Ride London: The Synergy Baku Team
Discover the drama of professional bike racing as around 150 of the world’s top cyclists descend on the capital to compete in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies, Prudential RideLondon will be a world-class festival of cycling taking place over the weekend of Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August 2013. Three riders from the Synergy Baku Cycling Project talk about the upcoming race in the Prudential Ride London, The London Surrey Classic, racing in the UK, against pro tour teams and goals for the race. Read More
Recent Feature in the July Edition of ProCycling Magazine
Procycling flew to Azerbaijan on the trail of the Synergy Baku Cycling Project, the new team funded by oil and hoping to develop an Azerbaijani rider into a medal winner at the 2016 Olympics. As far as their characters go, Jeremy Hunt and David McQuaid are chalk and cheese. Hunt, a two-time British National Champion, is the archetypal Man of Few Words for whom a baseball cap and dark sunglasses are as fundamental a part of his attire as his shirt and shorts. McQuaid, himself a former racer who rode with Ivan Basso on the Zalf-Fior U23 team before deciding against a pro career, is an articulate, garrulous Dubliner who’s as enthusiastic as Hunt is reserved. The pair didn’t know each other prior to being introduced, in relation to this project, by David’s agent brother Andrew towards the end of 2012, but they interact as if they’ve known each other forever. Click here to view the full feature from ProCycling Magazine (PDF Format).
Synergy Baku Presented in Azerbaijan, get set for Home Tour
One of the newest team’s on the UCI Continental circuit, Synergy Baku Cycling Project, were presented to local and international media at a glitzy Official Team Presentation at Baku Yacht Club in the recent days. The PR Presentation was hosted on the eve of their National Tour, the emerging Tour d’Azerbaijan which begins in two days time. For many riders and staff of the Team, it was a first opportunity to visit the City of Baku and Azerbaijan for the first time.
Since the heights of the media launch on Friday, the squad have not had a great run of luck, losing their strong GC rider, Kirill Pozdnyakov to a training accident, as well as having some members suffering with viral illness.
Saying of his training preparation for this Tour, Kirill stated “ I arrived in Azerbaijan in great condition. After Tour de Taiwan, where I was in good form, I spent some time training at altitude at Tenerife and arrived here with real aspirations to win overall. Knowing how good I felt in training the last days, and with a good team here I was super close to perhaps winning here and thanking our sponsors and staff in front of them. After the hospital treatment, I flew quickly to my home in Brussels where I will try recover fast. Good luck to my team mates, have a great race”
The Tour d’Azerbaijan is ranked 2.2 on the UCI Europe Tour and 25 teams from 41 nationalities will compete over 5 stages for victory overall. Stage one should suit the sprinters, however the remaining 4 stages are for the climbers and escapees.
Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team for Tour d’Azerbaijan: Elcin Asadov, Dan Craven, David Clarke, Connor McConvey, Christoph Schweizer and Alexander Surutkovich.
Tour de Azerbaijan Overview
Tour de Azerbaijan started on May, 1st in Baku near Heydar Aliyev Center. Having passed 11 laps (157 km) through the avenue named after the national leader of Azerbaijani people, the participants finished near the Center building. On May, 2nd starting from the brand new cycle park on the shore of the Caspian Sea the peloton moved towards the Great Caucasus ridge and finished near Ismayili. On May, 3rd the participants headed for Sheki from Gabala passing Uguz,then heading back to Gabala (165 km). On May 4th the stage started at Gabala, where the peloton moved towards Shamaha and finishd near the famous Pergulin Observatory in 116 km. The final stage passed through the central avenues and streets of Azerbaijan capital – Baku city. Read More
Christoph Schweizer finishes 7th.
General Classification: 2nd (Oleksandr Surutkovych)
Points Classification: 1st (Christoph Schweizer)
Mountain Classification: 1st (Connor McConvey)
Best Azerbaijan Rider Classification: 1st (Elchin Asadov)
Connor McConvey finishes 2nd.
STAGE 2 – TOUR DE AZERBAIJAN:
Oleksandr Surutkovych finishes 2nd.
Christoph Schweizer finishes 3rd.
STAGE 1 – TOUR DE AZERBAIJAN:
Christoph Schweizer finishes 1st.
History of cycling in Azerbaijan
The history of cycling in Azerbaijan goes back to 1930, since this vehicle was introduced here as one of the means of transportation. The first bikes were brought to Azerbaijan from Russia. Initially this vehicle was very popular among the schoolchildren and students. The bicycles were widely used in competitions between the schools and universities. The largest bike tournaments were conducted in Azerbaijan in the 40-s of the 20th century. During this period various sports contests were organized in Azerbaijan among the bicyclists. These sports contests were conducted every four years like in Europe. Azerbaijani bicyclists used the bicycles manufactured in Ukraine’s Kharkov plant. Read More