Cycling This Week: News Round-Up

A lot has happened in cycling this week, from many new product announcements through to national coverage of how cycling can decrease the risk of cancer. Below is a round-up of the top stories.

Cycling Safety Campaigner, Bryan Stout, Killed Whilst On Biking Holiday

Bryan Stout, vice-president of the Catford Cycling Club and formerly a volunteer for the London Cycling Campaign and Stop Killing Cyclists campaign, has been killed whilst on a biking holiday in Mallorca. Bryan was due to celebrate his 86th birthday on Sunday.

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Cycling to Work can cut Cancer and Heart Disease, Says Study

A study published in the British Medical Journal looks at the association of cycling to work and the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and death. The main takeaways are:

Regular cycling can:

  • Cut the risk of death by 41%
  • Reduce the risk of cancer by 45%
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease by 46%

To be honest, the idea that cycling can improve your fitness is obviously not new and is often discussed, but any form of publicity to get more people cycling is positive.

Read the full article: BBC

Cycle Commuters Quash Five Excuses not to Ride to Work

After the above article/study was published, many cyclists took to social media to discuss the news and share their experience of getting into cycling and how easy it was. The BBC have interviewed some of the cyclists to help beginners get into cycling.

Read the full article: BBC

MechOptix Introduces Automatic Brake Light for Cyclists

Brake lights are used on nearly every mode of transport, with the exception of bicycles. MechOptix, a company based in Alabama in the US, hopes to change this and improve the safety of cyclists with their new product, the Stoptix Bicycle Brake Light.

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Canyon Sees Profits Surge

In 2016, Canyon’s delivery issues were widely reported, but the firm says they are a thing of the past and consumers know this, as profits have surged by 25% year-on-year for the first two quarters of 2017.

Cycling Industry News

GCN Reacing 1,000,000 subscribers

GCN started in 2013 and is now arguably one of the most popular cycling channels on YouTube (if not the most popular). I couldn’t be happier for the team as they deliver extremely high-quality videos on a regular basis.

Strava Announces Club Events feature

Strava have updated the club features on mobile devices to include events, so group admins can now do the following. I personally believe this to be an excellent update, as many of us use Strava, so it’s far easier to keep everything in one place.

  • Create a one-time or recurring group activity with specific meetup details like time, date and planned pace
  • Build and attach a route to the activity, which can be downloaded to participants’ phones and GPS devices
  • Create a discussion about the activity to be sure everyone’s on the same page and to alert the group day-of if any athletes are running late or bailing

Read the full article:Strava

Strava Mobile Events Example