Great Britain is set to be two riders short in the men’s road race at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships next month – despite the event taking place on home roads in Yorkshire.
Sportsmail reports that with Denmark’s Michael Morkov finishing fifth in the road race at the European Championships yesterday in Alkmaar, that country has moved into 10th place in the UCI World Rankings.
As a result Great Britain, whose highest-placed rider was Chris Lawless in 13th, will be pushed down into 11th place, pushing Great Britain into 11th (although the website has yet to be updated).
The top 10 countries in the standings – calculated by adding together points accumulated by the eight highest-scoring riders – will each have eight men on the starting line in Leeds on 29 September, while those ranked 11-20 will have just six.
Simon Yates, helped by his Vuelta victory and last month’s two Tour de France stage wins, has been the country’s top point scorer over the past 12 months, followed by his twin brother Adam then Geraint Thomas.
Neither Chris Froome nor Mark Cavendish feature among the top eight British riders, having amassed 50 and 44 points respectively in the past year.
Tao Geoghegan Hart is currently the country’s eighth-ranked rider, on 325 points.
Neither the taxi driver nor the cyclist come out of this with any credit to be honest ... and the taxi driver doesn't emerge with much dignity either as his shorts fall down and reveal he isn't wearing underwear (but don't reveal much else, thankfully). Truly bizarre.
Naht my highlight of London 1/2 pic.twitter.com/iwMhFTI1Bk
— Georgie (@Yorkshire_G) August 12, 2019
He cycled the wrong way up the bus lane then looked for a fight. After circling the taxi in traffic and hurling abuse at the driver and us, he punched the window by my Mum and kicked the taxi. Quick scrap and no one badly injured pic.twitter.com/vdF3qb0Ytd
— Georgie (@Yorkshire_G) August 12, 2019
Costing the best part of £3 million and with space for around 3,000 bikes, Cambridge's Cycle Point, next to the city's railway station, was supposed tp provide a secure place to park your pride and joy - after all, it's covered by more than 100 CCTV cameras.
Unfortunately, that's not how it's turned out, with one theft even making it into the Guardian last year. Now, another cyclist who has fallen victim to the thieves has toured the building taking photos of the broken locks he found - more than 30 in all. It would certainly make you think twice about leaving your bike there ...
Just had my bike stolen from the 'state of the art' £2.5m Cambridge station cycle park. I had a wander around & counted more than 30 cut locks (within view of ~100 CCTV cameras!) Brazen criminality with apparent impunity. Police & station staff seem powerless and/or apathetic. pic.twitter.com/UrJ6jY2tA2
— Edward Anderson (@edanderson101) August 12, 2019
This morning, professional triathlete Skipper told us he was awaiting news on whether a new potential new 12 hour time trial record of 325 miles he recorded at the national championships yesterday would stand - and unfortunately it's bad news for the 31-year-old.
On their report just published this afternoon, CTT say that Skipper clocked a provisional 309.52 miles, which was still enough to take the national title by a margin of around six miles, but is way short of what he uploaded to his Strava account.
Skipper said: “I wanted to try and break the competition record so I was paying attention to that after five or six hours as it looked like it was on, but the finishing circuit was slow so I wasn’t sure I had done enough.
“I had mapped out the course and was following that rather than the signs, and turned too early before one of the roundabouts. I just wasn’t paying attention which was annoying, as if I had been following the marshals I would’ve been OK."
This all means that the record of 321.44 miles set by Adam Duggleby in 2018 still stands.
In the women's race, the winner was Vicky Gill with a distance of 278.38 miles, around 10 miles more than second-placed Christina Murray.
The Velolife cycling cafe near Henley-on-Thames had a busy weekend due to all the publicity surrounding Windsor & Maidenhead council saying cyclists are not allowed to meet there - and among those showing their solidarity with the business was road.cc reader Andy Gray, who sent us these snaps.
