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Gerro pulls out of Tour de France

Posted: July 23, 2014 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Endurance cycling, News, Road cycling

Australian to take a break prior to next season goals

Although he had hoped to repeat his stage win of twelve months ago and was yet to do so, Simon Gerrans has taken the decision to withdraw from this year’s Tour de France. The Australian rider completed stage 16 in the Pyrenees but will not take the start of Wednesday’s 17th stage.

“Obviously it’s disappointing not to complete the Tour de France and make it to Paris,” Gerrans said in a team announcement.

He crashed on the opening day of the Tour and said that this is the reason why he will call it a day. “With the injuries I have from stage one I think the best decision is actually to stop now and completely recover.

“I know I haven’t been 100% right since my crash but I was hoping to improve throughout the race. That hasn’t really been the case so I have been putting on a brave face and doing what I can each day.”

Gerrans won the Australian national championship title at the start of the year and then took the Santos Tour Down Under. In April he landed one of the biggest wins of his career when he triumphed in Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

He wants to perform strongly in other events, and told CyclingTips before the Tour started that he intended targeting the world road race championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

He confirmed today that he has unspecified ambitions for the next few months. “I have some big goals in the second half of the season and if I am going to perform to meet these objectives I really need to make sure my health is 100% right,” he stated.

Directeur sportif Matt White said that a break was important for Gerrans. “Obviously everyone is aware that Simon injured himself quite badly on stage one,” he stated.

“He has done very well to get this far in the Tour and give it his all on numerous days for the team to try and get some results, but he is clearly not at 100%.

“The only way he is going to regain his full fitness, his full health, is to go home and have a rest. He is not going to recover finishing off these last few days.”

 

 

 

Simon Yates pulls out of the Tour de France

Posted: July 21, 2014 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Uncategorized

He’s ridden above his 21 years thus far in the race, and was involved in several breakaways including Saturday’s alpine stage to Risoul, but Simon Yates’ goal of reaching Paris will have to wait another year. Read the rest of this entry »

Three men face at least seven years in prison for their jump – but is the charge too steep?

 Now the three daredevils are being taken to court by the New York Police Department for breaking the law. It doesn’t look like they’re going to let them off lightly either…

“LET THEM DO SOME COMMUNITY SERVICE, SO THE AUTHORITIES CAN GO BACK TO DOING IMPORTANT THINGS, LIKE CATCHING MURDERERS”
Andrew Rossig, James Brady and Marco Markovich are being charged with felony burglary, reckless endangerment and BASE jumping. Yep, BASE jumping in Manhattan is an offence in itself.

The trio squeezed through a hole in the fence, climbed 104 flights of stairs before launching themselves off the WTC while filming the feat on camera. Once uploaded, the video immediately went viral.

The police are said to have found the jumpers by tracing the number plate on their getaway car. Now the trio and possibly their driver Kyle Hartwell are facing up to seven years in prison for the burglary offence alone!

Photo: Jefferson Siegl/New York Daily News
FROM LEFT: ANDREW ROSSIG, JAMES BRADY, MARCO MARKOVICH AND THEIR GETAWAY DRIVER KYLE HARTWELL APPEARED IN MANHATTAN COURT THIS WEEK. PHOTO: JEFFERSON SIEGL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

If that seems pretty steep it’s possibly because NYPD are making an example of them.

Technically, BASE jumping is illegal in New York City (despite remaining legal in other places around the world).

And (as far as the NYPD are concerned) this high profile case probably looks like a perfect way to make a statement, showing they cannot condone random people launching themselves off buildings.

“THE GROUP MAY HAVE BROKEN THE LAW AS IT STANDS, BUT THEY’RE CAMPAIGNING FOR IT TO BE CHANGED.”

Interestingly, the video was made on 30 September 2013, but the authorities didn’t arrest the men until 23 March 2014 – after the video was released and gained more than 200,000 views in under 24 hours.

This suggests that it’s the high-profile nature of the jump – as much as the jump itself – that has lead to the severe-seeming punishment.

But although the group may have broken the law as it stands, they’re arguing that the law is wrong and are campaigning for it to be changed.

