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Some of the top stories from another busy week on two wheels...

1. Hertfordshire cyclists break Guinness World Record for fastest pedal-powered Channel crossing

Michael Gower and Graham Earl crossing the English Channel (via Berkhamsted CC)

Two members of Berkhamsted Cycling Club have set a new Guinness World Record, subject to ratification, for the ‘Fastest Pedal-Powered Channel Crossing’ – the latest in a string of records set in recent months by cyclists based in the Hertfordshire town.
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2. Sir Chris Hoy calls for end to 'them v us' attitudes to cycling and driving

Sir Chris Hoy podium London 2012 (copyright

Sir Chris Hoy has called for an end to the ‘us and them’ attitudes he sees as being prevalent on the roads when cycling or driving, reports The Scotsman. “We are people trying to get around and, whether you choose to go on foot, on a bike, a taxi, a bus, we are people trying to get from A to B, and you should remember that we are all someone’s son, daughter, mother, father, brother or sister", said Hoy. 
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3. Baseball cap-style folding cycle helmet designed by ex-SpaceX engineers smashes crowdfunding target

A folding baseball cap style cycle helmet launched by a US start-up founded by two former SpaceX engineers has exceeded its $50,000 crowdfunding target more than 12 times over – although we’re not convinced by the stats the people behind it cite in their campaign...
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4. Specialized launch brand new S-Works Shiv Disc tri bike, with huge 1.5 litre 'Fuelcell'

spec shiv disc 1

Specialized have radically overhauled their top-of-the-range triathlon bike, the S-Works Shiv, by adding disc brakes and a whopping rear hydration box to get you through an Ironman, training ride or long-term drought without the need to stop for refuelling.
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5. Pinarello launch the Bolide TR+ and TR triathlon bikes


The crazy tri bikes just kept on coming this week with the Ironman World Championships taking place on Sunday. Team Sky's TT bike of choice has been given a tri-specific makeover here that says goodbye to the UCI, with added fuel boxes that improve the aerodynamics of the frame...
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6. Cars to be banned from half the streets in City of London


The City of London has set out plans to remove cars from half of its streets, implement a 15 mph speed limit and encourage more people to ride bikes there by making it “safer and more pleasant” to do so.
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7. Is this the new Canyon Aeroad or is it a fake?

2019 canyon aeroad real or fake?

At first, this picture doing the rounds on Instagram looks like it could be Canyon’s much-anticipated new Aeroad, a long-overdue replacement for the company’s second-generation aero road bike launched in 2014 at the Tour de France... but is it real? (hint: NO!)
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8. Rapha launch Ltd Edition Apple luggage… again

rapha apple cases1

Rapha likes collaborations and its latest is with Apple, with the London-based clothing firm developing a range of cases and sleeves for MacBooks and iPads... but hang on, didn’t Rapha already launch this back in June? That’s what we thought as well, so we’ve asked them. It would appear where previously you could only buy these products through the Apple store, you can now only buy them directly from Rapha, so maybe that is what has changed.
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9. Police to get VR film to teach drivers about close passing following successful crowdfunding campaign

Cycling UK will supply police forces throughout the country with a close pass virtual reality film and VR headsets after raising £15,000 for the project via Kickstarter.
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10. Decathlon rolls out new disc-braked Triban RC 500 and Triban RC 520 bikes — available for £530 and £730


Looking for a bargain winter, commuting and day-touring bike? Pop into your local Decathlon and you’ll be able to pick up one of the French sports megastore chain’s two new disc-braked Triban bikes for as little £530. These bikes have been bubbling under for a while, but they’re finally here, and we recently got to take the Triban RC 520 for a spin...
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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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