial world title in Nottwil, Switzerland, but had to settle for silver in the road race behind the USA’s Jill Walsh. She finished the year ranked second in the world after topping the podium in four World Cup events.

Mallet E LS Delivers Wide Q-Factor for Stability & Control

Mallet E LS Delivers Wide Q-Factor for Stability & Control

Crankbrothers has released a new long spindle version of it’s award-winning Mallet E enduro pedals. The Mallet E LS features a 5mm longer spindle, delivering a wide 57mm q-factor vs. the 52mm q-factor of the standard Mallet E. The increased q-factor provides for greater shoe clearance, stability, and control.

Q-Factor comparison Mallet E vs. Mallet E LS

“The Mallet E LS is a direct result of feedback from our customers and pro riders,” said Kellen Trachy, Crankbrothers Global Marketing Manager. “Though a majority prefer the standard 52mm q-factor of the Mallet E for it’s maneuverability advantages in tight singletrack, a number of riders have asked for a wider version for increased shoe clearance and stability at speed. Now riders have the option to choose the model that meets their needs.”

Martin Maes riding the mallet E LS at the 2016 EWS Snowmass Aspen Colorado USA.

Enduro World Series racers Curtis Keene, Martin Maes, and Iago Garay were seen riding the Mallet E LS at EWS #5 at Aspen Snowmass.

Curtis Keene riding the Mallet E LS at the 2016 EWS Snowmass Aspen Colorado USA.

About the Mallet E LS

The Mallet E LS features a unique two-toned black and electric blue body, and a wide 57mm q-factor for increased shoe clearance, stability, and control. The concave platform features 6 adjustable pins per side for grip, ribbed body sections for traction when unclipped, and chamfered edges to reduce rock-strikes. Traction pad technology allows for customization and optimization of the shoe/pedal interface. The clip-in mechanism features 4-sided entry, superior mud shedding, and customizable float & release angle. Like all of crankbrothers 2016 clip-in pedals, the Mallet E LS is outfitted with premium bearings and double seal system, and is backed by a 5 year warranty.

The Mallet E LS ($165/€165) is available now at crankbrothers.com and dealers worldwide.

Iago Garay riding the Mallet E LS at the 2016 EWS Snowmass Aspen Colorado USA.

Photo Credits: Sven Martin

Alyda Norbruis

Alyda Norbruis

28 March 1989
Ureterp, Netherlands

LATEST TRIUMPHS:
2015 Track World Championships – Gold: 500m time trial; 3km pursuit; scratch race C2
Alyda Norbruis- Paralympic Athlete
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On home soil, Norbruis was the star of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships held in March 2015 in Apeldoorn winning three gold medals.

Competing in the C2 class, the Dutch rider secured victories in the 500m time trial, 3km pursuit and scratch race, leaving the Championships as the biggest individual medal winner.

Norbruis is no stranger to standing on the podium.

At the 2014 World Championships in Mexico she claimed two rainbow jerseys in the 500m time trial, retaining the title she had won in Los Angeles in 2012, and 3km time trial.

Rio 2016 will be her second Paralympic Games, having won silver in the 500m time trial at London 2012.

EWS Whistler by Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team

EWS Whistler by Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team

The summer is always a hectic time for racers, within hours of the champagne spraying in Aspen, the team was in the air headed for their next appointment: Whistler, Canada. With a week in between the races, there was some time to enjoy the trail network in the mountain bike mecca. Time to ride, relax and recover before it all started again for round six.

Bike prep

 

Getting the bikes rebuilt after travelling

Whistler is always a demanding race and one where the riders can never be sure what the organisers will throw at them. With three days of practice and a race course that took in over 5,000m of descending it was set to be a big week. On track the challenge was arguably the most complete the riders will face all season, with the course taking everything from flat out bike park, to steep rock slabs and awkward roots; from pure descent to lung-busting climbs, all topped off by the final, iconic stage – the 20 minute-plus descent from Top of the World down to the waiting village below.

For the first time, this season the entire team was there – with both our junior riders, Pedro Burns and Dillon Santos, joining our elite regulars. Plus there was a special addition this time, as downhill legend Anne-Caroline Chausson joined the team in her first international race since her battle with cancer.

Robin Wallner continued his breakthrough season to take his best stage result of the year – a stunning second place on the second stage – the steepest and most technical of the day. Tricky stages on three and four meant that he lost precious seconds and found himself narrowly missing out on a top ten, finding himself in 11th. This was good enough for him to move up to 12th in the overall standings in the series, with his sights on a top ten overall this season with two rounds left to go.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

The twins both had consistent rides amidst the strongest field of the year. Anita took fifth and Caro seventh – which means they could hold onto their series rankings of third and fifth, respectively.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Gary Forrest made good progress on the long road back from his injury last year. A 20th place on the technically demanding stage four shows that the speed is there to be back at the sharp end of the field and his fitness is getting back to where it needs to be. Overall he finished 40th on the day.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Pedro Burns celebrated his birthday on race day, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a party to forget for him. He opened the day with a fantastic third place on the first stage, but a mechanical problem on stage two spelt the end of his day, a heartbreaking twist for the birthday boy.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Dillon Santos is learning fast, taking fifth place in only his fourth ever EWS round. The jump from racing local-level is a huge one, but he is proving that he can ride consistently throughout the day and learn fast.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Anne-Caroline Chausson’s main goal for the weekend was simply to finish, a huge achievement considering what she has been through in the last year. She has been candid that her fitness is not what it was before, but a third place on the shorter, more technical stage four proves that her prowess at handling a bike on difficult terrain is not diminished. All of us at Ibis feel privileged to have been able to be there with her this weekend, to help and witness one of our sport’s greatest champions in what was maybe one of the most important rides of her career.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.EWS #6 2016. Whistler, Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.EWS #6 2016. Whistler, Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

What these collective performances added up to is greater than the sum of their parts, with the team once again securing second place in the team competition, solidifying our second place in the team standings. With two rounds left to go there is still a long way to go and we know that the fight will be fierce, but the team are going to give it everything in a push to defend what we feel is a stunning achievement for such a small team.

