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CyclingMikey says second angle of Gandalf Corner stand-off with Sir Ian McKellen's agent proves he didn't jump onto bonnet; Cav Q&A gets existential; Shell era begins with medals galore; Aero friends + more on the live blog

One more day and you can all head off into the weekend... Dan Alexander is bringing you home with Friday's live blog...
14 October 2022, 15:44
Revenge is a dish best served cold...(with pasta)

The Italians got their revenge on Great Britain, Filippo Ganna and Jonathan Milan racing into the individual pursuit final, as Dan Bigham will have to settle for a bronze medal showdown against Portugal's Manuel Alves...

At least Bigham won the coolest wheels comp...

14 October 2022, 14:06
DuraAce-ic Park, DuraAce-ic Park, get it... Jurassic Park...DuraAceic Park...no? Okay...

Well, after five minutes of trying to shoehorn a groupset name pun into a 90s classic I've given up... there was something in it, I'm convinced. Any help from the comments would be gratefully received as my brain has reduced to mush...

Anyway...

14 October 2022, 13:56
Happy hi-vis man

Only one hi-vis jacket in this... and it's not riding a bike...

By contrast, here in the UK it must be the annual 'nights are drawing in day' as Roads Policing Scotland have dropped a classic of the genre...

14 October 2022, 11:51
"Cycling needs funding, yes, but surely this doesn’t have to be the answer…"

Here's the work of Adrian Ridley, commenting on British Cycling's Shell deal...

GB Shell kit (Adrian Ridley)

"Cycling needs funding, yes, but surely this doesn't have to be the answer…" he wrote.

Powerful stuff.

Check out more of Adrian's work on Instagram or over on his website...

14 October 2022, 11:10
Shimano 105 Di2 - It's a GRAVEL groupset

14 October 2022, 10:57
"The new facility will be behind fences": Geraint Thomas' former coach slams plan to bulldoze velodrome where Tour de France winner's journey began
Geraint Thomas, 2022 Commonwealth Games men's road race (Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

[Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com]

Plans to bulldoze Maindy velodrome — the outdoor Cardiff venue where Geraint Thomas first got into the sport — will be "a detriment to cycling", according to the 2018 Tour de France winner's former coach.

If development work goes ahead, Maindy Park would disappear under concrete as part of an expansion of the neighbouring school, Cathays High, while the velodrome would be relocated to the International Sports Village five miles away.

"The new facility is going to be extremely limited," Alan Davies, who received an MBE for services to youth cycling in Wales, told Wales Online.

"The level of banking that is proposed I don't think will be safe to ride anything other than the fixed wheel bikes. If you want to grow the sport you have to get kids interested at an early age.

"At no point have people been presented with options or choices. That causes me a disquiet because you're no longer delivering a facility that the community want, you're delivering what will fit."

Meanwhile, Davies' greatest talent — the Ineos Grenadiers rider — says he is undecided on if he will ride the Tour de France again, saying he has nothing left to prove and wants to "make the most of" what's left of his career.

"When I won the Tour, it was nice to come back the next year to show it was not a fluke. And it was nice to come back this year as well, when people thought I was done. Now I feel like I have nothing else to prove.

"I don't even know if I will do the Tour to be honest, maybe the Giro. It's all up in the air, really. I wouldn't mind doing something different."

14 October 2022, 10:38
"Anyone who watches this and blames CyclingMikey needs their head testing": Jeremy Vine has his say
14 October 2022, 07:55
CyclingMikey releases second angle of Gandalf Corner stand-off with Sir Ian McKellen's agent to prove he didn't jump onto bonnet

If you missed yesterday's news, the agent of Sir Ian McKellen (and several other big-name actors) was cleared of assaulting CyclingMikey over an incident at Regent's Park's infamous Gandalf Corner in September 2021.

Dubbed Gandalf Corner due to Mikey's 'you shall not pass' interventions to motorists ignoring the keep left sign to cut the corner, and beat the traffic, on the wrong side of the road, since seeing the footage some have somewhat strangely come to the conclusion the road safety campaigner might have jumped onto the bonnet deliberately...

Accusations Mikey rubbished by releasing this second angle last night...

Regardless, a jury at Southwark Crown Court acquitted the theatrical agent of dangerous driving and common assault...

14 October 2022, 09:45
"Whether CyclingMikey did or did not jump on the bonnet, the driver is not safe to be on the road"

Some of your early comments have started to roll in...

OldRidgeback suggested it's irrelevant if Mikey jumped on the bonnet or not, the driving was still dangerous... "Mr Lyon-Maris shouldn't be allowed to drive. Whether CyclingMikey did or did not jump on the bonnet, the driver is not safe to be on the road."

CyclingMikey Sir Ian McKellen's agent (CyclingMikey)

Rendel Harris agreed: "Precisely. In all these semantic debates as to whether CyclingMikey (CM) jumped on the car or was forced to pull himself on or whatever, people are overlooking (quite deliberately, in the case of the usual suspects) the fact that Lyon-Maris was illegally and dangerously driving the wrong side of the traffic island when he was stopped.

"Virtually every other driver whom CM has stopped there has, after grumbling, accepted that they were in the wrong and reversed back to join the traffic queue to take the turn legally. Lyon-Maris deliberately drove his car at a person on foot because he didn't like being told to obey the law, that's the bottom line. Doesn't matter whether you think CM is a total prick and shouldn't do what he does, the driver was breaking the law and when someone attempted to stop him doing so he drove his car at them. These are the facts of the case."

ChasP compared someone climbing onto the bonnet to avoid being run over to "accusing someone of bullying for hitting your fist with their face".

espressodan added: "The fact that it was a jury verdict says everything there is to say about the influence of cars on society and most drivers threshold for acceptable conduct on the road."

14 October 2022, 09:55
Aero friends
14 October 2022, 09:07
Shell era begins with Track Worlds medals galore

The Great Britain men's team pursuit squad of Dan Bigham, Ethan Hayter, Ollie Wood and Ethan Vernon became world champions last night, handing out a shellacking (sorry) to the world's best team pursuiters.

"It was a clean, solid ride," Bigham said of the gold medal-winning race. "All of us are on cloud nine. We really focused on executing good, clean rides and having that drilled into us. It's not about being here to win, it's about doing everything we can to perform to the best of our ability and getting maximum performance out of it."

In the women's race the British quartet, powered by a returning Katie Archibald, Neah Evans, Anna Morris and Josie Knight took silver, losing out to the Italians in the gold medal race.

14 October 2022, 08:57
Cav Q&A gets existential

What's the meaning of life? Is there life after death? These probably aren't the sort of questions Zwift expected to pop up when they put out the call for fan input for an interview with Cav...

Let the amusing interrogation begin...

Dan joined road.cc 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 road.cc, 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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