Cycling News: Race to score winners on ability to ride bicycle while wielding their battle axes

Lutsk costume bike ride

Three Lutsk, Ukraine, bicyclists announce May 16 the costumed bicycle ride to promote safety for cyclists. Entrants are judged on their ability to control their bikes while carrying medieval weaponry.


Link Contributed by Okasna Tsymbaliuk, VolynPost Reporter/Photographer

Would cars share the road more with bicycles–if bicycleists carried battle axes?

Some bicyclists in Lutsk, Ukraine, think cars would and have set about to win “a chivalrous space for cyclists.”

A costumed bicycle race, featuring historical characters dressed as knights, will take place May 26 in this city that lies about 70 kilometers east of the Polish Border.

Costumed rider

An entrant for the costumed bicycle race Sunday, May 26, in Lutsk, Ukraine will also be asked to decorate his bike in medieval style, too.

In a Google Translate interpretation, the article reads, the “Velodnya” will be dedicated to costume and historical subjects, announced representatives of the Association of cyclists Lutsk at a press conference.

If you can make it, meet at 10:00 at the statue of the poet, Lesya Ukrainina, in the city square next Sunday. The race starts at 10:30 Cyclists will pass thru “Theatre Square, and along streets Vynnychenka, Victory Avenue, Unity, Youth, Renaissance, Rivne Street, Prospect Will.” The race will finish in Theater Square.

Afterwards organizers promise contests for the best costume and the ability to ride a bike through an obstacle course. At 13:00, at the Botanical Gardens, near the street Chopin, there will be a cross-country race with obstacles..

Organizers said riding with medieval weapons is considered an extreme sport. A surprising distinction in this land where young women learn by 16 to walk to school on glare ice wearing stiletto heels. This is also the land where bored young men jump off five-story buildings into snow drifts below. However, The organizers say they have tested the bicycling-with-weapons event for safety.

One of the organizers of the race, Yuri Moklytsi, has asked participants to not just dress as knights and ladies, but dress their vehicles “in the elements of costume.” The city is offering authentic costumes to entrants.

“This is a very cool thing. If we have 30 percent  of (the attendance) we have conceived, it will then (be our message) is very powerful thundered,” Google translated the president of the Association of cyclists, Dmitry Sandolov, as saying.

Regional Development Association Chairman Peter Hotsalyuk was translated as saying, “For Lutsk cyclists, there are many obstacles. For example, the absence of tracks, parking, safety, too high of fumes. A massive velosvyata will draw attention to the problem. We must win a chivalrous space for cyclists.”

Added Moklytsya, “Sometimes people say the more cyclists (on the road), the greater the risk for (cyclists). However, the European example of this: the more cyclists, the more (drivers) notice and drivers get used to these road users.”

The first bike ride in Lutsk in 2007 gathered 40 participants. In 2011, the event gathered about a thousand entrants. VELODNYA View photos of 2012.

close-up knight cyclist

If you were driving down the street, would you cut off this cyclist–if he was carrying an axe?

ALERT! Free Metrolink ride to OCTA bike rally 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Orange


Alert courtesy Marcia Jeffredo

The Orange County Transportation Authority is sponsoring a bike ride 7:30 p.m. Thursday from the Metrolink Station, 194 N. Atchison Street, in the City of Orange to the OCTA headquarters, 550 S. Main Street, Orange. You will be riding with local elected officials, so get your biking wish list ready.

This is part of its celebration of National Bike Month.

As you can read on this poster, OCTA writes it wants to show you the new bicycles and bicycle parking equipment being introduced by the OCTA for the new BikeLink System. Because Metrolink is offering free train rides to anyone boarding with a bike, you can jump aboard at any Metrolink station and arrive at the Orange station in time for the rally.


OC County Supervisor Nelson’s bike gathering canceled

An AIDS charity bicycle event scheduled at the Meridian Sports Center in Yorba Linda Sunday, April 7, was canceled after ticket sales were slow, according to any email shared with the Veggie Biker.

The author of the email is being contacted.

The Veggie Biker had ridden to the event, publicized in the newsletter of Orange County Superviser Shawn Nelson, but found no bike gathering. The event had been canceled after Supervisor Nelson’s newsletter was published, it appears.

The sports center staff said they had gotten phone calls but know nothing of any event.

This happening right now! County supervisor bike expo

This just in from Vince Buck, NOCBAC leader

Just noticed this in (Orange County Supervisor) Shawn Nelson’s newsletter. Missed it by a few hours. Address is Meridian Sports Club (or whatever its name is now).Notice on-line that CSUF professor Lynda Randall was involved. Did anybody go or know more about it?

What: Cyclist Luncheon & Bike Expo
Where: 1535 Deerpark Drive, Fullerton, CA 92831
When: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm