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Inside Cycling (Nov 13th, 2019)

Poulidor dies / Dimension Data rebranding / Stay safe on Strava

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1. French cyclist Raymond Poulidor died Wednesday at 83. Poulidor had been in the hospital for two months. Well-known as a French cycling icon in the 60s and 70s, Poulidor was nicknamed “eternal second” and never won the Tour de France despite finishing on the podium eight times and coming second three times. Poulidor also competed for France at 15 World Championships. He is the grandfather of Mathieu and David van der Poel, also well-known cyclists. “The bike gave me more than it cost me,” Poulidor once said. Cyclists all over the world today are taking to social media to express their condolences. — CYCLING NEWS

2. USA Cycling launched a new site to talk about topics athletes are often afraid to discuss. Titled “In Our Own Words,” the site utilizes storytelling to discuss topics such as mental health, clean sport, diversity and inclusion. According to USA Cycling’s CEO Rob DeMartini, the platform’s goal is to create an inclusive environment for cyclists. One column, for example, was written by Phil Gaimon who candidly talked about his decision to get psychological help. Cyclists are invited to contribute their own columns. — VELONEWS

3. By the Numbers: One ultracyclist rode 5,000 kilometers (3,106 miles) on Zwift. As part of his training for the Race Across America, 31-year-old Michael Knudsen recently spent 10 days in a Copenhagen shopping center doing a run-through of the ride on Zwift. He achieved 15,700 meters of elevation, burned 36,600 calories and is a level 50 Zwift rider. Knudsen was dedicated, even sleeping next to his bike during the “race,” and ended up setting a new Zwift distance record. — CYCLING WEEKLY

4. A Georgia man started a team of pro cyclists with diabetes. Phil Southerland, 37, was diagnosed with diabetes at 7 months old. He discovered cycling as he got older; the sport motivated him to become better about checking his blood sugar. At the time, diabetes was a disease people didn’t talk about — but Southerland wanted to change that, launching a cycling team called Team Type 1 for diabetic cyclists that quickly grew. By 2008, the team had attained UCI Professional Continental status. It focuses not only on cycling, but also teaches young diabetic athletes how to manage their health. — BICYCLING

5. Dimension Data has rebranded as NTT Pro Cycling. Instead of the team’s traditional white, green and black, riders will compete in blue and black in 2020. NTT Pro Cycling also announced its 2020 roster, which is made up of 27 riders including Victor Campengaerts and Carlos Barbero. — CYCLING NEWS

6. Bicycling.com published a list of five high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts for cyclists. HIIT workouts improve your aerobic and anaerobic fitness and build muscle. Three of these interval workouts are designed to be performed on the bike; the other two are meant for off the bike, using kettlebells and your own bodyweight to build power. See the full list here.

7. A study shows your peak fitness might be limited by your weaker leg. Normally, scientists assume that both legs contribute equally during double-leg exercises. But this new study published in the American Journal of Physiology revealed that the dominant leg produces more power. Don’t throw out single-leg cycling drills, though — they’re still important to improve pedaling efficiency. — MSN

8. UT and Texas A&M are locked in a cycling battle this week. In an effort to encourage a healthy lifestyle, cycling classes through November 15 are free for students; the schools are competing to see which school can cycle the most miles. The students are also competing to donate canned goods to the UT Outpost food pantry. — DAILY TEXAN ONLINE

9. Police are warning cyclists to be vigilant if using GPS apps at night. Crime rates often increase later in the year; police recommend that cyclists be wary of posting location on apps like Strava. It can be helpful to not start the route until a good distance away from home. Cyclists can also set a “Privacy Zone” on Strava. — CYCLING WEEKLY

10. How do you minimize lower back pain on long rides? One Redditor is wondering how to prepare for a ride this weekend. “Stretching… and core strengthening might help,” said user kopsis. “Plan on changing your position more during the ride.” Bike fit, they pointed out, might help too. User sktzo added, “Get a foam roller and target your IT band, glutes, hamstrings, and abductors.”

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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