Podium

We need to thank Casey, our mechanic for this weekend, who flew in from the Ibis HQ in California to look after us. His late nights and meticulous attention to detail were every bit as important to our success as what happened on track – thanks, Casey!

Casey giving some love to the bikes

With the dust now settled, it is time to head back for Europe. There are a few weeks now to recover, repair and ready ourselves for the final push of the season as we head into the final two rounds. See you there!


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Alex Zanardi

Alex Zanardi

24 October 1966

Italy

LATEST TRIUMPHS:
2015 Road World Championships – Gold: road race, time trial
2014 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial; Silver: road race
2013 Road World Championships – Gold: road race, time trial
London 2012 Paralympic Games – Gold: Individual road race H4, individual time trial H4; Silver: mixed team relay H1-4
2011 Road World Championships – Silver: Individual time trial H4
Alex Zanardi- Paralympic Athlete
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Having made a name for himself as a Paralympic athlete at London 2012, former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi will be back on the medal trail at Rio 2016.

Since winning silver in the time trial H4 at the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships and the 2011 New York Marathon, Zanardi has established himself as one of the world’s best and most consistent handcyclists.

At London 2012, the Italian created one of the images of the Games by lifting his handcycle above his head at the Brands Hatch race circuit after he had captured Paralympic gold in the individual time trial H4. He went on to win gold in the individual road race H4 and silver in the mixed relay team H1-4. His performances in London won him the Best Male award at the 2013 Paralympic Sport and Media Awards.

His form continued in 2013 winning world titles in both the road race and time trial events at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Baie Comeau, Canada. He also won five World Cup events in 2013.

In 2014 he retained his road time trial world title in Greenville, USA, and took three UCI World Cup wins. He could only manage world silver in the road race behind South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk.

Despite the growing rivalry with van Dyk and the Netherlands’ Tim de Vries, Zanardi was again double world champion in 2015 taking gold in both the time trial and road race events in Nottwil, Switzerland, On home soil at the UCI World Cup in Maniago he also won time trial gold and road race silver.

As a racing driver, Zanardi won Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) titles in 1997 and 1998 before signing a three-year contract as a Formula 1 driver.

In 2001 he was involved in a serious 200mph crash in the American Memorial 500 Cart event in Germany, an accident that destroyed his vehicle and saw him lose both his legs.

Impressively, Zanardi returned to car racing less than two years after the accident, competing for BMW Team Italy-Spain in the FIA World Touring Car Championship from 2003-2009. His vehicle possessed a custom brake pedal that worked in concert with Zanardi’s prosthetic leg. He earned four wins during his time on the tour.

It was following his retirement from car racing, Zanardi transitioned to handcycling.

Japan reveals Rio 2016 Paralympic roster

Japan reveals Rio 2016 Paralympic roster

Masaki Fujita and Shingo Kunidea are among the 127 athletes heading to the Paralympic Games this September.
Shingo KuniedaShingo Kunieda of Japan at London 2012. © • Getty
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The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Japan has unveiled the 127 athletes who will compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Gamesthis September.

Headlining the roster are world champion cyclist Masaki Fujita, thewheelchair tennis duo of Shingo Kunieda and Yui Kamiji, and world champion swimmer Keiichi Kimura. Japan’s women’s goalball team also returns, targeting back-to-back Paralympic titles.

Fujita will look to improve upon the Paralympic bronze medal he claimed four years ago in the time trial C3. The 31-year-old captured the Asian title earlier this year. He won the 2015 World Championship title in the road race but could not replicate that performance later in the time trial, where he finished fifth.

Rio 2016 would be his third Paralympic Games, after debuting atBeijing 2008, where he took two silvers and a bronze.

Japan will be well represented in wheelchair tennis, with Kunieda looking to defend his Paralympic gold in the men’s singles and Kamiji looking to capitalise this year in the women’s singles after the legendary Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands retired following London 2012.

Kunieda however has struggled this year due to injury, dropping from No. 1 in the men’s rankings to No. 7 heading into Rio. But when healthy, the multi-Grand Slam champion has proven to be lethal.

Failing to reach the podium in London 2012, No. 2 Kamiji will still have to get past the Dutch tandem of No. 1 Jiske Griffioen and No. 3 Aniek van Koot.

Having competed at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, securing silver in the 100m breaststrokeS11 at the latter, Kimura has shown impressive improvement; the 25-year-old won the world title in the 100m freestyle S11 and 100m breaststroke SB11 in 2013, and added two more world golds (defending his breaststroke title and adding the 100m butterfly S11) to his resume in 2015. Now he is in the hunt for his first Paralympic gold.

Of the six women named on Japan’s goalball team, four are returning from London 2012, led by Akiko Adachi. They will look to show they still have a winning edge after not making the podium in the 2014 World Championships, falling to Turkey in the bronze medal match.

Japan will send athletes to compete across archery, athletics, boccia, canoe, cycling,equestrian, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, swimming, triathlon, table tennis,wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

Japan’s full athlete roster for Rio 2016 can be found on the NPC’s website (in Japanese).