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by Mark Zalewski
February 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team leader at 22: Kasia Niewiadoma takes on new role in Marianne Vos’ WM3 Pro Cycling Team; Tour of Turkey faces challenge attracting teams due to political climate; Iranian Team Pishgaman Cycling suspended after second rider positive; Multiple doping positives at Tour of Guadeloupe; In-depth feature with Brian Holm; New fixed-gear team started by Red Hook series champ; Outdoor industry brands boycotting Utah-based trade show over politics; Belgian coach falls into icy pond at Bieles, drives home in underwear; Max Stöckl breaks own world record for fastest MTB downhill speed at 167kph; Video: Downhill to Death Valley on a penny-farthing; Motivating children to wear bicycle helmets through design; Video: How a Bicycle was made.
While most everyone was cold at the recent UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg, Belgian cyclocross coach Eddy Ponet was likely the coldest, as he fell through the ice into a pond after the race. To keep warm he drove back to his home, 250km, wearing only his underwear. Luckily he can laugh about it now.
“After the race I went to the car to change into clean clothes; I wanted to find a hotel and spend the night there before the drive home,” Ponet told Het Nieuwsblad.
“But I had to pee and did not know how how long a drive it would be, so I decided to find somewhere quickly to go. It was dark, I thought I had seen a nice spot. It seemed like a big piece of concrete, but in reality it turned out to be a frozen pond.”
He dropped through the ice up to his arms, but fortunately was able to pull himself out. He was completely soaked and in freezing temperatures with no more clothes.
“I had to change down to my underpants.Then finding a hotel was no longer an option. So I had to drive the 250km from Luxembourg to Lummen with the seat heater on high and the heat at 25 degrees. The worst part is that I still had not peed that was the real misery!”
Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.