Fajar Zaheer Won a Silver Medal at the Special Olympics in Athens

By | July 5, 2011

Pakistan’s youngest female cyclist, Fajar Zaheer terms her silver medal victory “the most unforgettable moment of her life.”

“I just cannot believe that I have achieved excellence in my first attempt and I feel like the luckiest person in the world and today I feel I don’t have hearing and speech deficiencies,” she told APP from Athens on Thursday.

12-year-Lahore-born Fajar kept Pakistan’s flag high with her impressive performance in the 1000-metre cycle race clocking two minutes and 45.20 seconds, losing the first position to Czech Republic’s Denisa Kmentova, who bagged the gold medal with two minutes and 17.34 seconds as Costa Rica’s Maricruz Marin clinched the third place.

Pakistan’s joy was doubled when 14-year-old Sana Javed also bagged second place in the 1000-metre race in division F02. She covered the distance in three minutes and 0.86 seconds, while Mexico’s Julissa Colorado got the gold as Indian Samriti Sethi secured bronze.

“I feel really delighted and I am excited because my colleague Sana also won a silver medal,” said Fajar.

She said the victory is a result of her sheer hard work, devotion and commitment and prayers of her parents and the whole nation.

“It is a very special day of my life and I owe my success to my loving country, Pakistan,” she said in an emotional tone.

Fajar earned the unique distinction of being the youngest athlete of the 89-member Pakistani contingent taking part in the Olympics.

She said when she took up cycling as a sport two years ago, many raised their eye-brows questioning how a handicapped girl can excel in a sport which is tough and requires a lot of stamina.

But her achievements at the national level at home and now her sterling performance in Athens has endorsed her claims that hard work and undying spirit can help in achieving all uphill tasks.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/01/winning-olympic-silver-was-an-unforgettable-moment-fajar.html

