We are shocked and saddened by the death of Sir David Amess.
He was a tireless campaigner for his constituency, and passionately supported the AJ Bell Women’s Tour stage in Southend-on-Sea last week.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. https://t.co/sZ51400XT7
— AJ Bell Women's Tour (@thewomenstour) October 15, 2021
For anyone who cares, my friend (yes I have some) got nobbled by a car. Here's the Door cam. In the comments see the POV. This happened in the Oxfordshire area, near Didcot or Harwell. Miserable piece of road design. pic.twitter.com/lMdp7fXm5L
— Gethin Banks (@BanksGethin) October 14, 2021
Some terrible driving for your lunchtime live blog fix...Gethin shared this footage of his mate being rudely rear-ended by a driver. We've watched it several times to try and work out why the driver could possibly have acted like that, but we're still at a loss...
The front-facing camera view is even worse...
The POV captures the route of the cyclist, making it clear motorists levels of aggression were far too high. Their eagerness to get to their destination causes damage and can cost lives. The road design further adds to the problem. pic.twitter.com/eZOywT91FE
— Gethin Banks (@BanksGethin) October 14, 2021
Gethin partly blamed the road design, calling it "miserable". The outcome? An awareness course. The driver appears to beep his horn before going into the back of the cyclist too, leading some to say the responsibility is entirely with the driving, not the road layout.
The outcome was a driver awareness course, I'm sure three hours in a room for the driver will guarantee the safety of the driver improves...
— Gethin Banks (@BanksGethin) October 14, 2021
Horrible, but it appears to be entirely the fault of an impatient driver, I can't really see how the road design contributed. Hope your friend is OK.
— Chris was once a Racer (@AracerRacer) October 14, 2021
Either way, another shocker...
A bike race on Friday night in one this country's great cycling venues - what could be finer?
If you love British bike racing, I hope you can be there in person. 👀
If you can't, watch it on your watching device. 📺 https://t.co/5uWUT7WrCD
— Scott Dougal (@scottdougal) October 15, 2021
Two more national champions will be crowned in Lincoln tonight. It's the circuit racers' chance to win a sharp new kit for the next year. British Cycling are promising fast racing and cobbles...that sounds like a bit of us. The women's race will be on GCN+, Eurosport and British Cycling's YouTube channel from 17:20. After that the men will be on the course at around half seven.
all here for the man cycling up Stoke Newington high street with a goat in his bike basket
— Eve (@evedehaan) October 14, 2021
I'll believe it when we've got photographic evidence...but this would be the GOAT of bike pets, literally.
⚡The 12 pre-qualified riders for the Sprint League:
🇩🇪 Emma Hinze
🇱🇹 Simona Krupeckaité
🇹🇹 Nicholas Paul
🇱🇹 Vasilijus Lendel
🇺🇦 Olena Starikova#UCITCL pic.twitter.com/O9GrjvQtj7
— UCI Track Champions League (@UCITCL) October 15, 2021
Four Olympic gold medallists and two UCI world champions are amongst the 12 pre-qualified sprinters announced today as taking part at the inaugural UCI Track Champions League. The format will see six male and six female sprinters fight for equal prize money in a new series off events in Spain, Lithuania, London and Tel Aviv.
In the women's line-up, Tokyo Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell (Canada) will be joined by current UCI world champion Emma Hinze (Germany), Olympic silver medallist Olena Starikova (Ukraine), European Championship podium finisher Mathilde Gros (France), UCI top ten ranked Simona Krupeckaitė (Lithuania) and Olympic Keirin champion Shanne Braspennincx (Netherlands).
On the men's side of things, current Keirin and individual sprint UCI world champion Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) will line up alongside Olympic Team Sprint champion Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands), Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup gold medallist Nicholas Paul (Trinidad & Tobago), top ten UCI ranked Vasilijus Lendel and top six Olympic sprinters Maximillian Levy (Germany) and Denis Dmitriev (Russia).
Rounds 3 and 4 of the event will be held at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London's Olympic Park on December 3 and 4
Please please do something about Swiss Cottage before someone dies! It is a huge barrier to cycling uptake in NW London. @willnorman @MayorofLondon @AdamDKHarrison @London_Cycling @camdencyclists @LeoCassarani @CityWestminster pic.twitter.com/2pB4YUenmq
— CargoDad_Camden (@CargodadC) October 15, 2021
For some context, in 2019 the Court of Appeal upheld Westminster's legal block to Cycle Superhighway 11 and judged TfL had acted unlawfully in commencing work on the Swiss Cottage section before consent for the whole route from there to the West End had been granted.
I guess this is much better...
Miguel Ángel López will be back in the sky blue of Astana next year after completing contract negotiations following an abrupt exit from Movistar. López dramatically abandoned the Vuelta a España during the penultimate stage when he was caught behind a split, losing his place on the podium.
The Colombian's contract was terminated in the aftermath, leaving him free to rejoin the team where he enjoyed much success earlier in his career. López described the move as a "return home".
"In the world of professional cycling, a rider who wants to keep on moving forward sometimes has to change something in his career, to gain new experience. Sometimes it is a good one, sometimes not," he said.
