Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 16, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain

Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record

by VeloClub

The bike that is meant to set a new record. Photo by Bas de Meijer.

Iris Slappendel retired at the end of the 2016 season after a 12-year professional career in which she was an invaluable asset to many victories of her trade teams and the Dutch national squad.

Since retiring, she’s been as busy as ever, getting her UCI Director Sportif certification, launching her own cycling apparel brand, providing commentary at live races, getting involved in developing young riders, and much more.

Now, the 32-year-old is gearing up for her biggest challenge of the year: setting a new world speed record for women.

As part of World Human Powered Speed Challenge in September, Slappendel will attempt to break the current (unpaced) record of 121.81 kilometers per hour (or 75.68 mph).

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