It’s Officially Official: The Summer Olympics are Headed Back to Los Angeles in 2028

The International Olympic Committee has selected Los Angeles as the Host City of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning the Summer Games to the United States for the first time since Atlanta 1996. The City of Angels will be hosting the Olympics for the third time (1932, 1984, 2028) and the Paralympics for the first time.

At the IOC Session in Lima, IOC members unanimously voted to ratify a tripartite agreement between the IOC and the cities of LA and Paris, with the 2024 Games going to Paris and 2028 Games to LA. The agreement follows the IOC members’ unanimous approval at the July 2017 Extraordinary IOC Session for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Games.

In its final presentation to the IOC today, LA 2028 highlighted the City of Angels’ plan to create a New Games for a New Era by harnessing LA’s unparalleled creative, storytelling assets to deliver the world’s greatest sporting event in a low-risk, fiscally responsible and sustainable way.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the Olympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond.”

LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “This 11-year agreement with the IOC is the ultimate validation of LA 2028’s New Games for a New Era, and Los Angeles’ vision for the future. As a team and as a city, we could not be more excited to be entering into this long-term partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and with one of the great cities of the world, Paris. This will be an extraordinary collaboration that secures the future of the Movement for generations. Now LA 2028 has a golden opportunity, with four more years to prepare and a $2 billion contribution from the IOC, to redefine how hosting the Games can benefit host communities.”

United States Olympic Committee Chairman and U.S. IOC Member Larry Probst said: “Today is one of the most significant days in the history of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements – and it’s one we’ve been waiting to celebrate for many years. Los Angeles’ Games plan is second to none and will have a far-reaching impact domestically and abroad. This visionary dual award will no doubt provide an era of unprecedented strength and stability for the global Olympic and Paralympic movements, and the LA Games will absolutely fulfill their promise of being a New Games for a New Era.”

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “A Games on home soil is an extremely special opportunity that will allow us to grow and serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements for decades to come. We couldn’t have found a better partner than Los Angeles to give a new generation of American athletes and fans the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I look forward to seeing the innovation, imagination and sustainability Los Angeles will use over the next 11 years to create and deliver something truly magical.”

Los Angeles and the USOC jointly launched the LA bid on Sept. 1, 2015, and shifted the candidature from 2024 to 2028 on July 31, 2017, after coming to terms with the IOC. Under the revised Host City Contract, LA 2028 is able to invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports access and participation in Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games. The new Host City Contract will also provide LA 2028 with an 80 percent share of any Games surplus and an IOC contribution of $2 billion. In August, the LA City Council and USOC board approved the updated agreement.

The bid has been overwhelmingly supported in the city of Los Angeles, the state of California and throughout the entire United States.

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz said: “I couldn’t be more proud that my beloved city will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028. The Olympic Games are intimately woven into the history of this ever-evolving city – it is part of what defines us. Just as we reimagine ourselves and our stories daily, we are ready to redefine the Games once again, not only for our own benefit, but for the prosperity of this critically important movement. These Games will build on the legacy that began in 1932 and was cemented in 1984, and will touch the lives of Angelenos and Americans for decades to come.”

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero said: “Los Angeles has always been a committed partner to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. This city – which played a critical role in my Olympic journey – is home to some of the world’s most creative, athletic and innovative people. Our diversity is our strength, and LA is uniquely and perfectly suited to welcome the world with open arms once again. It is an amazing and defining honor for a city to host the Games, and Los Angeles stands ready to surpass all expectations in 2028.”

The above press release courtesy of United States Olympic Committee

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Newly Elected IPC President Congratulates Paris 2024 and LA 2028

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The President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons has sent his congratulations to Paris and Los Angeles after they were announced on Wednesday (13 September) as the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively.

Parsons is in Lima, Peru, attending the 131st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session, just five days after succeeding Sir Philip Craven as IPC President.

 “I am greatly excited at what Paris 2024 and LA 2028 can do in terms of growing the Paralympic Movement and would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to both cities,” said Parsons. “Both Paris and LA presented tremendous integrated bids and what I like about each host city is that they offer different opportunities for the Paralympic Movement.

