What Are the Most Popular Cycling Festivals in the World?

 

Cycling is one of the most straightforward sports practiced around the world. Apart from being a sport, it is a recreational activity massively appreciated all around the world. It has not only brought people together from various parts of the world but also been regarded as important enough to result in festivals. It gets interesting further because not only two-wheeled cycles are included. There are unicycles, tricycles and human-powered vehicles. Cycling festivals have become a much more needed recreational getaway activity. They are not a one-day festival but are somewhat stretched out to cover different times in a year mainly in Europe and other parts of the world. These festivals involve a variety of other recreational activities too.

This post highlights the most popular ones.

La Medocaine (France, 19-20 May)

La Medocaine is a popular cycling festival hosted in the Medoc wine region located in the southern part of France. This festival is dotted with whole fun owing to what the area is known for. Wine and more wine. The seven routes to be followed are of different distances 20-80 km with each one linking up to many vineyards and chateaus en route. These routes include trails leading to forests; others are steep and bumpy as well. The organizers encourage riders to dress up fancily as one desires from, Jurassic characters to minions. The best part about finishing this race despite the hangover of the various wines en route receive-yes, you got it, more wine from the best of vineyards. Music and dance not to mention a banquet for a king are dished out to the most bonkers. Concluding this festival is the La Medocaine way. More wine.

Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh, June 7-24)

It has been regarded and named one of Britain’s best cycling festival by several magazines and journals. Held in the capital of Scotland, this festival goes on for a fortnight and a half with a staggeringly gravid variety of activities. There is an indulgence for everyone who attends it including, World Naked Bike Ride, night races and other tour routes meant to view the scenic city. The related courses for use in the festival by bikers were more or less 30 km. Several Group Riding Workshops and talk sessions meant to boost your confidence as you ride on the roads are in place as well as the Electric Bike test, and old cycling market. All of these exciting activities make Edinburgh a position to be during this festival.

Beckoning Swiss Vintage Cycling Festival (Gstaad Switzerland, August, 26-27)

This being a vintage Swiss Cycling festival, everything vintage is being celebrated. The bikers dress and pose in vintage clothing and cycle vintage bikes. The basic rule to participate is that the bikes and cycling kits strictly have to be pre-1986, the year the first modern bikes were supposedly invented. The two villages are the only free to enter from communities. Pedaleur de Charme which cruises for 15-29 km and the other BergKonig also known as the King of the Mountains which is a 121km route. This particular route passes over a steep historical 2860 m of ascent. Winners are awarded according to categories in which they lie, e.g., Oldest Bike, Loveliest Tandem Couple, and Rarest Vintage Jersey.

Cycle Zydeco (Louisiana-USA, April 4-8)

Hosted in South Louisiana in the USA, cycle Zydeco is festival commonly known as on wheels. The main routes are averaged to more or less 65km stretch. Longer routes are also on offer stretching to about 100 km. These routes have various points of indulgence including, the charming Cajun Country on a bike, the unique cultures of the USA, swamp tours, fantastic food, local dance by live music and brewed drinks to name a few.

Aber Cycle Fest (Aberystwyth, Wales, May 22-30)

In eight years consecutively, this festival does not cease to grow. Hosted in West Wales, it has various activities lined up for attendees. A film night, time trials and guided night rides are a tip of the iceberg. There are races for all ages judging from professionals to school races for students.

In conclusion, cycle festivals are much more than what they seem. There are more positive experiences for those who attend, participants or not. Other activities linking up to the festivals make them all the more entertaining. There is more community empowerment, and one doesn’t leave the same way they came, rather a happier person with skills learned.

 

 “It is only knowledge produced with difficulty that we truly value.”

Knowledge can be defined as a justifiable, true and believable information about a subject that can be shared by means of language. When a person produces knowledge from a certain field, it is only through evidence that that knowledge can be disapproved. To be accepted, we look at the person producing the knowledge, where it is coming from, and how reliable the source of that knowledge is. How much value we place on a particular knowledge will, therefore, depend on these parameters.  The value of a certain knowledge is, therefore, a subject of bias since the value of knowledge whether produced with difficulty or not will be biased to one’s observation and application of knowledge. When looking at physics and religion, we can see that it is not always the case that knowledge produced through difficulty is always valued; however, we see that knowledge in most cases appreciated by those who need it and can apply it in life situations.

