In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: World championships cost Richmond $4.1 million; Nibali to begin his season in Tour de San Luis; Boeckmans reaches ‘new and important step in rehabilitation process’; Lizzie Williams and Sarah Roy re-sign with Orica-AIS; Cycling can reduce transportation CO2 by 10%; Chad Haga – Cancer, hammers, and perspective; Sir Chris Hoy challenges London commuters to a track-stand competition; The world’s longest bike; Collectif Parlee – La Course.
World championships cost Richmond $4.1 million
The city of Richmond, Virginia has revealed that hosting the Road World Championships in September came at a total cost of US$4.1 million (AUD$5.8 million).
The greatest cost incurred by the city was paying for police and other emergency personnel to staff the event which cost nearly $1.8 million, almost $200,000 over budget. Separate to the $4.1 million was the $6 million spent to upgrade the race route including repairing cobbles on 23rd Street, resurfacing roads and making footpaths accessible for disabled fans.
According to mayor Dwight C. Jones: “Hosting this event led to unprecedented levels of regional planning and cooperation, introduced the city to new technologies and best practices in many service areas, and established protocols and templates for coordinated infrastructure programming, event operations, public safety and emergency preparedness, environmental sustainability, any myriad other activities.”
By contrast, the 2014 Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain reportedly cost the equivalent of US$12 million (AUD$16.8 million).
Nibali to begin his season in Tour de San Luis
by Shane Stokes
Following the same pattern which preceded his 2010 Vuelta success, his 2013 victory in the Giro d’Italia and his 2014 win in the Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali has confirmed the decision to begin his 2016 season with the Tour de San Luis.
The Italian rider first competed in the race back in 2010 and took the overall title. Months later he won the Vuelta a España, his first Grand Tour crown. He missed out on the race this season, getting things underway in the Dubai Tour. It may be unconnected, but things didn’t work out in his Grand Tour campaigns. Returning to the Tour de San Luis will, he hopes, see him hit the top step of the podium again.
“I’m really happy to go back to San Luis after I missed that last edition” he said. “It’s a race that I love so much, I attended five times. That gave me big satisfaction, above all when I won in 2010.”
“I’ll get to San Luis some days before the start of the race to train with calm” he said. “The roads, the climate and the environment make of San Luis the perfect place for my debut.”
Nibali will once again target the Giro d’Italia in 2016, but could also ride the Tour de France. Despite his 2014 win, he might end up having to support teammate Fabio Aru there, although that decision will likely be made much closer to the event, if not during it.
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Boeckmans reaches ‘new and important step in rehabilitation process’
by Shane Stokes
The long road back for Lotto Soudal rider Kris Boeckmans after his near-catastrophic crash in the Vuelta a España has reached a new stage, with his team describing his increased training as an important step forward.
Boeckmans returned to cycling on November 1, doing two rides of 35 minutes. His team states that he went out for a two hour ride on Sunday, something it describes as “a new and important step in the rehabilitation process of Kris.”
The team doctor Servaas Bingé has now given an update on his progression, including the medical information the team has to hand.
“We can be positive about the recovery of Kris, but we remain careful,” he said. “Recent scans showed a very good neurological evolution. It takes time for a concussion to heal and we will need to keep monitoring it in the future.”
The Belgian rider suffered major facial injuries when he crashed and landed face-first during the eighth stage of the Vuelta. He also suffered a concussion, three broken ribs, pneumothorax, laceration of the lung, bleeding of the lung and swollen pulmonary tissue in the fall. He was placed in an induced coma and after his condition became stable enough to bring him back to consciousness, he underwent lengthy facial surgery.
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Lizzie Williams and Sarah Roy re-sign with Orica-AIS
Orica-AIS has announced that Australians Lizzie Williams and Sarah Roy will remain with the team in 2016 after debuting with the squad this year.
“This year has really been a breakthrough year for me both professionally and personally,” Williams said. “I’m not going to lie, it was a rocky start, and early in the season I realised that I had a lot of work to do. But I tackled the challenges with a positive attitude and didn’t allow myself to become overwhelmed with it all.”
