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Inside Cycling (Aug 28th, 2019)

1. Lael Wilcox finished a 1,056-mile bikepacking race in under eight days. The Silk Road Mountain Race was held in Kyrgyzstan; the course included gravel roads, river crossings and 88,000 feet of altitude. The race has been called the most difficult in the world. Lael Wilcox, a 30-year-old cyclist from Anchorage, finished the race in less than eight days (seven days and 15 hours); she rested for a total of just 30 hours. Slovakian Jakub Sliacan took first place and also finished in under eight days, resting for 52 hours. — ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS

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2. Sir Bradley Wiggins is cutting ties with the cycling world. Wiggins is a well-known British cyclist who competed from 2001-2016. He has recently been working for Eurosport as a reporter. Now, he’s intentionally detaching from his cycling career. “I don’t give a **** about my cycling career now,” he said. “I don’t want to live off the back of it.” He wants to let bygones be bygones and step into a new phase of life, planning to study to become a social worker. “When people say, ‘Oh you’re that cyclist,’ I’ll say: ‘No… I’m a social worker now.” — CYCLING NEWS 

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3. Fabio Jakobsen won the Vuelta a Espana stage four. For 22-year-old Jakobsen, a rider with Deceuninck-QuickStep, the win was his first Grand Tour victory; this year is also his first appearance in La Vuelta. During the last kilometers of the race, several cyclists were sprinting hard and it looked like Sam Bennett would take the win, but Jakobsen edged him out in a photo finish. Nicolas Roche of Team Sunweb still has the red jersey and Bennett took the green. — EUROSPORT

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4. The Netherlands now has the world’s biggest bicycle park. Located in Ulrecht, the park is called Stationsplein; it has 12,500 bicycles and its own one-way traffic system with a speed limit of 10 mph. There are more bicycles than people in the Netherlands, and now they have a place to park. — BLOOMBERG

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5. An 11-year-old boy on a bike was killed in Nebraska last week. Jaycoby Estrada was biking north through Blair, Nebraska, his hometown, when a southbound semi-truck turning east hit him in the intersection of 19th and Washington streets. Estrada was killed instantly. Raymond Hayes, 56, was the driver of the semi. The accident is still under investigation and local police are asking witnesses to come forward and relay any information they have. — ENTERPRISE PUB

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6. Check out these 11 bicycle tech gadgets to upgrade your commute. On the top of the list: wearable bike mirrors, a pocket-size inflator that works with all valve types and a smart helmet that not only protects your head but also lets you listen to music or directions. — GADGET FLOW

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7. Harley-Davidson revealed three prototype e-bikes. The bikes appear to have disc brakes and multi-speed rear hubs, with batteries held in the frames. The company did not give any performance specs or pricing. It’s clear that the bikes are e-bikes and they look sophisticated and sharp. — FORBES

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8. A headlight with a spotlight can help prevent accidents. Many bicycle accidents happen because cyclists are hard to see. So the Dual Beam headlight shines down on you like a spotlight so cars can see you (while also illuminating the road ahead like a traditional headlight). It’s weather-proof and can strap to the handlebar of any bike. — YANKO DESIGN

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9. Protect yourself from pollution during city bike rides and prevent vision loss. People who are exposed to pollutants (such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide) have a much higher risk of age-related macular degeneration, which often causes irreversible vision loss. To prevent this, don’t ride during peak traffic times if possible; if not, cover your mouth with a mask or scarf so the pollutants don’t get into your bloodstream. — BICYCLING

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10. After four cyclist crashes in Central Park in New York City, police are cracking down. Four separate crashes occurred in the park near 72nd Street on Monday. One cyclist was left in critical condition. Police stood in the road telling bicyclists to slow down. “You’re riding like a maniac,” one officer said to a cyclist. — WEST SIDE RAG

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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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