Driver in court accused of ramming Andrew Gilligan off his bike
A driver was due to appear in court today to face charges of assault and dangerous driving after allegedly ramming former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan off his bike.
The Evening Standard reports that the incident happened in Bishopsgate on 4 April 2018 and left Gilligan, now a senior correspondent for The Sunday Times, feeling “very, very shaken” and needing hospital treatment for cuts to his shins.
Chukwudi Uzorh, aged 28 and from Camden, who was driving a Nissan Juke at the time, was due to appear at City of London Magistrates’ Court today.
UCI List snooping... Time Alpe D'Huez 01D and 21D added, suggesting disc brake versions are coming
We went to the launch of Time's Alpe D'Huez 'altitude bike' last year, and after perusing the latest version of the UCI approved list it appears that a disc version is on the horizon. The top-end 01 and more affordable 21 versions both have an additional listing with a 'D' added to the end of the name, which we can only assume means 'disc'. We'll update with confirmation when we get it.
Bontrager's Bat Cage is now made out of recycled fishing nets
The bat cage has been around since 1997, and now a new manufacturing process and partnership with Bureo means they're giving a new life to discarded fishing nets. Bureo collects end-of-life fishing nets and recycles them into tiny pellets that can be used for injection-moulded plastic products like the Bat Cage, sunglasses, skateboards, and more.
"Bat Cage may be a small product, but it's the little hinge that swings a big door. This year alone, it will put 44,000 square feet of discarded fishing nets to good use. That's making a real difference, and Bat Cage is just the beginning", says Trek's Justin Henkel. They cost £9.99 each, head over to Trek's website to buy yours.
“Disc brakes big advantage over teams that don’t have them” says Deceuninck - QuickStep rider
If you've watched any pro racing this year, you'll have seen a lot more bikes with disc brakes. Every Deceuninck - QuickStep victory, and there have been a few, has been on a Specialized bike with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 hydraulic disc brakes, prompting Shimano to release this promotional video.
It reveals that the disc brakes take a lot more time and work to get right but that the benefits are worth it. And those benefits? “You can brake later, you can make more speed with them,” according to Belgian national champion Yves Lampert, in a video produced by Shimano and shared a few days ago.
Bradley Wiggins: Brailsford "must sign" Van der Poel after hugely impressive breakthrough year
The 24-year-old Dutchman has put together some mighty performances already in 2019, winning Dwars door Vlaanderen, De Brabantse Pijl and Grand Prix de Denain.and then topping them all with one of the best finishes to a race we've ever seen at the Amstel Gold over the weekend.
On his latest Eurosport podcast, Wiggins explains why he thinks van der Poel would be a great acquisition for Team Sky, soon to be Team INEOS: "He’s just impressed us every week."
"He is the hottest property in cycling at the moment other than Alaphilippe. He’s a bigger potential. It’s weird to call him a potential because he’s already winning these big races. It’s scary to think what he might actually achieve by the time he’s (Philippe) Gilbert’s age."
The host Graham Willgoss asked who would be the better signing out of Van der Poel or Julian Alaphilippe, and again Wiggins favoured the former, saying: "I would pick Van der Poel. That’s no slouch on Alaphilippe, he’s phenomenal as well. But I think he could win a Grand Tour one day. It’s a little bit sad to think that they both may end up at Sky. It’s a bit like Manchester City and football. It’s nice having this spread of riders."
Brazilian bike company uses a strike by truck drivers to demonstrate cost savings of bike transportation
This video shows how the cost benefit of bikes can make sense in the wake of national truck strike, with Brazilian bike manufacturer Caloi working out how much money on gas is saved when bikes are used instead.
If you've been out doing your own riding in the glorious sunshine and recovering with beers and bbq's, here's what you may have missed in the world of cycling over the long weekend...