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Prince Charles jokes about lycra; One bicycle commuter vs 42 vehicles; How to decapitate someone whilst riding; Female Afghan cyclists flee to Italy; Rohan Dennis leaves Ineos; Grandma rides 870 miles on spin bike for RNLI + more on the live blog

It's Will Bolton on the live blog again today.....
01 September 2021, 13:16
Potential winner of next TdF spotted at Benelux Tour

Egan Bernal won the Tour in 2019 aged just 22. A year later, Tadej Pogacar, aged 21, became the second youngest winner of the Tour, just behind Henri Cornet, who won the Tour in 1904 at the age of 19.

With the age of Grand Tour champions falling every year, could this tiny rider take victory on the Champs-Élysées in 2022? 

01 September 2021, 12:17
Grandmother who sailed across the Atlantic three times cycles 870 miles for RNLI
Credit: RNLI

Barbara Townsend, 80, from Axminster, Devon, is riding her exercise bike every day and hopes to eventually cover 870 miles - the distance from Lands End to John O'Groats.

Mrs Townsend, who has seven grandchildren, has raised £950 so far on her JustGiving page.

She started her ride on August 4th and wanted to raise the cash for the RNLI because both her and her husband, David, 84, were keen sailors and have crossed the Atlantic three times in their 42 foot ocean-going sailing boat.

She said:"The RNLI does a fantastic job, and when we used to pop over to France it was always so comforting to know the volunteers of the RNLI were there if we needed them. Fortunately, we never had to call them out."

01 September 2021, 11:34
Organisers blame combination of cash shortfall and impact of coronavirus for decision to scrap 2022 edition
01 September 2021, 10:59
Caroline Buchanan makes history by becoming first woman to land a front flip on a MTB on dirt
01 September 2021, 10:15
Afghan female cyclists escape Taliban and reach Italy

A small group of Afghan women cyclists has managed to reach Italy on board a C-130 of the Italian Air Force that landed at Fiumicino (Rome) on 27th August. 

> Afghan women cycle to “make Afghanistan proud”

Six athletes are currently in quarantine, alongside a male athlete and several family members. 

However, Alessandra Cappellotto, head of the Women's CPA, said that the mission to rescue all the female riders still had a way to go. 

She said: "Of course we are happy for the women athletes we were able to rescue, but we are still extremely worried about those who are still there.

"This has been a first step, but we really hope that all the athletes will be brought to safety through the International channels.

"We are yet to cross the finish line: it’s not yet time to celebrate, but this little drop of hope in the ocean of pain and suffering still means a lot». 

"The Afghan athletes were in danger (and those who are still in the country continue to be) because they were recognisable and famous due to the national and International media coverage of their efforts for the promotion of women’s cycling."

01 September 2021, 10:01
Rohan Dennis leaves Ineos Grenadiers for Jumbo-Visma

Australian rider Rohan Dennis, 31, has announced he will be moving to Team Jumbo-Visma next year.

The two-time time trial world champion revealed today that he has signed a two year contract with the Dutch team.

He said: "I would also like to thank all of @ineosgrenadiers and it’s fans for the amazing memories over the last 2 years…sorry if I cause you guys issues in different colours next year."

01 September 2021, 09:35
How to decapitate someone whilst riding

Who wants to learn to wheelie when you could be learning how to cut someone's head off?

01 September 2021, 07:48
One bicycle v 42 vehicles

This video from @PassPixi is a great reminder of why we should all commute by bicycle.

In the clip the cyclists casually rides past a very long line of cars, vans and buses while lots of very bored motorists looking enviously out of their windows.

01 September 2021, 07:34
Prince Charles 'jokes' that 'getting into lycra is the hard bit' after meeting group of cyclists
Prince Charles (licenced on Flickr by Dan Marsh under CC BY-SA 2.0)


So, a story doing the rounds this morning is that the Prince of Wales joked that 'getting into lycra is the hard bit' when he met cyclists during a visit to a small Scottish burgh.

Charles previously revealed how he was once knocked down by a bus while riding his bike around Cambridge.

Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were meeting with locals in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, taking in views from the Cambus O’May suspension bridge when the Prince made the hilarious quip. 

PA report that Charles was walking around 'Petting dogs and speaking to some cyclists', when he said: “Sorry for keeping you guys waiting, I suppose our little trip has slowed you down.”

Asking each of the cyclists where they were headed, Charles then joked that “getting into lycra is the hard bit”.

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