Biker Down

Some sad news this morning:

Ian Hibell, cyclist who pedalled world, killed by hit-and-run driver
A cyclist who pedalled the world for more than 40 years, braving raging rivers, a lion and the hospitality of an Eskimo princess, has been killed by a hit-and-run driver in Greece.

Ian Hibell, 74, was a well-known figure in the world of long-distance cycle touring, setting several records and pedalling the equivalent of ten times around the Equator.

He died on the road between Athens and Salonika when he was hit by a car whose driver was apparently in a race with another motorist. Although the driver fled the scene, he was arrested two days later and charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Shit news for sure. But some interesting information at the bottom of that peice. At least, interesting enought I thought I’d share it.

Pedal power

— A cyclist can travel 1,037km (644 miles) on the energy equivalent of one litre of petrol

— Regular cycling can make you as fit as someone who is ten years younger

— A cyclist consumes 1/50th of the oxygen of a car making the same journey

— A twice daily half-hour commute will, over a year, consume the energy equivalent of 24lb of fat

— In 1949, 34 per cent of all mechanised journeys were made by bicycle. Fifty years later that figure had fallen to 2 per cent

— The rate of serious heart disease for civil servants who cycle 20 miles or more a week is 50 per cent lower than for their sedentary colleagues

Source: Somerset County Council

Fuck all. Happy Friday.

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5 thoughts on “Biker Down

  1. Have you ever been to Greece? They all drive like fucking maniacs. They are all in a race, driving on the sidewalk, against traffic, through crowds. It has seemed to calm down a bit since the summer Olympics but man, there are little memorials and flowers and cross’s at every corner over there.


  2. that guys’s been famous for years.
    amazing that he was dead earlier.
    he might have had 10 or more years dodging fenders.

    betcha he would not have wanted to go any other way.