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Inside Cycling (Aug 23rd, 2019)

1. Marcel Kittel retired from professional cycling today. Kittel, a 31-year-old German sprinter, actually ended his contract with Katusha-Alpecin in early May. But he confirmed his retirement in an interview that was published today. Kittel turned professional in 2011 and quickly became well-known for his outspokenness; he won several stages of the 2013 and 2014 Tour de France. Now Kittel has realized, however, that he no longer wants to push through the constant fatigue and travel. He intends to go to university and enjoy becoming a father this November. “Pain defines the sport… I have lost all motivation to continue to torture myself on the bike,” he said. Kittel feels the limitations placed on top athletes decrease their quality of life. — CYCLING NEWS

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2. Christopher Draper died from what he’d thought was a minor cycling accident. Draper, a 40-year-old Lincolnshire man, fell off his bike on the way home from work and hit his leg. He did not seek treatment after the fall. Two weeks later, Draper collapsed and died; the coroner determined that Draper had developed a blood clot after the accident and that caused cardiac arrest. — METRO NEWS

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4. A runner chased down a bike thief. Last week, 28-year-old Karly Tardiff (an avid runner and CrossFitter) rode her bike to work in Winnipeg like she does every day. But that afternoon, the office’s maintenance man said he’d seen a man steal her bike’s back wheel. Tardiff asked where the thief had gone and took off. She spotted the thief in an alleyway, kicked off her shoes and raced toward him; the man had a bike of his own, but picked it up and started running. Tardiff caught up with the thief and told him to give her bike wheel back, and he did. — BICYCLING

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5. Members of the Facebook group Cycling Advice discussed the prompt, “Before cycling I used to have..." this week. Many of the answers were tongue-in-cheek: money, a girlfriend, space in my wardrobe. Others, however, were heartwarming: less friends, depression, extra weight. Now we want to hear your answer. Hit reply and answer the prompt, “Before cycling, I used to have…”

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6. The Colorado Classic women’s race is this weekend. The race will include 220 miles of riding and almost 13,700 feet of climbing; 90 riders will compete. You can watch the races on the Colorado Classic’s “Watch Now” page, Facebook page or YouTube channel, or check Altitude Sports for televised stages. — DENVER POST

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7. Fingerless cycling gloves protect the skin on your hands if you crash. Plus, they help you grip the handlebars even if your palms are sweaty. Try the Giro Strade Dure Supergel on for size, an affordable pair of gloves with lots of padding. Or check out the Altura Airstream Mitts, which are breathable and wicking with finger pull tabs. — BIKE RADAR

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8. A documentary based around cycling in Colombia is out now. Called Thereabouts Colombia, the documentary was directed by Gregg Bleakney and focuses on cyclist brothers Lachlan and Angus Morton as they travel through Colombia. The documentary includes interviews with riders such as Egan Bernal and can be rented on Vimeo for $2.99. — OUTSIDE ONLINE

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9. The Cleer Audio Ally headphones are a great buy. Need a new pair of workout headphones? Try these earbuds; when you take them out of your ear, the music stops, and it starts right up again when you put them back in. PS — we only endorse these headphones for your off-bike workouts or sessions on the trainer, not while you’re cycling outdoors. — NBC NEWS

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10. You can go cycling 500 meters below the surface of the Earth. A company called Bike Nomads offers an underground cycling tour that goes inside Mount Peca, a beautiful mountain on the Austrian-Slovenian border. The tour is fascinating, gorgeous and slightly creepy, but it’s also physically very doable — only basic fitness is needed and even 10-year-olds can do the trip. — SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

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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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