Live blog: Leisure cycling up according to latest figures; Rohan Dennis likely to sign for Ineos; potato as good as energy gels for fuelling; TfL consulting on Lea Bridge to Dalston Cycleway; hooray for roadworks + more

All today's news from the site and beyond.....
18 October 2019, 15:25
Laurens ten Dam LBL 2015
Laurens Ten Dam switches from road racing to adventure riding and bikepacking

“In my really good years, I maybe did only ten proper interval sessions a year and the rest was riding the bike for the love it.”

Full story here.

18 October 2019, 15:37
The Smuggler
Cycling rates up by 100,000 in the past year, according to Active Lives Survey

Cycling rates are up by around 100,000 in the past year, according to official statistics from Sport England’s Active Lives Survey.

The survey is based on a sample of almost 180,000 respondents and gauges the number of people who have engaged in activities, including cycling, at least twice in the last 28 days.

The report states that cycling for leisure or sport is up from 6.2m people for the previous 12-month period to 6.3m people. Cycling for transport has remained at 3.1m.

Dani Every, Cycling Delivery Director at British Cycling, said: “Cycling is the solution to so many of society's challenges - from air pollution to physical inactivity and obesity - and these figures are a reassuring sign that an ever-increasing number of people are choosing to get on their bike.

“Regardless of people’s motivations, cycling really is an activity that can be embraced by people of any age, from any background, with 41% of the population having ridden a bike at least once in the last year.”

18 October 2019, 14:45
Near miss
An update on Near Miss of Today

Redline Buses has got back the cyclist involved in today's near miss.

They aren't being very cooperative.

More here.

18 October 2019, 14:22
Planned Lea Bridge Road roundabout (TfL)
TfL consulting on second stage of Cycleway between Clapton and Lea Bridge

Transport for London’s consulting on a 3km section of Cycleway between Lea Bridge and Dalston.

The new route would link with the Waltham Forest Mini Holland via Lea Bridge Road.

Simon Munk, Infrastructure Campaigner at London Cycling Campaign, commented: “We’re very excited to see this vital link between Dalston and the end of Waltham Forest’s mini-Holland scheme on Lea Bridge Road move forward, including much needed improvements to the hostile Lea Bridge Road roundabout in Clapton.

“This scheme marks another exciting step forward for cycling and walking between two progressive boroughs in east London, and another step for the Mayor closer to fulfilling his pledge to London Cycling Campaign and all Londoners to triple the mileage of protected cycle tracks on main roads in his first term.”

You can have your say here until November 29.

18 October 2019, 14:09
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"Trans inclusion is fairness" says Rachel McKinnon ahead of Masters Track Cycling World Championships defence

“If you want to say, ‘Well, I believe you’re a woman for all of society except this massive central part that is sport,’ then that’s not fair.”

Full story here.

18 October 2019, 12:57
Tweet of the day...

We've been reliably informed that Mat is indeed here all week. 

18 October 2019, 11:43
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Rohan Dennis likely to sign for Team Ineos

Earlier this year, Rohan Dennis mysteriously abandoned the Tour de France the day before the time trial he was favourite to win.

Much talk about dissatisfaction with Bahrain-Merida team equipment ensued and when he finally resurfaced for the World Championships, he rode a BMC, not a Merida time trial bike, to become world champion.

Dennis has a reputation for being difficult to work with.

"I have been known to have a short fuse," he has said himself. “I like perfection with everything and when things don’t line up when they should or I think they should, it gets on my nerves a little bit."

Cycling News reports that Team Ineos are favourites to sign him for next season after his Bahrain-Merida contract was torn up in the wake of his Tour de France walkout.

CCC Pro Team, formerly BMC, is also keen.

18 October 2019, 11:10
Near miss
Near Miss of the Day 318: Bus driver ploughs straight across cyclist’s path on mini roundabout
18 October 2019, 10:28
Taylor Phinney to retire at 29

The American suffered a horrendous leg break in 2014.

"This decision has been something that I’ve been back and forth struggling with for a long time, and by a long time I mean a couple of years, and ultimately, I feel like my body sort of made this choice for me.

"I’ve now been injured longer than I’ve not been injured as a professional athlete. And I felt that it was a good time to click out and trade in my chips and get out of the casino."

He added: "I’m stepping away so that I can be more true to myself, which means to make art, to make music, to create and cultivate. I’ve kind of had one foot in the sports pool and then one foot in the art pool, and art just won at some point."

18 October 2019, 09:52
Potato fuel: pro cyclist-approved...

Toms Skujiņš gave his full backing to the latest groundbreaking starch-based research, possibly even secret financial backing. I'm sure Trek-Segafredo's nutrition sponsor Namedsport will be absolutely thrilled...


18 October 2019, 09:39
Extinction Rebellion blocking Oxford Circus, and say of yesterday's tube protests: "very few of us wanted this to happened"

Today Extinction Rebellion are occupying Oxford Circus, and are facing further criticism being as most of the vehicles held up appear to be buses. On yesterday's tube incident at Canning Town, some takeaway quotes from XR's statement: 

"XR’s current organising ethos is that anyone can carry out any action in the name of XR, provided it doesn’t conflict with our ten principles and values. Following two similarly controversial proposals in April and over summer, the process for ‘national’ actions has been revised such that proposals must pass through scrutiny from other teams before going ahead.

"In short: very few people in XR wanted this to happen, but the ‘post-consensus’ organisational model which we currently employ is such that it happened all the same.

"It’s no less through love and fear, and due to the same conditions of oppression that we face ourselves, that we saw such a disturbing reaction from some of those on the platform at Canning Town. These were commuters trying to get to work so they can support their loved ones. We recognise that disruption at Canning Town affected those already suffering the hardships of a toxic system – those who are the most at risk from the effects of climate and ecological collapse."

18 October 2019, 08:19
Thank you baked potato: new study says potatoes as effective as gels for fuelling bike rides

If you long suspected normal food with high carbohydrate levels can do the same job as sports-specific energy products, you'll love this new bit of research. The study in the journal - simply called 'Potato ingestion is as effective as carbohydrate gels to support prolonged cycling performance' - saw 12 cyclists complete a two hour 'cycling challenge' followed by a time trial, with some fuelling with potato puree, some with commercial sports gels, and others were just given water. Blood glucose levels were just as high in the riders given potato as those given gels, and TT performance also improved with no difference between spuds and gel. The authors conclude: "Our results support the effective use of potatoes to support race performance for trained cyclists."

We may have to update our guide to fuelling for epic rides to include good old spuds...

18 October 2019, 08:14
Hooray for roadworks...

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