Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • WinWithTinkoff.com, a Tour de France sweepstakes project – Scicon bags is managing a contest campaign for the Tinkoff team throughout the Tour with new prizes available each day. With every Tour stage another of the team’s sponsors will show up with a new prize up for grabs. The list of brands putting in prizes is pretty big, with the total haul available valued at about 9000€. So far there’s been a heartrate strap, a pair of Oakleys, a Contador signed helemt, a carbon bar, special Contador edition Keo Blades, and a signed World Champion jersey. Today’s prize up for grabs is a fast rolling CeramicSpeed setup with a set of oversized pulleys, a UFO-treated chain, and a bottom bracket. Join in and enter to win every day at WinWithTinkoff.com

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WinWithTinkoff.com, a Tour de France sweepstakes project – Scicon bags is managing a contest campaign for the Tinkoff team throughout the Tour with new prizes available each day. With every Tour stage another of the team’s sponsors will show up with a new prize up for grabs. The list of brands putting in prizes is pretty big, with the total haul […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Paola Gianotti rides a record 48 States in 42 Days for Keep Brave to support Ugandan women on bikes – After many ultra long distance tours, Guinness World Record rider Paola Gianotti set off at the end of April on a new adventure, and came home with another record, but ultimately a successful Charity Challenge. The goal had been to ride the lower 48 in 48 days or less and to donate at least 48 bikes to Ugandan women. A simple bicycle can make a huge difference in Uganda, offering mobility and opportunity. She was supported  by donations from all over the world and used the trip as a good chance to test Elastic Interface’s most recent Road Performance Women chamois. In the end Gianotti completed the 7456mi/12,000km ride in just 42 days and 3 hours to hit all 48 states, and raised enough money to donate 70 bikes. KeepBrave.com

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Paola Gianotti rides a record 48 States in 42 Days for Keep Brave to support Ugandan women on bikes – After many ultra long distance tours, Guinness World Record rider Paola Gianotti set off at the end of April on a new adventure, and came home with another record, but ultimately a successful Charity Challenge. The goal had […]

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PC16 Interview: Koroyd’s Case for Better Helmet Standards with John Lloyd and Bas Jongsma

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The exception to the rule at this year’s Press Camp was Koroyd who, unlike any other exhibitor, brought literally no products to sell. The aerospace material manufacturer doesn’t sell directly to consumers, after all, it supplies brands with their technology (such as Smith). Rather than a pitch a new product, Koroyd presented media with their new safety initiative: a call to action to industry to voluntarily raise the safety performance standards of helmets.

Their case? Unlike the automotive industry which has an evolving safety star rating year to year, the cycling industry has a pass/fail validation system, one that Koroyd believes sets an unacceptably high level of risk of injury for riders and which has not been updated in twenty years to reflect improving materials and technology.

In this interview taken on the last evening of Press Camp 2016, John Lloyd, owner of Koroyd, and Bas Jongsma, discuss the initiative, the urgency behind it, and the opportunity for safety within helmets and protective equipment in the industry. Basically, we can all be safer- and industry can and should voluntarily up their game to make that happen.

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The exception to the rule at this year’s Press Camp was Koroyd who, unlike any other exhibitor, brought literally no products to sell. The aerospace material manufacturer doesn’t sell directly to consumers, after all, it supplies brands with their technology (such as Smith). Rather than a pitch a new product, Koroyd presented media with their new […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Alex’s Million Mile returns in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, challenges supporters everywhere to go the distance in September for Alex’s Million Mile 2016. Returning for its 4th year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, participants will collectively run, walk and/or ride a million miles to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. The world-wide, virtual event invites individuals and teams to pledge their activity from Sept 1-30. The ambitious goal of one million miles is inspired by Jay’s daughter and Foundation creator Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who set out to raise $1 million through lemonade stands in 2004. The initiative provides a fun, easy and free way for people across the country to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. Last year, more than 15,000 participants logged over 963,000mi in 24 different countries and on 6 different continents. Miles can be logged manually or by using MapMyFitness or Fitbit apps during the month. The event is free to participants, but fundraising is encouraged. AlexsLemonade.org

