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Denmark’s older cyclists urged to wear helmets in new campaign; 12,500-space bike parking facility opens in Utrecht; a day of big-name transfers; Kiwi rider beaten by a “bee’s dick” + much more on the live blog

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19 August 2019, 19:05
Wear helmets, older cyclists in Denmark told

A road safety campaign in Denmark is urging older cyclists to wear helmets and ride bikes that are easier to climb on and dismount from, reports the Copenhagen Post.

Launched by road safety agency Rådet for Sikker Trafik and TrygFonden, the campaign points out that half of Denmark’s cyclist fatalities involve people aged 65+.

Some 37 per cent of survey respondents aged 65 and above said that losing balance while trying to get on or off a bike was the most common cause of their sustaining a cycling-related injury.

“When you’re elderly, a fall off a bicycle can have very serious consequences, because the body is more fragile. They can easily break a bone and decide their cycling days are over,” said Tina Valter Olsen from Rådet for Sikker Trafik.

19 August 2019, 15:22
12,500 spaces ... world's biggest bike parking facility opens in Utrecht

It's been a while coming, but the world's biggest bike parking facility has officially opened today in the Dutch city of Utrecht, with space for 12,500 bicycles.

Spanning three floors, it's located next to Utrecht's main railway station.

The Dutch government's junior infrastructure minister, Stientje van Veldhoven, saidL “We are striving to make it a cyclists’ paradise and there’s still much to be done.

“I’d like us to make better use of what I call this secret weapon against congestion, poor air quality in cities and climate change that is also good for your health and your wallet.

“If you want to get people out of their cars and into public transport, you need to make sure using public transport is easy and comfortable.

"It needs to be very easy to park your bike as close to the train as possible – and you don’t want to be looking for half an hour for a space,” she added.

More here on Guardian.com.

19 August 2019, 15:07
A busy day for big-name transfers - Philippe Gilbert heads back to Lotto-Soudal
19 August 2019, 15:01
Nice bike!

Top work Canyon, that's a crracking paint job for British national women’s time trial champion Alice Barnes.

19 August 2019, 12:10
World Hour Record holder to Team NTT

Victor Campenaerts, the current holder of the World Hour Record is leaving Lotto Soudal for Team NTT, currently known as Dimension Data.

The TT specialist may well have been looking for faster equipment with the BMC bikes of Team NTT surely a huge pull.

Speaking on the team's website, Campenaerts said:

“I’m really looking forward to my new adventure with Team NTT next year. The contact that I had with the team earlier on (in the year) was immediately really positive – with riders at first, then with some of the staff and later on directly with Doug Ryder. The common interests were very positive for both parties, and we didn’t need talk too much in order for us to agree on working together.

“I had two super good years with Lotto Soudal, it was a really positive experience and it was really difficult to leave the team but I’m really looking forward to this new challenge. I’m sure that this is a step forward in my career and I’m really looking forward to it.”

19 August 2019, 12:04
From the forum - What's the best commuter rainwear?

Over on the road.cc forum, user steevedee has a 10-mile commute and would prefer to stay dry.

Got a favourite bit of rain-wear? Head this way to let them know.

19 August 2019, 10:13
Who wants to give this a try?
19 August 2019, 09:51
What bike for Paris-Brest-Paris?

As 1,200km randonnée gets underway, we look at the bikes being ridden. View them all here and let us know which one you would ride.

The bikes of PBP.

19 August 2019, 09:28
Hoy's still got it

The last time that we went to the gym, the bar alone was a struggle, people laughed and we came away with a knee injury.

19 August 2019, 08:46
Want to go faster?

Install latex inner tubes. Read why here. 

19 August 2019, 08:24
Well, that confirms that.

Only about half an hour after Team Sunweb announced that Dumoulin would be leaving, Jumbo Visma has announced his signing.

It's almost like they planned it...

19 August 2019, 07:55
Monday morning on Mont Ventoux
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dawn patrol on the mythical Mont Ventoux

A post shared by Mike Cotty (@cottydale) on

What a view.

19 August 2019, 07:43
Fancy a ride in Richmond Park? Time to buy that gravel bike

A hotspot for London's cyclists, Richmond Park is usually rather busy on a Sunday morning, but you'll need to steer clear on Sunday 8th September as the London Duathlon is on. 

The Tamsin trail will still be open, but that's not much use for roadies. Best think of somewhere else for the Sunday spin that weekend...

19 August 2019, 07:21
Beaten by a bee's dick....

It's been a tough week for New Zealander Hayden McCormick. On stage 4 of the Tour of Utah, he celebrated a brilliant win, only to realise that he still had a lap to go...

...and then, clear of the breakaway on stage 5 of the Tour of Utah and there wasn't much between him and Lachlan Morton at the line.

As McCormick puts it, there was just a 'bee's dick between us today'!

19 August 2019, 07:17
Dumoulin Leaves Sunweb After 8 Years

A transfer that was a long time coming. The rumour is that he's headed to Jumbo Visma, meaning that we could have the majority of GC talent locked into just two teams. Watch out for the Ineos vs Jumbo battle to heat up even more next year!

16 August 2019, 15:18
The Weekend Roundup

How fast?!? Scottish singer spotted delivering food by bike, Surrey cyclist helped out of canal after toppling in... all the best news from the weekend on road.cc:

Hundreds of drawing pins spread on Bridgend cycle track

Passer-by rescues Surrey cyclist from river after she slipped while riding on towpath

Neil Campbell hits 174mph to become fastest man on a bike

Lewis Capaldi turns Deliveroo rider in Leeds

Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.