Friday File: One Last Yell for Cadel! Pan Am Games Velodrome, Iconic Italians & MTN-Qhubeka: Onwards to the Tour

Rockin' the Mapei colors in 2002

It's hard to believe, Cadel Evans will ride his last stage race at Sunday's Santos Tour Down Under. I wish he was racing another season. One of the great Aussie riders of all time has crafted a prolific 16 year cycling career starting out as a mountain biker. He'll quit the sport in February after his own inaugural Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria. Evans will continue in the sport and will work as a BMC ambassador to mentor young riders and help with equipment development.

“Certainly the 2009 World Championship and 2011 Tour de France wins were what really lifted my name and my recognition in the sport. They are highlights and what I’m known for in cycling. I was consistent from the start. I am the oldest post-war Tour de France winner, I’m proud of that, my longevity. I wanted to leave the sport without any regrets. I had a lot of second and fourth places over the years, I made some small training or tactical mistakes, but on the overall, I can go away on February satisfied and know I gave my sport everything.”
- Cadel Evans

I'll be yelling for Cadel! One last time.

From CityNewsToronto, the new Pan Am Games velodrome in Milton will be a game changer. Listen to Steve Bauer's comments...

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games: July 10-26. 


In my opinion, Campagnolo has always crafted their products (as a standard) for all cycling aficionados. I'm one. Enjoying the iconic Italian brand since 1987. If I ever own a SuperRecord11 group set,  I don't know whether to use it or just admire it... most likely - both! A blessing in disguise.

Italian Icon
via Lifecycle

Iconic Italian race...

Italian beauty.

The 2015 Strade Bianche is March 7, including the first edition women's race. The white twisty roads through the Chianti vineyards will be extra exciting.

MTN-Qhubeka's growth is meteoric. Starting in 2013, next with recent high level signings, the first African registered team have been awarded a TdF wildcard!

Eddy Boasson Hagen is certainly capable of being the Boss in July.
via MTN-Qhubeka

Exciting entry to the Tour.

"I've told the team I want a competition jersey in one of these races, be that King of the Mountains, points or young rider - that's what we'll be going for. I think a lot of people may underestimate the African riders."

- GM, Brian Smith


Yeah... ever since I mounted a complete Veloce groupset on my racer I have been hooked. Not only does it work like a dream/clockwork, it looks great too. So what am I doing now? I am assembling a complete Athena groupset that will end up replacing the Veloce groupset on my current racer or on a brand new one.

And I just love that the Campagnolo products are still manufactured in Italy and Romania. For different reasons, it just feels right!