They point out that they didn’t intend to be disrespectful or cause harm and they’re fighting for the legalisation of BASE jumping in the city

world trade centre base jump
ROSSIG SAID THE JUMP WAS “EXHILARATING… YOU REALLY GET TO ENJOY THE VIEW OF THE CITY AND SEE IT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE”.

There’s a further complication though. The Police Commissioner is arguing that the jump was not only unlawful, but “a desecration of that site”, saying it conjured up memories of men jumping from the burning Twin Towers on September 11.

However some of the victims’ families have apparently stated publicly that the action has caused them no offence.

And of course, there’s the fact that in a city where the crime rate is still relatively high, prosecuting three BASE jumpers seems like a bit of a waste of time and taxpayer’s money.

As Tim Parlatore, Rossig’s lawyer, told the New York Daily News: “Let [them] do some community service and give back the time that’s been wasted. Everyone can go back to their lives — and [the authorities] can go back to doing things that are more important, like catching murderers.”

Manon Carpenter is just one of the stars scheduled to start in Llangollen

Excitement is brewing ahead of the penultimate round of the British Cycling MTB Downhill series in Llangollen this weekend, with the top five elite men separated by just 17 points.

Over 300 riders are expected to participate at the super-steep and technical Llangollen track, with up to 60 riders in the elite men’s category, including ‘superstar’ riders such as current series leader Marc Beaumont, Josh Bryceland, fresh from his first UCI Downhill World Cup win in Leogang earlier this month, 2011 world champion Danny Hart, 2005 junior national champion Matt Simmonds and multiple national champion, world cup winner and 2010 world champion Gee Atherton. Steve Peat is also expected to be pushing for a podium position at this race, shortly after celebrating his 40th birthday.

The elite women’s category will be contested by current national and world cup series leader Manon Carpenter, Fionn Griffiths and Jess Greaves, with 2013 world cup winner Rachel Atherton, Katy Curd and Tahnee Seagrave doubtful for participation.

British Cycling’s MTB Downhill Series, presented by Shimano, pits riders against the clock as they descend some of the toughest track terrain in the country, with points awarded for placings at each stage, accumulating across five rounds of the series. Each rider, from junior through to elite level, must have qualified via regional races and numerous junior winners of the series have gone on to become world cup and world championship winners.

With up to 10 points available for seeding runs and up to 60 points available for final runs, the current standings, aside from the women’s leader, could all change this weekend ahead of the fifth and final round of the series in September.

Race director Simon Paton said, “This year’s series is already tight just three rounds in. The elite title chase has never been closer, even more so with a different winner in each round so far; Danny Hart, Gee Atherton and Marc Beaumont.

“I wouldn’t like to predict an outcome because this will be so close, with over 50 elite riders pre-entered, all ready and able to put in the run of their lives and hit that five-man podium come Sunday evening.”

Round four of the series will take place in Llangollen over the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June. Spectator entry is free, with car parking at £5.

The final round of the 2014 series will take place at the newly-established and challenging Bike Park Wales on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September.

The Coalville postman has a tough task in Monmouthshire if he is to repeat his silver medal finish at the 2013 British National Road Championships time trials, with a quality field competing
Matthew Bottrill rides for Drag2Zero and won the National 50-mile time trial earlier this month
Matthew Bottrill rides for Drag2Zero and won the National 50-mile time trial earlier this month. Photograph: Ian Buchan/Corbis

As with all races against the clock, the favourites at the British National Road Championships time trials in Monmouthshire on Thursday will all leave the starting line towards the end of the event, to build drama and tension in a discipline that could otherwise lack dynamism as a spectacle.

In this year’s lineup, those final few names on the start list are particularly eye-catching. There is Geraint Thomas, twice an Olympic track gold medallist, with an ever-growing reputation on the road; Alex Dowsett, seeking to become national champion for the fourth year in succession and winner of the Giro d’Italia’s long time trial in 2013. Then, of course, there is Sir Bradley Wiggins – knight of the realm, Olympic gold medallist,Tour de France winner and national treasure.

And there, sandwiched between Thomas and Wiggins, setting off third from last, is Matthew Bottrill. He has earned his place. Bottrill is one of Britain’s finest time triallists. He is also a postman, who works a 40-hour week in Coalville, Leicestershire.

