By now, you may be getting familiar with the Otso features, particularly their Tuning Chip dropout system. The three position adjustable dropout alters the chainstay length by up to 20 mm, while it also raises and lowers the BB to compensate for the change in ride height for different tires. At its longest setting, the frame can run up to 29 x 2.1″ tires or 700c x 53mm.Otso previously shipped each bike with a fork that included a 15mm thru axle. That eventually shifted to riders having the option of choosing either a 15mm or 12mm axle. Now, based on customer feedback and choices, all bikes will only be shipped with a 12mm thru axle. It seems that in the road and gravel world, 12mm has become the preferred standard up front. If you’ve been shopping for a new bike, then you already know that the increased demand has made things pretty scarce. That’s part of the reason why Otso is releasing the fourth new color of their awesome Waheela C all road / gravel / dropbar MTB a bit early. Originally slated for a 2021 release, the new color is available now – just in time for fall exploring. The frames are constructed using EPS molded carbon fiber and include a number of mounting options, internal cable routing including dropper post compatibility (options for 60mm or 100mm travel in their bike builder), and a 68mm threaded BSA bottom bracket.The Matte Slate / Gray, joins six other colors that are partially available depending on the frame size required. Framesets start at $2,200 and complete bikes start at $3,600, with plenty of spec options available through the custom bike configurator.otsocycles.com
Hiroyasu Tsuchie, Japan’s Olympic development director for sprinting, speaks during a news conference at the National Training Center on Friday. | KAZ NAGATSUKA GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Tokyo 2020, 2020 Olympics, Yoshihide Kiryu, Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Kazunori Asaba, Tadasu Kawano, Yuta Shitara, Hiroyasu Tsuchie Japan’s track and field athletes have enjoyed some notable achievements in recent years, including medal-winning feats by the men’s 4×100-meter relay team and Yuta Shitara’s recent national marathon record-breaking performance.But with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in just over two years, the sport’s leaders here do not want to waste time and hope to have further success with firm development plans for its athletes. “Having observed the Pyeongchang Olympics and how our Japanese athletes had success in it, it made us reacknowledge that we’ve got to have proper development strategies,” Japan Association of Athletics Federations development director Kazunori Asaba said at a news conference at Tokyo’s National Training Center on Friday. “And they need support from both inside and outside.”There won’t be a global tournament like the Olympics or world championships this year, but the JAAF intends to pour full energy into the Aug. 18-Sept. 2 Asian Games in Indonesia as this year’s flagship event for its athletes.Last year, the men’s 4×100-meter relay team, which earned the silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, captured another medal (bronze) at August’s IAAF World Championships in London. Also, Yoshihide Kiryu broke the nation’s 10-second barrier in the men’s 100, clocking 9.98 in September. Those feats have clearly captured the attention of fans and the general public.“The overall individual level in the 100 and 200 has risen,” said Hiroyasu Tsuchie, who’s serving as Japan’s Olympic development director for sprinting. “We’ve won the silver at the Olympics and bronze at worlds last year. We only have gold to win left.”Tsuchie, a former Olympic sprinter who has coached Kiryu, said that the JAAF would hold more training camps for the relay teams and have them compete at international meets more often this year.“We intend to have trials and errors to develop our teams, while we also want to find new talent for the future,” Tsuchie said.The marathon-crazed country also pays attention to long-distance running and the JAAF intends to do its best to live up to the pressure two summers from now on the world’s largest sporting stage.Tadasu Kawano, the Olympic development director for long-distance disciplines, stated that the 2018 season would be “the most important year” toward the Tokyo Olympics.Last year, the JAAF introduced the Marathon Grand Championship series format with the intention of developing its runners and providing more fairness in the selection process for the Olympics. The runners with the best marks and places in the selected races will compete at the series finale in 2019 to determine the representatives for the 2020 Games.The series seems to have worked so far. The most noteworthy evidence was seen at the Tokyo Marathon in February, when Shitara broke the 16-year national record with a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 11 seconds. Twelve men and six women have qualified for the series’s final competition so far.“We have reached our original goal to raise the level for our long-distance running,” Kawano said. “But we still have a long way (to go) to compete on par with the world’s elites.“We are going to have to keep working hard, and if we keep raising our level in 2018, we could see their backs.”Kawano added that the JAAF would concentrate this year on training marathoners who have already qualified for the MGC final race, while it would also work out measures to cope with the heat, which the participants will have to deal with at the Tokyo Olympics.“We would like to collect some data so we will be able to take advantage of them going forward,” Kawano said.Meanwhile, Asaba said that the JAAF would cautiously have to come up with strategies to adjust to a new global ranking system.This year, the International Association of Athletics Federations will introduce the new ranking system, which will serve as the qualification criteria for IAAF-organized global tourneys like the world championships and Olympics. The rankings will be determined based on points that the athletes earn.Previously, athletes could compete at global events once they have qualifications marks provided by the IAAF. But with the establishment of a new system, athletes will have to accumulate points by competing. RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
