Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 10, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ‘I like round numbers:’ Roche pinpoints desired career end point; Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: Young Cyclist Assistance recipients announced; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 25: Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb?; Impey, Moolman-Pasio win South African TT titles; No culture of fear at British Cycling according to former coach; Chairman of British Cycling steps down; Tour de France stage winner Serge Baguet dies at 47; Bardet ready to start racing; Route change for Tour de Langkawi; Motorist charged with killing two cyclists routinely drove while drinking; Study claims psychological problems for people who post fitness achievements on social media; Hydrographics on a bike frame; Abu Dhabi Tour teaser video.

No culture of fear at British Cycling according to former coach

by CyclingTips

Dan Hunt, the former endurance track coach credited for helping to elevate British Cycling’s programme at the Olympic level, testified to the British Parliament’s committee investigating allegations of bullying and discrimination within the sport, saying that he saw no such behaviour.

“We were a largely young, very dynamic, very hungry, very driven team, operating at the very highest levels of sport,” he said in a report by the Daily Telegraph. “And while that doesn’t excuse in any way any element of sexism, racism, disability discrimination, bullying or a toxic culture, I don’t feel that existed anyway.

Hunt coached the women’s programme for the 2008 Olympics, where Rebecca Romero and Wendy Houvenaghel won gold and silver medals, before switching to the men’s programme. Nicole Cooke recently testified to the committee, confirming the allegations of sexist behaviour.

Hunt also spoke about his involvement with Team Sky which is part of the committee’s investigation, particularly a medical package sent to Bradley Wiggins in 2011 from British Cycling.

“In all of my time at Sky, I never saw anything that would raise my suspicions and I don’t think that that’s naiveté on my behalf,” Hunt said.

Click through to read more at he Daily Telegraph.