July 2017

  • Red Bull X-Alps Race Wide Open As Heroic Frenchman Catches The Eagle

    Gaspard Petiot does what no one has done in eight years of Red Bull X-Alps – take the fight back to Maurer.

    A new chapter in Red Bull X-Alps history was written last night as Gaspard Petiot (FRA2) achieved what no one else has in the eight years that Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) has dominated the race. He caught up with him.

    This year Maurer made his break on Day 2 after taking a different line over the Hohe Tauern and yesterday morning it looked like his position was secure, having opened up a 100km lead.
    But he hadn’t reckoned on Gaspard Petiot, the mechanical engineer and alpine guide from France, who had caught up with him by lunchtime. The pair were last night taking the fight back into the heart of the mountains which offer better flying conditions than the more direct line over flatlands to Turnpoint 6, the Matterhorn.

    Behind them in hot pursuit lie Benoït Outters (FRA4) who overtook Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) to move into third place and two chaser groups working together to fly faster.
    In other developments three athletes, Tom de Dorlodot (BEL), Pal Takats (HUN) and Evgenii Griaznov (RUS) have each been handed down 48 hour time penalties for infringing airspace violations. De Dorlodot must sit out the race for 48 hours from 5am tomorrow.

    “It’s very disappointing, but we’re going to keep trying, despite the penalty,” said de Dorlodot. Takats said he was angry with himself because it occurred on his home turf around Innsbruck. But he’s determined to carry on: “Not making Monaco is unthinkable. I was doing so well, but I was just tired and concentrating on other stuff. Anyway these things happen and now I have a new challenge to make Monaco.”

    Athletes also face a new challenge – the weather according to Morecast. Today was clearly not as good a flying day as yesterday. The weather across the Alps is split. In the northern Alps, where the chasing pack is, there are good flying conditions. On the southside, where Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) and Gaspard Petiot (FRA2) are battling it out head-to-head, the flying conditions are less good. Will the peloton catch up to the leaders?

    Follow all the action on Live Tracking on redbullxalps.com

     

  • New helmet gives cyclists electronic rear mirror

    A world-first innovation, Cyclevision has secured a $100,000 Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas grant to take its product to market – after devising the ‘smart helmet’’ featuring video streaming technology to give riders advance warning of impending collisions.

  • Master plan to guide WA mountain biking

    The push to transform Western Australia into an international mountain biking destination has received a boost with the release of a master plan to guide the development of trails in Perth and Peel.

  • ELITE RIDERS TAKE UP VELOTHON CHALLENGE

    Don’t let the accent fool you, former Scottish Commonwealth Games cyclist Lucy Coldwell is very much a Sunny Coast girl and she is hoping her local knowledge of the spectacular hinterland and seductive coastal roads will hold her in good stead when she tackles the three day (361km) Velothon Sunshine Coast.

  • Looking for winter holiday excitement?

    Over the next two weeks, visitors to Mt Baw Baw will have the opportunity to experience a white Christmas with the mountain transforming into a Christmas wonderland, with decorated Christmas tree, carols and round-the-clock activities.

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