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02/04/2019, 17:31

Scot cycling around the world has a travelling companion – a kitten he rescued in Bosnia

A Scot who set off in September on a solo round-the-world bike ride now has a travelling companion – a kitten he rescued when he found her abandoned in Bosnia.

27-year-old Dean Nicholson said on his Go Fund Me page: "On the 1st September I left Dunbar, Scotland with the ambition to cycle the world. Three months and nine countries later I was coming up to the Bosnia-Montenegro border when I heard a little kitten meowing her heart out, chasing me trying to get my attention.

"We were 12 miles from the nearest town and it was soon clear by her friendly nature and desperate hunger her owner had intentionally dumped her.

"After a trip to the vet, her gender was confirmed and the names for her came rolling in. Pussy Galore. Meowtenegro. But with her feisty and loving personality Nala was clearly the best fit.

"At seven weeks old she was chipped, wormed and rabies shot,” he continued. “From then on it was set, Nala was to be my new travel companion, riding up front with the world ahead of her.

"Through Montenegro we explored abandoned villas and hidden beaches, with Nala on my shoulder through the good and the bad.

"Across the border into Albania Christmas soon came and we made our home in the Himara hostel brewing Raki and exploring what Albania had to offer.

"27 days later the weather improved, and it was time to move on into Greece.

"Nala and I want to continue travelling the world on our bike," added Nicholson, who regularly updates his 121,000 followers on Instagram about their adventures.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Much better day cycling today, although they werent the best roads for Nala as she hates the bumps but i managed to keep her distracted by attacking her with a clothes peg! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We had 1 big hill to climb but done that alot quicker than expected and then the desent down into Athens was beautiful, untouched mountains full of trees made it hard to pay attention to the road! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once in the city we made a bee line to my greek familys house where we are going to stay and rest for a few days before we get the ferry over to Santorini #adventurebybike #adventure #adventureseeker #travelblogging #beautyofcycling #cycletheworld #cycletouring #worldbybike #adventurecat #bicyclecafe #travel #cat #catsofinstagram #countryside #fields #flowers #happy #clothespeg #trek920 #trekbikes

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02/04/2019, 17:20

Pothole payouts cost Welsh councils £1.3m

 

Huge pothole (CC BY SA 2.0 licensed image by Tom Chancen_Flickr).jpg

New figures show £1.3m in pay-outs from pothole related claims have been made in the past five years in Wales. 

According to Wales Online, research by Cycling UK shows Wales' councils paid £907,000 in compensation and £392,000 in legal fees.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council had the highest total for pothole related claims in Wales - paying out £354,888.46 in the last five years.

Cardiff Council, which was the second highest paying authority at £192,071, paid out 40 times more in pothole compensation payouts to cyclists than to motorists.

02/04/2019, 17:14

Betfred - licensed CC BY SA 2.0 by Betty Longbottom

Betfred forced to pull Virtual Cycling game due to regulatory concerns

The bookmaker Betfred has been forced to withdraw a game called Virtual Cycling that it introduced earlier this week after industry regulator the Gambling Commission said it was investigation it, reports the Guardian.

The game was launched yesterday – the same day that new rules came into force slashing the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), which have been criticised as helping fuel problem gambling, from £100 to £2, reports the Guardian.

In the game, punters use a coupon with a layout similar to a roulette table to “bet on when an animated cyclist travelling around a track will be overtaken by virtual competitors, based on numbers corresponding to sections of the track,” with a maximum stake of £500.

There are concerns that Betfred and rival bookmaker Paddy Power, which has also launched a roulette-style game, are using them to try and circumvent the new rules on FOBTs, which have proven hugely profitable for bookmakers since their introduction in 2001.

Betfred told the Guardian: “We’ve taken down Virtual Cycling to allow further discussion with the Gambling Commission.”

02/04/2019, 17:05

Shimano STEPS e-bike assistance can now be controlled from drop handlebars with new Di2 technology

shimano steps 1

Rather than having to come out of the drops to alter your e-assistance, Shimano will now allow you to do this from the Di2 shift buttons on e-road and gravel bikes equipped with Shimano STEPS. More over on eBikeTips

02/04/2019, 16:51

4iiii team up with Chipolo to bring tracking technology to their power meters

4iii chipolo tracker

4iiii and Chipolo have unveiled the world’s first integrated bike tracking feature embedded in to a power meter. Chipolo tracking will now offered as a standard feature in the 4iiii Precision range of crank-based power meters, adding some extra security to your bike as well as accurate power measurement. 

If you're US-based and/or happen to be going to the Sea Otter Classic Bike Show, 4iiii will be hiding their power meters around the grounds from April 11th-13th, and participants will win one if they are able to find one of the 'lost' power meters. There are 30 to be won, and you can't say it's not a novel way of promoting the new product!  

