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Front door cam captures moment driver rear-ended cyclist; Which makes more sense? City cyclists stream past SUV; King G; Celebrity Cycling Champion Chart; Fixie feline; Bike tattoos; 'Allez Opi-Omi' debate; BikeisBest ad; New kit + more on the live blog

Happy Friday! One more day to go...Dan Alexander will do his best to drop you off at weekend in style with another day of live blog action
15 October 2021, 15:58
Women's Tour pays tribute to Sir David Amess a "passionate supporter" of the race
15 October 2021, 10:50
Front door cam captures moment driver rear-ended cyclist — motorist only handed awareness course

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...

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. 

Either way, another shocker... 

15 October 2021, 15:36
Friday Night Lights: Lincoln ready for HSBC National Circuit Championships

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.  

15 October 2021, 14:34
Sorry, Travis and Sigrid...we've had a higher bid...

I'll believe it when we've got photographic evidence...but this would be the GOAT of bike pets, literally. 

15 October 2021, 14:24
World's best sprinters win golden ticket to UCI Track Champions League as first of the pre-qualified riders are revealed

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

15 October 2021, 12:49
The joys of Swiss Cottage...

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...

15 October 2021, 12:36
"I am coming home to my team": Miguel Ángel López rejoins Astana after explosive Movistar exit
Miguel Angel Lopez at 2021 Vuelta - Copyright ASO, PhotoGomezSport

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."

15 October 2021, 12:21
Feline good: Have you spotted London's fixie-riding cat transporter?

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...

15 October 2021, 12:16
Arise King Geraint

So basically we're saying G's more popular than the Queen? You wouldn't see her winning up Alpe d'Huez would you?  

15 October 2021, 10:08
Cycling tattoos: Peter Sagan, broken collarbones and terribly drawn bicycles (+ the Celebrity Cycling Champion Chart)

 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...

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...

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... 

15 October 2021, 10:02
MAAP unveils Deep Winter collection
2021 Maap Apex Deep Winter Glove

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. 

2021 Maap Winter Glove


15 October 2021, 09:02
BikeisBest ad: When more people cycle, everybody wins
15 October 2021, 08:27
‘Allez Opi-Omi’: Jumbo-Visma manager suggests safety ambassador role — claims his team didn't know about the court case

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?

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. 

15 October 2021, 07:46
Which makes more sense? Vid of city cyclists streaming past stationary SUV gets us thinking

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...

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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