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Alex’s Million Mile returns in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, challenges supporters everywhere to go the distance in September for Alex’s Million Mile 2016. Returning for its 4th year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, participants will collectively run, walk and/or […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Get ’em started young. Mountain Creek Kid’s Camp this weekend – This Saturday in Vernon, NJ Mountain Creek Bike Park is running their mountain bike Kid’s Camp for your little ripper to work on developing the fundamental skills that build confidence and the ability to have more fun on their bikes. Taught by Kathi Krause, 3x Masters World Downhill Champ there is a half day option for ages 6-9 for just $70 and a full day for 10-15 year olds for $120. They’ve also got 2 more Kid’s Camp dates later in the summer, plus a couple in the early fall. MountainCreekBikePark.com

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Get ’em started young. Mountain Creek Kid’s Camp this weekend – This Saturday in Vernon, NJ Mountain Creek Bike Park is running their mountain bike Kid’s Camp for your little ripper to work on developing the fundamental skills that build confidence and the ability to have more fun on their bikes. Taught by Kathi Krause, 3x Masters World Downhill […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Looking back at the Tour of California – Some of us here are suckers for infographics. So when the TOC organizers wrapped up the event and looked back at the data, this is what they came up with. From the number of hotel rooms booked to the equivalent number of In-N-Out burgers that each rider burned off over the 8 day race (hint: not all that many), they are getting the important bits. Now, it’s time to get planning for next year. AmgenTourofCalifornia.com

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Looking back at the Tour of California – Some of us here are suckers for infographics. So when the TOC organizers wrapped up the event and looked back at the data, this is what they came up with. From the number of hotel rooms booked to the equivalent number of In-N-Out burgers that each rider burned […]

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Hövding wants the man to give a *beep* by hearing web-connected bicycle bells

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Starting in London, Hövding, which is better known for their quickly inflating “airbag” helmet for cyclists, wants those in government to hear from cyclists anytime they come across a dangerous situation while riding through London. And now they can, thanks to Flic, a small bicycle bell-like device that sends an email to the Mayor every time it’s pressed. It works by connecting to your smartphone, which also relays your location, so the powers that be can see where hotspots are for issues. All of the data is sent anonymously, giving government an aggregate view of how cyclists are seeing the city and (hopefully) acting on it to make the city a safer place to ride. Video below…

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Starting in London, Hövding, which is better known for their quickly inflating “airbag” helmet for cyclists, wants those in government to hear from cyclists anytime they come across a dangerous situation while riding through London. And now they can, thanks to Flic, a small bicycle bell-like device that sends an email to the Mayor every […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: newly reopened Ken Burton Memorial Trail, CA

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Here is another one from southern California in the San Gabriel Mountains. This photo was submitted by star-gazing rocket scientist and mountain biker Dr. David Redding (sorry to out you David, but the work you guys do at JPL is excellent) who was out for a early ride to watch the morning clouds lift off the mountains “seen from the Arroyo Seco, just starting up the Ken Burton Memorial trail, the hard way”.

David wanted to give a shoutout and many thanks to the folks from CORBA, IMBA, Mt. Wilson Bicycling Association, and the US Forest Service for reopening such an awesome trail. Built in the 90s for all users by mountain bikers, the trail was damaged in 2009 by forest fire. But CORBA and MWBA volunteers set out last year to get it back ready to ride, and now it is open again!

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Here is another one from southern California in the San Gabriel Mountains. This photo was submitted by star-gazing rocket scientist and mountain biker Dr. David Redding (sorry to out you David, but the work you guys do at JPL is excellent) who was out for a early ride to watch the morning clouds lift off the […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Specialized partners with Stanford to understand exercise effects on cognition – With support from the Specialized Foundation, Stanford research is working to better understand how cycling and general exercise can build a better foundation for kids learning with ADHD. Ongoing research has suggested that exercise has an effect on brain function and especially the ability to understand and process learning in children with ADHD. Specialized’s own Mike Sinyard has struggled with ADHD since childhood, and discovered that his mood and ability to concentrate improved after time spent on the bike. With that in mind, last year Sinyard launched the Specialized Foundation, dedicated to funding research and cycling programs to improve the lives of children. Stanford researcher Allan Reiss, MD connected with the foundation and is expanding work on brain development and disorders that affect children, using neural imaging to identify how genetics, environment, the brain, and behavior all interact in children, and how to develop interventions to help them live to their fullest potential. Really interesting work that begs to be looked at even more…

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Specialized partners with Stanford to understand exercise effects on cognition – With support from the Specialized Foundation, Stanford research is working to better understand how cycling and general exercise can build a better foundation for kids learning with ADHD. Ongoing research has suggested that exercise has an effect on brain function and especially the ability to understand and […]

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