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Live blog: Video interview with new cycling minister (and Laura saves him from Mr Whippy); 532-mile race from Aberdeen-Silverstone between e-bike and electric car; neutral service goes bit nuts (literally) in Scotland; Magnus Backstedt to ride RAAM + more

All today's news from the site and beyond.....
05 June 2019, 16:04
Absolutely makes sense

La Brompton #tallbike di @zio_bici

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Bromptons are almost exclusively useful because of their compactness and how easy they are to fold. So obviously we're all screaming out for a tallbike version...

05 June 2019, 15:47
Laura Laker interviews new minister for cycling, Michael Ellis MP (and saves him from an ice-cream van)

Northampton North MP's first official engagement was at yesterday's All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group ride in London.

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05 June 2019, 15:35
"Neutral service just isn't what it used to be ... "

Bizarre goings-on involving a near-naked man wielding a bicycle wheel in Renfrew near Glasgow earlier this week ...

05 June 2019, 15:28
05 June 2019, 12:22
Chris Ramsey is currently winning 532 mile showdown with electric car on his VOLT e-bike

Ramsey (not the comedian), who holds the Guinness World Record for being the first to ride an electric vehicle the entire length of the 10,000 mile Mongol Rally, set off on Sunday for the journey between Aberdeen and Silverstone, where he plans to arrive in time for the Fully Charged Live show at the race circuit. He's currently well in front of his competition in the form of a Renault Twizy, that needs recharging every 50 miles in contrast to the VOLT e-bike, which needs recharging every 60. 

Chris was taking a break in Hinckley this morning with plenty of time to spare, and being about 40 miles from Silverstone that means he should be arriving at the finish today. Further updates when we get them. 

05 June 2019, 11:28
dhb launch updated Aeron LAB kit
dhb raceline 2

dhb have launched the Aeron Lab Raceline 2.0 kit, developed with input from the Canyon dhb pro team. Visits to the wind tunnel, fit and fabric enhancements have all contributed towards the redesign, with the collection consisting of jerseys (£110), skinsuits (£180) and bib shorts (£130) in men's and women's sizes. You can shop the Aeron LAB Raceline 2.0 collection exclusively at Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles now. 

05 June 2019, 11:52
Escape to the Pyrenees guest house opens, offering guided tours on road, gravel and the mountains
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The new guest house, located in the heart of the heart of the Pyrenees, offers week-long guided tours of some of the most famous/infamous routes that have featured in the Tour de France, plus lesser known gravel and downhill rides if you prefer dirt. 

The Escape to the Pyranees Tour de France week runs from 14-21 July, with the chance to watch some of the stages as well as ride the roads yourself, and there is also a mountainous week from 10-17 August and further tours in later August and September. Prices from €1450 for a twin room with everything included for a week, head over to their website for more info.   


05 June 2019, 10:56
The correct way round?

Drivers have to 'press' a button by triggering a sensor in order to get over this intersection in the Netherlands, something we can only dream of in UK cities currently...

05 June 2019, 10:19
Josh Dey court case: driver who hit the medical student is facing jail (more to follow)

The 22-year-old was struck by 29-year-old Sean Fagan, who was driving on the wrong side of the road as he hit Dey and left the scene. Full story to follow. 

05 June 2019, 07:58
Magnus Backstedt announces he will ride the Race Across America next week as part of eight man team

He kept that one quiet... up until now, as Swedish former pro and the 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt just announced last night that he will compete in the Race Across America (RAAM) next week as part of an eight man team. 

Proclaimed as 'the world's toughest bicycle race', RAAM has no stages and sees participants ride 3000 miles across 12 states to complete the course. Both amateurs and pros compete together and you can ride solo or in teams of 2, 4, 6 and 8 (solo riders have to meet qualifying criteria). Backstedt, now a respected coach, bike fitter and cycling commentator, is no stranger to endurance events outside of traditional pro cycling stage races and one day classics, having completed multiple Ironman triathlons since his retirement. He  will be riding to raise money for British military charities during his RAAM attempt along with his other seven teammates, and they have already raised nearly £5,000 on their JustGiving page - they're not just there to make the numbers up either, and are aiming to win the team category in under six days according to the page blurb. Click here to donate to his team's cause, and click here to find out more about RAAM. It kicks off on Tuesday 11th June. 

05 June 2019, 07:22
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates bicycle kick goal with bicycle ride

Just another bicycle day @lagalaxy

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The Swedish superstar stored a stunning overhead bicycle kick for his team LA Galaxy on Sunday, so naturally here he is posing with bike a couple of days later. Zlatan was quoted as saying this would be one of the wondergoals he'd rather forget, however, as the Galaxy actually lost the game 2-1 to New England Revolution. 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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