Tour de France 2011 A Brief Track Information

By | June 22, 2011

Tour de France, world largest cycling race is about to start in few days and it will continue for 22 days. Below given is the map of the track of the complete race and the rest points along with the schedule of the race mentioned in the end. A Tour for the climbers After a 2010 edition dedicated to the centenary of the Pyrenees, the 2011 Tour de France will celebrate the centenary of the first time the race climbed the Alps. At the launch of next year’s event in Paris, race director Christian Prudhomme unveiled a parcours ideal for climbers, with only 64 time trial kilometres of which 23 are a team time trial. Again, there will be no time bonuses on the road from the Vendée region to Paris, while a testing third week in the Alps sees the Tour return to the Galibier and L’Alpe d’Huez: two of its most legendary climbs. A diverse start The 2011 Tour’s Grand Départ is in the windy Vendée region in Western France, on the Atlantic coastline. The first stage will see the peloton cross the famous Passage du Gois before the first uphill finish on the Mont des Alouettes in Les Herbiers, famous for organising the Chrono des Nations time trial. The team time trial is back after a one-year absence, around the town Les Essarts, the home of Jean-Rene Bernadeau’s team. The collective test against the clock has a totally flat profile and will certainly re-shuffle the general classification, even if the distance of 23 kilometres might not open up significant time gaps. Stage three (Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon) will see the riders gear up for a probable bunch sprint as the Tour heads northwest from Vendée towards Brittany. On the next day, an uphill finish on the steep Mûr-de-Bretagne in central Brittany will suit the Classics riders and strong finishers, with the yellow jersey probably again up for grabs. The Tour will then move northwards on stage five from Carhaix to Cap Fréhel, finishing on a windy and especially treacherous section of coast line. On the next day, the bunch will move over into Normandy for stage six from Dinan to Lisieux, the Tour’s longest stage with 226 kilometres. Moving south: the medium mountains After the first week in north-western France, the Tour route heads south into France’s central mountain range via Chateauroux. The stage starts in Le Mans and is another sure bet for a bunch sprint. The first “real” uphill finish is scheduled for Saturday, July 8 in Super-Besse Sancy, followed by a perfect day for audacious escapists on the hilly stage nine from Issoire to Saint-Flour on Sunday July 10. Three Category 3 climbs await the riders, with the Puy Mary located more than 1500 meters above sea level. The riders will be able to enjoy the first rest day on July 11 in Le Lioran in the Cantal cheese region. Two transitional stages will then pave the way south to the Pyrenees on July 12, with stage 10 from Aurillac to Carmaux and then stage 11 from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur. Many expected a first individual time trial at this point in the race but the 2011 Tour is set to feature even less time trialling than in 2010, with Prudhomme sticking to one race against the clock only as opposed to two in the past. The Pyrenees: more than an appetizer Three days in the Pyrenees with two mountain top finishers will provide plenty of climbing action  in the second week and will reveal who has a real chance of victory before the Grande Finale in the Alps in the third week. Stages 12 and 14 will end on top of Luz-Ardiden and the Plateau de Beille respectively, with the hard day from Pau to Lourdes surely to tempt the climbers to chase mountain points for the polka-dot jersey. Stage 12 to Luz-Ardiden also has the famous Tourmalet on its profile, and stage 14 includes a total of four passes before the final ramps of the Plateau de Beille: Portet d’Aspet, Col de la Core, Latrape and Agnes. After another transitional stage 15 from Limous to Montpellier, a day that should be marked green on the sprinter’s calendars, the race will head east across the south of France for the second rest day in the Drome region on July 18 before the 2011 Tour reaches its climax in the Alps in the third week of racing. A centenary in the Alps: the big showdown The Tour De France climbed the Alps for the first time in 1911, with a 366km-long stage from Chamonix to Grenoble taking the riders over four testing passes: the Aravis, Telegraphe, Lautaret and Galibier. 100 years later, stage 16 from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Gap serves as a taste of the pain to come and three days in the high mountains begin on July 20 as the peloton departs on a 179km-journey from Gap to Pinerolo in Italy. Three categorized climbs are on the menu: Col de Montgenevre, Sestrieres and the Côte de Pramartino. Italy will be the only foreign country visited by the 2011 Tour. Riders will return to France on the next day for back to back mountain-top finishes. Stage 18 – the queen stage, no doubt – will finish on the prestigious Galibier (2645m), after crossing some of the most challenging climbs of the Alps: the Col d’Agnel (2774m) and the Izoard (2360m). The Galibier will be re-visited on the next day via its northern side as the 109km-long 19th stage finishes with the climb to L’Alpe d’Huez. Although a short stage, it seems this one could be just as decisive as the 41km-long individual time trial that will follow on the race’s penultimate day in Grenoble. No time bonuses, but secondary classifications changed Again, Prudhomme has prefered a “real-time” general classification without any time bonuses. But the Tour organizers have altered the points systems in the hope of intensifying the fight for the green and polka-dot jerseys. Prudhomme announced there one single intermediate sprint per stage, awarding half the points on offer at the stage finish. This way, the sprinters will have to sprint twice a day if they want to be a contender for the green jersey. The changes will surely change the pattern of the racing on most days and affect the chances of breakaways making it to the finish. The mountains classification will also be changed, with double points up for grabs at the four mountain-top finishes of the race. This may be an additional lure for the strong climbers to show off their talent in the high mountains. The 2011 Tour de France stages: July 2, stage 1: Passage du Gois-Mont des Alouettes, 191km July 3, stage 2: Les Essarts-Les Essarts, TTT, 23km July 4, stage 3: Olonne-sur-Mer-Redon, 198km July 5, stage 4: Lorient-Mur-de-Bretagne, 172km July 6, stage 5: Carhaix-Cap Frehel, 158km July 7, stage 6: Dinan-Lisieux, 226km July 8, stage 7: Le Mans-Chateauroux, 215km July 9, stage 8: Aigurande-Super Besse Sancy, 190km July 10, stage 9: Issoire-St-Flour, 208km July 11, rest day at Le Lioran/Cantal July 12, stage 10: Aurillac-Carmaux, 161km July 13, stage 11: Blaye-les-Mines-Lavaur, 168km July 14, stage 12: Cugnaux-Luz Ardiden, 209km July 15, stage 13: Pau-Lourdes, 156km July 16, stage 14: Saint-Gaudens-Plateau de Beille, 168km July 17, stage 15: Limous-Montpellier, 187km July 18, rest day at province of Drome July 19, stage 16: Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux-Gap, 163km July 20, stage 17: Gap-Pinerolo, 179km July 21, stage 18: Pinerolo-Galibier/Serre-Chevalier, 189km July 22, stage 19: Modane-Alpe d’Huez, 109km July 23, stage 20: Grenoble-Grenoble, ITT, 41km July 24, stage 21: Creteil-Paris/Champs-Elysees, 160km

Things-I-Used-To-Do

By | June 16, 2011

A good bike ride not only clears your head and moves your blood around, but it can put you into the best of trances. The bike acts like a perpetual meditation machine.

