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Track Cyclist of the Day: The Czech Team

27 Oct

If you remember a while back, we featured 3 track cyclists in one article and we’re going to do the same thing again. This time with the Czech track cycling team. Now now you might wonder why deal with a relatively obscure track cycling team with nearly incomprehensible names? Well, we’ve got a little story for all of you. We, Kean and Anna weren’t always together in the same team. As far as our work connections go, we dealt with several teams, European, American and Australian teams included. During one of the track cycling events, Kean was introduced to the Czech track cycling team and spent considerable time with them. At the same time, Anna was also introduced to them but was lucky enough to follow them through training camps and other European events for nearly 2 months. So Anna certainly has better knowledge with regards to these guys. Now what we like about this team is their sense of camaraderie, patriotism and respect that’s quite in a different scale as compared to the other teams. That alone makes them special, and our time spent with them was also memorable.

From this point, Anna will be the one sharing her experiences as we believe she is better suited to writing an article about them.

By the Czech team, I mean the brilliant trio of Tomas Babek, Denis Spicka, and Adam Ptacnik (Featured in the photo above from left to right). They’re the official track cycling athletes of the Czech Republic sent to the Beijing Olympics in the sprint and team sprint events. Make no mistake about it, these three cyclists are the best of the best in that country. I’ve followed them in several events, training camps, press interviews, etc. and I’ve come to learn about them, their lifestyle, and how they are an inspiration for their fellow countrymen. Rarely have I seen a track cycling team filled with patriotism, and camaraderie it’s almost like a straight rip from a movie.

These 3 hunks have been cycling together for so long their dynamics in the velodrome is almost unmatched. Their sense of cooperation is clearly evident by the moment you see them entering the velodrome. They do get along very well and seem to understand what the other wants resulting in a highly functional relationship with the entire team. We can tell such a relationship is essential for a team to function and excel as we have seen teams whose relationships border on the dysfunctional and this results to arguments, and misunderstandings that ultimately result in poor athletic performance. Anybody who has worked with a track cycling team can attest to this. I’m not dropping team names but I’m pretty sure Kean knows who I’m talking about and our friends and colleagues reading this can surely relate.

So back to the trio. You can easily tell their bodies are well made for the track (or the track made their bodies), mesomorphic builds although Tomas Babek has notable ectomorphic features. David Spicka and Adam Ptacnik have truly mesomorphic builds but still has hints of ectomorphic features. It would seem that their bodies were developed through constant strength training, and participation in cycling activities. Of the 3 Adam Ptacnik has the more mesomorphic type of body, with well developed upper and lower extremities and a mature muscle mass with a wide torso. During my conversations with the team, a body build like Adam’s can be difficult to maintain because he has the tendency to gain weight very easily as compared to Tomas Babek who’s ectomorphic mesomorph body build allows him room for minimal weight gain yet still maintain a well performing form. Adam has to undergo intensive strength training regimens as do the other cyclists but also has to take care of maintaining that form. Denis Spicka meanwhile enjoys being in the middle. A mesomorphic build that’s essentially just right. What the 3 share are well developed upper and lower extremities as well as a muscular and well developed chest area.

A lot will argue that the Czech track cycling team is rather obscure and unknown. In some respects, yes that is true. They have not achieved the popularity of the Dutch, French or British track cycling team who are at the top of the food chain right now. But the Czech team is quite popular in some low key events which they have won several times and has even managed to deliver some surprising performances in bigger events. They’re quite a formidable team indeed. While the British and French all have their science and technologies to back them up in their training, The Czech has the passion, and the experience as well as the rigorous training despite the absence of state of the art technologies. They join a lot of races which helps in building up their experience. This is what we’ve observed in some teams which dedicate more time to training, with the help of expensive tests, gadgets and gear without the actual experience in races. The Czech team meanwhile rely on building experiences for their athletes by letting them join in several events. Not only does this help them build on their athletic expertise but it also helps them with their relationships with the other athletes, continually building mutual trust, friendship and camaraderie. In my experience with track cycling teams, it is my humble opinion that a cyclist will have more fun with racing with colleagues, and friends than pushing your limits through scientific tests and training which more often than not focus on individual strengths.

Personally, I love these guys. These 3 adorable hunks wonderfully wrapped in lycra are very attractive, hot, and sexy. Those rippling muscles, and sexy curves and contours (not to mention the bulges) are a sight to behold especially in person. Photos don’t give their jaw-dropping, drool-worthy bodies justice. Not only that, they’re very outgoing, friendly, and approachable. Generally very likeable! Despite the language barrier, I found out that they’re always very eager to help out in any way they can and even attempted to converse in broken english with a very charming, melting smile. These guys have been an inspiration for their country and in fact, they’re heroes in the local arena and are looked up by the youth of the Czech republic. They’re more than just inspirations, they’re role models for the sporting youth of the Czech Republic.

