The Danish quartet have this evening taken the record below 3 minutes 45 seconds having bossed the event from start to finish in Berlin.
Team GB's men have won the team pursuit at the past three Olympics ... is that dominance set to end in Tokyo?
— UCI Track Cycling (@UCI_Track) February 27, 2020
To armchair sports fans, four-year cycles mean an Olympic Games or World Cup is taking place. To the Audax community, it means something else entirely - Paris-Brest-Paris.
Petrer Marshall rode it for the fourth time last year and has produced a terrific ABC to the event.
Flagged up by Mason Cycles - he was riding one of their bikes on it - it's a hugely entertaining read, so brew a cuppa, pull up a chair and dig in here.
An armed security guard in New York City who got into a heated argument with a motorized unicycle rider after stepping out in front of him to cross the cycle lane he was riding on was filmed grabbing another cyclist and pulling him off his bike.
NYC rent-a-cop aimlessly walks into bike lane with his nose in his phone, gets cursed out, tries to act like he did nothing wrong, then tackles a passing cyclist and puts him in a headlock, exposing the concealed handgun under his jacket. @TheWarOnCars @driversofnyc @Julcuba pic.twitter.com/DvHrYGCQIR
— Cycling with Colin (@colinridesabike) February 26, 2020
The incident took place on Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue on Tuesday evening, reports Streetsblog NYC. Motorised unicycle rider Vincenzo Tran, who had to swerve to avoid hitting the security guard, filmed their subsequent exchange after the man started shouting and hurling racial abuse at him.
“This is a bike path,” he said. “You stepped the f*ck out looking at your phone like a f*cking piece of shit.”
The security guard, whose vehicle bore the logo of New Jersey based Harvard Security, said: “Listen to me, I had the right of way to go. You have to watch out for me. You almost hit me,” as the argument continued, becoming increasingly heated.
He then grabbed a cyclist who was riding past, wrestling him to the ground (and exposing the handgun he was carrying in a waist holster), with one bystander telling the security guard, “That’s a young ass kid what’s wrong with you?”
Other cyclists intervened just as it seemed the guard was about to punch the one he had grabbed.
Tran said: “The kid was crying and he took off.” The security guard also made off after Tran threatened to call the police – although its subsequently transpired that in the past three and a half months, the car he was driving has been the subject of nine tickets for infractions including parking offences.
The REM poster seems to indicate this was shot in 1989 and it has to be said, the build-up seems absurdly pedestrian by modern standards.
It’s a real mind-bender for the poor cyclist though.
Cycling News reports that ProTeam Fundación-Orbea have announced that the Basque telecommunications company has agreed to join the team as a main sponsor for four years.
They’ll be Euskaltel-Euskadi from the Tour of the Basque Country in April – and they’ll wear orange.
The previous incarnation of Euskaltel-Euskadi raced between 1998 and 2013 and drew its entire squad from the Basque Country.
Parece que la cosa va creciendo..a pasos agigantados!!! Vuelve la marea naranja!! Parece mentira con lo que me hicisteis sufrir en mi época y la alegría que me da saber que os volvemos a tener en el peloton!!! Zorionak @FundaCiclisEusk pic.twitter.com/mYEKjo7eiT
— Joaquim Rodríguez (@PuritoRodriguez) February 27, 2020
Bit contrived, but still impressive.
More than half a million people have cycled past our two counters, on Cycleway 3 and Cycleway 6, in 2020 so far 😍
It’s sunny (for once!) – why not grab a Santander Cycle and join them? ☀️🚲☀️🚲☀️🚲
📷 👇 Pic from Blackfriars Road below pic.twitter.com/Ir37haRFRf
— Transport for London (@TfL) February 27, 2020
No MVDP for OHN.
— Cyclocross24.com (@cyclocross24) February 27, 2020
What odds on a Wout Van Aert victory? He reportedly took a Strava KOM off Chris Froome in Tenerife this week. He probably shouldn't expect Tenerife conditions for the race though.
Stage 5 finished atop Jebel Hafeet (same as Stage 3 did) and Alexey Lutsenko somehow managed to finish second despite rounding the final corner in a very advantageous position, Tadej Podacar nipping round him to win by a nose.
It’s interesting to ponder at exactly which moment Lutsenko realised he hadn’t won.
Seems to us it was about a nanosecond after he started celebrating.
That's very awkward 😳
Alexey Lutsenko celebrates... but it's Tadej Pogacar who steals the Stage Five win
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) February 27, 2020
Adam Yates is still in the red jersey thanks to the larger time gaps when they went up this climb a couple of days ago.
We’re very fond of Adam, but speaking at the finish he rather justified our belief that he’s the kind of sportsman who says, ‘it is what it is.’
“It's pretty much mission accomplished,” he said. “I would have loved to win but in the end it is what it is. I fought the right guys. I still have the leader's jersey so it's a good day. It was the same climb as two days ago so it's not a surprise to have the same four guys at the front. Pogacar is impressive. He's young so we'll see him winning races again.”
Paul Olszewski, the owner of Valencia Cyclery, wrote to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month complaining of plans to ban cars from the street his shop is on.
He reckons that if cars were banned from Valencia Street, he would probably have to close.
“Most of our new bike customers drive here and return home with their new bike in their car,” he said.
“This is especially true for children’s bikes. Likewise, a lot of bicycles in need of repair are not rideable, and are driven here to be fixed.
“Parking on the street has gotten prohibitively expensive and harder to find. Many parking spaces are taken by the banks of share-rental bikes and parklets. It seems that our bike lane will soon become a “protected bike lane,” which inevitably results in even more spaces lost.
