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01/10/2019, 19:57

01/10/2019, 19:45

Russ Downing at 2019 Lincoln GP (picture Alex Whitehead, SWPix.com)

Russ Downing retires

Russ Downing has announced his retirement from racing at the age of 41.

One of the founder members of Team Sky in 2010, he won the overall title at the Tour de Wallonie that year, and the previous season, riding for CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta, took the overall at the Tour of Ireland.

Over the past few years, alongside his brother Dean, he has been an ambassador for Yorkshire cycling, the Rotherham pair acting as ambassadors for the Yorkshire 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart as well as last week’s UCI Road Cycling World Championships.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The time has come ...... What a journey it’s been. From racing around circles on a grass field for Thurcroft Cc to then going on to race for the biggest team in the world, Team sky. I fell in love with the sport at a very young age and I always will love it but racing can’t last forever. A massive thank you to everyone who helped me along the way ..My wife, Family, Friends and of cause the man that convinced me I was good enough to turn pro from a young age, my best buddy Chris Walker ..Not forgetting the sponsors who made it possible year in year out. It is time to hang up the race wheels and pass my knowledge back down into the sport Im going to have one more blast Racing in my good friends historic hill climb @monsalhillclimb ... Come and watch if you fancy it .. Thank you cycling for the memories

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01/10/2019, 19:06

Mads Pedersen in the rainbow jersey, Picture by Charlie Forgham-Bailey, SWpix.com_

Mads Pedersen to debut rainbow jersey on Saturday

Mads Pedersen, the Danish Trek-Segafredo rider who was the surprise winner of the men's elite road race at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Harrogate on Sunday, will debut the rainbow jersey in Belgium on Saturday, his team has confirmed.

01/10/2019, 18:44

01/10/2019, 17:40

UK’s first school bike share scheme launched in Scotland

What is being billed as the UK’s first school bike share scheme has been launched in Stirling, Scotland.

The initiative from the charity Forth Environmental Link (FEL) in partnership with Nextbike, has seen bike stations put in place at three high schools there, reports STV.

There are 10 bikes each at Bannockburn, Stirling, and Wallace High Schools, and pupils signing up will also have access to Nextbike bicycles across the city.

Membership is free for the first 12 months and pupils using the scheme, which has been launched with the help of a £103,560 grant from Transport Scotland, won’t have to pay if hire periods are no longer than an hour.

Shirley Paterson, active travel development manager at FEL, said: "There is a distinct drop off in cycling numbers between primary and secondary school.

"So, we're targeting pupils aged 14 and over to get them back on their bikes before they head off to the world of work or further study.

"By incorporating cycling into their daily lives now, they're much more likely to become active adults.

"Road safety is of course paramount, so we're giving every pupil who signs up to the scheme half a day's cycle training and a voucher for a bike helmet," she added.

01/10/2019, 16:35

Another hire scheme could be going under due to vandalism

Beryl hire bike (picture credit Anna Rachel Photography)

Beryl, formerly makers of smart lights and now also rolling out their own hire bike schemes, have announced in an email to subscribers that they have suspended their Enfield service after just three months in operation due to reports of vandalism. A council spokesperson said: “Beryl made the commercial decision to suspend its bike-share scheme in Enfield from Monday 23rd September.

“Talks are ongoing between Enfield Council and Beryl on potential next steps. Those users with accounts for the bike share scheme should contact Beryl directly for information on refunds.

“The first months of the bike share trial in Enfield have shown a growing demand for affordable access to short bike rides. Enfield Council is keen to support affordable, accessible and active travel options across the borough and will continue to look at a number of options to work alongside its growing cycle infrastructure.”

The news comes less than a fortnight after dockless bike stations in Edinburgh closed due to 'wanton destruction', and in the past other UK share schemes such Mobike and ebikes Derby have either suffered or shut down due to vandals. 

01/10/2019, 16:05

Uber introducing new safety feature warning passengers to look out for cyclists when opening doors

Uber self driving Volvo XC90 - image via Uber.jpg

Uber say they will soon be sending alerts out to passengers warning them to look out for cyclists when opening car doors in heavily trafficked areas and/or places that are popular for cycling - the reminders will also reference the "Dutch Reach technique", i.e. opening the car door with the hand that's furthest away from the door handle which forces the passenger to look over their shoulder. 

Research carried out by the ride-sharing giants found that 16% of people have opened a car door in front of a cyclist before. Fred Jones, head of new mobility at Uber, said: "By the end of October,
more than five million alerts will have gone to Uber passengers across the UK, encouraging them to use the Dutch Reach technique.

"By cleverly combining data and education, we hope that more passengers will practise caution around cyclists, and ultimately improve the safety on our roads. Whether you're an Uber passenger or a cyclist we want to help you get there safely."

Duncan Dollimore of Cycling UK said: "It's vitally important to educate anyone who uses a car to check before opening their door as every year around 60 cyclists are killed or seriously injured by car dooring incidents. It's also one of the reasons people tell us puts them off from cycling.

"The Dutch Reach is a simple technique that few people use but could make a real difference to the number of collisions in the UK, and combined with Uber's alert to passengers, encouraging them to look over their shoulders before opening their door, it should mean our roads are becoming safer for cyclists everywhere."

01/10/2019, 13:18

Support from cycling community and beyond for Lauren Dolan following assault by dangerous driver

Former British road champ Brian Smith and Dame Sarah Storey were amongst those to tweet their best wishes to Dolan, with Storey saying: "A terrifying thing to happen & down to the blinkered selfishness of an entitled driver who decided it was his right of way as he’s in a metal box."