“Paris 2024 has a very strong desire to surpass London 2012 and stage the best Paralympic Games in history. Looking at what they presented here in Lima I really believe they can do it, however the benchmark will likely be raised by Tokyo in three years’ time. The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will undoubtedly lead to social transformation and most certainly will make France an even stronger and more competitive player in Paralympic sport, especially with the development of France’s first Paralympic youth training centre.

“With 11 years still to go until the LA 2028 Paralympics we have to go all out to ensure that these are the Games where the Paralympic Movement finally makes a breakthrough in the USA.  This is a huge opportunity for us to engage the US market in terms of awareness, spectator numbers, TV viewership, commercial support and participation; it is an opportunity that we have to grasp with both hands.

“The US market in terms of awareness is still fairly under developed compared to other markets around the world.  We must seize this opportunity so that as many people as possible in the US are aware of the Paralympic Games and the impact they can have in transforming society,” he added.

Parsons was also full of praise for the IOC’s decision to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time.

“When you have two outstanding bids for a Games, it makes sense that there are two winners and I think the decision to award 2024 and 2028 together is a wise and astute move,” said Parsons. “It is thanks to our relationship with the IOC that the Paralympics is the event it is today, and I look forward to working with the IOC in the coming years to further develop the Games.

“Announcing two host cities at once will also help with our long-term planning.  I hope that by working closely with Paris 2024 and LA 2028 we can ensure that these Games do not just bring the world’s best Para athletes together, but also help bring the whole world together in terms of spectators and TV viewers.

“For 2020, 2024 and 2028 I want the number of countries competing to increase at each edition and I also want to ensure that developing nations have the capacity and infrastructure to produce a greater number of quality athletes who can qualify for the Games.

“By giving more athletes and more countries the opportunity to participate in the Paralympic Games we can offer a greater boost to Para sport in each and every country.”
Chelsey Gotell, the Chairperson of the IPC Athletes’ Council, said: “On behalf of all Paralympic athletes, I congratulate Paris 2024 and LA 2028 on being successfully awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Both bids showcased distinct and unique elements to their presentation on the delivery of the Paralympic Games that I am confident will propel the Movement and our athletes to new heights.

“Each set of Games has the potential to not just host an incredible sporting event, but to leave their mark on fostering dialogue and concrete opportunities for a more inclusive and accessible society.”

Press release courtesy of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) 

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Bucknell Swimming and Diving Sanctioned for Inappropriate Conduct

The Bucknell University Department of Athletics & Recreation announced today that sanctions have been imposed against the Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Teams, as well as certain individual student-athletes, for misconduct in violation of University policy and team expectations. Among the University’s findings are that both teams recently participated in an event at which underage members of the teams were provided alcohol, and, further, that the Men’s team has a tradition of circulating among themselves each fall a lewd, sexist and misogynistic email.

These sanctions were influenced by the fact that both programs recently ended a two-year probation for violations of a related nature. In fact, some of the misconduct for which the Men’s team and its members are being sanctioned occurred while the teams were on probation, demonstrating that the culture within the Men’s team continues to fall well short of the University’s expectations.

“I am profoundly disappointed with the actions of some members of our teams,” said head coach Dan Schinnerer. “This type of behavior runs counter to the values we work hard to instill. We are committed to the continued education of our student-athletes to help prevent similar situations from occurring in the future.”

As a result of this investigation, the Women’s team has been placed on a new one-year probation, and the Men’s team has been placed on a new two-year probation. During the probationary periods, the teams will be subject to ongoing educational programming, with a focus on topics specifically related to their respective violations. Further, all team activities must be approved by the Athletics Department, members of the team must seek Athletic Department approval before applying to live off-campus, and the teams’ 2017-18 winter training trip to Florida has been canceled.  All upper-class members of the Men’s team are suspended from the first two competitions of the season.

