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Chris Froome – Becoming a legend

Chris Froome has win for the third time the Tour de France.  However, what else do we know about the british cyclist who represented Kenya until 2007? Chris Froome (Froomie for the close ones) was born in Kenya in 1985, and that’s where he participated and won his first race when he was 13 years old. Due to this success two years later he moved to Johannesburg to continue training with Robert Hunter who could see in him the qualities and skills of a champion. In 2008, Froome got the British nationality (as despite being born in Kenya, his parents are British) and moved to United Kingdom to continue with his career Chris Froome, from the african savannah to the Tour de France Although he is specialized in climbing and time-trialilng, his qualities on the bike once he arrived to Europe and thanks to a recommendation of his trainer in Africa, Robert Hunter, Chris Froome could join the British team Barloworld. In this team, he achieved his first big win in the land that raised him as an elite cyclist, South Africa, at the Giro del Capo II 2009. In 2010 he joined the Sky Team, his current team, and the one where he achieved the biggest wins of his careers and increase his track record. Among all his big achievments, we must emphasise that Froome is the 3 times winner of the Criterium Dauphine (2013, 2015 and 2016), the Criterium International in 2013, the Tour of Romandie in 2013 and 2014 and the third position in the 2012 London Olympics. Chris Froome has entered today the Olympus of the best cyclist...

Marathon: history and anecdotes of the 42,195 km

How did the marathon started? Why is it exactly 42,195 km? When did it become a Olympic sport? We will answer all these questions and more in this review of the history of the 42,195 km.  There are many different versions of how the marathon was started The legend oabout how the marathon started is known by almost everybody. A Greek messenger, Philippides run the distance between the cities of Marathon and Athens to announce the victory of the Athenian army over the enemies’ army, before collapsing and dying. However, there are many different versions of this legend. There is a second version that states that actually, the distance our messenger went through was 150 miles (the distance between Athens and Sparta) and the reason was to warn about the arrival of the Persians Philippides was running away from. A different version states that the Greek soldiers, as the great athletes they were, run the distance between Marathon and Athens after the battle to defend the city before the Persian ships arrived. When was the marathon consider an Olympic sport? It will be quite difficult to agree on what did really happen, but one thing is clear: against what many people may think, the race was not Olympic until Athens 1896. The distance of this first Olympic marathon was 41,8 km, which is actually the distance between the cities of Athens and the city that gives this race the name. From that moment and until today, the race has always been the athletics category that has closed the Olympic games However, and as everybody knows, 41,8km is not the current distance, we are...

QR Codes and safety. Are they reliable?

Some people has been asking lately the reason why we don’t use QR codes for our bracelets. Although it may seem obvious, today we would like to explain the reasons why we decided not to include these codes in our bracelets. Although they may seem really convenient in certain situations, if we think about it, we don’t really use QR codes in our daily life as often. Yes, we have use them at the airports and at the entrance of concerts and venues, and we see them quite often in marketing campaigns on the newspapers and magazines, but not much besides that. However, and according to information from PuroMarketing, the level of penetration of QR codes readers in our smartphones is really low and, as of 2013, only the 12% of the users of smartphones had ever scanned a QR code. We should also keep in mind that this information is from 2013 and the situation as of today has not improved. Why are we not using QR codes in our bracelets? In case of an incident, the emergency services will need to understand that the QR code in our bracelet may contain important information about us, but the problems are not ending at this point. The people that will be helping us, must have a QR code reader downloaded and installed in their smartphone, and we already know that the chances of a person having a QR code reader in their smartphone are really low. Furthermore, the smartphone must have battery and internet. Therefore, wouldn’t it be easier if the data was directly engraved in our bracelet, as we do...

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