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04 October 2019, 15:42
British Cyclling Zwift eRacing Championship 2019 (picture copyright Simon Wilkinson, SWPix (7).jpg
Zwift national champion stripped of title

British Cycling has upheld a charge of Unsporting Conduct in the British Cycling eRacing Championships and the winner of the inaugural event, Cameron Jeffers, has been fined, banned and stripped of his title.

A British Cycling statement said: “The charge related to manipulation of pre-race data to gain an unfair advantage via in-game equipment by the winner of the event, Cameron Jeffers.

“Jeffers has accepted a specified sanction of a £250 fine and a six-month suspension from all racing. He has been disqualified from the event and the title has now been awarded to James Phillips.”

British Cycling integrity and compliance director Rod Findlay said: “Defending fair play in our competitions is at the core of our responsibilities as a governing body.

“The fact that we have been able to investigate the offence and uphold the charge reflects the strength of our new disciplinary regulations and our determination to pursue misconduct.”

We’re reading this as ‘he lied about his weight’.

We could be wrong.

04 October 2019, 15:38
The Stray (CC licensed by Neil Turner via Flickr)
Some Harrogate parkland got a bit knackered-up during the World Championships

Heavy rainfall and a pretty decent turnout for the World Championships has apparently left part of Harrogate’s 200-acre (80-hectare) Stray parkland looking like “a battlefield”.

Judy d'Arcy Thompson, chair of the Stray Defence Association, told the BBC: "Everyone looking at it can see the absolute tragedy that's occurred. It looks like a battlefield quite frankly."

She said the organisation was not against the Stray being used for major events but said the World Championships was an "event too far".

"It's a superb free sports arena and so many people use it. To see it like this is devastating and I don't know how all those who normally use it will be able to use it for a long time to come."

However, a spokesperson for Harrogate Borough Council said: "Without minimising what needs to be done, the ground can recover quickly and faster than many would expect."

She added: "Long after the grass has grown, people locally and the estimated TV audience of 250 million, across the world, will remember the spectacular scenes.

"And those memories, and the scenes on their television screens, will bring them back here keeping our tourism industry buzzing, local people employed and putting money into the local economy."

04 October 2019, 15:27
Green End Road cycle lane (via StreetView)
Resident claims "at least 100 cars" have blown their tyres on kerb separating cycle lane from road

Greater Cambridge Project says it is awaiting the results of a safety audit.

Full story here.

04 October 2019, 15:12
Video: Bear chases mountain bikers for over a kilometre of technical trail
bear mtb trail

If there's one thing to really get the adrenaline pumping on a mountain bike descent then it's the knowledge that there's a black bear chasing you down the trail. Single Track Rider and his buddies had exactly that experience while out riding in B.C, Canada, with their ursine adversary chasing them for over a kilometre. Head over to off.road.cc for the video in all its grizzly details... 

04 October 2019, 14:26
Justice (Lonpicman, Wikimedia Commons)
Porsche driver broke skull of man riding Boris bike on her way to Harvey Nichols

“It came out of nowhere” says careless driver about cyclist on roundabout.

Full story here.

04 October 2019, 13:59
Betsy Andreu has more to say to Paula Radcliffe
04 October 2019, 11:26
Rory Stewart's 'cycling is better for your sex life' speech

Rory Stewart has announced that he is to stand down as an MP. The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has paid tribute to him by recalling an "impassioned" speech he made about the benefits of cycling.

According to Stewart: "Not only is cycling, as most of us know who cycle, the quickest way of getting to this building in the morning, it is also a way of moving that is much less damaging to the environment.

"And it is much, much better for your health in the most astonishing range of ways: it's better for your weight, it's better for your bowels, it's better for your heart, it's better for your skin. It's better for your sex life... yes, much better for your sex life.

"Recent studies in the United States have shown that men who cycle regularly have a sex life of somebody five years younger than the average.

"And it's also much better for your happiness. So this is something that should be deeply encouraged and the more people we can get cycling and the more people that we can get walking the better."

04 October 2019, 11:24
Prince  of Wales Road, Norwich (via Norwich Cycling Campaign).PNG
Norwich levels off infamous tree pits in cycle lane – claims that was always the plan

Norwich Cycling Campaign said that the “inept design” with tree pits dotted along its length would make the city “a laughing stock.” Each tree bed stretched more than halfway across the lane.

Full story here.

04 October 2019, 09:28
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Shimano's new gravel groupset ridden

David Arthur went to Germany last week for the opportunity of a first ride on Shimano's brand new GRX groupset, the Japanese company's response to the growing gravel and adventure bike market. 

You can read his first ride impressions here

04 October 2019, 09:04
Wind Hill
Make Wind Hill mountain bike park great again

Wind Hill has suffered an arson attack and theft.

They’ve got a crowdfunder going.

04 October 2019, 09:03
Are women more risk averse when cycling? Are they more likely to experience harassment & aggression?

Some interesting debate in the replies to this tweet.

There are a few comments about at spate of deaths in London when several women were killed by trucks while cycling.

Regarding suggestions that women are at greater risk from lorries because of lack of assertiveness, a cycle-lorry safety expert said at the time there was no evidence for this and that it was more a case of the vehicles themselves being "insanely unfit" for city streets.

04 October 2019, 09:02
“Extreme danger” for cyclists at Regent’s Park this week

Frieze Art Fair’s on at Regent’s Park this week, which means more cars and also HGVs.

A number of cyclists are warning that it isn’t safe and motor traffic is being poorly managed.

04 October 2019, 08:15
Plymouth drivers in 'disbelief' at woman cycling with dog on a lead

Plymouth Live reported that 'astonished motorists said they couldn't believe their eyes as the dog raced along to keep up with the cyclist'. 

The shocked eyewitnesses continue to say how shocked they were: "It was about 2.30pm yesterday on one of Plymouth’s busiest roundabouts and when we asked her what on earth she thought she was doing, she couldn't see anything wrong.

"We were just astonished that she didn’t see a problem in what she had just done."

Is there a problem with what the lady and her dog were doing? There's nothing in the Highway Code that says she is, but who are we to judge...

04 October 2019, 07:57
Wheelie embarrassing...
04 October 2019, 07:50
Baby boy for Geraint and Sara Thomas

G finally caught up with the world this morning to let us know that his baby boy was born earlier this week. 

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 road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc 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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