Live blog: Club cyclists accused of riding London to Brighton sportive route without having an entry - Oxted CC Chairman responds + more

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18 June 2019, 16:08
UK Cycling Expert wishes G well (sort of)...

We're particularly liking the illuminati/conspiracy theory references to Froome's crash! You can read more about that on yesterday's live blog, and be prepared to facepalm...

18 June 2019, 11:17
Re London to Brighton sportive debate - here's a response from Oxted Cycling Club

Russell Hicks, Chairman of Oxted CC, sent this response to  

Yes, a lot of clubs do a very early morning dash to Brighton on some of the roads used by the BHF (British Heart Foundation) ride. A few points...

1) A few years ago, when I was with another club, we did this early morning dash and raised several hundred pounds from our riders. We sent the BHF a nice letter and a cheque which they banked, they didn't object.

2) Of course we don't want to take advantage of someone else's sportive, particularly a fundraiser, so we sponsor riders who are entered for the whole route. We raised several hundred pounds for BHF last Sunday, another club raised nearly £1000.

3) As a club we are doing charity rides all the time. We have helped a blind girl in our club who rides 'stoker' on a tandem raise thousands for her charity, Sparks. She and many other Oxted riders are in the Pru (Prudential Ride London) this year (link here). 

Also this weekend coming we have several riders in this incredible fundraiser. Amongst many charity rides we do is the 'Circuit of Kent', every year we have 40 to 50 riders in that.

4) Many of us have done the BHF Brighton ride in the past but it isn't good for club riders, there are just too many people, too many jams, too many accidents, too many dramas. We go down fast very early, using the almost empty public roads which we have all paid for many times over. We don't use any BHF facilities or feed stations and we turn right in Brighton, away from the BHF finish, our finish is in Hove. We return via a different route and are back home by 1/2pm... like nothing happened.

5) When marshals/police see us in the early morning, they always seem very excited at seeing fast pelotons flashing past. It's a different scene to what happens later!

6) As a busy club, we run six to eight volunteer led rides every weekend, 50 weeks a year. That's 300 to 400 rides a year PLUS midweek rides and many other events - so we more than do our bit for cycling, for the community and for healthy hearts. 

BHF could write to dozens of clubs saying 'don't do it' but I suspect people will simply still do the ride but not in club kit. The real problem is the 4/5000 (estimated by police) occasional riders who 'just join in' during the middle of the day.

18 June 2019, 14:39
Brailsford to lead Ineos at the Tour?


Someone at Team Ineos needs to own up to breaking a mirror, as it's been confirmed that defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has crashed out of the Tour de Suisse. Full story here, and important updates may appear on this here blog sporadically if/when we get more information. 

18 June 2019, 14:09
Bike beehive madness

Two specialist NYPD bee officers (yes, apparently they exist), were called to safely contain a swarm of bees without harming them yesterday after they attached themselves to a lone bicycle, reports the New York Post. The brave beecoppers (see what we did there) reportedly had the situation under control in around an hour and a half.  


18 June 2019, 14:00
Trek and Voxwomen partner to show Giro Rosa on TV for free

Trek and Voxwomen will provide an hour-long broadcast with English commentary of all ten Giro Rosa stages from the 5th-14th July. The episodes will air online shortly after the conclusion of the day's Tour de France stage, including stage previews with Trek-Segafredo directors sportifs Ina Teutenberg and Girogia Bronzini, highlights from the full Giro Rosa stage, and post-race content. it will be available in most countries worldwide on Trek’s racing page and Voxwomen’s website.

Further information on the  broadcast, including how and where to watch, will be available in the lead-up to the race.


18 June 2019, 15:26
7Mesh adds new Women’s Ashlu jersey to summer range

If you’re on the lookout for a new summer jersey (yes, summer will return fear not), then news reaches us from 7Mesh and its brand new Ashlu jersey.

It’s a Merino wool and nylon fabric jersey intended to provide good temperature regulation for changeable weather conditions, like those that you get in the summer. It’s also anti-bacterial so good for multi-day rides like touring and bikepacking.

