YMCA National Champ Shannon Jelley Verbally Commits to Rice

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NEW COMMIT: YMCA National Champion Shannon Jelley has given her verbal commitment to Rice University. Jelley swims for Lebanon, Ohio’s Countryside YMCA. She’s a senior at Kings Mills High School.

At YMCA Nationals this summer Jelley won the 200 fly in a 2:15.94. She was on fire all week, also finishing fifth in the 1500 (17:29.03) and sixth in the 100 fly (1:03.09). Last short course season at the Ohio Division 1 High School state championships Jelley was eighth in the 100 fly (55.87) and seventh in the 500 free (5:01.74).

In yards her top times are:

  • 200 Fly 2:02.64
  • 100 Fly 55.32
  • 500 Free 4:55.79
  • 1000 Free 10:27.84
  • 1650 Free 17:23.10

Jelley should be an immediate contributor for the Owls. At last year’s Conference USA Championships those times would have put her in the A final of the 200 fly and the B final of the 500 free and 100 fly.

She told Swimming World,

“Rice offers the perfect blend of academics and athletics. I felt at home as soon as I walked on campus, and the team and coaches were so welcoming. I would like to thank my family, coaches, and teammates for their support. Looking forward to being an Owl!”

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Tour de France 2018 route: What we know so far

Everything you need to know about the stages of the 2018 Tour de France route – we’ll keep updating this page as more information becomes available

The 2018 Tour de France, already scheduled with a three-day Vendée start northwest France on July 7, could cover the rough Tro-Bro Léon tracks, Paris-Roubaix cobbles, spend more time in the Pyrenees and return to Alpe d’Huez.

Race organisers ASO have already announced that the race will begin in the Vendée département in France’s northwest region. It rolls out with two road stages and a 35-kilometre team time trial.

>>> Who are the favourites to win the 2018 Tour de France?

The organiser announced it would begin with the Passage du Gois, but newspaper L’Equipe reports it will no longer be possible due to the race being pushed back one week to avoid clashes with the football world cup in Russia. Higher tides are expected to cover the causeway the week of the Tour’s visit.

A smaller peloton will leave Vendée in July. Teams will start with reduced eight-man teams, making the peloton only 176 riders instead of 198. The UCI made the decision in June to improve safety

After the start of stage four, it is unknown where those riders will race. The 2018 edition, however, should be a nationalistic one mostly within France’s borders.

Grand Départ of the 2018 Tour de France. Image: ASO

Before reaching the mountains, the race will tour northern France in the first week. From the stage four start in La Baule-Escoublac, the race director Thierry Gouvenou and ASO’s cycling boss Christian Prudhomme would like to cover the ribinoù roads used in Brittany’s one-day race Tro-Bro Léon. The characteristic roads in the Finistère département vary from smooth gravel to loose dirt and nasty cobbles.

The visit to Brittany would honour France’s five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault, who also was the last home rider to win the race in 1985. It would mark the 40th anniversary since his first Tour victory with a stage along the rugged coast to Saint-Brieuc, where he grew up.

The Paris-Roubaix cobbles could also feature for the first time since 2015. However while in 2014 and 2015 the Tour used at least 13km of cobbles, local newspaper Nord Éclair reports that only three kilometres of pavé will be featured in 2018, with the stage also reduced to 150km as the organisers try to avoid a clash with the football World Cup final in Moscow.

For those wanting to see more cobbled roads in the Tour, ASO could logically plan to cover the pavé of northern France after the 2019 start in Brussels.

The race could return to the Alpe d’Huez ski resort for a summit finish, after a start from Bourg-Saint-Maurice on stage 12. Since its debut in the 1976 edition, the Alpine pass has never waited more than three years for the Tour’s visit.

The riders could head towards the Alpe from the Col de Sarenne, as they did on stage seven of the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné. A 2018 visit would mark three years since Thibaut Pinot in 2015 won ahead of Chris Froome struggling to defend his yellow jersey lead against Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

The Alpe d’Huez stage is likely to to be the last of three stages in the Alps at the start of the second week. Le Dauphiné newspaper reports that after a rest day in Annecy, stage 10 will feature three major climbs over 151km to Le Grand Bornard, as well as a section of gravel road at Plateau des Glières.

Chris Froome, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran in the 2017 Tour de France. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

From there, stage 11 will reportedly start in Albertville, likely crossing a new climb in the Col du Pré before descending the Cormet de Roseland and a summit finish to La Rosière.

