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Former world champion lost his bearings after GPS unit lost signal

It’s not every day two schoolboys come to the aid of a former world champion cyclist – but that’s exactly what happened in Yorkshire last week when Mark Cavendish got lost while undertaking a reconnaissance of the opening stage of July’s Tour de France.

The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider has made winning Stage 1 of the race his big goal for 2014. It finishes in his mother’s home town of Harrogate, and should it finish in a sprint and the 29-year-old wins, he will become just the third British rider to have worn the leader’s jersey in all three of cycling’s Grand Tours.

According to the Daily Express, Cavendish had to stop at a bus shelter last week after he lost the signal on his GPS device. The schoolboys however were able to point him in the correct direction for Middleham.

The town, in Wensleydale, is on the Stage 1 route and has a ruined castle that was once the favourite residence of Richard III and nowadays is also well known for being home to a number of racing stables.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity, quoted in the newspaper, said: “He couldn't get a GPS signal in Leyburn, I told him that's an occupational hazard, but these schoolboys knew the route inside out and gave him directions. Only then did they realise it was Mark Cavendish.

"He told them that he was going to win Stage 1. It gives the whole team a huge boost to know someone like Mark is so enthusiastic and so determined. He said everyone in cycling is talking about the Tour and how special it will be.

"He had a wonderful time, he was very impressed with the route and the enthusiasm of everyone he met,” he added.

Cavendish also had a look at the route of Stage 2 of the race from York to Sheffield during his two day visit to Yorkshire last week, and tweeted a picture of The Stray in Harrogate, where the finish line to the opening stage will be.

 

 

He added: "Couple of days done looking at the 1st 2 stages of @letouryorkshire @letour & I'm tired! Beautiful, but very hard start to a 3 week race."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 1 year ago
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Has Cav got a very wide backside or very narrow shoulders. That saddle is the same width as his handle bars.  3

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Northernbike [229 posts] 1 year ago
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first I miss Marcel Kittel riding my local patch, then I miss Cavendish - with my luck in being in the right place at the right time I'll turn up at the roadside on July 5th and find they've changed the route or brought it forward a day  17

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joemmo [1164 posts] 1 year ago
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"Gary Verity, quoted in the newspaper, said: “He couldn't get a GPS signal in Leyburn, I told him that's an occupational hazard,"

Aye, he's right mind. They haven't put up them fancy satellites in the north yet, we still have to carry an astrolabe and sextant round these parts.

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EarsoftheWolf [75 posts] 1 year ago
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No mobile data signal I could understand, but no GPS? I don't really understand how that's possible unless he had a cheap GPS unit or there is a major obstruction to GPS line of sight in the immediate area...

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37038 [15 posts] 1 year ago
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EarsoftheWolf wrote:

No mobile data signal I could understand, but no GPS? I don't really understand how that's possible unless he had a cheap GPS unit or there is a major obstruction to GPS line of sight in the immediate area...

Obstruction then  21 Doubt OPQS will send him out with some piddly Halfords-own job. So much for the 500 quid on the edge 1000!

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Ally [11 posts] 1 year ago
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It's all just a matter of perspective  3

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Ally [11 posts] 1 year ago
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Well that would brighten me up after school

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RouleurTwo [20 posts] 1 year ago
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It's a nonsense story. Daily Express the source. That's a clue. Repeated verbatim and unquestioned here. I have cycled thousands of miles in the Dales and never, ever lost a GPS signal.

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FurnaceMedia [19 posts] 1 year ago
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maybe that was his excuse for not having to ride up Jenkin Road ...  1

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davebinks [148 posts] 1 year ago
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I was recently on those same roads.
My Garmin Edge "Touring" never lost the signal, but it's still a very poor piece of kit that's incredibly awkward to programme and use.
Save your money - buy a map.