Specialized unveils new 2010 triathlon team

first_img Related Aiming to dominate the triathlon world in 2010, Specialized has launched its first-ever comprehensive triathlon team, with multiple athletes in each of the three major specialties: Long Course, Short Course, and XTERRA.Hand selected by Bobby Behan, Specialized Global Marketing Manager for MTB and Triathlon, the team athletes include decorated veterans through to young, upstart pros.“It’s super exciting to be instrumental in the construction of this star-studded global team, many of which have inspired my own triathlon career,” said Behan. “Collectively, the team has won every major title in triathlon from the Olympic Games to world titles in ITU, Ironman and XTERRA.”Long Course Triathlon Team Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack Rasmus Henning Philip Graves Jordan Rapp Desiree Ficker Peter ReidThe Long Course team will ride the new S-Works Shiv and S-Works. Long Course standouts Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack, the 2007 World Ironman and 1997 ITU World Champion; Peter Reid, three-time Ironman World Champion; and Desiree Ficker, 2008 Ironman South Africa 70.3 champ, have all returned.“It is a great honour to represent the big S around the globe,” said Peter Reid, long time Specialized ambassador and athlete. “For more than 10 years I’ve been like the kid in the candy shop – my candy shop being Specialized, of course.”Short Course Triathlon Team Javier Gomez Simon Whitfield Lisa Norden Gavin NobleSpecialized will also be diving head first into short course – a timely entry with the London Olympic Games only two years away. “The Olympic Games is the world’s greatest sporting event, and the athletes competing in ITU triathlon are the ultimate testament to the athleticism that defines the Games,” said Behan.Racing on the new S-Works Tarmac SL3 and S-Works Amira bikes, the new squad will include: Olympic gold and silver medallist Simon Whitfield; Multiple World Cup winner and former World Champion Javier Gomez; and former World U23 Champion and current second-ranked woman, Lisa Norden.Norden and Gomez are looking forward to their new toys and the benefits of a major sponsor. “My new Specialized S Works SL3 is so light,” said Gomez. “You really feel that all your power is transferred directly to the bike, and you don’t waste anything. And of course, it’s beautiful!” Norden added, “Having someone at the race site looking after me and my equipment is huge – it’s new to me and the sport.”ITU Development Team Leonardo Chacon Corrales Barbara Riveros Abrahm LouwJust as committed to grass-roots level racing as its international stars, Specialized has also teamed up with ITU Development Director Libby Burrell in support of the ITU Scholarship Programme. Responsible for fostering the rise of stars such as Norden, the programme was created, in part, to support national federations and regions where there are limited human and financial resources.XTERRA Triathlon Team Conrad Stoltz Dan Hugo Melanie McQuaidOf course the team wouldn’t be complete without Specialized veteran athlete Conrad ‘The Caveman’ Stoltz or Melanie McQuaid – both three-time World XTERRA Champions and both hungry for another podium. They are joined by Stolz’s fellow South African and upcoming XTERRA athlete Dan Hugo. All will be outfitted with S-Works Epic and S-Works Epic 29er bikes.“I’m really excited to be part of such a diverse group of triathletes,” said Stoltz. “Being part of a team feels really good; it’s only logical to have such a phenomenal group riding the best bicycles out there.”www.specialized.com www.triathlonteam.org/specialized-triathlon-teamlast_img read more

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Brim Brothers Zone powers up for 2012

first_imgSecond, is the base, which remains on the shoe with a tiny cable down to the force sensors inside the cleat. The pod slides into the base and clicks into place making electrical connections to the base itself.The Zone force sensors go inside the cleat without adding any height, so the stack height stays the same. For the Speedplay Zero a special base plate has a space for the Zone sensors.According to Brim Brothers, walking on the cleat won’t damage it, or cause any unwanted effects. The system knows when you’re cycling and when you’re not.The system is completely waterproof. There are no connectors or holes of any kind so it’s sealed against water and dust. And it adds only 18 grams per shoe. That means a pair of Zones (one on each shoe) are still a lot less than the weight of most modern bike computers.Formed in 2008, the founders of Brim Brothers are cycling engineers (or engineering cyclists) with many decades of experience between them in design and manufacture of electronic and software systems, and many decades of experience cycling competitively at a local club level.Back in 2007 they started discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the various power meters on the market (mostly while out on Sunday morning winter training runs) and decided that they could design a better one.The company’s vision is for a next generation power meter that has all the benefits of the existing devices but none of the drawbacks. It will be easy to use, easy to fit, and easy to move between bikes. It will not require any bike part to be replaced, so that it will work on any type of bike.The company is finalising the specialised sensors and other technology needed for the new power meter, and has applied for patents covering the innovative techniques used. The planned launch date is ‘still sometime in 2012’. According to Brim Brothers, ‘we’re going as fast as we can, but we still have a lot of careful testing to work through.’www.brimbrothers.com Related The team at Dublin based Brim Brothers is ‘pulling the curtain back a bit’ to show some details of the forthcoming Brim Brothers Zone power meter. The Zone is aiming to take cycling power measurement to the next level with a simple power meter solution that fits on the rider not on the bike. No special wheels, cranks or pedals are involved.First, a pair of Zone pods fit on a pair of cycling shoes. They are fixed to the straps or cords on the shoes. Nothing goes on the bike (not even a magnet). Zone uses the ANT+ wireless standard to send power and cadence data; so, according to Brim Brothers, it will work with many different bike computers from various manufacturers.The slim and aerodynamic Zone pod contains the electronics. The pod is removed for charging and for upgrading firmware.last_img read more

