Here at road.cc we like to think we’re well plugged in to the bike media rumour mill - it helps that we’re based in Bath and a fair chunk of the rest of the UK bike media is hereabouts too, including GCN – the Global Cycling Network.
So what are we to make of these pics of GCN lead presenter Dan Lloyd, snapped by a road.cc reader up on the lanes above Bath?
He spotted Lloyd setting off for a ride not in his usual GCN team strip but going for the pro look in UCI WorldTour team Dimension Data for Qhubeka kit.
Fair dos, Dan is an ex-pro and still looks the part, but GCN run a notoriously tight ship when it comes to being on-brand on the company’s time.
Put that together with the local rumour mill spinning furiously of late with talk of changes at GCN all linked to Lloyd and ‘something extraordinary,’ and maybe there’s more to this than meets the eye.
Normally we'd assume he was about to jump ship to join the TDD for Qhubeka media team - but you don't need to put in that sort of training for a media role, and the word from our snapper was that Lloyd was giving it the full warm up routine, presumably ahead of some serious miles.
We’ve asked both GCN and Dan Lloyd for a comment on this, but so far neither have come back to us.
road.cc's founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.