Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 10, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marini wins fourth stage at Tour of Taihu Lake; Dimension Data set to remain in WorldTour as UCI increases maximum number of teams; WorldTour lite? Participation not mandatory for UCI WorldTeams at 10 new WorldTour events; Marianne Vos reunites with team director Jeroen Blijlevens; Nikki Brammeier recounts dealing with concussion after crash; Brailsford, British Cycling to be questioned by Parliament; New RCS Medigroup president considers auctioning Giro TV rights; Lars van der Haar out with leg injury; JLT-Condor signs Brenton Jones; Team CCB International announces roster; British time trial events see more testing, no positives; Amateur cyclist admits to doping; American racer loses bet, gets tattoo of New Zealand; Final stages of Tour of Southland; Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad 2017 trailer; Never have a flat again?

American racer loses bet, gets tattoo of New Zealand

by CyclingTips

American Tyler Stewart (Cadence Cyclery) was racing the Tour of Southland in New Zealand last week. He bet the team’s sprinter Kent Myers that he wouldn’t be able to make it up the steep Bluff Hill climb without dismounting, with the loser getting a map of the country tattooed on his backside. That was all the motivation Myers needed, and he made it up the climb without walking.

“The bet was simple,” said race organisers after Grayson Keppler shared the pictures with them. “If Kent got off and walked, he had to get a tattoo of NZ on his butt. But if Kent made it, then Tyler had to have it done.”

It was not the toughest climb in all of cycling, but at 2.28km long and an average gradient of 11 percent that kicks-up to 22 percent, it was not an easy challenge either.

“So well done to Kent for making it up Bluff Hill without stopping,” the organisers said, “and well done to Tyler for following through!”

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