02/04/2019, 16:45

The 'weightless' Motionlab Active Commute backpack launches following successful Kickstarter campaign

motionlab backpack

The backpack has a capacity of 20 litres and was in development for nine years. They say it's the only backpack in the world that takes 100% of the weight off your shoulders, offering a ‘weightless’ feel by directing all the weight to the hips, where you're better able to carry load.  

The flexible spine mirrors the human spine, and the wraparound harness locks the bag solidly on your back however you move. Each bag is adjustable to suit the wearer's body shape. 

The technology comes at a price though - £189 to be exact. Head over to the Motionlab website for more info. 

 

 

02/04/2019, 16:11

London bike commuters in Lycra (copyright Britishcycloing.org_.uk)

Bike driver?

… Or mabye, bikedriver. Another word needed for cycling commuters in response to driver aggression towards "cyclists" says Dame Sarah Storey. 
You can read the full story here

02/04/2019, 14:37

10 bike spaces > car parking space

The Dutch are at it again with putting us to shame with regards to infra and provisions for cyclists, by sacking off car parking spaces in return for 10 bike spaces.

02/04/2019, 12:52

Panini making Tour de France sticker album to celebrate 100th anniversary of the maillot jaune

Jacques Anquetil in the yellow jersey (picture courtesy Le Coq Sportif)

For the first time, Panini of Modena will be producing a Tour de France sticker album to coincide with the 100th year of the yellow jersey being used to mark out the overall leader, reports French publication Le Journal du Dimanche. The announcement was made in secret to the French press last weekend, with a photo of 2018 winner Geraint Thomas and the Champs-Elysées used on the promo poster. 

We're not sure if you'll be able to get it in the UK yet, but if not these might just be worth heading out to mainland Europe for.

Panini has previously collaborated with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport (see main picture above for Team Sky), with Bora--Hansgrohe sprinter Sam Bennett revealing that there was "nearly a riot" among the team's riders over the stickers.

02/04/2019, 12:17

Fatal Bike crash locations in LA to have permanent memorials

 

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The memorials will include a safety message, a bike symbol and the name of the traffic victim, reports NBC Los Angeles. 

According to Los Angeles City Council, in 2018, 240 people died from traffic crashes in the city including 21 cyclists.

The council hope the memorials will serve as a permanent reminder to everyone to “share the road.” 

Good idea? Or would the money be better spent on cycling infrastructure?

02/04/2019, 10:51

Why Stanley Johnson was the pro cycling voice on Good Morning Britain

Although we'd love to see Piers Morgan try to make himself sound in the least bit coherent in a debate on cycling with Chris Boardman, we can't blame The Professor for not entering into a 'discussion' that is bound to be anything but sensible where Piers is involved.

Boris Johnson's father appeared on the show yesterday to fight the cycling corner in a debate on licensing cyclists. Johnson said it's a "crazy idea", to which Morgan described cyclists as "invisible people marching around anonymously on bikes."

02/04/2019, 10:27

When does cycling make you feel like a kid again?

 

Chris Froome has been speaking about how descending takes him back to feeling like a child and we were wondering which part of cycling takes you back to that feeling?

For me, it's turning something in the distance into a finish line and sprinting against your mates - Matt

 

02/04/2019, 08:44

Bradley Wiggins says Quick-Step boss Patick Lefevere "out of order" to suggest Remco Evenepoel was “too fat”

The Bradley Wiggins Show (Eurosport)

Lefevere told Belgian news site Humo that the 19-year-old Belgian prodigy, who came third in the time trial at Vuelta a San Juan in January, was 4kg overweight and "too fat" last week - and Wiggins has described the comments as out of order on the latest addition of his Eurosport podcast. Wiggins said: “It's not great for a young 19-year-old kid. It's not the best man-management.

“When we think what has happened in football, in terms of Mourinho losing dressing rooms and the players being more powerful than managers now, cycling is still stuck in the dark ages. I say stuck in the dark ages but it should be like that. Managers are there for a reason. But it's kind of how football used to be. The manager making his public statement about a rider in order to put him in his place. But time will tell, and as Matt (Stephens, in previous comments) said we don't really know the full ins and outs of it."

Wiggins' guest on the show Matt Stephens commented: “Maybe, as Brad said, it's an old-school way of putting him in his place, perhaps there has been a bit too much attitude on board, I don’t know, but it is a rather unorthodox way of trying to pull somebody back into line, especially in the current climate of trying to look after the mental welfare of young riders.”

02/04/2019, 08:37

Re the "should cyclists be licensed" chat that has been doing the rounds this week...

This sums up what should actually be on the agenda.

02/04/2019, 08:31

Brighton's BTN Bikeshare expands

120 new bikes have been added to the existing fleet. 

02/04/2019, 08:26

Not quite legal in the EU

We sort of wish we were at at the Tapei bike show last week just to have a go on one of these - this machine from Ryuger bikes can hit 200km/h!

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 being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. 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.