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20 June 2019, 16:16
Porn Pedallers’ kit launch

Porn Pedallers Cycling Club (PPCC) is holding a launch party at Look Mum No Hands tonight.

The event will see it unveil the sponsors who have flocked to support it after British Cycling revoked its membership because its name contravened UCI regulations.

They’ve also hooked up with Le Col, who have provided the club’s new kit for the 2019 season.

Porn Pedallers kit

In 2010, PPCC will continue to raise funds for HIV and sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust.

The next fundraising effort will see six club members, including porn star Tindra Frost, ride down the west coast of France in 10 days’ time.

The so-called #AtlanticStreak will involve bikepacking 900+ miles from Roscoff in Brittany, France, to Santander, Northern Spain, over nine days, unsupported.

You can track their progress and donate via the Follow My Challenge website.

PPCC is also slated to ride Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100, London to Amsterdam, London to Brighton and Paris 24, with a World Aids Day sportive on 1 December still in planning.

20 June 2019, 16:01
New e-bike range from Boardman
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The three new bikes use Fazua's Evation system. Full story on eBikeTips

20 June 2019, 15:48
Tom Dumoulin's out of the Tour de France

Dumoulin finished runner-up to Geraint Thomas last year, but injured his knee in a crash at the Giro d'Italia earlier this year.

Announcing that he is to sit out the Tour, he said: “The last month has been extremely difficult overall, and with the setbacks in the knee recovery.

"After what happened at the Giro I really wanted to go for it in the Tour, but this week I realised it’s just not realistic for my level to be there in time.

"I’ve tried so hard to get there but I really have to listen to my body and release myself from chasing an unrealistic goal.”

Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens added: “Tom was really eager to be ready in time for the Tour and he tried all he could, but now the conclusion is that it’s simply not possible.

"We trusted in the process of rest, recuperation and a gradual return to racing but like in any recovery, there have been setbacks.

"Time isn’t on our side anymore to cater for setbacks so to give Tom the time he needs to get back to complete fitness can only be the right decision.

"Despite his strong will and ambition to race the TDF it’s better to let this goal go this year in favour of optimum recovery.”

20 June 2019, 15:44
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Family of cyclist who died after hitting pothole says council "wriggling out" of paying compensation

Victim’s daughter says council regularly pay out for motorists who hit potholes but won’t for her father.

Full story here.

20 June 2019, 13:53
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Two test positive for EPO at New York gran fondo

“Not testing the athletes is a selfish, cost saving decision from a race director," says organisers.

Full story here.

20 June 2019, 12:30
For some reason, helmets appear to be main Twitter talking point after this morning's GMB debate

Donnachadh McCarthy, guest on Good Morning Britain today and co-founder of the Stop Killing Cyclists organisation, pointed out that it could make more sense for motorists to wear helmets rather than cyclists due to the higher accident rate. This is the point that seems to have stuck on social media, with Good Morning Britain's Twitter posts on the matter also containing all the usual bingo cards such as road tax, red lights and insurance. 

20 June 2019, 12:25
Bad haircut, good pun

Team Ineos have unveiled Luke Rowe's 'Rowe-hawk', inflicted on the Welshman due to a mysterious lost bet. What do you reckon? 

20 June 2019, 11:50
Billy Bookcase < Billy sunglasses holder
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Read all about it here

20 June 2019, 10:53
Anyone want to cycle to school?
20 June 2019, 10:51
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Sadiq Khan to close 12 miles of London roads for car-free day in September

British Medical Association asks Mayor of London to introduce permanent network of traffic-free arterial routes.

Full story here.

20 June 2019, 10:44
Mathieu Van Der Poel to race Tour of Britain

It's been announced this morning that the 24-year-old Dutchman will line up for this year's Tour of Britain, taking place between 7-14 September. One of the most exciting talents in world cycling at the moment, Van Der Poel says he's weighing up which stages to go for: “I’m really happy that the organiser gives our team the chance to participate for the first time and at the same time helps me preparing for the Worlds in the best possible way.

“Of course, we’ll study the roadbook in order to decide in which stages we will try to go for a stage win.”

 

20 June 2019, 10:36
blubrake launch an anti-lock braking system for e-cargo bikes
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Italian braking specialists blubrake have unveiled what they claim is the world's first anti-locking braking system (ABS) specifically made for e-cargo bikes. It was shown off at the International Cargo Bike Festival in Groningen, and promises to offer the most safe and powerful braking on the market for electric-assist cargo bikes with heavy loads. Full story over on eBikeTips

 

20 June 2019, 10:10
Ditch the car and get on yer bike for #CleanAirDay

Clean Air Day was started in 2017 to highlight the dangers of air pollution. If you choose the bike over the car for most of your trips you're already doing your bit, but do check out the Clean Air Day website for more tips on reducing air pollution and read up on the facts and figures. 

20 June 2019, 09:39
Helmet row episode 2

It's barely mid-morning and we're on the second helmet row of the day... this time a father who says his wife was criticised by a school headteacher for not making their daughter wear one. Chris Boardman replied by directing the headteacher to a blog post on the matter on his website.  

20 June 2019, 08:32
Was anything delivered today?
20 June 2019, 08:28
British Medical Association says Mayor of London should create arterial routes only open to "green" forms of public transport
20 June 2019, 08:22
Good Morning Britain guests ‘discuss’ whether we treat cyclists badly

Well this looked like it might have been almost unbearable viewing.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, the co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists, Donnachadh McCarthy, attempted to highlight how many people’s views on cyclists and cycling are completely out of proportion.

We don’t know if any of you saw the segment, but it does not appear that his effort to put cycle helmet use in some sort of context hit home.

The comments responding to the tweet don’t make for uplifting reading either.

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