“During this season I learned to manage my nerves and anxiety around racing a lot better which has limited me in the past. Having a supportive and encouraging team around me is a huge reason why I’ve had success and seen massive growth as a professional cyclist.”
Roy, the 2014 Australian criterium champion, had a slower start to 2015 courtesy of illness, but made a big step up in strength later in the season.
“This year was a bit of a shocker personally with the injury and illnesses because I didn’t race half as much as I would have like and when I did I wasn’t in great shape,” Roy said. “I feel very lucky to be back for another season after having one of “those” years but I’m really looking forward to next season. This is certainly my dream team; we really back each other on the bike and kill ourselves laughing off the bike.”
Cycling can reduce transportation CO2 by 10%
A study commissioned by the UCI and undertaken by the University of California, Davis has shown that cycling and e-biking could cut the energy use and CO2 emissions of urban transport by up to 10% by 2050, compared to current estimations.
“This is the first report that quantifies the potential CO2 and cost savings associated with a world-wide shift toward much greater use of cycling in urban areas,” said report co-author Lew Fulton, co-director of the STEPS Programme within the Institute of Transportation Studies at the UCD. “The estimated impacts surprised me because they are so large. The costs saved in lower energy use and reducing the need for car travel, new roads, and parking lots through 2050 are substantial.”
The study suggests that, with the right investments and public policies, bikes and e-bikes should be able to account for up to 14% of all “urban kilometres” by 2050, with the percentage varying from 25% in the Netherlands and China, to roughly 7% in nations like the US and Canada. It is unclear what Australia’s projected “urban kilometres” bike use should be by 2050.
“Cycling is a crucial means of transport for millions of people around the world,” said UCI president Brian Cookson. “This report demonstrates that, if more governments followed good examples like the Netherlands or Denmark to make their cities better for cycling, we’d see huge benefits from lower carbon emissions, hugely reduced costs in transport infrastructure and potentially safer, healthier places.”
Click here to read more at the UCI website.
Chad Haga: Cancer, hammers, and perspective
American rider Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin) is one of the more interesting riders in the pro peloton. In addition to being a racer, Haga has a degree in mechanical engineering, he’s a more-than-handy pianist (see below) and, as his latest blog post confirms, he’s an individual that’s well aware that there’s more to life than racing your bike.
In this blog post Haga opens up his father’s battle with cancer, a trip to Mexico to build homes for those in need, and the challenges of being a pro cyclist. Here’s an excerpt:
“I had recently secured a 2-year extension of my contract, which is huge in this unstable sport, but I was overcome with doubts…What am I even doing? What is the point? I spend the whole year away from my family and friends, hoping that those relationships can survive a 10-month hiatus, and for what? The futility of bike racing is never clearer than when contemplating the force that is cancer. At the same time I was frustrated that, even if I could get home to my family, what power do I have? Jack squat, that’s what.
So I did what I do best: I bottled it up and gutted out the end of the season, counting the days until I could get home. I was thankful for my sunglasses and my tendency towards silence, so that my teammates didn’t notice the time I broke down on a training ride in Quebec when the news fully hit me a few days later. Yeah, it’s a glamorous life.
When asked what I would do with my time at home, I answered with “mountain-biking”. It was true: I was looking forward to a lot of time in the dirt. It was also the easy, comfortable answer. People who ask that question are curious which beach you’re going to or what show you’re going to see. It’s not fair to blindside them with, “Well, two days after I get back I’ll be driving my father to chemotherapy because my mother will be laid up after her shoulder surgery.
Click here to read the full post at Chad Haga’s website.
Sir Chris Hoy challenges London commuters to a track-stand competition
This is a fun little promo video for the upcoming round of the Revolution series in London.
The world’s longest bike
Just how long is this Guinness World Record-winning bike? An impressive 35.79 metres.
Collectif Parlee – La Course
Here’s the latest video from the Collectif Parlee crew out of Canada. In it they speak to a handful of pros at the GP de Quebec about why they got into cycling and why they love it.
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- ‘The bike is a simple thing to enjoy’ – a chat with framebuilding pioneer Tom Ritchey
- Can your period affect your performance?
- Daily News Digest: Thursday November 12