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May 26/11 0:04 am - Cycling (in the) News

Posted by Editoress on 05/26/11

“It's amazing how plain it is. It's just a regular Italian wool jersey with stripes across it. You look at it and say, 'That's sort of neat.' And my friends go, 'Whoa, man, that thing's way more than neat."-- Greg Herbold, on his world chamionship jersey

Cyclists warned not to attempt Hadleigh's Olympic mountain biking course
A WARNING has been issued to cyclists and parents about the dangers of trying to ride Hadleigh's Olympic mountain biking course.

Police are concerned people are trying to ride parts of the course, which is in Hadleigh farm country park, and have issued a warning advising against this.
Read more: ECHO

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists! win 50K
With SDMB president Brian Vance and champion rider Todd Wells helping rally thousands of votes of support, this amazing group pulled ahead in a race filled with worthy competitors. We're proud to announce that they'll be taking home the $50,000 grant to continue their work protecting mountain and desert trails from development.
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Canadian Olympic mountain bike team to train in Essex
The Canadian Cycling Association signed a memorandum of understanding with Essex County Council for it to be their preferred pre-Games training camp.

Head coach Dan Proulx said: "There's a lot of similarities between here and Canada, so we feel like we're at home."
Read more: BBC

CAA Seeks to Find Common Ground Between Cyclists, Drivers, and Governments
The Canadian Automobile Association is bringing drivers, cyclists and experts together for a one-day national conference to discuss ways to enable cyclists and drivers to get along better on Canada's roadways.

Canadians, including the 5.6 million members of CAA coast-to-coast, are faced with the challenges of bike-car coexistence, whether they are behind the wheel or behind their handlebars. The "Changing Lanes" conference will provide a forum for dialogue, focusing on solutions to make the relationship safer and better for all.
Read more: CNW

Local rider representing Canada on mountain bike circuit
ocal mountain biker Amanda Sin will be tackling the trails in Europe as part of Canada's entry to UCI World Cup events in England and Germany.

Sin was one of 10 athletes to be selected by the Canadian Cycling Association to take part in the world cup races this past weekend in Yorkshire- Dalby Forest, and this coming weekend in Offenburg.
Read more: The Enterprise

Burn calories, not gas: Ride a bike
A U.K. man recently built a bicycle entirely out of wood, with no plastic or metal parts. Everything, including the wheels, gears, and seat, are wood. Inventor Michael Thompson, who made the “SplinterBike” on a bet with a friend, says it can travel up to 50 kilometres an hour.
Read more: CNEWS

Follow Coldham's journey across Canada
J.D. Coldham wants to trek across Canada on his bike to raise awareness and money for a cause close to his heart.

Coldham, 25, grew up in Tillsonburg and now lives in Calgary is cycling across Canada to raise money and awareness for Crohn's Dise
Read more: Tilsonburg News

Champion cyclist Ryder Hesjedal ready to ride
Ryder Hesjedal, who will lead the Tour de Victoria on May 28, knows he rides on the shoulders of Island cycling greats who came before him.
Read more: Times Colonist

Ewart spins among the best
Peninsula cyclist Annie Ewart is in Gatineau, Quebec for the “biggest race of (her) life to date.”

The young athlete is among those chosen by the Canadian Cycling Association for the Canada (senior) Team for an international competition — the 2011 Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau on May 19 and 21.
Read more: Peninsula News

Across the country in two and half years by bike
In a scheme that could be considered half brilliance, and half insanity, a woman is meandering her way across Canada over the next couple of years on a recumbent bike.

Tana Silverland came through the valley early this week on a cross Canada trek, and to say the least, she is taking the scenic route. She started last June from Whitehorse and has already travelled 4,100 kilometres. So far, she is only part way through Alberta on her trek to Newfoundland.

“It is going to take two and a half years,” Silverland told The Mail. “As one of my previous host described it, ‘taking the word circuitous to a whole new level.’”
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Dorels Bike Business the Bright Spot in First Quarter Results
Dorel Industries failed to meet analysts’ expectations for the first quarter of 2011. Dorel CEO and President Martin Schwartz (photo) stated that: “a highlight of the first quarter results is the momentum of our bicycle business, particularly in the IBD channel. Our recreational/leisure division, home to bicycle brands such as Cannondale, GT, and Sugoi, continued to deliver positive results.
Read more: Bike Europe

Tour raises awareness for those who cannot speak
Toronto's Gail Fisher-Taylor and her family are crossing Canada to speak up for those who cannot speak. The family's trip, which began May 19th in British Columbia, will include 80 towns and cities and wind up August 4th in Newfoundland. "The cross-country journey," she told me, "is to meet with Canadians who, because of physical disabilities, are living lives without speech but who have found many creative ways to express what's on their minds and in their hearts."
Read more: Toronto Sun

This portable didn’t fold under pressure: Bike commuter wins Marty’s Challenge in Morristow
Morristown lawyer Matthew Vance calmly loaded his 24-speed Dahon bicycle onto an NJ Transit train in Madison on Wednesday morning, checked his email for a few minutes, got off the train in Morristown, unfolded the bicycle and breezed to the Hyatt Morristown to win the first Marty’s Commuter Challenge.