I used to go quiet; a very unnatural state of existence for me, but not unpleasant just damn hard to achieve on my own. Rain, wind and car horns become background noise. My outer shell performs lifesaving moves that have become second nature over the years. When I come back to Earth I either think I have “the next great thing,” or a bunch of broken thoughts that make me happy, or at least engaged. Either way the bike helps tap into something.

That’s where I came up with my “Things-I-Used-To-Do” list.

Today my list had gone missing somewhere between the garage and my rain jacket so I was flying blind, trying to conjure a virtual version of it on a screen inside my head. As I squinted my mind’s eye to get a better look, my list kept morphing into something else: a few favorite food items from the actual list, a scene from “The Big Lebowski”, the one where “The Dude” gets hit with the coffee mug by “that reactionary police officer up in Malibu.” So I let go of my list and kept pedaling in the direction of the first place I needed to be that day. I could remember that, at least.

Somewhere during the first climb the trance set in and a new list formed.

My “Things-I-Used-To-Do” List

1. I used to play the trumpet morning and night. Seriously, I was my junior high school’s bugle player. Rain or shine, I had to pedal to school before the bell to play the morning reveille and the afternoon dismissal. And when our vice principal had a breakdown and was carted out in an ambulance, I resisted the urge to play taps. One the last day of school I did blow a couple bars of “Hit The Road Jack.” Dean Abel chased after me but I had my bike waiting in the wings.

2. I used to sit on roofs with my best friends, watch planes fly over and stars come out, and sneak a beer up there that Jim or Norwood would knock over after two sips. Someone would jump, not climb down

for it.

3. I used to race anyone on two wheels mostly without them knowing it. Sometimes they’d take up the charge. Now I act like it’s an affront to my civility if someone blows by me. What the hell happened to me?

4. I used to get my hands dirty helping others. Now I send in a check and get a membership card. Dirty feels better.

5. I used to taste each piece of candy. I can’t remember what I ate yesterday.

6. I used to wear Hawaiian shirts because I liked them. I looked bad in them, still do, but I didn’t care.

7. I used to sit at the bottom of the pool until it was almost too late. I need to find a pool.

8. I used to own no electronics. Wait, I gotta take this…

9. I used to order three scoops. Not three scoops of nonfat, taste-free Froyo, but the real stuff.

10. I used to laugh at people who said they were tired too often.

11. I used to never check the weather.

12. I used to ride with no destination.

With each item added to the list, I pumped the pedals harder.

At the end of the ride, my extensive “Things-I-Used-To-Do” list should have made me a barrel of regret and melancholy. But no, it woke me up. All of it made me smile, some of it I’m going to do again, soon. Whomever you race home next, promise me you’ll invite them up to the roof, to laugh under the stars again, eating real ice cream. I’ll be in the Hawaiian shirt.

Source: http://www.bicyclepaper.com/

 

 

Save Producing CO2 by Cycling.

By | June 15, 2011

Cycling Seasons

By | June 15, 2011

PAKISTAN ARMY’S SHAHID IMRAN WINS GOLD IN 30-KILOMETRE TIME TRIAL – NATIONAL JUNIOR CYCLING 2011

By | June 15, 2011

Shahid Imran of Pakistan Army wins Gold in 30-kilometre time trial – National Junior Cycling 2011

Shahid Imran of Pakistan Army won Gold in the 30-kilometre time trial at the Pakistan National Junior Cycling championships 2011 on Wednesday.

The three-day National Junior Cycling event in Pakistan saw a firm hold of the Pakistan Army riders as they came on top on the second day of the event. They won all the three Gold medals at stake in the provincial capital of Lahore. The events took place at the Abdullah Interchange of the Lahore Ring Road.

It was one of the toughest challenges for the riders to race under testing weather conditions yet the Army men emerged as winners of three events with utter confidence.

The Army men took an early lead on the first day winning two Gold medals and continued their supremacy with a higher level of performance to overcome the contenders in every form of the event.

The continuity of the form from the past two days would be the key to their ultimate success and emergence as the champions of the event.

The first of the challenges was the 30-kilometre individual time-trial where Shahid Imran led his team to success. Shahid crossed the finish line with an overall time of 37 minutes and 54.31 seconds, ahead of Abid from Sindh who was two minutes behind him.

Abid managed to mark a personal best of 38 minutes and 52.86 seconds to finish second while another Punjab based rider Zahid Iqbal managed to claw on to the final position of the podium with final time of 39 minutes and 25.87 seconds.

