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Boardman sparks helmet row after Pedal Me bike taxi ride; Arsonists destroy popular Longleat MTB trail; Israel Cycling Academy to step up to WorldTour with Katusha takeover; Mason frames stolen; Cycling UK slams GWR train bike storage +more on the live bl

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02 October 2019, 18:58
Israel Cycling Academy to step up to WorldTour after completing Katusha deal

Israel Cycling Academy, which has recruited Dan Martin on a two-year contract, is set to step up to the UCI WorldTour next season after completing the takeover of Katusha, subject to UCI approval.

Israel Cycling Academy at 2018 Giro d'Italia (picture RCS Sport, LaPresse).JPG

The news was confirmed by the team in a post on its Facebook page.

02 October 2019, 15:20
Chris Boardman takes a ride in a Pedal Me cab, threatens to spark a helmet row...

Pedal Me offer a taxi service and e-cargo deliveries throughout London, and Mr. Boardman decided to take advantage of Pedal Me to get a quick and eco-friendly lift across the city. 

He makes the point that cultural norms deem that it isn't at all alarming he is not wearing a helmet in this photo as a cab passenger, even though he is just as exposed and travelling the same speed as he would be if he was piloting the bike. An interesting and/or true observation from Manchester's walking and cycling commissioner?

02 October 2019, 14:50
Nacer Bouhanni joins Team Arkéa Samsic

It's Greipel out, Bouhanni in as the French sprinter is set to depart Cofidis to ride for Arkéa Samsic  in 2020. 

02 October 2019, 14:32
Windhill Bikepark set on fire by vandals overnight
windhill bikepark fire report that a popular mountain bike park on the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire was set on fire overnight on the 30th September - Windmill Bikepark have this afternoon took to Facebook to highlight the scale of the devastation. An excerpt from the post says: "It's hard to describe the sinking feeling I felt seeing the pictures forwarded ..... Our iconic Start Cabin, the start point of hundreds of thousands of minutes of fun for riders from around the world and a cosy rest point between runs was gone.

"Hundreds of hours from the team and volunteers and tens of thousands of pounds was gone. Awash with a range of emotions, rage, upset, sorrow, I sat numbed and not ashamed to say some tears flowed." have reached out to Windmill Bikepark for further details: full story here.  

02 October 2019, 14:08
Another reason to love segregated infrastructure
02 October 2019, 11:42
Cycling UK slam GWR bike provision on high-speed trains

Cycling UK have headed off to Cardiff today to take part in the Cycle on the Sennedd ride to call for more money to be spent on active travel in Wales ... but encountered a problem trying to stow their bikes on the rail operator's latest generation of high-speed trains, made by Hitachi.

The same model of train has been introduced by LNER on the East Coast Main Line, and cyclists attempting to take their bikes on train there are encountering the same issue.

Look out for the full story on later.

02 October 2019, 11:25
Our thoughts on Shimano's new groupset

Dave shares his first ride impressions on the latest groupset to come from Shimano, the GRX.


02 October 2019, 11:03
STOLEN BIKE ALERT - 13 Mason frames stolen in transit to UK

Mason Cycles has had a consignment of 13 of frames of its In Search Of model, also known as the ISO, stolen while en route from Italy to the UK. The adventure bike  model was introduced last year.

In a statement published on its website, the West Sussex-based company said: 

It is with sadness that we must alert you of a stolen import of InSearchOf frames from Italy to our HQ in the UK. Please be vigilant and on the lookout for frame-only sales not through our webshop. The InSearchOf frame is not on the second hand market yet, so any sales are most likely a stolen frame. Please alert us and spread the word if you do see anything suspicious.

A huge amount of time and work goes into every frame. The lead time is around 3 months per batch and every frame is crafted with care and attention. We are saddened and severly disappointed that this has happened.

A batch of 13 frames went missing on its way from Italy to UK on a TNT shipment.

Each frame will have a serial number stamped under the BB in the format: B (Size) 07

The boxes will not have any Mason branding on them and they look like this, behind the ISO frame:

Mason ISO


02 October 2019, 10:50
Rapha launches Transfer off-the-bike clothing

Rapha has released a new collection of relaxed Transfer clothing that's designed for off-the-bike use.

Rapha Pro Team Transfer Hoodie.jpg

Check it out here.

02 October 2019, 10:06
Knees up for another year with Team Ineos

Yes we've just posted this for the pun, but if you're interested Christian Knees will ride for Ineos again in 2020... 

02 October 2019, 08:12
Reports reveal that Alberto Salazar downfall was in part due to association with 'suspicious athletes'... including none other than Lance Armstrong

If you haven't seen the news this week, Salazar, coach to Mo Farah and GM of the hugely successful Nike Oregon Project, has been banned from coaching for four years after the U.S Anti-Doping agency said that he trafficked testosterone, infused a prohibited amount of L-carnitine and tried to tamper with doping controls. The large USADA report takes an unexpected turn when a certain Lance Armstrong pops up; as it turns out Salazar emailed him excitedly when he discovered the performance-enhancing effect of the controversial supplement L-carnitine. On December 1st 2011, Salazar emailed Armstrong, who was training for Ironman triathlon at the time, saying: "Lance, call me ASAP! We have tested it and it's amazing! You are the only athlete I am going to tell the actually numbers to other than Galen Rupp. It's too incredible. All completely legal and natural. You will finish the Ironman in about 16 minutes less while taking this." 

The report goes on to explain how much L-carnitine his doctors were administering to athletes, which the USADA say far exceeded permitted levels. It's unclear if Armstrong ever actually took the supplement; his own cheating was finally outed to the world a little over a year after this email was sent. 

02 October 2019, 08:03
A nice wide pass, to make up for a terrible one

Maybe this driver spotted the camera when they came to making the second pass...

02 October 2019, 07:52
Andre Greipel has Arkéa Samsic contract terminated at his request

André Greipel and team Arkéa Samsic - dissolution of the contract 31.12.19 ————————————- About 4 weeks ago I asked the management of @arkeasamsic to terminate the contract towards the end of the year. Emmanuel Hubert and the team management have agreed to this request. I am very grateful for the cooperation we had in 2019. I would have liked to have extended the season statistics, but I was not optimally prepared for my season highlights. In the first half of the season I had to fight several months with a bacterial disease and once 100% healed, unfortunately, this was only two weeks before the Tour de France. The Sparkassen Münsterland Giro on 03.10.2019 will be my last race in the 2019 season and also my last race for the Team Arkéa Samsic. Being at the start in Germany is always a special event for a German rider. Of course, we will prepare very well and work towards a top result in this final race. After this, I will start my recovery and a family vacation. Until the beginning of November, I will leave my social media accounts silent and am not
available for requests from the media. In the week of 4.-10. November I will inform you about the 2020 cycling season. Dear cycling friends, dear fans : i cannot thank you enough for your understanding and your ongoing support. Emmanuel Hubert - General Manager:
"I am obviously disappointed by Andre’s performances this season even if I know he is the first affected. Our results together are far from satisfying. Getting out to the contract was an option, we are not opposed. It doesn’t take away anything from his human qualities which were greatly appreciated within the team or from the experience he brought to the squad. Personally, I met a great champion and a good person. I wish him good luck in his future endeavors." Full PR:

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The German sprinter's manager said he has been 'disappointed' with results this season, and Greipel will go on a family holiday to begin his recovery from this season. He also says he will be shutting down his social accounts and won't be taking requests from the media during that time. 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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