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The postie has reminded us that Tour de France fever is coming by dropping off our 2019 TDF Panini sticker album!
Dirty Reiver… the view from the front + top pro eating tip
Here's a very nice vid from Bombtrack (who sponsored this year's Dirty Reiver) featuring their Dutch cycle-cross pro, Gosse van der Meer as he tackles his first gravel race. As he says 200km of gravel plus over 3K metres of climbing is a bit different from the usual "full gas for an hour" efforts he's used to. No, need to worry though - as soon as you spot Gosse's well sculpted facial hair you know he's going to fit right it. Defo worth a watch if you want a flavour of what gravel racing looks like (from the front), you can get our more mortal perspective here - Gosse is good value, and it's especially worth watching to the end for an excellent bit of nutrition advice.
Woman’s stinging response to husband starting to shave his legs hits headlines
A woman’s response to her husband starting to shave his legs because he’s a “cyclist,” posted to Australia’s version of Mumsnet, has been picked up by the press there and abroad.
Writing on Kidspot, in an article since republished by outlets including news.com.au, Olivia Williams said: “You might think one’s husband going south of the border with a shaver is just the calling card of the modern man, but my husband went WAAAAY south. Deep south.”
The husband, apparently, did the deed while his wife was away for the weekend, having raised the matter with her previously and been left in no doubt what her opinion was.
She admitted that her husband is “certainly a few pedal strokes further up the proverbial mountain than the easily recognisable and much meme-ified MAMIL,” but added that “he has no need to be shaving off milliseconds from his Saturday morning ride time with a new-found penchant for personal grooming.
“My husband is in shape,” she continued. “He’s super fit. One might say he is like a younger, balder Lance Armstrong; minus the mountains of disgrace, disrepute, doping and tell-all Oprah interviews. So not like Lance Armstrong at all. But he’s the only cyclist I could name, and that’s the extent of my willingness to research the matter.”
Concluding her post, she wrote: “So, I made a deal with him. If he shaves his legs, I’m not gonna. But I took it up a notch. I’ll grow out my underarm hair until I can braid it. My landing strip will become the literal untaming of the shrew. My legs will rival the Belanglo State Forest in both the density of native vegetation and impenetrability.
“And he liked that idea about as much as I enjoyed feeling like I’d traded in my husband for an oiled-up Peter Andre, wrapped in a silken sheathe found in the props department of a Pantene commercial. Phew.
“That’s what I call a close shave.”
It'll buff out...
We've not a scooby what happened here, judging by the caption the owner appears to be optimistic though...
Driver arrested after cyclist in Bexhill dies following collision
A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by driving without due care while unfit through drink/drugs, reports The Argus. The incident happened in Bexhill, West Sussex on Sunday, and police are appealing for witnesses.
Dave Brailsford follows suit after his riders conquered the mighty Mortirolo, describes it as 'solid' on Strava
With Sir Dave's team not exactly dominating proceedings at this Giro, it appears he's taking some time to ride the course himself after the peloton has rolled through. Yesterday he took on the Mortirolo, averaging 272 watts for the segment and 240 watts for his entire 40km ride according to his Strava upload. When asked how it went, he simply replied "solid" in the comments below. He'll be signing himself up at this rate...
Some speedy descending on the Mortirolo yesterday
Top speeds on that breath-taking Mortirolo descent:@giuliocicco1 @TrekSegafredo: 77.2km/h@vincenzonibali @Bahrain_Merida: 80.2km/h@rogla @JumboVismaRoad: 83.1km/h#VelonLive #Giro #cycling pic.twitter.com/o0cffL5C1G
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) May 28, 2019
The rain didn't stop the riders from reaching some hair-raising speeds, with Roglic hitting 83.1km/h on his descent as he attempted to claw back some time on Nibali and Carapaz ahead of him... ultimately it wasn't to be.
Half of Copenhagen commutes are now by bike
Forbes reports that Copenhagen is planning even greater restrictions on car journeys after bike commutes soared from 43% in 2017 to 49% in 2018. The city's cycle priority plan had aimed for 50% of commutes to be cycled by 2025, but this target looks set to be surpassed.