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by Mark Zalewski
January 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kirsten Wild wins scorching Santos Women’s Tour finale, Amanda Spratt keeps firm GC hold; Caleb Ewan scorches to victory as extreme heat shortens Tour Down Under stage 1; La Méditerranéenne cancelled; Laura Kenny likely out for track World Championships; Loes Sels asks Belgian coach to only consider her results for worlds selection; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 22: Changing lives in the off-season with Team Novo Nordisk; Owain Doull suffers appendicitis at Tour Down Under; Aevolo Cycling announces roster, sponsors; Christoph Strasser sets new world record for cycling across Australia; Guinness World Records verifies longest distance ridden by a woman; Video: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 1 highlights; Crash compilation from Fiuggi World Cup races; Mathieu van der Poel trains in Spain; Bike thief caught in the act on bike camera.
It’s often presumed that sport is all about tunnel vision: having a laser-like focus on winning, and filtering out everything that is not connected to that. Watch athletes in competition and the level of concentration can appear absolute. Ditto for preparation; in the training phase for events such as the Tour de France, months of work is put in, honing the body and mind to reach the required level.
However at times seeing the bigger picture has real benefits. As explained in this podcast, there is a clear risk for the athlete in being obsessively one-dimensional. Sometimes getting away from being centred on the self is vital.
For the wider community too there are benefits. Hope Sports works with athletes to build houses in impoverished communities, using the energy and drive of sportspeople to effect positive change. During the off-season the organisation combined with the all-diabetic Team Novo Nordisk to build three houses in a shanty town in the Dominican Republic, laying literal and metaphorical foundations which should yield numerous benefits.
CyclingTips travelled with Team Novo Nordisk on the build and traces the unusual off-season activity in this podcast. Riders and others speak with real candour about their own personal journeys, discussing diabetic comas, emotional breakdowns, transforming lives and much more.