Live blog: Jail for company director who used 4x4 to deliberately knock “little shit” cyclist off bike; Froome to race TdF crit in Japan; Dutch student breaks women's speed record; Roglic extends +more

All today's news from the site and beyond.....
10 September 2019, 20:28
Jail for company director who used 4x4 to knock "little shit" cyclist off bike

A company director who used his 4x4 vehicle to deliberately knock a teenage cyclist off his bike and described the victim afterwards as a "little shit" has been jailed.

Report here on the Manchester Evening News, full story on in the morning.

10 September 2019, 19:39
10 September 2019, 19:35
Bristol bloke spaffs 30 grand fighting £100 speeding ticket

Heart bleeds, but have to feel sorry for those he is SKI-ing ... full story here on Bristol Live

10 September 2019, 14:49
Mathieu van der Poel storms up final climb to take Tour of Britain lead

Mathieu van der Poel stormed up the final climb of today's Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain in Kendal today to cross the line first and take the overall lead by just 1 second from Matteo Trentin after what is perhaps the toughest day's racing in this year's edition with more than 3,000 metres of climbing on the way from Gateshead.

With barely a flat section of road today and plenty of sharp inclines, today's parcours looked like perfect preparation for the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire later this month ... would you bet against the 24-year-old Dutchman pulling on the rainbow jersey in Harrogate?

10 September 2019, 14:29
Spot Tom Ritchey
10 September 2019, 14:19
Roglic commits future to Jumbo-Visma by signing four year contract extension

We heard a couple of rumours the current Vuelta leader could be going to pastures new, but Jumbo-Visma have put those rumblings to bed by confirming that Roglic has just signed a four year contract extension. 

With Tom Dumoulin on his way there too for 2020, Jumbo could have a bit of a headache when it comes to deciding who their team leader wil be in next year's Grand Tours... 

10 September 2019, 14:14
Carbon zimmer frame anyone?
carbon walker thing

And the frame weighs just 6.3kg according to the product description we've found on the Nitro Elite website. We'll have one of these when our knees eventually give out...


10 September 2019, 13:05
There is a bicycle pedal embedded in the middle of the road at Trafalgar Square

We spotted it during the die-in at the National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist there on Saturday. Wonder how it got there? 

Pedal Trafalgar Square.JPEG
10 September 2019, 12:52
Dutch student breaks women’s cycling speed record

A Dutch student has broken the women’s cycling speed record at the annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge at Battle Mountain, Nevada.

VeloX 9 team (picture via TU Delft)

Rosa Bas hit 122.12kph at the event, organised by the International Human Powered Vehicle Association, to beat the existing record of 121.8kph set by Barbara Buatois of France in 2010.

Bas undertook her record-breaking ride on VeloX 9, a fully-faired recumbent bike designed and built by a team of students from TU Delft and VU Amsterdam, who have competed in the challenge for several years now, and held the men's record from 2013-15.

"We worked towards this for a year and now we have succeeded", she said. "It is amazing to cycle so fast. I went faster than cars are allowed to drive on this road."

10 September 2019, 11:16
Chris Froome to race Tour de France Saitama Criterium next month

Chris Froome will take part in the Tour de France Saitama Criterium in Japan next month, marking his return to racing – albeit in what is effectively an exhibition event – since his horrific crash at the Criterium du Dauphiné in June.

News of Froome’s upcoming participation in the 27 October event, which is expected to draw around 100,000 spectators and will pitch the stars of the Tour de France against Japan’s top domestic riders, was made by organisers on Twitter.

The post was accompanied by a video message from the Team Ineos rider, who said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the criterium at Saitama this year.

“It’s always an event that I really enjoy doing and especially seeing all the Japanese fans who are so passionate about the Tour de France and European racing, so I’m looking forward to it and see you soon.”

10 September 2019, 10:47
Man drives to police station to register bike... and gets arrested for drink driving

Police in the town of Brockville, Ontario confirmed that on Sunday afternoon they arrested a 52-year-old man for drunk driving... after he'd willingly gone to their station to register his bicycle. Brockville Newswatch report that a police officer could smell alcohol on the breath on the man; he was given a breathalyser which shown he was twice over the legal limit, and his driving licence was subsequently suspended for three months. 

He'll certainly be needing that bike now... 

10 September 2019, 10:40
Tour of Britain stage 4 - hills

The riders are off and have already taken on some punishing gradients before they've got anywhere near the three categorised climbs of the day. 

10 September 2019, 07:38
Cycling UK say if pavement parking ban is enforced, government should also reverse new rule that allows parking on cycle lanes

While a proposed ban on pavement parking has proved a mostly popular suggestion, Cycling UK highlight that beneath this, new rules were quietly brought in recently that allows parking in cycle lanes marked with solid white lines. Cycling UK say: "This change, made without notifying councils or the public - needs to be reversed."

Is it time tougher rules on parking on pavements and cycle lanes were brought in? Some consistency would be nice...

10 September 2019, 07:31
Former TV ballroom dancer says cyclists "go through red lights and scratch cars"

We had to google him, but someone who was on Strictly Come Dancing a few years ago has done a tweet about cyclists and it's not a particularly wise one. Commenting on a nasty incident reported this week in which a 5-year-old was hit by a cyclist who then fled the scene, 41-year-old James Jordan said for this reason, all cyclists need to be held 'accountable'. 

Despite numerous people pointing out that such legislation Jordan could be referring to would be hugely expensive and ineffective, plus the huge numbers of incidents each year involving motor vehicles, Jordan said of the latter: "But they are liable".  

10 September 2019, 07:25
New sponsors, Fiona?
kolbinger ride.PNG

And after her adventures this summer she deserves them! The Transcontinental Race winner posted her latest ride to Strava tagging Enve, 7Mesh and Fizik, presumably brands she's now partnered up with. Just the quick 100 miler with about 9,000 feet of climbing to test the new gear on this occasion...  

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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