Live power, speed and other data for riders in Tirreno-Adriatico

Tirreno-Adriatico is the first race in a two year deal covering data transmission for Italian events

Selected riders in races run by RCS Sports will be wired up to Velon’s rider tracking system. This transmits live rider data including position, speed, power, heart rate, cadence and acceleration.

Live stats will be available on Velon’s website and accessible to broadcasters to add to their transmissions. Eleven riders are wired up for the start of Stage One of Tirreno-Adritico include Vincenzo Nibali, Tom Dumoulin and Michal Kwiatkowski, who this week also posted his Strava stats for his winning ride in Saturday’s Strade Bianche.

Steve Cummings wins Stage Four of 2016 Tirreno-Adriatico (Photo Watson)

Riders’ race data is interesting; at the launch of its 2inPower power meter, Rotor shared power data from Steve Cummings’s winning ride on Stage Four of last year’s Tirreno-Adriatico, This showed that for around 20% of the race Cummings was not pedalling, with his four main efforts saved for the finish, following attacks and jumping away to win solo.

And in 2015 Team Sky released Chris Froome’s data from the final climb in Stage 10 of the Tour de France. This showed that his average heart rate on the 41 minute climb was 158bmp and maxed out at just 174bpm.

Watch: Tirreno-Adriatico race guide

Graham Bartlett, CEO of Velon, says: “This is a landmark partnership for Velon and we look forward to bringing this exciting technology to the great Italian races. The agreement with RCS Sport will bring extended coverage of data and further raise the profile of riders and teams involved.”

As well as Tirreno-Adritico, RCS Sport runs many key Italian races including Milan-San Remo in March, the Giro d’Italia, with its 100th edition coming up in May and Il Lombardia in Octobe

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Best cycling bib shorts: a buyer’s guide (video)

For any cyclist, bib shorts are an essential piece of kit and arguably the most important to get right. We pick out the best and tell you what you need to look for

As cycling grows in popularity, so does the range of brands and kit available to anyone from beginner to pro. Cycling bib shorts come in a huge range of options for cyclists of all shapes and sizes.

Choosing the right pair of bib shorts can be difficult, especially as you can’t really try before you buy – for obvious reasons. However, finding the best pair is essential for comfort and to keep you riding.

Bib shorts are the most important part of any cyclist’s wardrobe, and the discomfort of getting the wrong pair can end a ride and put you off getting back in the saddle for quite some time.

>>> Endura launch new custom bib short PadFit system

Below we have detailed what to look for when buying bib shorts, and also offered some options for where to start when buying. Remember though, everyone’s different so use this as a guide to help you find the best pair for you and get you riding in comfort in no time.

When it came to testing these bib shorts, we took the business very seriously. The good news is that none of those tested was considered a duff pair of shorts. Some are always better than others, but it’s good to report that, from the brands on test, without spending a fortune, it’s possible to buy an extremely comfortable and stylish pair of bibshorts that will last you many seasons of riding.

Our pick of the best cycling bib shorts

B’twin Aerofit bib shorts – 9/10

B'twin Aerofit bib shorts

B’twins cycling bib shorts offer comfort and performance above their price point

Read more: B’twin Aerofit bib-shorts review

These shorts offer performance that punches well above their price point.

The fit was good and their was never any chafing on the legs or undercarriage area. You’d have little to lose investing in a pair of these.

Buy now: B’twin Aerofit bib-shorts from Decathalon for £55.99

Fizik Link R1 Snake shorts – 9/10

Fizik Link R1 Snake

Fizik has three different categories of short depending on how flexible you are

Read more: Fizik Link R1 Snake shorts review

For a first attempt, Fizik has really hit the nail on the head with the Link R1 shorts.

These are seriously technical shorts, and they come in three options depending on how flexible you are.

dhb ASV Roubaix bib short – 9/10

A fleecy lining means that dhb’s Roubaix bib shorts are good for those chilly UK morning

Read more: dhb ASV Roubaix bib short review

The version of the Roubaix bib short we tested came with a fleece lining, although you can opt for a lightweight option if you’d prefer.

However, they were warm which was good for chilly mornings and, well, year round riding in the UK!

Buy now: dhb ASV Roubaix bib short from Wiggle for £70

Castelli Endurance X2 bib short – 9/10


The Castelli Endurance X2 is possibly one of the most comfortable bib shorts we’ve tested

Read more: Castelli Endurance X2 bib short review

Comfortable and supportive is how we found Castelli’s £100 bib shorts. They use the same Progretto X2 Air seatpad as found on their Mondiale bib shorts and Inferno bib-shorts.

