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Live blog: Gangland killer caught because he recorded recon ride on his Garmin; VOTE! What's your favourite bike colour? Sheffield active travel; Pippo Pozzato launches new career in... roller hockey + more

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18 January 2019, 16:41
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Gangland killer was caught because he recorded his reconnaissance on his Garmin

The Liverpool Echo reports on gangland assassin Mark Fellows, who was caught by police in part because he carried out his reconnaissance on his bike and recorded the rides on his Garmin.

Fellows was already a murder suspect when officers spotted a photograph of him taking part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run wearing a Garmin watch. Reviewing the Garmin data later, they found it correlated with CCTV and mobile-phone data to indicate he’d carried out a "reconnaissance run" a couple of months before killing notorious crime figure Paul Massey.

18 January 2019, 16:04
Naked cyclist v London traffic by Cy Wol (video still)
World Naked Bike Ride London date announced for 2019

Event will coincide with the Queen’s official birthday.

More here.

18 January 2019, 15:30
That cyclist-firing-fireworks-at-moped video's doing the rounds again

It was produced by Dafne Fixed a couple of years back.

You can find a bunch of their other equally bonkers stuff here.

18 January 2019, 15:11
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Mandatory e-bike insurance?

That could become a reality in the EU if MEP's vote in favour of the proposal on the 22nd January - read more on eBikeTips. 

18 January 2019, 14:39
What's your favourite bike colour

Given the news today that the nation's favourite car colour is now grey (what, not hi-viz yellow?), we thought we'd ask the question of you about bikes. What would you pick? Given that no-one can agree whether Bianchi's Celeste is blue or green we've stuck it in both slots. Vote away!




18 January 2019, 14:33
Near miss
Near Miss of the Day 238: Exeter motorist barges in at roundabout
18 January 2019, 14:08
Sutton Bank Cycles (via StreetView)
Cycle trail and cyclo-cross track approved in North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park Authority’s planning committee has agreed plans to extend a cycle trail and build a cyclo-cross track at Sutton Bank.

The Darlington and Stockton Times reports that if the scheme receives EU grant funding, work should start in September.

The circuits will be in the plantation at Hambleton. There had been concerns that they would be too close to a horse racing centre, but amended routes will be further away.

18 January 2019, 12:52
Sheffield Mayor Dan Jarvis
Sheffield launches search for Active Travel Commissioner

“Our current transport system in the Sheffield City Region is not fit for the 21st century. If we don’t act now, it’s not going to improve,” said Mayor Dan Jarvis.

"Here in the Sheffield City Region, we will build a transport system that works for everyone. A vital part of this is enabling people to travel in a more active way, whether by foot, bike or public transport. By prioritising active travel, we can improve people’s health, cut carbon emissions and reduce congestion.

"Through my Mayoralty, we now have a clear vision. In December, I launched my Vision for Transport, which has active travel at its heart. We have also submitted funding proposals to the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund for four active travel schemes across South Yorkshire.

"Action is already being taken; but I’m stepping up efforts by seeking an Active Travel Commissioner to take the lead on this important work. I look forward to appointing the Commissioner and, together, delivering an ambitious plan that makes real improvements for residents, businesses and visitors to our region."

Applications here.

18 January 2019, 11:42
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CeramicSpeed launch oversized pulley system for 1x

Just a couple of days ago we reported on the first oversized pulley wheel system for 1x set-ups by the fledgling US brand SLF Motion - and now the market leader in supersized derailleurs CeramicSpeed have launched their own, the OSPW X for SRAM Rival & Force 1. They promise the system delivers 30-40% less friction than conventional systems, and has already being used by British cyclocross champ Tom Pidcock. If you want one that'll be 479 euros for the standard black one and 559 for a coated version, available on CeramicSpeed's website now

18 January 2019, 11:41
Jess Varnish celebrates a gold medal and  world record (© Dene Percy)
Jess Varnish proud she helped create "a better and fairer environment" at British Cycling
18 January 2019, 11:28
How cool is this?

9000 bling #shimano #duraace #cycloretro

A post shared by Chris Howard (@cycloretro) on

Cyclo Retro might just be our new favourite Instagram page at the moment - as well as this shiny Dura-Ace 9000 crankset, there's also shots of blinged up Campagnolo Potenza and a Rotor 3D crankset. They also do some seriously tasty bike builds, head over to to find out more. 

18 January 2019, 10:39
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18 January 2019, 10:35
18 January 2019, 09:57
Time for compulsory re-testing?

While the incident mentioned above could have been much worse, mandatory driver re-testing has been a topic of debate this week after the 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh crashed while pulling out onto a main road near Sandringham.    

18 January 2019, 09:52
18 January 2019, 09:04
Highlights: Defending champion Daryl Impey takes stage four of Tour Down Under

Four favourites got away on the Corkscrew climb but were caught by the group behind before the finish.

Stage five is hilly but unspectacular, so stage six to Willunga Hill will decide the race.

18 January 2019, 08:37
Pippo Pozzato launches new career in... roller hockey

The 2006 Milan-San Remo winner Filippo Pozzato somewhat reluctantly retired from cycling last month.

This weekend he embarks on a new career in roller hockey.



Sporza reports that Pozzato will be turning out for Hockey Bassano, a second division roller hockey team in Italy.

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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