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Caleb Ewan: ‘It’s pretty scary in my sprinting position’ (video)

Orica-GreenEdge sprinter Caleb Ewan describes how he feels when he gets so low in his unique sprinting position

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Caleb Ewan has gained recognition in the peloton for his incredible turn of speed in bunch sprints, but the Australian admits it gets pretty scary when he gets into his trademark sprint position1. The 21-year-old causes some amazement with the incredibly low position he gets into when turning on the burners, with his head so far over the handlebars it s a miracle he doesn t tip over. In this lovely video put together by the Orica-GreenEdge2 bike sponsor Scott, Ewan explains what spurs him on and what it feels like to be in the middle of a bunch sprint.

There s never really a moment where I feel I m going too fast, Ewan said3. The weirdest sensation is somehow the initial part of the sprint where you re getting up to speed. You re already going super-fast but when the sprint is launched you re going 10 maybe 15km/h faster.

It s a pretty surreal sensation, especially now in that position that I go in, it s pretty scary because you re so close to the front wheel. Sometimes you re sprinting at 75kph.

I didn t even realize how extreme my position was until somebody filmed a side shot from me. It doesn t really feel like I m going that low when sprinting but when I look at it afterwards I m thinking of what would happen if I hit something in the road.

I d probably land straight on my face because I m so close to the ground and everything happens so quickly. That s kind of a scary thought but obviously that s not going through my mind at the time of the race.

The only thing that is going through my mind is getting to the line first. Ewan has reached the line first three times so far this season, all in Australia.

In Europe the diminutive Aussie has notched up second-place finishes at the Tirreno-Adriatico4, Tour de Yorkshire and Giro d Italia5.

References

  1. ^ into his trademark sprint position (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Orica-GreenEdge (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Ewan said (www.scott-sports.com)
  4. ^ Tirreno-Adriatico (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Wanty-Groupe Gobert refuse to blame moto driver for death of Antoine Demoitié

Press officer calls incident a “tragic accident” after 25-year-old cyclist killed at Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday

Wanty-Groupe Gobert Refuse To Blame Moto Driver For Death Of Antoine Demoitié

Antoine Demoitie Credit: By J r my-G nther-Heinz J hnick / Leuven – Grote Prijs Jef Scherens, 23 augustus 2015 (B094) / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

The motorcycle driver who collided with Antoine Demoiti 1 in yesterday s Belgian classic Ghent-Wevelgem is not to blame for the rider s death, say team Wanty-Groupe Gobert and a journalist who witnessed the incident. The 25-year-old Belgian died overnight after injuries he sustained in the crash and subsequent incident with the motorcycle.

This is a tragic accident with a driver who s been in Belgian cycling races for at least 20 years, Wanty s press officer, Jos Been, told Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper. He is very affected by what happened, just as we all are. This is not a case of collision at high speed such as the ones with Peter Sagan2 or Stig Broeckx3. This is a fatal accident the man tried to brake and fell on Antoine.

Dutch NOS journalist Sebastiaan Timmerman described the scene which occurred around 150 kilometres into the 242km race won by world champion Peter Sagan4 (Tinkoff).

This was just a very unfortunate accident, Timmerman said. Antoine Demoiti crashed with several other riders. An official motorcycle that rode behind them tried to avoid the group of riders, but it went wrong. He crashed and the engine landed on Antoine Demoiti .

I know the moto rider, he is a very experienced guy. When he came into the tent where I was working, you saw right away that he was greatly upset. He came to me and asked if I had news about the rider. It was out of the blue.

The incident occurred over the border in France and Demoiti was taken to the Lille hospital. Around 1am local time this morning, his death was announced. Demoiti signed with professional continental team Wanty this year and looked ahead to race in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. He raced his first WorldTour race in the E3 Harelbeke on Friday and what turned out to be his last in Ghent-Wevelgem.

He wanted so much a part of the WorldTour, Been added. E3 Harelbeke was his first, and he was immediately in the escape of the day. He was so proud of himself and we were for him. He was a person with a permanent smile, he was so happy to be a cyclist.

A happy man too, he was only recently married.

>>> Our family has lost a brother : cycling pays tribute to Antoine Demoti 5

Bean said that his family donated his organs, which reportedly already helped three people.

The team is due to race the Three Days of De Panne, but we leave it up to the family whether they want us to take part for Antoine.

References

  1. ^ collided with Antoine Demoiti (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Stig Broeckx (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ won by world champion Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Our family has lost a brother : cycling pays tribute to Antoine Demoti (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

With the half-term holiday upon us, how do you juggle the problem of childcare with a full-time job or running a …

As the half-term holidays begin, many parents will be struggling with the perennial problem of balancing looking after their children and being at work. This week is just the first of 13 that the children will have off school during the year, and with most working parents having just four weeks annual leave each, the average family will need to beg favours from grandparents and friends or shell out hundreds of pounds in childcare costs.

