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Range Rover driver fined £4.5k for spitting in teen cyclist's face; US Presidential hopeful cycles to radio interview; Triathlete Claire Danson paralysed after tractor collision; Boonen's lucky escape +; Storey up for award + more on live blog

All the news from the site and beyond as we start a new week
21 October 2019, 19:08
US Presidential candidate Andrew Yang rocks up to NYC radio interview - by bike

Andrew Yang is emerging as one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 US Presidential elections in a little over a year's time - and here he is rocking up for a radio interview in New York City by bike. If he did get the nomination and get to the White House, we suspect the Secret Service would have him rethink his transport choice, sadly ...

21 October 2019, 15:47
Bargains galore over at Wiggle
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Still, we can cope with the £0.00 reduction if we get the mythical free bag of Haribo... link to buy these booties that we shall soon be reviewing is here

21 October 2019, 14:48
55-year-old Range Rover driver fined for spitting in teen cyclist's face
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The Mail reports that the driver, 55-year-old Christopher Nigel Jackson, was said to have assaulted a teenage cyclist in Kendal, Cumbria on March 4th of this year. Driving a Range Rover Evoque, Jackson beeped his horn at the youngster, to which the victim responded with a hand gesture. Jackson grabbed him by his collar and spat in his face twice. 

Jackson was spared a custodial sentence but fined £4,500 with £150 costs. 


21 October 2019, 15:13
Rachel McKinnon debate: transgender cyclist continues to answer critics on social media

McKinnon has also posted some hateful abuse she received via email on Twitter, as the debate around her participation in women's sport as a transgender athlete rolls on. 

21 October 2019, 12:51
"She's the most resilient, hard-working and inspiring person you will ever meet": Claire Danson's sister pays tribute on Twitter

Alex Danson MBE is herself an international hockey player, and has spoke about her sister's accident on social media. Alex also suffered a freak brain injury last year hitting a concrete wall while laughing at her husband's joke in Kenya; the BBC reported earlier this month that she is now able to jog for 30 minutes at a time. 

Meanwhile, Claire's crowdfunder has a new target of £10,000 having surpassed the £5,000 target this morning: "The funds raised through this page will help Claire on her journey to achieve whatever she wishes.  It will support her rehabilitation and provide her with vital equipment and services required for her to fulfil her potential… maybe even buy her first race chair!

"We will also be running events to support the charities & organisations involved with the fantastic care Claire's already received, and will continue to receive for months / years to come."

21 October 2019, 12:47
"Why don't cyclists stick to the left of the lane?" Our latest Monday Moaning article has struck a chord

Armchair experts, especially those on social media, will often tell you that cyclists should be positioned on the left side of the lane, never centrally, but what's the truth? Simply read this article and share it far and wide! 

21 October 2019, 12:37
Definitely not a joke...
21 October 2019, 10:02
ULEZ drops toxic gas levels by a third in London according to latest reports
London traffic jam (licensed CC BY 2.0 by Garry Knight on Flickr)

The Times reports that thanks to London's Ultra Low Emission Zone charges on high polluting vehicles, levels of toxic gas produced by diesel engines has fallen by a third in central London since the charges were introduced. 

It's also claimed that NO2 has fallen from 85 to 57 micrograms per cubic metre at roadside in central London since the charges were brought in back in October 2017. 

21 October 2019, 08:55
Crowdfunder for triathlete left paralysed following collision with tractor nears goal in less than 24 hours


. It has taken me a while to write this but now I am ready to share my story of the incident that has changed my life for ever; a story of going from European champion at triathlon to life in a wheelchair . On the 28th August I had a collision with a tractor whilst riding my bike. I suffered 2 punctured lungs, broke a finger, both wrists, the head of my humerus and both shoulders. I also fractured all the bones in my neck including a break to one and had multiple fractures and breaks to every one of my ribs. I have had quite a few surgeries to sort all this and now have a large amount of metal in me. All of this will heal fully . Unfortunately I also suffered a complete sever to my spinal cord at T9. This means that I am paralysed from my belly button downwards. This is of course not something that will heal. Whilst I still have hard moments I have accepted the situation I am now in and won’t be letting it stop me do anything that I want to (including triathlon!) . Now you have this info all I ask is for you to remember that I am still exactly the same person. I still have crazy hair and a mad laugh, I am still the clumsiest person you have met and I will still tell the most long winded yet entertaining stories. So please treat me as the same old Claire. Nothing has changed there . Having decided to share my story with you including all the highs and the lows I would like you to follow me and I would like you to learn all about spinal injuries with me. This world is so new to me I want to help educate others as to what it is like and what it involves . Please help me to get this to as many people as possible by reposting and asking people to follow me . Thank you to the amazing sports people who have already been in contact. Claire xxx . @willgreenwood @jessicaennishill @holliewebb11 @claire80lomas @beckadlington @therealyarnold @chemmyski @maddiehinch @maxwhitlock @philipneville18 @lucybronze @emmawiggs @smithy04 @ajt_29 @petereed @dinaashersmith @alistair.brownlee

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Claire Danson was crowned European age-group champion in the 30-34 category back in June, and had ambitions to gain her licence to compete as a professional triathlete; however she suffered horrific injuries in August following a collision with a tractor, and has remained in hospital ever since.

