Since it’s been a while since I’ve written a “Cycling in the News” post, I thought it appropriate to share some noteworthy bicycle-related news stories today. As an avid cyclist, I believe that staying up-to-date with what’s going on in the cycling world is a must.
Therefore, without further ado, here is your dose of cycling news to keep you in the loop.
Two Killed in Cycling-Related Crash on PCH
This news article hits a little bit too close to home. In Malibu, California, the drivers of two cars were killed and a bicyclist was injured in a wreck that shut down the Pacific Coast Highway today. Although I reside in San Diego, I ride the Pacific Coast Highway almost daily. There have been many close calls I’ve experienced myself on this stretch, so this news article unfortunately didn’t come as a surprise to me.
Shortly after noon near Trancas Canyon Road, two male drivers died at the scene and the involved cyclist was transported to hospital for immediate treatment. In this accident, all eastbound lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway were shut down.
Although the specifics of this accident were not released, the fact that a cyclist was involved in such a deadly crash prompts me to remind us all of cycling safety tips that we must keep in mind. Being aware and alert as a cyclist is vital in protecting yourself and others on the road.
European Championships Update
The European Championships is a new multi-sport event that brings together countries throughout Europe to compete in a variety of sports every four years. This year, the European Championships are being held in Berlin while Glasgow hosts aquatics, gymnastics, rowing, triathlon, European golf, and cycling.
Track cycling is a highly popular sport in this event and draws many Olympic athletes who participate.
For those of you following the competitions, here are the latest updates provided by the BBC:
- Team pursuit qualifying at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow
- GB first in qualifying for women’s team pursuit, Italy second
- Olympic champions Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker alongside Ellie Dickinson in GB quartet
- World Champions GB qualify fourth in men’s event and will face Italy in first heat
- Day one of new multi-sport European Championships
Dave Whittingham Passes Away
David Whittingham, the owner of DRW Design, was a fixture in the American cycling industry. He lived in Boulder and was known for his trophy making. Notably, he handmade the last four Lifetime Achievement Award trophies for the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA). He was incredibly kind and was a longtime supporter of youth cycling. He specifically bolstered Boulder’s Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures and the Colorado High School Cycling League.
His resume includes work for Wheels Manufacturing, Maverick Bicycles, and SmartEtailing. At one point, he also managed The Spoke bike shop in Boulder.
His tragic death took place as a result of a head injury suffered after crashing his bike outside of Boulder. He was on life support for 10 days before he passed.
Ray Keener, executive director of BPSA, said of Whittingham, “Dave was the ultimate team player. We worked together on dozens of projects over the decades, and you could always be sure of two things: He would show up with creativity and dedication, and his kindness and understated manner would make everyone around him better.”
The cycling community will sorely miss Dave Whittingham.
More Cycling in the News:
- Cycling-Wild Sprint and Kenny gold lights up Euro cycling
- Truman targets strong start to Olympic qualifying cycle
- Track Cycling World Cup headed to Brisbane
Hopefully this round-up is informative to all of my fellow cyclists. Happy reading and best of luck on the road.