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Welcome to today's edition of the road.cc Live Blog - today it's Alex Bowden at the controls ably assisted by the rest of the road.cc team.  

Live blog: 

22/02/2019, 16:55

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Cyclist who tried to rip door off Merc says motorist drove into him because he and a friend were riding two abreast

For everyone who was wondering what made him so angry, here's Bernie Shrosbree's version of events.

22/02/2019, 14:46

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£17 million funding boost for cycling and walking in Cornwall

Highways England is investing the money as part of Highways England’s Cycling, Safety and Integration Designated Fund, alongside a further £2 million from Cornwall Council towards “a comprehensive, high-quality off-road walking and cycling”. The improvements will span over 30km to improve the cycle network in Cornwall and aim to increase cycling as a method of travel to work and contribute to healthy active lifestyles. The routes include St Agnes to Truro, Trispen to Idless, St Newlyn East to Carland Cross, Perranporth to Newquay. They’re due to be finished in Spring 2021.

22/02/2019, 14:00

Leave V Remain Poll: Legs in or out this weekend?

As ever on a Friday road.cc asks the burning question of the hour - today it's all about the weather and depending on which option you choose could - theoretically at least - results in actual burning or as we like to call it mild tan lines. 

22/02/2019, 14:43

22/02/2019, 14:48

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CloseTheGap launch CoverMyBack mudguard, that allows you to integrate your back light

Suitable for 7-9mm saddle rails, the innovative mudguard can also incorporate almost any standard rear light with an adapter. You can split it into 3 pieces: the universal light adapter, the saddle rail clamp and the mudguard, and all the parts are made from the high-end polymer POM. The mudguard can be installed and removed in seconds to and from the adapter. If you want the light above the mudguard (pictured) that’s also possible thanks to the extra mount option, and there’s also an optional GoGro adapter. It's priced at €22,95 head over to closethegap.cc for more info and buying options.

22/02/2019, 14:38

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New gloves from GripGrab showcase some bold new colours

With a previously black/high-vis range, GripGrab have embraced the rainbow with their latest spring/summer offerings. “With bold and colourful designs, as well as classic and subtle tones; there is an outfit for any kind of cycling enthusiast, and all with matching accessories. Mixing and matching jersey, gloves, socks and more has never been easier, allowing cyclists to dress in the complete look”, so say GripGrab. They will be in stock on GripGrab’s website in March.

22/02/2019, 13:12

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New York driver who hit cyclist may get away with sarcastic victim-blaming "apology" letter as punishment

Bicycling.com reports on a case from New York where a driver who hit 10-year-old cyclist Julian Moore was ordered by a judge to write an apology letter as punishment.

Quite apart from the fact that there ain’t no apology like a mandatory apology – and also setting aside the fact that this isn’t exactly the harshest punishment in the world – Doug Lamb didn’t even manage to complete this straightforward task satisfactorily.

“Dear Julian,” he wrote. “I’m very sorry that you rode into the side of the car I was driving on Friday, September 7. More importantly, I am glad you didn’t need to be treated by the attending ambulance on the day of the incident. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.”

The family were infuriated and a hearing was scheduled for February 14 to determine whether Lamb had made a good-faith effort to abide by his court-ordered punishment.

He was away in Florida that day and the hearing was first postponed and then abandoned. Unless the case is reopened, that’ll be the end of it.

When the family chased this up, the District Attorney asked whether another apology letter would bring the matter to a close.

The family wanted Lamb to do community service, but he said he couldn’t because of his age and health. The judge agreed with him – even though he’d just played a round of golf when he hit Moore.

22/02/2019, 14:41

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Brooks launch new C13 Cambium All Weather saddle range

“The lightest Cambium ever” so say Brooke, the C13 has a vulcanised rubber top supported by a weight-saving carbon frame. It has a waterproof nylon upper and is available in two widths and two colour ways, with carved versions as well for each. The saddles range in weights between 250g for the C13 All Weather Narrow Carved to 295g for the C13 All Weather Standard, and all models cost £171.99. You can buy them here.  