First of all, there is no direct relationship between the difficulty in the production of knowledge, and the actual value of the knowledge produced. In a way, “difficulty” is relative to the one producing the knowledge, that is, if the one producing the knowledge is highly skilled and experienced in the specific area, and well-equipped, the ease of production of knowledge is of low-difficulty to him. In contrast, a poorly resourced rookie trying to produce “knowledge” in the absence of the correct tools, makes that same production highly complicated. Secondly, “value” is relative to the beholder. The one producing the knowledge may assess the value of his product as poor, while the recipient of the knowledge finds it very valuable, or vice versa. In fact, a third party may consider it as worthless. Overall, human beings value what they really consider valuable.

In physics, knowledge is produced through the scientific method of observation, hypothesis, experiment and theory. In most cases, the knowledge is thought to be valuable because it relies more on reason, imagination, and logic. For instance, in class, we learned that to come with the theory of relativity, Einstein did a lot of research, used imagination and logic reasoning to poke holes in the Newton mechanics. This included producing laws and formulas to consolidate his claims. Since then, there was a paradigm change in the Newton mechanics, even though we apply it today. Through peer reviews, several scientists have tried to find weaknesses in the theory, and since none has yet to defied the laws, it is universally accepted and thus, “valuable.” I was able to study his formulas and the process of the discovery, and they are mind-blowing. The laws he came up with were simply axiomatic and devoid of subjective experiences. I apply this theory with the thought of how difficult it a must have been for Einstein to come with such reasoning. I consider using this theory in my next science project and hopefully produce an incredible product. Due to its value for my education and future success, by default, I place a lot of value in it.

However, there are times when knowledge can be valuable yet produced with relative “ease.” For example, Newton production of the law of gravity was a moment of eureka. Newton was just seated under an apple tree, an apple fell on him, and Eureka! It may seem obvious that everyone knew gravity existed, but that is not true. At that time, people relied on Eratosthenes’ theory that “objects had a natural place in the universe.” Newton’s use of thinking and logic led to the discovery of this knowledge. Developing his theory did not require particular physically exerting, crazy nor complicated test. It was actually a simply cold, hard logic. When I was choosing a physics project to work on, I hardly thought of using the law of gravity, knowing that it would apply naturally to it. I had to keep in mind that gravity exists, and thus I had to align my project to either obey it or defy it. As one can see the law of gravity not a difficulty produced knowledge, yet the scientific society and the world, in general, have placed paramount value to it.

Religion is a knowledge area that relies on beliefs and faith. One can be defined it as “an organized system of faith and belief.” I was born in a religious family and believe that God exists. I would kneel down and pray when I see things were going badly. In the same way, I would ask God to give me health, protect my parents when they were at work, and even my pet Messy not to get well. In contrast, my neighbors were atheists. They had a son who we spent a lot of time together, playing and walking to school. One thing he always asked me is why I usually pray, yet he knows that God does not exist. I remember, I would always reply that God does exist because He hears my prayers. Then we would argue for some time and then agree to disagree. It is actually true that I could not prove that God existed. I only relied on the belief that He answered my prayers, kept mom, and dad safe. My parents influenced my belief, and thus I was able to grow up like I did. In the same way, he was raised with the belief that God does not exist, and therefore it influenced him. Religion such as Christianity, Islam, Hindu, and Buddhism have been able to stand the face of time. With different reasons their followers have strictly abided to the doctrines of these religions, and have valued the knowledge of their religion to the letter. Also, all these religions believe that God exists, and value Him, but no explanation of his existence has been globally accepted. Several people have come across to deny why God does exist but have none have been able to justify their claims entirely. It is the difficulty to disapprove my religion that makes it so strong, and appreciate t, and hence love it.

However, unlike physics, religion relies on faith. Lack of scientific evidence makes the religious knowledge seem weak, and therefore less valuable. In my case, the neighbor’s boy lack of value on religion is the fact that evidence does not back it. It does not matter how much sacrifice people went through to come up with a certain faith, as long as it does not apply in another person, it is invaluable. Religion reliance on faith creates bias. Different cultures have different beliefs and to justify one truth as the universal truth is not possible. Yet in all religions, the knowledge of God is accepted. However valuable God is to all religions, we do not have a precise formula or way of defining Him. Some claim that there is one God, others argue that there are several gods, while others claim that there is no god. This does not mean that any one side is right, or any of the religions are wrong. The value of the knowledge of God is therefore not easy defined in terms of difficult or easy it is to produce evidence, or claims, but rather personal faith.

