January 17/11 14:34 pm - Cycling (in the) News
Posted by Editoress on 01/17/11
“When you're turning the crankset, you're riding the bike. When you're coasting, you're just along for the ride." - Ned Overend
Pro rider shares the experience
Eight years ago, Ryan Leech realized he needed to make a change.
Known for his appearances in more than 25 mountain biking films as well as his busy live performance schedule, the world-renowned professional mountain biker's body had had enough.
"My body just felt like a wreck. I felt beat up," says Leech, 31, who specializes in trials. A Port Moody resident, Leech is active in the North Shore's mountain biking community.
Read more: North Shore News
Five reasons for a permanent velodrome in Hamilton
Now that the stadium issue seems to be put to rest, there remains the velodrome.
At the moment, only a temporary structure is contemplated, as I understand it, and it will take several millions of dollars to make it a permanent building up to international standards.
Read more: The Spec
Obey the rules, says US cycling boss
American team boss Jonathan Vaughters has fired an early shot in the upcoming bidding war for some of Australia's best young cycling talent.
A day before the Australian-based GreenEDGE project is launched in Adelaide, Vaughters was quoted as saying he will not hesitate taking legal action if the sport's transfer rules are not followed.
Read more: MSN
See also: Aussie GreenEDGE cycling team launched and
GreenEDGE rules out 'aggressive' recruiting
Armstrong has no regrets as career draws to a close
Lance Armstrong has “no regrets” and says he loses no sleep as his cycling comeback draws to a close and speculation continues about an American government investigation.
Over the next week, the record seven-time Tour de France champion will have the last overseas race of his three-year comeback when he rides for RadioShack at the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide.
Read more: ROAR
Armstrong Leads Mass Ride For Flood Victims
Thousands of people have taken up cycling legend Lance Armstrong's Twitter appeal to join him in Adelaide for a fundraising ride in aid of Australia's flood victims.
UCI nod for World C'ship race in Nepal
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has approved Nepal for hosting a race during the World Championship Series in 2012. Nepal Cycling Association (NCA) President Chimi Orgen Gurung said on Saturday that the UCI has given the green signal and if things go well Nepal will be hosting one out of the nine series in the World Championship Series.
In a tune up to the event, Kathmandu Bike Station organized the First Xtreme MTB Downhill Championship 2011 at Shivapuri National Park on Saturday.
Read more: Republica
Bradley Wiggins set for return to track in Manchester
Britain's Bradley Wiggins is expected to make his track cycling return in February's Manchester World Cup event.
The three-times Olympic champion has been concentrating on his road racing career with Team Sky.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, Wiggins' pursuit team-mate Ed Clancy said: "It's the first time since Beijing that we've really had a pick of everyone.
Read more: BBC
Bike fit a good investment for cyclists
Subtle adjustments can prevent injury
If I were given a pair of shoes that didn't fit, I'd toss them out and walk home barefoot. If I couldn't do up a pair of pants I'd take them off and walk home in my tighty-whities. What excuse then could I possibly have for riding a bike that does not fit?
Read more: North Shore News
Register, road test cyclists: Make 'em accountable
Bicyclists in New York may soon need a sticker to ride, if a city council member there has his way.
In a bid to rein in rogue riders, Eric Ulrich, a Republican from Queens, wants adult cyclists in the Big Apple to fork over a small fee and affix an ID tag to their vehicles.
Last Friday, Ulrich was reported in the New York Post as saying bike riders often scare the hell out of seniors and don't have proper identification on them when accidents happen.
"There seems to be a double standard when it comes to enforcing the traffic laws," he noted.
Read more: The Province
See also: Wheels come off the bicycling bill
Oregonian Wants To Ban Young Kids From Bikes
The upsurge in urban cycling in the U.S. has for the most part had positive results for society. Cycling helps keeps obesity at bay, reduces stress, and the building of new bike infrastructure has even helped create jobs.
For every positive benefit biking has brought about, however, there's also been inevitable backlash from the forces in society that don't want to share the road.
And then there's the perplexing question of Mitch Greenlick. He's an Oregon House Representative who is proposing a state law (HB 2228) that would make it illegal to transport children under the age of six by bicycle. Greenlick says his bill is justified if the law would save just "one child's life."
Read more: TreeHugger
Peloton of million-dollar men
A peloton worth an estimated $100 million will start in today's Santos Tour Down Under.
It is not the first time such a highly valued group of sportsmen has gathered here.
The 2000 Sydney Olympic Games group stage football tournament and the Adelaide Formula One Grand Prix, held on the city streets for a decade from 1985, both had a quota of rich men.
In fact the Tour Down Under's main money men put Australia's No. 1 sporting code - the AFL - to shame when it comes to mega-salaries. Australia's leading earner in cycling is Cadel Evans, who is reported to boast an annual pay packet of $2.1 million.
Read more: Adelaide Now
AIGCP defiant in the face of radio ban, while UCI stands firm
Cycling teams association rejects the outlawing of transmitters “in the best interests of the sport”, while UCI claims the “future of the sport is at stake
Read more: VeloNation
Portland company plans Belgian bicycling beer tour for July
Portland-based Beercycling target=_blank>(their motto is "getting you from pint A to pint B...") is planning a 10-day cycling tour in the Flanders region of Belgium July 10 – July 19, 2011
Read more: Oregon Live