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March 14/11 22:45 pm - Cycling (in the ) News


Posted by Editoress on 03/14/11
 

Who am I? Where am I? Oh yes-I'm at the Tour, so I should get on my bike and go. Where is my bike? -Djamolidin Abdujaparov's first words after regaining consciousness after a crash, 1996


City [of Burlington] hosting 2011 cycling championships
Council unanimously supports June 23-July 3 road races

The nation will roll through Burlington on two wheels this coming Canada Day.

City councillors voted unanimously in favour of hosting the 2011 National Road Cycling Championships at Wednesday night’s community services committee meeting.

“We have the opportunity to showcase our city to 800 participants, and who knows what can come from that,” said Mayor Rick Goldring.
Read more: Inside Halton


[Kitchener] Councillors want money to save cycling master plan
In an attempt to save the new cycling master plan, a couple of city councillors are looking for some money.

At a time when other cities are spending more on cycling, Kitchener city councillors went in the opposite direction—cutting $200,000 earmarked for the cycling master plan in the 2011 budget. The cuts frustrated years of work to improve cycling in this city.
Read more: The Record


Parks and rec to explore reopening JDF velodrome
Cyclists have a faint hope of regaining access to the closed Juan de Fuca velodrome after a committee was struck with the sole mandate of “getting cyclists back on the track.”

Scores of cyclists and supporters packed a West Shore Parks and Recreation board meeting Thursday night to press their case that the velodrome should reopen, a message that found sympathy among a number of board members.
Read more: BC Local News


Cyclists slip gears as grant cash goes unclaimed
Local bike riders will be given a third chance to tap in to cash for initiatives to support cycling after failing to take up previous offers.

For the past two years, the Comox Valley Cycling Task Force has been allocated a $10,000 grant by Comox Valley Regional District to support its work and initiatives.

But on Tuesday it was revealed the offers were never taken up, as no ideas were suggested by the group that could make use of some or all of it.
Read more: Canada.com


Giro [di Burnaby] planning underway
The wheels are in motion for the Heights' signature Italian bike race, Giro di Burnaby.

"Things are going full speed ahead," says Rainy Kent, Burnaby's event director.

The race is planned along the same route as the last one, held in 2008. But it will begin earlier in the day, at 6 p.m., on July 14.
Read more: Burnaby Now


Grand Tour to roll into Eastern Ontario
This summer, for the first time ever, one of Quebec's top cycling events will take place in Eastern Ontario.

The Grand Tour Desjardins is a weeklong cycling trip organized by Vélo-Quebec, a non-profit cycling organization that also organizes trips. The tour is not a race, but a fully supported cycling holiday that can draw as many as 2,000 participants.
Read more: Ottawa Citizen


Elephant Attacks Canadian Cyclist in India
A Canadian cyclist was attacked by an elephant while he was target=_blank>cycling at Plantation Mattam near Masinagudi in the Nilgiris on Friday.

According to Ooty police, Hendry Gold, the cyclist, was caught and thrown away by a wild elephant while he was cycling towards Ooty from Masinagudi at about 7.30 at Plantation Mattam near Masinagudi on Friday morning. His left elbow was broken in the accident. He was accompanied by 36 other Canadians and four Indian cyclists.
Read more: Times of India


Bikes take golf's spot
Cycling has been touted as “the new golf” in the corporate world.

“Many companies are co-ordinating cycling groups and replacing their 18-holes with an early ride around the city followed by a morning latte,”
Read more: City News


How One New York Bike Lane Could Affect The Future Of Cycling Worldwide
How often does a story about a bike lane, one particular bike lane, make it on to the front page of what is, by most accounts, the world’s finest newspaper?

That is what happened on Tuesday, when the New York Times published a report about a lawsuit filed by a group of Brooklyn residents against the city of New York over a bike lane on Prospect Park West, which is the road that forms the boundary between Prospect Park itself and the prosperous, fashionable neighbourhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn.


Growing number of bike cafés gear up to serve cyclists
At bicycle cafés, travelers can stop for coffee, grab a bite to eat and get air in their tires or even a tune up, all at the same time. These cafés are proliferating across the country, enhancing the “in the saddle” experience for everyone from urban riders and hard-core cyclists to weekend warriors and tourists.
Read more: MSNBC


Cycling [and] age
"Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill." -- Fausto Coppi

I have heard that quote over and over, often directed at me. Not until recently did I hear it attributed to one of the greatest cyclists of all time.
Read more: EPT Gazette


GOPer blasts FDA's Lance Armstrong investigation at budget hearing
The House Republican in charge of agricultural appropriations on Friday slammed the Food and Drug Administration for spending "millions" investigating doping allegations against cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) demanded to know how much the agency was spending on the investigation, and what that had to do with its core mission of regulating medical industries and keeping the nation's food supply safe. The investigation is allegedly being led by Jeff Novitzky, the former IRS agent who led the charge against Major League Baseball players' steroid use.

"I just sense that this is blown out of proportion in terms of resources put into it," said Kingston, who went on to suggest that the investigation was "one man's tear" against the celebrity cyclist.
Read more: The Hill


Women can now bike to work thanks to new ‘rain couture’
Madame de Pé interviewed Dutch women about their biking experiences in the rain and found that the options are limited . “Rainwear often doesn’t work well enough; a Burberry trench coat may look great, but it doesn’t keep your knees dry on a bike. And ponchos blow up and hoods blow off”, Bernadette Kuiper of Madame de Pé explains. “But the biggest issue women have is that rainwear just looks ridiculous. Who would wear a yellow poncho over designer jeans and a tailored jacket? No wonder women take the car when it rains.”
Read more: PressDoc

 


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