Buy now: Castelli Endurance X2 bib short from Evans Cycles for £109.99

Specialized SL Pro bib shorts – 9/10

specialized sl pro bib shorts

Spesh’s SL Pro bib shorts sit snug and comfortable

Read more: Specialized SL Pro bib shorts review

The comfort and support of the SL Pro bib short material is excellent, as is the pad.

It managed to keep things comfortable despite riding a hard, racing saddle for long hours at a time.

Buy now: Specialized SL Pro bib shorts from Leisure Lakes for £99.99

Sportful Super Total Comfort bib shorts – 9/10

sportful super total comfort bib shorts

Does exactly what it says on the tin

Read more: Sportful Super Total Comfort bib shorts review

With a name like that you’d be right to expect a lot from these bib shorts.

Thankfully, they come through and are super comfortable. There’s no chafing or rubbing and they’re supportive enough for multiple days in the saddle.

Buy now: Sportful Super Total Comfort bib shorts from Wiggle for £150

Altura Women’s ProGel Peloton bib shorts – 8/10

Altura Women's Peloton ProGel bib shorts

The pad’s fit on the the Peloton ProGel bib short will be a thing of personal preference

Read more: Altura Women’s ProGel Peloton bib shorts review

The ProGel Peloton bib shorts have a very wide chamois so they won’t be for everyone, but chamois fit is a very personal thing.

Other than that, these are a comfortable fit with no belly pinching or chafing.

Buy now: Altura Women’s ProGel bib short from CycleStore for £44.99

dhb Classic bib short – 9/10

dhb Classic bib short

The dhb’s Classic bib shorts are simple, good performers

Read more: dhb Classic bib short review

The dhb Classic bib short are simple, but they get the job done well.

They’re comfortable, even on long rides and there’s plenty of ventilation to the pad to keep things cool.

Buy now: dhb Classic bib short from Wiggle for £45.00

To find even more bib-short reviews click here

Check back throughout the year as we test different shorts for different temperatures and conditions.

If you think we’ve missed any, let us know in the comments below and we’ll aim to expand the list of test products.

Cycling bib shorts: What to look for

Cycling bib shorts: Materials 

The choice of materials for designers is huge, from thicker leg material for chilly spring conditions to well-ventilated back panels for summer heat. Some make the best choices, while others leave you questioning what was going through their heads. The best idea is to get hands-on. If the shorts feel nice in your hand, they’re at least halfway to feeling good once you get them on.

bibshorts fit

A high back will help with a better fit

Cycling bib shorts: Fit

For the men, you need to ensure the shoulder straps are comfortable. Some come up short, feeling a little restrictive, even for me, a tester of average height. For the girls, the differences in waist design had a big effect on comfort and performance. Always try on shorts, and adopt a riding position to get a clear idea of how they’d really feel.


Cycling bib-shorts: Chamois

The other details are important to consider, but the chamois is the absolute key bib short component. Get it right and your shorts will offer years of comfortable miles. Get it wrong and the pad can become uncomfortable. Many brands buy in their chamois from an external company, such as Cytech, and can often use the same pad as a competitor.

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Swimming World Presents “Lessons with the Legends: Mike Peppe”

Photo Courtesy: Ohio State Athletics

Lessons with the Legends: Mike Peppe

Sponsored by Dolfin Swimwear

Swimming World continues a series in which top coaches share some of the secrets of their success. The March issue of Swimming World Magazine highlights the many accomplishments of Coach Mike Peppe of Ohio State.

Last March when Texas coach Eddie Reese won his 12th national men’s crown, he became the most titled leader in NCAA D-I college aquatic history, surpassing Ohio State’s Peppe, who won 11 championships between 1943 and 1962.

Peppe was a renowned swimming and diving coach. He was the head man at Ohio State (1931-62) for 31 years. He served as U.S. Olympic diving coach in 1948 and 1952, and was also the first head coach (swimming and diving) of the U.S. Pan Am Games team that went to Buenos Aires in 1951.

To learn more about Coach Peppe check out the March issue, available now!



