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Cyclists and scooter riders targeted in speeding crackdown; Dura-Ace 12-speed leaked?; Ram chases Canadian cyclist off the road; Children traumatised by flooded ride; Your views on road rage; Clucking bikes; The best trophy in cycling + more live blog

It's Tuesday and Dan Alexander is in the saddle for another day on the live blog...
16 March 2021, 12:41
More than 100 cyclists and scooter riders caught in crackdown on speeding in Melbourne

We shared the news on the blog a few weeks ago that cyclists in Melbourne face £900 fines if caught riding faster than the 10km/h speed limit on the Southbank Promenade. 3AW now reports that more than 100 cyclists, e-bike riders and scooter riders were caught speeding during the three-week crackdown.

A total of 45 people were charged for travelling at more than 23km/h, while 33 people were fined for not wearing a helmet. Nine people were fined for using unregistered scooters or skateboards.

Another seven people were caught using their phones while cycling or riding a scooter and more than 500 people received warnings...Cyclists who have been charged on summons can be prosecuted with a maximum penalty of $1652.20 (£900). This has been widely criticised with many people on social media saying it is ridiculous that the fine is double the state of Victoria's maximum penalty for speeding drivers.

However, Southbank Acting Senior Sergeant Brett Sidebottom disagrees: "We know the majority of people using the space are trying to do so safely, however there were a small amount of people blatantly doing the wrong thing who were penalised or now face charges to be heard at court," he said in a statement.

"Given the overwhelming and positive feedback we received as part of the operation we will continue to conduct regular patrols and activities in the area to ensure both pedestrians and cyclists remain safe."

16 March 2021, 16:57
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16 March 2021, 16:47
Did you spot Nopinz making its "official" WorldTour debut today?

Nopinz has joined with WorldTour newcomers Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux as its new aero time trial partner for skinsuits, gloves and overshoes. The Devon-based racewear brand says it's the first time a WorldTour team has chosen a specific racewear manufacturer for time trials.

The Belgian team will use Nopinz's aero socks, gloves and Pro-1 time trial suit which was developed with over 18 months of computer modelling, wind tunnel and track testing leading to their claim that it's "scientifically proven to be the world's fastest".

Nopinz founder, Blake Pond says it's exciting to see how far they've come to now being trusted by one of the sport's premier teams. "We couldn’t be more proud of our relationship with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux. Our aero products have been used under the radar in and around the pro peloton for a few years now, delivering marginal gains and assisting riders to wins at the highest level.

"Now we’re involved as an official partner, it gives us the opportunity to come out of the shadows and show the world what our kit can do. Personally, I am excited by the prospect of seeing our logo on the World Tour stage and in the Tour de France. When I started Nopinz in 2014, I could only dream that would happen."

16 March 2021, 15:44
Ireland's new cycling star
16 March 2021, 15:26
Wout van Aert springs a surprise beating Filippo Ganna on final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico

Is Wout van Aert winning anything a surprise?Probably not, but the Belgian marked the end of the race with an upset of sorts, bagging another stage win to go with his opening day victory by beating heavy pre-stage favourite Filippo Ganna. That was the big story of the day, Ganna has looked imperious against the clock for over a year and was gunning for his ninth consecutive TT win.

Van Aert foiled that, so did Stefan Küng of FDJ, meaning Ganna had to settle for third. Van Aert's win wasn't enough to overhaul Tadej Pogačar's handsome advantage as the Slovenian wins the race by 1:03. Mikel Landa held on to his podium place too. 

All that's left is for Tadej to raise the greatest trophy in the sport...

16 March 2021, 14:48
Mathieu van der Poel's 50km solo win at Tirreno-Adriatico "by far his best ride ever" according to his dad

Mathieu van der Poel said he went for a ridiculous 50km solo victory at Tirreno-Adriatico on Sunday because he was cold. It was another incredible performance from the great man, and according to somebody who should know, it was his best ever ride. Mathieu's father, Adrie van der Poel told Het Nieuwsblad his son is still finding ways to surprise him.

"What Mathieu did at Tirreno is by far his best ride ever. In this field, with this weather, on that course, with such a final and then standing against the best riders in the world – he can still surprise me," Adrie explained.

Van der Poel took his second win of the week by attacking with 50km to go, building his advantage to three minutes, before holding off a charging Tadej Pogačar on a punchy finishing circuit packed with steep climbs. Today at Tirreno, the final riders are off the start ramp for the individual time trial. Stefan Küng is currently in the hot seat.

16 March 2021, 14:25
Ram chases cyclist off the road

A cyclist was chased off the road near Thunder Bay in Canada by a ram whose owner says it just really likes people...The black ram called Ozzy chased after Keith Ailey after he rode past. Here's what happened in Keith's own words..."I'm coming down from the north end and I see something black across the road, you know, maybe 300 metres in front of me. And it was pretty big for a dog and really hairy … It was too small for a bear.