Ffordd Pen Llech in Harlech was finally recognised as the world’s steepest street by Guinness Book of Records last month, so of course the right thing to do was to hold a hill climb event up the hellish road with a peak gradient of 37.45%, dubbed the Harlech Hell Climb.
It took place yesterday, with Calum Brown winning in a time of 50 seconds on the 0.33km course. Andrew Nichols and 2017 national hill climb champ Dan Evans were second and third respectively in the men's race, while the women's top three were Rebecca Richardson, Jessica Evans and Lucy Lee.
Overall results from yesterday’s Dringfa Ffordd Pen Llech are as follows
Thank you to everyone once again for making it such a brilliant day and a successful event - we hope you had as much fun as we did!
Well done to all competitors; seriously impressive times pic.twitter.com/sMX1owVNSk
— Welsh Cycling (@WelshCycling) August 12, 2019
— LatGold (@Latgold) August 8, 2019
The special edition coin includes a profile portrait of Coppi, and the image is "surrounded by the text REPUBBLICA ITALIANA, and symbolically, a bicycle chain that is placed along the edge", according to coinupdate.com.
It will be available from 2nd September, bookmark the website here if you fancy it or if you think it will make a perfect gift for the biggest Fausto fan in your life.
We won't spend too much more time on this (read our full rebuttal of his daft comments here) but here are some of our favourite tweets in response to Mr Clarkson's rant...
— Hannah // absolute cyclepath \\ (@theeyecollector) August 11, 2019
This is what he said in 2012. Like his friend Boris, he'll say whatever gets him attention at the time pic.twitter.com/E0rZSuUS7a
— Hackney Cyclist (@Hackneycyclist) August 11, 2019
I can't be arsed reading this.
— Dave Dee (@dodgyd) August 11, 2019
It's just all nonsensical verbal diarrhoea from an obnoxious angry old drunk.
I wish James May would try to talk some sense into him, but Clarkson is too busy trying to scapegoat everything else imaginable for the problems caused by cars.
— Garlan Tyrell (@SerGarlanTyrell) August 11, 2019
It's perhaps not going quite as swimmingly as the auctioneers might have expected, but this special edition Roubaix being auctioned off in aid of World Bicycle Relief is now bidding at £10,100 - a 'standard' 2020 model Specialized S-Works Roubaix with SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset will set you back £9,500.
There's four days left to go before bidding closes, if you have plenty of dosh and want to help a great charity head over to the eBay auction here.
Before everyone piles in on the hipster craft ale giants, Brewdog said they were very happy to see the new e-bike scheme open in Dundee, but just wanted this particular charging point located away from their Panmure Street beer garden out front of the pub so it didn't encroach on the space. Full story on eBikeTips.
The national 12 hour time trial championships took place yesterday in Norfolk, and pro triathlete Joe Skipper blitzed the field riding a whopping 325.31 miles at an average speed of 27.1mph according to his monstrous Strava upload (yes we're sticking to miles as is British TT tradition thanks, multiply by 1.609 for how fast and how far in kilometres).
According to the Cycling Time Trials database the current record is 321.44 miles set by Adam Duggleby in 2018; which means pending verification, Skipper has smashed the record by nearly four miles. A potential hurdle is that Skipper took a wrong turn on the course, so he's still waiting to see if the distance can be ratified. He told road.cc this morning: "I'm not 100% sure as I accidentally took a wrong turn, so at the moment they have docked me some miles but apparently they might try to work out exactly how far I've gone."
The 12 hour time trial record went into the history books back in 1967 when Beryl Burton rode 277.25 miles, at the time the farthest ridden in 12 hours by any man or women. The women's record was eventually broken more than 50 years later by Alice Lethbridge, who covered 285.65 miles.
Skipper is currently recovering from a running injury so cannot compete in triathlon events, and it appears his switch to time trialling in the meantime has been pretty successful. We'll update as and when we find out if the distance will be officially recognised by CTT...
Bernal's Tour prep 'secrets', Clarkson, laughing in the face of flood water, Jeremy bloody Clarkson... here's the weekend news highlights from road.cc:
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 road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc 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.