Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 14, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.

‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne

by CyclingTips

Mysterious bikes parked in and around downtown Melbourne with signs reading “Jesus died for our sins” and similar variations are causing a commotion, with some people annoyed by the message and others upset the bikes, which are locked to racks for days at a time, take up valuable parking spaces.

The man behind the bikes, known only as Barry, said the bikes are about promoting the gospel and “encouraging people to get saved.” Each has a phone number that one can call with Barry on the other end offering “Christian guidance.”

However, the bikes are also the target of vandalism, with some people painting over the signs and others going much farther.

“There are a lot of crackpots around,” Barry said. “Some ring up and swear away, we get all sorts of weirdos. Particularly on Friday or Saturday nights.”

A Twitter account has sprung up documenting (and mocking) the bikes, as well as their associated vandalism.

Click through to read more at The Age.