01/10/2019, 11:25

Fancy the original screenplay of American Flyers? Yours for 300 quid!

american flyers ebay listing

With a Buy It Now price of just over £300, the original screenplay of this  most classic of cycling movies starring Kevin Costner can be all yours, as it's currently for sale on eBay! Here's the description: "This is an Original Movie Script used during the making of the 1985 Movie, "American Flyers". This script has the original, Ladd Company, production cover. It has all white pages inside and it is 125 pages long. It is an early Working Draft. This draft has some pages inside that have written notations next to the printed text. However, this handwriting inside is not done by hand it is all copied from the master script. Furthermore, this is exactly how this early draft was issued to the various Writing and Development crew members. This script is in very good overall condition."

If you happen to make an impulse purchase (here's the link again), do let us know and send us pics... or we'll swap you for some irreplaceable road.cc socks perhaps? All this has reminded us, we need to update our guide to the Best Cycling Films with this classic, which you can watch on Amazon Prime or Youtube Movies for a small fee... 

01/10/2019, 13:05

More Brisbane madness: this time a driver in the bike lane, telling a cyclist to "f&*king move"

01/10/2019, 12:49

Video of Brisbane cyclists stopped outside of bike lane sparks (unwarranted) anger online

Stanley St Bikeway, $100mil well spent. from r/brisbane

The clip, shared on Reddit, highlighted the fact that the cyclists were not using a narrow bike path while stopped at an intersection - the video is accompanied by the caption: "Stanley St Bikeway, $100mil well spent."

After the initial wave of hatred came a few sensible comments, with one pointing out how the cycle path is too narrow for a group of cyclists to merge into when going downhill at speed, so they took the lane as is permitted by Australian law, as is the same here in the UK. 

Another said: "The bike path is great for commuters riding slowly but not a large group like that.

"Know your road, know what's safe to do. This is the safest path to take for that group."

01/10/2019, 13:12

Apparently it's #InternationalCoffeeDay

coffee in san marino

...so have a brew on us! And every other day too, because coffee. 

01/10/2019, 12:45

Sportful's new autumn/winter clothing - First Look

Sportful Bodtfit Pro Thermal Jersey.jpg

Have a peruse of Peter Sagan's kit supplier in our guide to Sportful's latest gear

01/10/2019, 12:44

Guardians of The Stray in Harrogate claim site has been left with "atrocious damage" due to World Champs Fan Zone flooding

Harrogate Worlds 2019 fan zone mud (credit Simon MacMichael)

The rain was relentless, but could more have been done? Full story here

01/10/2019, 08:58

World TTT bronze medallist reveals she broke her collar bone swerving to avoid angry driver who 'punishment braked' on a descent

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A lot can change in 48 hours. Sunday 22nd, the best feeling I’ve had so far in my cycling career; 48 hours later, I’m lying in hospital, feeling completely devastated.⁣ ⁣ After returning back home to Devon, I was back training on home roads with my father on Tuesday. Nearing the end of the ride, we encountered a frustrated driver, beeping on his horn behind us whilst riding single file. The man wasn’t able to pass immediately due to oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. ⁣ ⁣ To seemingly display his frustration / anger for the hold up, he passed us with inches to spare. ⁣ ⁣ As soon as the driver was directly in front of us at 45kph on a descent and with feet to spare the driver slammed his breaks on. I’ve learnt since that the police have a phrase for it - “punishment braking”⁣ ⁣ Having nowhere to go I tried to squeeze down the outside of the car between a traffic island and the car with my front wheel centimeters from the car. Needless to say my back wheel just clipped the island throwing me over the top of the bike. The car sped off. ⁣ ⁣⁣ I have had surgery on my left shoulder. I have a broken collar bone and “substantial” soft tissue damage. I’ve had a successful op courtesy of the amazing Mike Walters and his team at the arm clinic in Wilmslow.⁣ ⁣ This was a horrible act with malicious intent to harm a cyclist. The driver has been found but has denied his actions. Without camera footage or independent witnesses it’s going to be difficult to bring charges to the individual.⁣ ⁣ This type of behaviour is becoming all to familiar on our roads. It has become a culture that needs addressing and time for change is long overdue. ⁣ ⁣ I’ll be back into winter training soon, I am really looking forward to it, I have a great team around me and big plans for 2020. It’s going to be a great year! ⁣ #sharetheroad ⁣ Once again a massive thank you goes out @britishcycling and the Arm clinic Wilmslow for putting me back together again! ⁣#sharetheroad ⁣: @frankmurphyphotography ⁣ #sharetheroad

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More details have emerged about the incident we reported on last week which left Lauren Dolan with a broken collarbone  just two days after winning a bronze medal at the Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire. 
Dolan, who scooped a bronze medal as part of Great Britain's Team time trial mixed relay squad last week, has revealed that on a training riding just two days later, she ended up in hospital with a broken collarbone thanks to an assault by an impatient driver who deliberately braked in front of her and her father on a training ride in Devon. 

She calls for a long overdue change to "a culture that needs addressing", and that the shocking behaviour shown by this driver is becoming "all too familiar".

As she says in the Instagram post above, Dolan isn't even hopeful of getting a conviction for the dangerous driver even though he has been tracked down, because of lack of camera evidence or witnesses. We're hoping the witness statement of her father and some common sense shown from the police will bring this criminal to justice, and Lauren is back on the road soon. 

01/10/2019, 09:01

If only it looked like the opening scenes on Sunday...

01/10/2019, 09:03

What on earth???

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It's only about not fucking it up now

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We spotted this on Twitter earlier, and have now found out the leg/alien in question does indeed belong to Slovenian cyclist Jani Brajkovic.

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 joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's 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.