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Chris Horner Returns To The American Team

Chris Horner’s agent Baden Cook has confirmed that the 43 year old American will return to the US Cycling team. Chris Horner, the winner of 2013 Vuelta a Espana will continue his professional career in 2015 according to Baden.

The Italian Lampre-Merida team said earlier that they’ll not extend their contract with Horner. Chris Horner rode for the team for only one season and currently it is being speculated which team he would join next for the upcoming season. Brian Cook did not mention which team Horner would join.

Apparently there are not many teams Horner could possibly join. Cannondale-Garmin has finalized its team for 2015. United Healthcare also announced its team for the next season which had Astana team member, Janez Brajkovic. Novo Nordisk, another American professional continental team adopted a policy of including only diabetic players in its team. Horner is not likely to join a small team just to continue his professional career. The salary he was paid by Lampre-Merida is almost equal to the total budget of many American Continental teams.  Horner became the first American rider to win the Vuelta a Espana a year ago, and a racer of his stature is unlikely to join a small team.

Danny Van Haute, the manager of US Continental team Jelly Belly has said that he doesn’t have the money that would let him include Chris Horner in his team. BMC Racing and Trek Factory Racing, Two Major American teams can include Chris Horner in their list of riders if they intend to. BMC Racing’s Cadel Evans will retire after the next season’s Tour Down Under and Thor Hushovd will also be retiring after which they’d require new riders. Andy Rhis, the manager of BMC Team said that after Samuel Sanchez departs from the team, they’ll need a rider like Horner to ride for the team at the Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia.

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The Bird Zero Is The New Favorite In UK

UK has brought out the new Bird mainly for its mountain bikers. The Zero hardtail is the first one to come out. The goal of Bird is very simple. It is to produce the best bikes at the most affordable rates. You might find other brands giving the same features but the best part of choosing Bird is that it is completely UK based.

The Zero has ahead angle of 67 degrees and a travel fork of 140mm which gives a purer focus on the trail riding. The 650b wheels and the lack of aluminium tubing make it helpful to dive more straight. The 142 x 12 mm bolts along with the tapered head tube keeps its quiet stiff from the front to the back. The harshness is minimized by the perfect angle of the chainstay and the seat as it keeps the whole thing tight. This is where the comfort lies. The 70mm bar is really wide and it helps in maintaining the riding positions

The full length outer of the gear cables make the tyres better as the rest of the gear cables are tucked up under the top tube and so, they don’t cause a problem if it rains. The Zero has 5 different stock builds that you can choose from and each of them have the 6061 aluminium frame. You can even custom pick various specifications like the width of the handlebar, tyre, length of stem, etc. the prices start at 1175 pounds for the basic Zero but most of them are in your budget. If you can afford 1400 pounds, you can upgrade it to a great extent as you can add the features like front end grips and thus you have lesser arm pump.

The Bird is way lighter than the NS and so the climbs are faster and corners can be crossed more swiftly. The overall riding positions can be maintained very easily and so the riding becomes more comfortable.

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Female Portuguese Cyclist To Participate In Indian Mountain Biking Race

Sonia Lopes from Portugal, only woman to win 500km Portugal bike race is participating in the 10th edition of Hero MTB Himalaya which is a cross country endurance race, the most prestigious and also the oldest mountain biking race in India is set to begin on 27th September this year.

According to Himachal Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA), this year’s competition is going to be tougher due to the route being an exciting one through the relatively lesser explored areas of the Himalayas. A few highlights of the race are going to be the climbing of Jalori pass and visit to the gateway of Great Himalayan National Park which has recently been included in UNESCO’s world heritage list.

About 100 bikers from India and abroad are participating in this race. Teams of Indian air force and Indian army are also going to take part in this competition.

Lopes is hopeful of doing well in the competition and inspire a lot of people in India especially women.

The cyclists will be pedaling a grueling 80-90 kilometres a day for 6 days, covering total 500 kilometres having a day for resting. They will ascend 2,000-2,500 metres per day. Their highest point would be the Jalori pass which is at 3,223 metres.

The race will be through Shimla, Narkanda, Ani, Jibbi, Ghadagushaini, Chatri, Luhri and back to Narkanda and finally end in Delhi.

Akhil Puri, general secretary of HASTPA has said in a statement that including women in this sport has been an objective of theirs for a long time and he regards it to be unfortunate that so few of Indian women have taken up this sport. He further added that Lopes’s presence will inspire a lot of young women to take up this sport.

Ashish Sood, an organizing member has said,” The route for the 10th year had to be special…”

To mark the success of the 10th edition, the prize money is made 10 lakhs which will be distributed over 16 categories.