Well, here’s yet another drool-worthy photo of the guys with their shirts off. Never mind the last guy on the left, but Denis Spicka, Tomas Babek, and Adam Ptacnik (L-R) sure have amazing bodies they can show off with or without lycra. But anyway, take note of their body build in this photo. I’ve described Adam’s body previously as something that has to be maintained, and yes, without the necessary training and regimen, he can easily gain weight and damage that form. This is the type of mesomorphic body that needs to be checked on once in a while. Another cyclist who has a similar body build which requires maintenance is Jason Niblett, featured in one of our blog posts.

Well, I think I’ve said a lot of things about them. I adore these guys and just wish them the best in their careers. They’re destined for greater things in the track and their performance in the track cycling events show great promise. Without further adieu, here’s a MASSIVE gallery of the Czech cycling team with tons of drool-worthy pics.

Kean’s take: I guess Anna already said everything there is to say about this team. Their team dynamics are rivaled by only a few and they’ve got what it takes to take on the big guys in the sport. Plus, they got the right bodies for the job and while they’re at it, looking good in well designed skinsuits. So here’s that massive gallery c/o our friends Alex, Daniel and the other guys from Dukla Brno.

Track Cyclist of the Day: Jimmy Watkins

12 Oct

It’s been our quite a while since our last post for this segment, and we think it’s about time we feature an American cyclist. Moreover, the timing couldn’t have been any better what with the recently concluded USA Elite Nationals. During our review of the videos sent to us by our very good friend back home, we noticed something pleasantly surprising. The return of Jimmy Watkins to the track. It’s been awhile since he raced and this major event marks his return to the track after battling with back problems. And oh did he perform spectacularly even though a lot of people expected him to perform better. The thing with the track cycling sport in America, as we have pointed out already in previous articles, is that the athlete community is small, accessible and very close. Just by visiting the velodrome you’ll come to know a lot about the athletes. Case in point, We’ve seen Jimmy Watkins a couple of times in the track and while we’re not with their team, we have come to know almost everything there is to know about him and the sport. It’s this sense of collegiality and community that brings a lot of people to the sport of track cycling. Everyone just helps out.

So, Jimmy Watkins is the big guy in the sport. We have only seen very few athletes who have a more imposing (and rather intimidating) physique than Jimmy. He weighs almost 100kg and stands tall at 6’1″ so it’s really hard to reach even his shoulder for those vertically challenged. And that body actually serves a purpose: Jimmy works as a full time firefighter which already doubles as a training regimen for his track cycling career. Here’s the thing, Jimmy is the new big guy in the sport, and for someone relatively new, his performance is certainly amazing. His career highlights include winning the Pan American Championships, as well as the US Elite Nats and a couple of other local races.

Having this kind of body really is advantageous for Jimmy. He is able to juggle both work and play anytime. His physique is definitely that of the mesomorphic type and his well developed muscles in the upper extremities complement those in the lower as well producing a very good combination of power and speed evident in his performance in the track. There’s something really good in the way he handles a bike ride and he certainly looks speedy and slick with the black skinsuit,

The mesomorphic features are quite evident in certain occupations such as among construction workers, heavy industries, and just like Jimmy, among firefighters. Even then, Jimmy has been an athletic person, having joined several sports events since his childhood. His build is definitely one for the athletes and he puts it to good use in the sport of track cycling. While he doesn’t possess massive thighs, his overall muscular and athletic build give him a very good combination of power and speed. And if you take note of his build, his upper extremities and his chest and torso happen to be more developed and muscular compared to his lower extremities. Some argue that can be quite advantageous to the athlete since this gives the athlete a fair amount of endurance while sacrificing little power. There are some studies to back this up, but overall, the results have been conflicting and recent training regimens still follow the traditional strength training regimens for sprinters. Jimmy may have developed this kind of physique based on his occupation and prior athletic experience.

Now for a little perspective, here’s Jimmy Watkins with other track cyclists. It’s easy to note that other cyclists have bigger thighs but Jimmy has a better athletic build profile that’s somewhat balanced that makes him suited for the sport. And it can’t be denied, he looks good in a skinsuit and not overly muscular or bulky.

