Thor Hushovd Biography

Thor Hushovd was born on the 18th of January in the year 1978. He is a professional bicycle racer from Norway and participates in the road events. Thor Hushovd is mainly known for his time trailing and his sprinting. He became the 2010 Norwegian and the World Road Champion. Thor Hushovd also became the first Norwegian to have led the Tour de France. He was also the first Scandinavian to have won the World Road Championship in the road race cycling event. Another remarkable feat achieved by Thor Hushovd is that he is also the Scandinavian with the highest number of stage wins in the Grand Tours.

Thor Hushovd is nicknamed as the Bull from Grimstad and the God of Thunder. He weighs eighty three kilos and stands tall at 6 feet. He is currently a part of the Garmin-Cervelo and is a specialist at road race events.

Thor Hushovd was the winner of the under twenty three World Championship in the event time trial. He also won the under twenty three version of Paris-Tour and Paris-Roubaix. He then turned professional in the sport of cycling in the year 1998. Thor Hushovd then went on to become the Norwegian champion in time trial in the years 2004 and 2005. He also became the road race champion in the year 2004 and 2010. In the year 2006, Thor Hushovd won seven UCI ProTour races in total and also won two stages of the 2006 Tour de France. He was the winner at the prologue and led despite a cut arm. He continued to race with stitches on my body and then regained the famous yellow jersey after the second stage. He then went on to win the last stage of the tour by beating Robbie McEwen. In the Vuelta a Espana, he continued his good form and won the sixth stage and wore the golden coloured jersey for a total of three stages. The year 2008 was also good for Thor Hushovd as he won the second stage of the Tour de France in a bunch finish.

In the 2009 season, Thor Hushovd raced for the Cervelo Test Team and got one of the first wins for the team by winning the third stage of the prestigious Tour of California. The same year at the Tour de France, he won the much coveted green jersey for the second time. He also won the third stage at the Tour of Missouri in the month of September with a sprint finish. The next season did not begin so favourably for Thor Hushovd as he broke his collarbone after colliding with a little girl during his training. He however made a fast recovery and came back to win the Road World Championship in the month of October. In doing so, he became the first Norwegian ever to win the title. This championship began in Melbourne and ended at Geelong in Australia. He beat Denmark’s Matti Breschel, Allan Davis of Australia and the favourite Philippe Gilbert. Thor Hushovd is one of the most successful and recognized faces in the world of competitive cycling.

Thor Hushovd Launches His Autobiography

After retiring earlier this year the cycling star Thor Hushovd has published a biography of his name and has named it “Thor”. The book is a revelation of many events and relationships some that have been part of controversies while some out of the blue.

The book shows how the image of cycling has been formed among people all around because of the corrupt governing body and the issues relating to doping and drug abuse.

The hottest and key revelation of the book has been about the relationship of the player with fellow Lance Armstrong and the doping charges against the same.

He has denied any close relationship with Lance and has said that they just talked when they were racing together. Thor has said that he did not expect that the person he respected despite of being a rival to be so casual about doping and saying that he was not the only one who did it. Thor said that although he wanted to refuse to what he was saying and tell him that he did not dope and there were many who played with the true spirit of game he did not. But he knew that telling him would not make a difference as he believed everyone doped.

Thor has also revealed in the book that the UCI or the governing body for cycling has hidden many positive results of doping just to prevent the sport, which is wrong. He states that the system was inappropriate and corrupted and that Lance’s example just approves it more.

Thor is 36 years old and lives with his wife and two children his career has been of injuries, illness, victories and defeats. He has written about it all in the book. The book provides you with an insight of the sport as well as his life.

Cycling Might Become A Possible Transport Option In Singapore

Khaw Boon Wan (Singapore’s National Development Minister) strongly believes that cycling has the potential of becoming a possible transport option for the Singapore residents in order to visit places such as the MRT station, hawker center, coffee shop, supermarket etc. This can happen only when efforts are made to make this mode of transportation more pleasant and safe in Singapore.

