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09/04/2019, 19:32

6,000+ sign petition for Birmingham velodrome

More than 6,000 people have signed a petition for a velodrome to be built in Birmingham ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The city was awarded the event in 2017 after the original host city, Durban, pulled out of staging the multis-sports event for financial reasons.

Birmingham’s successful bid was based on using existing venues such as the Alexander Stadium for athletics and the National Exhibition Centre for boxing, judo, table tennis and freestyle wrestling.

But the track cycling events are due to take place 130 miles away, at the Lee Valley Velodrome in London - whicch, by pure coincidence, has a capacity of around 6,000 people.

The petition will be handed to Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, on 15 April.

David Viner, who organised the petition, said: “The Commonwealth Games are going to be a superb opportunity for Birmingham and the West Midlands but it is such a shame that the track cycling is to be held in London.

"The new aquatics centre in Sandwell with 5,000 seats for the Games and retaining just 1,000 seats afterwards is a perfect example of how a competition velodrome arena, costing £35m, with a similar seating plan could have been built for 2022.

"Councillor Ward has an open mind and has engaged with us. Now we hope the feasibility plan will prove there is a strong case for a modest training and development velodrome arena, with room in the track centre for multi-community based sports including disabled and sight impaired sports.

"We have benefited from firm support from many local people and we thank every person who has supported the petition.

"We have velodrome experts on hand and there is still time to get the velodrome built in time for the Games,” he added.

"I think it is important that our campaign is viewed as working with Birmingham City Council to get a velodrome and get a great legacy. The campaign is not just a protest."

09/04/2019, 15:52

Here's what happens if you don't ride your bike for a really long time...

Let alone gathering dust; it turns out writer Patrick Barkham's helmet has been gathering a family of robins during his cycling hiatus. Mum and chicks doing well apparently, a special(ized) moment indeed. Also, it's quite fitting that he tweeted about it. I'll get me coat...

 

09/04/2019, 15:48

Hunt tease trailer of documentary around the new 48 Limitless Aero Disc wheels, setting a new Trouée d'Arenberg Strava KOM during testing

Although as some have already pointed out on social media... was it really the wheels that deserve all the plaudits? The rider Alex Paton might have something else to say about it! Full story here in any case. 

09/04/2019, 13:43

Driver knocks Argentina's national football coach off bike on Mallorca

Lionel Scaloni, the coach of Argentina's national football team, has reassured his followers on Twitter that he is okay after he was knocked off his bike by a driver while cycling on Mallorca, where he has a home.

Initial reports were that the former Deportivo La Coruna (and briefly West Ham United) player was in a "serious condition" in hospital, but the 40-year-old tweeted to 5hank people for their good wishes and to say that he is on his way home from hospital after having a couple of stitches put in a facial wound.

09/04/2019, 13:38

09/04/2019, 11:50

New cycle route opens on A34 in Birmingham

A notoriously sketchy stretch of A-road in Birmingham now has a designated cycle route segregated from traffic, described as 'largely open' by Waseem Zaffar, Councillor for the Lozells area of the city.  

09/04/2019, 11:29

F1 champ Nico Rosberg talks to Chris Froome in latest podcast

Froome sat down with Rosberg to talk through his career and notable victories in detail. Some interesting comments about his support of Bradely Wiggins between 15:30 and 19:00, and the whole 50 minute podcast is definitely worth spending your lunch break on.  

09/04/2019, 10:45

Ian Bibby shares CCTV of bike thief (and it's not the first time he's been a victim of such a crime)

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In a cruel case of bad luck striking twice, Bibby had a Genesis Volare stolen from him during his previous stint at Madison Genesis back in 2013 - he did get it back that time though, just before the £7,000 bike was about to be sold on for £2,500. 

He'll be hoping for a similar result this time around, after sharing CCTV footage of the offender outside his house before stealing the bike from his garage. 

09/04/2019, 08:29

STOLEN BIKE ALERT - Ian Bibby of Madison Genesis pro team has Genesis Zero SL taken in Preston area

The bike is very distinctive with team colours and a super slammed stem, so with any luck Bibby's bike will be too hot to handle for the bottom feeders who stolen it. With a position like that hopefully the thief will end up with some pretty bad back and neck problems if he/she attempts to ride it...

09/04/2019, 08:24

London Ambulance Service say they can save "vital seconds" arriving to an emergency by bike

By cycling to an emergency the first responders don't have to spend time unpacking an ambulance vehicle. 

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.