In addition to the new Speedfox mountain bikes, BMC has just unveiled three new skinny tired bikes. There’s something for every budget and style, whether it’s cyclocross, adventure riding or just good ol’ fashioned road riding.For pure pavement, there’s the new entry level (but still carbon) Teammachine SLR03, an affordable way to get the Swiss brand’s racy road bike in a very upgrade worthy package. Three builds will be offered, all on the same 1230g carbon frame (size 54, with hardware). Overall, it’s very similar to the higher end SLR02, but adds an even smaller size 47 to the mix to fit more riders than ever… Also offered are a 105 (left) and Tiagra builds. All come with their full carbon Compliancepost, which works in concert with the TCC frame and fork to improve overall comfort. It comes standard with an 18mm offset, but 3mm and 30mm offset posts are also available. More tech info on TCC is here. Frames use their DTi cable routing, which means it works with both mechanical and electronic groups even though mechanical shifting cables are run externally. All three bikes spec durable Continental Ultra Sport 700×28 tires and have an integrated chain catcher, both of which should help keep you on the road and out of the shop.BMC-Racing.com Further up is the Shimano 105 build. Directly above is the Tiagra (left) and Sora (right) bikes. Pricing TBD.2015 BMC CROSSMACHINE CX01After taking a break from offering a cyclocross bike, BMC returns with the Crossmachine CX01, bringing with it all the frame tech they developed for the GF01 endurance road bike.The CX01 blends their oversized lower half with wispy seatstays and cyclocross geometry to help riders lay down the power without getting beat up over the rough grass patches. It also borrows the layup tech from their SLR road bikes to bring the frame in at just 1,100g (size 54) with all hardware. It’s disc brake only, designed specifically for 140mm rotors on the frame. The fork will handle up to 160mm, but the bikes will be spec’d with 140s all around. Those mini rotors will be grabbed by the new SRAM Force CX1 Hydro group, which means a 1×11 drivetrain. (Editor’s note: Actual spec is the all new FORCE CX-1 Hyrdo lever. This group was not available at the time that BMC took the photos, they had to substitute to get photos out with the release of the bike.) Wheels are DT Swiss R23 Spline, tires are Continental Cyclo X King 700x35c. Cockpit uses their carbon Compliancepost with BMC bar and stem, too. A Fizik Arione saddle rounds it out. Claimed bike weight is 7.7kg (16.98 lb).The frameset, which includes the hardware, fork and seatpost, comes in at a claimed 1,540g (3.4 lb).Five sizes will be offered when they come available later this year, hopefully just in time for ‘cross season. Unless you’re in Florida.2015 BMC GRANFONDO GF02 CARBON Not quite sure if you wanna ride off road or on? The Granfondo is a great bike for testing the waters on less than ideal pavement and country roads with no pavement (we reviewed the original GF01 here). Originally launched as an alloy bike beneath the top end carbon GF01, the 2015 model becomes a carbon fiber bike, too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get a disc brake option out of the gate, you’ll have to pony up for the GFo1 Disc introduced at Eurobike last year for that.The top model is the GF01 Ultegra, shown above. The key difference is in the layup, which results in heavier bikes as you move up the price range:SLR01: frame 790g / frameset 1,360gSLR02: frame 970g / frameset 1,530gSLR03: frame 1,230g / frameset 1,860gEven at the bottom, though, you’re still getting their TCC (Tuned Compliance Concept) layup and design, which helps smooth the ride and soak up vibrations. It’s even UCI approved should you get into it enough to start racing.It’s available in five sizes (47, 51, 54, 57 and 60cm) with the new smallest 47cm size aimed at riders below 164cm tall. The 47cm frame is actually about 30mm shorter than the SLR02’s 48cm size.
