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"I don't think anyone is riding SRAM unless they're paid to, or forced by their sponsor": Phil Gaimon calls Jumbo-Visma dropping Shimano a "marginal loss"; Shell logo appears on (most) GB kits; Boonen: Van Aert could do better + more on the live blog

After a week away Dan Alexander is back on the live blog today, mainly trying to remember how any of this works
13 October 2022, 15:40
Cycling UK launches Rebellion Way — 232-mile (373km) tour of Norfolk

Cycling UK today launched its sixth route — the Rebellion Way — a 232-mile (373km) tour of Norfolk starting in Norwich. The route was officialy launched this morning and the charity says it will be the first accessible adventure route for people using adapted bikes like handcycles or tricycles.

The route is designed to be ridden over four to six days and, Cycling UK says, uses a "varied mix of country lanes, bridleways, byways, cycle paths and forest tracks" and is "suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness on the vast majority of bikes".

Claire Frecknall, an ambassador for Mason Cycles, rode the Rebellion Way in early September, and concluded it is a "great 'all ability' route" with "quiet lanes, beautiful forests and big skies, a proper adventure but without masses of elevation. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to take their first steps into multi-day trips."

Full details here...

13 October 2022, 14:59
Paralympic cyclist Lora Fachie will read first ever CBeebies Bedtime Story in braille

 Paralympic gold medallist on the track Lora Fachie (and her guide dog Tai) will appear on tonight's CBeebies Bedtime Story, reading from a book in braille for the first time on the show.

The episode will air on CBeebies tonight at 18.50pm, available afterwards via the iPlayer, and will see Fachie reading The Secret Code by Dana Meachen Rau. Illustrated by Bari Weissman it tells the tale of a boy whose classmates think he uses a secret code to read, only to discover it is braille.

Fachie has a hereditary sight loss condition and lost her sight aged five. "I am over the moon to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story for the first time in braille," she said.

"I have always enjoyed reading and hope this will encourage everyone to want to read whether they use their eyes, their ears, their fingers or a secret code."

13 October 2022, 14:22
"There's traffic calming and then there's traffic calming"

It rhymes with roadblock... 

13 October 2022, 14:14
Dave Brailsford is living out of a caravan at Nice's training ground as he tries to save football experiment
Sir Dave Brailsford at Team Ineos launch (picture credit

More marginal gains talk here, or as Gaimon dubbed it... "marginal losses"...

Dave Brailsford is reportedly living out of a caravan at French Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice's training ground as he tries to rescue his venture into the sport. The club sit 13th in the league, well off the level the fans expect, with L'Equipe reporting the Ineos team principle has made his South of France home a "luxury camper" in the "car park"...

"I think Brailsford is making a lot of mistakes at Nice that is very much counterproductive to what the project is and what it should be," French football journalist Julien Laurens told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"He reminds me a little bit of Sir Clive Woodward when England won the Rugby World Cup. He thought he could go into any sport, including football, and be successful and it just doesn’t happen like that."

13 October 2022, 13:47
Some more top-tier Phil Gaimon content for your Thursday live blog enjoyment
13 October 2022, 13:20
Musical chains: UAE Team Emirates to switch to Shimano for 2023
Pogacar Colnago V3Rs 2021 Tour de France-5.jpg

UAE Team Emirates are to join Jumbo-Visma in switching groupset manufacturer ahead of next season, jumping ship to Shimano from Campagnolo. The Campag x Pog partnership saw the Slovenian win his two Tour de France titles and Monument success, and comes as the only rider who beat him at this year's race, Jonas Vingegaard, moves to SRAM with the rest of his Jumbo-Visma teammates.

Cyclingnews reports UAE riders will be able to retain personal shoe sponsorships and opt for different wheels and components for their Colnago bikes.

So, what's next? We've had Shimano to SRAM and Campag to Shimano, guess it'll be a team ditching SRAM for Campag to complete the groupset triangle...

13 October 2022, 11:02
Meanwhile in Britain...
13 October 2022, 10:43

This is going well...