The school Discount Holidays © holiday problem – four views

We asked four women in business about how they deal with the problems of parents needing to look after children.

Sara Robinson, managing director of communications consultancy Brighter Comms

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Managing the school holidays can be a challenge when you have parents in your team but I ve found that good planning and flexibility are key to making it work. I m a big believer in measuring people by results not hours put in, so we are as flexible as we can be around the holidays.

By having the conversations early and being as fair as possible, while putting the business needs at the heart of every conversation and decision, the school holidays don t have to be the headache some business owners seem to think they are.

Naomi Majid – the perils of freelancing and school holidays

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The juggling act gets harder – but in a way, the beauty of being a freelancer is that you get used to juggling – it becomes a way of life, so the holidays merely present a slightly altered juggling challenge. The hardest thing, of course, is childcare. I have two young children and when I am busy on freelance work I have to call in favours, or ask my long-suffering parents to take up the slack. I think it’s particularly hard being a mum and a freelancer because you do feel pulled in all directions. I am fortunate to have a strong support network, without which I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.

The costs of paying for childcare would mean I have to work more days – a kind of catch 22. But I enjoy my work, and essentially, if I have the freedom of self-directing when and where I work, then it’s worth a bit of stress and juggling. I’ve been known to head down to Costa and work from there. And then it’s hardly work – more pleasure. And, naturally, my coffee-fuelled copy is to die-for.

One of the hardest things I find is to actually switch off. This week I had scheduled as Discount Holidays © holiday and then when I was given a commission I couldn’t say no. It’s something I have to work on. Freelancing is a joy when you have good firm boundaries and a strong support network.

Julie-Ann Haines, Principality Building Society s customer director

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Juggling work and family commitments can be very difficult for anyone but I think it is particularly hard for women. It is not just the pressures of being a mum and working full-time as well as the extra hours, but also the feeling of guilt that you have if you can t pick your children up from school or miss an important meeting to look after your child when they are ill.

Any measures that can make parents lives easier and encourage more women to take on executive jobs would be very welcomed as it is important that board rooms and senior management teams have the correct balance of skills from both men and women.

Lynda Campbell, regional director of British Gas in Wales

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At British Gas we support working parents and have won awards for our approach to flexible working and maternity leave. We also provide emergency support for our people if they need help with childcare. Across British Gas and at our parent company, Centrica plc, around 30% of senior managers are women which also reflects the structure of our main Board.

Tips for mums with businesses

Website www.workformums.co.uk1 has these tips for mothers who find they have to juggle looking after the business with looking after the children:

Get up earlier than everyone else:

Set your alarm for 6am and try and sneak in an hours work before the children wake up (painful, I know, but you could do this a couple of times a week rather than every day). Read more: Two entrepreneurs are looking to Re:Program the stereotype of women in digital and technology in Wales2

Work in the evenings.

Record or Sky+ your favourite television programmes and get your head down between 8pm and 10pm. Remember to have some wind down time (maybe watch those programmes you recorded earlier).

Make a deal bargain:

This is dependent on the ages of your children, but you might be able to bargain with your children i.e. Mummy is going to have to work for an hour or two this morning whilst you watch a movie but we will be going out to (insert favourite activity here) this afternoon .

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Invariably though you will be interrupted due to arguments and snack requests so it s not the time to get involved with something that requires a lot of concentration! Read more: Two mumpreneurs are taking their dolls global3

Work and play:

Visit play centres with WiFi.

Provided your children are old enough without the need to constantly supervise them, you can check and reply to emails and update social media whilst at play cafe s.

Be a smarty pants:

Having a smart phone means you can work on the go enabling you to do some basic work tasks such as checking your emails, updating your business Facebook page or viewing your analytics. It is well worth investing in as you will find there are lots of applications which are aimed specifically at business. Read more: Sir Terry Matthews to set up Alacrity Foundation in Swansea as he praises region’s graduates4

Enlist the troops:

Ask your parents/husband/partner/significant other to take some time off work to give you some dedicated time to your business.

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Office tots:

Think about little jobs your children might be able to help you with stuffing envelopes, labelling brochures/literature or sitting next to you whilst you work in their own mini office .

Children love stapling, hole punching and sticky taping!

References

  1. ^ www.workformums.co.uk (www.workformums.co.uk)
  2. ^ Two entrepreneurs are looking to Re:Program the stereotype of women in digital and technology in Wales (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ Two mumpreneurs are taking their dolls global (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  4. ^ Sir Terry Matthews to set up Alacrity Foundation in Swansea as he praises region’s graduates (www.walesonline.co.uk)