Now here’s the admirable thing about Jimmy: he actually has a very noble job! Rarely do you see track cyclists who double as a firefighter. Well, we only know of Jimmy who can do that. Everyone in the velodrome actually look up to Jimmy for his admirable work as a firefighter. He’s definitely a hero both in the velodrome and in the firetruck, plus he’s got an amazing body to boot. And on another note, he is very friendly and approachable with a very loving and supportive wife. He may look quite intimidating at first with his large hulking body looming over you but he’s actually very kind and is eager to talk to anyone firefighter style. Here’s the other podium appearances of Jimmy:

Well, again for perspective, compare Jimmy’s body with the other cyclists and you may notice Jimmy has smaller legs compared to the others who have very developed calves. And here’s another bonus photo of Jimmy undergoing post-race therapy. We have to tell you though that is the kind of job that we have. Lovely isn’t it? (And mind you, it’s not easy and can in fact be very tiring.. after all you’re left to wrestle with more than 70-90kg of muscle mass)

We actually can’t wait to go back home so we can join in the action of our local velodrome races and see familiar faces. It’s been awhile since we stepped foot in a velodrome, and after watching the US Elite Nats and Commonwealth Games, we’re dying to see a track cycling event live.

Track Cyclist of the Day: Theo Bos, Teun Mulder, Tim Veldt

9 Sep

We’ve featured French, British, Greek, Australian and even a Malaysian track cyclist but no Dutch track cyclist? This was one question a friend emailed to us. Not only that, the most popular posts in this blog happen to feature Dutch track cyclists. It was inevitable then that we had to feature a Dutch track cyclist. But we also had to do something different, and in this feature we’re not going to talk about one Dutch track cyclist, not even two, but three Dutch track cyclists in one massive article! As you may have guessed by now, based on the title of this blog post and the photo above, we’re going to feature Theo Bos, Teun Mulder, and Tim Veldt.

One of the reasons why it was apparently hard for us to feature the Dutch was because of our limited experience with them. Our encounters with the Dutch were limited to hand shakes, short chit chats and a couple of interviews. That doesn’t mean they’re not an approachable bunch, no in fact Tim Veldt and Teun Mulder are one of the nicest persons we have met. Very accomodating, and friendly that despite the language barrier we understood ourselves. We didn’t get to spend more time with Theo Bos unfortunately since he was usually hogged by the press and his multitude of fans. Still, despite our very limited time with them, we can say a lot about them and it’s mostly positive.

Theo Bos, the Dutch track cyclist who single-handedly placed the Netherlands in the map of track cycling excellence. Theo Bos is perhaps the greatest track cyclist the Dutch have produced. His career highlights is nothing short of breathtaking. He won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the sprint event. He won an individual gold in the sprint at the 2004 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. The following year, he won the individual sprint and a silver medal in the team sprint at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. At the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Bos won the keirin and completed a triple, having been world champion in the sprint, kilo and keirin . He won the keirin after accelerating with two laps to go, winning by a wide margin and able to raise his hands and salute the crowd as he passed the finish line. His French rival, and bronze medal winner, Arnaud Tournant, said Bos’ performance was “the best I’ve seen in a very long time.”

On 16 December 2006, Bos broke the world 200m track record during qualification rounds for the sprint at a World Cup meeting in Moscow. Bos clocked 9.772 seconds (after a computer initially had given him an unlikely 9.086 seconds) and beat the 11-year record held by Canadian Curt Harnett. Bos declared the 200m the “ultimate record” for track cyclists. Five days later Bos was elected Dutch Sportsman of the year. Bos’s record was beaten by Frenchman Kévin Sireau at the Moscow Grand Prix on 29 May 2009 with 9.65 seconds.

Yes, his achievements are the stuff of legends. Before the rise of Chris Hoy, Theo Bos was the man to beat. He reigned the track cycling world and the other track cyclists trained to beat him. Which actually makes his fall a bit sadder than it actually is. During the final days of Theo Bos’ career in track cycling, he was thoroughly trounced by the other track cyclists most notably by the British track cyclists, and even by his teammates. But let’s put that topic at hand for the moment.

Here’s a photo of Theo Bos in the early days of his track cycling career wearing the old Rabobank Dutch team kit. Take note of that hairstyle of his, that shaggy hair and wet look. We missed those days of Theo Bos in the track looking so fresh and model-like. His build is that of an ectomorph, with lean yet well built muscles. His overall physique looks less athletic as compared to say his other sprinters, Chris Hoy, Arnaud Tournant. And in this aspect lies Theo Bos’ unique characteristic. An ectomorphic build with less defined muscle mass: a lean body that’s built for speed rather than for power as compared to the other mesomorphic track sprinters. Whereas other track cyclists do heavy strength training to build their muscles so they can produce raw power, Theo Bos produces less power, but more speed by nature of his build. And the results? Spectacular. His skill in maneuvering that bike while achieving insane speeds was his trademark in his glory days of track cycling. If you’ve seen our previous featured videos, you can see Theo Bos going toe to toe with Bauge and you can see his skill in maneuvering that bike while at the same time achieving speeds to make a spectacular recovery in the end for a photo finish. We missed those days of Theo Bos doing that in the track.