In addition to the team-wide sanctions, some members of both the Men’s and Women’s teams are subject to further sanctions, including suspension from a number of additional competitions and loss of leadership positions. Those additional sanctions are based on the roles each individual played in the misconduct. These sanctions do not preclude further disciplinary action by the Dean of Students for violation of the Bucknell University Code of Conduct.

“The poor behavior exhibited by some members of these programs is simply unacceptable,” said Director of Athletics & Recreation John Hardt. “This conduct is particularly frustrating given that it comes during a period of unprecedented educational initiatives for members of both teams. Despite this disappointing set of events, we remain committed to our ongoing efforts to educate our more than 700 student-athletes in areas of leadership and personal values.”

Press release courtesy of Bucknell University.

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IOC Ratifies Tripartite Agreement: Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028

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At the full meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Lima, IOC members ratified a Tripartite Agreement that officially awarded the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to Paris and 2028 Games to Los Angeles.

Every IOC member in attendance raised their hands in support of the dual awarding. There were no votes against and no abstentions.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to announce that the International Olympic Committee has simultaneously selected the host city of the Games of 33rd Olympiad, 2024, and the host city of the Games of the 34th Olympiad, 2028 — Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028,” IOC President Thomas Bach declared.

During the session, Bach and First Vice President John Coates presented the details of the agreement where Los Angeles withdrew its bid for the 2024 Olympic Games and instead sought to host the 2028 Games. That left Paris as the only candidate to host 2024.

That was all part of a Tripartite Agreement between the IOC and the two cities. Support for this unprecedented dual awarding of the Olympic Games was obvious, as no IOC members had questions about the Tripartite Agreement when Coates presented.

Patrick Baumann of the IOC Evaluation Committee presented on how Los Angeles had fulfilled all IOC requirements and could be counted on as a low-risk bid, even if it was being awarded 11 years in advance. Earlier this week, the IOC Evaluation Committee gave LA 2028 the go-ahead.

Baumann explained that Los Angeles was prepared to host the 2028 Olympics and without any excessive costs. He reiterated many of the key points of Los Angeles’ bid: the pre-existing Olympic Village on the campus of UCLA and the use of temporary competition venues among them.

Members of the Paris and then Los Angeles bid committees then spoke about what it would mean for the Olympics to return to their respective cities. Olympic swimming legend Janet Evans was among those presenting on behalf of the Los Angeles bid, and she spoke about how she was inspired by watching the 1984 Olympic Games in LA as a 12-year-old.

Others speaking on behalf of the LA bid included chairman Casey Wasserman, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, four-time Olympic track star Allyson Felix and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcettii.

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Dennis, Kung and Quinziato feature in strong BMC selection for Worlds TTT

Rohan Dennis and Stefan Küng will headline BMC Racing’s team time trial effort at the UCI Road World Championships on Sunday as the team bids to regain the title it won in 2014 and 2015. BMC placed second behind Quick-Step Floors a year ago in Doha.

The experienced team features five of the riders who claimed gold in Richmond two years ago, with Dennis and Küng joined Daniel Oss, Silvan Dillier and Manuel Quinziato, as well as Worlds team time trial debutant Miles Scotson. Americans Tejay van Garderen and Joey Rosskopf have been named as reserves.

Dennis, Oss, Dillier and Quinziato were also world champions in the discipline in Ponferrada in 2014, and the team can count on the input of BMC performance director Marco Pinotti, who was part of BMC’s silver medal ride in the inaugural team time trial Worlds in 2012.

“We have two pure top-level specialists like Rohan Dennis and Stefan Küng, two strong and powerful assets in Daniel Oss Oss and Silvan Dillier, one experienced road caption in Manuel Quinziato, and Miles Scotson, who is young but has an established background in team pursuit,” Pinotti said. “So we have a mix of strength, experience, and freshness.”

Directeur sportif Jackson Stewart said that the Bergen parcours had more in common with Richmond and Ponferrada than the pan flat route in Doha a year ago.

“It’s probably a combination of the Ponferrada and Richmond courses. The course is hillier but it is really suited to our team,” he said. “The longer climb in the last third of the race will be a crucial part where you need to stay together and hopefully have the whole team arrive together in the center of Bergen.”

