Manchester bike thief thwarted in his crime after the bike he attempted to steal had two flat tyres and a fixed gear
A Manchester student was given his bike back by a would-be thief after he realised that he could not ride the fixed-gear machine – and that it had punctures in both tyres.
Brook Ellis was wheeling his punctured bike along the road when he was approached by a man, who tried to take the bike from him.
The incident took place on the Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, on July 31 at around 12.15am. Ellis tried to tell the thief – who he described as a ‘huge guy’ – that the Specialized Langster had two punctures, reports the Manchester Evening News.
“I’m saying that it’s got two flats, and he’s saying something about me not wanting it then,” said Ellis.
“He’s getting more aggressive and I’m getting nowhere, so I take the chance that he’s unaware of the performance-sapping effects of deflation on the common road tyre and allow him to get an overly optimistic leg over it.
“Reality dawned. He was also stumped by how to operate a fixed gear and ended up giving up.”
Ellis said that there was then an ‘awkward’ moment as the man gave him back the bike, before leaving the scene.
Ellis subsequently reported the attempted theft to Greater Manchester Police.
Chris Toon paralysed from neck down and told he’ll never be able to walk again
Nearly £30,000 has been raised for Chris Toon’s rehabilitation Credit: Facebook
Nearly £30,000 has been raised to help care for a motorcyclist who was paralysed after making a split-second decision to steer his bike into a ditch rather than hitting a group of cyclists.
32-year-old Chris Toon broke his back in the crash on June 11 near Melton Mowbray, and described how he had had to choose between ploughing into a group of cyclists or going off the road himself after losing control of his bike.
“I was heading towards Melton Mowbray, I was coming up to a blind bend so I slowed down but as I slowed down my back wheel skidded and it started to fish tail,” Mr Toon told the Nottingham Post.
“I was then dragged onto the other side of the road, as soon as I got round the corner there were about 12 cyclists there in front of me so I decided in about a second because that was all I had, to go into the ditch.
“I flung myself into the ditch and my bike actually went over the hedge. I couldn’t feel my legs and I actually felt my back snap when I was falling down. I just remember the cyclists coming to help me and saying thank you that I chose not to crash into them.
“I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I hurt someone else.”
Mr Toon was airlifted from the scene and received major spinal surgery, but is now paralysed from the neck down and has been told by doctors that he will never walk again.
In the wake of the incident, Mr Toon’s friend Rachel Richardson set up a crowdfunding page (which can be found here) to help pay for a special wheelchair and modifications to the music teacher’s house.
The provisional list of riders taking part in the final Grand Tour of the 2017 race season – the Vuelta a España
The 2017 Vuelta a España (August 19 – September 10) start list has yet to be announced in its entirety, but will be filled with some high-profile names coming off the back of the Tour de France.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) is likely to go into the race as the favourite to win the red jersey, having previously fallen short in the Spanish Grand Tour. Froome has finished three times finished second at the Vuelta, and is known to be keen to add the race to his palmarès.
Froome will face a challenge from many of the same riders that he went up against at the Tour, with Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Fabio Aru (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) all likely to take to the start line in Nîmes.