Further doubt is cast on the difference between discovery and knowledge. Discovery and knowledge have sometimes been used interchangeably when they are in fact two different things. The term “discovery” suggests that something existed before someone managed to unravel it, while “knowledge” suggests that someone created a concept, a theory or a law that when tested people agreed to it. However, when great scientists like Newton came up with the laws of gravity, did they really create the knowledge or actually discovered their existence? Or when religious pioneers produced the doctrines, did they produce the knowledge that God exists or was it just a discovery? The thin line between a “discovery” and a “knowledge” may be difficult to ascertain and therefore placing any degree of value to knowledge may be indefinite.

Moreover, to claim that the only knowledge “we” consider valuable is the one that is produced with difficulty can easily be opposed. The term “We” means that this knowledge has to be accepted by a group of people. Some of the knowledge that is valued by scientists are invaluable to the religious people. In a way, a physicist may claim, with evidence that beyond the earth, there are several terrestrial bodies stretch to billions of light years. However, to the religious, beyond earth, is the heavens, where God dwells. The value of what is beyond mother earth is limited to the particular groups. The difficulty of the production of the knowledge is independent of the difficulty, and in any case, dependent on how applicable it is in their particular groups.

 

We can assume that the knowledge produced with difficulty is valued more. However, evidence shows that that is not always true. The essay suggests that the value of different knowledge is not universal but limited to particular groups. While one group may place maximum value on a certain knowledge, a different group may find this knowledge invaluable. However, the process of production of knowledge and the “difficulty” of the production of any knowledge has little relationship to the value of that knowledge. As seen, some knowledge can be easily produced and valued by so many people while difficultly produced and its value limited to the people it applies to alone. In physics, knowledge such as the laws of gravity are universally acceptable and have stood the test of time even when seen as produced with relative ease. In comparison, the sacrifices were made in the production of several religious beliefs to from the different religions, by that has not meant that any of the religion has been universally accepted, or its beliefs universally applied.  The essay, therefore, concludes that knowledge produced with difficulty is valued to a certain extent; this is because, the value of knowledge is subjective to the applicability of that knowledge to the person concerned, and thus valued not by its difficulty of production but by its applicability to the life of an individual.

Suffering

Life is so precious and everything we go through or do leaves us better or worse. Suffering is part of our life and until we embrace it we will never seize being devastated and frustrated. Most of the people who wallow in it end up adapting to miserable lives which we all can avoid. I do agree with the first noble truth; it is not settled that we should suffer all our lives. I believe suffering is a choice and it takes perseverance and patience to adapt from suffering. Additionally, Craving may institute suffering at some point. When we crave for anything, and we do not have the ability and strength to acquire it we up suffering psychologically.

Nonetheless, our minds are the substance of our daily suffering. It should be clear that to come out of the shackles of suffering we have to control our minds and also live a fulfilling life.  Moreover, if we have the capability to work hard to meet our needs, we will for sure freeing ourselves from suffering. The theory of reincarnation is based on the fact that some memories and characteristics of our past are transferred or moved to those who we are close to. Apparently, this may sound right but it is a myth that most of the people in the world believe in. Our parent does not have the same temperaments as do. In that light, I do support that the theory should not be taken seriously since it does not lay enough evidence.

The proverb “like father, like son,” always lives unanswered questions. Most of us think that the characters, behavior, and morals we possess are embedded in our parents which are a Myth. Everyone is different and their perspective about life also differs. Sometimes perseverance and patience does pay and further strengthens the victim. If the victim ends up in the same situation again he or she ends up handling it with minimal struggle. Moreover, there is no success without struggle. In that light, we should plan and prepare for activates we undertake which will, in turn, affect our success positively. Ignorance should be avoided at all cost since it brings much suffering.

Vaping Can Damage Your Body

 

When smoking becomes a problem due to addiction, many smokers experience issues when trying to stop the habit. If possible, quitting smoking is what smokers can best do to themselves to boost their health. Every organ in our bodies is important. Heart, lungs and the liver are the major casualties of cigarette smoke. One-third of deaths resulting from heart diseases are from active smoking and passive smoking, shocking?