In the above photos taken later in his cycling career, Theo Bos now sports a cleaner hair cut which he maintains until today. He arguably looks better with this look and a friend of ours actually compared him to Hollywood star Leonardo di Caprio. Well, there are some similarities and if ever there’d be a Hollywood movie about Theo Bos, he should be played by di Caprio, except that Bos is lean. Theo Bos actually looks lean in photographs but he actually has a bit more of a muscular build in person. Not excessively muscular but you can still identify him as a sprint cyclist because of a well developed thigh and rigid torso and upper extremities. During the last days of his track cycling, Theo Bos gained some weight and added more muscles through a different training regimen. Until now, no one can really say if this was the reason he performed poorly in the later part of his career.

The above photos show Theo Bos physique. The last and first photo was taken during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, his last major track cycling event. You might notice that he actually has well developed muscles most especially in the upper extremities and his thighs have significantly become muscular as compared to his earlier days in the sport. And Theo Bos is really sweating it out in the rollers!

If you’ve been following this blog for the past few weeks, you’ll have already encountered the photos above. These were taken during a photo shoot for Dutch athletes for the Olympics 2008. We have not seen the final output unfortunately. Theo Bos is a natural at this. He can model quite well. He has the looks and the body to boot. If you remember during his rise in the sport, photographs of him modeling naked spread like wildfire in the web. Of course, Theo Bos didn’t make a comment even though the papers devoured the story for a few days. Whether the photos were true or not nobody has given solid proof of it.

We won’t deny it. We miss Theo Bos in the track. As you may have already known Theo Bos has switched to road racing in a last ditch effort to salvage his career as some people pointed out. Theo Bos himself told reporters that if he’s n0t going to make it well in road racing, then that would be the end of his cycling career. So young, yet already deciding how his career is already going to end? Not quite cool, if you ask us. But still, it cannot be denied, Theo Bos is a legend in the world of track cycling.

So how is Theo Bos in the road? He has some ups and downs, and we can tell that he is actually happy with his career choice. However, he has also become famous for the wrong reasons. On 19 April 2009, Bos was in a controversial crash in the final 800m of the final stage of the Tour of Turkey. Bos apparently caused the crash of the eventual winner Daryl Impey by grabbing Impey’s left shoulder with his right hand. Impey crashed to the left, into the barrier, next to Bos. Bos admitted pushing Impey. Bos claimed the reason for pushing Impey was because Impey was moving in on him while he was already close to the fence. Bos was disqualified and fined. On 1 May 2009 the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said “Bos’s behavior undermined the image, reputation and interests of cycling”. Bos was charged with an infringement and was brought before a UCI disciplinary hearing in which he was found guilty of violating UCI regulations. Bos was subsequently suspended from professional racing from 15 August through 14 September 2009. In the off season before 2010 Bos signed with the Cervelo Test Team, that included former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre. He was touted as another addition to their sprint team. He raced in many smaller races, and some large ones including Paris-Roubaix and the Vuelta a España. With the Cervelo Test Team folding, Bos is returning to the Rabobank team, where he raced as a Continental.

So that wraps up our feature on Theo Bos, let’s move on to the next Dutch track cyclist: Teun Mulder. Teun Mulder has arguably replaced Theo Bos as the front runner for the Dutch track cycling team. While the Netherlands track cycling team has lost some luster after the loss of Theo Bos, Teun Mulder has managed to keep the team afloat almost single-handedly. He may not be one of the top sprint cyclists but he is without a doubt a formidable sprint cyclist who can go one on one with the other champions and still give a superb performance.

As you might have already guessed, yes, Teun Mulder is yet another example of a track cyclist with an ectomorphic mesomorph build. A combination of both the lean and muscular common in sprint cyclists. This combination affords Teun Mulder both speed and power. You can already tell with his well developed thighs and torso as well as leaner upper extremities and a muscular chest. This is typical of track sprint cyclists. Not only that, Teun actually is almost a perfect combination of both ectomorph and mesomorph. And this almost perfect combination makes him look undeniably good in a skinsuit. In fact, he is one of the track cyclists we consider to look amazing in a skinsuit.

Teun Mulder’s performance and career highlights are befitting of his title as Netherland’s top sprint cyclist. He has joined in almost every major track cycling event for the past few years and has excelled and won in a couple of them beating the likes of other world champions. His potent combination of speed and power significantly helps him in sprint and time trial events.

We can also actually say this: Teun Mulder is a genuinely nice person! He is the only high profile track cyclist whom we had the pleasure to ride together with. He is very approachable, friendly, has a very good sense of humor, warm, and accomodating. In fact, it was quite a surprise for us when he was the one who approached us during one of the track cycling events we attended. Not only that, we can’t forget Teun Mulder because he can’t seem to hide his emotions. He cries for every victory and can’t stop thanking his team with endless hugs and thank you’s. Well, yeah, he is quite the bromantic type and his relationships with his coach, former track cyling star Rene Wolff, is a good example of bromance. Teun also displays an amazing passion for the sport as well as sportsmanship and collegiality for his fellow track cyclists.