Dennis and Oss were both part of BMC’s winning effort on the opening team time trial stage of the Vuelta a España, where Dennis wore the first red jersey of the race. The Australian is also among the contenders for the individual time trial title in Bergen.

“Team time trials are a special race in my opinion. It’s not about one guy who wins the race it is more about how the team works together to go as fast as possible together,” Dennis said. “I actually haven’t seen or looked at the Bergen course at all. I like to get to the race and see the course with my own eyes instead of taking everyone else’s opinions and thoughts first, so I’m looking forward to seeing it this week.”

Sunday’s event will also be the final race of Manuel Quinziato’s career. The Italian law graduate announced earlier this year that he was hanging up his wheels at the end of the season and plans to begin a new career as a rider agent.

“It was an amazing feeling to be world champions in 2014 and 2015. You can call yourself world champion for the whole year. They were two of the greatest moments of my whole career,” said Quinziato. “The team time trial in Bergen will be the last race of my career so it will be really special. I’m looking forward to that. The course is fast but there are also some climbs so it will be really important to race smoothly and as a team.”

BMC Racing for elite men’s team time trial at UCI Road World Championships: Rohan Dennis (Aus), Silvan Dillier (Swi), Stefan Küng (Swi), Daniel Oss (Ita), Manuel Quinziato (Ita), Miles Scotson (Aus). Reserves: Tejay van Garderen (USA), Joey Rosskopf (USA).

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World Anti-Doping Agency Clears 95 Russians of Doping Violations

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has begun looking into individual cases of Russian doping, and of the first 96 cases examined, 95 have been dropped, according to a report from the New York Times.

Despite what the Times calls “mountainous evidence of Russia’s doping scheme,” WADA found that there was not enough evidence to penalize any of these 95 athletes.

“The available evidence was insufficient to support the assertion of an anti-doping rule violation,” WADA director general Olivier Niggli said. “Years after the fact, the remaining evidence is often very limited.”

The names of these 95 athletes were not revealed, so it’s unclear if any of them were swimmers.

In July of 2016, when the first part of the McLaren Report showed evidence of systematic doping in Russia, seven Russian swimmers were listed in the document as athletes who had violated anti-doping rules. All seven were initially prohibited from competing at the 2016 Olympic Games, but they were eventually allowed back into the Games on appeal, including breaststroke Yulia Efimova the night before Olympic swimming began.

Read more from the New York Times by clicking here. A NYT post containing the excerpt of the WADA report can be found here.

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Five ways Apple has made the iPhone X an actual useful cycling accessory

The best iPhone yet?
– Words by Sean Keach

As predicted, last night saw Apple launch two brand new products, the iPhone X and the Apple Watch 3.

In fact, it’s safe to say that the iPhone X is the biggest Apple development in years, designed to honour the decade since the original iPhone was released.

Whether you want it or not, a phone is actually a pretty useful tool for cyclists, and many rely on them every time they head out on the bike.

So, here are some reasons why the iPhone X is a killer cycling phone.

Big screen, bigger mapping

The rumoured design change of an “all-screen front”, turned out to be true. Gone is the bulky home button, in its place is a 5.8″ screen, perfect for blowing up maps should you get lost mid-ride.

Removing some of the heft should also makes the iPhone a lot easier to cram into a jersey pocket.

It’s waterproof, and then some

The new iPhone X is fully waterproof, to an IP67 certification.

Realistically, that means you can submerge your phone in up to a metre of water, so you’ll probably be fine to take it out on a bit of a wet ride.

Better cameras, better selfies

Apple has done some serious camera development work with the iPhone X.

It’ll get two cameras on the rear, as well as much better low light sensitivity, 60fps full HD filming, twice the slow-mo as before and accurate motion tracking.

Oh, and you now have selfie exposure adjustment, so you’ll always be properly lit at every insta opportunity.

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More power, more battery

As anticipated, Apple introduced an OLED display and a brand-spanking new A11 processor for the iPhone X.

In terms of riding, this means plenty more juice for your phone and much more power to run Strava, mapping aids, Bluetooth and much more.

