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21/03/2019, 18:49

World Naked Bike Ride coming to Ipswich for first time

The World Naked Bike Ride is coming to Ipswich for the first time in July this year.

Cyclists will join the ride, which aims to highlight the vulnerability of the human body as well as protesting against car and fossil fuel dependency, on Saturday 6 July.

Co-ordinator Robert Brown told the Ipswich Star: “It isn’t a race, it’s a gentle, leisurely ride around town.

“Our motto is ‘bare as you dare’ but we find once people get on the bike and start cycling naked they love it.”

Other places in the East of England to host similar rides include Clacton, Chelmsford, Colchester and Cambridge, where more than 200 people take part each year.

“Most people are supportive – you get the odd nasty comment but that is usually from someone who is narrow-minded,” Mr Brown added.

“We are not breaking the law or doing anything illegal and we have worked with the police, who helped us decide on a route around Ipswich.”

He added that the ride would take place whatever the weather.

“Once we have organised an event, nothing stops us,” he explained. “At one of the Chelmsford rides, it started to hail heavily and it started to sting, and we ended up having to take cover in a bus shelter.”

21/03/2019, 18:27

Electric dockless bike hire brand Lime now operating in Islington

21/03/2019, 17:17

21/03/2019, 16:57

Cycling grandad and Pokemon Go fan lands smartphone brand ambassador gig

A 70-year-old grandfather from Taiwan who became an online celebrity after hooking up 11 smartphones to his bike to play Pokemon Go has landed a gig as brand ambassador for Asus.

When the tech brand heard about Chen San-yuan's exploits, they decided to make him the brand ambassador for their Asus ZenFone range, reports Mashable.

He now has an array of no fewer than 22 of them on his bike, with the partnership aimed at highlighting the device's battery and GPS capabilities.

21/03/2019, 15:18

Round of ap-paws please...

21/03/2019, 12:32

Commuter can be heard shouting "you nearly took out four people" to driver who attempts to cut traffic queue by driving on wrong side of the road

According to commenters under the video this has become a common problem in the area -  as traffic builds up heavily due to a pedestrian junction ahead, cars move into the other lane to attempt to cut the queue, and in this instance the culprit was apparently close to hitting four cyclists on the correct side of the road. Do you ride this road on your commute, and what do you think could/should be done to stop it from happening?

21/03/2019, 12:40

Win a ride with the Team Sky Zone Hoppers at Paris Roubaix

Zone Hopper CREDIT Team SKY

Fancy a chance to get right into the heart of one of the most chaotic races of the year?

Team Sky are giving you the chance to win a ride in one of the team cars that drive to several cobbled sectors to support the riders with wheels and bottles.

Head over here to enter. Then go an practise your wheels changes and 50kph bottle hand-ups, just in case!

21/03/2019, 12:31

Trolling a trolley dumper...

21/03/2019, 12:29

No idea what's going on here...

A bizarre image, apparently from a recent TfL board paper!

21/03/2019, 11:57

Cavendish left out of Dimension Data Team for San Remo

Team Dimension Data have today revealed their team for Saturday's Milan San Remo. It's notable for one admission, 2009 winner Mark Cavendish not included in the seven-man squad.
The Manx rider has been struggling to find form after recently discovering that he's been suffering from an Epstein Barr virus for the last two years.
Dimension Data will instead hope that Italian sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo can survive the Poggio for a chance on the Via Rome finish.

21/03/2019, 10:33

Cycling on the rise in London

Let's hope it continues on an upwards trajectory (and accident rates go downwards)

21/03/2019, 08:59

Nokere Koerse Highlights

Catch up with a crash-filled edition of the Belgian semi-Classic

21/03/2019, 08:34

WhatTheFrack

Anti-fracking campaigners say protests possible at Tour de Yorkshire and Road World Championships events due to Ineos sponsorship

Speaking to the BBC, Steve Mason of Frack Free United says there will almost certainly be protests over Ineos' involvement in cycling at the Tour de Yorkshire in May and the Road World Championships weekend in September. Ineos actually has permissions to explore for shale gas in the county, but work has yet to begin because of issues with planning permission.

On Tuesday's live blog we reported that Friends of the Earth campaigner Tony Bosworth says the Ineos deal with what is now known as Team Sky is an attempt at 'greenwashing' by the corporation: “Taking over Team Sky is the latest blatant attempt at greenwashing by Ineos. It’s a harsh change of tone that may see Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign to clear plastic pollution from our oceans ditched from the team jersey in favour of Ineos – one of the biggest plastic producers in Europe.

"This is also a company that wants to frack large swathes of northern England and the East Midlands. Ineos has also been lobbying hard for the government to relax safety rules so fracking companies can trigger larger earthquakes before having to down tools.”

21/03/2019, 08:15

Scotsman Dean Nicholson adopts a cat on round-the-world bike ride

While riding through Bosnia in late December Dean was chased by a cat on a hill desperate to be fed, and since then Nala hasn't left his side. The pair are currently rolling through eastern Europe, and he's now raising funds for animal welfare charities. If you want to donate Dean's JustGiving page is here

21/03/2019, 08:11

Going for a ride...

If you aren't familiar with the 'You Had One Job' Twitter account, we reckon this might be their best find yet. 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.