Mont Ventoux could return, as well. The party was spoiled in 2016, when high winds forced the organiser to shorten the ascent. Froome, due to a motorbike incident, ran up the climb.

French president Emmanuel Macron, with family roots friends and cousins in and around Bagnères-de-Bigorre, would welcome a longer stay in the Pyrenees.

In 2017, the race featured two stages in the mountains separating France and Spain. In 2018, the Tour could stay for four days with a possible return to the Tourmalet. A brief passage through Spain could be the only time outside France’s borders.

Rest days will allow for transfers ahead of the two big mountain sorties through the Alps and Pyrenees. A long airplane or TGV high-speed train trip will take the riders from the final mountain showdown to Paris, where it will end on July 29 on the Champs-Élysées as it has done every year since 1975.

Stages of the 2018 Tour de France route

Stage Date Start/finish Distance
1 Saturday, July 7 Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Fontenay-le-Comte 195km
2 Sunday, July 8 Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon 185km
3 Monday, July 9 Cholet to Cholet 35km TTT
4 Tuesday, July 10 La Baule to TBC TBC
21 Sunday, July 29 TBC to Paris TBC

Key info: Tour videos | Past winners | Brief history | Jerseys | Brits in the Tours

Previous editions: 2016 TdF | 2015 TdF | 2014 TdF | 2013 TdF | 2012 TdF | 2011 TdF | 2010 TdF

  1. 1. Stages of the 2018 Tour de France route
  2. 2. Stages of the Tour de France 2017 Route
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Harvard Picks Up Verbal Commit From WIAA Champion Ryan Linnihan

Photo Courtesy: Ryan Linnihan

NEW COMMIT: USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Ryan Linnihan has verbally committed to swim for Harvard University beginning next fall. Linnihan lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin and is a senior at Brookfield Central High School. He trains with Elmbrook Swim Club.

His focus is on sprint freestyle where his top SCY times are:

  • 50 Free 20.57
  • 100 Free 45.25
  • 200 Free 1:43.28
  • 50 Fly 24.52

In February at the High School Division 1 state championships, Linnihan won the 50 free (20.99). He was then fourth in the 100 (46.38). This summer he was the Wisconsin Long Course state champion in the 50 freestyle (24.10).

At last year’s Ivy League Championships Linnihan’s 50 freestyle time would have placed him in the B final. Harvard had two juniors in the A heat, the only members of the Crimson to earn second swims in that event. In the 100 free he’d be a C finalist. Harvard’s freshman star Dean Farris won (42.06) the event last year and was joined in the A final by two junior teammates.

Jake Johnson is also verbally committed to the Harvard Class of 2022.

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Alejandro Valverde hopes to skip 2018 Tour de France as Movistar focus on Quintana and Landa

37-year-old hoping to finally win World Championship in 2018

Three months on from fracturing his knee cap in a crash on the opening stage of the 2017 Tour de France, Alejandro Valverde has said that he hopes not return to the race next year as Movistar focus on supporting Nairo Quintana and new signing Mikel Landa.

Valverde, who has finished in the top ten of the Tour on six occasions, says that it will be better if he focuses on other objectives now that his team has so many GC options.

“With the signings that the team has made this year, with Landa, with Nairo there … I do not want [to go to the] Tour,” Valverde told Spanish newspaper El Pais.

“I think next year what I have to do is dedicate more to doing the Giro, the Vuelta and the Worlds. Next year, the World Championships in Austria are really tough.”

>>> Chris Froome takes aim at 2018 Tour de France, but tilt at Giro d’Italia not out of the question

Valverde has a remarkable record in the World Championships road race, finishing on the podium on six occasions and only twice finishing outside the top 10.

Now 37, and with very mountainous course on the cards in Innsbruck, Austria, the Spaniard is already concentrating on winning his first rainbow jersey next September.

“I have few opportunities left to win the World Championships,” Valverde continued. “I have six medals, but no gold. And in Innsbruck it’s very, very hard. And if all goes well…

“Well, looking at how I’ve recovered from my broken knee. Everything is going well for now, but until you start to go for it you can’t really be sure.”

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Shanghai Masters: Kyle Edmund beats Jiri Vesely to reach second round

Kyle Edmund

British number three Kyle Edmund registered a straight-set win over Jiri Vesely to reach the second round of the Shanghai Masters.

Edmund, ranked 53rd in the world, impressed on serve as he beat the Czech 6-3 6-2 in one hour and seven minutes.

