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Furious Mark Cavendish berates Tour of Britain motorbike rider; Toronto's horse poo bike lane problem; Was the double cleat horror set-up was real?; ITV's cheery ads; NYC cops remove "illegally" locked bikes; Pedal Me's round + more on the live blog

Happy Friday! Dan Alexander will be seeing you through to the weekend with the final live blog of the week
10 September 2021, 15:08
Toronto cyclists and walkers fed up with dodging horse poo...

We're no strangers to crap cycle lanes here at brought this amusing BlogTo piece of Friday news to our attention. Toronto Police's horses have been defecating in bike lanes and parks...pissing off/shitting on (choose your toilet-related word play) locals.

Photos of grassy areas covered in the stuff have emerged online, prompting some to call for the police to clean up after themselves. Disgruntled residents said the problem isn't just in the parks...and has spread to bike lanes and pavements, causing cyclists and motorists to spend their time dodging dung.

10 September 2021, 14:51
Wout van Aert wins his third stage of this year's Tour of Britain

Once Cav was finished bollocking the motorbike rider, the break traversed the Pennines - but was caught before the run into Gateshead. A big attack from Wout van Aert took the strongest riders to the head of proceedings: Julian Alaphilippe, Ethan Hayter, Michael Woods and Dan Martin amongst them.

Ultimately none of the group could make a gap last longer than a couple of minutes and it came down to a reduced bunch sprint. Van Aert was clearly the strongest, muscling his way past race leader Hayter in the final couple of hundred metres. Alaphilippe took third. The Belgian has cut his deficit to just two seconds ahead of the final couple of stages this weekend.

Tomorrow should be a sprint in Edinburgh. Sunday, a rolling run to Aberdeen. What may complicate things is the early climb of Cairn O'Mount and its 3.3km at 9.4 per cent. Will anyone try launching an ambush?

10 September 2021, 13:40
Vintage Cav...furious Manx Missile rages at Tour of Britain motorbike rider

Here's the vid of Cav's rant we referenced earlier...

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprinter was in unfamiliar territory today, up the road in the breakaway on stage six of the Tour of Britain. Mark Donovan's presence in the break meant the escape was never likely to succeed due to his threatening position on GC. So, when the break attacked the DSM rider in attempt to get rid of him, and Donovan received some timely help in the slipstream of one of the race motorbikes - Cav lost it... 

Calling the motorbike up for a word...the 34-time Tour de France stage winner screamed, "You're helping them! What's wrong with you?"

Before taking a moment to talk down the camera..."For all you people at home, these motorbikes have a bearing on the race. The guys are sat on them." It was at this moment, perhaps wisely, the TV director cut back to the peloton.

It seems part of the Cav brand to occasionally get caught having a pop...his 2016 rant at a Tour de France cameraman shadowing him while he dropped out the peloton for a slash remains undefeated..."I went for a piss"...followed by an oh too familiar gesture. 10/10.

10 September 2021, 14:09
Pedal Me gets the beers in
10 September 2021, 13:27
what3words helped emergency services find pro mountain biker Gee Atherton after remote Snowdonia crash
Gee Atherton what3words

Pro mountain biker Gee Atherton was filming in remote Snowdonia for his YouTube channel, hence the quality of the shots, when he suffered the biggest crash of his career. Emergency services and the Welsh Air Ambulance Service used the global addressing technology what3words to locate him.

The tech splits the world into a grid of three-metre squares and gives each square a unique three word address - for example the public car park at the National Trust Powys Castle and Garden in Wales is limits.pads.rust. The service helps emergency services locate casualties, particularly in remote or heavily forested areas, far off the beaten track.

10 September 2021, 12:44
Tour of Britain farmyard bingo continues

We've had sheep and cows you can tick horse off your farmyard bingo makes for less stressful playing than anti-cyclist bingo...

10 September 2021, 11:32
Plans for new cycling and walking cafe in Suffolk scuppered by traffic safety fears
Fox Hall Suffolk (Google StreetView)

Plans to create a new cafe marketed at cyclists, runners and walkers have been withdrawn due to objections over traffic. The cafe was to be built as part of the conversion of former farm buildings at Foxhall Hall, plans which included an orthodontic centre and conference room available for hire by local groups and businesses. 

However, Foxhall Parish Council objected to the plan, saying: "We believe that Hall Road is unsuitable for the additional regular traffic that this development will generate. This is a remote location which will be principally accessed by motor vehicles along a single-track road.

The Ipswich Star reports a new application has been submitted with scaled down use of the buildings. The primary use as an orthodontics centre remains, but the cafe has been removed from the plans.

10 September 2021, 10:51
Tour of Britain stage six: Cav's in the break...and he's angry

Lovely to see Cav screaming at motorbike riders out on the course this lunchtime...the Manx Missile had a momentary aside with the TV camera to tell viewers at home how the moto's slipstream can impact the racing after the breakaway split and he was forced to chase back on...

Cav's up the road with Deceuninck-Quick-Step teammate Tim 'The Tractor' Declercq, Jumbo-Visma's George Bennett and a few others. Interestingly, four of the seven escapees have finished in the top five of a sprint stage this week. Let's see how they fair in the 'high mountains' of the Pennines...

