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Live blog: 'Makes more sense' to keep cyclists and driverless cars separate says report; Froome drops another ride on Strava, “We have to be realistic” say police about pavement cycling fines, Degenkolb spotted on 1x TT version of new Sram Red AXS + more

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14 February 2019, 15:27
Fizik launches “After Ride” clothing

Fizik, best known for its saddles, shorts and shoes, has launched a small range of off-the-bike clothing in its new After Ride Collection.

If you’re a big Fizik fan, you might want to dress in the new t-shirt, sweatshirt and jacket, because we can’t think of any other reason why you’d want to buy it? To be fair, the branding is understated but it’s still got the Italian company’s logo splashed all over it.

“From beautifully cut all-cotton men’s and women’s T-shirts to a full-zip soft sweatshirt and a semi-technical waterproof jacket – not forgetting the snapback cap – ‘After Ride’ is effortlessly sophisticated, all in black, with discreet branding and satisfying design touches for when you’re off the bike.”

Prices range from £20 for the t-shirt through to £170 for the waterproof jacket.

14 February 2019, 15:39
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'Makes more sense' to keep cyclists and driverless cars separate says report

Forbes reports on KPMG’s Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index – an attempt to gauge the degree to which various countries are prepared for driverless cars.

Among the more eye-catching observations is one from Stijn de Groen, an automotive expert at the firm, who says that when it comes to driverless cars the Netherlands should focus on motorways.

His argument for doing so? “We have a lot of bicycles. In urban, crowded areas it will be very difficult to start autonomous driving.”

Forbes also spoke to Charlie Simpson, co-head of KPMG’s “mobility 2030” project.

Speaking about where we’re up to with driverless technology, he said: “There will have to be some reprogramming. Right now we’re at the stage of a guy with a red flag walking in front of the [19th Century] car. When that guy went, and the cars started to go faster, humans learned not to step in front of them. We are going to have to go through that evolution.”

We’re not quite sure what to make of that comment, but Simpson did also say that KPMG’s driverless technology reports weren’t focusing on cyclists yet. “That’ll be wave two.”

14 February 2019, 15:11
Team Sky in Colombia (via YouTube)
Ecopetrol could lead Colombian Team Sky sponsorship takeover
14 February 2019, 11:20
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Froome lays down the gauntlet for Tour de Yorkshire, and some serious speed at Tour Colombia 2.1

Some huge crowds at the Tour of Colombia... and Froome also gave us all the juicy details of his Stage 2 ride on Strava. A 28.4mph average over 3 hours and 24 minutes of riding, with a cadence of 91rpm... topical after this article we posted yesterday about optimal pedal cadence attracted plenty of comments and debate. Froome actually rolled in 33rd and currently sits in 11th place overall in the general classification, 3mins and 21secs back from Stage 2 winner Alvaro Hodeg of Deceuninck-QuickStep but safely nestled in with all the other GC contenders. That peloton was seriously shifting.  

14 February 2019, 12:53
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“You do not just lose it from one day to the next” – Cav

Mark Cavendish appears to be walking a mental tightrope at the minute, accepting that Epstein Barr Virus may have permanently compromised his ability while simultaneously raging that a sprinter doesn't just "lose it".

Full story here.

14 February 2019, 12:25
Sadly out of production, but a Valentine's classic nonetheless
14 February 2019, 11:51
14 February 2019, 11:40
The Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo... strong candidate for the most insane race in the world

In its 17th edition, this urban downhill race takes riders on a terrifying route through the streets of Valparaíso in Chile, and from this footage from the perspective of winner Pedro Ferreira you'd have to be pretty insane even to spectate. Ferreira celebrated his victory shortly after top 4X'er Tomas Slavic had a shocking crash, breaking ligaments and suffering a concussion according to his Instagram post below. 


