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The Near Miss Project

Near Miss ProjectThe Near Miss Project, which studied cycling incidents that did not result in injuries, but ‘profoundly influences people’s experience and behaviours’ has published its findings. Analysing the daily cycling experiences of 1,500 people across the UK between October 20 and November 2, 2014 the Near Miss Project details nearly 4,000 incidents, confirming that: ‘regular cyclists incur a ‘very scary incident’ at least once a week; an average of 60 per annum.’

 

Setting out why near misses are important, giving results from the study that show the scale of the problem, and how it affects different groups of cyclists, the research was funded by Creative Exchange and Blaze and led by the Westminster University with Goldsmiths College and The Bike Show working as collaborators.

 

You can read the full findings of the Near Miss Project here.

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The 5th Floor Lookbook

The 5th FloorThe 5th Floor – a cycling collective and team based out of London and New York – have today released its photographic lookbook in partnership with adidas cycling, from the team’s training camp in Italy where riders tested their specially made range of adidas kit in the mountainous region of the Dolomites.

 

5th Rider, Rudy Melo commented: ‘The Dolomites was the toughest training camp I’ve ever been involved in – from the sharp switchbacks on the Stelvio Pass to brutal climbs up Mortirolo, the Italian roads really pushed the team to our limits. That said, the feeling of accomplishment each day was amazing, as you’d overcome routes you could never have prepared for, alongside your teammates… The trip was the perfect playground for us to put the adidas kit through its paces, whether it was a long day in the saddle climbing, or early morning descents, it stood up to and surpassed the ultimate tests and expectations.’

 

Angus Sung, photographer on the trip added, ‘For me nothing compares to being in the mountains. The landscape lends itself to being photographed with the natural sense of grandeur and scale, and unpredictable conditions. Getting the perfect shot wasn’t always easy as the guys were riding to train up 12% climbs often in scorching sun, so it meant once I’d found a good spot I’d have to jump out and run up the mountain to get that higher perspective. Even 5 meters extra above the road gives a completely different perspective so it was worth the extra effort, especially given the outcome – epic landscapes with the 5th Floor rocking the 3 stripes.’

 

The adidas x 5th Floor range includes skin suits, jerseys, bibs, caps, overshoes and warmers – using the team’s iconic green palette and shield logo combined with adidas’ classic 3 stripes. Also part of the adidas x 5th floor kit laydown is a limited edition version of the newly launched adistar range.

 

Further information on The 5th Floor at the5thfloor.cc with further details on the adidas cycling range at adidascycling.co.uk

 

Take a look at more of Angus Sung’s work below:

 

The 5th Floor

The 5th Floor

The 5th Floor

The 5th Floor

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Map My Tracks Partners Revolve24

Revolve24Revolve24 a global series of cycling relay races set at iconic motor circuits around the world has announced a partnership with Map My Tracks to bring cutting edge tech to the events. The official app gets the competition started ahead of the race by allowing competitors to compete for pole position on the grid and for the ‘bragging rights’ associated with pit garage No.1 ahead of the Grand ‘Le Mans style’ Start.

 

By linking their GPS performance data during training rides, grid positions will be calculated based on the miles covered, feet climbed and average speed achieved in the time leading up to the event. Once the red lights go out at the start of the race, real-time performance data, individual and team tracking information will be available enabling competitors to know where they stand in the race for King/Queen of The Mountains, Fastest Lap, Sprinter as well as Overall Champions.

 

Revolve24 kicks off in September at Brands Hatch and each race will see participants take on a 24-hour race in a team relay format on closed circuit race tracks that hold huge sporting heritage. Full details of Revolve24 at revolve24.com

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STEALTH Nutrition Range Launched

STEALTH NutritionA new sports nutrition range, STEALTH, has been launched by former European Champion Track Cyclist Tim Lawson. With over twenty years experience of working with athletes from complete beginners to Olympic medallists and Pro Tour winners, Lawson looks well placed to be heading up the range that should appeal to athletes across the board from runners to triathletes and cyclists.

 

The STEALTH range consists of advanced isotonic gels, super hydration energy drinks, caffeine and betaine gels, real fruit energy gels, protein gels and recovery powders, with a whole host of other products also in the pipeline.

 

Every ingredient, say the makers, has been carefully thought out, tried and tested – from the multiple transportable carbohydrates and avoidance of artificial sweeteners in the isotonic range, to the easy digestibility of the caffeine and betaine gel. And much of the development process has also been carried out with one of the best cycling teams in the world, Tinkoff Saxo, whose feedback has been instrumental in enabling the team to get the products to where they are today.