Hopefully it also means your phone shouldn’t can it if the temperature suddenly drops. But if it does, it can now gain half its charge back in 30 minutes – perfect for that cafe stop.

Its best mate, the Apple Watch 3

The Apple Watch 3, meanwhile, is an exciting cycling addition in its own right.

Much like the new iPhone, the watch gets a boost in battery life and power efficiency, as well as the addition of an altimeter.

Even better, it’ll work as a stand alone piece of equipment thanks to the addition of a sim slot and cellular connection. That means you can ditch the phone, and go out au naturel.

Given the Apple Watch’s already-impressive health-tracking capabilities, – or at least the addition of Strava – it could become quite popular with cyclists.

The iPhone X will retail at £999 and the Apple Watch 3 will cost £399.

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Elite Runners on Failure: How 6 Pro Runners Deal with Disappointment

Runners are a unique breed of athlete: our sport is so hard, we know that we’ll fail often. And that’s what makes us better!

Running Fail

Have you ever attempted a Personal Best, only to have that race be more of a Personal Worst?

Or perhaps you tried to break two hours for the half marathon… and failed so spectacularly that you’re embarrassed you told your friends about it in the first place.

Running is the great humbler-in-chief. It forces us to confront our own limitations and live in the realm of the possible.

But it’s not always easy.

I was pumped to attempt my first ultramarathon – but not quite so excited when I had to tell the world why my name was followed by the dreaded letters DNF.

It’s difficult to swallow your pride and admit that you fell far short of your own expectations.

But failure has a way of being a great instructor, teaching you that:

  • Hard work works
  • Realistic (but aggressive) goals are preferable!
  • Failure is not always failure…

And while I’ve written before about the virtues of failing, there’s nothing more powerful than hearing about disappointment from the world’s best runners.

The Elites on Overcoming Setbacks

Elite Runners Failure

As you might realize by now, I love studying elite runners. They’re textbook examples of how “the best” operate.

You can see this in action on the SR blog:

Studying the top runners in the world provides us lessons and principles that we can apply to our own running – to great advantage!

But we almost never discuss the failures of the world’s best runners.

What does it feel like to never achieve your biggest goal throughout your entire career?

How does an elite keep perspective? Do they ever think about quitting?

Most importantly… how do elites bounce back from setbacks? Do they have a different mindset than us normal runners?

What enables them to continue training at high levels for years?

How do they overcome a bad workout, long run, or race?

These are the questions that I couldn’t get out of my head.

So I interviewed six pro runners to get their hot take on failure:

They’re the stars of Episode 39 of the Strength Running podcast. I think you’re going to love this episode.

We talk about their own personal failures, how they bounced back, and whether their approach to failure has changed over time.

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These athletes are Olympians, national champions, and winners of the most grueling endurance events on the planet.

Use this podcast to change how you think about failure. Ask yourself:

  • Do I have a productive approach to setbacks?
  • How can I better use disappointments to my advantage?
  • Do I use a Plan A, B, and C?
  • Can I succeed with a better support network of runners, coaches, and other experts?
  • Do I see the “silver lining” of falling short of my expectations?
  • When is not achieving a goal a good thing?

Many runners are months – sometimes weeks – away from a breakthrough.

But their mindset about failure holds them back.

They overthink things, fail to draw the clear lessons from their setback, and stagnate.

It’s my job as your virtual coach not to let that happen. And instead, push you to be a better version of yourself.

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a runner that you think needs some words of encouragement!

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Dr Hutch: Owning the bike of your dreams isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Dr Hutch harks back to a rocky college romance with the belle of the time trial ball

When I was a student I noticed, in the classified ads of this very magazine, a Lotus 110 monocoque carbon frame. This was the road-going version of the bike Chris Boardman rode in the 1992 Olympics — the carbon-fibre bike that looked as if it had been beamed back directly from 2030.

It was my dream bike. It was £150, which even in the 1990s was the bargain of the century. I had to overcome some scruples about paying that little for it from someone who didn’t really know what it was worth — he was a non-cycling Lotus employee who’d bought it when the company stopped making bikes and wanted rid of excess stock — but overcome them I did.