Wow, it was rough day in the office yeaterday during #redbullvca Actually I felt great and stronger then ever in Valpo Took a win at quali and afterwards in finals I really wanted open the tank, but....unfortunately my front wheel washed away in pretty tricky place and went down hard....leaving me for few minutes unconcious laying on the ground! Thats how my way for 3rd straight Valpo win ended up well, shit happens but Im not dissapointed feeling blessed and happy to walk away without any broken bones with just broken ligaments in my ankle and concussion This is the real values which really matters in our lifes and thats what Im realizing more and more after crashes like this! I wanted to say thank you to all my fans, for all the kind messages and for your help! Chile you are the BEST, I really appreciate your support and happy that you share my path with me in good or bad times! VIVA CHILE Congratulations to a new champion @ferreira001 who was absolutely flying yesterday in Valpo and took well deserved win @jankaslphoto @redbull @redbullcz @redbullcl @ghostbikes_mtb @ghostbikescz @srammtb @rockshox @rynopower @easterngravity @ride100percent @dtswiss @bikestrikecom @fiveten_official @jbc4xrevelations @gopro @redbullbike —————————————————————— #mtblife #rideordie #mtbstyle #instabike #freeride #enduro #fourcross #4X #urbandh #citydh #bikelife #ofmyghost #redbull #ghostbikes #sram #rockshox #kabuto #easterngravity #ride100percent #dtswiss #bikestrike #fiveten #rynopower #redbullvca

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14 February 2019, 11:29
driving using mobile phone
Fleet managers need to take distracted driving more seriously says IAM RoadSmart

With more and more technological in-vehicle distractions, employers need to revisit their driver policies says road safety charity.

More here.

14 February 2019, 11:27
Happy Valentine's Day from, er, Deceuninck–Quick-Step...

Luckily they didn't use THAT photo that landed Iljo Keisse in a spot of bother a couple of weeks ago...

14 February 2019, 12:29
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Some cycling-related Valentine's Day offers...

So far we've spotted... 

London Cycling Campaign Memberships come with a free Chocolate and Love gift box with their Gift Membership today, at £49 per year for an individual membership. Click here for more info. 

14% off Delfast e-bikes if you sign up to their newsletter. 

Half price for two tickets or more for the Wiggle New Forest Sportive. 

5p cans of GT85 from Planet X, another of their 'For a Bob' deals for their newsletter subscribers. We don't know what GT85 has to do with romance, but Planet X say it's "the fragrance you love at the price you need"...  


14 February 2019, 11:00
Spotted: Degenkolb on new Sram 1X version of their new Red AXS 12 speed groupset

This shot of Trek Segafredo ride John Degenkolb shows the German Classics star checking out the course of today's Tour de la Provence. More interestingly for us, though, is the drivetrain which looks like it's missing the front mech.

The large chainring definitely looks like it's part of the 1x TT crankset option for their new 12 speed Red eTap AXS groupset, and that also looks like the AXS fluid damper rear mech. The large cassette looks to be pretty big and wide-ranging, possible Sram's new 10-33 option.  

Removing the front mech is more aero, apparently, but we'll be keeping an eye out for Trek riders dropping a chain...

14 February 2019, 10:47
We'll just leave this link here...

According to this Times article about a struggling filmmaker, the Instagram-friendly-day-out-with-a-few-climbing-frames-thrown-in-to-justify-the-150-quid-entry-fee-corporation-fest that is Tough Mudder is "one of the world’s most notoriously gruelling endurance and obstacle courses". We're triggered... 

14 February 2019, 08:49
Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge hasn’t entirely mastered putting on a cycle helmet

Liverpool are currently on a camp in Marbella. Sturridge arrived at training by bike.


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14 February 2019, 08:28
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“We have to be realistic” say police about low number of fines for cycling on the pavement

Yesterday we reported how several local newspapers this week highlighted the low numbers of cyclists being fined for riding on the pavement.

Responding to one of the stories, in the Cambridge News, a police spokesman explained: "Riding on the pavement is potentially dangerous for both the cyclist and pedestrians and police officers will take action where appropriate.

"In Peterborough, responsibility for enforcement has been transferred to the Safer Peterborough Partnership, and as a force we have to be realistic about the offences we can proactively tackle.

"We remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable people and identifying those most at risk of harm when making demand decisions."

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