January 13/11 13:53 pm - Cycling (in the) News
Posted by Editoress on 01/13/11
"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart." ~ Iris Murdoch
Cycling Campaign Set to Get 80,000 Women Active
A new project that will get 80,000 women back on a bike - or riding for the first time -was unveiled today after Sport England awarded British Cycling £992,159 of National Lottery funding.
The National Women's Cycling Network will help women of all ages and ability to organise fun, recreational group bike rides for other women in their local area. Over the next three years, 1,000 female cycling champions will be trained to become ride leaders, equipped with the information and know-how to organise group rides on local routes - planned and mapped by them. The programme will draw inspiration from the success of Britain's top women elite cyclists and will aim to reach women in every local authority in England. Its long-term aim will be to encourage 20,000 women to cycle at least once a week.
Read more: British Cycling
Taking the world by bike
Finding out near the end of the year that he qualified for the Canadian National Team for the 2011 Cyclocross World Championships was certainly one of the greatest highlights of Craig Richey’s year.
Read more: Smithers Interior News
The Cycling Fest Returns to Victoria, BC
The Victoria International Cycling Festival will take place over four weeks during May and June 2011 in Victoria, BC, the Cycling Capital of Canada. The cycling festival will bring together families, children, professional riders, commuters, road racers and track racers of all ages and abilities. The festival kicks off on May 28, 2011 with Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria. The tour includes a scenic yet challenging 100km waterfront “Gran Fondo” style ride around the Victoria Peninsula, on roads Ryder used to train for the 2010 Tour de France in which he placed 7th overall.
Read more: Travel Video News
UCI appeals decision to clear Pellizotti
Franco Pellizotti faces another battle to overcome doping charges after the governing body of cycling challenged the Italian Olympic Committee's decision to clear him.
The UCI wants the Court of Arbitration for Sport to investigate CONI's decision to clear Pellizotti last October even though his biological passport data was found suspicious.
Read more: Eurosport
Contador looking doubtful for Tour
Alberto Contador is likely to miss this year's Tour de France because of the time the investigation into his positive doping test from last year could take, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Pat McQuaid, said today.
Read more: Guardian
Windsor firefighter to cycle across Canada for charity
A Windsor firefighter will be swapping his black rubber boots for cycling shoes this summer.
Jim Maxim plans to ride across eight provinces in two months to raise money for the Heart Defects Society of Windsor-Essex County and the Windsor Spitfires Foundation.
Read more: Windsor Star
Physical demands behind doping
Doping in cycling is due to riders pushing the limit further than other sports, Lance Armstrong says.
The seven-time Tour de France winner said he was not worried about being mentioned in doping investigations, but was concerned at the high number of positive tests in cycling.
''To me, that is really a byproduct of the sport trying harder than any other sport,'' Armstrong said.
Read more: Sydney Morning Herald
Cycling along London’s Barclays Cycle Superhighways showing significant increase
New figures show that the number of cyclists along the first two Barclays Cycle Superhighway routes in London, which run from Merton to the City and Barking to Tower Gateway (earlier post), has risen by 70% with increases of 100% or more seen on some sections during peak hours.
Read more: FavStocks
Taiwan: A Cycling Paradise
The other day a friend of mine posted a picture from a recent bike ride in Taiwan to a popular bike forum. "Where was that taken," posters asked, "Tuscany?"
Most visitors to Taiwan see only its crammed, anarchic cities and the dull, dirty flatlands of the island's western shelf, never realizing that one of Asian tourism's best kept secrets is the fabulous cycling in Taiwan.
Read more: Huffington Post
'Bicycle Sign' May Distinguish Parkinson's From Atypical Parkinsonism
New research suggests the preserved ability to ride a bicycle after onset of symptoms may accurately differentiate between Parkinson's disease (PD) and atypical parkinsonism.
Read more: MedScape