Live blog: Video: Close pass driver stops and (wrongly) tells cyclist he must use cycle lane - huge row ensues; Van driver in Ireland fined for shockingly fast close pass; Alex Dowsett educates Twitter user on riding two abreast + more

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11 June 2019, 17:11
Fine for van driver in Ireland after shockingly fast close pass

Always nice to see a result in these cases.

11 June 2019, 14:53
Raping and pillaging, Vikings, 'cynical motherbanger'... behold, perhaps the most tangential article about bike safety ever written/typed

We can summarise the article in question by Plymouth Herald journalist Carl Eve as this: 'Some teenage lads organised a group ride through town, some of the locals were unhappy, they allegedly shouted some abuse at woman who honked her horn at them (read that article here), but that's a bit unfair and what they're doing ain't all that bad really". 

The writer has a point; however we're treated to - amongst other peculiar pieces of prose - comparisons between Viking invasions and lads on bikes, a fictional character Eve has named 'Brigadier Flatulent-Buttockclench' and a guide on how to deal with teenagers before arriving at that point. As the writer says in his tweet, you may want to dedicate a good 20 minutes of your time with a cup of tea and perhaps several biscuits to digest what is being said... 

11 June 2019, 14:02
Bikes? Completed it mate

This might just be one of the snazziest bikes we've ever had in for testing, originally for the purposes of testing Campagnolo's new EPS groupset. Spec of the dream build: 

Basso Diamante frameset
Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 speed groupset - 52/36 chainrings, 11/29 cassette
Deda Superzero carbon bars
Campagnolo Bora WTO carbon wheels, 60mm depth
Vittoria Corsa Speed Graphene 2.0 tyres
Selle San Marco Aspire saddle

11 June 2019, 12:05
Close pass driver stops and (wrongly) tells cyclist he must use cycle lane - massive argument ensues

A cyclist has posted a video to YouTube showing a very close pass by a motorist who subsequently drove alongside him then got out of his car and, as well as issuing threats, repeatedly insisted (wrongly) that the rider must use an adjacent shared-use path.

Well done to the cyclist for managing to remain calm - and to the other (very well-informed) rider who stopped to support his insistence that he had every right to be on the road, and that it was the driver who had broken the law by not giving sufficient room.

In a lengthy argument, the driver insists that the cyclist shouldn’t be in the middle of the road, that he should have lights on, and – when he is informed the cyclist is filming with a helmet camera – accuses him of “going around looking for trouble” so he can post videos to YouTube.

Warning - The video contains a lot of swearing.

11 June 2019, 11:22
Change of name for Team Dimension Data as parent company NTT rebrands business?

A change of name could be on the cards for Team Dimension Data as its sponsor's parent company NTT - in full, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph, the fourth largest telecoms business in the world - brings the business under its own corporate identity.

Inner Ring's suggestion that the team could relaunch ahead of the Tour de France - a race for which Dimension Data also provides data services - seems like a good call.

11 June 2019, 10:35
You couldn't make it up etc...

As Kil0ran says in the comments section, there is almost insufficient levels of popcorn in the world to get us through this Whyte vs Rich Energy saga - as a photo is now doing the rounds of Rich Energy Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean riding... a WHYTE mountain bike! Awkward...  


11 June 2019, 08:31
And continuing the Twitter madness...

...Alex Dowsett, the Katusha-Alpecin pro cyclist has been casually schooling a disgruntled motorist on Twitter who got rather upset at having to pass a small group of riders who were riding two abreast.

It seems that the issue with this photo is that by sitting just off the wheel in front, which is a sensible group ride safety measure, the group appears to be 3 abreast in places. So, should we all be religiously sticking to the wheel in front of us?

11 June 2019, 07:40
Whyte Bikes still locked in bizarre online battle of words with energy drink brand, who were sued for copying the Whyte logo

For some context to the above, energy drink brand and sponsor of the Haas F1 team Rich Energy burst onto the scene with a logo that looked remarkably similar to the distinctive antler logo used by Whyte Bikes - Whyte noticed, and so took Rich Energy to court a couple of months ago and won quite convincingly. The judge said: "I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities that both Mr Kelly and Mr Storey (Rich Energy's CEO and web designer respectively) have lied about not being familiar with Whyte’s logo. I find it more likely than not that they were familiar with it, and that they directly and knowingly copied it."

Case closed? It appears not, as Rich Energy continue to use the logo and make childish swipes on social media. Whyte couldn't help but do some trolling of their own, placing their logo on a Mercedes F1 poster - to which Rich Energy's social media person clearly didn't get the joke, bizarrely saying in their Tweet above: we are actually investing money in F1 while you are investing zero". 

The brand are still getting something of a pasting in the comments, we've picked some of the best for you below. Anyone actually ever seen a can of Rich Energy in a shop, by the way?

11 June 2019, 07:35
Why not?

Just a shame about the congestion around them!

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 was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. 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. 

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