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Plans for "greener, safer" Regent Street criticised for unprotected cycle lanes; Sign promotes 'joy' of cycling on 60 limit A-road; Rapha/Palace jerseys now £600 on eBay; New three-tier coronavirus restrictions for England + more on the live blog

Welcome to Monday's live blog. Jack Sexty is your blogger-in-chief today, with Simon MacMichael taking over later this evening. ...
12 October 2020, 15:06
12 October 2020, 14:44
New coronavirus restrictions for England: 'Very high' alert level means no social mixing outdoors
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If you live in the Liverpool City Region, social mixing outdoors is now off as the area is in the 'Very high' tier, which will prevent all mixing between households both indoors and outdoors. In areas where the alert level is 'High' (including Nottinghamshire and Greater Manchester) the rule of six still applies outdoors, so bike rides with six or less participants are still on. 

12 October 2020, 14:01
New three-tier coronavirus restrictions for England to be announced shortly
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Will any of the changes affect your cycling plans where you live? Boris Johnson is making a statement now... 

12 October 2020, 13:43
Brompton add two new colourways to 2020 range
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Britain's largest bicycle manufacturer has unveiled its flagship Electric folder in a new Turkish Green colour for 2021: "the dreamy transcendence between blue and green is inspired by city night life", so they say.

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There's also a new Cloud Blue colour dropping into the Core range, which will "match the sunniest days in the saddle" according to Brompton. Both are available to order now on Brompton's website, at selected online retailers and in Brompton Junction stores. 

12 October 2020, 14:01
Yesterday's emotional TV interview would be no way to end Cav's glittering career, says his former teammate
12 October 2020, 13:12
Plans for "greener, safer" Regent Street slammed for lack of protected cycling infrastructure

Although Crown Estate say the provisions will include "wider pavements, reduced traffic, improved provision for cyclists" and "sustainable tree planting and greenery", some think the developers and Westminster Council are way wide of the mark with their ideas. 

Simon Monk of London Cycling Campaign says the plans may contravene the government's guidance in their Gear Change document, as the cycle lane appears to head straight into a bus stop. There also appears to be no physical separation between the main carriageway and the cycle lanes, with just narrow strips of paint marking out the lanes on each side of the road. 

The Crown Estate claim the new 'interim designs' are part of a number of initiatives in their portfolio that support sustainable travel - most notably BIKE-DROP, a pop-up secure bike parking service. 

12 October 2020, 12:30
How cycling has boomed across the world during the pandemic

The World Economic Forum have put together some stats on the increases in cycling since the outbreak of COVID-19, with Europe described as a "cycle superpower". Finland is leading the two-wheeled race by spending €7.76 per person on cycling infrastructure; while the UK is fourth in the European table with a spend of €4.80 per person. 

Outside of Europe, the US has seen a 121% increase in bike sales, while the the Colombian capital Bogota now has 80km of new cycle lanes. 

12 October 2020, 11:50
Froome says 2011 Vuelta was "last opportunity to stay in professional cycling"... and he only just made the team
Chris Froome at 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, picture credit Allan McKenzie, SWpix.com_

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Froome says that he only narrowly made Team Sky's squad for the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, and thought it was his last chance to stay in the sport.

"At the moment going into the Vuelta I didn't even know if I was going to get selected to ride (the Vuelta). I think I only got one of the last positions on the team", said Froome. 

"I really went there with the mentality that I'm going to give this race everything I have. It's probably my last opportunity to stay in professional cycling."

Froome added that he was originally sent to help Bradley Wiggins win the red jersey... and of course the rest is history, after Froome was finally awarded victory for the 2011 Vuelta in 2019 when Juan José Cobo's doping was uncovered, in what was his first of seven Grand Tour victories. 

12 October 2020, 11:17
"About the least joyful place you could ever wish to walk or cycle": sign on narrow A-road with no footways and a 60mph limit asks us to "find joy" in cycling and walking
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While we're all for promoting cycling and walking as much as possible, the A367 into Bath probably isn't the most enticing of roads for new or returning cyclists and ramblers. Spotted by a reader this morning, he says the sign and the actual experience of cycling or walking on the road is something of a juxtaposition: "It's a single carriageway A-road with a 60mph limit where that sign is. There are no footways, and it's uphill so you can only do about 10mph. Probably about the least joyful place you could ever wish to walk or cycle", he told us. 

It's nice that Bath and North East Somerset Council are optimistic, but without some major changes the road probably won't be a 'joy' to cycle on for the foreseeable... 

12 October 2020, 09:32
Meanwhile... Rapha + Palace EF Pro Cycling jerseys are going for £600 on eBay

Moving on from fantasy streetwear-influenced cycling jerseys to the reality of rampant capitalism, inevitably EF Pro Cycling's crazy Giro jersey is commanding some crazy prices after selling out in record time... 

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£599.99 is the highest price we've seen so far, while some are already up for auction with bidding in excess of £200 already. We've also seen the bib shorts priced at over £300, and even the water bottle for £100

On Rapha's website, the range was only offered exclusively to Rapha Cycling Club members when it went on sale last Friday; but it was also available on the Palace Skateboards website, where all the collab items have long sold out. The whole range sold out in record time according to EF Pro Cycling team manager Jonathan Vaughters, who said on his Twitter account: "Amazing how fast it sold out. Don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this in cycling. Ever."

12 October 2020, 11:11
All the kit you'll need to ride through winter... best of luckQ
12 October 2020, 09:25
A designer has recreated all the jerseys of the pro peloton, inspired by the EF Pro Cycling/Palace collab

What if all the teams on the World Tour hooked up with uber hip streetwear and luxury fashion brands? Stycle Design have imagined what it would be like if this became a reality, making a number of notable team jerseys a little louder with a smattering of extra street cred... 

Some of the fantasy pairings include Quick-Step x Stussy, Ineos x Daily Paper and Canyon/SRAM x Vans. What team and brand would feature on your ultimate fantasy jersey? 

12 October 2020, 09:04
"Closing streets to cars harms trade"...

In reality it rarely does, as is evident from these bustling scenes on a pedestrianised street in Hackney. 

12 October 2020, 08:34
Have 20-odd grand kicking about? Now you can buy a replica of Tadej Pogacar's Tour-winning Colnago V3Rs
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Colnago say they are "honoured to share" the young Slovenian's victory with us - amazingly the first time a rider on a Colnago-branded bike has won Le Tour - in the form of a $30,000 (just over £23,000) limited edition V3Rs in yellow livery that is almost an exact replica of the bike Pogacar rode on stage 21. There's also a white version too (for 'just' $20,000), which Pogacar of course piloted on the first 19 stages before that victory to end all victories on the stage 20 time trial. 

The bike(s) that snatched Tour de France victory at the last minute

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Because it's been 116 years since a rider as young as Pogacar has won the Tour, Colnago are making just 116 each of the yellow and white V3Rs replicas: "available to the most discerning cycling collectors", say Colnago. Each one will be numbered and signed by Ernesto Colnago himself, and will also come with a case including a commemorative jersey, cycling cap and signed letters from Pogacar.

The spec is top of the range of course, with a full Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset, direct mount rim brakes and Bora WTO 33 wheels  to "offer the exact riding experience as the world’s top professionals". If you're in a very fortunate financial position and want to find out more, you can sign up for info on the Colnago website

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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