Vermont Business Magazine Members of the Cancer Center Community Crusaders (known as the 4Cs) and the Quiet Valley Quilters have joined forces to support patients at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington. In October, the three organizations worked together to provide 14 handmade quilts to cancer patients whose treatment had ended who had transitioned to hospice care. The quilters are preparing quilts for six additional patients now. Cancer patients and staff build deep relationships throughout their appointments, sometimes over many years. Once a patient has transitioned to hospice care, they no longer come to the Cancer Center. Both patients and staff feel that separation.Quilters Nelle Knapp, Wendy Sharkey, Gloria Boutin, Pat LaFontaine, Sharon Shorey, and Daraine Niegoda present pieces from quilts they are assembling for cancer patients at SVMC. “Giving one of these beautiful quilts to a patient is a way of recognizing the significance of their journey and to continue to be there with them. It communicates that they are not alone,” said Charlene Ives, MD, a medical oncologist at the Cancer Center.The idea to give quilts arose more than a year ago. The staff had been giving personal gifts to patients to acknowledge their last treatment. These special gifts were meant to mark the transition between the end of treatment and the start of hospice care. Honoring this transition seemed to help both patients and staff cope with the separation. Ives became aware of other cancer treatment centers providing transition kits, which included quilts. She brought the idea to the Breast Care Program Leadership Team for consideration. This group includes physicians, nurses, volunteers and others.Avis Hayden, a former SVHC employee, was part of this group and a member of the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild. She felt the Guild might be interested in providing quilts for these transition kits. She researched similar programs around the country, including Peace Health in Oregon. The staff there provided the details necessary to launch a program here in Bennington. Hayden introduced the idea to the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild — to date more than a dozen quilters have worked to sew blocks for the quilts.Hayden worked with the Cancer Center Community Crusaders to help fund the project. When approached with the project, Hayden said, “The 4Cs were very receptive. We couldn’t do this without their financial support. The Guild members provide a substantial amount of the fabric and certainly the time in design and sewing — but the larger pieces of fabric necessary for the quilt backs would have been a financial burden for Guild members had the Four C’s not stepped in.”“Most of our committee members are survivors or caregivers. So when Avis came to us with the idea of supporting patients with handmade quilts, it really resonated with us,” said Joanne Holden, a member of the Cancer Center Community Crusaders.Hayden also worked with the Quiet Valley Quilter’s Guild to organize quilters. More than a dozen quilters sew blocks for the quilts. The Group holds workshops a few times a year to assemble the blocks and finish the quilts, said Wendy Sharkey, the guild’s spokesperson.The staff at the Cancer Center will choose a quilt for each patient transitioning to hospice care, just as they have chosen special gifts in the past.“We will do this as a team. We hold each other up,” Ives said. “The quilts stay with the patients’ families after the patient passes away. It is a way of remembering this time in their loved one’s life.”About:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the SVHC Foundation; the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).
