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The Sundays Insurance catch up!

What are your plans for the weekend? Our team are looking forward to riding their bicycles and watching the world’s best cross-country mountain bikers tackling the course in Mont Sainte Anne. Before heading into the weekend, though, here are few highlights from the cycling world this week.

Staying up to date with everything happening in the cycling world isn’t always easy, especially during the transfer season and seeing which riders will be moving teams or calling time on their careers. Cycling Tips have a great daily digest that is bookmarked as one or our daily reads. It covers the latest events, races, insights and commentary from the world of competitive cycling.

This week a cycling legend, Simon Gerrans, called time on his career. Widely regarded as one of the best road captains in the pro-peloton, he will be missed. He has decided that it is time to spend more time with his family and focus on a new challenge.

Cycling isn’t all about racing bicycles and we enjoy reading about cycling adventures. Our bucket list of where we need to ride a bicycle continues to grow, the latest addition to the list is Mount Everest. “Everesting” is a phenomenon which started in 2013: it requires a cyclist to pick a hill and ride repeats of it in one continuous ride until he or she has achieved 8848m of vertical ascent – the same height as the summit of the great Mount Everest. There are even official rules that a rider needs to abide by in order to earn the Everest title for a ride. Earlier this week, a Chinese rider completed the first ever Everesting on the slopes of Mount Everest itself. It took him a gruelling 40 hours to complete the 8848m of vertical ascent, but he managed to conquer the challenge.

Talking of challenges, Geraint Thomas conquered his own challenge at the Tour de France this year and showed the world that he is indeed a Grand Tour GC contender over the next couple of seasons. Since the tour he has been fulfilling multiple media duties and handling plenty of interviews. This week he returned home to Cardiff in Wales where he was welcomed by big crowds. These scenes reminded us of how powerful sport is in promoting unity in a nation.

Geraint’s future at Team Sky has also been under the spot light, with open offers from other World Tour teams. Today, Cycling Weeklyreported that he is set to stay at Team Sky. It will be interesting to see the terms that are agreed on.

Let us switch focus to the mountain biking scene as we wrap up. After roughly a month’s break, the UCI Mountain Bike World series returns to our screens. Mont Sainte Anne is renowned as one of the most technical and challenging courses on the circuit. Check out the preview of the XCO course here! There has been plenty of rain over the last two days, which will add a different dimension to a course that is already very technical. It promises to be an exciting weekend of racing both on the XCO and Downhill fronts, check out Red Bull TVfor the XCC short track later today.

Enjoy the weekend, see you next week.

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