A collection of stories, news and information that we thought you might find interesting and relevant.
- Dutch teens cycle an astonishing 2,000km per year. They also rank among the healthiest and happiest—with the lowest rates of obesity and antidepressant usage—on Earth. This isn’t coincidence, but an outcome of a system that prioritizes humans over cars. Reducing the supremacy of the car is a movement that has been percolating in cities across the globe. Celebrated advocate for urban mobility, Chris Bruntlett uses his knowledge and passion to share practical bicycle solutions in this Spotify podcast >>
- Niels Van de Poel, a Swedish Olympic champion speed skating champion trains on the bike 30 hours per week and is an ultra distance runner. He shares his non-traditional training methods and how they have turned him into a champion in this recent Velonews interview>>
- A new study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, demonstrates that regular physical activity, even of low to moderate intensity, may reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 infection, even among people with chronic medical conditions which may typically worsen the prognosis.
- Leonard Zinn discusses how to size tires to rims, rolling resistance, tire hysteresis and aerodynamic drag in Velonews>>
- Former Toronto resident, Thorben Wieditz recently wrote an opinion article in the Toronto Star on Metrolinx decision to destroy a Don Valley Parkland and how that decision was shrouded in secrecy. Following the pandemic, why is decking parkland with railways even a consideration?
- Edmonton has officially broken ground to build its new velodrome. The project is slated to be completed in 2026. Great news for Canadian Track cycling.
- The photograph above is Grimsel Pass, a classic 38 kilometre mountain pass in the Bernese Alps. It is often contested in the Tour de Suisse and it is also part of the Aare Route, which is national cycle route 8 in Switzerland. Captured by Michael Blann, it is one of the many beautiful photos in his Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs book.