Last year, he finished only 21 seconds behind Dowsett to clinch the silver medal ahead of Team Sky’s Ben Swift. This year, the 36-year-old is aiming for the podium again.

There is no secret to his success. He is no reclusive, maverick inventor in the vein of Chris Boardman’s great rival, Graham Obree. He has a coach, uses a power meter and hones his aero position in a wind tunnel, as do elite-level professionals.

However, he does all of this without the well-drilled support network enjoyed by Team Sky’s riders, cramming in his intense training around his working week, and while raising three young children. He rides for a small team, Drag2Zero, who harbour no ambitions of Tour de France glory.

Britain’s time-trialling tradition goes back far further than the dramatic successes enjoyed by Boardman, David Millar and Wiggins. For generations of club cyclists railing against a nation that viewed their sport with intense suspicion, it was the only way to compete.

Racing on Britain’s open roads was banned by the sport’s first governing body, the National Cyclists’ Union, in 1890. A splinter group, the Road Time Trials Council, settled on time trials as a way around it – a lone rider attracts far less attention than a bunch and, if challenged, could simply claim not to be racing.

Unsurprisingly, these early races were covert affairs. Riders would convene in the early hours at a secret location, wearing dark, inconspicuous clothing and set up a rudimentary out and back route with a marshal marking the halfway point. Publicity for races was forbidden, as was prize money.

This climate of scepticism pervaded cycling until long after road racing was legalised in 1959 and continued to stunt the sport’s growth in Britain. Despite the successes of the Tour of Britain and city-centre criterium races such as the Tour Series, the staple for many a domestic rider remains the effort against the clock.

On today’s domestic scene, which still races under the banner of the RTTC and with races run over the traditional circuit lengths of 10, 25 and 50 miles, Bottrill is unrivalled.

Earlier this month, he won the national RTTC National 50-mile time trial by more than two minutes to continue an unbeaten season. In second place was Michael Hutchinson, a fellow veteran of the scene, and the last non-professional to take the national title, in 2008 – each edition since has been won by either Wiggins or Dowsett.

Bottrill is representative of the tradition of the domestic time trial scene, a time before Mark Cavendish was winning world championships on the road for Team GB and before Wiggins and Chris Froome dominated the Tour de France. He is proof that somebody who has not aggregated every last marginal gain can still ride a bike spectacularly fast.

Given the quality of this year’s field, it would be extraordinary if Bottrill repeats his podium finish of last year. However, there will be plenty of people willing him on.

Eager for the ultimate adrenalin rush, the duo decided to jump from the top of the Tianmen mountain in China – despite the extreme sport being banned at the risky location.

The nerve-shredding footage shows the pair soaring alongside a 6km cable line – the longest in the world.

Incredibly, Russian divers, Ratmir Nagimianov, 29, and Gleb Vorevodin, 35, managed to get a mere ten metres away from the cable carts, giving Chinese tourists an unlikely surprise.

The whacky wingsuiters were forced to make split-second life or death decisions as they hurtled downwards.

 

 A wingsuit pilots shoots towards the ground in China[CATERS]

Mr Nagimianov said: “The view was just amazing, it was great to see the tourist buses driving around the curves of the road.

“There is an aerial lift which you can take to get the top of the Tianmen mountain, we were aiming to fly as close the cable carts as possible.

“Because of the high and speed of the initial jump, it was incredibly difficult to line up with the cable carts.

“But on the second jump we got really close, I’d say we were about five metres away.

 The incredible view as one of the wingsuited daredevils flies down from off Tianmen mountain [CATERS]

“We found out that jumps from this area are banned two days before our trip but it was too late to cancel so we knew we just had to go and try, we were constantly worried that someone would stop us from jumping.”

He said it was an “incredible experience” and even though it looks amazing on camera, the footage “really doesn’t do it justice”.

Colombian skydiver Jhonathan Florez set the world record for the highest altitude jump in a wingsuit in April, 2012.

He leapt 11,358 metres only a day after he had set the record for the longest wingsuit flight, after remaining airborne for nine minutes and six seconds.

