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13/11/2019, 20:16

Jess Varnish on Shane Sutton's performance yesterday

Former track sprinter Jess Varnish, whose allegations of sexism and bullying led to the departure of Shane Sutton as technical director of British Cycling in 2016, has drawn comparisons between her own appearance at an employment tribunal just under a year ago when she lost her case alleging unfair dismissal by British Cycling, with Sutton's own appearance at the Richard Freeman hearing yesterday. She makes an interesting point.

13/11/2019, 19:58

Ruby's back on the rollers ... and with a well-timed duck

13/11/2019, 19:33

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge hits Melton Mowbray

There's two days left of BBC's The One Show's annual Rickshaw Challenge which since 2011 has raised millions of pounds for Children In Need - and big crowds were out in pork pie capital Melton Mowbray as the team of six teenagers and host Matt Baker rolled into the Leicestershire town tonight.

This year's challenge started in Holyhead last Friday, with overnight stops in Portmeirion, Machynlleth, Oswestry, Crewe and Matlock. Just two more legs remain - tomorrow's goes from Melton Mowbray to Bedford, from where the final day will see the crew head to Borehamwood and Elstree Studios for the main event.

You can find out full details, including a link to donate, here

13/11/2019, 16:50

Senator Gerard Craughwell has agreed to a bike ride through Dublin to experience the roads from 'the other side', after complaining about cyclists' behaviour

It all started when Senator Craughwell - a Dublin-based Irish Independent politician - tried to reach out to a radio host to complain about cyclists breaking red lights. Presumably he was prompted to say this while Ireland's new close-passing law is a hot topic. It means an automatic 120 euro fine and three penalty points for dangerous close-passing of cyclists.  

Anway, someone replied challenging Craughwell to a ride through Dublin... 

...and he actually accepted! Craughwell says he hasn't ridden a bike for 50 years yet is "always willing to engage & learn from others". 

We've reached out to Senator Craughwell to see if he will tell us what happened on his bike ride, and when exactly he will be doing it - but hats off to the man for accepting the challenge and being willing to change his views if he does go through with it, we have to say! 

13/11/2019, 16:14

Preposterous...

upside down

Our article on putting your bike upside down caused quite a stir last week... so here's road.cc Dave either breaking a golden rule or doing something completely fine and acceptable, depending on your stance. 

13/11/2019, 15:58

Top work from the anti-marketing department at Aerocoach

"As the winter months kick in - why not slow yourself down and get the extra training benefit, whilst still staying hydrated?" ask Aerocoach, who say their 'Round bottles aren't aero' bottles will cost you 2 watts, thus extending your ride by about 20 seconds. 

You can buy them here for £6.50 a pop. 

13/11/2019, 15:10

Dr Steve Peters will be giving evidence at Freeman tribunal

Sean Ingle of The Guardian says the GMC will be calling Dr Steve Peters - we've asked the MPTS for a full statement confirming the news and how the tribunal will proceed. 

13/11/2019, 14:33

Shane Sutton says he won't be returning to the Richard Freeman tribunal

In an interview with the BBC's Dan Roan after his appearance yesterday, Sutton said he would speak to his family about returning to give further evidence - and he's now decided not to. It's now unclear whether any of Sutton's evidence will be considered, but it's been reported that the tribunal will now turn to Steve Peters - the sports psychiatrist who worked full-time for British Cycling between 2005-2014 - to give evidence instead. 

Sutton expressed his anger at many of the accusations levelled against him and the line of questioning from Freeman's lawyer on numerous occasions during the hearing, in a succession of explosive outbursts - read the full round-up of an extraordinary day at the hearing here

 

13/11/2019, 14:25

Cycling infra done right (eventually)

Chapeau to Transport to Greater Manchester for sorting out these lights. Their Cycling and Walking Commissioner would be happy, no doubt. 

13/11/2019, 14:05

Shiny new stuff from Kinesis

CX RACE Rear 3:4

We checked out some of the latest bikes from the British brand this morning, here are some of our faves... 

Aithein Purple Disc
Aithein Grey
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13/11/2019, 12:39

Ducks: an egg-stra round-up of your best comments, puns, memes etc

Ducklings (licensed on Creative Commons by Michele Dorsey Walfred)

On yesterday's live blog, we reported that Natural England - the government's adviser for the natural environment - okayed applications to destroy 4,500 duck eggs, because apparently ducks gathering on pathways could pose "a threat to cyclists." 

We've since had plenty of very thoughtful and insightful reactions to the news. Here are some of our favourites... 

