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Inside Cycling (Aug 19th, 2019)

Happy Monday! Check out today’s issue for your dose of cycling news to start the week off on the right foot, and don’t forget to follow our top 100 Twitter list, too. — Hailey Hudson

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1. Neil Campbell set a new cycling speed world record. Last week, we reported on the British man who wanted to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest cycling speed. Today, Neil Campbell is in the record books. The 45-year-old cyclist and architect broke the men’s cycling speed record, going 174 mph (the previous record was 167 mph and had been set in 1995). Campbell broke the record in North Yorkshire on Saturday. And he isn’t done setting records — next year, he wants to reach 220 mph. — THE GUARDIAN

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2. Tom Dumoulin is switching teams. Dumoulin, the former world champion who came second to Geraint Thomas in last year’s Tour of France, has been with Team Sunweb for eight years — but at the end of the 2019 season, he’ll be parting ways with his team, even though he still had two years to go on the Sunweb contract. This year, Dumoulin injured his knee and had to skip the Tour de France. Disappointed, he realized he needed a new environment. He has big plans for the 2020 Tour de France and will ride with Jumbo-Visma for the next three seasons in hopes of making them happen. — YAHOO SPORTS

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3. A Minnesota program combats loneliness by getting senior adults outside on bikes. Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living programs are getting older adults out and about in trishaws, electric-assisted bikes. It’s a welcome change of scenery and a way for seniors to still feel the freedom and joy of a bike even though they may no longer be able to ride themselves; the bike rides alleviate loneliness. The program initially started in Copenhagen in 2012 and can now be found in over 40 countries. Now, 24 more Minnesota facilities will be starting Cycling Without Age programs thanks to each receiving a grant. “It’s different than pushing someone in a wheelchair,” a nursing home wellness director said about the program. “They can feel the wind in their hair.” — STAR TRIBUNE

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4. Felice Gimondi, the famous Italian cyclist, died Saturday, August 17th at 76. Gimondi is one of only seven riders to have won all three Grand Tours. He won the Tour de France in 1965; it was his first year as a professional cyclist, and Gimondi was just 22 years old. In 1967, he won the Giro d’Italia, and took home the victory at the Vuelta a Espana a year later. Before he retired in 1978, he also notched a win at the Giro in 1969 and 1976, making five Grand Tour wins total. Last Friday, Gimondi had a heart attack while swimming in Sicily and passed away. He was 76 years old. — ESPN

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5. Alexey Lutsenko won the Arctic Race of Norway on Sunday. Lutsenko, an Astana rider, won the entire race while Markus Hoelgaard took the last stage. Lutsenko came third in the stage and finished just one second in front of Warren Barguil. He said this race was a step before the World Championships for him. — EUROSPORT

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6. A study showed that two-way bike lanes cause more injuries. Instead, the safest bike lanes are either sidewalk-level bike lanes, or protected bike lanes with no driveways or intersections involved. Protected bike lanes can reduce the most dangerous types of crashes (i.e. collisions with a car from behind). But protected two-way bike lanes with intersections simply hold too many variables. — STREETSBLOG USA

What’s your take? Which type of bike lane do you feel most safe using? Hit reply to share your thoughts.

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7. A Brooklyn bike shop is posting the running tally of NYC cyclist deaths. Joe Nocella, who owns Brooklyn shop 718 Cyclery, posted the sign in his window and updates it as needed. Currently, it reads, “NYC has gone 0 days without a cyclist being killed. 19 cyclists have been killed this year.” Nocella hopes his sign will spark discussion. — BICYCLING

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8. It’s almost time to gear up for autumn bike rides. Pick up a pair of Gore Wear C7 Windstopper Insulated Pants, which are water-resistant and will keep you warm on chilly days. The Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Socks, also a must, are made with merino wool and won’t chafe. Finally, check out the Castelli Estremos Gloves. — FORBES

What tried-and-true gear do you pull out when the weather starts to cool off?

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9. In Providence, Rhode Island, JUMP bikes are increasingly being used for crime. JUMP bikes are owned by Uber and require people to pay per use. However, it’s easy to break off the lock and turn a JUMP into a regular bike. Last week, 100 teenagers filled Providence on JUMP bikes, assaulting multiple people and stealing merchandise from a Dollar General. While this was organized, it was not an isolated event; many police reports from this summer included JUMP bikes. — TELEGRAM

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10. How do you keep your body proportional? A Redditor said that his leg muscles grow so fast from cycling, he’s afraid he’ll end up looking like Rex from Toy Story, and asked for advice on upper body exercises to even things out. Other users recommended push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, rowing, yoga, presses, curls and swimming.

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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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