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Take a video tour of the current issue of Swimming World Magazine…

by Chuck Warner
In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?

by Dan D’Addona
After dominating the last two NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Texas is poised for a three-peat…and they have the talent to win big again!

by Dan D’Addona
Not even a relay disqualification—which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet.

by James Sica, Diana Pimer and David Rieder
At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions.

by Annie Grevers
Twenty-one-year-old Rio rookie Ryan Murphy navigated the Olympic waters last summer like a seasoned sailor and produced golden results, winning three gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meter backstroke.

by Michael J. Stott
University of Georgia associate head coach Harvey Humphries along with Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Slusser talk taper

by Michael J. Stott

by Rod Havriluk
Two common misconceptions are that video is an appropriate technology to evaluate the technique of competitive swimmers…and that the video of a champion provides an appropriate model for effective technique. In reality, video does not provide the quantitative data necessary to evaluate technique accurately and unequivocally.

by Michael J. Stott
This is the third and final article of a multipart series on resistance training and how coaches are using it to make their athletes stronger and faster in the water.

by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott

by J.R. Rosania

by Taylor Brien


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Paris-Nice 2017 stage four time trial start times

The start times of every rider on Paris-Nice 2017 stage four

Stage four of Paris-Nice is a 14.5km time trial from Beaujeu to Mont Brouilly, featuring a mostly flat parcours before a nasty finishing climb that is much harder than it looks on paper.

The first rider off the start ramp is Andrea Guardini (UAE Team Emirates) at 13:25, with race leader Arnaud Démare (FDJ) setting off nearly three hours later at 16:10.

>>> Watch: Paris-Nice 2017 stage three highlights

Démare currently has a six second advantage over compatriot Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), meaning that he will have to put in quite a ride to hold on to the yellow jersey.

Other threats could come from the likes of Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), who is just 19 seconds back, while time trial world champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) will among those hunting for the stage win.

Key rider start times

(All times CET – subtract one hour for GMT)

Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 13:34:00
Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 15:15:00
Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing 15:19:00
Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Emirates 15:27:00
Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 15:36:00
Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 15:44:00
Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:46:00
Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 15:50:00
Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 15:51:00
Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 15:54:00
Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 15:57:00
Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 16:02:00
Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 16:04:00
Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 16:06:00
Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 16:09:00
Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ 16:10:00

Paris-Nice 2017 stage four time trial start times

(All times CET – subtract one hour for GMT)

Andrea Guardini (Ita) Team UAE Emirates 13:25:00
Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 13:26:00
Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 13:27:00
Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 13:28:00
Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis 13:29:00
Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates 13:30:00
Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 13:31:00
Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data 13:32:00
Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 13:33:00
Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 13:34:00
Jesus Herrada (Esp) Movistar 13:35:00
José Mendes (Por) Bora-Hansgrohe 13:36:00
Omar Fraile (Esp) Dimension Data 13:37:00
Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie 13:38:00
Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 13:39:00
Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 13:40:00
Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing 13:41:00
Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 13:42:00
Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 13:43:00
Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar 13:44:00
Victor De La Parte (Esp) Movistar 13:45:00
Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data 13:46:00
Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Emirates 13:47:00
Jan Polanc (Slo) Team UAE Emirates 13:48:00
Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 13:49:00
Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 13:50:00
Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data 13:51:00
Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis 13:52:00
Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 13:53:00
Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 13:54:00
Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing 13:55:00
Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida 13:56:00
Simone Petilli (Ita) Team UAE Emirates 13:57:00
Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 13:58:00
Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 13:59:00
Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana 14:00:00
Ben King (USA) Dimension Data 14:01:00
Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 14:02:00
Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar  14:03:00
Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 14:04:00
David Lopez (Esp) Team Sky 14:05:00
Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 14:06:00
Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 14:07:00
Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek-Segafredo 14:08:00
Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana 14:09:00
Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb 14:10:00
Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 14:11:00
Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing 14:12:00
Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 14:13:00
Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 14:14:00
Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 14:15:00
Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb 14:16:00
Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 14:17:00
Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:18:00
Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott 14:19:00
Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis 14:20:00
Mikel Nieve (Esp) Team Sky 14:21:00
Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar 14:22:00
Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Emirates 14:23:00
Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:24:00
Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 14:25:00
Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 14:26:00
Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie 14:27:00
Cyril Gautier (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 14:28:00
Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin 14:29:00
Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis 14:30:00
Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:31:00
Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ 14:32:00
Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana 14:33:00
Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale 14:34:00
Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 14:35:00
Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana 14:36:00
Axel Domont (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 14:37:00
Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 14:38:00
Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 14:39:00
Francisco Ventoso (Esp) BMC Racing 14:40:00
Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 14:41:00
Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 14:42:00
Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data 14:43:00
Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie 14:44:00
Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 14:45:00
Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie 14:46:00
Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 14:47:00
Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing 14:48:00
Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:49:00
Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 14:50:00
Matti Breschel (Den) Astana 14:51:00
Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott 14:52:00
Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 14:53:00
Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ 14:54:00
Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 14:55:00
Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 14:56:00
David De La Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors 14:57:00
Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal 14:58:00
Jose Herrada (Esp) Movistar 14:59:00
Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:00:00
Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 15:01:00
Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott 15:02:00
Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb 15:03:00
Alberto Losada (Esp) Katusha-Alpecin 15:04:00
Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana 15:05:00
Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana 15:06:00
Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 15:07:00
Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:08:00
Mathias Frank (Sui) Ag2r La Mondiale 15:09:00
Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis 15:10:00
Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ 15:11:00
Delio Fernandez (Esp) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 15:12:00
Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky 15:13:00
Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:14:00
Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 15:15:00
Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ 15:16:00
Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott 15:17:00
Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 15:18:00
Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing 15:19:00
Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 15:20:00
Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 15:21:00
Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 15:22:00
Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb 15:23:00
Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis 15:24:00
Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale 15:25:00
Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 15:26:00
Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Emirates 15:27:00
Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis 15:28:00
Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 15:29:00
Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal 15:30:00
Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 15:31:00
Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 15:32:00
Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors 15:33:00
Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie 15:34:00
Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar 15:35:00
Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 15:36:00
Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ 15:37:00
Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-Scott 15:38:00
Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott 15:39:00
John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo 15:40:00
Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ 15:41:00
Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:42:00
Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott 15:43:00
Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 15:44:00
Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 15:45:00
Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:46:00
Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 15:47:00
Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 15:48:00
Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 15:49:00
Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 15:50:00
Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 15:51:00
Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida 15:52:00
Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 15:53:00
Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 15:54:00
Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin 15:55:00
Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15:56:00
Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 15:57:00
Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 15:58:00
André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 15:59:00
Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Movistar 16:00:00
Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac 16:01:00
Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 16:02:00
Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ 16:03:00
Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 16:04:00
Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 16:05:00
Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 16:06:00
Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 16:07:00
Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 16:08:00
Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 16:09:00
Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ 16:10:00

