recap: ten of our top stories this week

Some of our top stories from another busy week on two wheels...

1. Look launch their first e-bike, the e-765 Optimum All Road

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Look are the latest to present an e-bike that doesn't really look much like an e-bike, with the launch of the e-765 Optimum. It's their first e-bike of any genre, and the assistance is courtesy of Fazua's Evation system. The geometry is based on Look's existing motor-less 765 Optimum Disc All Road.
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2. Memorial cycle route for 13-year-old boy killed while cycling blocked by local landowner


Adam Mugridge was just 13 years old when he died after falling off his bike into the path of a lorry, while cycling to school in Market Harborough in September 2006. The family however, now face renewed opposition as one of the local landowners, Peter Thomas, who owns part of the land the path would cross, has appealed against the decision.
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3. London Bridge to subsidise cargo bikes to show that switching from vans reduces costs and journey times

Cargo bike convoy (via Twitter video)

The London Bridge Business Improvement District (BID), known as Team London Bridge, is to offer firms in the area a subsidy to encourage them to use cargo bikes for deliveries instead of motor vehicles.
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4. Welcome To Yorkshire set to come under closer scrutiny in wake of Sir Gary Verity’s departure as investigations launched into allegations over expenses and bullying

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, on the Champs-Elysees (copyright Simon

Welcome To Yorkshire is set to come under closer scrutiny from the councils that part-fund the tourism and inward investment agency following the departure last month of chief executive Sir Gary Verity amid allegations he had misclaimed £40,000 in expenses - raising the prospect of a knock-on effect on the high-profile cycling events the region hosts.
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5. SRAM Force eTap AXS welcomes wireless tech to lower price point + video


Finally it's happened - SRAM has launched a Force eTap groupset, Force eTap AXS to be specific. A few months after the US company unveiled its radical new 12-speed Red eTap AXS groupset, the new Force groupset brings all the same new tech to a more affordable price.
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6. Confusion at Dwars door Vlaanderen as men’s race has to be neutralised

Dwaars door Vlaanderen 2019 neutralisation

There was confusion at the Belgian semi-classic the Dwars door Vlanderen as the men’s race had to be neutralised twice. The first was because a crash had caused a delay in the women’s race ahead,  won by Trek Segafredo’s Ellen van Dijk, the second due to the break being left behind the peloton when racing resumed. But even once the race had been halted again to allow the break's 2 minute 15 seconds advantage to be restored, it turned out that one of the riders in the escape group had missed out on the resumption.
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7. Another word needed for cycling commuters, says Dame Sarah Storey – but what should it be?

London bike commuters in Lycra (copyright

Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s greatest ever Paralympian, and the new Active Travel Commissioner for Sheffield has said we need a new word to distinguish between racing cyclists and utility cyclists because of the level of hostility towards “cyclists”. What do you think the word should be?
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8. Geraint Thomas to feature in hour-long BBC documentary

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Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas is to feature in a behind-the-scenes documentary from BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Two. The programme, to be called Geraint Thomas: Easy Rider, will follow the Team Sky star in the opening months of the season, including training in France and Tenerife, as he prepares to defend the yellow jersey in July.
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9. Cyclist found riding on the M25 – against the flow of traffic

M25 cyclist

Police officers gave a cyclist “words of advice” after escorting him off the M25 on Sunday, where he had been riding on the hard shoulder into the face of oncoming traffic. A CCTV image tweeted by Highways England showed the rider pedalling towards some cones and a road sign which had been placed on the hard shoulder.
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10. Video: Cyclist criticises council for not fixing huge crack in road which caused him to crash (video contains swearing and an enormous marked crack in the road)

A reader who sustained injuries including a fractured arm when he crashed at night due to a huge crack in the road has criticised his local council, saying that markings around the defect showed that they were aware of it and should have taken steps to warn road users of the hazard.
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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 was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the 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. 

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