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Halfords offer free bike to Twitter user who bought stolen bike and traced owner; Cyclist who claimed to have been robbed made it up say police; Gone in 60 seconds – 3T Exploro stolen from garage; Cycling vlogger Durianrider attacked + more on live blog

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21 January 2020, 19:20
Cyclist who claimed he was robbed made incident up, police say
Police tape (CC licensed by freefotouk on Flickr)

A cyclist who claimed he was robbed by two men on a riverside path in the Scottish town of Ayr was lying about the incident, police have said.

A witness appeal was issued following the alleged on the River Ayr Walk attack last Friday, but officers say they are now satisfied the 39-year-old man, who claimed to have had cash and personal effects stolen, had made the details up, reports the Daily Record.

Yesterday, Ayr police commander Chief Inspector Brian Anderson said that after “thorough investigations” officers concluded that no crime had been committed.

“No further police action is required. We would like to thank the public for their co-operation during the investigation,” he added.

While police reportedly do not plan to charge the cyclist with wasting their time, the newspaper quoted a source as saying: "It appears to be the case there was some sort of incident. But we don't think it was a genuine case."

21 January 2020, 19:19
21 January 2020, 16:10
Hero of the week Ste Burke, who bought a stolen Whyte to return it to owner, is offered is a free bike from Halfords

It's been quite the 24 hours for Good Samaritan Mr Burke, whose tweet explaining that he bought a stolen Whyte mountain bike for £80 so he could track down its owner has now been like over 46,000 times; since posting, the owner came forward and the bike was returned.  

Retweeters include Stormzy and Ralf Little, and the icing on the cake has to be Halfords stepping in to offer him a bike of his own for free. That £80 seems like a fairly shrewd investment now! 

21 January 2020, 15:54
"I can't cycle because I have to muck out my stables on the way home": anti-cycling letter to local paper that gallops all over the place


Spotted by bike_food in a local paper and linked on our forum, this letter courtesy of a Lyn Cannings from Melksham almost has too much going on. We'll let you read on in horror and make your own minds up... 

21 January 2020, 15:50
A homemade solar powered e-bike with unlimited range that can carry your kayak? No problem...
sun bike - credit sun biker on instagram (1)

Benoit Vanden Haute started with a Koga Worldtraveller touring bike, electrified it then added solar panels to effectively give it an unlimited range on sunny days. Full story and video over on eBikeTips

21 January 2020, 12:33
Bristol cyclist says it took a burglar less than 45 seconds to take off with £5,000 3T Exploro in his garage
3t exploro ltd

The unnamed cyclist told The Bristol Post that he was awoken by the sound of alarms as a burglar broke into his garage in the early hours on the 16th January, in the Bristol suburb of Stoke Bishop. The man said it took him around 45 seconds to get from his bed to the garage, but the thief had already took off with his £5,000 3T Exploro. 

Police arrived in minutes and deployed a helicopter to search for the culprit, but were unable to locate them. In an appeal, Avon and Somerset Police said: "The bike taken is a custom-built lightweight racing cycle – a 3T Exploro XL frame size. It is a black frame with a grey 3T logo on the seat tube, two bottle cages and a tool kit fitted to one of the main tubes. 

"We’re keen to hear from anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time the incident took place, particularly any vehicles that were spotted in Ormerod Road.



"We are urging second-hand and cycle shop owners and members of local cycling clubs to be vigilant and call us if they are offered the bike or see it."

The crime reference number is  5220011694. 

21 January 2020, 13:22
Size apparently matters, a lot.

It’s a good size. #bikes #tourdownunder

A post shared by Darryl Moliere (@dmoliere) on

All sh*ts and giggles until you have to ride the thing... 

21 January 2020, 13:39
Nothing really changes...
21 January 2020, 13:34

BBC tech expert Paul Morgan says he suspects black ice or 'slippery muck' on the road may have been to blame for his heavy fall, which remarkably didn't result in any broken bones. Careful out there in the ice folks, and do check out our survival guide to riding in the ice and snow for some extra handy tips. 

21 January 2020, 13:27
Dehydrated dog rescued by heroic cyclist in Argentina

The abandoned pooch was lifted onto the left shoulder of one of the three riders involved in the rescue, before reportedly getting take for treatment near Villa Regina. 

21 January 2020, 12:37
Quick-Step stop for a quick brew at their own branded coffee van

In this video that was definitely not staged in any way, Quick-Step riders stop off for a coffee at the Quick-Step Bar Velo popup coffee van for a caffeine fix, served by riders-turned baristas Zdenek Stybar and Tim Declercq. it's part of Quick-Step's 30th anniversary celebrations, and it's also the 22nd year they've sponsored a pro cycling team. 

