On Saturday 12 September, Swiss rider Manuel Scheidegger set a new world record in rear wheel riding. The previous record of 25.86 km was clearly surpassed with 30.95 km. The wheelie world record is about covering as many kilometres as possible on the rear wheel in one hour. The front wheel must never touch the ground, otherwise the attempt would be aborted. The world record was set on a 400-metre athletics track in Gümligen (near Bern).
A German doctor accused of being the mastermind of an international blood-doping network that was dismantled last year went on trial in Munich on Wednesday. Sports physician Mark Schmidt, 42, and four co-defendants who allegedly aided him, are accused of helping at least two dozen athletes undergo blood transfusions to boost performance illicitly from “the end of 2011 at the latest”, according to state prosecutors.
“We accuse this sports doctor and his helpers of using doping substances on a commercial basis and in gangs,” senior prosecutor Anne Leiding told Munich’s regional court.
If found guilty, Schmidt and his co-defendants could be … More
“Andy” is a cycling friend I’ve known for decades. When I was the head mechanic and service manager at a bike shop here in Santa Cruz, California he was a loyal customer. I ran into him at the grocery store the other day.
After catching up a bit, he told me he had recently retired. He said that now that he has more time to ride, he’s shopping for what he expects will be his last new road bike. He wants a really nice one.
He told me that while he has a good idea of what he’s looking for in the way of frame, wheels and drivetrain components, he needs my help with one critical detail … More
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