Sydney's cyclists are twice as happy as other commuters despite enduring one of the "least cycling-friendly cities in the world"; Froome signals more data to come; the man who climbed 29,000m in a single ride and more - all in Bike Shorts
14 Aug 2015 - 8:40 AM  UPDATED 14 Aug 2015 - 8:57 AM

Sydney’s commuting cyclists are twice as happy as people who drive, walk or use public transport to get to work, according to University of Sydney research.

The study of 846 inner city Sydney commuters reports that cycling commuters have better overall quality of life and health satisfaction than public transport users, walkers and motorists, after statistically adjusting for other possible explanations such as age, sex, education and income levels. The study is one of the first in the world to investigate the relationship between quality of life and transport by comparing different travel modes.

"The benefits include the mental health benefits of being active outdoors, a greater control over and predictability of their commuting journey, a sense of fun and a way to save money," said Melanie Crane, who led the research. "This may be why cycling commuters arrive for work in a happier mind frame than other commuters.”

However, the report's authors also flagged that Sydney was regarded as "one of the least cycling-friendly cities in the world".

“Commuting by bicycle in Sydney, like many other cities in Australia, is inhibited by a lack of separated bicycle paths and safe routes, which negatively impact quality of life and people’s willingness to adopt cycling as a commuting option,” said co-author Professor Chris Rissel.

Friday 14 Aug 2015

Budget Forklifts rider Scott Sunderland took his second consecutive victory at the Tour of the Great South Coast yesterday, but failed to dislodge race leader Michael Schweizer (African Wildlife Safari).

Sunderland won the 137km race from Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell, beating home Avanti Racing team’s Patrick Bevin, with Charter Mason Giant Racing Team’s Daniel Fitter third.

“I am very happy to win two stages of the Great South Coast Tour because it’s good for our Budget Forklifts sponsor and my team-mates,” Sunderland said.

“Unfortunately, I had a pretty ordinary first stage in the Mount Gambier criterium yesterday morning when I was troubled by asthma. I don’t think I can win the tour but I will be chasing more stage wins.”

Schweizer now holds a scant one-second advantage over Bevin, with two stages set for today: a 40km criterium on Portland’s waterfront in the Glenelg shire, followed by a 93km afternoon road race from Heywood to Casterton.

Chris Froome has called runner Mo Farah's release of his blood values a 'step forward for transparency'.

Froome also indicated to the BBC that releasing more of his own data was on the cards.

"I'm happy to do that. I'm happy to release more information when I can and to show people they can trust these performances,” Froome told the BBC."I do want to be a spokesman for clean cycling. I believe somebody has to stand up for the current generation.”

However, the Tour winner was cagey about when we might see more of his performance data in the public domain, following the release of his power meter data from the final climb of Stage 10 of this year's Tour de France on the race's second race day.

Sky releases Froome's power data to quell doping chatter
Team Sky have released power and physiological data for Chris Froome for the climb of La Pierre-Saint-Martin in order to quell speculation that the Tour de France leader is doping.

“It is something I wanted to do at the beginning of the season, before all this came up at the Tour de France,” he said. “A lot of people are asking about the VO2 max test and we have got plans in place to get some testing done.

"The physiological testing could even help me understand what makes me who I am and what it is about me that allows me to make the efforts I do."

Think the Peaks Challenge is a big day out? Terrified by the thought of Everesting?

That's all child's play to American Craig Cannon, who ended up climbing 29,146m in a single - albeit mammoth - 42-hour, 546km ride on 7 and 8 August.

“I finished the ride in 13 or 14 hours and I still felt good, so I thought maybe I can do something longer,” Cannon told NBC Bay Area.

By reaching 95,622ft of ascent he broke the previous record of 95,452ft as the most climbed in a 48-hour period. And, if that wasn't enough, he started the ride after running a half-marathon.

Check out Cannon's Strava file. We dare you to flag it...

FDJ manager Marc Madiot has defended the decision to expel David Boucher from the Eneco Tour.

Boucher was ejected from the race after disobeying team orders and joining the breakaway on Stage 3. The decision has been criticised by fans on social media.

“The instructions were clear since Monday, David Boucher had to protect Arnaud Démare,” Madiot told Cyclingnews. “He was called to order by [directeur sportif] Martial Gayant on Monday and I called in person yesterday [Tuesday] at the briefing. He decided again not to listen to the instructions today and was sent home. Riders are paid, and paid well, to apply the guidelines, happy or unhappy. In doing so, he has not respected his leader.”

Team LottoNL-Jumbo's Jos Van Emden won Stage 4 of the Eneco Tour, a 14km time trial in Hoogerheide. The stage victory also saw Van Emden don the leader's jersey.