One might be tempted to turn to smoke e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes). Reason being that most smokers think that e-cigarettes make it easier for them to transit from tobacco smoking to eventually stopping the smoking habit. The new research report says vaping is as bad as traditional smoking! Be wise. Here is why;

Vaping Puts Vital Immune System Cells at Stake

E-cigarette vapor can disable critical immune cells; found the research. At the same time, it increases chances of the lungs inflammation. Researchers now caution vapers to hold onto the widely held belief that e-cigarettes are safe.

E-cigarettes are by far much less harmful, advises Public Health England. It thus says people willing to stop smoking can consider them as an avenue to quitting cigarettes. A small experimental study carried out by a team led by Prof. David Thickett at the University of Birmingham has its report published online in the Journal Thorax.

The study took a different approach from the ones used previously. Previous researches have dwelled on the chemical composition of e-cigarettes. However, Prof. Thickett and his team came up with an improvised procedure to camouflage electronic smoking. They chose to use eight people who do not smoke and utilized their lung tissue samples.

The vapor caused inflammation on the tissues and alveolar macrophages cells which remove dust particles with damaging capacity were impaired. Among the eight lung tissue samples, some showed effects recorded from cigarette smokers. Others had results present in patients suffering from chronic lung disease.

The researchers say that these results are only in laboratory condition. They, however, encourage further research to understand thoroughly the long-term health effects of vaping. Recorded changes took just forty-eight hours only!

Bad to Health

While results indicate e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, they may prove harmful in the long-term. Research is still in its early stages. E-cigarettes vapor has reduced numbers of carcinogenic molecules compared to traditional cigarettes smoke.

Prof. Thickett said electronic cigarettes are safer regarding cancer risk. He, however, observed that they still need time to know whether vaping for more than twenty years can cause Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

He stressed the importance of being cautious on believing that they are safe as other research reports show.

E-cigarettes contain carcinogenic molecules; this means one is not safe from the risk of contracting cancer by vaping. Be cautious!

Addiction

Traditional cigarettes, as well as e-cigarettes, contain nicotine. Researches indicate that nicotine is addictive like heroin and cocaine. Vapers are still even in a worse position; they can inhale more nicotine than they could from a traditional cigarette. One can buy cartridges which have extra-strength. These cartridges have a higher concentration of nicotine. An e-cigarette smoker can also increase voltage and get a higher hit of the substance.

There was an independent review of the latest evidence on e-cigarettes which was published by Public Health England. The evaluation concluded that e-cigarettes are far safer than smoking. Their effects on bystanders are negligible. The review even recommended e-cigarettes for a prescription to smokers wishing to quit the habit. The primary reason behind the advice is that vaping has helped many to quit tobacco smoking.

Martin Dockrell of Public Health England says that electronic cigarettes are not 100 percent free of risk, but they are less harmful than smoking, He goes ahead to encourage those wishing to quit smoking to proceed to vape without hesitation.

We are guided by the three reasons elaborated above, in our conclusion. Vaping has no difference with smoking. One is not safe if he/she ended up having inflamed lungs, poor health or even getting addicted to the e-cigarette. Try other methods that do not have the same effects as smoking when quitting smoking. Do not be fooled!

 

 

Aging

 

In one video, Thomas makes an argument that the new life stage is likely to evolve out of the increasing number of baby boomers in the ranks so that the human cycle is defined as childhood, adulthood, and elderhood. Thomas believes that the obsession with adulthood is misplaced and that the elders are disappeared into the retirement communities since they do not fit the mode of existence that has been defined by the rest of the populace. Relocation is foisted upon the seniors since they are perceived as having nothing new to contribute to the society. The impact of the baby boomers in the society is unclear. The influence that they will have in their old ages is uncertain because there will be an influx of retiring individuals seeking benefits in large scales for a lengthy time. As the baby boomers get older and attain the retirement age, they will present an increasing challenge and opportunities for healthcare. The upsurge of the elderly patients from this generation together with the loss of boomer-age providers will further pressure the health care system.

Most of the senior citizens are in good mental health. The issues of depression and alcoholism can be reversed with treatment. Some of the conditions such as the Alzheimer’s disease are irreversible. The elderly persons are perceived to be unproductive and that they consume goods and services to a less degree than the other members of the society. The doctor suggests that the baby boomers are likely to redefine aging in a similar manner and to the same extent which they redefined adolescence and the youthful rebellion. In both contexts, there is the depiction that elderhood real, rich, deep, and meaningful and it is potentially contributory to the society. Thomas states that aging is good and that the ultimate mortality is the cornerstones of humanity.