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Duck comments 4
Duck comments 7
Duck comments 6

13/11/2019, 12:36

More big tributes to Raymond Poulidor

13/11/2019, 13:09

Wolverhampton's campaign for 2022 Commonwealth games road race route led by Hugh Porter

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The Express and Star reports that the campaign is proposing a 105 mile route that would feature Wolverhampton city centre, Wightwick Manor, Himley House, Dudley Castle, the Black Country Living Museum, Bridgnorth and the Severn Valley when the games come to Birmingham in 2022. Wolverhampton-born Hugh Porter MBE, a 1966 Commonwealth  gold medallist and four-times pursuit world champion, is spearheading the campaign. 

If it happens, it would take place on the 80th anniversary of the first road race held in Britain - a route from Llangollen to Wolverhampton.  

13/11/2019, 13:01

Zwift Academy finalists announced

zwift academy - canyon sram

The now annual competition to find male and female riders to sign real-life pro contracts with NTT Pro Cycling and Canyon/Sram respectively has been whittled down to six for the final. The three Canyon/Sram finalists are Catherine Colyn (South Africa), Jessica Pratt (Australia) and Samara Sheppard (New Zealand), while the three NTT finalists are Drew Christensen (New Zealand), Mathijs Loman (The Netherlands) and Campbell Pithie (New Zealand). The competition will take place in Spain in early December, which will involve a series of tests on Zwift and some road rides with their prospective teams. 

Will next year's crop be riding on Zwift's own trainer? Read all about that prospect here

13/11/2019, 11:12

Ghent Six day organisers say Mark Cavendish is "ok" after worrying high-speed crash, while Gerben Thijssen is in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital

Cavendish was competing on the opening night of the Ghent Six Day track cycling event racing with Iljo Keisse. He appeared to lose his front wheel as he slid a considerable distance round the track, and was riding at a reported speed of 70km/h when he fell. Remarkably Cavendish got up when he finally came to a halt and managed to give the crowd a wave, but he did pull out of the rest of the evening's events. 

While Cavendish is yet to provide an update himself, his former Quick-Step teammate Keisse told Nieuwsblad: "You don't want to experience this as a rider. 

“It was a heavy fall, at 70 km/h. He was scraped all over his body and fell on the head. His helmet is broken. This is a whole new situation for me, despite my experience. I have never experienced this."

Lotto Soudal's Gerben Thijssen also suffered a heavy crash, and was taken away by ambulance. The team said the 21-year-old is "serious but stable", with a brain scan showing some minor haemorrhaging - he also has some broken ribs and a broken collarbone. Lotto-Soudal added: "He is conscious but still feeling drowsy. He is been closely monitored in the intensive care department."

13/11/2019, 09:06

Rayomd Poulidor dies aged 83

Raymond_Poulidor,_Tour_de_France_1966

News has just reached us that the legendary French racer Raymond Poulidor has passed away aged 83 after a long stay in hospital. 

Nicknamed 'Pou Pou' and 'The Eternal Second', the latter for his numerous unsuccessful attempts to beat Jacques Anquetil  and Eddy Merckx at the Tour de France, Poulidor was a hugely popular rider with an attacking and aggressive style and his underdog status. He rode for Mercier his whole career, finishing second at the Tour de France three times and third five times, and never wore the Yellow Jersey despite a distinguished career. He did win the Vuelta a Espana in 1964. 

In later years Poulidor - whose grandson Mathieu van der Poel is one of cycling's most promising youngsters - was heavily involved in the Tour de France, working for Credit Lyonnais in the hospitality village.

Tributes have started to pour in from the cycling world. 

13/11/2019, 09:02

Bardet opts to miss 2020 Tour de France

The Frenchman will instead focus on the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta, missing the Tour de France for the first time in his professional career. Longed tipped as a potential Grand Tour winner, Bardet won the mountains classification at this year's Tour de France. 

13/11/2019, 08:57

Floyd Landis' cycling team Floyd's Pro Cycling to cease operations at the end of the year

floyd pro cycling

In a statement by team manager Scott McFarlane, it's been announced that the team failed to secure a title sponsor for 2020 so will close at the end of 2019. He said: "I’ll begin this announcement by repeating what’s been said all year: Floyd Landis supported our team at a time when North American road racing needed it and when he could have easily used that money to support the growth of Floyd’s of Leadville.

"His decision to be the title sponsor of our team was in part an act of loyalty to Gord Fraser and a sincere wish to help young riders on our team. Throughout the season, Floyd was incredibly busy with Floyd’s of Leadville’s many projects but he still made time to visit the team. He took us out to dinner, had a few laughs and went back to work. His focus for the time being has moved on from road racing and the title sponsorship of our team was perhaps a final gesture before turning his full attention to his business. Every single one of us involved with this team was so lucky to meet Floyd at this moment in his life and we wish everyone at Floyd’s of Leadville nothing but success.

..."Floyd’s Pro Cycling had a good run but unfortunately, it’s time to move on."

13/11/2019, 08:50

One job...

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 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.