Caribbean-Dutch Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, world cycling champion


This 31 January 2019 video says about itself:

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado grew up in a small town in the Caribbean [Cabrera, in the Dominican Republic]. Now [meanwhile of Dutch nationality], she’s regarded as the most promising young talent in CX, firmly focused on bringing home the rainbow jersey at the 2019 Cyclocross World Championships in Denmark.

But who is this young woman, widely touted as one of the world’s biggest and most exciting talents? We caught up with her to bring you a glimpse into her life, from early beginnings to the CX racing stage.

That was last year, when she was riding in the junior Cyclocross World Championships, and won the bronze medal.

Today, Ms Alvarado rode in the adult women category of the Cyclocross World Championships. According to her age, she still would have had the right to start in the junior race, but she prefered the senior category.

When the last round started, three Dutch cyclists were riding ahead, including Ceylin. The Dutch TV commentator thought she would not become world champion, as the other two Dutch riders had better reputations in sprint finishing.

Nevertheless, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado won the gold medal; with silver and bronze for the two other Dutch women.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado with her gold medal, Belga photo

Shirin van Anrooij, juniors woeld champion, Belga photo

Seventeen-years-old Dutch Shirin van Anrooij won the juniors’ world championship on the track in Dübendorf in Switzerland.

British Conservatives ban Ecuadorian cycling star


This June 2019 video says about itself:

Richard Carapaz: Giro d’Italia 2019. Best of. Song: Prismo – Stronger (Raiko Remix)

This video is about Carapaz wins and attacks on his winning Giro 2019.

After his victory in this tour of Italy, the first-ever Ecuadorian victory in a big cycling tour, Richard Carapaz wanted to participate with his Movistar team in the Tour of Britain this month.

However, the Conservative Boris Johnson government in Britain decided otherwise.

The British government, as far as Ecuadorians are concerned, prefer to deal with right-wing president Lenin Moreno, with whom they colluded to violate the political asylum of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Moreno won the presidential election claiming he would continue the left-wing policies of his predecessor; but then, flip-flopped towards Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.

Eritrean cyclist Teklehaimanot, king of Italian mountains


This 6 May 2017 Daniel Teklehaimanot – Post race interview – Stage 2 – Tour of Italy / Giro d’Italia 2017.

Today, Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot arrived first on a second category climb in the mountains of Sardinia island, in the second stage of the Giro d’Italia race.

This meant that Daniel Teklehaimanot took over the King of the Mountains jersey (a blue jersey in the Giro).

After Teklehaimanot had already been King of the Mountains in the Tour de France, as first African ever, now he is the first African ever in the Giro’s blue jersey.

This will generate big enthusiasm in Eritrea, where cycling is popular.

Teklehaimanot is a member of a South African team.

There is also a new leader in the general classification after this second stage: Greipel from Germany, the winner of today’s bunch sprint.

African war refugee cyclist wins Paralympic gold metal


Daniel Abraham Gebru wins gold medal

Daniel Abraham Gebru was born in Eritrea, 31 years ago. When he was a teenager, he took up cycling, which is popular in Eritrea. Ethiopian soldiers used to attack Eritrea. They imprisoned Daniel’s father, a merchant. Daniel’s father died in an Ethiopian prison. Daniel Abraham Gebru fled this war when he was fifteen years old. His mother managed to escape from the Ethiopian soldiers, but it took thirteen years for Daniel to find her again.

Daniel went to the Netherlands. He succeeded in making it in the Dutch injured people’s road cycling team for the Paralympics in Brazil.

At the Paralympics time trial, he was fourth. Just short of a bronze medal.

Today, the road race. There was a breakaway group of three cyclists, including Daniel Abraham Gebru. At the final part, just before the finish line, Gebru was unable to keep up with the two other cyclists any longer.

However, these two other cyclists collided and fell. Daniel Abraham Gebru was able to ride around the fallen cyclists. He won the Paralympics gold medal.

Olympic cycling training on Ameland island


This 20 July 2016 Dutch video is about Bauke Mollema, a participant in the cycling road race of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. The video shows him training on Ameland island, where his family is originally from.

This video says about itself:

Rio all set to host the Olympic games

29 July 2016

Four years later, it’s time for London to hand over to Rio. But people in London still remember the 2012 games.

This video says about itself:

Olympic dream crashed

29 July 2016

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav and shot putter Inderjeet Singh have tested positive for a banned substance and their chances of representing India at the Rio Games are almost over.

Ultra-orthodox Israeli ban on girls riding bikes


Girls with their bikes in Israel. Photo by dnaveh/ iStock

As this blog has pointed out repeatedly, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where it is illegal everywhere for women to drive cars (even though officially there is no law against it).

Are Saudi religious misogynists unique in the world? Unfortunately not.

In London, England Jewish ultra-religious extremists decided to ban women from driving cars. They also decided that children driven to school by women would be banned from school classes.

Though women cannot drive cars in Saudi Arabia, recently they were allowed to ride motorbikes and bicycles (though only in restricted recreational areas).

Even that small concession to women’s rights seems to be too much for some religious fanatics in Israel.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Ultra-orthodox Israeli rabbi bans girls over five from riding bikes because it is ‘provocative’

Ruling is latest in series of restrictions imposed on groups of Haredis

Kayleigh Lewis

Friday 3 June 2016

An ultra-orthodox Jewish leader has reportedly banned girls aged five and older in some areas of Israel from riding bicycles – claiming it is “immodest”.

The rabbi of the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Nahloat distributed the stringent decree to his followers in synagogues across the area.

He had said young girls riding bicycles could “cause serious damage to their modesty” and that bicycle seats caused young girls to sit in a way men found “provocative”, according to the Arutz Sheva 7 website.

The ruling said: “We inform parents that they are obligated to forbid their daughters from age five and up from acting in this illegitimate way.”

Those affected by the ruling are members of the ultra-orthodox Haredi branch of Judaism.

In December ultra-orthodox rabbis requested women in Israeli city Bnei Brak refrain from studying in higher education, according to Yeshida World News website.

They claimed institutions which teach secular subjects presented a real danger, and that girls and women should not study.

Haredi leaders have also attempted to effectively ban the internet from their communities, even declaring smartphones non-kosher.

However, studies suggest this interdict has had little effect, with ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel using the internet just as much as anyone else, according to the Washington Post.

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban women from going to university in case they get ‘dangerous’ secular knowledge: here.

Ikea Israel apologizes for female-free catalog. Furniture giant responds to outcry over publication of brochure tailored specifically to Jewish state’s large ultra-Orthodox community: here.

Giro d’Italia cycling, from Costa Rican to Dutch victory


This 20 May 2016 video in Spanish shows Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador winning the leader’s pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia cycling race.

Andrey Amador was the first Costa Rican ever, and the first Central American cyclist ever, to wear the pink jersey.

However, that was yesterday.

Today was a very difficult mountain stage.

When Amador had difficulty following other favourites on a steep slope, a woman waving a Costa Rican flag started running besides him, encouraging him.

By going downhill fast after the mountain top, Amador managed to catch up with other favourites again.

However, then came another mountain, and still another one …

Amador lost his pink jersey to Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk.

This April 2016 video is called Kruijswijk aiming high at the Giro d’Italia.

This is a Dutch interview with Kruijswijk after winning the pink jersey today.

Tomorrow, there will be time trial stage up a mountain. Kruijswijk now has 41 seconds advantage on number two, Italian favourite Nibali.

Who will win?