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Do not frighten drivers and keep the noise down: Richmond Park's new code of conduct for cyclists; Drum and bass bicycle tour; Kick in the teeth bike rack; Jesus Christ, your dog bit me!; Giro breakaway day; Paris before and after + more on the live blog

It's Tuesday and Dan Alexander will be taking you through the day on the live blog...
11 May 2021, 16:27
Do not frighten drivers and keep the noise down: Richmond Park's new code of conduct for cyclists
Richmond Park code of conduct

Listen up, there is a new code of conduct from Richmond Park Cyclists for people riding bikes in Richmond Park. Personal highlights include: 'Keep it down' and the one about trying not to frighten drivers. Cyclists have been asked to consider riding in single file, 'filter gently through stationary traffic so as not to startle' and to only use verbal signals 'when necessary'.

The code of conduct comes at a time of growing calls to ban through traffic from the park. In February, shocking pictures emerged on social media of the aftermath of a collision involving a driver and a cyclist, which left a woman in hospital and the car wrecked a short distance away off the road. 

Richmond Park Cyclists says the code of conduct is about: "Creating a safe and welcoming environment for every type of cyclist and other park visitors. Put together with the help of the Royal Parks Police, The Royal Parks, the Friends of Richmond Park and our subscribers."

Richmond Park code of conduct

The code of conduct has not gone down well on Twitter...

More on this tomorrow, when we'll be looking to contact Richmond Park Cyclists to find out more about its newly-published guidelines. 

11 May 2021, 15:56
Joe Dombrowski wins stage four of the Giro d'Italia from the breakaway

For the second consecutive day the breakaway outfoxed the peloton to battle it out for the stage win. Joe Dombrowski of UAE Team Emirates soloed away from Alessandro De Marchi, Rein Taaramäe and Christopher Juul-Jensen on the final climb of the day. De Marchi takes the maglia rosa from Filippo Ganna who was more concerned with aiding his teammate Egan Bernal's challenge. 

Bernal, along with Aleksandr Vlasov, Mikel Landa, Hugh Carthy and Giulio Ciccone forced a gap from the other GC favourites late in the day to take 11 seconds off Remco Evenepoel and Simon Yates.

João Almeida was the day's big loser, dropping out the peloton and losing nearly four and a half minutes to the Bernal group. The stage played out in miserable conditions and the riders will be thankful to see one of the easiest stages of the race on the menu for tomorrow.

Joe has come a long way...

11 May 2021, 15:32
Drum & race: DJ takes drum and bass on bicycle tour

Stop the count. The most peak Bristol moment has happened. DJ Dom Whiting went for a ninety minute spin around the streets with his decks on the handlebars, giving the people exactly what they want to hear on a Sunday afternoon...well, what some people want to hear. 

He has taken his mobile rave across the south of England, from London to Bristol via Oxford, High Wycombe and Reading. Dom attracted a big crowd rolling behind on bikes and turned heads from confused locals...all delivered with a live stream to put Piers Corbyn's grainy election day disaster to shame.

11 May 2021, 14:43
Paris before and after

A before and after from Paris, and one from closer to home...

11 May 2021, 14:27
Thibaut Pinot "one in million chance" of riding the Tour de France

FDJ team manager Mac Madiot believes there is a "one in a million chance" that Thibaut Pinot rides the Tour de France. Pinot has suffered the effects of a crash on the opening stage of the Tour last year, abandoning the Vuelta a España after two stages and struggling to find form at the Tour of the Alps.

The Frenchman was planning on competing at the Giro d'Italia but had to scrap that plan to focus on his recovery. With the Giro too soon, there had been speculation that Pinot, who turns 31 at the end of the month, could reset his sights on his home Grand Tour. 

However, Madiot told Eurosport, "There is a one in a million chance he will be at the start of the Tour. The most important thing is that he fully recovers. We are not going to put pressure on him, that would be a mistake."

After the recent Tour of the Alps, Pinot spoke about his injury troubles. "I’m only thinking about healing myself," he said. "I would unnecessarily suffer and I would not be able to help the team. It's not even a question of shape, but the pain in my back prevents me from performing well."

11 May 2021, 13:45
Acclaimed German architect Helmut Jahn killed in collision with two drivers in Chicago

Acclaimed German architect Helmut Jahn, who was so well-known he was one of the first to be dubbed a "starchitect", has died after a collision with two drivers in the Chicago suburb of Campton Hills. Jahn, 81, was riding his bike on Saturday afternoon when he was reportedly hit by two drivers and pronounced dead at the scene.

Jahn was best known for his design of the Sony Centre in Berlin and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, as well as the Thompson Centre in Chicago. In addition to being an award-winning architect, he taught the next generation, lecturing at the University of Illinois Chicago Campus, Harvard, Yale and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

11 May 2021, 13:01
Ill-timed nature break by Peter Sagan helped Taco van der Hoorn's unlikely victory

Deceuninck-Quick-Step veteran Iljo Keisse revealed in his daily column for Het Nieuwsblad how an ill-timed stop at the side of the road helped Taco van der Hoorn stay away to win stage three of the Giro yesterday. Keisse explained that just as Bora-hansgrohe upped the pace after the long first climb, their team leader Peter Sagan answered the call of nature.