Besides the most strenuous event of the day, the Army squad gained their second Gold aided by the 25-kilometer team time trial finishing in overall 36 minutes and 10.59 seconds. They had a two-minute lead over the nearest rivals, the Punjab team, who clocked at 38 minutes and 12.84 seconds for the seconds place. Pakistan Railways came third with a time of 38 minutes and 50.51 seconds.

The Army team won the third Gold in the four-kilometer team pursuit finishing in 5 minutes and 16.08 seconds. The Punjab team finished second once again following the Army team as they crossed the finish line in 5 minutes and 29.94 seconds. Pakistan Railways finished a narrow third with an overall time of 6 minutes and 1.30 seconds.

Pakistan Army’s individual as well as team riding skills and technique were commendable which helped them overcome the stern weather conditions and strong opposition with ease.

The closing ceremony will be held at the Lahore Ring Road on Thursday, May 12, 2011 and the awards will be given by Provincial Minister for Education, Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman as the Chief Guest at the event.

 

How to Choose the Best Bike

By | June 14, 2011

The worst thing you can do, regarding your safety and comfort, is to buy a bike that is too big or too small.  Nothing can deter you from continuing a riding routine more than a bike that is unfit for your size.

A small bike will make you feel slim and hold back a good leg workout.  If the bike is too large, it will throw you off balance and cause injury when you get down.

Pick a bike size that feels comfortable to you.  Here are a few things to note:

  • A bike’s size is generally measured by its frame, specifically the bike’s seat pole tube.  The seat tube is measured from its collar to the chain ring hub.
  • Mountain bikes and hybrids are measured in inches.
  • Road bikes are measured in centimeters.
  • Other times bikes are categorized as small, medium, large, and extra large.

To get your correct bike size you must take a measurement of your leg.  Measure the inside of your leg from the crotch to the floor while you are barefoot.

See the chart below for your corresponding frame size.

Inside leg measurement Road bike frame size Mtn. bike/hybrid frame size Category: S, M, L, XL
29 ½ – 30 ¾ inche   (75-78 cm) 48 – 51 cm 14 – 16 in S
31 – 32¼ inches    (79-82 cm) 50 – 54 cm 16 – 17 in M
32½ – 34 inches  (83-86 cm) 53 – 57 cm 17 – 18 in L
34¼ – 35½ inches   (87-90 cm) 56 – 60 cm 19 – 21 in XL

 

 

Tips for Shapping Up the Legs Through Cycling

By | June 13, 2011

As your diet plan is helping you to achieve your desired weight in which you looks good. Now you start out to tone up your lower body by starting jogging. With jogging, the scenery changes too slowly and eventually you start getting bored. You knees start aching, buying new shoes after every 4-6 months gets too costly. As a change you opt for a new form of toning your body which is “Cycling”. You go out and purchased a good reasonable cycle and a helmet and hit the roads.

Your goal is to tighten up those thighs and tone your calves. It can’t be too hard, you can tell yourself. Every cyclist you may have seen has incredible legs. If they can do it so can you.

You’ll got frustrated and tired of cycling after 3 weeks. As you don’t get the results of that you are expecting after spending lot of hours you have spent on cycling your patience decreases and you ask yourself that where the calves are that you’ve seen of cyclists. Why your thighs are gaining tone only at the knees?

The Dilemma: You’re putting lots of efforts in cycling but you are getting very less results.

Solution: Implement these well known cycling techniques.

1- Use Correct seat height

This is  a common mistake of many novice cyclists. But correct seat height is the key to uniform of toning of upper and lower legs. Your seat should be high enough that it almost fully extends your legs with each padel, but not so that the leg is fully extended. There should remain a  slight bend in your leg at the pedals lowest point. Overextending you leg while pedaling can strain the backside of the knee (The Plantaris Muscle).

To get proper seat height:

Loosen your seat pole adjustment and stand over your bike.

With the pedal at its lowest point, put the ball of your foot on the pedal.

Push off the pedal, extending your leg, but leave a slight bend at the knee.

Now raise the seat to meet your bottom and re-tighten the seat pole screw.

2- Position of the ball of foot on pedal

If your desire is to shape up your calves, then appropriate foot–placement is the way to do it. Aside from providing good balance, placing the balls of your feet on the pedals works each calf muscle, unlike placing the your mid-foot or heel on the pedal which only works your calves lateral head – the outer calf.

Placing the balls of your feet on the pedals when cycling works all three main areas of the calf:

the inner calf – the Gastrocnemius Medial Head
the outer calf – the Gastrocnemius Lateral Head
the internal mid-calf – the Soleus

Ball placement also tones the quadriceps, the upper thigh muscle, as well as the hamstring.