Well, we told you Teun Mulder loves bromantic moments right? Yeah, there’s lots of hugging, fist pumping, shoulder punching here and even manly kisses! Well, if you’re anywhere near Teun Mulder during a victory, you can actually get a free hug from him like we did while he’s still in a skinsuit! Such an accomodating person! So that pretty much wraps up our part on Teun Mulder, and now we move on to the next and last track cyclist and that is Tim Veldt. Since we’re talking about Teun and Tim, then let’s once again present this photo which until today remains the most popular photo in this blog:

In the photo above, you can see both our featured track cyclists: Teun Mulder and Tim Veldt. I’m not quite sure though why this photo is so well loved by our readers but even we are drawn to this photo for reasons we cannot actually explain yet. It’s perhaps the very well shot and composed photo of both cyclists or that both track cyclists look extremely good in those skinsuits. Either way, we also love that photo. Now back to the topic at hand: Tim Veldt. Of the three featured track cyclists, Tim is the youngest. Not only that, of the three, Tim is the leanest and tallest. And since Theo Bos has exited the sport, Tim along with Teun carry the burden of putting the Netherlands back in the spotlight.

You might have already encountered Tim Veldt in this blog before and it is in the recent blog post about lean track cyclists. So we’re going to recycle some things here. As you can see Tim Veldt is, yes, an ectomorph. But if you’re going to see him in person, you’ll be surprised that he’s not as lean as he looks in the photos. In fact, he’s a bit more muscular with a well muscled chest and torso but with leaner thighs and upper extremities. Tim is a combination of ectomorph and mesomorph. Despite that, Tim is specializing in the sprints and actually performs well. One might think his physique is well suited to endurance racing and that might be true but Tim surprisingly performs beyond expectations in the sprints.

We also mentioned before that among the lean track cyclists, Tim Veldt is the best looking one in a skinsuit. We might go as far to say that he is perhaps the only lean track cyclist who looks good in a skinsuit. His body has very good proportions that his height complements his body build. Off camera, his thighs actually look more muscular compared to other ectomorphic track cyclists which is probably one of the reasons why he excels in the sprints. A good combination of power and speed which can be accomplished with an ectomorphic mesomorph build.

In the above photos you can see Tim Veldt during the early days of his track cycling career still sporting that shaggy hairstyle. Along with Theo Bos, Tim has abandoned that hairstyle for a cleaner more aerodynamic look he has presently. So how does Tim Veldt perform? We’ve mentioned earlier in the post that Tim along with Teun carry in their shoulders the burden of bringing the Netherlands back in the spotlight. That’s already saying much about his performance. He has managed to surprise a lot of people by winning in a lot of sprint events.

As a person, Tim Veldt is quite much like Teun Mulder although a bit more serious. He is very accomodating, friendly, and approachable. We managed to have a few minutes talk with him and he seems to be a genuinely nice person. Well, that’s about as much as we can say about him because we haven’t really spent more time with Tim. Hopefully, when we return to the velodrome, we can interact with him more as he seems to be a very promising track cyclist and Anna considers him a hottie. (Anna likes tall cyclists) while Kean wants to discover his secret of maintaining a lean yet muscular body to achieve both speed and power. (You see, Kean is a mesomorph as you might have seen in our photos and he loves the gym sessions)

So that wraps up our feature on Tim Veldt and for this blog post which is without a doubt the longest blog post yet. A massive feature like this is one of our ways to show our appreciation for all the viewers and readers of this blog. So thank you for following us since the birth of this blog. So we now take a final look at our featured Dutch track cyclists.

Now, which of these Dutch track cyclists do you like best?

Track Cyclist of the Day: Josiah Ng

2 Sep

Today’s track cyclist of the day will feature someone from East Asia. He is without a doubt, the most popular track cyclist in East Asia and a sport superstar in Malaysia. We are referring to none other than Josiah Ng. We have met Josiah Ng countless times in several events and his presence is such a breath of fresh air in the velodrome. This is basically because of his being Asian, and carries with him the typical Asian personality. Josiah is a mixed Malaysian and Filipino (having been born in the Philippines), with a body that is both typical and yet atypical to that of Asians. Very few East Asians excel in the sport of track cycling simply because of lack of support, and the Asian build which is not suited to the track. But as his performance in the track shows, this does not really hamper ones dreams to become a world class track cyclist.

If you take a look at Josiah Ng’s cycling career, he manages to surprise a lot of people by winning a lot of events against other track cyclists who are more experienced and larger than him. If you take a look at his body, this is how an Asian mesomorph looks like. Granted, Josiah is a bit taller than other Asians and is actually a bit larger, yet some Asian features are prominent. His upper extremities are a bit lean, and his muscles are not that bulging and well defined. His thighs are typical to that of cyclists. His build can be explained by his constant training which has prepared his body for the track.

