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May 1/99 12:03 pm - Ontario News, Bell Recall

Posted by Editor on 05/1/99

The Great Lake to Lake Cycling Classic

An epic mountain bike ride, May 9th from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario featuring some of Niagara's best trails and local landmarks. This race is held along the old and new Welland canal system. This is a citizens MTB race like few others. More than just a race it's a point to point adventure ride from Port Colbourne on the shores of Lake Erie to Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines) on the shores of Lake Ontario.

For more information/directions/registration log on to

Banana Seat Productions

Banana Seat Productions has opened its door for the 1999 race season. We are a full in-house graphic design & photography facility catering specifically to cyclists and snowboarders. We ride & race and believe that as a country we need to promote Canadian Talent at the grassroots level. We are available for Team Photography, action photography, race event coverage and promotional event marketing.

Michelle Ward
Banana Seat Productions
519-599-6887 (tel)
705-443-6372 (page)

CPSC, Bell Sports Inc. Announce Recall of Bicycle Helmets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bell Sports Inc., of San Jose, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 5,800 bicycle helmets used for BMX and downhill mountain biking and racing. A defect with the helmets' chin strap rivets can result in the helmet coming off the rider's head in the event of a fall or crash. If the helmet comes off, serious head injury could result.

Bell Sports is aware of one incident where the chin strap assembly became detached from a helmet during a crash. No injury was reported.

These bike helmets are red, green, black, white and "Tear Away", which is multicolored. They were sold under the model names Rhythm, Bellistic and Qualifier, which is written on their packaging. The recalled helmets have date stickers inside reading October 1998 through March 1999. "BELL" is written on the sides of these helmets and on the visors.

Independent bicycle dealers nationwide sold these helmets from October 1999 through April 1999 for between $90 and $125 (US).

Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately, until they are repaired or replaced. For more information, consumers should call Bell Sports at (800) 456-BELL between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday. For a free replacement helmet, including shipping costs, consumers should mail their helmets to Bell Sports Inc., Route 136 East, Rantoul, IL 61866, ATTN: BMX Department. Consumers also can contact Bell Sports through their website at

Note: In Canada, go to the Bell Sports Canada website at:, or contact your local dealer.

OCA Points Rules Clarification

A preliminary audit has been carried out of the Senior 3 field af Effingham. Most certainly, 2 riders who had competed in the 1/2 event at Douro rode, and one was second. At Effingham, they took out one day licenses. This matter will be considered by the ORC. The audit will continue once all the information is to hand.

The results for Effingham have to stand because the CCA rules states that results cannot be changed once they are signed-off on by the event Chief Commissaire.

However, as far as points go:

1. Riders carrying one-day licenses do not qualify for points or take them away from licensed riders. (existing rules)

2. For Effingham, the first place points will go to the 3rd place rider and so on.

As for allegations that there were other Masters in the Senior 3 event, there were no licensed riders there at all. It is possible that some Masters who were riding under temporary licenses (their license not through from the CCA yet) may have crept through. At this point, there is no way of checking that. By next week, we will have better records. The only other Masters that might have ridden Sen 3 would have carried one-day licenses and, again, there is no way to check that at Registration.

Steps have been taken to have an ORC representative at the next 2 events to help the registration people and to ensure there is no repeat of last Sunday's problems.

Points Coordinator.


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