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Stop Killing our Children, urges must-watch film; Near-dooring of the Day; Women’s Elite, U23 Men’s TT titles decided amid Yorkshire deluge; Wahoo buys Speedplay; Ruby off the Rollers; Bad news for MAMILs with Ironman tattoos? + more on the live blog

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24 September 2019, 17:36
Ruby off the Rollers ...

Terrific reflexes from Lizzie Deignan here ...

24 September 2019, 17:29
We've all seen someone with one of these, yes ... ?
Ironman Tattoo
24 September 2019, 17:23
Oof ... this was a close one ...
24 September 2019, 17:17
Makes a change from being asked if he's that bloke off The Krypton Factor ...
24 September 2019, 17:07
Yorkshire 2019: Chloe Dygert smashes Women's Elite TT to win gold for US

Chloe Dygert – five times a world champion on the track – put in a storming ride in the Yorkshire rain this afternoon to win the rainbow jersey for the United States in the Women’s Elite Time Trial at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships.

The 22-year-old, winner of the Women’s Junior Time Trial and Road Race at Richmond, Virginia in 2015, was untouchable this afternoon once racing got going following a delay on safety grounds due to this morning’s heavy rain.

Riding the 30.3-kilometre course from Ripon to Harrogate at an average speed of 43.1 kilometres an hour, she put 1 minute 33 seconds into second-placed Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands, who finishes runner-up for the third year in a row, with another Dutch rider, Annemiek van Vleuten, seeking her third consecutive rainbow jersey in the discipline, a further 21 seconds back in third place to complete the podium.

24 September 2019, 15:56
100% launches Racetrap and Renshaw sunglasses

US brand 100% has introduced two new styles into its eyewear range: the Racetrap and the Renshaw.

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The Racetrap comes equipped with 100%'s HiPER contrast-enhancing lens technology. We've had good experiences with HiPER lenses before, used in the Speedtrap and Speedcraft SL glasses we've reviewed in the past.

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It's a one-piece, shatter-resistant and impact-resistant polycarbonate lens, with scratch-resistant and hydrophobic/oleophobic coatings (designed to repel water and oil and thereby keep the lens clear). 

The frame is made in Italy (like all 100% sunglasses) using design cues from the Speedtrap.

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Whereas the Racetrap is part of the Sport Performance lineup, the Renshaw is an Active Lifestyle model, so it's not intended for use on the bike.

The sides of the frame extend backwards slightly, intended as a nod to glacier glasses. 

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Get more details on the range at www.ride100percent.com. The glasses will be available through www.freewheel.co.uk although UK retail prices have yet to be released. 

24 September 2019, 15:53
SeatyGo removable saddle goes live on Kickstarter

We briefly told you about the SeatyGo removable saddle a couple of weeks ago; it has now gone live on Kickstarter.

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It's actually just the top part of the saddle that you remove when you leave your bike locked up in public, the rails staying attached to your bike.

What's the point? 

"It's the first and only complete solution for saddle theft, for keeping your saddle dry in wet weather conditions and for protecting your saddle from long term damages caused by sun and humidity," according to Seatylock, the company behind the design.

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"SeatyGo comes in three different models (Dynamic, Urban and Ebike) to offer a solution for all types of cyclists, no matter what kind of saddle and riding posture they prefer."

SeatyGo’s Kickstarter will run until the 23 October, 2019. Its goal is to raise US$30,000 for a December 2019 launch (in time for the holidays) with an MSRP of US$85.

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Kickstarter backers will get 20-30% off, assuming the target is met (all the usual Kickstarter rules apply; pledging money on Kickstarter is not the same as buying a product in a shop).

For more details head over to Kickstarter or https://seatylock.com

24 September 2019, 14:17
Weather delays start to Women's Elite Time Trial at the World Championships

The huge downpour in North Yorkshire this morning has forced a delay to the start of the Women's Elite Time Trial at the World Championships. The first rider is now due to roll down the ramp in Ripon in around 10 minutes' rime, all being well ...

24 September 2019, 14:13
Wahoo acquires Speedplay

Connected fitness devices brand Wahoo has announced the acquisition of pedals brand Speedplay. Who saw that one coming?

Wahoo is best known for its GPS bike computers, such as the Elemnt Roam, and smart trainers, like the Kickr.

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Speedplay's clipless pedal system is unusual in that the retention mechanism is located in the cleat, and you get loads of float (foot movement while staying attached to the pedal).

Why would Wahoo, which recently bought of indoor training app The Sufferfest, be interested in acquiring Speedplay?

"Speedplay products have a long heritage of providing unique, cutting-edge pedal technology to a passionate community of athletes," says Wahoo. 

"Wahoo seeks to build on that legacy by bringing its commitment to smart training, its extensive suite of products, and its history of innovation to the Speedplay brand. By focusing on the needs of cyclists across all disciplines, Wahoo intends to put Speedplay pedals on as many bicycles as possible and continue to drive creativity at this celebrated brand."

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We also wonder whether there's likely to be power-measurement collaboration at some time in the future, although that's purely speculation.

Find out more about Wahoo’s full line of products at wahoofitness.com. 