Details include reflective details, full-length zipper, three rear pockets and two extra zipped pockets for stashing all your valuables.

It’s available now from and costs £110.

18 June 2019, 12:23
Instagram 'influencer' couple who set up a GoFundMe page to finance dream African tandem trip still not popular


LOOK WITHIN And with this post, I will step away from social media for a little while. I mentioned that I'll be doing the hardest thing I've ever done mentally and physically, soon. Here it is. I am going on a walk. I will walk as long as I possibly can. No sleep, No social media, No distractions. Just me and my brain out there. This first came to my mind in the Himalayan mountains, where I got to experience what my mind, body and soul are capable of. Now I'm going to take it even further. I am ready to face whatever is buried deep inside me. those doing the 30 day challenge, carry on. Remember why you started and keep moving forward. Much love to you all. Time to do some soul work.

A post shared by CAT AND ELENA (@another_beautiful_day_official) on

Last week a couple named Cat and Elena, who run the Another Beautiful Day Instagram account, posted this asking for donations to the tune of $10,000 to fund a tandem bicycle trip to Africa: "A celebration of life, as we ride freely across mountains, by the sea and through metropolitans. We will show the beauty of this planet and it’s inhabitants, but also the ugliness. But we can not do this on our own. We need you!", they say in the Instagram post.  

Many responses have been a tad scathing, accusing the couple of narcassism, and in their latest post it's not much better. Cat has decided he will step away from social media to "find himself" and "go on a walk" after, we presume, an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign for the tandem trip... to which the first reply reads: "Try walking to a job interview." 

18 June 2019, 12:14
In Utrecht, roadworks cause bike traffic jams...

Utrecht Central reports that the intersection at the Biltstraat is currently closed in the bike-mad city due to roadworks. Both cars and bikes are being forced to take alternative routes, and if cyclists want to use it they have to dismount. This has reportedly caused huge bike pile-ups as cyclists either scramble to dismount or turn back the other way. Cyclists who don't comply face being fined.

18 June 2019, 12:09
Eddie Vedder reunited with dutch cyclist who gave him a lift after a concert... in 1992

The NL Times reports that Pearl Jam frontman Vedder told the anecdote of a woman who gave him a lift on the back of her brother's bike after a show 27 years ago... so Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool tracked the woman down, named Valeska Custers, and 24 hours later she was backstage with Vedder again. He recognised her smile instantly, according to reports. 

18 June 2019, 08:13
London to Brighton: 'hundreds' of club riders accused of riding the sportive route without having an entry

The annual London to Brighton sportive took place on Sunday, and since then a lively debate has sprung up on our forum regarding 'hundreds' of cyclists, many adorning club colours who (allegedly) hadn't entered the event and were just taking advantage of the route and its closed road sections. Forum member wknight said: "3 Clubs had large groups out, all riding for free"...

"These rides costs a huge amount of time and money to organise, you get the benefit of marshals, closed off section roads, feed stations, signed route. What if everyone road for free, the ride would disappear. 

"I am absolutely disgusted with these 3 clubs and everyone else who rode the route for FREE today. Are you so hard up with your fancy bike that you can't afford the entry fee? Anyone else agree with me?"

Many agreed that non-paying cyclists using the closed roads is poor form, however some are of the opinion that there is little you  can do about members of the public using the open road sections. mc says: "If it's an open road sportive, there is nothing you can do about people riding the route. However, as you mentioned closed road sections, then it's up to the police to enforce that. Only those with permission should be on a closed road.

"And if they're using feed stations, then it's up to the organisers/marshals to ensure only those who have paid, get access to the feed stations."

Were you riding London to Brighton on Sunday, or were you one of those riding on the roads while it was taking place? Let us know your thoughts, in the meantime we'll be contacting the clubs mentioned in the original forum post for comment. 

18 June 2019, 08:09
The Bike Project are offering bikes and cycling programmes to refugees as part of #RefugeeWeek

"A bicycle saves on transport costs but it can also mean much more to a refugee than just getting from place to place",  say the Bike Project as part of their drive to empower refugees with two wheels. Find out more about their work here

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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