Cyclists in the UK could face speed limits and may need number plates and insurance

Cyclists in the UK could face speed limits and may need number plates and insurance

Cyclists could face speed limits and may need number plates, after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps flagged a shake-up in road laws. Less than a fortnight after vowing to create a "death by dangerous cycling" law that will treat killer cyclists the same as motorists, Mr Shapps said he wanted to stop certain behaviour on the roads. He told the Daily Mail: "Somewhere where cyclists are actually not breaking the law is when they speed, and that cannot be right, so I absolutely propose extending speed limit restrictions to cyclists. "Particularly where you've got 20mph limits on increasing numbers of roads,…
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Commonwealth Games – Three cyclists taken to hospital after serious crash at velodrome

Commonwealth Games – Three cyclists taken to hospital after serious crash at velodrome

(Reuters) -Three cyclists were taken to hospital after a serious crash during the second heat of the men's scratch race at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. The remainder of the morning session was cancelled and spectators were asked to leave the velodrome after Team England's Matt Walls and Isle of Man's Matt Bostock were involved in the crash along with several other riders. Walls was catapulted over the barriers and into the crowd at the Lee Valley VeloPark, the 24-year-old receiving treatment for more than 40 minutes before leaving in an ambulance. Matt Walls of England crashes during the Men?s…
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Former Danish cyclist Sorensen dies in road accident

Former Danish cyclist Sorensen dies in road accident

(Reuters) - Former Danish professional cyclist Chris Anker Sorensen has died after being hit by a vehicle during a ride in Belgium, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Saturday. Sorensen, 37, was due to commentate on the upcoming road world championships in Flanders. "It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our good colleague Chris," a TV2 Sport announcer said on air. Sorensen, who retired from professional cycling in 2018, won the Danish national title in 2015 and won a stage on the 2010 Giro d'Italia. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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New Zealand mourns death of Olympic cyclist Podmore at 24

New Zealand mourns death of Olympic cyclist Podmore at 24

New Zealand cycling was plunged into mourning on Tuesday after Olympian Olivia Podmore's sudden death at the age of 24. Podmore represented her country at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games but was not part of New Zealand's team at the recent Tokyo Games. A New Zealand police spokesman said police attended a sudden death at a property in Waikato on New Zealand's upper North Island at about 4 p.m. (0400 GMT) on Monday. Podmore's cause of death was not confirmed but friends and sports officials said her passing had raised concerns about her mental health. https://twitter.com/UCI_Track/status/1424697278942568448 Former Olympic rowing…
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GPI and Umana test new nanotechology system during Giro d’Italia 2020

GPI and Umana test new nanotechology system during Giro d’Italia 2020

Umana Medical’s “nanotechnological” patch is being tested within the area of sports medicine. Umana Medical is the Malta based company of Gruppo Gpi, a company that produces equipment which monitors vital parameters in a non-invasive manner. Some professional cyclists which have participated in the Giro d’Italia tried out the product, based on research and development by Maltese technologists, to monitor the physiological parameters during periods of intense physical activity. Gpi is eyeing the sports sector as one of potential development in the future. In order to test the validity of the T1 solution, Dr Bernardo Cortese, a key opinion leader…
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Relief for sporting enthusiasts as Garmin resumes services, but some features remain restricted

Relief for sporting enthusiasts as Garmin resumes services, but some features remain restricted

Talk of town among sport enthusiasts including runners, swimmers and cyclists continued to be dominated by the outage that knocked out Garmin products, resulting in an inability to upload one's sessions online. American GPS and fitness-tracker company Garmin is dealing with the aftermath of a ransomware attack, the BBC has confirmed. Owners of its products had been unable to use its services since Thursday. Despite individual sessions can now be uploaded, some of its online features are now being provided in a "limited" state, according to its online dashboard. Garmin has said it was "the victim of a cyber-attack that…
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Every child in England to be offered bicycle training

Every child in England to be offered bicycle training

The British government has announced all children in England will be taught the skills for a lifetime of cycling, as its Bikeability training programme is significantly expanded. The commitment will see an additional 400,000 training places offered on the scheme each year, providing children with the core skills to cycle safely and confidently on the road. More than 80% of children aged between 8 and 10 years old own a bike and since its launch in 2006, more than 3 million children have taken part in the Bikeability scheme. Chris Heaton-Harris, Cycling and Walking Minister, said: “Cycling is a fun…
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Italian cycling legend Felice Gimondi dies at the age of 76

Italian cycling legend Felice Gimondi dies at the age of 76

  Italian cycling legend Felice Gimondi, one of only seven riders to have won all three Grand Tours, has died at the age of 76. Gimondi suffered a heart attack while swimming in Sicily on Friday. Gimondi was born in September 1942 in Sedrina, in Bergamo province in the north of Italy, becoming a professional in 1965 following a win at the Tour de l’Avenir in 1964. He was a prolific winner right from the off, winning five Grand Tours in his career including the Tour de France in his first year as a professional in 1965, three editions of the…
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Promising Cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht dies after crashing during third stage of Tour of Poland

Promising Cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht dies after crashing during third stage of Tour of Poland

Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht has died after crashing during the third stage of the Tour of Poland, the 22-year-old's Lotto Soudal team announced. Lambrecht is believed to have fallen into a concrete drain and was taken to hospital in a helicopter following the crash, which occurred around 96 kilometres from the end of the Chorzow to Zabrze stage, the BBC reported. Lambrecht was named most promising youngster in a warm-up event before this year's Tour de France. https://twitter.com/Lotto_Soudal/status/1158422647287504899?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.abc.net.au%2Fnews%2F2019-08-06%2Fbelgian-professional-cyclist-dies-after-tour-of-poland-crash%2F11386666   via BBC / DW / Gazeta  
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Dutch employees might soon be paid for using pedal-power

Dutch employees might soon be paid for using pedal-power

France 24  Dutch employees using pedal power to get to work may soon be reimbursed for their efforts, as the Netherlands look at ways to fight ever-growing congestion on its busy roads and highways. "Let's get out of our cars and onto our bikes," Dutch deputy infrastructure minister Stientje van Veldhoven said this week, as she announced new measures to push even more citizens from four wheels to two. "I want to stimulate cycling with the aim of getting 200,000 extra people out of their cars to cycle three billion kilometres more on their bicycles," she said in a press…
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