24 September 2019, 13:30
Must-watch film urges, Stop Killing our Children

A 40-minute film financed through crowdfunding draws its inspiration from the Stop de Kindermoord movement in the 1970s that transformed the way people travel in the Netherlands by prioritising cycling over motoring including, crucially, the building of safe infrastructure.

Stop Killing our Children from ETA on Vimeo.

Available on Vimeo, where it can also be downloaded, Stop Killng our Children “examines how road danger damages us all, whatever our age and however we travel, and questions our collective blindness to both its cause and remedy.”

Produced by the ETA and narrated by BBC journalist John Simpson, the film also features contributions from Chris Boardman, Dr Rachel Aldred, Dr Ian Walker, George Monbiot and the founders of the Stop de Kindermoord movement, among others.

24 September 2019, 12:24
Yorkshire 2019: Three U23 TT golds in a row for Mikkel Bjerg

Mikkel Bjerg has won the Men’s Under-23 Time Trial for third year running on a day when Danish and American riders swept the top four positions.

As defending champion, the 20-year-old, who is joining UAE Team Emirates on a three-year contract after two years at Hagens Berman Axeon, was the last rider out on the 30.3 kilometre course from Ripon to Harrogate.

Amid filthy conditions with the rain hammering down and standing water on some points of the course, he bettered the time of second-placed Ian Garrison of the United States by 27 seconds.

The podium was completed by another American, Brandon McNulty, who beat Denmark’s Mathias Norsgaard Jorgensen to the bronze medal.

24 September 2019, 10:55
Standing water is becoming a big issue

It's been hammering it down in Yorkshire on the U23 TT riders and standing water is now becoming a big issue with two huge crashes so far.

How long can this go on until the commissaire step in? The rain is still falling.

24 September 2019, 10:07
Met unveils two new helmets

Italy's Met has launched two new helmets, the Allroad and the Vinci. Although they share the same shell, they are different in terms of purpose and features.

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The Allroad is designed for use on both asphalt and gravel, and comes with a removable peak. Rather than using dedicated anchor clips, the peak snaps in and out of the side vents. 

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The Allroad features an integrated rear LED light and weighs a claimed 265g (medium size). It'll be available in six different colourways from the end of September, priced at £70.

Vinci

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The Vinci, said to have been inspired by Met's existing Trenta helmet, is a road helmet that features a MIPS safety system.

Find out everything you need to know about MIPS 

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It comes with two dedicated ports for securing your sunglasses when you don't want to wear them.

The Vinci also weighs 265g (medium size) and will be available in six different colourways from the end of September, priced at £100.

www.met-helmets.com

24 September 2019, 09:55
New e-bike motors coming thick and fast

Over on ebiketips they've been checking out some of the new e-bike motors coming to the market. Seems not a day goes by without someone launching a new one... here are six to look out for.

24 September 2019, 09:05
The politest bell ever?
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This bell, designed by engineer Junichiro Kadono in collaboration with Katsuaki Shirai could be the most soothing sound you'll ever hear on the local cycle path.

The bell has been designed to sound just like the Orin, a traditional 'singing bowl' that is used during Buddhist meditation. 

Shirai designed the bell with an ebony hammer that hits the dome at a certain angle for the best sound. Speaking to asahi.com, Shirai said that "experience has shown me they resonate better when you hit them from a slight angle, rather than at a full 90-degree angle from the side".

While the bell might send pedestrians into a zen state, you'll need to practise your mindfulness when you hear the shrill tone of the price. 

Each bell is made to order and will cost upwards of £230 with extra costs for metalwork and painting.

Fancy one? You can order them here.

24 September 2019, 08:31
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Rapha launch Yorkshire clothing collection

Want to celebrate the world champs being in Yorkshire this weekend with some style? Then check out Rapha's new Yorkshire collection which "features locally-inspired designs and colours." 

The range includes jerseys, caps, t-shirts and musettes. More info at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/yorkshire-collection/category/Yorkshire

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24 September 2019, 07:35
Save of the day

A certified Carlton Kirby-esque 'chapeau' to Elynor Backstedt for keeping this one upright.

24 September 2019, 07:33
Your cycling horoscope...

We've had one taste of rubbish weather and that's enough. Why can't it be spring already?

Only 159 days now...

24 September 2019, 07:19
Jumbo-Visma and Wout van Aert consider legal action against ASO
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Cast your mind back to the Tour de France and things were looking very good for team Jumbo-Visma. They'd taken the Yellow Jersey on the opening day, multiple stage wins, and Wout van Aert was looking in fine form during the TT on stage 13.

But as van Aert sailed through a high-speed corner, he clipped a barrier with his knee, causing a deep wound that has, until very recently, kept him off of his bike.

The issue for Van Aert and Jumbo-Visma is that, aside from the lost road racing time, van Aert is missing out on cyclocross races which offer appearance fees along with handsome prize pots.

Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad, van Aert said: "It is clear that the severity of the injury was the result of the way in which the barrier was placed there."

Van Aert has now switched his focus to recovering the muscle mass lost in his right leg and rebuilding towards the spring classics. He aims to use the second half of the cyclocross season to build race fitness.

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.

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