Matthew bested a Chevy Volt and a cyclist on a fast road bike in the five-mile Madison-to-Morristown race.
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Biking Spain’s Camino de Santiago in 2011: A Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit
The pilgrimage route of Spain’s Camino de Santiago (“Way of Saint James”) is full of the history, legends, and traditions of the seekers and adventurers who have followed it for the past 1,100 years. Easy Rider Tours offers guided trips for modern-day pilgrims who want to experience the historic route by bicycle. Four guaranteed 2011 departures, in late June and early September, have limited availability.
Read more: PRweb

How to Start a Bike Program in Your City
Standing at the intersection of Pearl and Plymouth Streets in Brooklyn, you’ll find quiet warehouse fronts, a slivered view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the heart of New York City’s biking community, Recycle-A-Bicycle.

The name alone prepared me for a dingy warehouse of greasy bicycles, concrete floors littered with parts and maybe a coverall-clad worker named Jack.

But what I saw was a classroom. Working hands on with the bikes were four high school interns from local Brooklyn schools. Sixteen-year-old Ibrahima tinkered with the intricate parts of the bike’s crankam while Humberto, also 16, worked on rims and spokes.
Read more: Earth911

Cycling isn't just for urban types any more
Bicycles and Ottawa have become so common in verbal Band written references these days, I figured I'd be a good conformist and buy one. I'm a devoted car commuter, you see, and a rural resident for whom downtown cycling issues are as relevant as all-terrain vehicle etiquette is to Centretowners.
Read more: Ottawa Citizen

Fundraising send-off May 25 for three West Island students who will cycle across Canada to benefit Child Soldiers Initiative
The Zero Force Cycling team, founded by a couple of West Island students who will be cycling from British Columbia to Halifax to raise money for Child Soldiers Initiative (CSI), is holding a benefit concert and spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, May 25, in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.
Read more: West Island Gazette

Region becoming a popular destination for cycling races
The whir of bicycle tires racing over (mostly) dry pavement was exactly what race organizers hoped for at the inaugural Nith River Road Race.

A few showers and one big downpour on Sunday caused some trouble, and threw Olympian Leigh Hobson from her race bike.
Read more: The Record

Vancouver eyes ways to get more cars off Vancouver's streets
Wider sidewalks, more buffered cycling lanes and a boost in bus and train capacity were among the ideas pitched Wednesday as ways of getting more cars off Vancouver's streets.

The city's director of transportation Jerry Dobrovolny suggested the ideas as part of the city's long-range transportation plan for 2040.
Read more: Vancouver Sun

Riders gearing up for 4th annual Boomer's Ride
The fourth annual Boomer's Legacy Ride is shaping up to be the must successful to date.

The annual, two-day, 240-kilometre cycle from Courtenay to Victoria attracted 90 riders last year - but this year's cycle is going national.

Cyclists in Nova Scotia will be hosting their own Boomer's Legacy ride in September, and so far 60 riders have already signed up here. The goal this year is to raise $40,000.
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Cycling for ALS
On June 1, Joel Bisson and Michael Downey will hop on their bikes in Tofino and ride across Canada with the intention of being in St. John's, N.L. by Sept. 8. The goal of their 100-day bike tour is to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which is a fatal, rapidly progressive neuromuscular disease that affects about 3,000 Canadians.
Read more: Vancouver Courier

Students ride for cancer
Some 150 students at Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School put the pedal to the metal last Friday for the Inside Ride. The national indoor cycling challenge is one of many events held across Canada throughout the year. It's organized by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, founded by Mississauga's Jeff Rushton and his friends to raise money in support of families and children dealing with cancer.
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Outreach and parking key to successful bike-lane culture, says expert
ancouver city planners often look to Portland as a model for successful imposition of bicycling infrastructure.

On Wednesday as Vancouver was launching the process for a new transportation plan, a conference was hearing from a Portland transport expert that public outreach and preservation of parking spaces have been keys to her city’s cycling success
Read more: The Province

Toronto has country’s highest rate of car collisions with bikes, pedestrians
As Toronto gears up for a debate over physically separated bike lanes, new sobering statistics show the city has the highest rate of cyclist collisions in the country.

The rate of pedestrians colliding with vehicles also tops the charts, according to recently released statistics by the city.

“We don’t know why Toronto is different from these other jurisdictions,” said Mike Brady, manager of traffic safety at the municipality. “My guess is our mode of travel mixture is very different. We may actually have more pedestrians moving around in a day-to-day environment.”
Read more: National Post

Getting Female Bums on Bikes a Breeze
Today British Cycling launches its Breeze programme. Funded by the National Lottery Breeze is the biggest programme the country has seen to encourage more women to get out riding bikes with the aim of closing the gender gap that exists between men and women that cycling regularly in Britain.
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Lance Armstrong brand remains strong ... for now
It's been a well-publicized bad week for seven-time Tour de France winner

Fresh doping allegations from former teammate Tyler Hamilton and a developing federal investigation have again put Armstrong on the defensive.
Read more: USA Today

Washington named most bike-friendly state
Hold onto your handlebars, folks. Washington state has been named the “Most Bicycle Friendly State” from the League of American Bicyclists. It’s the fourth year in a row this state has earned the award.

A bicycle-friendly state is one that “promotes cycling through legislation, policies, programs, and by creating new places to ride, educating motorists and cyclists, and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation,” according to the league.
Read more: Seattle Pi

David Millar turns to hybrid MTB drivetrain
David Millar has gone all mountain bike on us. Pictured left is the machine the British rider used to tackle the Dolomites during the Giro d'Italia.

This year's Giro is particularly tough, with seven summit finishes and a succession of super-steep climbs that left even the pros needing a helping hand.

And so two-time world time trial silver medallist Millar opted to run a hybrid drivetrain - made up of both road and mounain bike components - on his Cervelo S3.

Read more: Read more: Road Cycling


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