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Some of the highlights from this week on two wheels...

1. More assault allegations against Jan Ullrich 

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More bad news for the troubled Jan Ullrich, who is reportedly facing another assault allegation following an incident at Hamburg Airport on Tuesday. Germany’s only Tour de France winner was flying to the US to seek new rehabilitation treatment after he was twice arrested for violent incidents last month.
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2. 'Be More Mike' tribute song to Mike Hall

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This from our live blog on Thursday, with news that the Birmingham band David Beats Goliath have released a song called Be More Mike in tribute to the late great ultracyclist.
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3. Cycling UK outlines plans for off-road Land's End to John O'Groats route

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90 per cent of the 1,000-mile route using right-to-roam legislation will be open by 2020, while the rest will take a little longer to develop, say Cycling UK.
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4. Three in four Swiss voters back enshrining cycling in constitution

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Three in four Swiss voters have backed a proposal enshrining cycling in the country’s federal constitution in a referendum. The question of whether “promoting bike paths” should be added to an existing provision of promoting footpaths and hiking trails was supported by 73.6 per cent of the electorate.
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5. Bristol council investigates complaint against community bike project run from man's home - and gives scheme its backing

L-Dub Community Bike Project (picture via Facebook)

This complaint backfired in a positive way for Ian ‘Scotty’ Scott, who runs a project from the back garden of his council house that refurbishes unwanted bikes so they can be given to those who need them. After his neighbour lodged the complaint, Bristol City Council inspected only to find they wanted to support the scheme further. Way to go, Scotty!  
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6. UK's first Cycle-Thru Coffee Shop opens in London's Shoreditch

De'Longhi Cycle-Thru Coffee Shop

What is billed as the UK’s first café you can cycle through while getting your caffeine hit opened on Tuesday in – where else? – Shoreditch, east London. Unfortunately the temporary pop-up was only open for two days, but maybe there's something in the idea for the future...
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7. SBR ROCKR Pro launched


There's now a way to raise the level of realism to your indoor riding even more, with the launch of the rocker plate. It’s a large platform onto which you place the smart trainer and bike, simulating the gentle sideways rocking when you ride a bike on real roads.
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8. Rohan Dennis powers his way to time trial world title

World Championship Time Trial podium 2018 (via UCI on Twitter)

The Australian ​was in rich form after winning two time trial stages at the Vuelta earlier this month to add to a stage victory against the clock in May’s Giro d’Italia. He was in a different class in this race, completing the 52.1-kilometre route in 1 hour 2 minutres and 3 seconds, well over a minute faster than the next closest rider, defending champion Tom Dumoulin.
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9. Cycling UK produces close pass VR film for police forces across the UK

Cycling UK is looking to supply police throughout the country with a virtual reality film that will educate drivers about the dangers of passing cyclists too closely. The national cycling charity is looking to raise £15,000 to provide the film and a VR headset to every UK police force free of charge.
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10. Huge NEC Cycle Show first look faves: New bikes from Mason, Kinesis, Vielo, Cannondale, Litespeed and more

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And we'll end this round-up with some good old bike porn from the Cycle Show... happy weekend! 
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Arriving at 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 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.  

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