He served 15 aces and converted eight of his 13 break points as world number 62 Vesely struggled to make inroads in the second set.

Edmund will play Croatian fourth seed Marin Cilic in the next round.

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Get Ready for the Holidays with SW’s Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is approaching, and you will probably find yourself to be either ahead of the game or overwhelmed by the thought of seasonal preparations.

For close to two decades, Swimming World Magazine has published an annual Holiday Gift Guide in our October, November, and December issues promoting great gifts for your loved ones. From books to stop watches, you are guaranteed to check one individual off your list. Give the gifts that can improve any swimmer’s experience in the water this holiday season!

View the Holiday Gift Guide in the October issue now!

Be proactive! Prevent the holiday stress and plan ahead.

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‘Close pass’ scheme rejected by police as drivers would have to move into opposite lane to overtake cyclists

Cambridgeshire Police also reject scheme as it could mean motorists have to slow down behind cyclists

Cambridgeshire Police have rejected a scheme designed to protect cyclists from close passes from vehicles as it could force motorists to move into the opposite lane to overtake and mean they needed to slow down when unable to overtake.

Operation Close Pass, which has seen a reduction of 20 per cent in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured in the West Midlands where it was first rolled out, has been deemed not “practical” due to the “lack of road space” in Cambridge.

>>> Passing judgement: How ‘Operation Close Pass’ is bringing bad drivers to book

The scheme uses plain clothes officers on bikes equipped with video cameras to target offending drivers. When a vehicle passes too close another officer stops it and the driver given an education input pointing out the error of their ways. Only the most serious offenders are prosecuted.

22 police forces across the UK are currently carrying out the scheme, but Cambridgeshire Police will not be joining because it could force motorists to move into the opposite lane when overtaking, or to slow down when unable to overtake.

Watch: Five tips for safer commuting

“The average road [in Cambridge] is approximately 3.5 metres from the kerb to the white lines,” Cambridgeshire Police casualty reduction officer Jon Morris told Cambridge News.

“Cyclists are advised to cycle 0.75 metres away from the kerb to avoid drain covers and an average car is about two metres wide. Operation Close Pass recommends drivers leave about 1.5 metres when passing a cyclist.

“If we add all those figures together it would mean drivers are moving into the opposite lane to overtake.

“For Cambridge city where roads are narrower and often very congested we would be potentially forcing motorists to drive at the speed of cyclists when there isn’t the recommended space to overtake.”

>>> Police targetting of ‘close pass’ drivers introduced in Edinburgh with aim onf Scotland-side roll-out

Local cycling campaign group Camcycle expressed its dismay at the police’s decision, pointing out that the city’s narrow streets made the need to crack down on close passes even more important.

“Camcycle is beyond disappointed in Cambridgeshire Police,” a statement read. “We are angry that they are apparently advising drivers that it is OK to pass closely because maintaining the speed and flow of motor traffic is more important than the safety of vulnerable road users.

“The fact that Cambridge’s roads are narrow is precisely the reason why close-passes are a problem here and action should be taken against them. Cambs police contradict Highway Code rule 163 ‘Give vulnerable road users at least as much space as you would a car’. The accompanying image is clear: you should wait until the opposite carriageway is clear to overtake if there isn’t space.”

With the police unwilling to take action, the group advises cyclists follow Bikeability guidelines and ride in the middle of the lane on roads which are too narrow for motorists to safely overtake, removing any possibility for drivers to attempt to dangerously squeeze past.

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Just four top-tier teams take part in Tour of Turkey in its first year as a WorldTour race

Presidential Tour of Turkey fails to attract minimum 10 WorldTour teams in its first year in the UCI’s top-flight race calendar

Just four out of the 18 WorldTour teams will be taking part in the 2017 Presidential Tour of Turkey, starting on Tuesday.

The Tour of Turkey was elevated to top-tier WorldTour status by governing body UCI for 2017, but has suffered problems in attracting the top teams.

Only Bora-Hansgrohe, Astana, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates will line up among the 13 squads taking part in the race over October 10-15.

Newly-appointed WorldTour races for 2017 were supposed to attract a minimum of 10 top-level teams rather than the compulsory participation of all 18 squads. However, organisers of the Tour of Turkey have struggled to reach this number.