Wingsuit flying dates as far back as 1930, when 19-year-old American Rex Finney used a suit to increase horizontal movement and maneuverability during a parachute jump.

 The sky divers could see tourist buses as they flew down the mountain [CATERS]

 

see more:http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/482794/VIDEO-Wingsuit-daredevils-drop-1-400-metres-in-stunning-clip

Two men in their 40s have died after an incident involving a group of divers off the coast of Eastbourne, police say

A satellite image of the English Channel at the Straits of Dover

A file satellite image of the English Channel at the Straits of Dover Photo: GETTY

Coastguards said the two men got into difficulty several miles off the coast of Eastbourne on Saturday afternoon.

A major water rescue was launched at around 1pm and the divers were hoisted from the water by helicopter.

Police later confirmed the two men, both in their 40s and from outside Sussex, were pronounced dead at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

DCI Mark Ling said: “Tragically two divers have died after getting into difficulty while diving in the Channel. We are informing their families and will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances.”

A spokesman for the Coastguard Maritime Agency described the incident as “very serious”.

A Coastguard rescue helicopter and the Trinity House vessel Patricia went to the scene, several miles off the coast of Eastbourne, East Sussex.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said: “Dover Coastguard has been assisting a dive boat this afternoon after two of its divers experienced difficulties during a dive mid channel, south of Eastbourne.

“Both divers have been evacuated from the dive vessel by Coastguard helicopter, with the assistance of the Trinity House Vessel, ‘Patricia’ and have been taken to Eastbourne Hospital.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police said that the force was aware of the incident and that officers had been sent to Eastbourne to meet the dive boat on its return from the scene.

see more:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10900217/Two-divers-dead-after-English-Channel-expedition.html

Riders Catch a Fire-Hose Wave: Straight Up

Posted: June 20, 2014 by kirisyko in SykOtic, Water
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The idea of using pressurized water as a kind of lo-tech jetpack has been around for a while, but this takes matters in another direction entirely.

The French extreme sports company Zapata Racing is officially unveiling its latest bananas concept, the Hoverboard, which essentially combines the elegance and grace of the surfboard with the raw power of the fire hose.

Jetpack Awarded Flight Permit, About To Take Off

It works like this: The Hoverboard is attached to a PWC (personal water craft — think Jet Ski) by way of an 60-foot hose and nozzle unit. Water scooped up by the PWC is pressurized and sent through the hose and nozzle, providing water propulsion for the board.

lot of water propulsion — the device allows riders to literally fly through the air, up to 16 feet vertically at speeds of upwards of 15 mph. The statistics don’t really do it justice, check out the video below to appreciate the madness.

The throttle is adjusted by the rider via a handheld controller. An optional control scheme even removes the need for a second person on the boat — riders can steer the PWC from the Hoverboard.

Drones, Jetpacks Take Stage At Futuristic Festival

Zapata Racing has been using the Hoverboard recently in extreme sports shows, and is now making the unit available for sale. Expect to pay around $6,000 if you’re interested, and you’ll need your own PWC. Training is also highly recommended, and Zapata offers that, too — though you’ll have to head out to Europe or French Polynesia.

You can get the full brochure online. I note here that all parts come with a one-year warranty. If you survive, presumably. So that’s nice.

 

see more:http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/riders-catch-a-fire-hose-wave-straight-up-140613.htm

Watch UFC Bantanweight fighter Urijah Faber train fighters as they take to the air in the new extreme sport entitled “Full Contact Skydiving”.


Faber explains the basics of the sport and helps refine the MMA techniques of the fighters taking part.

 

A FCS match consists of two fighters jumping from a plane at 15,000 feet altitude, who then proceed to fight for more than 10,000 feet if needed.

 

Irrespective of the fight’s status, each competitor must pull their respective parachutes at 4,000 feet.

A referee is also in the air with the fighters, with FSC essentially mimicking the rules of most MMA organisations.

Watch the amazing fighters in action below!

see more:http://www.rippa.com/category/other-sports/video-ufc-bantamweight-fighter-urijah-faber-explains-new-extreme-sport-full-contact-skydiving-201406200007/


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