Now take a look at the photograph above which shows Josiah Ng together with the other Malaysian track cyclists. Josiah’s body is how should we say this, just right. Not too muscular and big, yet not too lean. It’s right smack down in the middle. Compare that to the other Malaysians who are really lean and take a look at the cyclist next to Josiah in the right side of the photo. That is Azizul Awang. Pretty pint sized for a cyclist yet managed to perform remarkably well. Such is the typical Asian build which can only be improved by constant strength training which Josiah has done.

Again take a look at Josiah Ng with the other Malaysian track cyclists. Observe the typical Asian build. Josiah’s thighs are definitely much more developed than the other cyclists. Despite that Josiah still doesn’t look too muscular but rather is built-ish.

Now these 2 photo shows the two Malaysian cyclists Josiah Ng and Azizul Awang dwarfed by the German cyclist Bergemann. This photo shows the stark difference between the builds of the Asians and that of the Europeans. Bergemann is a hulking muscle mass that’s around 100kg. Josiah Ng weighs just shy of 80kg.  Despite that, Josiah Ng manages to perform excellently in the track.

What Josiah lacks in the body build department (compared to the other track cyclists), he makes it up for his amazing performance in the track. His career highlights definitely is one to be proud of. He is the only East Asian and the only Asian to qualify for the finals in an Olympic event. Not only that, he has won several international track cycling events. And for someone Asian, Josiah Ng looks hot. He is certified superstar in Malaysia, an endorser of big names including Fedex and Nike. He also made it into the covers of several magazines. This guy is hot in Malaysia. More like the ‘Chris Hoy’ of Malaysia.

But perhaps one of the best parts about Josiah Ng is his personality. And this is one of the reasons why Josiah Ng remains one of our favorite track cyclists. Yes, its typical Asian, kind, warm, very hospitable, courteous and that smile of his is very infectious. This guy has one very jovial personality! He also displays typical Asian resilience and compassion. This is how every cyclist must be like!

We’re quite lucky to have known Josiah Ng. His personality is truly unforgettable and his story is a typical underdog story and is an inspiration to all the Asians out there aiming high in the sport. Good luck Josiah Ng! Now here’s our last photo of Josiah Ng together with other track cyclists. Hot stuff indeed.

Track Cyclist of the Day: Kevin Stewart

31 Aug

We’re finally back to this segment and today we’re going to feature a track cyclist a lot of you don’t know yet. We decided to feature him because of all the young track cyclists we have encountered in, in our humble opinion, he has the greatest potential. We’re talking about Scottish track cyclist, 19 year old Kevin Stewart. One of the youngest track cyclists to go toe to toe with elite track cyclists and still perform remarkably well. Kevin’s story is quite close to our hearts as we have generally liked fresh and new talents more so with those who hold great promise.

So, Kevin Stewart. You might not have heard that name indeed. But let’s do a profile rundown of this guy. He initially started in triathlon since his dad is a triathlete who often went to the extremes. During his time with the sport, Kevin noted that he performed extremely well in the cycling part but not so with the running and swimming. Kevin soon grew tired of the sport and when a cycling club was started in Dundee to help encourage youngsters to get involved in track racing, the Discovery Junior Cycling Club, Kevin popped along to see what was on offer. Kevin decided to go with the track cycling discipline because he was big and was never good with endurance. From there, Kevin’s track cycling career began and to everyone’s surprise, he performed exceptionally well even during his first few races. He was considered a cycling prodigy by a lot of people, professional cyclists included.

Okay, so how far did his career go? Let’s sum it up. Started competing in cycling in 2006. Joined discovery juniors cycling club. Competed in scottish and british champs in 2006 but with not much success. Made it onto the scotland talent team for 2007, this year had some success in it. Won two golds at scottish youth champs and broke a record, won two silvers at the british youth champs. Tried out for Olympic development programme but wasnt to be this year. In 2008, started to compete with the seniors a bit better. Won the ESCA open sprint champs, first open senior race win. Competed at the Edinburgh GP and got fifth place in the international sprint omnium. Got the bronze in the scottish senior track champs and silver at the scottish senior team sprint champs with the discovery juniors. At the british junior champs, got fourth at the sprint and won a silver medal in the junior keirin. After this moved on to compete for the city of edinburgh racing club. Won a silver at the senior british champs in the team sprint with the city, and eventually made it onto the Olympic development programme. Seems pretty heavy for a 19 year old right? Not only that, Kevin looks toward the future. The Commonwealth Games and hopefully the Olympic Games.

