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  • Global Cycling Network

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    Global Cycling Network is a cycling-related YouTube channel which was launched in 2013 by media company SHIFT Active Media (now run by spinoff company Play Sports Network). The channel is presented by former professional cyclists Daniel Lloyd, Tom Last, Under-23 British National Mountain Biking champion Simon Richardson, Jon Cannings, and British Time Trial champion Emma Pooley. The channel is headquartered in Bath, Somerset under its parent company. 1. History ---------- On 1 January 2013 Global Cycling Network was launched as part of Google's YouTube Original Channel Initiative, as part of its parent company's multi-channel network media strategy. The channel was founded by media executive Simon Wear and was created to provide free cycling content online and create a "network of quality cycling video content creators and give cycling global promotion through an official channel". The YouTube channel also provides a media channel for the promotion of the parent company's client brands. In 2015 the channel was awarded Best Vlogger/Best Use of Video during the Cycling Media Awards 2015 awards night, which aims to recognise the best of UK cycling media.

  • Alex Dowsett

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    Alex Edward Albert Dowsett (born 3 October 1988) is a British professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI WorldTeam . He is known as an excellent time trialist. In 2015, he broke track cycling's world hour record by , with a distance of .

  • Knickerbockers (clothing)

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    News boys wearing knickerbockers in 1912 Knickerbockers or knickers are a form of men's or boys' baggy-kneed trousers particularly popular in the early 20th century United States. Golfers' plus twos and plus fours are breeches of this type. Before World War II, skiers often wore knickerbockers too, usually ankle-length. Until after World War I, in many English-speaking countries (excluding Britain), boys customarily wore short pants in summer and knickerbockers ("knickers" or "knee pants") in winter. At the onset of puberty, they graduated to long trousers. In that era, the transition to "long pants" was a major rite of passage. See, for example, the classic song "Blues in the Night" by Johnny Mercer: "My mammy done told me, when I was in knee-pants, my mammy done told me, son..." In Britain, they are always called knickerbockers (in British English "knickers" are women's underwear). The fashion was imported from the US around the 1860s and continued until the 1920s, when it was superseded by above-knee length short trousers (shorts), probably due to the popularity of the scouting movement whose uniform included shorts. Towards the end of this period, knickerbockers may have been more of a "fancy dress" item, for formal occasions, rather than everyday wear. At around 13 years, boys exchanged their knickerbockers for long trousers (again, in British English, never "pants", as above). Today, knickerbockers are sometimes worn for walking or golf. Baseball players wear a stylized form of knickerbockers, although the pants have become less baggy in recent decades and some modern ballplayers opt to pull the trousers close to the ankles. The white trousers worn by American football officials are knickerbockers, and while they have become less baggy, they are still worn ending shortly below the knee. In recent years, the NFL has equipped its officials with long trousers rather than knickers in cold weather.

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