BEWLEY San (NZl) CHAVES Esteban (Col) CORT NIELSEN Magnus (Den) HAIG Jack (Aus) HAYMAN Mathew (Aus) HEPBURN Michael (Aus) JUUL-JENSON Christopher (Den) PLAZA Ruben (Esp) VERONA Carlos (Esp) YATES Adam (GBr) YATES Simon (GBr)
MAJKA Rafal (Pol) KÖNIG Leopold (Cze)
ARU Fabio (Ita) BILAO Pello (Esp) LOPEZ Miguel Angel (Col) SANCHEZ Luis Leon (Esp)
CARUSO Damiano (Ita) DENNIS Rohan (Aus) DRUCKER Jean-Pierre (Lux) ROCHE Nicolas (Irl) SANCHEZ Samuel (Esp) VAN GARDEREN (USA)
ANACONA Winner (Col) ARCAS Jorge (Esp) CARPAZ Richard (Ven) FERNANDEZ Ruben (Esp) IZAGIRRE Gorka (Esp) MORENO Daniel (Esp) OLIVEIRA Nelson (Por) PEDRODO Antonion (Esp) QUINTANA Dayer (Col) ROJAS Josè Joaquin (Esp) SOLER Marc (Esp)
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan (Esp) MORENO Javier (Esp) NIBALI Vincenzo (Ita)
FROOME Chris (GBr) KENNAUGH Peter (GBr) MOSCON Gianni (Ita) NIEVE Mikel (Esp) POELS Wout (Ned) ROSA Diego (Ita)
ALAPHILIPPE Julian (Fra) DE LA CRUZ David (Esp) JUNGELS Bob (Lux)
DOMBROWSKI Joe (USA) FORMOLO Davide (Ita) TALANSKY Andrew (USA)
ANTON Igor (Esp) KING Benjamin (USA) KUDUS Merhawi (Eri)
ARNDT Nikias (Ger) FRÖHLINGER Johannes (Ger) KELDERMAN Wilco (Ned) OOMEN Sam (Ned)
BENNETT George (NZl) CLEMENT Stef (Ned) KRUIJSWIJK Steven (Ned) LINDEMAN Bert-Jan (Ned) LOBATO Juan José (Esp)
CONTADOR Alberto (Esp) THEUNS Edward (Bel)
DE GENDT Thomas (Bel) HANSEN Adam (Aus) MARCZYNSKI Tomasz (Pol) VALLS Rafael (Esp)
UAE Team Emirates
ATAPUMA John Darwin (Col) COSTA Rui (Por) POLANC Jan (Slo)
MORABITO Steve (Sui) REICHENBACH Sebastien (Sui)
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Aqua Blue Sport
AGUIRRE Hernan (Col) BOL Jetse (Ned) BOHÓRQUEZ Hernando (Col) MOLANO Juan Sebastian (Col) ORJUELA Fernando (Col) OSORIO Juan Felipe (Col) PAREDES Wilmar (Col) REYES Aldemar (Col) SIERRA Yecid Arturo (Col) SUAZA Bernardo (Col) VILELA Ricardo (Por) VILLEGAS Juan Pablo (Col)
Netflix enforced turbo sessions thanks to Cycflix’s clever gadgetry
We all know that turbo trainer sessions can be mind-numbingly dull, and with winter fast approaching, those dreary hours locked in a hot cupboard are only round corner.
Problem is, if you watch Netflix you end up spinning at a steady pootle rather than hammering the efforts as you should.
Fortunately, brainy student Ronan Byrne, a Dublin Institute of Technology student, has developed the perfect cure – Cycflix. The premise is simple, yet genius – you can only watch Netflix if you keep up with your preprogrammed pace.
You hook up a stationary bike to the programme and if you stop your workout, or drop below your intended pace, Netflix stops playing.
The technology is taken care of by some fancy, custom Python script on a PC and hooking up your trainer to an Adriuno Nano micro-PC (confused yet?), but once you’ve set it up based on these instructions you just programme your workout and take it from there.
Workout-wise, Cycflix is pretty advanced. As well as plotting your workouts, you can also programme in your breaks, intervals etc. What’s more, it’s also compatible with various other streaming services, including Hulu.
It’s certainly the most novel training motivation we’re yet to see, and depending how into your TV you get, you’ll probably end up smashing your PRs.
I’m talking, of course, about Neymar, who looks set to join Paris St Germain from Barcelona for a world-record fee of £198m, getting paid nearly £800,000 a week at his new club, the sort of astronomical figures that put professional cycling into context in the wider world of sport.
Let’s take that £198m fee for starters. The biggest-budget team in cycling, Team Sky‘s annual budget for the 2015 season was £24.4m, meaning that you could run Team Sky for more than eight years just with the fee that PSG are paying Barcelona.
The average budget for a WorldTour team is around £16m, meaning that £198m could provide the running costs for 12 of cycling’s 18 top-level teams for an entire year.
