One of our forums got lots of attention over the weekend so we're bringing the topic here to get some more input from you lot...If you've cycled for any period of time you've probably had a negative experience with a driver: something shouted at you, a punishment pass, or worse...Whatever it may be there's an underlying question to be asked. Why do motorists hate cyclists? But why are road rage incidents so common? And why is it that one of the times when we feel the most hostility in our lives is probably when we're out on our bikes?
Of the replies we've had so far, here's a couple of popular suggestions for starters: road rage drivers are angry about everything on the road (traffic jams, traffic lights, other drivers etc.) so cyclists are just another victim of their rage. Secondly, motorists incorrectly perceive cyclists to be holding them up...Anyone got any more suggestions?
— World Cycling Stats (@wcsbike) March 15, 2021
The breakaway survived on stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico with Mads Würtz Schmidt of Israel Start-Up Nation winning the five-up sprint. As well as being the Dane's first WorldTour win, it is the first win for a female directeur sportif at a men's WorldTour race. Schmidt beat young Belgian rider Brent Van Moer, Simone Velasco, Jan Bakelants and Nelson Oliveira in the kick to the line. Behind, Mathieu van der Poel's teammate Tim Merlier won the sprint for seventh, 30 seconds after the final man from the breakaway, Emils Liepiņš, crossed the line. Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Davide Ballerini, Cofidis' Elia Viviani and Max Kanter of Team DSM rounded out the top ten.
No changes on GC means that Tadej Pogačar will take a 1:15 advantage on Wout van Aert into tomorrow's individual time trial, the final stage of the race.
— ednl 🇪🇺 (@ednl) March 15, 2021
Ouch, ouch and more ouch for EF Education-Nippo's Simon Carr. Shades of Cav's crash at Milan-San Remo a few years back...The young Brit has impressed already at Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing eighth on Saturday's summit finish. He's now proved he's hard as nails too...No fuss, roll the stretcher away, puts his shoe back on and away he goes.
— Chris Bowes (@bowesy_bowesy78) March 15, 2021
Velocio is running a virtual challenge from March 12-21 to share routes, favourite climbs and lesser known roads to make the best of a start to a season still disrupted by lockdowns and cancellations. They are asking riders to upload rides to komoot and tag Velocio to share their rides and be in with a chance of winning prizes from Wahoo, ENVE, Velocio and komoot. With no group rides, sportives or races allowed just yet, hopefully the challenge will mean we'll all have some new roads and climbs to explore in the meantime...
The Cyclone Festival of Cycling takes place in the beautiful and quiet NE of England over 2-4 July. Entries are now open for six public rides of between 10 and 108 miles - https://t.co/Z07iw5se5p pic.twitter.com/DILm4MlgTG
— Cyclone Festival (@CycloneFestival) March 8, 2021
The North East's biggest cycling festival has been given the green light to spearhead the return of racing in the UK. The Cyclone Festival of Cycling is now preparing to host the first major road races to be held in the UK for over a year. The Curlew Cup (women's race) and Beaumont Trophy (men's race) will mark the end of a three day festival of cycling on Sunday 4 July. Both races, are part of British Cycling's HSBC National Road Series.
In addition to the pro races, there will be a family event along the River Tyne on the Friday and four challenge rides ranging from 34 miles to 108 miles around Northumberland National Park on Saturday 3 July.
Last month British Cycling cancelled several National Road Series events including the Tour of the Resevoir, Alexandra Tour of the Resevoir and the Stockton Cycling Festival Grand Prix. The Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix scheduled for May 9 has also been postponed.
— grischa niermann (@grischaniermann) March 14, 2021
No excuses from Jumbo-Visma coach Grischa Niermann about yesterday's disaster for his team at Paris-Nice. Primož Roglič confirmed after the stage that he suffered a disclocated shoulder in the first of his two crashes on stage eight. The Slovenian led Max Schachmann by 52 seconds going into the final stage but found himself detatched from the peloton without teammates and suffered a long, lonely ride to the finish.
Roglič haemorrhaged three minutes by the end, enough to see him drop to 15th in the general classification as Bora-hansgrohe's Schachmann defended his Paris-Nice title in unusual circumstances.
"It's not the stage we were hoping for," Roglič said. "I did some mistakes today. With the first one I dislocated the left shoulder and then one more time. I just gave it all but unfortunately couldn't catch the first guys anymore. It's a little pity but we'll go on."
🚴 The new ‘cross city’ pop-up cycleway opens tomorrow! 🚴
🚴 The new route will run from Cathedral Road to Dumfries Place linking to other cycleways in the city
— Cardiff Council (@cardiffcouncil) March 14, 2021
A new pop-up cycleway connecting Cardiff city centre opens today. The cycle lane will initially run from Cathedral Road to Castle Street and Dumfries Place with plans in place for more lanes soon. Work is also underway to extend the cycle route to Wellington Street, Newport Road and Adamsdown. The other planned routes currently being installed or consulted on include one in the south of the city centre.
Councillor Caro Wild, cabinet member for strategic planning and transport believes "there is a real desire for better cycling infrastructure so we are bringing forward our plans to develop cycleways to help people move around the city as the restrictions are eased.
"In the main, the new routes will be separated from other traffic on the road, making cycling safer, easier and a far better experience. We want to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK."
It was a milestone weekend for Santander Cycles with the 100 millionth journey made using the scheme on Saturday. The number equates to more than ten rides for every Londoner during its ten-year history and follows a record-breaking month in February. Saturday 27 February was the scheme's busiest ever winter day with 52,000 hires followed by 31,000 hires on the Sunday.
The scheme's free cycle hire for NHS staff and key workers has also now been redeemed more than 100,000 times by more than 18,000 people. TfL's Head of Cycle Hire, David Eddington, said the milestone shows that demand for cycling in London continues to rise.
This shocking crash in Petersham, Sydney, was caught on a motorist's dash cam. The cyclist crosses the road, filtering through the first lane of stationary traffic, but doesn't see the oncoming vehicles in the next lane. After colliding with the car the rider is sent flying but thankfully can be seen getting to their feet. The video was shared in Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook group where the cyclist has been blamed for the incident.
However, Helen Angell came to the cyclist's defence, with some local knowledge. "What you can’t see in this footage is that there is a pedestrian island in the middle of the road that is very unsafe," she explained. "It’s actually not wide enough for people or bikes to wait safety and has not been upgraded despite many complaints and safety concerns raised about it."
The clip has also started a debate about helmets...Martin Zazvonil commented: "That 370Z owner would be fuming. This is a great example of why you may as well not even bother with a helmet if you don’t strap it up." The Australian Daily Mail even picked up on the video, sharing it under the headline 'Why you should always check your helmet'.
This week, 89-year-old Mrs. Wester cycled from her home in Zoetermeer to ADO Stadium for her second COVID-19 vaccination.
— Dutch Cycling Embassy (@Cycling_Embassy) March 12, 2021
An 89-year-old from Zoetermeer in the Netherlands has made headlines in her home country by cycling to her vaccine appointment. We'd have thought that was standard practice over there, but maybe not at 89-years-old. Omroep West followed Mrs Webster on her five-mile route and she told them she's looking forward to being able to ride to The Hague, ten miles away via segregated cycle lanes of course, in the near future...
— The Stroller Movement (@strollermvmt) March 12, 2021
Dan joined road.cc as live blog editor last year. He has previously written 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 a keen cyclist ever since and spends his weekends exploring the south of England on two wheels.