...and a former British cycling champion has been implicated in a moping scandal, apparently

Planet X have a new Pro Carbon Rival Fineline edition road bike for 2013 that comes in just below the £1,000 mark.

The Pro Carbon bike isn’t new, but this version is. It comes built up with a SRAM Rival groupset and Shimano RS10 clinchers for £999.99. The Pro Carbon is marketed as Planet X’s do-it-all carbon road bike.

We’re not big ones for publishing press releases here at road.cc… But we’ll make an exception in this case because Planet X’s press release is pretty funny. Make of it what you will:

There is only one story dominating the cycling world this week and that is the startling revelation that a former British Cycling champion and six-time winner of the world’s hardest bike race, the Tour of the Peak, has after years of suspicions and accusations finally confessed to moping.

Mark Lovatt first shot to prominence in the early 90s and quickly established himself as one of the top riders of his generation, if not all time. His exploits are legendary and yet he and his Yorkshire teammates Wayne Randle and twice British Champion John Tanner, were known to insiders as the "miserable northerners" who dominated cycling in the UK for many years.

However, the plot thickens when it emerges that both team management and sponsors were also involved in what can only be described as one of the saddest episodes in sporting history, a team and collective who failed to enjoy their cycling victories and moped [as in the verb 'to mope' rather than anything to do with Lambrettas - Ed] their way through their decade at the top.

Lovatt himself still works at long time sponsor Planet X, and is still renowned for his deadpan sense of humour and dry wit. Even after his retirement from cycling he continues to mope.

Hope is emerging finally emerging however when Lovatt, after years of sarcasm and wry comments, was finally caught smiling this morning.

See the bike that Mark helped us design and build, the awesome £999 Pro Carbon Rival Fineline edition, here.

For more info go to www.planet-x-bikes.com.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.