Like this site? Help us to make it better.


"There is no way on earth I can ride up that": 36 per cent monster Britain's new steepest climb?; "What active travel looks like": Shared-use path van dodging; Celeb cycling chart; Readers' pro tales; Josh Quigley; Count the bikes + more on the live blog

It's the end of another hectic week on the live blog, join Dan Alexander for the Friday edition before we can all ride off into the weekend...
17 September 2021, 15:35
Mixed messages
17 September 2021, 14:51
Two of the world's best pro cyclists or an EDM duo checking in for Tomorrowland?

Sunday's when the next TT world champion will be crowned. The Belgians are looking good on and off the bike and have a great chance of a medal on home roads. Elsewhere, expect Filippo Ganna, Rohan Dennis and newly crowned double European champ Stefan Küng to be in the mix...

17 September 2021, 14:17
More details on Hampshire active travel surveys
Hampshire active travel plans reader Tim let us know there are also residents' surveys for Eastleigh, Gosport, Fareham and Havant too...

Tim's comment has all the good stuff and links you need:

Hi @Road_cc

Re the "Southern Test Valleys LCWIP", there have actually been 5 released: Eastleigh, Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Southern Test Valley. The Gosport & Fareham LCWIP map is attached for example..

Full details are here:

Currently working to combine this with the East Hants and Portsmouth LCWIP's to put together the full strategic network into a single map. We urge anyone local to get involved, and if possible, reach out to the following groups and offer your assistance!

Local Campaign Groups covering it:
Walk Ride Waterlooville (
Cycle Havant, (
Cycle Hayling (
Cycle Gosport (
Fareham - TBD
Eastleigh - TBD

Member, Cycle Hampshire.

17 September 2021, 14:05
Massive driveways but still choose to park on pavements...shared-use van dodging

One of our readers, Chris Rufus, ID'd this as Princes Road in Dartford, said it's always like that and nothing is done.

hirsute's main issue was with the DPD driver's reversing. Less must get in front, more must not wait for cyclist..."The thing about the cycle slalom video that annoyed me the most was the DPD van reversing on the pavement, then completely blocking it leaving the cyclist to come to a halt. At no point did the driver think he should stop and allow the cyclist past. Perish the thought the driver could reverse into a driveway and let the cyclist pass!"

DrG82 has noticed a return of pavement parking with the new school year..."Passing the school near me yesterday afternoon at kicking out time there were parents parked nose to tail around two corners, half on half off the pavement, there were people parked on the zig zags of the zebra crossing and even in the bus stop.

"It was a glorious day and yet none of the parents thought their little darlings could walk a few meters extra. Probably because all the bad parking makes it too dangerous. Where I used to live they had a camera car that would drive past and book anyone parking illegally." That sounds dangerous enough to ban kids cycling to school...

IanMK added: "Society need to change it's perception of poor parking, so that it's perceived as what it is; anti-social behaviour. The trouble is that it's sort of convenient for the majority and only really inconvenient for a minority."

17 September 2021, 09:47
"There is no way on earth I can ride up that. The goal posts are moved again": Simon Warren names Peak District's 36.5 per cent monster "THE steepest climb in Britain"

Simon Warren, author of the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs series, has found another belter. Hidden away in the Peak District and maxing out at 36.5 per cent, Bamford Clough is "the steepest climb in Britain", according to the climbing connoisseur...

Strava has it as 500m of 21.7 per cent gradient, but a segment named 'The Clough - insane bit' picks out the toughest 300m averaging 26 per cent...the main question I'm taking from all of this is how did they manage to resurface it?

Simon went to check it out earlier in the week and admitted even he was defeated by its savage slopes: "Nope. Not happening. There is no way on earth I can ride up that. The goal posts are moved again. I give you the steepest climb in Britain. Again.