"The main thing is that I am coming home to my team, the team that gave me so much and with which, I am sure, we will be able to live many more wonderful moments."
Miguel Angel Lopez has resigned for Astana. Here’s one of his ‘greatest hits’ during his time at the team previously pic.twitter.com/7zSUK4PB5d
— The TT Podcast 🚴♂️ (@ttpdcst) October 15, 2021
Have you got that Friday feline yet? I promise that's the last one...we're always keen to hear from readers, especially if it involves videos of pets going for a spin. We've had plenty of pups before, (and parrots) but I think this is our first cat.
Travis takes Sigrid all around the capital in a basket on the front of his fixie...check out their Instagram for more of their adventures...
So…. I exploded my collarbone, had a metal plate put in, and it just felt like an unfinished picture… so I finished it pic.twitter.com/MNHGcFnFNq
— Stephen Grant (@stephencgrant) October 14, 2021
We're talking cycling tattoos again this morning, and not the kind you might get on your right calf if you put your foot down in the wrong place. We mean actual, permanent art...
Comedian Stephen Grant has a cracker. A cracking tattoo to remember a cracking collarbone. It's better than this one, that's for sure...
"As an avid rider and lover of all things bike-related, this is horrifying": Ink-redibly bad cycling tattoo has us all wishing we could unsee it https://t.co/ugFyY9Liap #cycling pic.twitter.com/A3pQxt6keB
— road.cc (@roadcc) March 10, 2021
Stephen's tat earned him a place on Jo Rigby's brilliant Celebrity Cycling Champion Chart. That top left corner of names marooned on a desert island would make great TV...just saying. Who wouldn't want to see Jamie Carragher arguing with Biggins about the best way to catch a fish? I'm sure Nigel Farage would have something to say about where they can and can't fish too...
And welcome to the Celebrity Cycling Champion Chart - me & Twitter build this together, it's our longterm project. I've popped you next to Alexi Sayle. pic.twitter.com/egrE7oeNAA
— Jo Rigby (@Jo_Earlsfield) October 14, 2021
Back to tattoos...Peter Sagan is leaving Bora-Hansgrohe this winter, but team boss Ralph Denk will always have something to remember the former world champ by. After the third of Sagan's three world champs wins, Denk got inked up with the Slovakian rider's brand logo after losing a bet...
MAAP’s Deep Winter clothing range includes all-new Team Bib Evo Thermal Tights (€260) from brushed Italian-made Bluesign approved fabrics. They feature a DWR (durable water repellent) coating and a 3D Thermo Moulded multi-density chamois.
The new Winter Glove (€95) features an inner Polar fleece lining paired with waterproof and windproof membranes. The Apex Deep Winter Glove (€165) is new too. MAAP describes this as its warmest glove yet, with Primaloft Gold providing the insulation. The glove has a DWR coating, foam palm padding, and touchscreen-friendly fingertips.
For the people asking; we didn’t know about this court case.
We would have suggested to ask the woman to be an ambassador for safety and tell the public what can happen if one is not respecting the riders and the race. To help increase awareness among fans. @AigcpOfficial https://t.co/PaVOhIBaCI
— Richard Plugge (@RichardPlugge) October 14, 2021
It seems Jumbo-Visma general manager Richard Plugge saw our story, via The Cycle Collective, about the Tour de France spectator crash court case. Plugge claimed his team did not know about the court case, but that they would have suggested she takes on an ambassadorial role, raising awareness about fans' responsibility to keep themselves and riders safe at bike races. Thoughts?
— Jeremy Whittle (@jeremycwhittle) October 14, 2021
Really? It's not like it wasn't mentioned in the press over the summer. CPA were on top of it and joined the case as a third party, AIGCP would have had that opportunity too.
(Besides that, the ambassadorial suggestion is a good one, assuming she'd want the extra publicity).
— Simone Di Michele 🇮🇹 (@simonmacmichael) October 14, 2021
Prosecutors in France are seeking a four-month suspended prison sentence for the woman who caused a huge crash at the opening stage of this year’s Tour de France in Brittany, causing four riders to abandon the race. Her sentence is due to be handed down on 9 December.
Which makes more sense in a city for day to day trips, a bicycle, or an SUV?
Cycling is a green, non polluting, healthy way to get across the city. pic.twitter.com/QkYofRoIEz
— London Cycles (@London_Cycles) October 14, 2021
The London Cycles account is great for clips like this and well worth a follow for some London cycling positivity on your timeline. They are asking: which makes more sense for a day trip in a city? One SUV, which can at most hold five people but probably has one or two passengers, or one bicycle? I'm probably asking the wrong crowd if I want a balance of answers...
But admittedly, I don't really want a balance of answers anyway. It's pretty clear, isn't it?
I counted 15 riders passing during this nine second clip. 15 riders in the space a couple of SUVs would take up. There's a glorious mix of bikes and attire too. We have helmet wearers, those without, Lycra, gym shorts, hi-vis clothing, jeans, cleats, trainers, Santander Cycles, road bikes...those bloody cyclists racing around thinking they're in the Tour de France...
Not everyone got the point. One reply to the question about day trip transport gave us a laugh...
People don't take cranes on day trips.
— Ben Collier (@benjyminty) October 14, 2021
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.