Whether Sagan took a piss, the piss or both is up to you, but the Quick-Step domestique believes the break stifled the rhythm of the chase. "In the descent of the climb, the peloton broke into four pieces," he explained. "Which meant that Oss and Sagan took a lot of time to return. Bora-hansgrohe had already made up for a minute on the escapees, but had to wait for Sagan and start right from the start. Still a mistake from the leader."

Well, well, well...we would love to tell you what is happening on stage four but unfortunately the grim Emilia-Romagna weather is giving the broadcasters some issues. What we do know is there is a big breakaway up the road and a fierce 4km climb near the finish.

11 May 2021, 12:39
"Look at these kids eh, not paying road tax and riding two abreast": Cycle school bus in action

Great to see another cycle school bus out on the roads this morning...and a good sense of humour too...

11 May 2021, 12:10
Kick in the teeth from orthodontist blocking bike rack with giant advert
Wembley Orthodontic Centre bike rack.JPG

Brace yourselves for this piece of advertising outside Wembley Orthodontic Practice in South Kenton. Guess all the pavement-blocking adverts in the picture below were not enough...

One of our readers, Richard, got in touch with the picture, but tooth be told we are not too sure about the story behind this apart from that it has presumably been put up without permission and might well soon be taken down. 

Wembley Orthodontic Centre bike rack.PNG


11 May 2021, 10:15
Chris Boardman makes the case for cycle commuting to re-elected Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham

Re-elected Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham expressed his desire to improve public transport options for Mancunians during this video following him on an eight-mile journey from Middleton to Media City. Showing us "the reality of public transport in Greater Manchester", Burnham's trip takes an hour and a quarter on the bus and tram, costing £5.30.

Seeing the video, Chris Boardman made the case for cycling...he tweeted: "If that trip was done 3 days a week by bike - realistic, leisurely 43mins each way - you’d save £1500 a year & 6 FULL DAYS of your life not commuting. Not to mention time/money saved not having to go to a gym. A FULL family holiday a year just be doing some commutes by bike..."

You don't need to convince us, Chris. I am sold, and it seems plenty of other people are too... 

11 May 2021, 09:50
Islabikes launches new 14" wheeled balance bike
Islabikes 14" balance bike

Islabikes has added a new 14" wheeled balance bike to their range, aimed at children around 3-years-old. The narrow stance is designed to help children learn the riding position ready for a bike with pedals. It shares the design of Islabikes' smaller Rothan 12 but is suited for kids with an inside leg of 36cm upwards and at 3.4kg it is easily carried. 

Director Dave Bowater explained the thinking behind the new bike: "the balance bike is the gateway to cycling for so many children and speaking as a parent of two, one of my proudest moments was watching them scoot off into the distance for the first time. By adding this larger size, we are now offering taller children the opportunity to get the very best introduction to cycling."

11 May 2021, 08:54
Arjen Robben spotted riding home from FC Groningen match

The Flying Dutchman has become The Cycling Dutchman... 

11 May 2021, 08:16
"Ah f**k, I'm going to make it, what the f**k": All the best reaction to Taco van der Hoorn's surprise stage three breakaway win

That is the calibre of stat I enjoy...Taco van der Hoorn was understandably shocked to have won the second road stage of the Giro d'Italia. The 500-1 shot could not contain his excitement speaking to the media: "I can't believe it. With 1km to go I was looking behind to see...'ah f**k, I'm going to make it, what the f**k.' Those last metres were really unbelievable.

"I wanted to be in the breakaway because I want to ride aggressively the entire Giro. But I know it is difficult to make it to the finish with a leading group. But every chance, no matter how small, is one. Actually, I didn't believe we could make it when the gap at 25 kilometres was one minute."

Check out the passion in the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team car...

11 May 2021, 07:42
Cyclist claims Jesus of Nazareth actor's cockapoo bit him in London park
Jesus of Nazareth actor Robert Powell

A London cyclist was surprised to discover that the cockapoo he claims bit him is owned by Jesus of Nazareth and Holby City actor Robert Powell. Karzan Wali posted the photo below on local neighbourhood app Nextdoor and received numerous replies of, "Jesus Christ"...

Jesus of Nazareth actor Robert Powell

The cyclist says he was riding across Hampstead Heath when the actor's dog ran towards him and bit him on the leg, leaving a wound that needed hospital treatment and a tetanus jab. Powell denies his cockapoo bit the cyclist and insists all it did was bark at him.

"My dog has never bitten anybody in her life," Powell told the Mail on Sunday. "I saw his leg and there is not a mark on it. The dog did not bite him. I even made a joke while the dog was yapping and said, 'See, even the dog knows you can’t ride a bike here'.

"He was riding an off-road bicycle which is illegal and I told him, 'You’re not allowed to ride a bike here'. He skidded to a halt and all my dog did was yap at him."

While cycling is not allowed on some of the park's paths, Wali says that at the time of the incident he was riding on one that permitted cycling.

"The dog owner was very inconsiderate and rude, didn’t apologise and also didn’t believe me that the dog bit me," Wali explained. "I can assure you, I got bitten and had to get a tetanus jab and am now on antibiotics as the bite marks are red and sore. Be aware of this owner and the dogs, especially cyclists."

Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating an allegation of a person allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in Hampstead Heath Park, but no arrest has been made.

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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