Gold medallist in Rio six years ago Callum Skinner asked fans to try to distinguish between riders and their governing body when criticising...

13 October 2022, 10:07
Great Britain win medals at Track Cycling World Championships as Shell logo makes debut on (most riders') kits

The Shell era has begun...

 Last night Great Britain won three medals on the opening day of the Track Cycling World Championships in France, with Jess Roberts winning a bronze in the women's 10km scratch race before the men's and women's sprint teams also took bronze. The team pursuit squads delivered too: the women qualifying second fastest, the men set to take on Italy in today's gold medal race after beating New Zealand.

Katie Archibald returned to competition as part of the women's pursuit squad, her first race since the death of her partner Rab Wardell in August. Nobody could begrudge a British medal there...

Elsewhere, the talk of the town was Britain's new Shell-shouldered kits...

That was until Emma Finucane and her team sprint teammates were interviewed after their bronze medal winning performance, with the Welsh rider's kit notably missing the Shell logo...

We're following leads to bring you the full story, but some have questioned if it could be a conscious decision?

It's at this point we should probably stress there is no official word on why the logo was absent, and there are numerous foreseeable kit-related issues that could explain it. We're doing some digging and will hopefully have something concrete to bring you later today... 

13 October 2022, 09:46
Tom Boonen: "Wout van Aert could have done better this year"

How was Wout van Aert's 2022? He won three Tour de France stages, a green jersey, Omloop, E3, stages at Paris-Nice and the Dauphiné, as well as helping teammate Jonas Vingegaard win yellow... oh, and Wout finished in the top five of 82 per cent of the one-day races he took part in — BUT, the prodigiously talented Belgian "could have done better"... apparently.

Wout van Aert Tour de France 2022 stage four (ASO/Pauline Ballet)

[ASO/Pauline Ballet]

That's according to Tom Boonen who told Wielerflits: "I hear he couldn't have done better this year, but I don't agree with that".

"The only thing missing this year is a Monument, they say. But that matters. A rider of his level is racing to win those races. It's nice that you are called the best rider in the world for months, but that's not the point. Wout has to win classics.

2023 Tour de France Stage 8 Wout van Aert win copyright ASO - 1

"Ask him. He will also say that that is what he wants. At the same time, I don't want to be too strict. Wout was having a very nice spring and he had the bad luck that he dropped out due to corona at a crucial moment, just before the Tour of Flanders.

"The years are ticking. I am convinced that he will still succeed, but will he win the Ronde three times and Roubaix four times? Champions race for those kinds of records."

Well, there you go. If Wout 'must do better' there's not much hope for the rest of us...

13 October 2022, 09:45
It makes you think
13 October 2022, 09:24
But what about us?

Still, look on the bright side SRAM owners... "Phil Gaimon says I'm losing 5 to 10 watts" can be added to the list of reasons you got dropped on the group ride... 

13 October 2022, 07:59
"I don't think anyone is riding SRAM unless they're paid to, or forced by their bike sponsor": Phil Gaimon calls Jumbo-Visma dropping Shimano a "marginal loss"

As Ryan shared on yesterday's live blog, the off-season news from the Netherlands (yep, it's that time of year when we've got to make something out everything other than actual bike racing) is that Jumbo-Visma are dropping Shimano for next season after SRAM made the team an offer the Japanese manufacturer was unwilling to match...

No gun to the head here (as far as we're aware...), just cold hard cash... probably. Retired pro turned KOM hunter Phil Gaimon had something to say about the move, calling it a "marginal loss", one he joked he'd like to see the UCI implement for all teams who get too dominant. 'Sorry, Annemiek, you're on Apex next year...'

Before saying there's a 5-10 watt difference between SRAM and Shimano...

Something some questioned...

This all got very nerdy very quickly, but I think the salient fact is this... Wout van Aert is still going to win bike races. Now, any chance of Bauke Mollema signing?

Bauke Mollema SRAM

Pictures you can hear...

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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