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.
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."
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...
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.
.@RoryStewartUK has announced that he will be standing down as an MP and standing as an independent candidate for the Mayor of London in the 2020 elections
When he was a Minister in the @MoJGovUK he made an impassioned speech in favour of cycling (see next tweet)
— APPCG (@allpartycycling) October 4, 2019
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."
Proud to champion cycling in parliament today. And a study from Cornell concluding that “male athletes have the sexual prowess of men two to ﬁve years younger...” (Harvard argues men aged over 50 who cycle for at least three hours a week have a 30% lower risk of impotence.) pic.twitter.com/ZRqOkql2VR
— Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK) November 20, 2018
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.
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.
Some interesting debate in the replies to this tweet.
Very good question to which I do not have the answer. Any cycling data people able to help? https://t.co/byhVPo3cwU
— Caroline Criado Perez (@CCriadoPerez) October 3, 2019
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.
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.
Extreme danger: We suggest you avoid @theroyalparks Regent’s Park if you are a pedestrian or cyclist until @FriezeArtFair is over and cleared away. Numerous accidents and large vehicles moving about. It’s not being well managed in the slightest. Several people in hospital.
— RegentsParkCyclists (@RPcyclists) October 3, 2019
If anyone saw this incident in which a member of the Black Cyclists Network was hurt by a Range Rover driver, please DM me. And I repeat:
— The Dynaslow (@TheDynaslow) October 3, 2019
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...
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) October 4, 2019
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.