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05 April 2019, 15:19
Justice (Lonpicman, Wikimedia Commons)
Careless driver who caused cyclist's death loses appeal after arguing she was only 19 and didn't know the road

The judge said that an early guilty plea "might well have made the difference".

Full story here.

05 April 2019, 14:53
Fiday's Indicative Vote - A New Name for Cyclists

Got a better suggestion? Leave them in the comments below or head over here where you'll also find the poll but with more words about it

05 April 2019, 14:03
So much no...

Chamois-less 'cycling shorts' for people trying to be hip just won't go away, and it seems some of the biggest names in fashion are trying to convince women with too much money that they're bang on trend again. While the subject of the article on British Vogue's website is hideous we will reserve our appreciation for its writer Ellie Pithers, who has managed to shoehorn in an impressive number of cycling references. 

05 April 2019, 13:59
Welsh Gov't proposes legalising cycling on footpaths

A step towards fairer access for bikes?

Full story here.

05 April 2019, 13:47
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First to the top of the Kwaremont on Sunday will win €5,000 for charity

The first rider to the top of the Oude Kwaremont during the men’s Tour of Flanders on Sunday will win €5,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

The new initiative between Flanders Classics and the Belgian National Lottery is a tribute to Belgian rider Stig Broeckx who spent six months in a coma after a crash involving two race motorbikes at the Tour of Belgium last May.

As well as the €5,000 for the first rider to the top, the Lottery will be providing an additional €5,000 for a charity of Broeckx's choice.

05 April 2019, 13:39
Guardian reporter contextualises the (highly stupid) bike licence debate
05 April 2019, 13:26
E-cargo convoy

While the previous post is extremely disappointing to see, here's some more positive cargo bike news

05 April 2019, 11:45
Left hook
Video: Dublin motorist needlessly cuts up cyclist carrying two kids on cargo bike

The turn's for a shopping centre. Watch it here and ask yourself why.


05 April 2019, 11:19
Actor Christopher Biggins has phone stolen by a thief on a bike
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The actor and TV personality, best known for playing Lukewarm in Porridge, told BBC Wiltshire that he was mugged of his mobile phone outside of a Covent Garden restaurant on Wednesday night: “I was calling an Uber. It was quarter to midnight and I was on my phone.

“I was looking down towards Trafalgar Square and I was seeing where he was, how far away, and suddenly a hooded cyclist came by and stole my phone – just took it out of my hand.

“The terrifying thing is now, in London, there are so many stabbings, so many thefts. Apparently this happens all the time but it was such a violation.

“I shouted very loudly because I have a very loud voice. But it was quarter to midnight and no-one was around really. So he got away.”

05 April 2019, 11:06
Check out this cool clip from Canyon about Mathieu van der Poel's rich cycling heritage

Dutchman van der Poel comes from a family of super successful cyclists, and the video intersperses his journey to the World Tour with clips of his Vuelta-winning grandfather Raymond Poulidor and father Adri van der Poel. Mathieu will be looking to emulate his old man this weekend at the Tour of Flanders - Adri won it in 1986.   

05 April 2019, 08:02
Gent-Wevelgem podium (via Twitter video)
Tour of Flanders contender blames Champagne celebration for bronchitis that might keep him out of the race

Sporza reports that AG2R La Mondiale's Oliver Naesen is suffering from bronchitis and reckons he contracted it after getting drenched with Champagne after Gent-Wevelgem last Sunday.

Naesen finished third in the race and celebrated in customary style with winner Alexander Kristoff and second-placed John Degenkolb.

It doesn’t seem like the Belgian is too bad though. He finished 19th at Dwars door Vlaanderen earlier in the week.

The Tour of Flanders is on Sunday.

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