January 6/02 1:21 am - Jr. Speedskating, King of Bikes, Cycling & Drinking, Helmet Use
Posted by Editor on 01/6/02
Junior Speedskating World Championships
Cyclist Raphaele Lemieux is a member of the Canadian national speedskating team for the Junior Worlds in , Korea. On Friday she was knocked out in the first round of the 500m after being disqualified. She finished third in the 4th heat of the 1000m and did not move on to the next round.
King of Bikes Championships
Courtesy Kevin O'Brien
February 16 & 17
Vancouver, BC, Canada - BC PLACE Stadium
It's as close to a BMX vs. Mtb race as you can get.
As part of the Coors Light Outdoor Adventure Show, the KING OF BIKES will be run on a course similar to INVERT. Dual racing over a trails-style BMX course. Saturday is the BMX event - Sunday is the Mtb Event. The rider who places the highest in both events is crowned the 'King Of Bikes' and receives $350 cash + Prizes. Also - cash prizing for Pro Open goes 4 deep each day. Two classes per event (14 & Over Amateur, Pro Open).
The event is produced by KOB Productions. Check out their website for more info on the event at www.canadabmx.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cycling Deaths Related to Alcohol
The Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) has reported on a study of 466 Maryland cyclists that found one-third of those fatally injured in accidents had elevated blood-alcohol levels. The study said that a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 was found to increase the risk of serious or fatal injury by a staggering 2000 percent. The study also reported that helmet use declines with drinking, and that only 5% of injured cyclists who had been drinking were wearing a helmet.
B.C. Court Upholds Helmet Law
A Kamloops man who challenged a B.C. law requiring cyclists to wear helmets has lost his fight in the B.C. Supreme Court. The man was convicted of riding without a helmet after being charged in downtown Kamloops nearly 18 months ago. The court dismissed his appeal, saying that requiring helmet usage was a reasonable restriction on personal freedom.