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A psychologist reveals ‘the single biggest predictor of human happiness’

first_imgRead the whole story: Business Insider More of our Members in the Media > Business Insider: When psychologist Arthur Aron was a graduate student in the 1960s, he was looking around for something to study for his dissertation. But he didn’t want just any topic. He wanted to find one “that people thought couldn’t be studied scientifically and then prove that it could be,” he said.And then he fell in love — and that was all he could think about.It was hard, at first, for researchers to take Aron’s study of love and romantic relationships seriously. “Early on,” Aron told us, “it was a topic on the margins.” But it quickly became clear that it deserved a closer, more scholarly look.last_img read more

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Lady Tarpons fight hard, fall to Rio Hondo

first_imgBy LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel Lady Tarpons lost at Rio Hondo Monday night in the last district game of the season for both teams.  The final score was 61-51 in favor of the Lady Bobcats.It was close and competitive for most of the game.  Rio Hondo led 10-8 at the start of the second quarter and the Lady Tarpons took a 24-22 lead into the break.Neither team led by more than three in the third quarter and the score was tied three times.  At the start of the last quarter P.I. was up by one point, 41-40.In the fourth quarter, Port Isabel went out in front, 49-43, but Rio Hondo scored 11 straight to go up, 54-49, with two minutes to play.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedBoys, girls battle hard but fall to BobcatsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It was an exact reversal last Friday of the good fortune recently enjoyed by the Port Isabel boys and girls basketball teams. Both squads lost, with the Tarpons going down, 64-58, at Tarpon Gym, and the Lady Tarpons, 54-25, at Rio Hondo. Port…January 16, 2012In “Sports”Lady Tarpons Fall at Home to Rio HondoBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS A spirited 2nd-half comeback fell short for the Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons basketball team last week.  They lost to Rio Hondo, 47-43, after rallying from double-digits down in the fourth quarter in the second district game for both teams. Port Isabel falls…December 24, 2015In “News”Lady Tarpons Fight Back, Fall 44-39By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS January 22, 2015 The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons outscored Zapata 19-12 in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s district basketball game, but it was not enough to pull the game out and the Lady Hawks gained a 44-39 victory at Tarpon Gym. With…January 23, 2015In “News” Sharelast_img read more

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UWF women picked 3rd, men picked 9th in GSC Preseason Poll

first_img The UWF men’s team opens the season Nov. 14 and the women begin play Nov. 22. (Photos by Bill Stockland) Share UWF women picked 3rd, men picked 9th in GSC Preseason Pollcenter_img BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The defending Gulf South Conference champion women’s basketball team was picked to finish third while the West Florida men’s basketball team was voted ninth in the GSC Preseason Coaches’ poll released Friday.The Argonaut women’s basketball team won the GSC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 last season. This year, UWF was picked to finish third with one-first place vote and a total of 62 points. Delta State received seven first-place votes and 79 total points followed by Union (Tenn.) with two first-place votes and 65 total points.The men’s basketball team was tabbed to finish ninth in the poll after they received 20 total points. Delta State was selected the preseason favorite (79 points) after a 26-7 campaign last year. Christian Brothers (70 points) and the University of North Alabama (62 points) were picked to finish second and third, respectively.UWF had a total of four student-athletes named top newcomers to the GSC. Kelly Preston (Waunakee, Wisc./Denver) and Courtney Meyer (Onalaska, Wisc./Onalaska HS) earned the honor on the women’s side, and Demetrius Moore (Paxton, Fla./Indiana State) and Erin Straughn (Pensacola, Fla./East Carolina) were selected on the men’s side.The men’s basketball team opens the season Nov. 14-15 at the GSC vs. SIAC Challenge hosted by Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga. The women’s basketball team begin play Nov. 22 at Spring Hill in Mobile, Ala.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#GSC Men’s Basketball Preseason ReleaseGSC Women’s Basketball Preseason ReleasePrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Mo Farah in shock track retirement U-Turn as he reveals he will defend Olympic 10,000m title

