Here's my quiz to you for this week. Leave your answers in the comments, leaving your name, blog or website. The winner who gives all correct answers first will be credited by a free link here to their site (and consequently, Google search results). Comments close on Friday, June 5. Good luck now! (This may be easy, so go on, take a dab at it!)
1. He is the only American rider to have won both the Ghent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne spring classics. Who is he?
2. The death of this Kazakh rider in 2003 sparked an important event in the world of professional cycling that is still seen to this day. What event?
3. How many professional cyclists died so far in this century after crashing during a race? Was it :
4. How many strain gauges do the Quarq Powermeter contain?
5. "Something must change in the rear!" These were the words of the inventor behind the Chamois Butt'r, a famous skin lubricant for cyclists. True or false? Give your reasons too.
The correct answers were :
1. This year's 100th Giro included nearly every rider to have won the event since the turn of the century. The most recent winner, Alberto Contador and Paolo Savoldelli, are the only omissions from the list, with Danilo Di Luca, Ivan Basso, Damiano Cunego, Gilberto Simoni and Stefano Garzelli having shared every other race win from 2000 to 2007.
2. Alfredo Binda, who was both Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali's trainer, won 5 Giro d'Italia's in total. Binda could have possibly won more Giro d'Italia titles, but was paid the prize money he would have won to not ride in 1930 because the organizers were worried that it would kill public interest if he won again.
3. MAVIC is the bicycle company with quite possibly the longest name. MAVIC is an abbreviation that stands for Manufacture d'Articles Vélocipediques Idoux et Chanel.
4. Riders in the past would ingeniously use the top of the stem shaft near their handlebars to pull open the caps of Champagne bottles.
5. Mini Cooper, or Cooper Car Company, recently released plans to launch a single speed, fixed gear bike. The new bikes will be named Cooper Bike (spare me). Each bike will feature the classic Cooper badge. Customers will be able to build their own bike on the website by choosing the frame size, color, seat, rims and handlebars.