December 16/10 14:15 pm - Cycling (in the) News
Posted by Editoress on 12/16/10
You have to sprint on feeling, not thinking. You must have faith in yourself but you cannot think about it too much. - Jean Paul Van Poppel
Plan B for Pan Am: A bigger velodrome?
If the Pan Am stadium fails, the city should have its own backup plan to maximize what's left of its part in the 2015 Games.
And that means a fully fleshed out indoor cycling track to make Hamilton Canada's cycling capital, some city councillors say.
Read more: Hamilton Spectator
Top cyclists to race at Burnaby 4 Days
When some of the top cyclists in the world line up on the start line for the Burnaby 4 Days racing event that begins Dec. 27, it will be a feather in the white-capped bubble of the Burnaby Velodrome Club and its president, Scott Laliberte.
Read more: BC Local News
Pegasus team confident of snaring lead sponsor, despite setback
A European company is poised to become the title sponsor of the Pegasus Sports team if it is granted a Pro Continental licence, says team chief executive Chris White.
Read more: Sydney Morning Herald
Officials to help riders if Pegasus doesn't fly
Cycling Australia will assist any Australian rider aggrieved, and potentially considering legal action, over the Pegasus Sports project that hoped to produce the country's first Tour de France team but is now on the brink of collapse.
Read more: The Age
Cavendish barred from riding pre-TdU races in Australia
Mark Cavendish has effectively been banned from riding pre-Tour Down Under warm-up races in Australia by the event's organiser.
Read more: Cycling Weekly
Mark Cavendish Reflects on 2010 Read more: SportingLife
Spain Olympic head wants max ban if Contador doped
Cyclist Alberto Contador and track athletes involved in Operation Galgo should receive maximum bans if they are found guilty of doping, Spanish Olympic Committee president Alejandro Blanco said Thursday.
Contador is facing a two-year ban and being stripped of his third Tour de France title after failing a doping test during the race. Fourteen people are implicated in Galgo, including world steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez.
"In the case of Contador and any other athletes - maximum sanction when we know" if they are guilty, Blanco told The Associated Press. "When it's proven an athlete has doped, there is no debate - authorities need to act."
Read more: AP
McQuaid says Vacansoleil staff was naive for signing Riccò
The president of cycling's governing body, Pat McQuaid, said team Vacansoleil made a naive decision signing Riccardo Riccò.
"I'll just say that the leaders of this team were naive," McQuaid told France's L'Equipe newspaper. "If I am the sports director, Riccò never joins my team."
Read more: VeloNation
Bike brands unhappy with new UCI equipment approval scheme
The bike industry is reacting to the new approval procedure for race bike frames and forks set up by the International Cycling Union (UCI), cycle sport's world governing body, and it’s fair to say that there’s a mix of nervousness and incredulity.
Read more: Road.cc
Everything you need to know about winter cycling
Read more: The Toronto Star
Sport England warns of cuts if sports fail to increase participation
Sport England has warned sports their grass roots funding will be cut in the next 12 months if participation rates don't improve, after new figures showed 19 had suffered a decline since 2007-08 despite tens of millions of pounds of new investment.
Only four sports – cycling, netball, mountaineering and athletics – have showed a statistically significant increase in people playing at least once a week
Read more: Guardian
Cycling makes Dutch happy
According to research, cycling makes you feel independent and free, and it’s also nice and cheap. Cyclists experience less stress than, for example, motorists or people using public transport.
Read more: Radio Netherlands
First British woman to win a Time Trial world title wins Sports Award
World Champion Time Triallist Emma Pooley received a top award at the 62nd annual British Sports Awards this month.
Read more: Bike Biz
Bike-theft prevention scheme heading stateside
Bike Revolution's cycle-theft-busting Pulse ID tags are officially launching in the US in January 2011.
Following the firm's partnership with Kryptonite, the tags will be available from independent retailers in the UK too, with further global expansion in the offing later in the year. Kryptonite will be closely involved in the distribution of the tags, the support of the bike registration and recovery service.
Read more: Bike Biz
Great Rides: a tasty cruise of Sacramento without lycra
A great ride deserves to start off on the right foot, which is why we're at 18th and E streets in midtown Sacramento. We're in street clothes, eager for an urbane ride along city streets.
No hills, no hurry, no hammering, at least not this month.
The New Roma Bakery sign beckons and seems to set the table for our mood. Forget energy gels and protein bars with their dreadful flavors. What's the point if you're not training for the Olympics?
Read more: Sacramento Bee
Elite company for Armstrong in Rotorua
New Zealand's top triathlete Bevan Docherty will challenge seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in Rotorua early next year.
Since news of Armstrong's shock entry late last month for the Blue Lake Multisport Festival, several big name athletes have registered their interest to line up alongside him.
Read more: TVNZ
How To Ride A Bike: Notes on Winter Cycling from Russia
Maybe you complain about the cold, but here in St. Petersburg where I live, it is colder. And still, everybody else in Russia lives some place even colder. To stay warm while cycling in winter, first never forget that in Syktyvkar, in Shchuchinsk, in Novosibirsk it is colder. Are you not lucky that it is only -15º C?
Read more: The Fader