first_img DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 MO Farah is making a surprise return to the track and will defend his Olympic 10,000m title in Tokyo.Two years ago, the 36-year-old ended his decorated track career to concentrate full-time on the marathon.Mo Farah will return to the track and defend his Olympic title next yearCredit: PA:Press Association[embedded content]The Londoner had stayed true to his word and spent all his training focusing on 26.2 miles, winning the Chicago Marathon in 2018.However, in a social media post today, he has announced he will represent Team GB on the track once again. SunSport understands he will not take on the Olympic marathon course, an acknowledgement that he will struggle the close the gap on world record holder Eliud Kipchoge over the next eight months.Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, said: “After the Chicago marathon, I decided to take a nice break with my family. I really enjoyed it.“It’s really exciting to compete at the marathon for the last couple of years and to win Chicago, a major marathon. To finish third in the London marathon was okay.“It’s been a great learning code for me, to do the marathon, to run 2:05, a British and European record.“It was very exciting. The training was different to the track. Farah has focused on road running for the past two years so it is a surprise he will return to the trackCredit: Reuters“Next year I have decided Tokyo 2020, I will be back on the track. I’m really excited to be competing in the 10,000m and to give it a go.“Hopefully I haven’t lost my speed. I will train hard for it, and see what I can do. It’s exciting.”Farah has come under-fire for his relationship with ex-coach Alberto Salazar, who has been banned from athletics for four years for anti-doping violations.Farah worked with the disgraced Salazar between 2011 and 2017.There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on Farah’s part.Speaking before the Chicago Marathon, Farah said he had “not done anything wrong” and he felt there was an “agenda” against him.Farah and Galen Rupp have not been accused of wrongdoing but have been blasted for working with disgraced coach Alberto SalazarCredit: AFP Animals are so funny that you can die of laughter 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017center_img Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Omg this is awesome 🙂 Source: Athletics – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

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Perfect Pearce triumphs at Pleasant Valley

first_imgThe scores were good and ordinary but playing from the white tees it does make it a bit easier for the shorter hitters.We welcomed Ray Thirtle back today from his knee replacement and Bunker Bill – good to see you fellas hope the knee keeps getting stronger for you Ray.Brian Maddox (left) and Bob Pearce.The winner today was the ‘Old Master’ Bob Pearce with 44 points and coming second was Brian Maddox on 39 points.  There were four ‘2’s coming from Stan Stoker, Bob Pearce, Bill Fenton and Willem Lasonder.Wednesday, Jan. 23, Green Valley – StablefordDown to Green Valley for our regular Wednesday game and 4 groups set out on time for a very quick round of under four and a half hours – that’s great for this time of the year.  The course is in great condition also.Welcome to Tony Oakes, the PSC President, who played with us today and good to see Richard Holmes, and Lamun Hanley with us also.The scores were very good with a couple of over the top ones.  In the winner’s circle were Martin Hayes with a fantastic 43 points to take the top spot ahead of Bob Philp in second with his best score in months with 41 points.  In third place was Tony Oakes with 36 points (and that score I might add would have won every day for the last six weeks) and completing the podium on fourth was Richard Holmes with 35 points.There were five ‘2’s today coming from Bob Philp, Tony Oakes, Richard Holmes and Martin Hayes got 2.Friday, Jan. 25, Crystal Bay – StablefordFriday we went to Crystal Bay and after a bit of a mix up with tee times we finally got away a little late but having a 3½ hour round it was great.  It was decided we play a 4-man scramble and there was a bit of banter as to who would go first but as Nick had to get to the airport to go home, so the group of Peter Lenory, Brian Wilkinson, Mark Wood and Nick got away and he got to town and the departure lounge on time.The team of JJ Harney, Scott Eaton, Stan Stoker and Keith Bowles were next up followed by Brian Maddox, Martin Hayes, Willem Losander and Phil Waite.  Those teams made up the winners circle.I will get to the score’s in a minute as there is a little story to tell here, on the way back to the bar a certain person and his navigator got very low on petrol so a decision was made by the navigator to go off road to the nearest petrol station.  Suffice to say they didn’t quite make it and finished up in a ditch with about 4 feet of the car under water.  The driver, after castigating his mate, decided they needed help so stay in the car was the command and the driver went up the road to get a truck pull him out.  Needless to say when he got back the navigator was standing outside the car in the pouring rain and was heard to say, “I didn’t stay in there because I didn’t want to bloody drown.”The good news is they got out, got some petrol and got back to the bar, albeit you could have had a swim in the car itself.  See JJ, I told you no one would find out who it was mate!The winning score of 60.5 was from Brian, Phil, Willem and Martin.  In second place came Peter, Mark, Nick and Brian with 60.9 and in third was the team of JJ, Stan, Keith and Scott with 61.7.Note:  Golf at the Billabong is played every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  If you care to play just give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 or call in to the bar.  The Billabong Golf Bar is situated just before the arch going to Siam Old Course looking straight down Lake Mabprachan. The Billabong Bar Golf GroupMonday, Jan. 21, Pleasant Valley – StablefordMonday saw the team going to Pleasant Valley, and true to form they got away on time off the 10th tee; my thanks to Colonel Bob for looking after the boy’s for me.  The management of some other golf courses could get a lesson from here – there is never a hiccup at the tee blocks and everything just ticks over like a well oiled wheel.  last_img read more

