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It was the Ironman UK last week and apparently it was a scorcher, well done to all athletes. Proviz were approached to partner with Ironman UK to provide LED arm bands for athletes that are slightly slower and may start going into limited light, so with safety of paramount importance, Ironman UK came to us and we were delighted to support the race. We know the Ironman circuit well, one of our panel members was a professional Ironman and came top three in Ironman UK as well as in South Africa and New Zealand, he also raced in Hawaii and has told us some incredible stories, it really takes a lot of courage to take part in this event, it is incredibly long and tough race. Our panel member Nick Saunders is now coach of Team Jersey in the Commonwealth games, he is coaching and nurturing some great talent and they are looking good for a good result here. It is great to see the games host by such a passionate country, Glasgow2014 have gone all out to make this a memorable games and from the first few days, we think it will deliver on expectations.

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Well done Yorkshire

7 Jul 2014 14:52:36

There was a lot of hype and Yorkshire delivered. The Tour De France 2014 started in Yorkshire for the very first time this weekend it went as well as could have hoped, with organisers saying it was one of the best ever. Thousands and Thousands of people lined the streets all over Yorkshire to see the famous race and we are delighted it went so well. It does seems strange that The Tour de France was to start in the UK, but with cycling booming in this country, we are delighted it did. It is down to London and then off to Calais where they are going by Eurotunnel. Good luck Team Sky and Chris Froome.

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Tour De France - It Starts!

4 Jul 2014 16:16:53

And so it starts tomorrow, what an event, what a place to start it, what a chance we have of having a third consecutive UK Champion. What a priviledge it is for the UK to host the start of the Tour De France, Yorkshire i hear is just buzzing with anticipation to host the World's most famous cycling race and i am sure they will do us proud and the great tradition of the race. Good luck to Team Sky and Chris Froome, we will be watching over the next few weeks to hopefully make it three in a row for Team Sky.

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Tour De France Riders & Favourites

26 Jun 2014 13:37:41

We love the Tour De France, it is gripping stuff with the real test of endurance, stamina and team work. We have gone through the favourites for the race this year and what their chances are.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo Bank)

Contador hasn’t raced since mid-April, but he’s had a memorable spring, showing form he hasn’t had since 2010. What’s more, he’s got valuable lieutenant Mick Rogers back after a potential doping positive was thrown out.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

This might be the last great season for Valverde, who is being challenged for Movistar’s leadership by Nairo Quintana. But what a season: a win at Fleche Wallonne and second at Liege-Bastogne-Liege means he’s as good as ever. He’ll take a May break.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Quintana went home to Colombia for most of April. He hasn’t had the visa problems some Colombian riders have faced, but he’ll have a tough job as the presumptive favorite at the Giro. First challenge: Survive the nervous first stages in Ireland.

Chris Froome (Team Sky)Froome has been up and down this spring, hardly the smooth run to the Tour de France he enjoyed last year. A much-needed win at the Tour of Romandie has things headed in the right direction again.

Cadel Evans (BMC)The Aussie bounced back nicely from his DNF at Tirreno-Adriatico, culminating in a win in a pre-Giro tuneup at the Giro del Trentino. He’ll be BMC’s sole leader at the Giro d’Italia.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)

Rodriguez is one of the few Grand Tours aspirants to ride the Ardennes Classics. Maybe he’ll skip them next year; a crash at Amstel Gold left him banged up and he didn’t finish Liege, his biggest objective in the spring. Now, he takes on the Giro.

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-la Mondiale)

Watch out for Pozzo. The little Italian has been steadily building form ahead of the Giro d’Italia and had a solid last week of April: 2nd at Trentino and 5th at Liege after going on the attack. He’ll lead Ag2r at the Giro.

Tejay van Garderen (BMC)

It’s been two steps forward, one back for van Garderen. 2nd in Oman, DNF at Paris-Nice (illness); stage win and 3rd at Catalunya, 6th at Pais Vasco, then crash and DNF at Romandie. These aren’t huge setbacks, but he’ll welcome a quiet May to recover.
 

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma–Quick-Step)

The rising Polish star may have overdone it a bit. He was flying in April with top fives at Pais Vasco, Amstel, Fleche, and Liege. Then he won the prologue at Romandie, and the wheels fell off, dropping out three days later. Perhaps too much, too soon, but there’s time before July.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Nibali keeps trying. He was aggressive at Milan-San Remo, in the Ardennes, and at Romandie. But something’s not clicking and top results elude the Italian. Time is running out to figure out what.

 

 

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Le Grande Depart - Yorkshire

10 Jun 2014 13:01:40

It is official: The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will start in one of the UK’s greatest counties on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside to cheer on the champions of the sport.

It will be the first time Le Tour has visited the north of England having previously only made visits to the south coast and the capital. It will be a festival and a spectacle for fans and first timers alike and we are sure Yorkshire will rise to occasion and give the riders, the teams and the race organisers a Grand Départ to remember. Yorkshire is a world class county and it will deliver a world class event.

This is Yorkshire's moment to shine. Over 3 billion people watch Le Tour on television every year providing a wonderful advert for our county and hopefully it will prompt people who maybe haven't visited before or not been in a while to, this is undoubtedly Yorkshire's opportunity to welcome the world.

With the recent success of British riders, notably Chris Froome in 2013 and Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Briton to win Le Tour in 2012 shortly followed by a gold medal time trial performance in London, the popularity of cycling has never been higher. With that in mind it might be a good idea to think about booking your favourite Yorkshire hotel, bed and breakfast or campsite early to avoid disappointment!

Yorkshire is rightly proud to be able to say it will host the Tour de France. The county is a heartland of the sport, the county's iconic cycling landscapes will hopefully inspire more people to consider going uphill and down dale on two wheels in future.

After the Grand Départ in Yorkshire, On Monday 7 July, Stage 3 will take riders from Cambridge to Essex with a finish on The Mall in London.

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How to become a better Cyclist

3 Jun 2014 13:12:54

Its important to have your saddle at the right height. Take off your shoes and leaning against a wall, sit on your bike. Put your heel on the pedal in the six’o clock position and adjust the saddle until your leg is straight.

For a fast, efficient ride, you should turn the pedals between 80 and 105 times a minute

If you’re facing a hill, change into a higher gear before you get to it. As you ascend, keep your pedals turning at least 80 times a minute and maintain a relaxed grip on the handlebars

To improve your cycling technique, move into a low gear and turn the pedals as quickly as you can for a minute, while keeping your body still.

For a fitness boost, cycle as fast as you can for one minute, then return to a normal speed for four to six minutes. Repeat five or six times. You’ll notice a difference within a few days.

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