Kolín – After three defeats, the football players of Sparta Kutná Hora already wanted to score points in the division. On Sunday, however, a match awaited them on the field of another tough opponent – Sparta Kolín:Kolin – Kutna Hora 10: 1 (6: 0)Only one half of the field was enough for the first half – the visitors. The Kutná Hora team practically did not get in front of the opponent’s goal, in addition, the Kolín team were faster, more accurate, more emphatic and, most importantly, more successful in air battles. Already in the 2nd min. Kutná Hora lost the air fight, Vojta went alone to the goalkeeper, but Malý still resisted. After a free kick, Koděra shook the Kutná Hora gate with a hard blow to the bar, in the 4th min. The little one successfully faced another 100% chance, this time of Sodom. The guests prepared the only opportunity for the first half in the 5th minute: The long center flew from the right side to the free Hradílek, who aimed above. The field was then completely dominated by the Kolín team, who scored six times during the break! In the 6th min. Vojta offered an introductory goal to A. Čapek with a pass in front of the goal – 1: 0, in the 10th min. L. Šindelář avoided offside – 2: 0. In the 17th min. after a long car and the center, the guests played a small house, but the goal did not fall from an indirect kick. Also after the chances of Štancl or Vácha, in the 25th min. Malý ran against A. Čapek, knocking down his pass only to Vách – 3: 0. In the 31st min. L. Šindelář pulled out A. Čapek, who went alone to the goal – 4: 0, in the 35th min. Sodoma finished the game with a touch of one touch from 5 to 0. Kolín added one more goal during the break, Vojta went to Malý again alone – 6: 0.In the second half, there was basically nothing to play for. Nevertheless, the Kutná Hora team achieved at least an honorable success, when after the center and the confusion in front of Kubát, the only goal of the guests was netted by Cimr. However, that was all from Kutná Hora, on the contrary, the home team enjoyed the “disgraceful ten” for the opponents: In the 61st min. A. Čapek punished the penalty kick of the guests from his own goal, so that in the 69th min. Vojta adjusted the corner to 8: 1 after a corner kick. In the 74th min. Vojta pushed L. Šindelář out of the ideal vertical line and it was again a separate attack on Malý and a goal for 9: 1. In the 78th min. Bareš refused the tenth goal when he ran alone from the half of the field and was caught by a pack of five Kutná Hora players, in the 83rd min. but Šlehofer scored a penalty kick to 10 – 1.According to coach Kolín Petr Pavlík was his clear favorite. “I did not expect such a significant result, but we believed that we would manage the match,” stated and continued: “I’m a little sorry for the goal I received, but with a half-time lead of 6-0, the boys are less motivated. I’m satisfied, 10: 1 is not often won at this level. “Kutná Hora coach Radek Kulhánek there was not much to talk about after the match. “There is nothing to evaluate, the reality is that the quality is on the side of Cologne,” noted and continued: “Since I saw Kolín with the opponents we played with, I announced that Náchod and Vysoké Mýto are one level higher than us and Kolín is still different from these teams. Even after strengthening in the spring coronause and further strengthening during the summer, it is a given that the ambitions in Cologne are. The season starts for us from next week, when after four rounds, in which we have been on the opponent’s favorites three times, we will only now reach the opponents with whom we should be relatively competitive – Nymburk, Libiš, Trutnov, Hlinsko. That should be within our means, Cologne belongs elsewhere. The reality is that we are playing with players for whom we have the funds and those that are not enough for Cologne players. Even so, ten goals scored are too many. Even after the matches in Náchod and Vysoké Mýto, I said that we have a young and unstable team, which, if it gets a goal soon, is not able to react to the development of the match. Unfortunately, it then collapses and the goals fall like on a treadmill. Add to that the injuries of the experienced France and Křelina and Wolf, who is returning after a long-term injury… Unfortunately, we do not have quality. ”Goals: 6., 31., 61. A. Čapek, 10., 73. L. Šindelář, 25. Vácha, 35. Sodoma, 43., 69. Vojta, 83. Šlehofer – 56. Cimr. Referee: Janicek – Hrkal, Havlik. ŽK: Kodera, Milec – Maly, Bilek, Nekvinda, Marek, Tichy, Zelenka. Viewers: 360. Kolín: Kubát – Štancl (55. Suchý), Soběslav, Milec (55. Šlehofer), Koděra – A. Čapek (67. Veselý), L. Šindelář, Vondráček (77. Bareš), Vácha – Sodoma (77. P. Čapek) , Vojta. Coach Petr Pavlík. Kutna Hora: Malý – Prokůpek (38. Zelenka), Exner (46. J. Šindelář), Bílek, Saulich (46. Tichý) – Marek, Nekvinda, Piskač, Hradílek – Wolf (75. Kolůvek), Cimr. Coach Radek Kulhánek.
