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Inside Cycling (Aug 2nd, 2019)

Happy Friday! The Tour de France may be over, but don’t worry: we’ve still got plenty of cycling news for you, from pro cycling transfers to lawsuits to advice on getting more electrolytes in your diet.

And remember that Top 100 Must-Follow Cycling Twitter accounts list we mentioned? You can find its start here, and let us know what other accounts to add.

— Hailey Hudson

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1. It’s transfer season for professional cycling. The trading window opened yesterday, and so did speculation about who’s going where. Nearly 100 riders are up for contracts at the end of the season. What we know so far: Matteo Trentin is moving from Mitchelton-Scott to CCC Team, hoping to reach the podium in a big classic. Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Richard Carapaz are all expected to transfer teams as well. Movistar will be looking for more riders to fill Quintana’s and Carapaz’s spots. Dumoulin is rumored to be leaving Sunweb and Cavendish might leave Dimension Data. — VELO NEWS

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2. This week, the lawsuit for an Ohio cyclist who lied about having cancer and kept money raised for charity for himself was settled. John Looker was well-known for participating in the Pelotonia bike-a-thon each year, an endurance event that raised money to fight cancer. For almost 10 years, Looker said he was being treated for multiple types of cancer and asked for donations. But the truth finally came to light: Looker wasn’t sick at all, and he’d been keeping money from charity yard sales and bake sales for himself. This week, Looker agreed to pay $3,800 in restitution and civil fines. He will not be able to hold a position with any charity in Ohio. — NY TIMES

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3. Follow Friday: Kate Harris. Kate Harris has done a lot of pretty cool things. For one, she biked the entire Silk Road. For another, she wrote a book about it. And for more, well, you’ll just have to follow her social media to keep up. Harris is a self-described “writer, wanderer [and] lapsed Martian.” She lives off-grid in BC and her Instagram is full of beautiful scenes from the surrounding countryside, plus updates on her book.

Harris is on Twitter, too, where she posts beautiful thought-provoking quotes about travel and the outdoors. Harris also regularly shares information on writer’s retreats, grants, residencies and fellowships that may interest writers who write about the outdoors and the wilderness. — INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, WEBSITE

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4. A city councilman in Queens, New York, has a plan to create more bike lanes by sacrificing parking spaces. The plan, would do away with hundreds of parking spots, prioritizing “people’s lives over parking spaces and over cars, once and for all in this city,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. His proposal is to use Long Island City as a testing zone for Mayor de Blasio’s plan to increase bike lanes each year. The five miles of new bike lanes would require removing hundreds of parking spots, something that has many residents up in arms saying that traffic is bad enough already and this would make it worse. — NY POST

Whether or not you live in New York, what do you think of a plan to wipe out hundreds of parking spaces to add bike lanes? Hit reply to let me know your thoughts.

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5. Recommended gear this week: Check out the Sportful Super Giara bib shorts. The shorts have additional storage and are great for gravel racing. The C-Bear 12-speed ceramic jockey wheels are a must, too; they contributed to four stage wins in the Tour de France for Lotto Soudal. — CYCLING NEWS

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6. Sarah Roy won the Clasica Femenina Navarra. The first annual Navarra was a one-day race with a 120km course. 33-year-old Australian rider Roy sprinted for the finish line and came first; Maria Martins, Marta Lach and Roxane Fournier came in second, third and fourth, respectively. — SBS

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7. Need an extra source of electrolytes and micronutrients in your diet? Try green coconuts. Coconut water can act as a sports drink and help prevent dehydration, and green coconuts are also rich in antioxidants. — HEALTHLINE 

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8. Two police officers are riding to raise awareness for domestic violence. Minnesota officers Mike Partlow and Troy Scott are riding 72 miles in uniform on the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour tomorrow. They hope to raise money for Advocates for Family Peace, a nonprofit dealing with domestic violence. Anyone is welcome to join the officers on their ride. — BICYCLING

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9. After a crash and a botched surgery, Van Aert is ready for rehab. Van Aert crashed during stage 13 of the Tour de France and suffered a deep gash in his thigh; he was treated in a nearby hospital, but apparently received the wrong surgery. Back home in Belgium, the defective surgery was fixed and Van Aert is now on the road to recovery. — CYCLING NEWS

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10. Trek has a new Domane bike that’s versatile and fast. Aerodynamic, smooth and stable, this bike has IsoSpeed tech to help you move with the road and not against it. Enjoy the frame-integrated storage compartment next time you hit the road. — TWITTER

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Inside Cycling is written and curated by Hailey Hudson, an Atlanta freelance writer with a love for all things fitness and sports. Hailey performs an equal mix of journalism and content marketing services for clients such as Sitejabber, Barnes & Noble Education and FloSports. In her spare time, she writes YA novels, tap dances and snuggles with her beagle puppy Sophie. Follow her on Instagram @haileyh412.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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