Inside Cycling - November 27th, 2019 |

Inside Cycling (Nov 27th, 2019)

Ineos won't tolerate cheating / Bamboo bikes / Black Friday deals

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1. Team Ineos' owner promised to immediately pull his money if cheating is discovered. A former Team Sky doctor is under fire for allegedly ordering testosterone to use for doping. While Ineos is not in any danger of a similar investigation, team owner Jim Ratcliffe has made it clear what he would do if it was. As quoted in The Times last weekend, Ratcliffe said that the day “any of that enters our world,” they’d leave cycling. He thinks they’re safe, however — because before buying the team, Ratcliffe hired lawyers to run a thorough check on doctor’s records and other background paperwork to ensure everything was above the table. — EUROSPORT, VELONEWS

2. Oklahoma volunteers assembled 1,400 bikes for kids who need them. The Buck$ 4 Bikes program is sponsored by the Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma Women’s Auxiliary, and this year, they began fundraising for the program in July. Each Christmas, Buck$ 4 Bikes focuses on purchasing bikes for the Angel Tree program; last year, 1,403 children asked for a bike and each child received one. This year, the program raised over $77,000 for over 1,400 bikes — each bike comes with a helmet, courtesy of the Oklahoma Bicycle Society. Volunteers assembled the bikes last weekend and now all that’s left is for the bikes to go under the tree. — KFOR

3. San Franciscans can ride a turkey-shaped route through the city. Cyclists have been enjoying this bike route since 2013; it goes through the eastern part of the city and is complete with feathers, a wattle and a pilgrim hat (with buckle). “Enjoying” might not be the right word, however: the path covers 50 miles, many of them hilly, and is known for being a tough ride. — CURBED SF

4. One engineering student is creating bamboo bikes and teaching others. Profiled by last week, Popular Mechanics also recently covered Diego Cardenas, who founded Bamboocycles in 2008. Cardenas has a team of workers who find local materials in Mexico City such as bamboo and carbon fiber and use them to create bicycle frames. Perhaps surprisingly, bamboo is a good material for a bike and makes for a smooth ride because it absorbs vibrations so well. In total, over 1,000 bamboo bikes have been produced in Cardenas’ workshop so far. — BICYCLING

5. Utah cyclists held a charitable “Cranksgiving” event last weekend. Cranksgiving is the world’s largest mounted food drive, and in Logan, Utah this past Saturday, cyclists gathered for their own version. The event worked almost like a scavenger hunt: participants rode through Logan to find pre-arranged stops such as grocery stores, where they could purchase food items from a list and receive points (and then prizes) for each item donated. About 12 people participated, and with help from a local restaurant, over 200 pounds of food were collected. — HJ NEWS

6. The Scorpion is an ebike that looks like a motorbike. Created by Juiced Bikes, this new class three ebike resembles a moped and has a battery range of over 45 miles; a writer from Wired released a review of the bike this week. At 77 pounds, the review says the bike is fairly heavy and might be difficult to maneuver, but it’s also an affordable choice. — WIRED 

7. Cycling Weekly released a list of Chris Froome’s “best victories.” In honor of the decade wrapping up, the website took a look at Froome’s career over the past 10 years, ranking his 10 best victories during that timeframe. Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia 2018, where Froome was fourth at the beginning of the stage but ended up finishing first by three minutes, took the top spot. Do you agree with Cycling Weekly’s assessment? — CYCLING WEEKLY

8. Training breaks might not be as detrimental as you thought, say Cycling Weekly editors. If you’re in shape and cycle regularly, you can take a break from workouts that lasts up to two weeks and not need to worry about losing your fitness. On the other hand, if your base fitness level is lower, you’re going to lose your gains more quickly. If you’re traveling for the holidays, try to throw in a few 8x30 second interval sessions per week. — CYCLING WEEKLY

9. has a guide to finding the best Black Friday cycling deals. Handily arranged by category — Bikes & Gear, Tech, Outdoor Gear & Apparel and miscellaneous — the article lists several websites with awesome deals and highlights a few specific good catches from each. When it comes to Black Friday (or deals all year round), we also recommend subscribing to our newsletter Inside Deals. — BICYCLING

10. How can you get into cycling competitively? One Redditor feels ready to take the next step. “Find some group rides and learn how to ride in a pack, then get a USAC license and sign up for some races. If there's a local club or two, check them out,” advised user junkmiles. User GFY18 also pointed out, “USA Cycling has a search function that will let you search clubs and events near you.”

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.

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