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15 February 2019, 17:24
Could you keep up?

Daan Sote and his Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice teammates showed off some serious skills. We'd have hit a tree within seconds!

15 February 2019, 14:24
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Friday Leave or Remain poll: This week it's… helmets

Who wants to discuss something as divisive as Brexit on a Friday afternoon so to take our minds off all that division let's have a poll about the latest study with something to say about cycle helmets… oh, hang on

15 February 2019, 11:27
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Anyone up for a heated debate?

There’s been another cycle helmet study.

Last week we had the professor who likened opponents of compulsory cycle helmet laws to climate change deniers; this week we’ve got The Prevalence of Bicycle Injuries in a Large Urban Hospital.

The researchers found that the prevalence of significant head trauma was 35% in the group of patients who wore a helmet and 34% in the group that didn’t. 


15 February 2019, 15:23
Man appears to admit to an assault on a cyclist via his Twitter account

Needless to say, the account has now been deleted...

15 February 2019, 16:57
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Prendas Ciclismo celebrates forgotten races with new clothing collection

Purveyors or fine cycle clothing with a penchant for retro jerseys, caps and socks, Prendas Ciclismo’s new clothing collection remembers forgotten races such as the Milk Race, Bordeaux Paris, Peace Race and others.

For our younger readers, the Milk Race is the precursor to the Tour of Britain. It began life in 1958 and ran for 35 years and got its name by being sponsored by the Milk Marketing Board. There are two jerseys and a cotton cap in this collection and we think the coloured stripes looks just fantastic.

“With a huge archive of old books such as ones from the Kennedy Brothers and magazines like Winning, it struck us recently how many races are no longer on the calendar.  So our Forgotten Races collection is here to pay tribute to races that were once at the pinnacle of our sport and enjoyed by many,” says the company.

You can view the full collection at

15 February 2019, 16:05
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Birmingham blue routes get blue response from drivers

The designs mean motorists will have to give way to cyclists at central reservations and after turning into side roads. Motorists’ responses on social media has been predictably robust.

More here.

15 February 2019, 15:10
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Partially-blind 82-year-old back on her bike

Alice Wilson, 82, became partially blind four years ago and stopped cycling.

The BBC reports that she has now started cycling on a tandem provided by the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library.

"I never drove a car and I used to cycle everywhere," she said.  "I didn't want to give my bike up, but I had to.

"It's wonderful to be back on a bike and we went to Leeds and did about 20 miles on one of my first rides. It felt like I had my freedom back and just being able to hold the handle bars again was great."

Set up after the 2014 Tour de France visit, the bike library charity takes unwanted bikes, repairs them and then loans them out for free at "libraries" across the county.

Since the scheme started more than 6,000 bikes have been recycled.

15 February 2019, 11:19
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New U23 CX world champ Tom Pidcock gets 24 carat gold CeramicSpeed pulley wheels for his efforts

Those folks at CeramicSpeed decided their definitely-not-cheap Oversized Pulley Wheel System just isn't quite expensive enough for a world champion, so they have presented Tom Pidcock with a solid gold verison at their HQ in Denmark. It's a one-of-a-kind piece and we're guessing not useable, but a nice addition to his mantelpiece no doubt. 

15 February 2019, 08:57
We've no idea
15 February 2019, 08:53
Red Hook Crit 2019
No Red Hook Crit in 2019

There will be no Red Hook Criterium this year. The fixed gear race, which takes its name from the Red Hook area of Brooklyn and which is known for its crashes, has been cancelled because sponsorship hasn’t covered the overheads.

Founded by David Trimble, the race has taken place each year since 2008. In recent years, it expanded into a series with additional events held in Milan, Barcelona and London – although it was back down to just Brooklyn and Milan last year.

Jo Burt went and took a look at the 2017 London event. You can read about it here.

A statement from the organisers reads:

“After careful consideration of our options, we will be taking 2019 off. Instead, our efforts will be focused on raising support and developing plans for the continuation of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series in the years to come.

“We appreciate every athlete, sponsor, volunteer, photographer, videographer, staff member, and fan who helped us build the Crit into what it is today and look forward to the next time we can bring everyone back together at the RHC.”

15 February 2019, 10:51
Glasgow Council trialling car-free zones outside of schools

Some will say about time, as the 18 month pilot scheme will see roads closed to motor traffic at the start and end of the day in seven schools. 

15 February 2019, 10:56
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Pinarello’s £12k Dogma F10 with SRAM Red eTap AXS

Pinarello has added a new Dogma F10 to its 2019 range featuring the brand new SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset unveiled a couple of weeks ago. Combined with Zipp 303 wheels the bike costs the princely sum of £12,000, the groupset adding £3,500 to the disc-equipped Dogma frameset. A power meter can be added for an additional £445.

And to make sure people spot you riding it around Richmond Park, it’s painted in a lairy/lurid paint scheme that the company tells us is a special edition Spring colourway.

15 February 2019, 12:09
Josh Quigley and fine (via Twitter)
Round-the-world cyclist fined for riding his bike through Bedford town centre

This is his "£75!? For riding a bike!?" face.

Full story here.

15 February 2019, 10:55
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Officina Battaglin launches new paint scheme

Italian bike company Officina Battaglin, founded in 1981 by Giro-Vuelta winner Giovanni Battaglin, has added a new two colour paint scheme.

The Portofino was first introduced in 2017 and is a steel frame constructed from Columbus HSS steel with proprietary lug castings to create a modern take on a classic frame building process. It’s now available in a new paint job that combines dark mocha brown base colour and a dark amber for the engraved and painted details, with chrome lugs and chainstay.

"We worked on the Portofino and on the proprietary lug castings for more than a year,” says Giovanni Battaglin.“The idea was to create a contemporary lugged frame from today’s lightweight oversize tubing. We love lugs. I rode lugged bikes for all my career as a pro. And when I started building my eponymous frames, they were all made from steel tubing and lugs.

“But when we started the Portofino project, there were no standard lugs that could fit oversize tubing and tapered steerer. That’s why we had to make our own molds for the lugs, for the bottom bracket shell and the dropouts. And then in the foundry, we made the castings.The result is a unique design, which no builder has ever done.”

More at

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