Tour de Yorkshire gets official airport
What’s that screeching sound?
Don’t worry it’s just the Tour de Yorkshire pre-race publicity barrel getting a good hard scrape to deliver today’s news that the race has announced the Official Airport for this year’s event… yes, it’s Leeds Bradford (but you’d already guessed that) I suppose Humberside could have been in the running. For our money at least stand out line from the press release has to be from Leeds Bradford Airport Chief executive, David Laws who said:
“We are incredibly proud of our Yorkshire roots and are delighted to now be part of such an exciting legacy.”
It’s the ‘roots’ bit… but you’d probably guessed that too.
When you're channeling your inner Magneto at the TT starting ramp ...
Rik Verbrugghe ... or Sir Ian McKellen?
EF Education First trail behind-the-scenes Flanders video
It's always a bonus when a team whose rider has won a big race has a film crew documenting it from the inside - and we can't wait for the full version of EF Education First's behind the scenes video of Alberto Bettiol's victory at the Tour of Flanders yesterday.
Judging by the trailer, it's going to be a cracker.
— Rapha (@rapha) April 8, 2019
"Code Brown" - Sir Chris Hoy exits Silverstone track at 100mph
Sir Chris Hoy had what he euphemistically referred to as a "Code Brown" while racing a Caterham 7 single-seat car at Silverstone at the weekend - exiting the track at 100mph thanks to a jammed throttle on the fastest corner of the Northamptonshire motor racing venue.
Among those commenting on the six-time Oympic champion track cyclist's post on Instagram was fellow Scot Craig MacLean, who won silver alongside Hoy in the team sprint at Sydney in 2000, who simply said, "Crash. Bang. Wallop."
"A happy dead fish": third-placed Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig sums up Flanders in epic post-race interview
— Ronde Van Vlaanderen (@RondeVlaanderen) April 7, 2019
The Team Bigla Pro Cycling rider, who finished third in the Tour of Flanders women's race, gave a highly entertaining interview complete with blue language, questionable idioms, screaming and gusto that Brian Blessed would be proud of (watch it above). We'd be in favour of every pro cycling race ending with a Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig summary, and hopefully a career in commentary awaits!
'Mo Salah' cycling home from the game
We're not sure how or why this happened, but anyway here's someone who looks a lot like Mo Salah cycling pushing a bike down a path after Liverpool's game against Southhampton...
ULEZ and clean air - opinions from around the Twittersphere
Ultra-Low Emission Zone #ULEZ begins today. It’ll help reduce lethal & illegal levels of air pollution in central London by targeting most polluting vehicles. We look forward to seeing positive impact extended across rest of London soon. #LetLondonBreathe https://t.co/yQTMGN6Z2M pic.twitter.com/kb6c7RxQSU
— LdnCyclingCampaign (@london_cycling) April 8, 2019
Despite some opposition to its implementation (perceived lack of help for small businesses and the fact that black cabs are exempt, to give two instances) generally London's new Ultra Low Emission Zone has had plenty of positive reaction so far.
“We’re really keen to put #cycling at the heart of the ongoing transformation of London Bridge as a transport hub and a place for modern commerce."
— Cities Today (@Cities_Today) April 8, 2019
Cycling in Haringey this morning with the kids was a dream...it was calm, we didn’t get stuck in traffic, and the air actually felt less gross than normal! A beautiful mix of first day of the Easter holidays and the Ulez I reckon. Just imagining if it was like this every day! pic.twitter.com/bEJbDahLN4
— Catherine Kenyon (@cmdkenyon) April 8, 2019
The bike Mathieu van der Poel rode to fourth place at the Tour of Flanders
The 24-year-old didn't quite manage to replicate his dad Adri's achievements in Flanders 33 years ago, but still placed an impressive fourth on the cobbles in his first season racing classics at senior level. Shared by Canyon on their Facebook page, here is the bike he rode on the day in more detail...