 

Commenting on the STEALTH range Lawson says: ‘in a sports nutrition industry jam-packed full of brands promising the very best in taste and performance, we are bringing something innovative and new to the mix… made for athletes, by athletes, we have developed a product range that both tastes good and works with your body, when you need it most.’

 

The new STEALTH nutrition range is available to purchase on the Secret Training website as well as selected retailers. Follow the team on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear about all the latest news and promotions. Full review on Cyclo coming soon…

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EpicTV Goes Boooom

 

EpicTVHere’s another stunning video from our friends over at EpicTV the online action and adventure sports channel. We can but marvel as Christian ‘Texi’ Textor and Jonas ‘JJ’ Janssen enjoy some absolutely stunning lines, huge airs, flips and tricks you won’t believe in the heart of Germany.

 

With a suitably ‘big’ soundtrack from Marius Humpert Experience the video is an entry into EpicTV and Polk Boom’s Boooom Fest Film Festival, which is dedicated to delivering the best action sports footage in 60seconds. Boooom Fest is offering up 20,000€ in cash and 6,500€ in prizes and there’s no entry fee. Interested? Hurry as entries close on July 26 –full details at epictv.com

 

 

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Basso Diagnosed with Cancer

tinkoff-saxo_logoFormer Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso has been diagnosed with a tumour in his left testicle will undergo surgery for its removal. According to Tinkoff-Saxo doctor, Piet De Moor: ‘on stage 5 of the Tour de France, Basso suffered from a minor crash in which his left testicle was slightly injured. As the pain persisted, a lump was discovered and following further examination on Monday morning at the hospital in Pau, the presence of a tumour was confirmed.’ Further treatment will be decided, depending on the final diagnosis.

 

Steven de Jongh, Head Sport Director of Tinkoff-Saxo commented: ‘As everybody understands, today is not a day to speak about the Tour de France, the days ahead or Alberto’s main rivals on the mount stages. All that is irrelevant and we are all here solely to support Ivan. The entire team hopes to meet him again in Paris and hand him the yellow jersey.’

 

Team Leader, Alberto Contador, commented on the news: ‘On behalf of the entire team I’d like to say that it has been a blow to all of us. We never imagined such a thing would happen. Ivan’s health is the absolute priority and he has to undergo all the necessary tests to find the best solution. I’d like to stress that the entire team will give its best in order to get the yellow jersey and enjoy it in Paris with him… During the 120 days that Ivan and I spent together, over the last 180 days, I was able to see what a great champion he is. I’m sure he will overcome this and we will see him in two weeks in Paris.’

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Record-Breaking Yellow for Froome

Chris FroomeTeam Sky’s Chris Froome has taken the TdF yellow jersey for a British record 15th time after moving into first place on a day of carnage on the tour.

 

Earlier an upping of pace ahead of the Cote de Bohissau had caused an extraordinary crash which saw a number of riders hitting the road hard – amongst them was leader Fabian Cancellara (Trek). Despite finishing the stage, Cancellara has now confirmed his withdrawal from this year’s edition with a CT scan shortly after he crossed the finish line confirming two vertebrae fractures of the lower back. ‘This is incredibly disappointing for me,’ said Cancellara, ‘The team was on a high with the yellow jersey and were very motivated to defend it. We have had a lot of crashes and injuries since the start of the season, and we finally had a great 24 hours but now it’s back to bad luck. One day you win, one day you lose.’

 

For his part Froome was never out of the front positions during the 159.5km leg – which saw the TdF move from Holland to Belgium – and he took the win (and jersey) by edging out Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez thanks to four bonus seconds. Commenting on the day Froome said, ‘It’s an amazing feeling to be back in yellow. If you’d have told me this morning I’d be in the jersey, I wouldn’t have believed you, but it’s amazing. Especially on a day like this which had a punchy climb in the final. That isn’t normally my kind of thing – I’m better on longer climbs – so I was really surprised to see the gaps open up like they did.’

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Blowing up Dust on Lanzarote

LanzaroteMountain bikers Bryan Regnier and Morgane Such headed to dusty Lanzarote in the Canaries Island to scope out new lines on top of the local volcanoes; and new lines of course mean blowing up the dust as they fly at incredible speeds across the barren landscape. Thanks to our friends at EpicTV we get to enjoy the incredible scenery and discover how well freeriding and surfing go together…

 

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