Although the fractures and bone breaks are healing she has now revealed that her spine was severed at T9, meaning she is now paralysed from the waist down. The organisers of Claire's crowdfunder say on the GoFundMe page: "We have set up this GoFundMe in response to the overwhelming number of people who have been in touch wanting to know how to help and support Claire.  We hope to raise funds for Claire as well as awareness for why she is still with us today. Simply put, without her helmet, her fitness & strength, the air ambulance and Southampton’s incredible Neuro ICU, Claire wouldn’t be here today. The funds raised through this page will help Claire on her journey to achieve whatever she wishes.  It will support her rehabilitation and provide her with vital equipment and services required for her to fulfil her potential… maybe even buy her first race chair!​"

Over £4,000 has already been raised of the £5,000 goal - if you want to donate, the link is here

21 October 2019, 10:57
Lucky escape for Tom Boonen in racing car crash

Classics legend Tom Boonen, who after retiring from pro cycling has been building himself a career in motor racing, had a very lucky escape yesterday after crashing at the Belcar Endurance Championship, reports SBS.

The crash came just 24 hours after Boonen, along with team mates Thomas Piessens and Sam Dejonghe, had won the Supercar Benelux Challenge at Assen in the Netherlands

"I had just taken over the wheel of our Norma prototype," Boonen said. "That's why I had to try to fight back past a lot of slower cars. One of those cars was the Mercedes van Heyer. He left me some space, but when I came alongside, he came in and we collided."

21 October 2019, 12:00
Danny MacAskill explains the madness behind his viral stunt videos
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MacAskill told The Times about his mentality when it comes to performing his hair-raising stunts amongst other things: "When I’ve got a blind drop ahead, an instinctive part of my brain goes crazy. But the rational part – the part that’s been learning how to ride a bike for decades – says it’ll be fine if I get the technique right. If I don’t have that internal battle, it means I’m being too cocky or it’s not hard enough.I’m used to flinging myself around and crashing on concrete; I often have that kind of throw-yourself-in mentality when I try other sports."

"Going viral kicked off my career. I was working in a bike shop in Edinburgh when my friend offered to make a film of my tricks. We did it on my lunch breaks and days off, put it online in 2009, and it just took off.

"I’ve ridden everywhere: on the streets of Edinburgh, the rooftops of Las Palmas, in Gran Canaria, and on the Cuillin Ridge, on the Isle of Skye. But my favourite places to ride are those with human interest, such as old train yards or abandoned cityscapes.I’m constantly searching for the next location."

His popular YouTube channel is here

21 October 2019, 12:18
Dame Sarah Storey nominated for Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Award
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Storey has been shortlisted along with triathlete Claire Cashmore, canoeist Charlotte Henshaw (canoeing) and swimmer Alice Tai, with the winner set to be revealed on November 21.

Storey has won four world titles this year, taking her career tally up to 35.

21 October 2019, 10:30

The man with the skills is Swiss freestyle skier Andri Ragettli, but there's a bike at the beginning so we consider it ripe for sharing with you folks... 

21 October 2019, 09:16
Is this the new Specialized Tarmac SL7?

Check out the new bike being tested by the Bora-Hansgrohe pros and see what we think has changed over the current model.

specialized tarmac sl7
21 October 2019, 10:11
Nothing to see here... writer Laura has spotted this rather curious sign in London. And you thought shared use cycle and pedestrian paths could be a pain...

21 October 2019, 08:00
Dimension Data's Michael Valgren shares his totals for the year

...and it's quite a lot. The Dane totted up over 36,000km, over 1100 hours in the saddle, almost half a million metres of elevation gain and burned off almost a million calories... as someone points out in the comments, that's the equivalent in calories of over 3,000 cheeseburgers. His total distance divided by the 52 weeks of the year also adds up to over 700km a week, which seems like crazy mileage/kilometre-age. 

Many top level pros in the peloton share individual rides and power numbers via Strava,  but most aren't usually so forthcoming about every part of their training. It would be interesting to see how Valgren's stats compare, although he's widely renowned as one of the hardest working riders on the circuit.  

How does your training stack up? 

21 October 2019, 08:03
Cyclist chased by bear (again)

We think we've seen another example of this recently, but here's your latest example of a terrified mountain biker with an extra reason to get a shift on down the trail. 

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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