“If the city is truly interested in keeping small businesses, especially legacy businesses, alive and well, then there needs to be a balanced use of our public streets.”
Locals say Olszewski has never been much of a fan of cycle infrastructure on his street.
They were not initial supporters of the Valencia street bike lanes 20 years ago, so this is consistent.
— Dave Snyder (@dave_bikes) February 10, 2020
Valencia Street meets Market Street at its northern end where a car ban is already in place.
Barry Grosfield, who runs Huckleberry Bikes on Market Street, told Streets Blog that while Olszewski could expect to lose a handful of customers, “you just get a new batch of people who uses buses, bikes, BART [San Francisco’s local railway system] – you don’t have to worry about parking.”
Kash, the owner of Warm Planet Bikes on the same street, said that anything that makes it safer and more comfortable for cyclists will get more people – especially families – cycling and said that this could only be good for business.
“If Valencia has such a lack of confidence in their customers, then I will take all of them,” he said.
Denmark have twice broken the men's team pursuit world record at the Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin this week.
#Berlin2020 Denmark 🇩🇰 lowered the Men’s Team Pursuit World Record by an amazing 1.5sec
Previous WR 3:48.012 🕑
New WR 3.46.579 🕑
Watch everyone in the pits take a pair of sizors to their long sleeve skinsuits ✂️😅 must be fast! pic.twitter.com/wMpOxzRfoo
— Callum Skinner (@CallumSkinner) February 27, 2020
Team GB finished finished seventh in qualifying with a time of 3:50.341 - just a fraction over the then-world record they set to win gold at Rio 2016.
"There's a part of me that knows we're going to do better in Tokyo and our best is still to come," said Ed Clancy.
Making his comeback after 8 months of absence, @ChrisFroome shows he can still go hard. Here's his data from the crosswind earlier:
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) February 27, 2020
Fair Fuel UK have replied to that tweet from earlier.
.@HowardCCox has had death threats, s..t through his letter box. All From cyclists. At 65 He also cycles. Why don’t you work with us. He has repeatedly ask Green and cycle groups. Never a constructive response just personal abuse
— FairFuelUKCampaign (@FairFuelUK) February 27, 2020
Howard must be a real faecal connoisseur to have so confidently identified those responsible for that second act.
Cyclist earlier, politely, asked driver to not park in bike lane after driver cut him off and almost hit him. Driver told him fuck off and then wandered into the shop to deliver something.
Cyclist said grand and grabbed keys from ignition and fucked em into the canal 😂😂😂
— Dylan Varian (@dylanvarian) February 26, 2020
Not sure too many people travelling through the city on four wheels are hitting the dizzy heights of 25mph or whatever, but there you go.
Happy to report that the speed limit across @TfL roads in central London will reduce from 30mph to 20mph from Monday 2 March. This new measure will save countless lives and eradicate serious injuries on our roads, whilst making it safer to walk and cycle around the capital.
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) February 27, 2020
Transport for London is also looking to introduce safer speed limits across 150km of its road network. A spokesperson said it would focus on, “high-risk sections of road, town centres where people walk and cycle, and ambitious local speed reduction programmes led by London boroughs.”
The UCI Professional Continental Team Caja Rural - Seguros RGA has avoided a 15 to 45 day suspension after a second rider was charged with an anti-doping rule violation within the same 12-month period.
In February last year, Spanish rider Jaime Roson was banned from the sport for four years following an adverse analytical finding in his biological passport dating back to January 2017.
Then in December former Portuguese national champion Domingo Goncalves was provisionally suspended for an anti-doping rule violation for use of a prohibited substance based on abnormalities from 2016 and 2018.
Caja Rural argued it had already ended Goncalves’ contract ahead of the 2020 season.
Weird and juvenile language from very influential cheap petrol lobbyists Fair Fuel UK welcoming reports that fuel duty rates will be frozen again in the budget. Apparently if you oppose their aims you're part of the "liberal green Lycra wearing privileged elite". pic.twitter.com/3eG7HZ8PCr
— Peter Walker (@peterwalker99) February 26, 2020
Launched in January 2011 to fight for lower fuel duty, FairFuelUK claims to represent “the real concerns of hard working motorists, families, small businesses, commercial drivers and hauliers across the UK.”
It is funded by the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association and the Association of Pallet Networks.
It's fair to say the organisation is not a huge supporter of cycling.
Back in 2017, campaign founder Howard Cox revealed a certain (perhaps wilful) ignorance of where funding for roads actually comes from, saying: “What infuriates the highest taxed motorists in the world is what they see as the lack of fairness apportioned to all road users.
“They believe cyclists should be making some financial contribution to roads and increasing cycle lanes they currently benefit from.
“They also want to see the compulsory use of helmets, cyclists to be road insured, wear fluorescent clothing, pass a road proficiency test and more prosecutions for the increasing episodes of dangerous cycling.”
Cox has previously seen fit to deploy the phrase "Lycra army". It's unclear how he came to be so fixated on the fabric.
Tom Meeusen’s 75cm jump was enough for victory at the Rectavit Cyclocross Masters, but alas he couldn’t break his own world record of 80cm, shared with Jan Denuwelaere.
Meeusen gaat over 75 cm en is al zeker van de eindzege. Evenaart hij nu zijn eigen wereldrecord? pic.twitter.com/72VkVYhILe
— Rectavit Series (@RectavitSeries) February 26, 2020