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Inside Cycling (Sep 6th, 2019)

Today we’re bringing you updates on USA Cycling’s new staff members, news of a world record from the Pan Ams and info on how to tell if your protein powder is expired. Will you be out on the bike enjoying the first full weekend of September? Respond and tell us where you’re riding. — Hailey Hudson

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1. USA Cycling made several new hires, including Mari Holden. Holden, 2000 Olympic silver medalist, has been brought on as the Women’s Road Coach. She’ll be responsible for building USA Cycling’s national women’s road program from the ground up. “As someone who has worn the US National Team kit… I am honored to be part of the team behind the team,” Holden said. USA Cycling has also shifted its commercial division, with Bouker Pool the new Chief Commercial Officer. Lindsay Goldman and Lauren Hall have also come on as director of membership and regional giving officer, respectively. — VELO NEWS

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2. Mathieu van der Poel will not compete in the Olympic road race next year. Initially, Van der Poel was planning to ride in both the road race and the mountain biking event in Tokyo; the two events were scheduled to be several days apart. But when he realized the schedule had changed and the road race will now occur two days before the mountain bike competition, he bowed out. “It is far too difficult,” he said about the road race, adding that it wasn’t even an option. — EUROSPORT

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3. Follow Friday: Sarah Connolly. It’s fun to follow athletes on social media to get the latest race photos and behind-the-scenes training videos, but to get a broader view of the sport, it’s helpful to follow commentators too. Sarah Connolly is a former women’s cycling journalist, podcaster and commentator who uses Twitter to post updates and her opinions on the sport.

Recently, Connolly shared news of a new bike memoir; her thoughts on the #RideLondon course; and posted an in-depth thread on why she thinks Pushing Dreams is the women’s cycling team of the year. Following Connolly and reading her tweets can help further educate you on the sport of pro cycling. — TWITTER 

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4. News coverage of La Vuelta unintentionally exposed a marijuana operation. A helicopter filming stage eight of the race caught footage of the cannabis plants in Igualada (43 miles outside Barcelona); viewers watching the race posting screenshots and videos on social media and alerted the police. Authorities took 40 cannabis plants from the location. So far, no arrests have been made as the police don’t know to whom plants belong. Buying or selling marijuana is a criminal offense in Spain. — FOX NEWS

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5. Richard Carapaz will miss the Tour of Britain due to visa problems. 26-year-old Giro d’Italia winner Carapaz, who races for Movistar, did not receive his visa in time to travel to Scotland despite Movistar Team following all necessary procedures. Hector Carretero will be Carapaz’s replacement and Mikel Landa is racing as well. — REUTERS

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6. Kelsey Mitchell broke the 200 meter world record. Mitchell, a Canadian rider competing in Bolivia at the 2019 Pan American Track Cycling Championship this week, set a new world record on Thursday in the 200 meter sprint: 10.154s. The previous record was 10.384 by Kristina Vogel in 2013. Three other Canadian records were set on the first day of the competition, too. — CYCLING MAGAZINE

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7. For protected bike lanes to work, cities need to use smaller vehicles. According to cycling advocates, large operating vehicles that are regularly on the roads (such as snow plows and garbage trucks) determine how cities can lay out their streets. These big vehicles are stopping NYC from creating protected areas for bikes, so using smaller vehicles could help cyclists. — AM NEW YORK

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8. You can take a combo yoga and cycling class in Sarasota, Florida. Pineapple Yoga and Cycling Studio has a workout class called CycleOM. The class puts you through 30 minutes of intervals on a Schwinn bike while the instructor encourages you to stay steady, saving your energy; then you proceed to 30 minutes of yoga. If you don’t live in Sarasota, try recreating this workout at home. — SARASOTA MAGAZINE

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9. Cowboy’s new ebike neatly hides its removable battery. Most ebikes either have a non-removable battery inside the frame, or a battery that’s located on top of the frame and is highly visible and unattractive. This new ebike from Cowboy, however, has the perfect solution by utilizing a detachable battery that is much less noticeable behind the seat post. — ENGADGET

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10. Is it safe to use expired protein powder? Many cyclists use protein powder to help promote muscle recovery. If the tub of powder in your pantry is expired, however, don’t worry. The date on the package isn’t a matter of safety, just quality — the protein powder will be tastiest before the date, but it’s still perfectly safe and effective after (unless it smells bad and is clumping). — BICYCLING

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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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