Saturday, March 21, 2015
The 30 year old Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker as announced his plans to retire from the sport of cycling, effective immediately. On his personal website he said that he wants to pursue fulfillment outside of his work as an athlete.
"For weeks I've been thinking about it. I have pondered, I've weighed my thoughts carefully, I oversaw the options and considered them one by one. I've listened to my mind and to my heart. Now I have made up my mind. I quit cycling."
"I quit cycling."
"My whole life up to now was dominated by cycling—but I do not want to depend on my form, my equipment, my team, anyone, or anything any longer,” Dekker said. “My cycling career was beautiful, ugly, intense, and edifying. I’m ready for a new step. Without my bike.”
He turned pro in 2005 with Rabobank, he had an impressive performances at the Tour of Poland and Criterium International and he got overall victories at the GP Stad Zottegem, the Tirreno-Adriatico, and the Tour de Romandie. He was banned from the cycling in 2009 for two years when he was caught using performance-enhancing drugs. Dekker returned to cycling after two years and got a spot on the Garmin-Cervelo development team.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
James Novak has created a really amazing 3D printed bike. Novak is an industrial designer in Australia. Novak wants to determine the extent of 3D Printing which gave him the idea of 3D Printed bike frame
The bike frame looks modern and futuristic, Novak has even designed it to fit his body proportions. He created it in 150 hours on SolidWorks over a couple of weeks. It's really amazing on what you can do with the latest manufacturing machine, 3D Printing.
Friday, February 27, 2015
This is not good for cycling, a Belgian cycling race "the E3 Harelbeke" promoting sexual assault on woman. It was reported on Belga news. The race will be held on March 27, 2015, they have released a poster with a hostess skirt blowing up while a cyclist hand is about to grab the bottom of the woman. It is quite similar to what Peter Sagan from Slovakia did at the Tour of Flanders in 2013 in which he groped a girl while on stage.
Belgian Institute for Equality said that the poster violates the anti-discrimination law which prohibits any behavior which is undesirable, hostile, offensive or humiliating on the grounds of sex.
If the PR team behind the E3 Harelbeke campaign wants controversy why not use a poster with a cyclist injecting steroids.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Check out a video from Global Cycling Network about the important things that you should bring for a long bike ride so that you are prepared for every eventuality.
Since you can't bring everything with you during a bike ride due to limited space of your cycling jersey pockets and saddlebag. Also, if you bring unnecessary stuff it will just add additional load. The video will talk about what you should bring and where to put it.
Important things to bring are two inner tubes, a puncture repair kit, multi tool, mobile phone in a waterproof bag, raincape, a mini pump, your wallet, and an ID with your emergency contact number.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Oh there's a Facebook page dedicated to cyclists by cyclists haters in New Zealand. A cyclist has tagged them as "hate page." A member encouraging other drivers to mow down cyclists on the road is not hate? The Administrators of the FB page washed their hands and said that the comments and pictures are not their doing but by their members.
They said they want to promote safe riding and for cyclists to take more responsibility and follow the rules. They only want to highlight the percentage of idiot cyclists creating a hazard on New Zealand roads.
Well looking at the pictures, I agree with some of them.
You can check out the page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/NZ-Drivers-Against-Idiot-Cyclists/1533095093641369?fref=ts
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Mark Cavendish a Manx professional road racing cyclist who is a member of the UCI ProTeam Etixx-Quick Step, got mad at a reporter when he was asked if Cycling is 100% drug-free. He said, "Are you 100% that one of these journalists isn't f**king your wife? Where there’s money to be gained, there’ll be the odd d*head who cheats but cycling is miles ahead of other sports when it comes to testing." "I hope everyone’s correct but with human nature, you can never be certain. But the positive that I can take is that if someone is cheating, he will be caught."
Check out the video above, watch GB sprint ace Mark Cavendish press conference.
Mark Cavendish is an advocate of a clean, drug-free sport.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Family Feud Offensive Questions About Cyclists "What is something annoying that a cyclist might do?"
Family Feud in Australia which is a game show revival based on the U.S. hit show with of the same name has offended cyclists with their question "What is something annoying that a cyclist might do?" The top answers were "Taking driving lane", "cut you off", "everything" and "wear lycra."
Australian cyclists were outrage they hit the social media to condemn the show, with the #bikelash trending on Twitter and on the shows Facebook page most comments were negative.