The two clash once again on Saturday in Kakamega, with Kabras under the tutelage of South African tactician Henley du Plessis on top of their game with an enviable nine-match winning streak.“What’s inspiring so far in the season, is the level of commitment shown by the Kenyan players, rugby is really picking up and the skills of the players have improved. Our next month is an uphill battle but I think the boys are ready for it. They are very disciplined and that is a core value if a team is to be successful. We are very strict on the discipline,” du Plessis told Kenyacup.co.ke.Kabras took victory over Kenya Harlequins last weekend, in what was termed as their toughest test this season, and they look to keep the hunt against Homeboyz.Kabras Sugar’s Kevin Keegan wheels away to score a try during their Kenya Cup clash against Kenya Harlequins at the RFUEA Ground on February 9, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaDu Plessis has made only two changes from the team that won against Quins. Winger Felix Ayange and lock Charlton Mokua are recalled to the starting line-up taking over from Paul Abuto who will start on the bench and Brian Juma who is not in the match day squad.The tactician will look on to the inspiration from sensational Ugandan Philip Wokarach who has been in sizzling form for the Kakamega based side this season.Meanwhile, sixth placed Homebozy will look for inspiration from within to charge for a place in the play-offs.The Simon Odongo coached side will be boosted with the availability of burly eighth man Joshua Chisanga who has been included in the 23-man squad but will start off the bench.Chisanga has not featured for Homeboyz this season after several months in Poland and interestingly, the last time he featured for the side was during the semi-finals against Kabras last season.“His return is timely and will help us a lot. You can’t replace his experience. He has recovered from an ankle injury during the repechage,” Homeboyz tactician Odongo told RagaHouse.In the other interesting fixture of the weekend, Nakuru RFC will face siblings Menengai Oilers in the Nakuru Derby at the Nakuru Athletic Club, alias ‘Suguta Valley’.Nakuru RFC players hurdle together for a prayer before a past matchNakuru who are in the risk of missing out a place in the play-off for a second consecutive season will welcome back Kenyan international Oscar Ouma who is set to play his first 15s game for Wanyore in close to two years.Ouma pairs Tyson Asiago at midfield as Hannington Wabwire and Walter Okoth start on the wings. Crispin Onyango is at fullback while Martin Muita will be the team’s joint.Oilers lost 22-24 to Impala Saracens on matchday 9 and are also desperate for results to avoid dropping to the relegation zone in their maiden Kenya Cup campaign.Kenya 7s international Harold Anduvate replaces Aziz Annan in the match day squad and will skipper the team while Derrick Keyoga comes in for Peter Wanjala on the right wing.Elsewhere at the Lions Den in Nairobi, defending champions KCB will take Impala as they look to keep their hold on second position and a probable haul at first if they win and Kabras fall to Homeboyz in Kakamega.Head coach Curtis Olago has made four changes from the side that beat Strathmore last weekend.Kenya Simbas’ Davis Chenge with teammates during a past training session PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaKenya Simbas skipper Davies Chenge is up for his first start since the Rugby World Cup repechage and replaces Nick Ongeri in the second row. The latter also played his first game last weekend since last season’s Kenya Cup final.Scrum-half Samuel Asati replaces Michael Wanjala (bench), Essau Otieno comes in for Brian Omondi (bench) as the second five-eighth while Kenya 7s captain Jacob Ojee starts on the blind wing replacing Stafford Abeka.Felix Ojoo is back on the blind-side swapping with Brian Nyikuli (bench).Impala will meanwhile hand Ugandan Saul Kivumbi his maiden appearance and he will start from the bench alongside Edmund Anya, Richard Sidindi and Kevin Okeyo.Sammy Oliech is back to the fray after sitting out in the win over Oilers and takes over from Sidindi at fullback as Xavier Bett starts at fly-half to see Antony Nyandigisi move to midfield and Samson Onsomu traditionally at number 9.The only front-row change sees Davies Makori replaces Edwin Gatungo (bench). In the backline, Derrick Mayar (blind wing) replaces Bradley Ochieng.-Additional information courtesy Raga HouseKenya Cup weekend fixtures:Mwamba vs Mean Machine- 2pm The DenKCB vs Impala -4pm The DenNondies vs Strathmore Leos -NondiesKabras Sugar vs Homeboyz -KakamegaBlak Blad vs Kenya Harlequin -KUNakuru vs Menengai Oilers -NAC0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kabras Sugar’s Dan Sikuta tries to evade a challenge from a Homeboyz player as Augustine Lugonzo watches on. PHOTO/Raga HouseNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Unbeaten Kabras Sugar will look to keep their invincible form intact when the Kenya Cup action enters match week 10, but they should be keeping caution as the side they face in Kakamega, Homeboyz RFC, was one of the only two teams to inflict defeat on them last season.Homeboyz beat Kabras 30-12 on match day eight at their Kakamega backyard, but the latter managed to bounce back when the two clashed again in the semi-finals winning 29-13 in Nairobi.