South African cycling team in Tour de France, first time ever


This video says about itself:

Team MTN Qhubeka: An African Bicycle Dream Episode 1

12 April 2013

Team MTN Qhubeka are the first Pro Continental Cycling Team from Africa – this is their story. From South Africa to the rest of the world, the team have made their mark on the sport. Watch the first episode of An African Bicycle Dream here.

And this video is the sequel.

Today, the Tour De France organisers have said that Team MTN Qhubeka has been invited to participate in the race, as the first African team ever.

The Tour De France will start this year on the fourth of July in Utrecht city in the Netherlands.

One should hope that in Utrecht or in France, these cyclists won’t have the bad luck of their South African colleague Evan van der Spuy, shown in this video.

In Utrecht or in France, there is not much chance of this happening with an antelope. However, I am not that sure about dogs.

One should also hope that in Utrecht or in France, there won’t be hunters who don’t know the difference between cyclists and hares.

This video shows a report on a hunter like that.

New Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, new film


This is a list of videos about the Dutch documentary film The New Rijksmuseum, by director Oeke Hoogendijk.

I saw this film on 27 December 2014.

It is about the well-known historical and visual arts museum in Amsterdam. Most of it was closed in 2003 for reconstruction. It was supposed to re-open in 2008. However, re-opening was delayed until 2013.

Here is the English language trailer of the film.

A review of the film is here. Another review is here.

The film records the long, difficult process of demolition of many of the old museum building structures, and of reconstruction, and of bringing back the art objects. Not all artifacts, as the museum’s collection has a million objects and not all of them can be on show.

People made new discoveries in the collection while the museum was closed. They found an antler of a moose (or elk, in British English) which so far had led an inconspicuous life on a museum depot shelf. It turned out to be about a thousand years old. It was from the chapel of Emperor Louis the Pious. Engravers had made it a beautiful visual art object.

Quite some time in the film is about a conflict between the Spanish architects of the museum reconstruction and local Amsterdam cyclists. Ever since the museum’s  original 1885 design, cyclists had been able to pass underneath it. That cycle track was and is public property, not museum property. The architects had difficulty in understanding how important that was for local people. Finally, the cyclists won on this. I think the film tends to be too unsympathetic to the cyclists’ legitimate issue.

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.

Luck

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 a 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.