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Monica Wilson – Wunda Chair Workout (65 mins) – Level 2/3

What You’ll Need:

Wunda Chair, Knee Pad, Towel

Work on your upper body connection in this strong Wunda Chair workout with Monica Wilson. She teaches her long-time client, Maria, focusing on keeping her shape in each exercise. She pays special attention to the transitions to maintain the connection to the back side of the body between movements.

Mar 08, 2017

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Alvarez, Woroniecki Set to Make Duet Debut at French Open

Anita Alvarez, left, and Victoria Woroniecki. Photo Courtesy: USA Synchro

Commentary by Dax Lowry, Swimming World Contributor

Anita Alvarez (Kenmore, N.Y.) and Victoria Woroniecki (Palm Coast, Fla.), members of the U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Squad, are set to make their debut as a duet Friday at the Make Up For Ever French Open in Paris. The event runs through Sunday.

Alvarez, a 2016 Olympian, and Woroniecki were named to the national squad late last year, and USA Synchro CEO Myriam Glez says the new duet’s synchronization and endurance are already in fine form.

“They’re looking good, especially in the technical routine. The goal has been to get this new pair ready for their first competition,” Glez said. “Obviously it is the beginning of the season so they need more work, but they are doing a great job. They will have more time to take these routines to the next level before the China Open and Japan Open.”

Alvarez made her Olympic debut last August in Rio, finishing ninth in duet with two-time Olympian Mariya Koroleva. Woroniecki has international experience during her stints on U.S. junior national teams, having competed in Canada, China and Russia. This will be her first as a member of the senior national squad.

“These two athletes have different strengths and weaknesses. Victoria is taller than Anita, and she makes the pair look bigger in the water,” Glez said. “She also has great propulsion and power, and therefore it helps with the stamina throughout the routine and makes them look powerful.”

The French Open is the first leg of the inaugural FINA World Series of Synchronized Swimming. The World Series will integrate existing smaller synchro events from all over the world, with each leg staged in conjunction with existing national opens and competitions. The 2017 circuit will include a total of seven events.

The Synchro America Open, the only international synchronized swimming event held in the U.S., will be included in the World Series. The Synchro America Open will be held June 21-24 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

“The FINA World Series is inspired by other sports like diving and swimming,” Glez said. “This is great for synchro because it encourages more countries to participate in more competitions throughout the season. The goal is also to formalize the synchronized swimming competition schedule and to better market our sport.”