A blog titled as “4 Wheels Good, 2 Wheels and 2 Feet Even Better” was posted on 22nd of October, 2014 in which Mr. Khaw stated that Singapore has good pavements and pedestrians are always given priority. Therefore the country is quite well-developed in relation to walking.

But according to him, Singapore is not that perfect also. He gave examples of cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam and said that cycling and walking are the most common modes of transportation in these cities. In comparison to these cities, Singapore is way behind.

Cycling occupies only around 1% to 2% of the modes of transportation in Singapore, said Mr. Khaw. Cycling should be viewed as not only a means for recreation but also transportation.

In the blog post, Mr. Khaw also mentioned about the National Cycling Plan according to which 700Km cycling network will be developed in Singapore. By 2015, cycling paths (intra-town) will be created in Bedok, Punggol and Yishun. Eventually, cycling networks will be developed in twenty-six HDB towns so that homes can be connected to MRT stations and other neighborhood areas.

Government of Singapore is also discussing several schemes associated to bike sharing and introducing more educational programs related to safety (for instance the Safe Cycling Programme for Youth).

Mr. Khaw is of the opinion that cycling and walking will benefit the economy, environment, society and individuals in Singapore in the best possible manner. He also added that policies in Singapore have always supported active mobility.

Hushovd Loses Plan Due To Accident

Thor Hushovd, the cyclist of Norway in top for several years is not seeing the World Championship as crowning glory which is up coming. A mighty fall has led him to think over his cycling in the coming events. Instead he has his sight set on local events.

In an interview for the magazine he stated that may be he would think of cycling in Birken. Birkebeiner annual race of cycling draws participation from huge numbers all over the world. Though he had announced his retirement to June, the fall came as shock. The cycling race which is going to take place in Spain this month he had his eyes set on that. Since he had won the Australian championship in 2010 he thought that he had every opportunity to clinch the title again. His career of cycling would have ended with a high note unless for the fall.

In the Tour de Poitou- Charentes n France he suffered due to a mighty fall. It was his hip hitting the asphalt and then the wounds and scars which led Atle Kvalsvoll, his coach to state that all his chances of playing in a vital lap on Sunday had been lost. He does not even have the required training to be able to take part in the World Championship. He does not play only for the sake of it rather he plays so that he can win the game. It has come as a major setback for him.

His last race was in Norway and now he is looking at the local races in his hometown itself. He wants to go on cycling and finish his autobiography which is going to come in October. He however, claims that he is not heartbroken or crestfallen since his career was a shining one.

Kris Cook Dies Due To A Heart Attack During The RideLondon Event

Prudential RideLondon is basically a cycling festival that was inaugurated in the year 2013 and has ever since become extremely popular in UK. The event usually continues for two days in order to raise money for some good cause or the other. The main purpose of this cycling event is to encourage more and more people to engage in cycling. This year RideLondon 100 took place on the 9th and 10th of August, 2014.

RideLondon event this year came to an unfortunate end because a cyclist named Kris Cook died due to a heart attack on the last day of the event. The organizers of RideLondon said that he was immediately treated by the event doctors present there and then he was taken to a nearby hospital. However later it was pronounced that he was dead.

A huge number of people had been a part of the public cycling ride which was going to be a 100 mile ride. But due to weather warnings the miles were reduced from 100 to 86 miles.  Kris Cook was participating in the event along with some of his friends and his girlfriend to raise funds for a hospice called Woking Hospice. According to his mother, Kris died doing what he loved the most and that is cycling.

After the announcement of Kris Cook’s death, large amounts of donations were deposited in the account of Woking Hospice in order to honor Cook’s memory. Earlier the target for the charity was around £500. But then it was raised to around £10,000 and more.

Prudential RideLondon organizers and many other riders such as Karen Sutton, Richard and Kathy Rendall, Gloria Benson and so on expressed their sadness and condolences towards Kris Cook’s family.

Postmortem examination in order to establish the real cause of Kris Cook’s death will be held soon.