That amount of cash could also help to provide some of the prize money in cycling. For example the 2017 Tour de France saw £2,045,130 given out in prize money, and if that level of prize money was maintained, then Neymar’s transfer fee could pay for the prize money for the next 97 years! Yes, until the 201st edition of the race in 2,114!
Moving on to Neymar’s £775,477 per week (or £40.3m per annum) salary, a figure far beyond the dreams of most Premier League footballers, let alone your top Tour de France star.
Junior Morgan Tankersley of Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) set three state records at the Florida Class 4A State Championships last November, finishing the 2016-17 high school season as the top-ranked female swimmer in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles and third in the 100. Perhaps even more special is that she uses her star power to inspire and encourage those around her.
Author Annie Grevers interviewed the effervescent teenager learning of how Tankersley had left the sport of swimming at one point, only to return full of ambition.
“Swimming takes mental strength and the ability to really push yourself. I think that’s something I gravitate toward. I have big goals because even if you don’t get them, you can accomplish some pretty big things on the way to trying to achieve.” – Morgan Tankersley
To learn more about Tankersley and her aura of positivity, check out the August 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!
Take a video tour of the current issue of Swimming World Magazine…
018 POWERHOUSE OF POSITIVITY by Annie Grevers Junior Morgan Tankersley of Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) finished the 2016- 17 high school season as the top-ranked female swimmer in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles and third in the 100, and was named Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year. Perhaps even more special is that she uses her star power to inspire and encourage those around her.
021 TALENT RUNS DEEP by Annie Grevers This year’s runners-up for Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year honors all had equally impressive performances during the 2016-17 season.
023 GREAT EXPECTATIONS by David Rieder Reece Whitley, Swimming World’s 2016-17 Male High School Swimmer of the Year (two No. 1 rankings in the 100 breast and 200 IM with a national record in the 100 breast) just completed his junior year at William Penn Charter High School (Pa.). He seems to have all the tools necessary to be a transcendent talent in swimming.
026 IN THE HUNT by David Rieder Reece Whitley may have been the clear choice for Swimming World’s Male High School Swimmer of the Year, but the four runners-up also turned in a few No. 1 times of their own.
028 TOP HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS by Cathleen Pruden The high school Class of 2017 boasts several top recruits who should make an impact with their new teams at the college level.
030 ISHOF EXHIBITS: POSEIDON… MORE THAN A TROPHY by Chuck Warner The bronze sculpture of the rugged face of Poseidon—Greek god of the sea—that stands at the entrance to the International Swimming Hall of Fame is quite likely swimming’s most spectacular “trophy.
032 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH KATRINA KONOPKA by Annie Grevers
010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: ERNIE MAGLISCHO by Michael J. Stott
013 KICKING by Michael J. Scott This is the fourth of a multi-part series on “trained behaviors” in swimming—actions that can be executed under pressure and in unusual circumstances. This month’s article focuses on kicking.
016 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: TOP SWIMMERS HAVE A “FEEL FOR THE WATER” by Rob Havriluk
034 SPECIAL SETS: RETURNING TO THE POOL by Michael J. Stott Coaches Allison Beebe (high-performance coach, Santa Clara Swim Club) and John Smithson (assistant coach, Quest Swimming) share their philosophy on how to train their swimmers following the summer break.
036 TRAINING OUTSIDE THE BOX by Michael J. Stott
When it comes to training, there are respected coaches and athletes who are able to think outside the box. And when they do, the swimming world takes notice. What follows is a sampling of divergent training methods used over the years.
041 Q&A WITH COACH PAUL SILVER by Michael J. Stott
042 HOW THEY TRAIN ZACH BROWN & MADISON HOMOVICH by Michael J. Stott
045 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM STROKE SERIES—BACKSTROKE by J.R. Rosania
038 GOLDMINDS: HOW TO DEVELOP A WINNING MINDSET by Wayne Goldsmith
046 UP & COMERS by Taylor Brien
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT 047 GUTTER TALK 048 PARTING SHOT
New 105 front shifter has leverage and adjustment improvements inherited from Dura-Ace R9100
Shimano launched its latest Dura-Ace R9100 groupset at the start of the year and last month followed it up with the latest Ultegra R8000, which inherited the aesthetic and mechanicals of its pricier big brother. Next on the slab for a facelift should be the 105 groupset.
