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Inside Cycling (Oct 9th, 2019)

Hi, Inside Cycling readers!

I've got a lot of cycling news on deck today and I want to hear from you.

So, tell me ... will we see e-cycling in the Olympics? Later on in the newsletter, I reference a story about end-of-season cycling breaks. Do you take a break from cycling?

Hit “reply” and let me know.

— Hailey

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1. Zwift is aiming for the 2024 Olympics. Online bike-racing platform Zwift announced last week that it will hold the first Cycling Esports World Championship (a UCI-sanctioned event) in 2020. Being associated with an international federation is an important first step on the road to becoming an Olympic sport, and next year’s World Championships can also provide a chance for Olympic officials to see virtual cycling in action. Popularity and relevancy are important traits for any new Olympic sport and Zwift has both in spades. However, the platform has seen lots of cheating recently and, in some cases, hasn’t yet fixed the issues. There’s also the concern that the platform is moving too quickly and will burn itself out before long. — OUTSIDE ONLINE

Do you think we’ll see Zwift in the 2024 Olympic Games? Let me know what you think.

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2. Jon Ornee broke a World Ultra Cycling record. In just four days, Ornee, a Michigan resident, became the first person to ever swim from Pyramid Point to North Manitou Island — a few months after a terrible cycling crash. The crash was a hard collision that resulted in Ornee flying 30 feet through the air and sustaining major injuries. Just a few months later, in late September, Ornee set his open water swim record — and then, along with four teammates, he also set a World Ultra Cycling record by racing 205 miles in eight hours and 17 minutes. He is still in physical therapy and said he is grateful to be recovering well. — HOLLAND SENTINEL

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3. By the Numbers: A new study showed that drivers inhale more pollution than cyclists. The BBC conducted an experiment in which they asked families to either drive, walk or ride bikes along the same route and then analyzed the level of atmospheric toxins around them. Drivers inhaled the highest levels of PM2, 44 percent higher than the World Health Organization’s safe baseline; cyclists were just 28.1 percent over the limit. Study participants were surprised by the results, which have been confirmed by previous studies, too. — STREETSBLOG USA

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4. Baltimore might see a major cycling event in 2020. The UCI chose Baltimore to host a ProSeries race in September 2020, an event that could bring a $20 million benefit to the city; the ProSeries is just a step below the WorldTour. The UCI rarely holds big races on the East Coast, and bringing an event to Baltimore could provide an important opportunity for East Coast fans to watch their favorite sport in person. The only catch: According to the Baltimore Department of Transportation, the city hasn’t officially agreed to host the race. — BALTIMORE SUN

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5. Writers, Canadian Cycling Magazine has a position available. Looking for a job? Apply to be the magazine’s full-time web writer. The position is located in the Toronto office and involves writing several stories a day, covering live cycling events and covering other tasks that will require skills with SEO, website maintenance and photo editing software. — CANADIAN CYCLING MAGAZINE

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6. Try this workout on your next upper body day. Use tempo (adjusting the speed of your movements) to make a simple dumbbell circuit that much harder. Perform the follow exercises for six to 12 reps each, going slowly and pausing at the “top” of each rep: bent-over row, biceps curl, half-kneeling overhead press and bent-over triceps kickback. Repeat the full circuit three times. — BICYCLING

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7. A 22-year-old Italian cyclist died Sunday after hitting a pillar at 37 mph. Giovanni Iannelli was racing in the Trofeo Bassa Valle Scrivia near Milan and was almost at the finish line when he collided with a pillar headfirst. He was resuscitated at the scene and airlifted to a hospital where he later died. — MIRROR

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8. Here’s why you should take an end-of-season break. Putting away the bike for a while can help you avoid burnout. It’s also a chance to reset your mind, and the time to rest and focus on conditioning will help you come back physically stronger, too. Finally, a break is the perfect time to revisit your bike fit. — CYCLING WEEKLY

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9. The cycling industry needs to be more open to disabled people. Many disabled people want the option to cycle, and for some people, bikes can serve as a mobility aid. A charity called Wheels for Wellbeing recently put out a guide that explains how the cycling industry can play a role in making cycling more accessible. — CYCLING INDUSTRY NEWS

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10. What are your favorite bike channels on YouTube? Redditors are sharing recommendations: GCN Tech, Seth’s Bike Hacks and Cycling Labs are popular. Other good channels include Spindatt, Path Less Pedaled and Art’s Cyclery. — REDDIT

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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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