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06 March 2020, 19:30
The Downfall of eBikes

It seems that Adolf has turned his ire towards eBikes.

This clip from the film Downfall has been re-subtitled for many amusing scenarios over the years and now it's the turn of those dastardly motorised bicycles that people are using.

06 March 2020, 16:56
WTF of the day - Send us your videos

We know that loads of you have cameras on your bike so if it happens to capture something mind-boggling then send it in for WTFotD.

It'll be a bit like You've Been Framed, but we won't give you £250, or coverage on ITV primetime.

We will be sending out T-shirts to the best contributors though.

You can email it through to info [at] road.cc

06 March 2020, 14:13
WTF of the day...

Well, we've thought of a new feature. First there was Near Miss of the Day, now we present to you WTF of the Day!

What happened here? Answers in the comments below. Socks for the funniest answer. Go.

06 March 2020, 14:03
Jumbo-Visma pull out of Paris Nice

Another team to put rider and staff safety first is Jumbo-Visma who, having announced that they wouldn't be starting the Italian races, have now also pulled their team from Paris Nice.

The riders seem to be supportive of the decision, despite it being an early-season target with a lot of work gone into preparing for the race.

06 March 2020, 12:34
Video - Bombtrack Beyond Jnr. The Analog Kids

The Bombtrack Beyond Junior is ripe for some family bikepacking, the 24" wheeled adventure bike is purpose-built for little people and specced so they can keep up with mum, dad and the siblings. The latest Bombtrack video will inspire some summer trips for sure, read more on off-road.cc

06 March 2020, 12:18
Bespoked postponed until October

The handbuilt bike show that always delivers some of the most interesting, wackiest and beautiful designs has set a new date later in the year due to coronavirus.

It's the latest in an increasingly long line of trade shows to be cancelled after Sea Otter Classic was cancelled last night.

The new date for the show is October 16th – 18th with all presold entry tickets being carried forward to the new dates. Anyone seeking a refund can contact Ticket Line customer services

06 March 2020, 11:39
Italian races now officially cancelled

Following several days of rumours, some rather big races due to take place in Italy during March have been cancelled.

The organisers, RCS, have announced that Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan Sanremo will not take place, though they hope to run the race at a later date.

Also cancelled is the Coppi e Bartali, leaving a gap in the race calendar for many pros.

06 March 2020, 08:52
Chris Froome: Portal "is completely irreplaceable"
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The four-time Tour de France winner paid tribute to Nicolas Portal, the Team Ineos DS who passed away on Wednesday.

Portal had been in the DS role for all of Froome's TdF wins and Froome says that 'it's hard to imagine where to go from here".

Team Ineos decided yesterday to suspend their race programme until the Volta a Catalunya later this month. This is in part due to the shock of losing Portal and in part due to the ongoing confusion caused by the coronavirus.

06 March 2020, 11:08
Stages launch power meter for gravel groupsets

Wondering how you were going to do your gravel intervals (grintervals)?

Well, Stages is now offering their G3 power meter on Shimano GRX left-hand cranks for $349.

If you're based in the US then you can send your existing crank in for a factory fitting from $299. That makes this a reasonably cheap upgrade for your gravel bike.

06 March 2020, 10:40
Teams allowed to field an extra rider at Paris-Nice

With Ineos, Astana, Mitchelton-Scott, CCC and UAE Team Emirates all sitting out Paris-Nice due to coronavirus concerns, organisers ASO have said that remaining teams will be allowed to field eight riders instead of seven.

Two teams from the UCI Pro Teams category – B&B Hotels-Vital Concept and Circus-Wanty Gobert – have also been invited to the race.

06 March 2020, 10:14
CCC Team withdraws from Paris-Nice as well as Italian races due to coronavirus concerns

Following the postponement of Strade Bianche, CCC Team has withdrawn from Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico because of the coronavirus situation.

CCC's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Max Testa said: “Cycling is a unique sport with teams travelling from town to town on a daily basis at stage races, staying in different hotels every night, and coming into contact with the general public in a largely uncontrolled environment.

"The health of riders, staff, and the general public is the priority and with many unknowns around what protocols can viably be put in place at stage races, we believe our withdrawal is the right decision.

“At this point in the season, instances of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI) and fever are high and it is inevitable that riders and staff will fall ill during the races. Without a detailed quarantine plan, and rapid testing protocol and delivery of results, teams are actively putting riders and staff at risk of exposure, transmission, and quarantine.

"We also need to think about the risk of quarantine for our riders and staff when they return to their home countries from these races. For these reasons, we have decided to withdraw from Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.”

CCC Team President, Jim Ochowicz: “It was not a simple decision to withdraw from Paris-Nice, or Tirreno-Adriatico, which we expect to be officially cancelled in the wake of the cancellation of Strade Bianche.

“We are acting in the best interests of our riders and staff, and taking responsibly to reduce the risk of transmission at these stage races. The situation with COVID-19 is changing rapidly and we will continue to monitor the evolving situation and adjust our race calendar accordingly.

“We wish to express our ongoing support for both the ASO and RCS, however, we stand disappointed with the lack of direction by the UCI at this critical moment in the sport as all men’s and women’s teams have been left to fend for themselves.”

06 March 2020, 10:03
Mountain Mayhem venue Marston Lodge tease 24hr race

On Tuesday off-road.cc brought you the news that the first UK cycling race had been cancelled due to Coronavirus as the organisers struggled to take out cancellation insurance. Today, our eagle eyed Jo Burt spots an Instagram post from the race venue Marston Lodge teasing a 24-hour race on the same weekend - who's keen? 

06 March 2020, 11:14
Bora-Hansgohe say there's "no elevated risk for our riders" during Coronavirus outbreak

One team bucking the current trend of teams pulling out of races is German World Tour team Bora-Hansgrohe.

The team of Peter Sagan will be taking to the start line of Paris-Nice with the extra rider afforded to them after a number of big teams dropped out.

06 March 2020, 08:48
HOW MUCH?!?

We come across some pretty hopeful prices on eBay for old tat, but this one takes the crown.

Ok, so it might be vintage and significant in the history of cycling (I wouldn't know, I wasn't around in 1985), but £443.83 for a used cycling bottle. Really?

If you really want to buy it, you can do so here.

Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.

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