Because I was saving up for the rest of the parts one at a time it took a long time to solidify into an actual bike. The frame sat in my college bedroom for most of a year like a Shimano tree, occasionally growing a brake caliper or a gear lever.

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When it was eventually ready, I took it to a local time trial. The first thing I noticed was that to
go as fast as Chris Boardman you apparently needed more than just his bike. I’ll be honest, that was a disappointment. The second thing I noticed was the star power of the Lotus.

Trophy ride
I have a friend who is married to a well-known actress. He complains that most of their attempts at an evening out consist of him taking pictures on other people’s smartphones of drunk strangers cuddling his wife.

That was what life with a Lotus was like. Not only was it an iconic design, they were very rare. The fact that a Lotus looked like sex on wheels didn’t dilute the effect at all. It wasn’t unusual for me to come out of a race HQ after a last-minute loo stop and find a group of other riders standing in a reverential semi-circle around it, as it reclined against a wall like Marlene Dietrich.

Often they were pretty put out when I explained that I was now going to ride off on it. “That’s not a bike for riding, that’s a bike for looking at,” said one of them once. “Can I rub your Lotus?” someone else asked, as if he expected a genie in an aero helmet to appear. “No,” I said. People requested pictures with it, as if it was Shergar.

That was one reaction. The other was more like this: “Hey, f***face, you must think you’re something pretty special with that thing. Your daddy buy it for you?” One of the local time trial stars tried to kick it out from under me as I rode to a start line in Bedfordshire one morning.

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Living with the Lotus
Even I had a troubled relationship with it sometimes. One of the problems of owning the bike of your dreams is that you’ve cut off a valuable source of excuses. Deficiencies were now 100 per cent my problem, something that people were always willing to point out, frequently with the words, “That bike deserves better than you.”

A related issue was that even if I rode like a god, everyone else attributed it to the bike. Here the key phrase was, “My gran could have done that on a Lotus.” It was clear that I wasn’t riding the Lotus, the Lotus was riding me.

The moral of the tale is that you can certainly own a bike that is too good for you — and that it’s not necessarily about how much it costs. On the other hand, there was something very special about racing one of the great bikes, even if it outshone me so comprehensively.

I still have it. I keep it chained up in a dark corner of the attic, just to remind it who’s boss now.

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16-week sentence for driver who ‘used vehicle as weapon’ and swerved into cycling club run

Court hears how John Rafferty swerved into group of cyclists, with some riders as young as 12

A driver from Burton has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving when he swerved into a group of club cyclists, causing injuries to one rider as he was run off the road and into a hedge.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how around a dozen cyclists from CC Giro were riding two abreast down Fauld Lane near Tutbury, Staffordshire on July 26, 2016, when Mr Rafferty came up behind them and started to sound his horn.

“The defendant started to sound his horn for long periods, tried to pull past them and swerved into them on three occasions, deliberately squirting his screen wash as he did so and showering the cyclists,” said Peter Bettany, prosecuting.

“One of the lead riders rode past him and started to remonstrate through the window, before pulling in front of him.

“This seemed to annoy the defendant even more and he drove within inches of the lead rider, eventually hitting his back tyre and sending him off his bike and into the side of the road.”

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The Derby Telegraph reports that Mr Rafferty finally pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at his third court hearing, with Judge Jonathan Taaffe strongly condemning his actions, especially considering the age of some of the riders in the group.

“This involved you using your motor vehicle as a weapon against a vulnerable group of road users in what can be termed a ‘road-rage incident’.

“Cyclists are vulnerable not because they don’t know how to use the road but because they lack protection from impacts such as this. There were cyclists as young as 12 in that group and the way you drove would have caused them fear and anxiety.

“Finally, when one of them rode past you to remonstrate, you ran him off the road and into a hedge. This could have resulted in absolutely catastrophic and life-changing injuries for the cyclist involved.”

Mr Rafferty was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail, banned from driving for 112 weeks, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

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