The Canyon Aeroad is dressed with a full Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and Dura-Ace R9170 C60 carbon disc brake wheels. On those wheels, van der Poel is running Vittoria's new Corsa tyres with their Graphene 2.0 compound, in a 28mm width for some extra cushion over the cobbles. We're not 100% sure if they're the new tubeless versions (you can read about them here) or tubulars as favoured by most of the pro peloton - confirmation coming soon hopefully.
Canyon have also paid tribute to van der Poel's 2018 Dutch national championship win, and the colours of the Netherlands flag adorns the seatstays and fork.
Flanders - Strava data starting to come through
The highest-placed finisher we've found who has uploaded their ride so far is 10th-placed Greg Van Avermaet, and it gives some idea of the brutality of the day's racing - 276km, 42.3km/h and 2,100 metres of climbing. Other notable uploads so far are Wout van Aert, Michael Valgren (who titled the upload 'worst legs ever' after a disappointing ride), and Tim Declercq.
Flanders - a few pics from the day
The photo above is the women's podium Marta Bastianelli was the winner) and below you'll see Peter Sagan and Alejandro Valverde sizing each other up onthe start line, and Alberto Bettiol crossing the finish line (featuring photobombing elder gentleman).
London's Ultra Low Emission Zone, the world's first to be enforced 24 hours a day, launched this morning
'Because you can't see it, you don't know how bad it is.'
Sadiq Khan defends new laws which will cost drivers of older cars £12.50 to drive into central London. It's hoped this will improve the city's air quality and reduce air pollution-related health issues and deaths. pic.twitter.com/Dmd25L1kQV
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 8, 2019
According to London Mayor Sadiq Khan almost 1,000 people a year in London are hospitalised with asthma caused by pollution - and he has said this morning that the new Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, is part of the solution. The charge will be £12.50 a day to drive into central London, and all diesel vehicles plus most cars that are over 14 years old will be liable to pay. In more good news for cyclists and pedestrians, Transport for London also predict that traffic will be cut by 5% in Central London.
It won't improve air quality.
Just another cash cow.
The big trucks still need to make their deliveries to sustain dense populations such as cities...
— Robert Lofthouse (@author_rob_76) April 8, 2019
The charge has been called a 'tax on the poor' by some, and a notable exception are London Black Cabs - Uber and other private hire firms will have to pay. Do you think ULEZ is fair, or other the other hand, does it not go far enough? Let us know your thoughts in the comments...
Tour of Flanders - Sagan disappointed to finish outside top 10
Thanks @BORAhansgrohe mates for your superb work today and thanks @RondeVlaanderen for the great race and amazing crowds. Unfortunately, in the final kilometers, I didn't have the legs to go for the attack and the sprint. https://t.co/hx3rbYnMvP
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) April 7, 2019
The former world champ was down on his performances from previous years, finishing 11th. We're sure he'll be back with a bang soon enough...
ICYMI - ‘Is cycling ban just a money-making exercise?’ asks man fined for cycling in Peterborough
A Peterborough man who was handed an on-the-spot £80 fine for riding his bike at walking pace while carrying his two-year-old daughter has asked why officers cannot use their discretion when handing out fixed penalty notices. The enforcement firm patrolling the area covered by the city’s Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) keeps the money it collects as part of its contract with the city council. Full story here.
ICYMI - Stealthy assisted speed: e-bikes that look like road bikes
Want the boost without the bulk? E-bikes are getting lighter and stealthier, with a whole new generation of drop-bar machines being launched recently that are now barely distinguishable from conventional road bikes. Here’s a round-up of some of the best.
ICYMI - What they don’t tell you about commuting
Commuting to your place of work or study is immensely satisfying and there are lots of positives, from the obvious health benefits to beating public transport delays and queues and the freedom it provides... but we have a few bugbears, and it turns out from the comments section that you all do too! Read our round-up of commuting gripes here.
Weekend catch-up (in case you missed it)... Alberto Bettiol takes shock win at Tour of Flanders
The 25-year-old EF Education First rider pulled off a surprise win at the Tour of Flanders yesterday. He attacked a strong group containing several of the pre-race favourites on the Oude Kwaremont, the last but one of the day’s cobbled climbs. Full report here.