>>> Quick-Step team manager: ‘Nobody wanted to ride the Tour of Turkey’

The race was originally intended to take place in April, but lack of interest from teams saw it pushed back to October after just one WorldTour squad reportedly signed up. However, the date change appears to have done little to attract significantly more teams.

Reports suggest that several teams are unwilling to travel to Turkey given the region’s political unrest in recent years. Quick-Step Floors’ team manager Patrick Lefevre said in February that none of his riders wanted to take part.

The Tour of Turkey appears on the 2018 UCI WorldTour calendar, again given an October slot. If the race fails to attract the minimum of 10 WorldTour teams for a second consecutive year it risks losing its WorldTour status.

Portuguese rider José Gonçalves won the 2016 Tour of Turkey, but will not be present after he switched teams from Caja Rural to Katusha-Alpecin for 2017. Katusha are among the WorldTour teams not taking part.

Last year’s runner-up, David Arroyo (Caja Rural Seguros RGA) is riding, and will come up against Leopold König (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates).

Irishman Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) heads up the list of sprinters.

2017 Presidential Tour of Turkey team list

Astana (WorldTour)
Bora-Hansgrohe (WorldTour)
Trek-Segafredo (WorldTour)
UAE Team Emirates (WorldTour)
Androni Sidermec Bottechia (Professional Continental)
Bardiani CSF (Professional Continental)
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (Professional Continental)
CCC Sprandi Polkowice (Professional Continental)
Gazprom-Rusvelo (Professional Continental)
Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team (Professional Continental)
WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect (Professional Continental)
Wilier Triestinia-Selle Italia (Professional Continental)
Turkish National Team

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Winter cycling survival guide: 10 helpful tips to keep you riding

The onset of winter shouldn’t stop you cycling if you are fully prepared for the weather and riding conditions. We help you out with some winter riding tips

Cycling through winter can seen like a daunting idea, even for those who have ridden in the colder months many times before.

Although we’d admit that it’s hard to beat cruising around in the summer, with short-sleeves and sunglasses, there’s still a lot of enjoyment to be had from winter riding – let alone the benefits of keeping your legs turning, and a bit of (very) fresh air.

Here we outline 10 key points to consider when facing a winter of cycling.

If you have any winter riding tips, feel free to add them in the comment section at the bottom of this article.

The most obvious and arguably important factor in winter weather riding is, of course, clothing. The right windproof, thermal and waterproof gear can keep you dry and warm on rides so that you barely notice how cold it is.

A full set of winter clothing can at first seem like a large expense, but choosing carefully and layering up can give you a range of clothing to suit a range of temperatures.

>>> Best winter cycling gear

There’s a temptation to throw on thick fleeces and waterproofs to stave off the cold, but you also have to consider that they will make you sweat, even when the temperature is nudging zero. Sweat can accumulate under your clothes to make you feel wet, cold and clammy.

Use cycle-specific clothing as that for other sports may not have the correct fit for your position when riding, or the correct properties to keep you moisture-free.

>>> The best winter cycling gloves

Good quality winter/windproof gloves and overshoes will keep your extremities warm – these are the most susceptible areas to getting cold first.

Not sure whether you have enough clothes on (or too many)? Then go outside before your ride and see how it feels. Remember that the effort of riding will warm you up a bit.

>>> Cycling in the rain: How to survive it

Clear or lightly tinted glasses are a good idea to keep spray and grit out of your eyes.

Winter clothing essentials: waterproof jacket, thermal bib tights, thermal/wicking undervest, windproof gilet/jersey, overshoes, windproof/thermal gloves, clear glasses
Winter clothing optional: thermal socks, under-helmet cap/headband, scarf, winter-specific shoes/boots

puncture repair

Punctures are part of winter riding, so don’t forget your tubes and pump

It’s a sad fact that the worse the weather, the more likely you are to get a puncture. Wet road conditions create some kind of magical lubrication for thorns, shards of glass and sharp pieces of flint to stab their way through the carcass of your tyre and into your inner tube.

This usually happens at the most inconvenient point of the ride.

>>> How to fix a puncture

Make sure that you have at least two tubes and a working pump – and you have to check that it works if you haven’t used it for a while. Some people swear by CO2 cartridges to inflate their tyres, but be aware that these run out after only one or two inflations.

In addition, when you operate them in low temperatures, the gas can cause the head of the canister to freeze, including to your gloves or fingers. We say this from bitter experience.

If you are riding in a group, make sure before you set out that between you, you have enough tubes and pumps. Don’t rely on someone else having it all.

