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Jo sent me in this video. Those Australians really know how to make an advert. This one’s for beer, check it out.

Mountain Biking Legend and now purveyor of fine frames, John Tomac is clearing out his garage to make way for a private jet and is selling of a lot of mountain bike exotica*. Chipps at Singletrack had the scoop on it and there’s more here. (*this statement is only partially true).

Now then, this is a little report from Cyclingnews about a rider I have a lot of respect for, but one who seems to have some of the worst luck and never has really had the opportunity to fulfil his true potential:

Zülle wants another home tour

Swiss veteran Alex Zülle, who after contemplating retirement in 2003 will continue this season with Phonak Hearing Systems, has declared his ambitions for another victory in his home tour, the Tour de Suisse. Zülle won the event in 2002, but struggled in 2003 amidst a largely lackluster season.

This year, which will most likely be his last as a professional, Zülle wants to perform in the Swiss stage races, while envisioning a support role for new team leader Tyler Hamilton in the Tour de France.

“My main objectives are the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse,” Zülle said. “Another victory in Switzerland would naturally be fantastic.”

With his best years in the Tour de France behind him, Zülle, 35, has indicated he would be content to work for Hamilton and Phonak’s other star arrival, Oscar Sevilla, should his form be good enough to warrant a ride in the Tour.

“Tyler is a classy rider, and has a unique character,” Zülle added. “I see myself as a source of guidance, and also as a helper for the team.”

Hamilton and Zülle that could be an interesting combination. I’m looking forward to following these two this year.

Finally, Britain’s biggest track cycling event of 2004, the UCI World Cup, is coming to the Manchester Velodrome at Easter (9th – 11th April). The meeting is presented by Kellogg’s and features teams from 40 countries with all the principal track stars competing for their places at the World Championships and Olympic Games. For Great Britain, Australia, France, Germany and the others this is the crunch.

Even Mario Cipollini is rumoured to be riding the Individual Pursuit! Seats can be booked by phoning 0871 230 2621 or following this link.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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