10 September 2021, 10:13
ITV's cheery Tour of Britain ads

I think they might be saying something about the sort of people who like cycling... 

10 September 2021, 09:34
Brace yourselves for another look...we spoke to the mechanic from THAT double cleat horror set-up

Let's end the week how it began...grimacing at that punter's cleat set-up from hell. We heard the naysayers and doubters questioning whether it's a hoax, so got in touch with the bike shop mechanic unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on your point of view) enough to be handed the double cleat disaster...they confirmed to us, "the fail was, sadly/joyously, all too real!"

I could tidy up the reply and split it down for quotes, but I'm going to leave the thrilling storytelling, with all its local charm, to our bike shop friend...strap yourselves in...

"The day started off normal - overcast, with a chance of light rain. Business was steady, and uneventful. The fail-party began when two middle-aged gentlemen rolled up on road bikes - the second guy pedalling all sortsa funny. First fella asks if I can help his buddy out with a cleat issue - cause he's 'tired of pedalling on his toes'. I think nothing of it, and ask him to hand me his shoes, so I can get a look at the problem.

"He does so, and, as mentioned in the post, I flipped them over and just stared, seemingly for ever. I was wearing a bucket hat and, as I talked with the guys, I was peering out from under the brim, studying their faces, to see if they were messing with me, since I was having a really hard time believing the cleat placement was naively intentional. There was nothing about their facial expressions, body language or vocal tones that indicated it was all a joke.

"The fella that had been wearing the shoes/cleats like that - for God knows how long asked me if there was any way I could mount the road cleats in the location of the mountain bike ones. I said no, not on the spot and, if there are adapters out there somewhere, we didn't have any on hand. The solution was to swap out his road pedals for some cheap mountain bike ones, and when I went back into the shop, to get the pedals - I kid you not, my hands were shaking! - I, excitedly, ran around and showed the shoes to all my coworkers. Jaws were straight droppin', left and right!

"At this point, it probably sounds somewhat sad that I'd get so excited over some silly cleats - but hey, you gotta get your thrills, when and where available, and this was basically bike-fail-manna-from-heaven! 

"One cleat was mounted to the front holes of its backing plate, the other to the rear, and neither was even remotely straight - to the point where I don't see how they really could have worked at all properly. There are a few other kinda quirky details to the story but that's the important stuff.

"Hopefully that helps dispel the naysayers' assumption that that bonkers cleat arrangement was a fishing prank! I could honestly give a crap about likes. At the end of the day, I/we here at Trench Tails are just looking for a nice, virtual group hug. It can be cold and dark, here in the trenches..."

Maybe that allays your doubts, maybe it doesn't...I hope you had as much fun reading it as I did when that literary masterpiece dropped into the DMs...

10 September 2021, 08:44
Josh Quigley set for second attempt at breaking seven-day cycling distance world record

Josh is back for another shot at the record. At the end of April he abandoned his first attempt due to an knee injury. That's healed now and he's hoping to better the 1,2000 miles he rode in five days during the first effort. To beat the record, Josh will have to cover 2,177 miles in the week over slightly altered Aberdeenshire circuit that readers might remember from April. All the best, Josh...we'll keep you updated on his progress on the live blog next week.

10 September 2021, 08:14
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games tickets go on sale
Birmingham 2022 logo.JPG

Tickets for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year went on sale this week. A ballot system is being run until the end of September when applicants will be told if they've been successful. If it's track cycling tickets you're after, just remember that confusingly the Birmingham event's venue is in London.

Lee Valley Velopark is staging the track cycling as the second city doesn't have a suitable facility. I'd rather watch them race through the Bullring to be honest...but then again, there's a reason I'm not in charge of these things...

10 September 2021, 07:25
NYC cops slammed for removing "illegally" chained bicycles...against their own advice
NYPD remove chained bicycles (Image: NYPD 107th Precinct/Facebook)

I guess we'll never know what reaction NYPD's 107th Precinct expected when it uploaded these pictures of a solid night's work removing "illegally" chained bicycles. The station's Facebook page proudly wrote about how its officers had removed multiple bicycles "chained illegally" to NYC DOT sign posts because it "can be hazardous to pedestrians"...

However, as some have pointed out, here's the NYPD's own flyer on bike safety...including a section encouraging riders to lock their bikes to metal posts of no parking and stop signs.

NYPD flyer

The reaction has been something of a PR firestorm. Several people have accused the cops of stealing bikes...

Alison Mc wrote: "Cars (and I am a car owner) can just be parked and left on public streets belonging to everyone, while there are not even a fraction of enough bike racks in this city yet you steal the bikes people legally park and lock up…and then lie and say it’s a public safety issue. What a crock of shit this is."

Chris O'Leary shared the photo of the contradictory flyer..."'Securing your bike to these signs is illegal.' Oh, is that so? Then why does this NYPD flyer on bike safety specifically encourage people to lock their bikes to these signs? You just straight-up stole bikes. You should be ashamed of yourselves."

Peter W. Beadle added: "Instead of wasting time, energy and money harassing people with bikes, have your officers stop parking on sidewalks and in bike lanes. The hypocrisy is unbelievable."

And just when you think it couldn't get much worse for them...

NYPD remove chained bicycles (Image: NYPD 107th Precinct/Facebook)


Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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