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Relieved Marie in splendid isolation

THIERRY MARIE, winner of last Saturday’s prologue in Lyon, will ride through his beloved Normandy today resplendent in the Tour de France leader’s yellow jersey.

Marie, his eyes as blue as cornflowers, his hair as golden as corn (this is a local newspaper’s description, by the way) struck for home yesterday some 15 miles outside Arras and rode alone and unaided to Le Havre, a further 145 miles, to win the stage and recapture the maillot jaune.

It was a formidable effort by a man who specializes in being the fastest against the clock over distances of less than 10 kilometers. He has won three Tour de France prologues in the past six years, his only other stage win being at Chalon-sur-Saone in 1988.

The cobbled square in Arras was thronged with excited, animated French and Belgians yesterday morning. They deeply love their cycling in the north and if there was disappointment over the loss of Rolf Sorensen the mood was quickly dispelled.

Another long, hot day was in prospect and few paid much notice when Marie first broke. Then two minutes became three, nine became ten, and finally, his lead had stretched to more than 20 minutes. Marie was lost, as was nearly everybody else when a sea-fret drifted in from the Channel.

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Discovering New Trails For Mountain Biking In The Birds Hill Park

In my whole biking career, I have discovered a lot of trails. Every one of them has become my golden memory. Recently, I went to the Birds Hill Park in Manitoba. I was accompanied by some wonderful bikers. They were from Winnipeg forum for bikers. Temporarily, they took me on the team. Riding with the others is safer and more adventurous. From my past experiences, I knew that their knowledge about biking will enrich me a lot. But I did not know the real benefit till one of them introduced me to a completely new path in the Park.

He asked me whether I was familiar with trails in the Park or not. I was new there, so I replied negatively. That old and experienced biker showed me several new trails that were full of adventures. Firstly, I should give you an overview of the Birds Hill Park. The northern side of the park is a heaven for the hiker. There are trails for horse-riding, hiking, and walking. Most of the trails are hidden as people used to go a particular place again and again. Do you want to find a single track on here too? It’s possible if you continue reading this.

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At first, you have to be destined for Griffiths Hill. When you reached the place, there will be a tower for viewing. The trails that I am suggesting is not far from the viewing tower. Look for the “Esker” and keep going. Take a look at the left side and you can notice a single path. It’s the entrance of your desired single track.

The actual excitement is in the trees. You will face challenges in every twist and the turn. When you try to climb up, the twisted paths of trees may create obstacles. It seems more interesting when there will be slopes. I found three trails in there and they meet with the “Chickadee”. Are you interested in discovering some more? Don’t worry. I will help you out.

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What Muscles Are Used When Cycling

We all know that cycling is a great workout, benefit both your physical and mental health. As a tolerance sport, cycling is also good for cardiovascular health while also supporting weight loss.

In fact, cycling is also an incredible alternation of doing exercises in all gym centers. Have you ever had this question in mind “what muscles are used when cycling?” as you get many health benefits from this endurance sport. Keep on reading and you will discover these.

Leg muscles group

When beginning one circle, your legs have to cycle and leg muscles are the first muscle groups to train. On the one hand, other muscles also used such as gluteal muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles.

  •        The quadriceps muscles are the biggest groups on the front of the thigh which are responsible for boosting the leg and pushing the pedal to make many circles while cycling.
  •        The gluteus maximus and medius are the buttocks in your butt that are responsible for pushing the pedal at the top of the stroke.
  •        The hamstrings work with the calf muscle to elevate the pedal up from the bottom. These muscles are located on the back of the thigh.

In other words, these groups connected together to provide you the cycling power when pedaling and tolerance while riding.

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