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Inside Cycling (Sep 11th, 2019)

1. In honor of 9/11, today cyclists are finishing up a two-day remembrance ride. Back in 2016, the Sept. 11 Promise Ride Relay began as just the 9/11 Promise Run And Ride, where runners went from Washington D.C. to NYC raising money for charity. But this year, cyclists are involved too. Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, 17 cyclists started riding relay-style, going 198 miles in all. They stopped at fire departments on their route to offer thanks to first responders. The group reached Bedford, Pennsylvania – not far from the United 93 Memorial near Shanksville – last night. Simultaneously, runners are going to NYC, planning to arrive at Ground Zero this evening. This year the relay is raising money for scholarships meant for children of deceased or incapacitated first responders and military members. — BICYCLING

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2. Alexandre Vinokourov could be looking at jail time after cheating accusations. Vinokourov, an Olympic cycling champion and the current team manager at Astana, was accused of paying fellow rider Alexandr Kolobnev 150,000 euros to let him win the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Both riders have denied the accusations. Prosecutors have given Vinokourov a 100,000 euro fine ($110,000) and now the court is deliberating, with a decision to come on Oct. 8; Vinokourov and Kolobnev could both spend up to six months in jail. — HILTON HEAD ISLAND PACKET

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3. By the Numbers: 2018 UCI events attracted 10,000 athletes. The cyclists who competed in the UCI World Championships and the UCI World Cups hailed from 98 countries; the events took place in 24 countries on five continents. A recent study showed the positive economic effects of the events on their host cities, with the four events garnering an additional 60 million euros for the local economies. The 2018 UCI Road World Championships, for instance, in Innsbruck-Tyrol helped create 720 new jobs in a year and especially benefited the hotel industry, with an average of €74 spent per visitor per night. 85 percent of visitors said they’d return on holiday. — BICYCLE RETAILER

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4. A new cycling jacket uses a QR code to communicate with self-driving vehicles. For now, the jacket is just a prototype. But one day it might be a reality. The reflective jacket was created by a design student from Vancouver; the QR codes embedded in the jacket design would help self-driving cars and trucks “see” cyclists and predict what they’re about to do. The car would be able to recognize not only that there is a cyclist, but what part of the cyclist it’s looking at, in addition to understanding the cyclist’s body movements when indicating a turn. The jacket won an award at the IDEA International Design Conference in Chicago. — DIGITAL TRENDS

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5. If you follow a plant-based diet, make sure you get enough choline. Choline is a nutrient that supports your memory, mood and muscle function in addition to indirectly improving your cardiovascular health; in other words, it’s important, especially for cyclists. Plant-based diets often lack enough choline — load up by eating cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and Brussel sprouts), baked beans and peanuts. — BICYCLING

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6. Cyclist Dave Burfeind rode coast to coast on his bike. Burfeind manages a retreat center in Manastash Canyon, Washington. For him, the recent trip was a fulfillment of a 30-year dream that the busyness of kids and a job had crowded out until now. While on the trip, he camped in a one-person tent each night; he met many other cyclists over the 4,000 mile journey. — DAILY RECORD NEWS

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7. Yesterday, USA Cycling announced its team for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. In the Elite Men’s and Women’s Time Trial and Road Race, Amber Neben, Leah Thomas, Chloe Dygert, Lawson Craddock and Chad Haga are on the team. The competition will take place Sept. 22-29 in Great Britain. — FLOBIKES

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8. Rohan Dennis says his Tour de France withdrawal was blown out of proportion. During stage 12 in July, Dennis abandoned the race with no explanation. Fans speculated on conflict within the team, but this week, Dennis told a reporter there were no hard feelings. He’s trying not to reinforce rumors about why he quit and is upset people have been contacting his wife on social media about the incident. — EUROSPORT

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9. Do you know how to remove paint from a bike? A Redditor is asking for help: They accidentally cycled through some paint on the road. One user suggested contacting the frame manufacturer for advice, while another said latex would work for water-based paint and rubbing alcohol would work for anything else. 

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10. This pair of grips straps your smartphone to your handlebars. You wouldn’t think of buying a car without a GPS system, yet bikes still don’t have a similar function. The new CYCLYK grips work for any smartphone, holding the device in place on your handlebars. The grips are ideal for any bike and won’t come loose even if you’re riding on rough terrain. Use your phone for a GPS, music or camera. — YANKO DESIGN

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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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