UCI announce changes to track events

This week, The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced changes to track events in a bid to ‘create more spectator-friendly racing’.

The biggest changes have come in the form of the multidiscipline omnium. The number of events has changed from six to four as all the individual, timed rounds have been dropped. The omnium will also be changed from a two-day event to just one day. Continue reading “UCI announce changes to track events”

Health benefits of cycling outweigh risks caused by traffic pollution

A new study has found that the benefits of the physical activity almost always outweighs the negative effects of pollution for those cycling through urban areas.

London’s air pollution, caused predominantly by traffic and diesel fumes, is responsible for 9,500 premature deaths each year, according to a 2015 study by King’s College, London. Due to their close proximity with traffic and deeper breathing, a cyclist in London can expect greater exposure to that threat than most.

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Running may be better than cycling for long term bone health

Exercise that puts greater strain on bones, like running, may improve long-term bone health more effectively than non weight-bearing activities like cycling, a recent study has found.

The study was conducted at the Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi in Milan. Researchers measured the levels of hormones in 12 ultra marathon runners before and after they ran a 65km (40.3 mile) race. These levels were compared to 12 other individuals of the same age who did not partake in the race, but instead participated in low to moderate physical exercise. Continue reading “Running may be better than cycling for long term bone health”

Dark chocolate could help boost athletic performance

Dark chocolate has long been hailed for its positive effects on cardiovascular health, but now a recent study has found that the tasty snack could actually help boost athletic performance.

A team at London’s Kingston University were hoping to find out whether dark chocolate could provide a similar boost to that of beetroot juice.  Continue reading “Dark chocolate could help boost athletic performance”

Avoid car travel to keep slim

Commuters who travel by car weigh more on average than those who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work , a large UK study of 150,000 adults aged forty plus has found.

Cycling came out as the best activity for staying trim, followed by walking, but even public transport users were leaner than car commuters.

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Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon: Less than 100 days to go

The inaugural Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds, 11–12 June 2016, represents the pinnacle of triathlon competition in the UK, providing recreational triathletes with a unique opportunity to compete on the same course as the world’s best.

Following in the footsteps of the unforgettable 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ in Leeds and Yorkshire, this event is hoping to attract thousands of spectators to watch both the amateurs and the professionals – including home heroes Ali and Jonny Brownlee who will be competing in their last event on home soil before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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