Cyclists Says Doctors Told Him He ‘Would Have Died’ Without Helmet, Best Places to Cycle in Europe and Much More


Safety… Cycle Helmet Saves Life of Cyclist (Also on Crawley News website)

A cyclist has urged others to wear a helmet after being rushed to hospital after crashing into a deer during Sunday’s London to Brighton Bike Ride. A helmet saved Makrum Dudgeon’s life; and meant he escaped with just major bruising and grazes after the animal ran out in front of him. Several medics have since told him that he is lucky to be alive after he hit his head in the incident; which saw the deer clip his front wheel and resultantly sent him through the air at more than 20mph. The cyclist told the Crawley News that ‘it was the doctors, the paramedics – it was repeated to me so many times – you are one lucky person. If you hadn’t been wearing a helmet, you would have died today. There were so many people who came to my aid. Cyclists helped me while I was flat out on the ground and the ambulance staff and people at the hospital were amazing.

Tourism… 5 more Great European Countries Outside UK for Cycling (Wheelie Good Guys)

With so much scope for cycling in Europe; we will continue to bring you great locations to visit abroad where you can ride to your heart’s content. As ever; we hugely appreciate any feedback that you might wish to offer; with any suggestions that you may have. Even if we have already covered the country; if there is justifiable reason to revisit it on the site we will do so. With breathtaking scenery, a rich culture and the Algarve; it is understandable that Portugal is such a popular country to visit for touring cyclists. The two main cities of Portugal – Porto and Lisbon – are well worth basing yourself around if you choose to cycle here; as they will provide you with plenty of platform for exploration off your bike as well. There are also a number of old historic towns bursting with charm; all awaiting your exploration… Read the full story here…

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Technology… 6 of the Best Free Cycling Apps… (Wheelie Good Guys)

The Strava GPS Cycling and Running App is extremely popular with exercise enthusiast worldwide. It allows cyclists to record all rides; simultaneously analyzing and tracking performance in addictive detail. An added element of fun allows you to compare your speeds and times with friends and riders local to your area. You can join ongoing ride challengers to inspire yourself towards new goals and prepare for races; whilst winning some great prizes too. The comparison feature allows you to set goals and targets from both sections of; and the entirety of a journey. There is also a feature to ‘Go Premium’; which allows you to further analyze your performance with weekly progress goals, custom heart rate zones and filtered leader boards. Read the full story and reveal the other apps mentioned here…

UK… New Cycle Park Opened by Darlington Mayor (Also on Northern Echo website)

On Wednesday the 18th June; the Mayor of Darlington officially opened a new cycle parking facility; which stands in front of Darlington town hall and has capacity for over 40 bikes. The official opening coincided with Bike to Work Week; and saw commuting cyclists being offered breakfast at the town hall. Darlington Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport – David Lyonette – told the Northern Echo that ‘the new cycle parking facility will make it easier for people in Darlington to enjoy the benefits of cycling into town instead of using their car and this is not only great for the environment but also great for your health.’

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Yorkshire… Four Day Cycling Event to Encourage Cycling… (Also on Northern Echo website)

North Yorkshire is set to welcome a four day festival from July 3 to July 6; which will celebrate the arrival of the Grand Depart in Yorkshire. The event will be the only one of its kind outside of London; and will be held next to the Stage 1 finish line in Harrogate. The Fan Park event is being set up by Velo Go Go; who specialize in providing events that run alongside the Tour de France. Big screens, cycling games, cinema nights, party nights, live music, celebrities and a foodie festival are just some of the many highlights of the Fan Park. The Leader of Harrogate borough Council – Anthony Alton – told the Northern Echo that ‘we have been in negotiations with Velo Go Go over the past few months and I am delighted that everything has now been agreed.’

Sheffield… New Female Cycling Team (Also on Sheffield Star website)

A brand new female cycling team is aiming to break down barriers blocking women from the sport. The group is formed from members of the public based in Sheffield and the surrounding areas; and was started on Facebook. The team is now competing in races across the country; and aims to assists female progress from club riding to racing; whilst making cycling as a whole more accessible for women. Denise Bayliss – the team manageress – told the Sheffield Star that ‘it has always been a dream of mine to run a women’s team, having been cycling for over 30 years with several male-run clubs in Yorkshire. I was more than happy to sponsor the team with my company and help other women in what is still very much a male dominated sport.’

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Sport/Cycling… Double Olympic Champion Talks up 2014 Grand Depart (Also on ITV website)

Ed Clancy – the double Olympic cycling champion – has been talking up the imminent arrival of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire. Clancy is from Huddersfield; and he joined a number of amateur cyclists from the Yorkshire Building Society on Tuesday in Ripon who are riding the first stage of this year’s Grand Depart in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.