3- Keep pedaling

The general idea of cycling for fitness is to keep your legs in motion.  Coast occasionally but mostly on down hills.  If you reach a hilly area, don’t get off the bike and walk.  Shift gears to a lower setting.  You’ll be amazed at how easy hills are to climb when using your gears efficiently.

4- Stay hydrated

Water is your single most important nutrient.  When working out, water transports nutrients (energy) throughout the body.

Water aides in the excretion of waste products from the cells.  It suppresses the appetite; helps the body metabolize and break down fat deposits; prevents cramping; and keeps joints healthy.  Synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints, is composed of water.

5- Eat a good meal soon after cycling

Research has shown that the enzyme, glycogen synthase, which turns food carbohydrates into glycogen for energy stores, is most active immediately after exercise.  This means that if you ingest carbohydrates within thirty minutes to an hour after exercising, you greatly increase your energy reserves, as opposed to eating several hours after a workout.

Make sure your post-cycling meal is rich in nutrients.  A mere soda and chips won’t do. You’ve just burned countless vitamins and sweated out stockpiles of minerals, breaking down muscles during your bike ride.  Now it’s time to pay the bill. Give your body what it needs to build those muscles back up stronger: a healthy meal.  Take a vitamin supplement with the meal if necessary.

 

High-Tech Cycling Clothes Eliminate the Need for a Shower and Change of Clothes

By | June 10, 2011

Levi's new Commuter Series jeans are designed for commuting cyclists,with features such as reflective material and a tab that holds a U-lock (Photo courtesy of Levi's)

 

Cyclists no longer have to arrive at their destination looking like a wet rag and needing a shower. As more people take to commuting and traveling by bike for both health and environmental reasons — some clothing companies are stepping up, offering office-ready clothes that don’t have to be wrung out upon arrival.

Thank technology for the ability to create or enhance street wear fabrics that not only stretch, but keep perspiration away from the body, resist water and dirt, and retain heat with little insulation. Companies such as Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company Outlier design stylish menswear perfect for cyclists with features like pants with waistbands that are higher in back (so riders can lean forward without revealing too much) and back pockets that riders don’t have to sit on while cycling.

Guess who else is getting in on the action? Levi’s. The venerable San Francisco company introduces its Commuter Series: a 511 Skinny Jean (full length and cropped) and Trucker Jacket specially designed for cyclists. Features include a Nanosphere treatment that resists water and dirt, antimicrobial properties and reflective material. A raised back yolk on the pants prevents too much skin from showing, a handy waist tab holds a U-lock, and they’re reinforced at the crotch, back pockets and belt loops. The jacket has an iPodpocket in front and a longer tail in back. Retail prices range from $68 to $128, and the clothes will be in Levi’s stores in July and at Urban Outfitters stores in August.

“The idea came about pretty organically,” said JeWon Yu, the brand’s senior designer for men’s bottoms. “I think the lifestyle here [San Francsico] lends itself to something like this — everyone here rides their bike, even people here at the company. And since everyone here is also wearing Levi’s, why not try to offer something for the commute?”

Yu added that bike commuters are all over the globe, making this less of a trend and more of a lifestyle: “Some people have to carry a separate pair of pants, which is not really ideal and could even deter you from riding a bike.”

More pieces will eventually be added to the line, and she said the company welcomes feedback from consumers.

Textile technology also allows people to avoid harmful UV rays. Clothing lines such as Solumbra and Coolibar offer tops, pants, cover-ups, outerwear hats, bathing suits and scarves that protect against the sun. So now there’s no excuse not to go outside and work up a sweat.

 

Source: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-cycling-clothes-20110609,0,5239575.story?track=rss

High-tech cycling clothes eliminate the need for a shower and change of clothes

By | June 10, 2011

Cyclists no longer have to arrive at their destination looking like a wet rag and needing a shower. As more people take to commuting and traveling by bike — for both health and environmental reasons — some clothing companies are stepping up, offering office-ready clothes that don’t have to be wrung out upon arrival.

Thank technology for the ability to create or enhance street wear fabrics that not only stretch, but keep perspiration away from the body, resist water and dirt, and retain heat with little insulation. Companies such as Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company Outlier design stylish menswear perfect for cyclists with features like pants with waistbands that are higher in back (so riders can lean forward without revealing too much) and back pockets that riders don’t have to sit on while cycling.

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