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Get on board for Billy’s future

first_imgBy VICTORIA STONE MEADOWS and ANEEKA SIMONIS PUFFING Billy’s future is in the hands of the community. Emerald Tourist Railway…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Considering the circumstances, Leafs off to a great start

first_imgLike most KIJHL clubs, rosters are far from set — Leafs included.The late start by the BC Hockey League only exacerbated the situation as late cuts have only begun to trickle down the Junior B pipeline.For McLellan & Company, that has led to plenty of pieces still remaining to fill out the Leaf player puzzle.“I’m trying to find the piece I’d like to add,” McLellan confessed when asked about the remainder of the roster.“We’re pretty happy where we’re at now but it would be good to find a top six forward and that’s sort of our focus right now. And if it requires a trade to do that, we’ll do it.”The Leafs reaped some early rewards when McLellan was able to snag former Nelson goalie Brett Soles.The Cranbrook native, who played two seasons ago for Nelson, toiled with Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.Soles, 19, played 15 games for the Hounds last season, finishing with a 6-8-1 record, and gives Nelson a one-two combo between the pipes with Adam Maida.Another piece McLellan was able to add was 16-year-old protégé Cody Paivarinta via the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.Paivarinta, whose uncle Henry is a retired Deputy Chief with Nelson Police Department, comes to Leafs compliments of former Nelson native and now coach and GM of the Raiders Bruno Campese.“The goal is to develop Cody into a player who can compete at the Western Hockey League level and he’s shown really good signs already here with us,” McLellan said. It’s not the best-case scenario — playing six home games in September to start the season — but those are the cards Dave McLellan and the Nelson Leafs have been dealt.And the way the team has responded thus far this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, who’s going to bet against them.Nelson begins week two of the KIJHL campaign Friday in Beaver Valley against the defending league champs bolstered by a three-point weekend at home on opening weekend.However, after Friday’s tilt in Fruitvale, Nelson plays four more games at the NDCC Arena, beginning Saturday against the always-tough Kamloops Storm.“Sure it puts a bit of pressure on us, but it also, if we do well at home here, it’s going to make (NDCC Arena) a tough place to play if you’re the opposing team coming into our arena,” McLellan explained.“We’re going build our team around our arena,” he added. “This is a great facility, there’s a great sheet of ice and we want to have a team that can skate and make plays on it as well.”Nelson opened the season with a tie against the Nitehawks before exploding for three goals in the third period to erase a lead and dump rival Castlegar 5-3 Saturday.“We want to make this place a tough place to play, and hopefully we have a good month at home, that would really do us well to help us get off to a good start,” McLellan said.last_img read more

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Time to put the pedal to the metal for the 2016 West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_imgIt’s back to the basics for West Kootenay Glacier Challenge organizers as annual ride to fight MS (Multiple sclerosis) is returning to its original route August 20-21.After a shortened route in 2015 due to paving of Highway 6 in the Slocan Valley, organizers are pleased to once again offer the traditional route around Kokanee Glacier from New Denver to Nelson to Kaslo and back to New Denver.”It is our fifth annual tour and we are back to our original route that starts and finishes in New Denver with an overnight in Nelson,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator. “(Ride of) 222 kilometers over two days with great food with more than 100 volunteers to help make it a memorable weekend and Fundraiser for the MS Society.”All participants must raise a minimum of $350 to participate in the event. Dimock said if the minimum has not been achieved by event weekend participants will be asked to cover the difference in order to participate. “Of note the average fundraising total for participants in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is $1100,” Dimock said.Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs & services that enable those affected by MS. To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problemsDimock said this tour is run by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society and the money raised supports the programs and services we offer in the West Kootenay and Boundary areas to people living with MS and their caregivers.The top fundraiser in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge receives a gift certificate for dinner at their favourite Heritage City restaurant compliments The Nelson Daily.Currently there are 76 cyclists and 14 teams entered.In 2015 59 riders busted the $60,000 mark to help the fight against MS.For more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to webite link or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or email [email protected]last_img read more

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