Tuesday, April 26, 2016

British Cycling Director Shane Sutton Suspended Over Discrimination Claims

Jess Varnish
Jess Varnish

Jess Varnish
Jess Varnish

Jess Varnish
Jess Varnish

Shane Sutton
Shane Sutton

Shane Sutton, British Cycling’s technical director has been suspended following allegations of discrimination by rider Jess Varnish. The governing body said they will have an independent review of its performance programs and will launch an internal investigation about allegations of bullying, sexism and derogatory remarks regarding para-cyclists.

Jess Varnish who is a former European champion in the team sprint was removed from the British Cycling performance squad when she was not able to qualify for the Rio Olympics at this year's world championships in London. Varnish accused British Cycling's technical director Sutton of making sexist remarks against her.

In a statement on Tuesday, Varnish claimed other people had experienced similar behavior and said "a culture of fear" existed at British Cycling.

Her claims were backed by Victoria Pendleton describing British Cycling has a “bullying, suffocating culture.”
Victoria Pendleton
Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton
Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton
Victoria Pendleton

Nicole Cooke, another former Olympic champion, also voiced her support for Varnish, as did Wendy Houvenaghel, the retired Northern Irish rider describing Sutton as a “narcissistic little bully”.

The British Cycling said it would set up an independent review and that it was "fully committed to the principles and active promotion of equality of opportunity and we must take any such allegations seriously".

"Following the announcement of an independent review into British Cycling’s performance programs, we are also announcing technical director Shane Sutton has been suspended pending an internal investigation into the allegations of discrimination that have been reported in the press", the body added.

New allegation reported Daily Mail said that, Sutton had referred to para-cyclists as “gimps” and “wobblies”.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Byron Bay Naked Bike Ride

Byron Bay Naked Bike Ride, nude cyclist

Check out the video posted on Byron Bay Facebook page about cyclist leisurely pedaling around town completely naked. The naked bike ride took place last March 12 in Byron Bay, New South Wales, to raise awareness for cycling safety.

"Traffic Jam Byron Style - Naked Bike Ride Byron Bay", says the caption on their FB page! Well this is the only time drivers will pay attention to cyclist, since most of the time they ignore cyclists on the road. Splashing mud, side-swiping and hitting them.  Not all of them are riding on a bike though, you can also see a man completely nude riding a skateboard. 

You can check out the video showing the cyclists baring their all below.

Traffic Jam Byron Style - Naked Bike Ride Byron Bay... Repost By @boardshop_australia: "Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay to raise awareness. Watch out for cyclists! Share the road! #boardshopaustralia #byronbay #nakedbikeride #bicycle #bicycles #visitbyron
Posted by Byron Bay on Saturday, March 12, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Belgian Cyclist Antoine Demoitie Killed by Motorbike During Race

Belgian Cyclist Antoine Demoitie, cycling accident,

Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitie was killed last Sunday in an accident, he fell during the Gent-Wevelgem race in Belgium and then was struck by a race escort motorbike.

The 25 year old member of Belgium's Wanty-Gobert team fell 90 miles into the race along with 3 other cyclists. A passing motorbike hit him while he was on the ground. He was rushed to Ypres hospital and then transferred to an intensive care unit at Lille where he died as a result of complications in his injuries.

Because of this tragic incident, the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA) is calling for an urgent investigation into his death.

"The CPA and all the riders demand that light is shed on the accident immediately and the circumstances that caused it," the association said in a statement on Monday.

CPA president Gianni Bugno, who won the world road race title in 1991 and 1992, said it was a time of "sadness and sorrow".

"We do not want to make controversy but we have so much frustration inside," added the Italian. "We have always stated that the safety of the riders must come first.

"I do not want to accuse anyone but make everyone reflect on the responsibility we have to ensure that a very high level of attention and awareness is maintained plus control over safety standards during each race," Bugno said.


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Exploding Bike Saddle To Thwart Bike Thieves

This is new cool but a little bit extreme way to stop bike thieves. A prankster named TwinzTV made a YouTube video of supposedly thieves stealing rigged bikes that have exploding saddle to stop these bike thieves. This is a nasty way to get back at these thieves. Sorry bike thieves, you won't be having kids from this point forward.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sao Paolo, Brazil Naked Bike Ride 2016

Sao Paolo Brazil naked bike ride 2016, Sao Paolo Brazil nude bike ride

Sao Paolo Brazil naked bike ride 2016, Sao Paolo Brazil nude bike ride

Thousands of nude participants join the naked bike ride in Sao Paolo, Brazil campaigning for better cycling safety and cleaner environment. The event was organized as part of International World Naked Bike Ride.

They are demanding for improvement of road conditions and more safety protocols, claiming that Sao Paolo has some of the world's most dangerous roads for cyclists. They also and wanted to draw attention to the health and environmental benefits of cycling.


2016 Melbourne Naked Bike Ride event

The yearly naked bike ride event happened in Melbourne last February 28, 2016. There were hundred of participants that wore nothing but sunblock and a helmet. It was organized by Dallas Goldburg. The event is to raise awareness about the environment and cyclist safety. 

The participants cycle throughout the 15-kilometre route around Albert Park and St Kilda beach.

 More pictures here... warning NSFW

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Cyclist Hit by A Barrier During a Race

Cyclist Eduardo Sepulveda, race, accident

Argentinian Cyclist Eduardo Sepulveda was knocked unconscious, after being hit by a barrier blown into his path by strong winds. It happened when he was around 125 meters to the finish line. The freak accident broke his wrist and caused other minor injuries, he'll be out for 3 months.

This is the 2nd major crash for Sepulveda in just 5 months. He broke his fibia at the Coppa Agostoni last September. The 24-year-old Fortuneo-Vital Concept rider expects to be able to return for the Tour de France later this year.