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Inside Cycling (Sep 13th, 2019)

1. California passed a bill this week calling for equal prize money in cycling events. Assembly Bill 467, also called “Equal Pay for Equal Play,” was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bill focuses on the gender pay gap in competitive sports, requiring equal prize money for all athletes as a condition to receive a permit to hold an event on state lands. In other words, event organizers have to confirm the prizes will be equal for men and women before the competition gets the green light. This bill will apply to events such as the Amgen Tour of California and Redlands Bicycle Classic. — CYCLING NEWS

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2. A study showed that indoor cycling is a highly effective method of treating Parkinson’s Disease. The study showed that indoor cycling is as effective as medication for Parkinson’s patients. In the study, one group of patients pedaled on home trainers for six months while a second group did stretching exercises. At the end, the cyclists were fitter with fewer symptoms; they were deteriorating at a slower pace. — CYCLING WEEKLY

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3. Follow Friday: KaiVenture. KaiVenture Bags are hand-crafted bike bags, and KaiVenture’s Twitter and Instagram accounts show the adventures of the bag’s creators, a happy couple that adventure together all over the world. 

On the KaiVentures Twitter account, you can find travel photos such as a recent snapshot from the Golden Gate Bridge, along with sneak peeks of the bags. The couples’ Instagram shows more wanderlust-inducing photos plus snapshots of what these cyclists take for bikepacking. — TWITTER, INSTAGRAM 

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4. Fans are unsure if Mathieu van der Poel will heavily compete in road cycling. Van der Poel has notched several wins over the past year and is the favorite to win the 2019 UCI road world championships, but he’s planning to compete in the mountain bike race at next year’s Olympics and probably won’t compete in the Tour de France until he’s 26 years old. It’s unusual to wait that long. Fans are watching Van der Poel’s impressive performances on the road, but have a long time to wait in between his competitions. Van der Poel himself, however, doesn’t seem to mind: He’s just racing in the events that make him the happiest. — VELO NEWS

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5. You can take a “Marco Polo” cycling tour from Venice to Beijing. The tour is put on by Ride & Seek, an adventure cycling company that creates bike tours tracing the paths of historical figures. A new Marco Polo Expedition takes travelers from Venice to Beijing through seven portions of the trip. — TRAVEL PULSE

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6. Sir Dave Brailsford is recovering from cancer surgery. This week, Brailsford revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer just before the Tour de France this year and had a five-hour surgery on a tumor last month. He will find out the results of the surgery tomorrow. — EUROSPORT

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7. Peloton is now offering 30-day in-home trials. Peloton will charge you for the bike and deliver it to your home. You can try the product out for a full month and see what you think; if you decide it’s not for you, Peloton will come pick it up and give you a full refund. — BICYCLING

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8. In a letter to the editor, a San Francisco Chronicle reader said it’s time to license bicycles. The letter writer said cyclists should be licensed and should pay fees to apply to bike lane expenses. Do you agree with this take? Should cyclists have to attain a license in order to have equal access on the streets? — SF CHRONICLE

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9. The Velocio Trail Shorts are a good choice for autumn rides. Lightweight and stretchy, the pockets are on the thighs and out of the way. Check out the Smith Wildcat Sunglasses, too, which are both water- and oil-resistant. And the Quantum Energy Squares are a delicious, fall-inspired boost of energy. — GEAR PATROL

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10. What’s the fastest road bike available for purchase in the UK under 2000 GBP? A Redditor asked for a recommendation today. One user said Canyon makes high-quality bikes that fit into smaller budgets. Another said any bike can be fast if you ride it properly.  

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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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