The full new 105 groupset hasn’t been launched yet, but Shimano has already posted details of a new 105 FD-5801 front derailleur on its website and started to ship it on some new 2018 bikes.
The new design follows that of the new Dura-Ace R9100 and Ultegra R8000 front mechs. Shimano claims lighter front shifting action and easier and more precise adjustment from the new 105 mech design. It says that the new mechanism also results in reduced effort at the lever, at the end of the shifting sweep.
It might look more complicated and be a bit heavier but the new 105 front mech (right) has adjustment advantages over the older model (left)
We’ve set up the Dura-Ace R9100 front mech ourselves and reckon that the new design makes the process significantly more accurate, despite being outwardly more complex.
The 105 FD-5801 design also does away with the need for specialist tools to adjust cable tension and results in a shorter rear centre and improved fit with a wider gear pitch. And it caters for a wider range of cable entry angles, without this affecting shifting and also does away with the need for a separate barrel adjuster for the front mech.
The weight weenie will be disappointed though: Shimano quotes a unit weight of 112g for band on and 98g for braze-on against the older design’s 104g and 89g, although the absence of a separate barrel adjuster is likely to make up for this.
And you can always swap to Dura-Ace R9100: a braze-on unit will save you 20g over the weight of the new 105 design.
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Day one of the 2017 FINA World Cup was highlighted by a World Record from Sarah Sjostrom. On day two in Moscow there were no world record challengers, but a number of veterans appeared to cruise through prelims.
With the new rule changes, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, known for swimming a very rigorous World Cup schedule, raced just one event this morning. She did it in dominating fashion- clocking a 2:07.30 in the 200 IM. Four seconds behind her was Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands with a 2:11.42. Australia’s Emily Seebohm (2:12.03) secured third.
Hong Kong’s Kenneth Ho was the fastest of seven 52s in he men’s 100 IM. Ho touched in 52.11. Russia’s Sergel Fesikov took the second seed in 52.41, one tenth ahead of Italian Marco Orsi in 52.51.
In the women’s 200 breaststroke Rikke Pedersen of Denmark touched in 2:21.25. Picking up the second seed was Jamaican Alia Atkinson with her 2:22.07. Russia’s Marila Temnikova (2:22.77) was third this morning.
Sjostrom cruised to a top seeded 56.07 in the women’s 100 butterfly. Atkinson finished second in 57.64 and Franziska Hentke of Germany was third with a 57.84.
Norway’s Henrik Christiansen was far faster than the field in prelims of the 400 free as he posted a 3:41.79. Finishing second was Poland’s Wojciech Wojdak with a 3:45.00. Tonight’s third seed went to Alexander Fedorov in 3:46.83.
In the women’s 100 freestyle Heemskerkfinished in 52.33. Australia’s Cate Campbell was second this morning in 52.73. With a 53.59 Federica Pellegrini of Italy will return to finals in the third position.
Christian Erik Diener of Germany was the quickest man in prelims of the 200 freestyle with his 1:51.88. Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich earned the second seed (1:52.56) and the third spot went to Dmitril Maltcev in 1:53.32.
Great Britain’s Adam Barrett (22.61) finished .09 ahead of Russia’s Oleg Kostin (22.70) to lead the 50 butterfly prelims. Kostin’s fellow countryman Nikkita Korolev (22.94) finished third.
The top five women in the 50 backstroke were under 27 seconds. Maaike De Waard of the Netherlands took the top seed in 26.56. Joining her in the middle of the pool tonight will be Maria Kameneva (26.83) and Seebohm (26.90).
Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich touched in 56.83 in the men’s 100 breaststroke prelims. Touching second was Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (57.91) while Andrei Nikolaev (58.08) was third.
While the women closed in on, and eventually broke, the 50 freestyle world record yesterday, the men were over a second off their World Standard. Russia’s Sergel Fesikov (21.20) got the closest. Poland’s Pawe Juraszek (21.42) and Hungary’s Maxim Lobanovskij (21.54) finished second and third.