"Too steep. Harder then Afon Ddu. Wet, covered in leaves yet beautiful tarmac. Chain jumped off front ring somehow under pressure and that was it, foot down. Too hard to ride in saddle, too slippery to get out."

Usually climbs don't look quite so brutal in pictures, not this one...

17 September 2021, 13:18
Let's have a Friday game of count the cyclists...

I got 21 heading left and 10 going right? 

17 September 2021, 11:58
Test Valley residents asked for views on walking and cycling ahead of active travel investment
oxon travel cycle lane picture - via twitter.PNG

Residents are being asked to submit their views on cycling and walking, as plans for new active travel infrastructure are being drawn up, the Daily Echo reports. Hampshire County Council has launched a survey on its new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for the Southern Test Valley, covering Romsey, North Baddesley, Chilworth and Nursling.

The survey was released on September 6 and will run for eight weeks on the county council website. Councillor Russell Oppenheimer said: "Since the pandemic began, we have seen more people walking and cycling as their preferred means of travel to work and for leisure.

"We would like to improve walking and cycling facilities and networks to encourage this continuing trend both for the health and wellbeing advantages and for the clear environmental benefits in reducing the number of cars on the road."

17 September 2021, 11:24
North Coast - A cycling film by Restrap follows five friends around the NC500

Restrap followed five friends as they took on Scotland's famous NC500, creating this film - North Coast. The original plan was to head over to Europe, but plans had to change because of Covid restrictions, and a week later a new destination and route was set.

The film follows their NC500 journey, including the realities of touring through harsh conditions, changeable weather and the challenges of crossing a country emerging from a pandemic lockdown. 

Warning: the incredible scenery will likely induce strong travel envy and, by the end of the film, the NC500 might be right at the top of your riding bucket list...

17 September 2021, 10:33
Josh Quigley update: No weekend rest as seven-day record attempt nears an end

The weekend may be close for the rest of us, but poor Josh Quigley's got two more full days of his seven-day cycling distance record attempt to go. Another 273 miles yesterday means he's 58 per cent of the way there...

17 September 2021, 09:28
Jo's going to need a bigger chart! Celebrity Cycling Champion Chart...Clarkson to the left, Vine on the right

Presumably Jeremey Clarkson is so far to the left he disappeared off the paper... 

17 September 2021, 08:43
Another reader's "full kit wan..oh it's..." story, this time starring Luke Rowe
Mark Cavendish (Roy Badical/Twitter)

Cav popping up in London, surprising riders in the capital, was our main live blog story yesterday...

We had a few tales from readers who'd bumped into pro riders out on the roads...descending with Vincenzo Nibali, jumping away from the lights with Sir Chris Hoy, waving to G etc...

Rendel Harris has another: "Riding through the Brecons a few years back, saw a guy at the traffic lights going the other way in full Sky kit. Me: 'Would you look at that sad bugger, full Sky replica kit, he looks like an OK rider but I mean Jesus, oh my God look he's even got a Dogma in Sky colours, get a life!' Mrs H: 'Isn't that Luke Rowe?' Me: 'Oh. Yeah. Suppose I'll allow it this once then.'"

17 September 2021, 07:50
"What active travel looks like": Go van dodging on this shared-use path

Ah yes, the joys of the 'shared-use path'. Or in this case...shared-use car park.

Just the four cars and vans in the first couple of hundred metre section, and then another car, plus a rolling roadblock DPD van in the second further along. It was nice of them to coordinate a slalom formation to add extra inconvenience. Plenty of reaction about the entitlement of people who park like this...

Chris Cox said, "The UK needs to make it illegal to park on the pavement. End of story. Honestly, I don't care what excuses people make about 'needing to park somewhere', it's just obscenely arrogant and entitled to deny people to be able to walk or cycle."

Others pointed out the irony of people saying "share the road", when this is the reality of many cycle lanes and shared-use paths...

 And it's not just in Kent (although, I'm pretty sure you knew that already)...

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.

Latest Comments