The much-anticipated fantastic ‘Summer of Sports’ has so far been very disappointing for local sport fans. Thankfully, the recently concluded Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, saw our national treasures garnering 17 of the 19 medals that the country won, surpassing the total of eight medals earned in 2015. Our victories, which included Pan Am Games records in the women’s 200m, men’s discus, and women’s shot put, were complete with women’s 100m, women’s 400m, and women’s 800m gold. These athletes have deservedly won medals for their own well-being and sense of accomplishment. But they have given a nation – thirsty for any “good news” to take us (even if temporarily) out of a national funk caused by tales of corruption in high places, the seemingly unrelenting scourge of violence against citizens and traffic woes featuring mindless, reckless, and, frankly, brazen road users who laugh at any feeble attempt at improving the daily commute of Jamaicans in our cities – something to look forward to, something to celebrate. The Americans have used podium finishes in the Pan Am Games to highlight (and protest) injustices and wrongs being perpetrated against their fellow citizens back home. These actions of a female javelin thrower and a fencing gold medallist have evoked threats of sanction from the Games authorities, but their actions have resonated with those citizens at home who are suffering daily, knowing that even in the face of glory and reward for athletic superiority, someone cares! As a nation, we do not expect our sport stars, or national treasures, as they really are, to step up to the plate and support their fellow suffering citizens with protest. We are all painfully aware of the treatment meted out to any athlete who dares to expose ‘bad mind’ and impropriety in their sport administrations. So as we wait for the passage of time and retirement to get a true picture of corruption in the administrations of local sports, we thank our stars for these few and precious moments of celebration that give us a smile and a reason to get up and go to work and school every day. Stats not improving The record total of one-day runs by the world’s best exponent of the shortened game of cricket, Christopher Henry Gayle, has done very little to mask the continued poor results of the best amalgamation of regional cricketers on the world stage. Local statistics guru Zaheer Clarke reminds me that since he took office on March 25, 2019, the team under the leadership of president Ricky Skerritt has played 16 one-day internationals and three T20s. We have won four, lost 13, and have two no-results. We (the West Indies) have played the second-highest number of matches of all the ICC-registered teams in that period, 19 with England being the only country that has played more – 20. Our 13 losses are the most by any team during that period. Pakistan have lost 11 of 17 matches, and Afghanistan have lost 10 of their 12 games. Of the 12 full-member teams of the ICC, the West Indies’ win-to-loss ratio is ranked 11th, only ahead of Afghanistan. These statistics are not improving, even as the cricketing public of these islands celebrate a new and different method of administering regional cricket. Time is not a friend of new administrators who are swept into power with the promise of ‘change for the better’. The honeymoon afforded to new leaders does not usually last very long. It is now time for Skerritt to make good on his promise from his acceptance speech in March this year. With cricket and football also showing very worrying signs of regression in international standings, the leaders of these organisations cannot and should not expect to keep saying, “This is the best-prepared and best-talented team selected to represent us,” only to sheepishly look for others to blame when the performances fail to live up to the pre-game hype so frequently mouthed by our vanquished representatives. Those seeking positions of power in sporting administrations are painfully aware of the lack of facilities and resources necessary to produce consistent world-class results. So in seeking to defeat and dethrone incumbents, they should have a formula to gain corporate/financial support and not ‘blame finances’ when results are poor. We need administrators who either play or understand the nuances necessary for an athlete to reach and stay at the top, as well as the necessary connections to garner financial support for crucial aspects of the development of the sport that they are administering. We need leaders of substance, not talkers and profilers who are given the task of leading only because of longevity in positions on committees, and ‘contribution to sport in general’. Dr Paul Wright is a sports medicine specialist and radio personality.
European champions Real Madrid and the Premier League have topped the FIFA money list for clubs and leagues respectively ahead of the World Cup tournament in Russia.World Soccer ruling body, FIFA, pays £6,370 on a daily basis per player for those in their respective World Cup squads.According to Vexcash, Real Madrid will receive more cash than any other club for players at the World Cup at least for the group stage.Real Madrid will receive £2,960,200m ahead of Manchester City (£2,824,000), Chelsea (£2,630,700), Barcelona (£2,384,500) and Paris Saint Germain (£2,365,300).The Premier League tops the list for the various leagues with £24,197,500 ahead of the Spanish La Liga (£12,946,100), German Bundesliga (£12,066,200), Italian Serie A (£11,188,600) and French Ligue 1 (£9,183,500).Related