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16/10/2019, 17:02

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Cycle lane kerb intended to stop Southend drivers cutting corner removed for safety reasons

Locals say pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are all hitting raised kerb intended to protect cyclists.

Full story here.

16/10/2019, 16:05

Dave Rayner 1984 National Junior Champs (Phil O’Connor)

Dave Rayner Fund awarded charitable status – renamed The Rayner Foundation

The Dave Rayner Fund has been awarded charitable status by the Charity Commission and will now be known as The Rayner Foundation.

The Dave Rayner Fund supports young riders taking their first steps towards a professional career.

It is named in memory of Dave Rayner, a professional cyclist who was one of the few British cyclists in the late 1980s and the early 1990s to flourish in a cycling team outside the UK.

Rayner rode for the Dutch Buckler team for two years competing in most of the major races on the international cycling calendar, only injury preventing him from a ride in the Tour de France.

During a night out in Bradford in 1994 with friends and his wife Serena, whom he had married just five weeks earlier, Rayner was the victim of an assault that led to his death four days later.

The Dave Rayner fund was set up in 1995 by his teammates and friends. Through its annual dinner and other activities, the fund has so far raised over £1,000,000 to provide financial support for young riders to travel abroad, set up home and safely function on a day-to-day basis.

Riders to have benefited in the past include David Millar, Adam Yates, Owain Doull, Hannah Barnes and Tao Geoghegan Hart.

Speaking on behalf of the Rayner Fund Committee, founder member (and current team manager for the British U23 team) Keith Lambert said:

“Being awarded charitable status has been a brilliant achievement and will ensure we can further enable riders to progress in the sport of competitive cycling, whether that is on the bike or off it.

“The assistance we are able to provide is financial, but it also takes the form of advice, mentoring and mental support to inspire, empower and support the next generation of athletes so they can achieve to the best of their ability.

“We hope this fantastic boost for the fund will help us to encourage more women and riders from underrepresented groups to engage in the sport.”

16/10/2019, 14:58

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Gust of wind foils 100-mile wheelie – but 56-year-old cyclist still manages to set new world record

Rich Flanagan rode 50.5 miles to set his third wheelie world record.

Full story here.

16/10/2019, 14:24

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Levenshulme Bee Network named ‘Community Project of the Year’

Levenshulme Bee Network has been handed the ‘Community Project of the Year’ award at the 2019 Healthy Streets Summit.

Residents in the Levenshulme Bee Network group have led proposals to reduce the amount of through-traffic and to encourage walking and cycling.

Greater Manchester Commissioner for Cycling and Walking, Chris Boardman said: “This project is an excellent example of what happens when residents lead the way and are given the opportunity to design their neighbourhood in a way that best serves their needs. With the support of the council, this project will enable local people to move around more easily and safely without cars, and that benefits everybody.” 

There is a £2.5m budge for the project, chiefly provided through the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund, plus a £100,000 contribution from Manchester City Council.

16/10/2019, 12:12

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Driver who killed Australian pro cyclist Jason Lowndes to be spared jail

Motorist attempted to send text message 68 seconds before hitting cyclist from behind.

Full story here.

16/10/2019, 10:48

Video: ‘Alternative calendar’ sees Lachlan Morton take on the Three Peaks Cyclocross

The latest event on EF Education-First’s ‘alternative calendar’ was the Three Peaks Cyclocross.

Lachlan Morton, the Australian pro who has also raced World Tour events such as Strade Bianche and the Tour of California this season, was the lucky rider. 

EF Education First-Drapac riders have been taking part in a number of off-road and ultra-endurance races this season, stemming from the team’s new Rapha sponsorship.

Earlier this year, Morton has won the inaugural GBDURO, a 1,960km four-stage self-supported bike-packing race from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

He described the experience as “unimaginably hard.”

16/10/2019, 09:45

The world's most normal video

Absolutely perfectly 100 per cent normal throughout.

16/10/2019, 08:41

Decline of the time trial: TT kilometres decrease from a peak of 176.5 in 2002 to just 36km in 2020

Pro Cycling Stats have reminded us how the time trial has been in steady decline since the turn of the century at the Tour De France, with the routes increasingly favouring big summit finishes and sprint stages with little in between. It means perhaps the days of a rider relying on their time trial performance and hanging on in the mountains are gone, yet on the other hand it means GC contenders are often fresher for the mountains so it's harder for an individual to split the pack. 

What do you reckon... are you glad to see the back of long time trials or should this purest form of racing a bike be more significant in the sport's biggest race? 

16/10/2019, 08:13

Froome says 2020 TDF route is "brutal"

Speaing at the 2020 route unveiling, Froome said it's "probably the hardest Tour route I've seen in the past five or six years", with a lot of elevation but "plenty of opportunities for the general classification to play out."

16/10/2019, 08:09

Singer Lloyd Cole has bikes to thank for weight loss

The singer songwriter thanked Marin Bikes for his recent transformation.

16/10/2019, 07:57

16/10/2019, 07:53

Nicola Sturgeon announces £27 million fund for cycling schemes

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At the SNP conference in Aberdeen, Scotland's First Minister says the cash injection will fund more than 200 schemes to make it easier for people to cycle and walk: “We want people to walk and cycle more too, reducing our carbon footprint and improving our health.
“So I can announce today new investment for local projects the length and breadth of our nation. From Ayr to Aberdeen, a fund of £27 million will support more than 200 schemes to make it easier for people to cycle and to walk.
“That is acting locally as we lead globally in making our contribution to tackling the climate emergency.”

16/10/2019, 07:50

Copenhagen leading the way with cycling infra

Once again we can only look on in envy as the Danes invest in quality cycling infrastructure left right and centre. 

16/10/2019, 07:25

Recycling old jokes?

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.