Wildlife and cycling in the Adirondacks, USA

This video from New York in the USA is called Introducing Cycle Adirondacks.

From the Wildlife Conservation Society in the USA:

Escape to the Adirondacks

Save your spot!

Next summer, the Wildlife Conservation Society is hosting the first-ever Cycle Adirondacks, a fully supported, road-bicycle tour of New York’s Adirondack Park that runs from August 23-29, 2015.

It’ll feature breathtaking rides through immense natural beauty. We’ll have gourmet catered meals and hot showers, live entertainment, and a beer and wine garden each night.

But what’s really going to set this trip apart: WCS naturalists are coming along to showcase and interpret the natural landscape as you experience it. Our experts will immerse you in the wildlife and wild lands we work so hard to preserve. Not to mention, you’ll visit dozens of picturesque, historic communities in the area. All the Adirondacks has to offer.

If you’re looking for a challenge, an amazing new place to explore, a reconnection with the Adirondacks, or just a great vacation, Cycle Adirondacks promises to be a bucket-list adventure. Check it out.

Registration is capped at 600 riders (and we’re expecting a sold-out event). So sign up now! If only one spouse or partner is interested in riding, we’ve got a great Travel Companion program planned for non-riders.

P.S. We’re also looking for volunteers to support the event. Visit our website to learn more.

Italian hunter thinks cyclist is a hare

This video is called European Hare – Lepus europaeus.

Christiane Koschier

And this photo shows Austrian cyclist Christiane Koschier.

I would say the differences between the two are obvious even to people with bad eyesight.

However, it seems that for some people, having a hunting gun in their hands makes their eyesight worse than extremely bad.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Hunter shoots female cyclist down

Added: Thursday 16 Oct 2014, 14:35
Update: Thursday 16 Oct 2014, 14:38

Austrian professional cyclist Christiane Koschier during a warm-up was shot by a hunter who thought she was a hare.

Koschier was getting ready for a time trial in the Italian town Sossano when she heard a loud bang and felt an intense pain. She found bullets in her leg, arm and hip.

“I do not understand how this could happen,” says the 40-year-old sportswoman to the Italian newspaper L’Arena. “The hunter says he aimed at a hare, but the shot hit me.” She does not understand how the bullets eventually ended up with her. “It was an open place without trees. An open field.” The hunter persists in his statement that he thought he shot a hare.


Koschier is especially relieved that she was not hit in her head or neck. “I was lucky, it could have been much worse.” Meanwhile, the sportswoman, several times Austrian champion in road racing, can laugh about it a bit again. “We immediately thought some rival in the race would be behind this,” she jokes.

She plans to just go on cycling when she will be fully recovered. “I bike since I was small so I do not just stop.”

This video shows an Italian newspaper report on this.

Miffy the rabbit, no new books

This video is called Miffy‘s birthday (official Miffy video).

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Miffy retired in 2011

Update: Wednesday, July 30 2014, 09:09

Dick Bruna has stopped drawing. The Miffy book he published in 2011 is the last one. The Dick Bruna House says the 86-year-old artist wants to slow down, because of his age.

The first book about Miffy was in 1955, and so the last one was in 2011. They were issued all over the world. The rights will not pass on to someone else, like happened with Spike and Suzy by Willy Vandersteen.

RTV Utrecht reported that Bruna‘s workshop will be transferred to the Dick Bruna House in Utrecht. Next year Miffy will play a prominent role at the start of the Tour de France in Utrecht.

First South African in Tour de France yellow jersey

This video is an interview with cyclist Daryl Impey from South Africa.

Daryl Impey today became the first South African cyclist ever to win the leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France race.

Impey finished the stage of today, to Montpellier in southern France, in 13th place; while his team-mate and former race leader Simon Gerrans from Australia was 48th. Gerrans finished five seconds behind Impey.

The new general classification is:

1. Daryl Impey

2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) – at 3″

3. Simon Gerrans (Australia) – at 5″

4. Michael Albasini (Switzerland) – at 5″

5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)  – at 6″

Today, 19-year-old Dutchman Danny van Poppel, the youngest participant, finished eighth.

Women’s Tour de France again? Here.

19-year-old finishes third in first Tour de France stage

This is German video about cycling in 2012, with Danny van Poppel from the Netherlands winning a race.

Today was the first stage of the 100th Tour de France cycling race.

The winner of the bunch sprint was Marcel Kittel from Germany.

Second was Alexander Kristoff from Russia.

Third was Danny van Poppel from the Netherlands. Danny van Poppel is only 19 year old, making him the youngest ever Dutch cyclist, and the youngest post-1945 cyclist from anywhere, to ride in the Tour de France. His third place of today means that tomorrow, Danny will ride in the white jersey for the best young participant. The other young participants are in their early twenties.

More about Danny van Poppel, in this Tour de France with his big brother and his father, is here.

Another Dutch cyclist with brother and father to Tour de France

This video is called Lars Boom wins 3rd stage Tour of Britain 2011.

Earlier, this blog wrote that the brothers Boy and Danny van Poppel will go as cyclists to the Tour de France event; along with their father, their team coach.

There is another cyclist, Lars Boom. Like the Van Poppel family, from Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands. And also like the Van Poppel family, his father and his brother will join Lars to the Tour, which starts this Saturday. Like Jean Paul van Poppel, father Walter Boom will be team coach. However, Lars’ brother Jesper is not a cyclist, but a cook.

Nineteen-year-old cyclist joins brother in Tour de France

This video from the USA says about itself:

Jake Keough & Boy van Poppel bike tricks

May 3, 2011

Jake and Boy entertain the school children during a visit to Riverview Charter School in Beaufort, South Carolina, where the Team talked about exercise, healthy food and bike safety. It was a great day with the kids!

Danny van Poppel is a nineteen-year-old Dutch cyclist.

This summer, from 29 June to 21 July, if all goes well, then Danny will ride in the thousands of miles long Tour De France contest.

That will make Danny van Poppel the youngest Tour de France participant ever since World War II. And the youngest Dutch Tour de France cyclist of all time.

Danny will not be on his own in the Tour. His big twenty-five-year old brother Boy van Poppel will participate in the same team.

Boy may have more cycling experience than Danny. Not in the Tour de France however. This will also be Boy’s first Tour; and he is happy that the brothers may support each other mutually.

Someone who does have much Tour experience is Boy’s and Danny’s father, Jean Paul van Poppel. He started in this event several times; and won 9 stages overall.

Jean Paul van Poppel will be coach for his sons’ team in this year’s Tour.

His strong point was not riding up mountains; it was bunch sprint finishes. His two sons are similar to him in this. Danny is good at short time trials.

Now, for Danny and Boy, a music video of the Irish song Danny Boy.

The video shows Irish scenery.

I really hope that this year in the Tour there won’t be doping scandals, like with Lance Armstrong and others in earlier years.

This year is a special contest; it is Tour #100.

The start will be in Corsica. Some of the stages will be in England.