18 Nov 2016 - 1:07 PM  UPDATED 18 Nov 2016 - 1:12 PM

All the clips and reads from around the cycling world to get you through the rest of your Friday. Some may even get you out on the bike!

Here's one that almost slipped through the cracks. 

Ralph Denk, Bora-Hersgrohe and Peter Sagan's 2017 team manager, told Velonews earlier this week his aim and his job is to create a successful team for the entire season, not just for the classics or the Tour de France. 

"Is it all about Peter? No," he said. 

"We have other goals in the grand tours, Leopold Konig and Rafael Majka they can perhaps podium in some grand tours.

“Sam Bennett brought the team success over the last three years. I will honor this and give him freedom in the races where Peter is not racing. It’s not just Bennett, I have Matteo Pelucchi [from IAM Cycling], Pascal Auckamann [neo-pro] … some fast guys and many races. We’d like to win with other guys, not just Peter.”

Denk also discussed his optimism about meeting the rigours of racing 27 WorldTour races. 

Read the full article here

 

Friday 18 Nov 2016

You know, it's just an average day as a double Olympic champion, free riding through Los Angeles in a single shot. 

We know there's plenty in the cycling community who love to put on their tin-foil hats now and then. 

Now they can swap it for a paper hat. Or rather, cardboard. 

Isis Shiffer and her EcoHelmet design has just won the 2016 Jame Dyson Award, a £30,000 prize that celebrates invention and future engineering designers. 

It's a folding helmet made from biodegradable cardboard in a honeycomb design which cushions the head in a crash.  Shiffer said she designed the helmet as a solution to being caught out without a helmet for bike-share schemes. It folds easily away into your bag and will be stupidly cheap to buy. 

Already social media is ablaze with criticism of the helmet. For instance, criticising this photo as it appears there is not much coverage of the actual head.

But a quick visit to the EcoHelmet Twitter timeline shows that of course, that is the helmet not fully extended. 

A visit to the EcoHelmet site or a quick read of the links many have RT'd also clearly states the helmet meets safety standards. Not sure there's much to prove by mocking designers in our industry. 

But let's leave the last word to James Dyson. 

This will make you want to look at your calendar and find your nearest bike race. Stat. Or even put the Tour du Rwana on your race bucket list.

The crowds were there for the prologue. 

 

Stage 1: 

Stage 2:

Stage 3: 

Stage 4:

Areruya Joseph (Les Amis Sportifs) won the latest stage (stage 4) while Valens Ndayisenga (Dimension Data for Qhubeka) currently wears the yellow leader's jersey. Three stages remain. 

Stay up to date with the action via the Tour du Rwanda Twitter account (you can follow from the above tweets) or visit the Tour du Rwanda website

This testimonial from She Rides, Cycling Australia's participation program aimed at getting women cycling is even more motivation to get you out on your bike, if you needed it or not. 

"I was 51 years of age, and I’d got into the mind numbing routine of go to work, go home, watch some tv and go to bed.

With some encouragement from a few work colleagues, I decided that it was time to stop being a couch potato, take the cobwebs off the bike sitting in the shed, ( my son’s 10 year old mountain bike), and start doing a bit of exercise. Initially I was riding on my son's mountain bike from home to the train station a couple of times per week.

I enrolled in my first She Rides in Spring 2014 and haven’t looked back!

I am now fitter than I think I have ever been in my life, but not only that, the surprising thing out of this is the change in my attitude. I wake up with enthusiasm eager to get out on the bike and after a stressful day at work, it all just melts away with each turn of the pedals.

I ride to work most days (about 30km's if I go the shortest route but like to mix it up).

I have a few different groups I ride with on occasion, a crew that does hills in Armadale every Sunday fortnight, an all female ride that happens once per month and a few other people I've met along the way. I have a number of work colleagues that I try to encourage to do some hill training in Kings Park once or twice a week before work and of course my main man and Ride for Compassion training partner-Mark.

Currently the goal is to complete the Ride for Compassion. Just over 500km's in 6 days from Albany to Perth."

Read Tina's entire story here