We're excited to announce that as part of our partnership with Team Sky, we'll be posting stage files from rider Ben Swift as he and the team race their first big event of the 2011 season, The Santos Tour Down Under. Nicknamed the "Aussie Tour de France," this race kicks off the pro cycling season and draws the top teams from around the world, including Team Sky, Garmin-Cervelo, Radioshack, Astana, HTC-Highroad, BMC and others. Don't miss your chance to see how you stack up to the pros!
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This report is brought to you by Mark Dawson who lives in Adelaide, Australia. Mark is a cyclist, triathlete and one of the earliest TrainingPeaks customers. Sprint Showdown - Tour Down Under The UCI Pro World Tour kicked off last night with the Santos TDU Cancer Council Classic in Adelaide. Over 100,000 cycling fans packed the circuit, expecting fireworks from many of the world’s top sprinters.
Wow what a race! If you didn’t get a chance to watch the World Road Championships held this past Sunday in Melbourne, Australia you missed a great race won by Norway’s Thor Hushovd.
TrainingPeaks was well represented in all of the races with top athletes from many countries. One professional athlete that has allowed us to promote quite a lot of his race files in the past is Team Saxo Bank’s Chris Anker Sorensen of Denmark. You may have seen Chris’s power files from this year’s Tour de France.
When TrainingPeaks asked Chris if he wouldn’t mind sharing his World’s Road Race file he didn’t hesitate to say “no problem with me” and he went on to be about as vocal in his description of the race as well. In fact, “Good Legs”, is all Chris had to say as he sent us his file.
The final mountain stage of the 2010 Tour de France was already designed to be incredibly challenging, with 3 high mountain passes in the Pyrenees, each one harder than the last. Add in the fact that the top two riders in the race were separated by only 8 seconds at the start of the day, and Stage 17 became one of the hardest rides the Tour has ever seen.
On a stage where the first big climb began just a few hundred meters from the starting line, the hard work started right away and didn’t stop all day. After a short neutral roll-out from Luchen, the 0 KM sign signaling the start of the race was posted right next to the KOM sign signaling the start of the 11km Col de Peyresourde. Attacks began almost immediately, with Lance Armstrong riding aggressively the whole way in a bid to take the stage win, splintering the peloton so severely that at one point the “main group” was down to just 14 riders!