"As soon as I went past him, he did a full-on sprint. He was kind of charging and making some, some grunts, or pretty deep baas at the very least. I looked back and he was there. He was running after me and if I slowed down, he would speed up. And I thought, I wonder if he's going to give me a good shot here."

The ram followed the cyclist for more than a kilometre before Ailey waved down an oncoming truck, fearing it would hit the animal. Luckily for him, the truck distracted the ram for long enough to let him to pedal away. Ozzy returned to his farm where his owners told CBC that he's in fact the "sweetest creature on earth" who just loves people. Funny way of showing it...Although, I'd take bumping into Ozzy over a bear any day... 

16 March 2021, 13:59
Drunk cyclist kept falling off his bike in front of officer
surrey police car - via surrey police.PNG

A drunk cyclist refused to leave his bike and walk home despite falling over twice in front of a garda outside the Dáil Éireann. When Val Pusanov tried to ride away for a third time he was arrested after falling off again. Judge Brian O'Shea found the 51-year-old guilty of drunk-cycling and fined him €400.

Pusanov pleaded not guilty to the charge and claimed he had four beers at lunchtime which had worn off and that he had trouble balancing because of an arm injury. The Irish Independent reports that a garda told Dublin District Court he was on duty when he saw the man fall off twice. 

When he went to check he was alright he noticed the man was slurring his words and smelt of alcohol so told him to lock his bike and walk home. Pusanov became "very argumentative" and was "stubborn" so tried to ride away again before falling off for a third time and being arrested.

16 March 2021, 11:58
Women's Tour stage announced

The latest stage of the rearranged Women's Tour will be held in Walsall, with the West Midlands town hosting the start and finish of the stage on Tuesday 5 October. Last week the race's organisers announced the penultimate stage of the week would run from Colchester to Clacton. The race will start in Bicester and finish in Felixstowe six days later. Race director Mick Bennett said the Walsall stage is close to his heart having grown up in the area. The remaining host towns and cities as well as the routes are expected to be announced this summer. 

SweetSpot postponed the race from its original June slot in the calendar due to the pandemic, believing October gives them the best chance of running the event.

16 March 2021, 11:56
Clucking cyclists
16 March 2021, 10:26
Dura-Ace 12-speed leaked?
Dura-Ace 12 speed leak from BMC website

We've long been on the case of Shimano's new Dura-Ace groupset. In October, we thought we spotted a new wireless groupset on Remco Evenepoel's bike in an Instagram video. Now, one of our readers has got in touch to point out another possible clue. Over the weekend on BMC's website the spec for the Roadmachine ONE was listed with unreleased Shimano Dura-Ace 12-speed...that's until it was removed from the site.

bmc dura-ace 12 speed leak

From the silhouette of the bike we can't see anything about the components that look any different to the current generation of Dura-Ace, which suggests only the text has been updated to say that the new Roadmachine 01 will feature 12-speed shifting. 

12-speed was at the top of our wishlist for things we wanted to see from Shimano's new Dura-Ace groupset. If the information given on the screenshots turn out to be true, then our tech team should be happy to see that it looks like there won't be a 10T cog à la Sram. What about wireless shifting? From the evidence presented here, we're still not sure... 

Check out our full piece speculating what Shimano's new Dura-Ace Groupset could look like...

New Dura-Ace 12-speed on BMC website?


16 March 2021, 09:40
Children traumatised by flooded cycle route to school

Flooding on this stretch of the Thames is nothing new. At high tide the water levels often cover Putney Embankment forcing people to go by other routes and drivers scramble to move their now damp motors. However, with Hammersmith Bridge closed, it has become one of the most important routes away from Putney towards the south west for active travel. 

The next road up is busy and has no cycling infrastructure meaning that the embankment is the best choice for families cycling...That's some context to why The Times newspaper journalist Julia Llewellyn Smith called on Grant Shapps to offer kids a safer route by bike. The writer said her children "are traumatised by their daily school run" of having to negotiate the flooded path.

16 March 2021, 08:45
Jealousy, impatience, queueing? Your thoughts on what causes road rage

We asked and you lot delivered. There were so many replies about what causes road rage that it's worth collecting some more for this morning's blog...Richard Chaplin suggested: "'I hate cyclists' translates roughly as 'I don't know how to drive properly when I encounter them.'"

A well-considered Facebook reply from Benson Blackmore said: "It's a real conundrum as a high proportion of cyclists are also drivers. I can safely drive my vehicle around cyclists without endangering them so why can't so many do the same? Does there need to be more attention given when learning and being tested re the safety of vulnerable road users? We can all share the road safely if more patience and consideration is used, we all want to get from A to B as quickly and safely as possible."

Dan joined 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 enjoying life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends exploring the south of England.

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