Inside Cycling - November 4th, 2019 |

Inside Cycling (Nov 4th, 2019)

Women's bike festival in AR / Dupont death / Another cyclist death in NY

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Hello Inside Cycling readers,

Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was full of bikes and some relaxation, too. Just a quick head's up: Inside Cycling will be in your inbox Wednesday, but it'll be on a quick break this coming Friday and next Monday.

I also wanted to note that last Friday when covering the Amgen Tour of California, I gave the incorrect year the race started. The race began in 2006, as noted by Thanks to a reader for bringing this to my attention!

- Hailey

1. A women’s mountain bike festival is launching this month in Arkansas. Grit MTB Bike Fest will take place in Fayetteville from Nov. 15-17. The festival will include clinics, yoga, group rides, camping and a film screening. It’s also beginner-friendly, a distinction that many other women-only biking events don’t include. Grit MTB has space for 50 more attendees and you can purchase a ticket for $125. — BICYCLING

2. Olympic champion Jacques Dupont has died at 91, his family announced Monday. Dupont was born in southwest France and won a gold medal at the age of 20, during the 1,000-meter time trial at the Herne Hill Velodrome in 1948. Later, Dupont won the French championship in 1954 as well as the Paris-Tours in 1951 and 1955. — DAILY SABAH

3. In an effort to encourage cycling, 35 new bike racks were recently installed in Huntsville, Alabama. Grant funds were used to commission the bike racks from a local artist, who designed and produced the racks in the shape of South Huntsville’s compass logo. The bike racks look like pieces of art but are functional, too. Do you think this idea will help encourage cycling in the area? Could your town benefit from something similar? — WZDX-TV

4. A woman with cerebral palsy has gotten around her town via bike for the past 26 years. Brandy Howell is 38 years old and lives in Colona, Illinois; her uncle first made a custom-built three-wheeled bike for her in 1993. Prior to receiving the bike, Howell crawled to get around. Now, however, she can not only ride her bike around town but can walk, too. “[The bike] not only helped her physically; it helped he emotionally,” her uncle Dave Tighe pointed out. He renovated the bike for her this year. Riding a bike is something almost anyone with cerebral palsy can do, according to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, with just a few adaptive tweaks to the bike. — QC ONLINE

5. A Liverpool, England, cyclist was assaulted and beaten with a hammer last weekend. The 22-year-old man was cycling in Victoria Road West, Crosby when several men jumped out of a car and attacked him. The cyclist ended up in the hospital in critical condition. Detectives are searching for more information. — CYCLING WEEKLY

6. Tom’s Guide published a review of the Gocycle GX Electric Bicycle yesterday. While the bike is expensive (coming in at $3,200), the review says it’s also a great choice, with a good range and a frame that’s easy to fold and unfold. The bike has a sleek, attractive design. However, it has no headlight or taillight and the smartphone holder leaves something to be desired. — TOM’S GUIDE

7. New York saw its 26th bike death of the year last week. An 87-year-old man named Yevgeny Meskin was riding across Ocean Parkway against the traffic light on his bike last Wednesday when he was hit by a minivan. Meskin was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, the driver has not been charged. — WCBS-TV

8. Take a break from working out if you have a cold with chest symptoms, says Coughing, shortness of breath, nausea and any other symptoms below the neck signal that it’s time for a rest day. If you just have a sore throat and stuffy nose, however, you can continue with light workouts. The Mayo Clinic backs up these claims, explaining that "above the neck" symptoms are safe for a workout although you may want to reduce your typical intensity. — BICYCLING

9. Mathieu van der Poel might hit the Grand Tour in 2020. Next year’s Vuelta a Espana race is a major goal for his team, with Corendon-Circus planning to expand its roster and then aim for a wildcard spot. Van der Poel has big plans for next year that also include the Olympics and Paris-Roubaix in addition to the possibility of the Vuelta. — CYCLING WEEKLY

10. How can you look presentable and smell nice after bike commuting to work or school? One Redditor wants to bike to university but is concerned about sitting in close proximity to people after exercising with no time for a shower. “Pack deodorant and baby wipes and a hairbrush or comb, and drink water to cool yourself down,” user KBMarshmallow suggested. User Johnnuke added, “Use a rack instead of a backpack to allow air [to] circulate over your back. Ride slow… In cooler weather, just dress light and let the weather keep you cool.”

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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