With such promise in a cyclist, a lot of people are really excited. The cycling world can be harsh as new and fresh talent get sidetracked by the top stars who are hogging the limelight. Despite that, behind the scenes a lot of youth programs are molding new exceptional talent and cycling prodigies such as Kevin. A lot of people look up to Kevin as the next Chris Hoy, a fellow Scottish track cyclist who is right now undeniably the biggest track cycling star. Some people even say he looks like Chris Hoy and might as well be his son given his blond hair and muscular build. With such high hopes placed on this young cyclist will he ever reach the top? We hope so. With what we’ve seen we believe in Kevin’s talent.

Kevin’s body is definitely built for the sprint and track. His body is similar to that of other track cyclists his age, an ectomorphic mesomorph. The athletic build, the well defined muscles and rectangular shaped hard body, with a mature muscle mass with large bones all describe Kevin Stewart’s body. One that is fitting for the track. This translates to a very good performance in the track. It’s worth noting that Kevin is also coached by, among others, Jon Norfolk our previous featured track cyclist. As we have noted before, Jon carries an enormous amount of knowledge about the sport and surely, Kevin will learn a lot from him.

Now take a look at the photo above, It’s Kevin Stewart doing strength training. And take a look at those weights! I can’t even imagine lifting those at his age!! Kevin indeed has large bones with a mature and large muscle mass. But those are put to waste without maintaining it through strength training. Such training will help develop the muscles properly and will also help the track cyclist in many ways.

In the photo above, Kevin Stewart stands in the podium with other senior track cyclists.Take note that for his age, Kevin is quite big. Oh, and those washboard abs are sticking out through his skinsuit! Those thighs of his are also quite big. His body bears a striking resemblance to that of Chris Hoy’s.

Kevin’s upper extremities looks to be that of a mix of an ectomorph and a mesomorph typical in cyclists where they are usually not extremely muscular (as compared to say, track and field athletes). Kevin’s torso and chest though is typically that of a mesomorph with well defined muscles and a hard body.

Kevin not only possesses great talent, but a great personality as well. His youthful nature is quite evident and infectious and is certainly needed for someone aiming very high. Not only that, Kevin is not one to back off from a challenge or from training. His passion and excitement for the sport is inspiring for someone so young. Kevin sure is lucky to have the right people around him.

The above photos show Kevin together with his fellow senior track cyclists. As we have mentioned before, based on our experience, Kevin shows the most promise among these promising track cyclists. We can only hope for Kevin’s success. His entry into the Olympic Development Program is only the beginning.

The photos above show Kevin Stewart in the Scottish track champs. What a sexy back! You might have noticed this skinsuit design from the City of Edinburgh hasn’t changed much in years. But that doesn’t matter, we actually love this skinsuit design. Understated, calming, simple and minimalist. It is to our taste. So we finally proceed to our final photos which show Kevin Stewart not wrapped in skinsuit.

So that wraps it up! On another note, Anna thinks Kevin Stewart is hot.

Track Cyclist of the Day: Jon Norfolk

21 Aug

Once again, today’s featured track cyclist will be quite different from our previous cyclists. We decided to feature Jon Norfolk simply because we owe a lot to this guy. A lot of things about track cycling we learned from him. He certainly had his glory days in the track but his passion for the sport is unwavering and he continues to teach the younger ones the secrets to success in the track. Our time with him was truly unforgettable, and his knowledge about the sport is astounding. This article will be on the short side as we seem to have a shortage of photos on him.

You might already be familiar with this photo which was featured as one of our Photos of the Day. So this is Jon together with the podium ladies. Take note that Jon is tall and lean.

Here’s Jon Norfolk in the podium. Take note of Jon’s body structure. It’s almost a perfect mix of ectomorphic and mesomorphic features. Jon is a mix of both. His upper body is lean, and less muscular while he maintains a rectangular shaped body and has a solid chest with well developed muscles of the lower extremities.

Here’s another podium shot emphasizing Jon’s ectomorphic mesomorph body. Take note the disparity between the developed thighs and calves to that of his less muscular upper extremities.

These podium shots show Jon’s physical profile with a lean upper body and muscular, well developed lower body. This combination is quite effective in the track as it delivers solid power with arguably increased maneuverability.

Perhaps more than anything else, more than the looks, that body, the speed and talent, Jon Norfolk possesses a huge heart. He is willing to share his expertise with anyone without asking something in return. We will never forget the times that we shared with this amazing person. The things he taught us, the values that he imparted to us during our time with him. He may not have been the best track cyclist, but he sure did help a lot of younger track cyclists meet their goals. As of  now, he is in the Paralympic team as a sighted rider in track tandems.