22/02/2019, 11:47

Isle of Wight businesswomen complete 450km ride from Argentina to Chile, raising £8.6k and counting

Maria and Katie Moore completed the challenge last weekend, which saw them ride over 80km a day across the Andes, with elevation totalling over 4,600 metres. 

Maria and Katie, owners of the Isle of Wight-based companies Quay Management and Cowes Cycling, took on the challenge to raise funds for the Genesis Research Trust, a child-based charity led by Prof Robert Winston which is the largest collaboration of reproductive health researchers in the UK. They've raised nearly £8,700 at the time of writing, link to the JustGiving page is here

22/02/2019, 11:33

'Lookalikes' are usually anything but - but this one's not bad

22/02/2019, 11:04

A little too much?

What do you reckon to these loud and proud custom Sidi kicks currently being rocked by Esteban Chavez? 

22/02/2019, 11:01

22/02/2019, 10:11

Check out this doc about the Silk Road Mountain Race, courtesy of Pedaled

Wild Horses, The Silk Road Mountain Race documentary. from PEdALED on Vimeo.

Watch some of the trials and tribulations riders go through on this unsupported epic over the Silk Route...

22/02/2019, 09:59

Tour de France 2021 - routes for first three stages in Denmark announced

It was announced earlier this week that Le Tour 2021 will be starting in Denmark - it will kick off with a 13km time trial in Copenhagen, followed by a 190km ride from Roskilde to Nyborg and then a 170km ride from Vejle to Sønderborg before the Tour goes back to France.   

22/02/2019, 09:22

Ben Swift in intensive care after crash while training

Team Sky say that Ben Swift was out training with Geraint Thomas on Wednesday morning when he clipped a rock whilst descending, causing him to crash. (He's back with the team after a couple of years away.)

There was an injury to his spleen that caused bleeding, but the bleeding has now stopped. A procedure was performed on Wednesday afternoon to reduce the risks of the bleeding starting again. He'll remain in close observation for the next few days.

 

 

22/02/2019, 08:29

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Zwift British Cycling eRacing Championship Qualifier tomorrow

You’ve got to be in it to win it, so fire up Zwift on Sunday morning for the 2019 British Cycling eRacing Championship Qualifier. (If you’re not our riding your bike in the sunshine on Sunday morning of course.)

It’s a one-day race for men and women of all ages and abilities with the top 10 members from each category being invited to the IRL British Cycling eRacing National Championships at the end of March. 

The event is open to everyone, whether you’re a pro, semi-pro, or amateur. You’ll also be able to watch the action live on Facebook. 

The racing will be two laps of the Watopia Figure 8  for a total distance of 58.8km (36.5mi) and 468m (1535ft) total elevation. You can read all the rules and details here https://zwift.com/p/zwift-national-championships-rules/

22/02/2019, 08:19

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CS9 plans involve *adding* another lane for motor traffic on Kew Bridge

Tom Bowden points out that Transport for London’s (TfL) CS9 plans (which you can find here) involve halving the permitted space for cycling on Kew Bridge to just one of the pavements, shared with a bus stop.

Tom said: “TfL are now proposing to try and squeeze four lanes of motor traffic (instead of three) onto Kew Bridge. They are going to do this by cutting back the pavement on the east side of Kew Bridge, and banning cycling here (it is currently shared space).

“Instead, they claim they are going to widen the pavement on the west side (though it is hard to see how they can do this and fit the extra traffic lane), and require cyclists to cross the road twice to use this facility.

“Currently, the wider single lane heading south towards Kew from Brentford allows some safer space for on-road cycling. This will go if two lanes of motor traffic are being crammed in. TfL appear to have no plans to move the bus stop shelters which already take up a lot of each pavement.

“This looks like an attempt to remove space for cycling, and make conditions less convenient for cyclists and people on foot, in favour of allowing yet more capacity for motor vehicles – and using cycle funding for this purpose.”

The consultation closes on February 26. You can have your say here.

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