Eating enough before and during a ride is as important in winter as it is at any other time of year. Be aware that some energy bars can become very hard during low temperatures, so either keep them somewhere warm (eg a jersey back pocket) or opt for a softer product, such as gels.

>>> Fuel properly for winter cycling

Keep drinking regularly too. It may not be obvious that you are sweating under all that clothing, but fluid loss happens when cycling at any temperature.

>>> Winter blunderland: don’t make these winter cycling mistakes

If the temperature is really cold, then mix your drink with hot or warm water to stave off the chilling effect, at least for a while.

Of course, a café stop on longer rides is even more essential during winter, giving you a chance to have a hot drink and a large slice of cake. Make sure you stay warm and don’t cool off too much when you are stopped.

We’re seeing more and more riders using lights all year round in daylight as a way of highlighting their presence to other road users. In winter, this is arguably more important as it can get very gloomy on overcast winter days when the sun is at its weakest.

>>> Best front bike lights for under £100

Small, light and very bright rechargeable LED lights can be commonly found and won’t break the bank.

Having lights with you at all times also relieves the worry that you will get caught in the dark during shorter days.

Make sure that your lights are charged (or you have fresh batteries) before every ride.

Wider tyres are great for winter riding, but keep an eye on wear and tear

Wider tyres are great for winter riding, but keep an eye on wear and tear

Teetering around damp, mucky lanes on your 23mm racing rubber is not the best idea for a number of reasons, not least the lack of grip and risk of slicing up expensive rubber.

>>> Winter road bike tyres

We’d opt for tyres that offer a degree of puncture protection and are harder wearing. Continental Gatorskins are a perennial favourite for winter riding, but many other tyre manufacturers offer similar models. They don’t stop all punctures, but every little helps.

Tubeless tyres and solid tyres are also an option, those these are currently slightly more expensive and more fiddly to install than regular tyres and tubes.


Use mudguards – your backside and the rider behind will thanks you for it

As any cycling club member knows, mudguards are a must in the winter. The spray and grunge kicked up as you ride along can land directly into your face, waterbottle, up your back and soak your backside in a highly uncomfortable way.

Anyone who has ever tried to ride directly behind someone who doesn’t have mudguards in the wet will know exactly how much water is sprayed up by a rotating bike tyre

You should keep your bike in tip-top condition at all times, of course, but in winter you’ll need to pay particular attention to moving parts, such as your chain, gears, cables, hubs and bottom bracket.

Give your bike a regular look over, and try and wash off the accumulated grime regularly. Check for wear on rims and brake blocks, as wet weather can be particularly harsh on these areas.

>>> How to adjust your bike gears (video)

Keep your chain oiled regularly, and make sure that your cables are in good shape. Salty water off gritted roads can play havoc with components, and water getting into exposed cables can cause havoc with shifting.

By keeping on top of your bike’s maintenance you can minimise the number of mechanical mishaps you may have when out riding. The last thing you want is to find yourself stranded at the side of a very cold road.

Winter bike

An aluminium-framed road bike with mudguards, puncture-resistant tyres and lights makes the perfect winter machine

As winter can be harsh on bikes, some people keep a specific bike just for winter. Usually, they are equipped with cheaper parts, mudguards, wider tyres and lights, and perhaps have lower gears to cope with a slower winter pace.

>>> Seven tips to get your bike ready for winter (video)

Many keep hold of an old bike when they buy a new one, and turn it into a winter machine. Others will go out and specifically buy a bike for the purpose: cyclocross bikes are popular as winter bikes, as are cheaper aluminium-framed road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes with slicks.

>>> Winter bikes: do you really need one?

Your winter bike may be heavy, and you can reasonably expect to see your average speed drop, but you’ll be flying when you switch back to your ‘best’ bike in the spring.

If you can afford a winter bike, we’d say go for it. Otherwise, ‘winterise’ your regular bike.


Check the weather before you leave, and be prepared for the worst

You may have specific requirements for the ride you are going on. Make sure you plan a sensible route to match the predicted weather forecast, take a (charged) phone with you, some money in case of emergencies and take heed of the advice listed above.

Think of the worst possibility and be prepared – within reason… we don’t recommend towing a workstand or oil-filled radiator around with you.

But only if you really, really, really have to.

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China Open champion Garcia pulls out of Tianjin Open

Caroline Garcia

World number nine Caroline Garcia has withdrawn from this week’s Tianjin Open because of injury.