Wear helmets, older cyclists in Denmark told
A road safety campaign in Denmark is urging older cyclists to wear helmets and ride bikes that are easier to climb on and dismount from, reports the Copenhagen Post.
Launched by road safety agency Rådet for Sikker Trafik and TrygFonden, the campaign points out that half of Denmark’s cyclist fatalities involve people aged 65+.
Some 37 per cent of survey respondents aged 65 and above said that losing balance while trying to get on or off a bike was the most common cause of their sustaining a cycling-related injury.
“When you’re elderly, a fall off a bicycle can have very serious consequences, because the body is more fragile. They can easily break a bone and decide their cycling days are over,” said Tina Valter Olsen from Rådet for Sikker Trafik.
12,500 spaces ... world's biggest bike parking facility opens in Utrecht
It's been a while coming, but the world's biggest bike parking facility has officially opened today in the Dutch city of Utrecht, with space for 12,500 bicycles.
Spanning three floors, it's located next to Utrecht's main railway station.
The Dutch government's junior infrastructure minister, Stientje van Veldhoven, saidL “We are striving to make it a cyclists’ paradise and there’s still much to be done.
“I’d like us to make better use of what I call this secret weapon against congestion, poor air quality in cities and climate change that is also good for your health and your wallet.
“If you want to get people out of their cars and into public transport, you need to make sure using public transport is easy and comfortable.
"It needs to be very easy to park your bike as close to the train as possible – and you don’t want to be looking for half an hour for a space,” she added.
More here on Guardian.com.
A busy day for big-name transfers - Philippe Gilbert heads back to Lotto-Soudal
We are proud to announce that @PhilippeGilbert will return to @Lotto_Soudal next year.
"I want to try to lift the team to a higher level, by performing in races myself but also by making other riders better."
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— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) August 19, 2019
World Hour Record holder to Team NTT
Victor Campenaerts, the current holder of the World Hour Record is leaving Lotto Soudal for Team NTT, currently known as Dimension Data.
Announcement@VCampenaerts will join our team in 2020, as we rebrand to Team NTT. Welcome Victor!
"I’m really looking forward to this new challenge. I’m sure that this is a step forward in my career."
— Team Dimension Data (@TeamDiData) August 19, 2019
The TT specialist may well have been looking for faster equipment with the BMC bikes of Team NTT surely a huge pull.
Speaking on the team's website, Campenaerts said:
“I’m really looking forward to my new adventure with Team NTT next year. The contact that I had with the team earlier on (in the year) was immediately really positive – with riders at first, then with some of the staff and later on directly with Doug Ryder. The common interests were very positive for both parties, and we didn’t need talk too much in order for us to agree on working together.
“I had two super good years with Lotto Soudal, it was a really positive experience and it was really difficult to leave the team but I’m really looking forward to this new challenge. I’m sure that this is a step forward in my career and I’m really looking forward to it.”
From the forum - What's the best commuter rainwear?
Over on the road.cc forum, user steevedee has a 10-mile commute and would prefer to stay dry.
Got a favourite bit of rain-wear? Head this way to let them know.
Well, that confirms that.
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) August 19, 2019
Only about half an hour after Team Sunweb announced that Dumoulin would be leaving, Jumbo Visma has announced his signing.
It's almost like they planned it...
Fancy a ride in Richmond Park? Time to buy that gravel bike
A hotspot for London's cyclists, Richmond Park is usually rather busy on a Sunday morning, but you'll need to steer clear on Sunday 8th September as the London Duathlon is on.
The Tamsin trail will still be open, but that's not much use for roadies. Best think of somewhere else for the Sunday spin that weekend...
Beaten by a bee's dick....
It's been a tough week for New Zealander Hayden McCormick. On stage 4 of the Tour of Utah, he celebrated a brilliant win, only to realise that he still had a lap to go...
...and then, clear of the breakaway on stage 5 of the Tour of Utah and there wasn't much between him and Lachlan Morton at the line.
As McCormick puts it, there was just a 'bee's dick between us today'!
Dumoulin Leaves Sunweb After 8 Years
A transfer that was a long time coming. The rumour is that he's headed to Jumbo Visma, meaning that we could have the majority of GC talent locked into just two teams. Watch out for the Ineos vs Jumbo battle to heat up even more next year!
After an incredible eight-year journey filled with countless successes, Team Sunweb and @tom_dumoulin are set to go their separate ways after 2019.
"My heart is here and together we have achieved great things that I’m very proud of."
— Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) August 19, 2019
The Weekend Roundup
How fast?!? Scottish singer spotted delivering food by bike, Surrey cyclist helped out of canal after toppling in... all the best news from the weekend on road.cc: