1. If you want to draw attention to the sport of cycling... legs
"Why so veiny?" "What's wrong with him?"
"It's not healthy"... in terms of
Poljanski's legs (above) probably did more for the sport of cycling than most of the drama from this year's Tour de France.
2. Being visible from space has took on a whole
13-year-old Liam Mewis
unwittingly became part of an experiment by tech startup See.Sense, after they sent a bike light 92,000 feet
into space to see how it would work in extreme environments and the light landed back down on earth on the boy's route to school attached to a parachute. See.Sense are sending Liam a set of lights after being informed he had found it.
3. Not many would bet against Froome now
Though we don't wish to speak too soon, it would take something very unscripted to deny Froome a fourth Tour de France victory now. With no GC contenders able to match him over a tricky
time trial on paper, is it a foregone conclusion that Froome
will be in yellow on the
4. British Cycling needs to act to ensure success for the next generation
On the subject of success by British cyclists, it's clear that British Cycling need to act in order to safeguard their funding to develop future generations of talent. You had various ideas, it's time something was
Make sure collectors items go to true fans, or you'll get burned
Fair game and a fact of modern capitalism, or should Raleigh have done more to prevent their reissued Raleigh Burner bikes being stuck on Ebay minutes after they were sold? Some of you expressed dismay at how unfair it was, others conceded it's inevitable. We'd begrudgingly accept
with the latter...
6. And that wasn't the only Raleigh story making the news...
...after Dave Sims excruciatingly climbed the equivalent distance of Mount Everest on a Raleigh Chopper by ascending Hunters Hill 92 times. Sims complained of "swollen knees", but raised £1000 for charity and aims to scale Mount Ventoux
on his faithful Chopper next time.
7. The Vuelta organisers deserve commendation
for trying to change attitudes
Whether you agree or not, the news that this year's
won't include pecks on the cheek for stage winners and will see male podium hosts as well as females will be an interesting move to challenge sexist
Appearing happy to play the pantomime villain amongst the cycling community, Clarkson was
at it again in a strongly-worded Sun article claiming that
cyclists are 'waging war on normality'. You didn't much care for his views, understandably...
9. Dave Brailsford doesn't do himself any favours
After telling Barry Ryan of cycling news to stick a UK Anti-Doping investigation "up his arse", the Team
Sky Chief is doing little to appease his doubters. More transparency and clearer answers to questions on the subject of doping might be the way forward, if no one has mentioned this to Sir Dave yet...
lot more needs to be done to tackle bike theft
As a BBC investigation revealed
that up to 75% of bike theft cases close with no suspect, Cycling UK say that police need to focus more on where the bikes are sold on to in order to cut the problem at its source. Sam Jones of Cycling
UK said: "Bike theft and the tracing of stolen bikes has long been a problem which plagues both the police and cyclists. While Cycling UK understands the difficulties of hunting down individual bikes, we believe targeting the market itself would be a more effective use of police time and resource."
11. If you're feeling good, take a look at the 'rest days' of the Tour de France pros to being you back down to earth...
It looks like a good day in the saddle for most of us: but this 47km ride with 1000m of climbing was during the second rest day of Le Tour for Dimension Data rider Scott Thwaites. What a slouch...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.