21 January 2020, 12:16
Cyclist who died following collision in Somerset identified

Police are appealing for information after identifying a cyclist who died after a collision with a bus last night near Bridgwater. The cyclist received treatment at the scene but died shortly afterwards, and is yet to be named publicly. 

21 January 2020, 12:08
Veteran cycling champ attacked with a spear while riding in Cape Town suburb

If you think you've had rotten luck on your rides with mechanicals or even minor accidents in the past, it's probably small fry compared to former pro and now over 60's South African hour record holder Wimpie van der Merwe, who claims to have been attacked for a fourth time in three years while cycling. IOL report that on this occasion, Van der Merwe narrowly avoided being stabbed by a man wielding a spear between the Cape Town suburbs of Strand and Gordon's Bay. 

In the lengthy Facebook post above Van de Merwe has listed numerous tips for cyclists to protect themselves from attackers, and a WhatsApp safety initiative has been launched for cyclists to report attacks and see where danger hotspots are. ​

21 January 2020, 10:16
"An utter f**king joke and a slap in the face"

Denise Betsema, who tested positive twice for anabolic steroids, will return to racing with her former team having seemingly lost none of the all-important UCI ranking points that she gained whilst doping.

Betsema UCI Rankings

Betsema was handed a ban starting on the 5th April 2019 and finishing on the 4th October 2019; for a cyclocross rider this is effectively the off-season, as no races of any importance take place.

The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider accepted the sanction, but has always maintained her innocence, saying in an Instagram post: "I have never used prohibited drugs and have never been tested positive throughout the year". 

It appears some riders are less than happy with the decision, with former pro Ryan Trebon calling it "an utter f*cking joke and a slap in the face of every hard working, rule abiding athlete" while current pro Katie Compton labelled Betsema's return as "bullshit".

21 January 2020, 11:27
"Changing the definition of esports": Zwift from a gamer's perspective

Virtual riding is probably taken for granted a bit nowadays in the cycling community, but it's perhaps intriguing to hear how the world of gaming perceives Zwift, the most popular virtual cycling app by number of users. 

The Gamer write: "Since Zwift doesn't resemble any of today's most popular competitive video games, considering Zwift races as esports may even necessitate reconsidering what defines esports as a medium.

"...the skills required to succeed in Zwift are directly transferable from old-fashioned, non-virtual bicycling. This makes Zwift esports unlike any of its competitors. Its closest analogues are in NBA 2K and other competitive sports games, which require the similar, if not the same strategies as their real-world counterparts. But unlike in Zwift, the mechanical skills used to control a 2K team differ greatly from how real-life NBA players physically play."

Essentially, cycling esports are perhaps unique because to be any good at the game, it's imperative you're a top cyclist in real life. Can you think of any other esports that are at all similar? 

21 January 2020, 11:06
Rochelle Gilmore seems pretty indifferent to receiving a brand new shiny Pinarello Dogma F12

Spoiler... she's actually completely ecstatic. The F12 Xlight Disc with a colour-changing paint job will be worth well into five figures, so it's understandable really. 

21 January 2020, 10:50
Tour of Oman may be cancelled
Tour of Oman 2015 sandstorm Vine (source Astana Team).JPG

The Tour of Oman, which has become a useful warm-up race for the Spring Classics may have been cancelled due to the death of the Sultan.

Not only would this leave a gap in the race schedules of the pro peloton, we'll also have to find another sandy, flat cross-wind stage race to watch. Disaster.

21 January 2020, 10:13
Dowsett gets the most important team role

And we thought leadout duties were high-pressure. This takes things up a notch.

21 January 2020, 09:09
Youtube vegan cyclist Durianrider speaks after claims of being 'ambushed' and assaulted in public

Controversial Australian Youtuber Durianrider, real name Harley Johnstone, was allegedly attacked along with his girlfriend outside a shopping mall in Adelaide at the weekend. Johnstone has now posted a lengthy video (above) saying how the attack was an 'ambush' from behind, and that the attacker is known to him. 

He claims the person has been arrested and charged, and that it was the same individual who perpetrated a similar attack in 2016. 42-year-old Johnstone claims his 21-year-old girlfriend Natasha Miklich suffered no physical injuries, and while he was sent to hospital after falling unconscious, he asked to be discharged early because he feared for his safety. 

Johnstone is known for his strong opinions on pro cycling, tech, veganism and fitness, often speaking of being abused by 'trolls' online; and it appears once again, the rivalries have spilled over into real life. CCTV stills published by the Daily Mail allegedly show Johnstone on the ground with his attacker on top of him, who was said to have been arrested at the scene while Johnstone was taken to hospital. 

21 January 2020, 08:53
Sam Bennett takes Tour Down Under stage 1 victory

The Irish Deceuninck–Quick-Step man won in a sprint finish on the 5 lap 150km opening stage around Tanunda, meaning last year's number 1-ranked World Tour team have instantly picked up where they left off in 2020. 

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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