June 7/11 22:49 pm - Cycling (in the) News
Posted by Editoress on 06/7/11
“There simply is nothing else like it. And, as a test of physical and mental endurance it has no equal. Other sports may be as intense, as pressurized, as hard for short periods: But the Tour does on day after day after day. It's the only race in the world where you have to get a haircut halfway through." -- Chris Boardman
Canada's Hesjedal will be one to watch at Tour de France after last year's race
Ryder Hesjedal has quietly accumulated cycling medals throughout his career, but life forever changed for the Canadian at last year's Tour de France.
Now, people know who he is.
Hesjedal held his own with the world's best through time trials and climbs that wound through the Alps and the Pyrenees last year to finish seventh - the best Tour de France result by a Canadian since Steve Bauer finished fourth in 1988.
And a month from now, when he pushes off the start line for the "Grand Depart" in the sport's most famous race, plenty of eyes will be following the Canadian.
Read more: Canadian Press
NH mountain's bike-climb records voided on doping
Organizers of annual bicycle races up the Mount Washington Auto Road voided records set by Tyler Hamilton and Genevieve Jeanson because they have admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.
Read more: Forbes.com
Olympic cyclist peddles coffee in change of career
Leigh Hobson is one of life’s champions. She competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the cycling races and came 17th. Her husband, Jeff Evans, who has a background in the food and beverage industry, is reported to have been very supportive of her cycling career.
However, now that Hobson has become a teacher, things have changed. Following their passion for coffee houses (sampling many en route during the cycling circuit) the couple have now launched themselves in a new direction which capitalises on this love.
What did they do? The Coffee Peddler was opened in Galt
Read more: World of Coffee News
How should a cyclist behave? An open discussion about bikes and road rules
On June 3, Emma Woolley, a web editor and writer, posted an open letter on her blog to her fellow Toronto cyclists. Though impassioned, the language was clear and the message fairly simple: let’s follow the road rules, and stop for lights. Signal turns. Stay off the sidewalk. We'll all be safer if we do.
Read more: Open File
Cyclists offer youth ‘reason to dream’ of a sustainable world
They repair their own bikes, their bodies and offer a ‘reason to dream’ of a sustainable world.
A group of 15 young people from across Canada cycled through Prince Edward County this week armed with an inspiring message of youth empowerment and sustainable consumption as part of the Phenomenal Food Tour organized by The Otesha Project.
Read more: Country Live
Should marathons and cycling events be moved off city roads?
If you live in a Canadian city, chances are it’s happened to you.
You’re out driving on a summer day only to find yourself stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, delays and detours all because major roadways have been closed for a marathon or some other charity event.
These events may help bring thousands of people to a city and raise millions for various causes, but some politicians in Toronto would like to see them moved to parks or other venues.
Read more: Globe and Mail
See also : Toronto Star
Hertz Offers Electric Bicycles to London Renters
Hertz, the world's largest general use car rental brand, has now become the first major car rental company to offer electric bicycles for rental, with the introduction of Ultra Motor electric bicycles to London
Read more: EV World
Millar slams Armstrong over drug investigation
British cyclist David Millar has strongly criticised former friend Lance Armstrong - claiming he can see 'no happy ending' from the current investigation into the American's alleged doping.
Millar - who himself served a two-year ban from 2004 after testing positive for EPO - believes the increasingly ugly probe into the seven-time Tour de France winner is bringing nothing but bad publicity to the sport, and has overshadowed a lot of good progess that has been made.
Read more: ESPN
We are not alone
It's usually not a good idea to read too much into the perceptions of cycling in one country and then apply them to another but I couldn't help but do that after reading a recent report in The Guardian on that subject and think of Australia.
Read more: SBS
How The Bicycle Changed The World For Women
The wind whistles by like a gentle caress, propelling you forward, as you build up momentum. Legs begin pumping. Scenery is whooshing by, yet you glide down the road as if one with the ground. You and your bicycle are operating in perfect harmony, literally balancing on two wheels.
It's something most people take for granted: riding a bike. Yet, it's an activity many learn early in life. In fact, some would say it's even a childhood rite of passage in many cultures.
Read more: KOAT
Hoy expects golds at London 2012
Sir Chris Hoy is confident that he will be on the top step of the podium at London 2012 and will make a decision over whether to retire after the Games.
Hoy's world changed forever after his all-conquering displays at the Beijing Games, returning home with three gold medals. A knighthood followed.
Read more: EuroSport
Bike-Share Schemes Shift Into High Gear
Hold onto your helmets, city dwellers. It’s the summer of bike sharing.
Around the world, cycle-hire operators are rolling out bicycles that were tucked away for the cold and rainy months. Hundreds of new bikes and docking stations will join existing fleets, while many more cities, from Kailua to Tel Aviv to the Big Apple are joining the bike-sharing wave for the first time.
Read more: National Geographic
Lawsuit filed on behalf of brain-injured cyclist
As Nova Scotia becomes the first province in Canada to legally require motor vehicles to keep a safe distance from cyclists, the case of a severely injured Lunenburg County cyclist who was hit by a car is winding its way through Supreme Court.
Mark Stewart suffered traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a car that was turning into a school driveway, according to a negligence suit filed with the justice centre in Bridgewater. The documents say Stewart was cycling along Highway 3 outside Centre Consolidated School when the accident happened on Sept. 3, 2009.
Read more: Chronicle Herald