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The Icelandic Way to Slow Down Motorists and Other Cool News from the World of Cycling

By Martin Mrazek

Another Monday is here and our news from the world of cycling with it! So, what did you miss?

3D zebra crossings

The Icelandic company Vegamálun came up with ingenious pedestrian crossings in early September this year. And it took only a few weeks for the first ones to be painted in the streets of Ísafjörður. What a testament to the flexibility of the city council over there! The low-budget attempt to make drivers slow down has been making headlines all over the world.

We’d definitely slow down faster than usual. Would you want to have something similar in your home town?

Derailleur’s racing

Chris Froome’s crazy training

What does it take to become a four-time Tour de France winner? The short answer is ‘a lot’. Just look at the training methods, for example. In an article in Shortlist magazine, Chris Froome revealed that he’s tried some pretty hardcore ones.

“I once convinced myself that just training once a day was stupid. So for a week all I did was train, eat, sleep, train, eat, sleep, and ignored things like the changing of the day, down-time and so on. I’d get back at 2pm, eat, sleep, then wake up at 8pm and go out for another six-hour ride, then repeat the cycle. I was riding all through the night and sleeping during daylight, like a vampire who ignored the world around him. I only lasted four or five days, then I crashed and burned. It wasn’t healthy,” Froome wrote.

The nocturnal training sessions were not the way to go, but Froome doesn’t regret trying them out.

“All the mistakes I made were part of the process I had to go through to get to this point,” he added and explained that he does not only race against his rivals now, he’s fighting for a place in the history books as well.

Rocking it as a skater

That feeling