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26 February 2019, 18:04
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Can an e-bike pull a car?

The folks at online bike shop Tredz decided to find out! Head over to eBikeTips to see what happened next...

26 February 2019, 17:27
Katie Archibald and Emily Nelson in the Madison at the 2018 UCI Track WOrld Championships (SWPix.com via British Cycling).jpg
UCI Track Cycling World Campionships start tomorrow - here's the BBC schedule

The UCI Track Cycling World Championships start tomorrow in Pruszkow, Poland.

18 months out from the Tokyo Olympics, it's a chance to benchmark Great Britain's progress as the next generation of riders comes through.

Follow this link for BBC Sport's coverage of the event.

26 February 2019, 16:13
UAE Tour 2019 - Stage 3 Highlights

Highlights from today's stage as the riders head through the desert (again) before heading uphill for a summit finish on Jebel Hafeet.

Tomorrow's stage heads up the Hatta Dam, an incredibly steep finish that favours the most powerful rouleurs.

26 February 2019, 13:46
Canyon Pure Cycling Weekend Forest of Dean
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Canyon has announced its first ever UK Pure Cycling Weekend which will take place over two days at Forest of Dean on the 11th & 12th May 2019. Modelled on the annual Pure Cycling Festival which takes place at Canyon’s HQ in Koblenz each Spring, there will be a wide selection of road, mountain and gravel bikes to demo alongside various ride-outs, competitions and athletes and partner brands in attendance.

Over the past couple of years, the Canyon UK team have run a number of demos and expos around the UK (including at our own BikeLive Demo Days), offering consumers the opportunity to see and try the German-engineered, award-winning bikes.

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The event will be ticketed at £5 per head and will be available to purchase soon, 100% of the ticket sales proceeds will be donated to the Dean Trail Volunteers who work in partnership with the Forestry Commission to develop and maintain the mountainbike trails in the Forest of Dean and are raising money to build a new Downhill track. The complete program, demo bike list & partners will be announced soon on Canyon's website.

This is definitely one to watch if you're interested in buying a Canyon.

26 February 2019, 13:26
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Arrest made after cyclist killed in Surrey hit and run on Sunday

Surrey Police have arrested a 49-year-old man after a cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Lingfield on Sunday evening.

As we reported yesterday, the fatal crash happened at 5pm on Lingfield Common Road at the junction with Cobham Close. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers have now confirmed that a man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs and failing to stop at the scene of the collision.

Police have repeated an appeal for anyone with information to contact them on 101 or online quoting reference PR/P19044029.

26 February 2019, 13:01
The Col Collective - Albulapass

Mike Cotty takes us to the Swiss Alps for some dreamy scenery.

Sunshine, perfect tarmac and incredible views, what's not to love?

26 February 2019, 09:33
Top Gear host throws cycling question out on Twitter

Still on the issue of BBC presenters, Chris Harris, co-host of Top Gear - a show that Alan Partridge would dearly love to work on and of that there can be no doubt - has got a bit of a convo going on Twitter with this tweet. The replies - including from pro cyclists such as Alex Dowsett and Rob Hayles - are worth a browse.

26 February 2019, 09:00
Aha! Move over, Ainsley – Alan Partridge is the new face of safe cycling in Bournemouth

Remember last year when someone doctored placards near Bournemouth University urging drivers to give cyclists at least 1.5 metres of space when overtaking cyclists by slapping stickers of TV chef Ainsley Harriott’s face on the image of a bike rider?

Well, the TV personality-loving japester is back – and this time round, it’s none other than the man of the moment, back on our screens as of last night in his new BBC One series This Time With Alan Partridge, who fronts the spoof campaign.

The Ainsley Harriott unofficial iteration of the campaign got taken down very quickly, with a council official saying: “We are aware that the cycle safety signs near the university have been defaced with stickers and they will be removed as soon as possible.”

The point is though, that the guerrilla campaign last year got way more people talking about the posters – and hopefully, taking note of the message – than would otherwise have been the case, and hopefully the new, albeit unofficial endorsement from the UK's best-loved TV show host will push awareness even higher.

And on that bombshell …

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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mike the bike | 5 years ago
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Anyone who can get away with this joke in prime time is alright by me ...

 

Alan introduces a guest as "Alice Clunt"

She says her name is "Flux"

"I think I know what I did there" he admits.

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Rick_Rude | 5 years ago
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After watching the latest version of Partidge I can only hope he gets run-over whilst cycling. Terrible 'comedy' with no edge at all. R.I.P.  vintage Partidge and comedy.

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Bentrider | 5 years ago
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Would this be the Alan Partridge who once commented,

"There's a time and a place for cycling. The time's Summer and the place is Center Parcs"

(And you probably read that in his voice.)

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brooksby | 5 years ago
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the UK's best-loved TV show host will push awareness even higher.

I sometimes feel like I'm the only person in the country who doesn't get Alan Partridge...

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PRSboy replied to brooksby | 5 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

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the UK's best-loved TV show host will push awareness even higher.

I sometimes feel like I'm the only person in the country who doesn't get Alan Partridge...

My wife hated last nights new Alan Partridge show.  I am undecided, though there were a couple of funny bits and I will persevere with it as its only half an hour.

The problem is that with today's presenters and programmes, it actually looked like a normal show.  How do you lampoon the likes of Richard Madeley or Piers Morgan?

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brooksby replied to PRSboy | 5 years ago
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PRSboy wrote:

brooksby wrote:

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the UK's best-loved TV show host will push awareness even higher.

I sometimes feel like I'm the only person in the country who doesn't get Alan Partridge...

My wife hated last nights new Alan Partridge show.  I am undecided, though there were a couple of funny bits and I will persevere with it as its only half an hour.

The problem is that with today's presenters and programmes, it actually looked like a normal show.  How do you lampoon the likes of Richard Madeley or Piers Morgan?

True.  I suppose it's like when you look at old episodes of 'The Day Today' and then compare it to Any Modern News Show...

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jova54 replied to brooksby | 5 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

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the UK's best-loved TV show host will push awareness even higher.

I sometimes feel like I'm the only person in the country who doesn't get Alan Partridge...

Be assured, you are not alone.

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matthewn5 replied to brooksby | 4 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

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the UK's best-loved TV show host will push awareness even higher.

I sometimes feel like I'm the only person in the country who doesn't get Alan Partridge...

Partridge was funny before Brexit. Now its too much like reality...

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brooksby | 5 years ago
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That twitter thread is a bit depressing... 

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Kendalred | 5 years ago
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We have these signs in Cumbria, but unfortunately they have a stylised image, not a photo of a cyclist, so would look pretty weird with a Partridge face stuck on!

They don't stop close passes though, IME.

Knowing me Alan Partridge, knowing you driver passing too fecking close...aha.

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HarrogateSpa | 5 years ago
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There are places in Harrogate where I would like to see these signs - they might make some difference.

Until the Ainsley Harriot story, I didn't know that councils could put up such signs.

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Woldsman | 5 years ago
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I would work in a ‘double tap’ joke, but I’m still upset with SRAM for not offering a road triple  2

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