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Live blog: Cyclist 'nearly knocked off' in punishment pass by another cyclist; Tim Wellens takes a tumble during Final Breakaway Part 2; Teen given new bike by local bike shop after his was stolen; Mudguard tattoos? + more

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25 November 2019, 08:46
Cyclist gets 'punishment passed' by another cyclist who claimed he was "in the middle of the road"

We were sent this clip by Chris Impey, who says the incident happened on London's Embankment  around Chelsea Bridge. Mr Impey said he was overtaken by the offending cyclist so closely that he was almost knocked off. He told "The cyclist then tells me the reason he did what he did is that I was in the “middle of the road”.  I respond that I was in a primary position; in fact looking back at the footage, I think I may even have been in a secondary one. I was certainly no distance from the kerb and had just overtaken someone else."

As another cyclist challenges the overtaking cyclist at the first set of lights, he shouts him down and then Mr Impey continues to remonstrate with him further up the road: "I try and point out to him that this is the kind of justification give by drivers who commit close passes, but he just keeps telling me to ‘“read the Highway Code”; although he has clearly forgotten to read the part about treating other road users with care and respect.  We continue to discuss the issue as we ride along - he goes on about my positioning, that he is a driver (not unique among cyclists I believe) and with me trying to make the point that I just want to get to work safely."

Mr Impey continued: "As a cyclist, I’m used to getting bullied by cars.  I’ve almost become inured to it.  For a cyclist to do this - and he was very close to causing an accident - I found shocking and depressing.  This is a dangerous stretch of road, without any kind of cycle infrastructure and often with (literally) heavy traffic.  I like to think that people on bikes are looking out for each other, not trying to cause each other harm."

Have you experienced any similar acts of aggression from other cyclists? 

25 November 2019, 11:39
Cyclist punishment pass on cyclist: your reactions
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There appears to be universal condemnation of the 'punishment passing' cyclist in red from readers, with many noting that aggressive road users among us use all modes of transport. 

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There was also the observation that this kind of behaviour can occur on organised sportives... has it ever happened to you?

25 November 2019, 16:20
Not-so-pro bike handling skills

Tim Wellens and Thomas De Gendt of Lotto Soudal did an epic 1000km bikepacking adventure ride last year, and after some unfortunate hold-ups including a sickness bug for De Gendt and a broken bike for Wellens, the pair set off at the weekend for part 2. They've already shared some epic and very snowy scenery from the mountains of eastern and central Spain, and the latest update is this attempt at a 'shortcut' from Wellens. Here's De Gendt's steed for the adventure... 

25 November 2019, 15:41
Nikki and Matt Brammeier welcome healthy baby girl

Multiple British cyclocross champion Nikki announced the birth via her Twitter account today, accompanied by husband and fellow former pro cyclist Matt. 

25 November 2019, 15:33
Near the Newport/Cardiff area and have an old bike? Give it to this fella

Some more good news to brighten your Monday... this self-proclaimed cyclist who is getting "older and slower by the day" is offering to restore old children's bikes and give them away for free. PuffaJones says he's based in the Cardiff/Newport area - if you have anything to donate and can deliver, his Twitter account is linked above to get in touch. 

25 November 2019, 15:22
He really does like to ride his bicycle…
Brian May's Dave Arthur impersonation

We couldn’t help but notice that the flourishing tree in the background makes our very own Killer Queen David Arthur look like he’s rocking the hairstyle of legendary guitarist Brian May! The video in question sees the Fairlight Secan and Mason Bokeh gravel bikes pitched against one another… which one is the champion, and which will bite the dust? To find out, simply break free from this page and click the link here.

25 November 2019, 14:59
Great North Trail wins 'Sports Staycation of the Year' award
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The 800-mile route from Derbyshire to Cape Wrath developed by Cycling UK has picked up its first award a little over two months after officially launching, picking up the gong at iNews’ National Staycation Awards.  

Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s head of campaigns said, “At Cycling UK we’re passionate about both encouraging and enabling more people to enjoy the UK’s breathtaking countryside, so it’s great to see our Great North Trail recognised by the Staycation Awards.

“The off-road cycling community has been calling for joined up and long-distance routes, which is why Cycling UK developed and launched the Great North Trail. It’s an 800- mile trail from Derbyshire to the northern coasts of Scotland, connecting existing off-road routes with quiet lanes to create an iconic largely off-road route across some of northern England and Scotland’s most stunning landscapes.”

This is all despite Cycling UK admitting the route still "isn't perfect", and say there is an ongoing process in some areas of the trail to negotiate permissive access. This is to designate ideal sections as bridleways rather than footpaths to avoid any on-road sections for cyclists where possible. 

25 November 2019, 14:31
Teenager given new bike by Wallington Cycles after his was stolen

Your good news story of the day comes from the London Borough of Sutton, where a 13-year-old was given a new bike by a local shop after his was stolen from his garden.  

Daryll Barber's mother Faye told the Sutton and Croydon Advertiser that after sharing news of the theft on Facebook, she received for offers of new bikes for her son: "There really are some nice people around. Daryll decided on the bike from Wallington Cycles and was over the moon with it.

"You can't get him off the bike now."

Wallington Cycles owner Duncan Inglis commented: "We were just pleased to be able to help Darryl out with a new bike.

"This wasn't about how it made us feel, it was about restoring a young man's faith in the community."



25 November 2019, 13:19
Uber loses London licence

Not exactly cycling-related but of interest to London commuters/visitors no doubt - but Uber have been stripped of their licence to operate in London after Transport for London (TfL) said it has identified "a pattern of failures" and that Uber "is not fit and proper at this time".

Uber say the decision is "wrong" and intend to appeal it, as outlined above; we assume their cycle couriers delivering food under the Uber Eats brand and their Jump hire bikes are unaffected.

25 November 2019, 12:46
Seen it all now...

None of the weather protection of mudguards, and probably more expensive than mudguards... whatever floats your boat Mr Oliver Brookes, but thanks for sharing! 

25 November 2019, 15:54
Vittoria Bussi and Letizia Paternoster both hit by cars on the same day

Trek-Segafredo confirmed on Friday that Paternoster had suffered a fractured left wrist and a broken front tooth, while Hour Record holder Bussi was also hospitalised following a crash on the same day. The disappointing news comes as CCC rider Alessandro De Marchi has been calling for safer roads in Italy, while Bussi commented on her Twitter that "unforeseen events and pain are opportunities" after posting the above photo. 


25 November 2019, 11:16
Dave Brailsford smashes over 80km as he continues recovery from cancer surgery
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Brailsford revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, and looks to be well on the way back to the very impressive levels of fitness he achieved last year through a combination of high torque riding and a low carb diet. After spending some time brisk walking and doing some light work on an exercise bike at the start of his recovery, he knocked out a ride of almost 82km in his native Derbyshire over the weekend... and the weather even played ball according to the description on his Strava file

25 November 2019, 11:04
Looks pretty quick to us PC Knellar
25 November 2019, 09:46
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Official word on Chris Froome going vegan

Team Ineos told us that he's not a vegan, but he's shifting towards a more plant-based diet.

Full story here.

25 November 2019, 16:59
Near Miss
Near Miss of the Day 338: Driver convicted of careless driving for close pass

A lot of people we hear from don't submit footage to police because they think it's a waste of time, but sometimes drivers are convicted based on cyclists' video evidence.

Full story here.

25 November 2019, 08:06
Cyclists, always jumping red lights

To be fair there is one in this clip, but he's vastly outnumbered...

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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