In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel wins with bike throw at Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2; Mareczko wins third stage of Tour de Langkawi; Molano wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 3; Van Avermaet lukewarm about Flanders route changes; talks Gilbert tensions and Liège; Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence; Phinney out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with knee injury; Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson to begin racing in Belgium this weekend; Kittel chooses rim brake for second stage at Abu Dhabi Tour; ‘Protest’ over asphalting of Eikenberg cobbles; British Cycling perplexed by UK Sport allegations; Bicycle industry reacting to Utah Governor’s push to strip federal protection for public lands; New world record set for cycling length of New Zealand; Pedal power in sailing; Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2 highlights; Video: On-board highlights – Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Chantal Blaak; Video: Vintage cycling day.
Your Saturday Daily News Digest
Cyclist Craig Harper has set a new world record for cycling the length of New Zealand, riding more than 2,100km, and beating the previous record of four days, 17 hours and 40 minutes by more than seven hours.
— Stuff.co.nz Sport (@NZStuffSport) February 22, 2017
“We haven’t even had any mechanicals, not so much as a puncture over some 2000km,” support crew member Mark Hawkins told Stuff.
“He has had his highs and lows. It has been absolutely incredible to witness what he has been through.”
Harper made the record attempt to raise funds for the ‘Kiwi Can’ programme in Marlborough, supporting primary school children.
Harper began at Cape Reinga at 8.00 a.m. on Monday morning and arrived at Bluff at 5.45 p.m. on Friday, sleeping only a couple of hours at a time. The previous record for cycling the length of the country was set by Colin Anderson in 2007.
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