We’re extremely lucky to have known Jon Norfolk. Kean used to have huge mancrushes on Jon, and every time spent with him was amazing. He’d teach us and a whole lot of other track cyclists the basics in the track, what not to do, and all the very important things a track cyclist must know. He is without a doubt one of the reasons why we fell in love with this sport. Despite his expertise, there is a warm, humble atmosphere around him. I cannot even say this about other track cyclists.

Now to end this article, we have here a photo of Jon Norfolk looking very good even without lycra. Till the next time we meet Jon!

Track Cyclist of the Day: Robert Förstemann

19 Aug

It’s been a while since our last featured track cyclist and we’d like to feature this one massive beast for the track cyclist of the day. We’ve got good stories on this one. When we first started our job with the Australian Track cycling team, we were amazed by the well built bodies of the track cyclists. Jason Niblett, Shane Perkins, Daniel Ellis, Ryan Bayley, to name a few had amazing muscular body builds that were as hard as a rock. It was funny then during our time with them, they gave us a tip that the German track cycling team will take our breath away. So we waited for the next international world track championships so we can see this German track cycling team. And that day came, we didn’t recognize them at first but when they donned they skinsuits, OMG, their bodies really took our breath away, and we had to pick our jaws from the floor. Most notable was Robert Förstemann (or Foerstemann). This guy was short, but his muscles dwarfed those taller than him! This guy was too imposing and big for his own  bike! Due to the familial nature of the sport, we got a chance to be with the German track cycling team and it was an amazing experience. Now it’s your turn to be swept away by Robert Förstemann.

Well, that pic above is a teaser. But if you’re well versed at my blog right now. You’d immediately notice that Robert has a, yes.. a mesomorphic body. This is an example of a true mesomorph, where the ectomorphic features are practically non-existent. So don’t try comparing pics of him with Taylor Phinney.

Here’s Robert doing strength training. Yeah, he can lift weights THAT big. Take a look at the muscle definition of his back, well including his ass. Looks beautiful ain’t it?

Now take a look at this pic with Robert and the team. Those thigh muscles are a beast!! Of course, we couldn’t help but try it out and those muscles are as hard as a rock. It’s dangerous. Hehe.

Now here’s other full body pics of Robert. So take a look at those mature muscle build, hard body, thick skin, with prominent facial features and large bones. Definitely a mesomorphic even at one glance.

So how does this massive body translate to performance? In one word: AMAZING. Just take a look at Robert’s cycling career highlights. Robert has won a lot of events. Given this body build, it’s natural for him to be specializing in the sprint and team sprint category. Definitely a powerhouse to look out for in the future.

Take a look at that form of Robert’s when he’s in his bike. The muscles deliver the much needed power to propel him to such amazing speeds during sprints.  Now take a look at this video feature of Robert. I can’t understand much German though, but take a look at the clips that are featured. It’s clear that his speed is definitely brought about by the power of his massive muscles.

Now take a look at this good shot of Robert shirtless. The chest muscles are well defined and so are his upper extremities. The body is clearly rectangular in shape from the torso down. The abs are well developed. Now, this body is really hard, with thick skin again a perfect example of a true mesomorph.

Again a full body shot of Robert.Take note of his build. Despite his size, he manages to deliver a very imposing body. The rectangular shaped body is quite evident in here.

Now take a look at this pic, compare Robert’s thighs with the other BIG GUYS. Its worth noting that a lot of this guys in the photo are taller than Robert, but Robert’s thighs dwarf them all!

Now take a look at this podium shots. Robert’s muscles are a sight to behold. Those thighs! aaahh.. Take a look at the last photo, in the left is Rene Enders, whose height is a complete mismatch for his massive muscles. His muscles put up quite a fight to Robert’s. He also has massive muscles but Robert beats it in all aspects (however, Enders has the advantage of an Olympic title unlike Robert)

So how is Robert Foerstemann the person? Well, he’s a great guy! We’re very poor in German but somehow we had an amazing time with him! How was that possible? This guy has an amazing personality brimming with life. He has a good sense of humor, is warm, polite and very accomodating. He can spend time with anyone and not complain about it. A great guy indeed.

Robert is still young (24 yo), but he shows a lot of promise. The future ahead of him is bright, and his cycling career will definitely go to heights unimaginable for now. We have faith in his talent (and those muscles). Good luck Robert! So we now proceed to our other photos part.

A closer look at Robert’s THHIIIGGHHHSSS..

Here’s Robert decorating his christmas tree while wearing a tight shirt? Wow, those muscles!

Here’s another one of those ‘podium shots then compare Robert’s thighs to the rest’ photo.

Here’s Robert with the rest of his team featuring a new dazzling skinsuit!

Take a look at that shot of Robert above shirtless. His chests are so well developed he almost has a full sized breast which one team member at the second photo can’t help but grab!!

Now here’s a final shot of Robert with the ladies! Oh those muscles are breathtaking!! So that wraps our feature, one massive article for one massive guy!!