2017 Calendar for FINA World Series

Make Up For Ever French Open (Paris), March 10-12

China Open (Taiyuan, China), April 22-24

Japan Open (Tokyo), April 28-30

Canada Open (Toronto), May 2-7

Spain Open (TBD), May 26-28

Synchro America Open (East Meadow, N.Y.), June 22-24

Suv Parisi (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), August (dates TBD)

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Wednesday – Food, Fun and Fitness

For those of you who have not seen it yet – Crossfit Factory Square is proudly celebrating another year and what better way to do it than with all of the Factory Square community! Join us for some Food, Fun and Fitness. This year’s celebration with include a 2 or 4 person partner WOD (your choice) followed by a potluck brunch around 11 AM. We hope that everyone can join us for both but please feel free to come to one or the other.

Now that you know about the event, how about some of those important details . . . .

WHEN: Saturday, April 1st – Doors open at 9:30 AM, WOD at 10:00 AM

WHO: All are invited!

WOD: 4 Person Team WOD

40 Handstand Push Ups (mod:pike)

60 Burpees

800 meter Run

100 Kettlebell Swings 53/35

120 Hand Release Push Ups

140 Abmat Situps

160 Wall Balls 20/14

180 Hurdle Hops

All movements must be completed in order and only one athlete working at a time. Team must also complete a 2 mile run (sub will be a 4k row). This can be broken up however you wish with one working at a time and can be done at any time while other team members are working on the reps of each exercise. The run can also be done as a buy in or cash out (if done as a two person team the reps/mileage will be cut in half).

Hope to see everyone there!

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Injured Serena Williams out of Indian Wells

Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam at this year's Australian Open - an Open era record

World number one Serena Williams says a knee injury has forced her to pull out of this week’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Williams, 35, said she will also miss the Miami Open later this month.

The American, who won an Open era record 23rd Grand Slam at the Australian Open earlier this year, said: “I have not been able to train due to my knees.”

She added she would return “as soon as I can”.

Indian Wells organisers said a revised draw would be issued later.

Williams only returned to the Californian tournament in 2015 after a 14-year boycott following claims she had suffered racist abuse at the venue.

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NSPF Recommends Bathroom Breaks Every 30-40 Minutes During Practice

Photo Courtesy: National Swimming Pool Foundation

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF® ), has recommendations to improve water and air quality by reducing urine in pools. A few small changes by coaches, parents, and facility managers can prevent pee in the pool. After all, the swimmers, parents, and coaches have the most to gain since they are the ones who are exposed to the water and breathing the air.

Just because one report suggests we should fear urine in the pool, people of all ages should continue to enjoy the wonder of water. Immersion and water activity can reduce lower-back pain, blood pressure, and arthritis symptoms, and improve mental and physical health. Recent science has shown that even the sight of water can improve one’s mood.

First, everyone from swim coaches to parents should encourage showers and bathroom breaks before entering the water. It is important to recognize that being submerged in water stimulates the body to create more urine. There are other simple solutions that coaches, parents, and facility managers can incorporate that reduce pee in the pool.

Swim Coaches should require a bathroom break 30-60 minutes into the practice. For example, it takes about 40 minutes in the water for a person to feel the need to urinate. A short break that borders this time frame will reduce peeing in the pool.

Parents who frequent water parks, public pools, or backyard pools should schedule an “out of pool” time for a snack, sunscreen, and a bathroom break every 30-60 minutes.

Facility Managers should consider two ways to prevent pee in the pool. First, schedule short breaks to encourage people to exit the water. For example, a 10-minute “adult only” swim time or an out-of-pool activity every hour encourages people to exit the pool and use the bathroom. Second, post signage that suggests using the bathroom and showering before getting into the pool.

Air quality can also be improved upon for indoor facilities when we keep urine out of the water. What’s more, everyone from children to masters can gain the benefits of one of the most fun and healthy activities. When coaches, parents, and facility managers make small changes, the water we enjoy and air we breathe is healthier, safer, and better.

About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®

We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF® offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. In 2012, we launched the Step Into Swim™ Campaign, a 10-year initiative to create one million more swimmers. In 2016, to further their mission, NSPF combined forces with Genesis, an educational leader for builders of residential pools and spas. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit,, or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.

Press release courtesy of National Swimming Pool Foundation 

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