Rob Hayles inaugurates cycling hub

3-times Olympic champion & double world track cycling hero Rob Hayles has recently inaugurated a cycling hub at Watford Hospital.

The hospital presently hosts a shower & changing unit combo, situated beside bike storage spot, tyre pump & a bike repairing stand.

The project is a part of NHS trust’s mission of sustainability and ensuring encouragement among patients, nurses, doctors, visitors, midwives & other hospital staffs to take to cycling.  The newly launched facilities received a grant of 31,000 pounds from the Council of Hertfordshire County & around 5000 pounds from the public donations into the trust’s charity fund.

The grant is a part of Hertfordshire’s BigHertsBigIdeas scheme & has been awarded via the Local Fund on Sustainable Transport. The Cycle Hub at Watford Hospital have extended support and advice for this project.

“The cycling hub would be a fantastic resource for the riders. I am very passionate when it comes to cycling, personally & professionally & if these facilities here can encourage people to take to riding leaving the cars- that would be really amazing for everybody”, stated Hayles while asked to speak about the latest launch.

“We wish to make riding as easy and desirable for all our nurses, doctors, support staffs, visitors and patients as possible- as a part of efforts to ensure more sustainable facilities & services”, remarked Samantha Jones, the CEO of the Trust. “The newly launched cycling hub would be the absolute route to this.”

“Hertfordshire features a number of busy streets outside of the capital city & we are very much keen to inspire people towards more sustainable transport methods whenever & wherever possible. It’s a fantastic project that shows how well BigHertsBigIdeas funding could be utilized with innovation to better sustainable transport & local fiscal growth”, added in Terry Douris, the County councilor.

Voeckler – The Chouchou National Hero

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The French professional road racing cyclist Thomas Voeckler rides for the cycling team, Team Europcar. Thomas Voeckler is among the most prominent French riders belonging to his generation. Voeckler has showcased amazing strength in the different editions of the Tour de France; because of which he is also described as a “national hero”. He is referred to as le Chouchou (Sweetheart) by fans.

The Team Europcar won 26 races in the Tour de France of 2013. However, the team, in spite of achieving 26 victories, hopes for even more success and victories in the next season of the Tour. However, the 2013 Tour de France season was commendable enough for Team Europcar where the main highlights apart from the 26 wins, were the stage wins in the Criterium du Dauphine which saw Thomas Voeckler and David Veilleux as well as the prologue victory of Damien Gaudin in Paris-Nice. Rewinding to the previous years of the Tour de France, in 2011, Thomas Voeckler had sported the yellow jersey for ten days and had finished in fourth overall position. The Cyclist also brought the polka dot jersey to home in Paris.

Europcar’s Rene Bernaudeau feels Thomas Voeckler “deserved to finish the season on a high in II Lombardia.” Adding to this regret of his for this year’s Tour de France, he says, “when he (Thomas) attacked he had to do it all by himself. If there were another rider to have followed him, they would have made it to the finish together.” The cyclist had bravely attacked to go in II Lombardia with 63 kilometres, but his move was reeled in during the Villa Vergano’s final climb. After the finish, Thomas said, “I can’t say I am satisfied with my day, but I am not that unhappy either”. According to him, although he could have waited and secured his legs bit more, he chose not to follow. Voeckler says, “I am the one who likes to take a risk”.