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Wannabe TikTok star sends cyclist sprawling; Alexandar Richardson rides London to Brighton + back at 39.5km/h; Kenny considering retirement; Khan warns of huge cuts to London cycle schemes; Manchester 'UK cycle commuter capital' + more on the live blog

Nearly there! It's Thursday, and Nick Howes is back from the dentist (no fillings required!) and has taken over the reins Jack Sexty, who got the live blog rolling this morning...
18 November 2021, 17:57
Your reaction to the TikTok tumble

It's been great to read your differing thoughts and opinions on our TikTok wipe-out story.

Like some of you say, we can only guess at the situation from that grainy clip, but do keep your comments coming as we read every one. 

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18 November 2021, 16:38
Read this review if you're looking to beef up your bike security over the winter
18 November 2021, 16:01
Huge cuts on the cards for London cycling schemes
Sadiq Khan trying out a Santander Cycles e-bike

It’s been a day to forget for cyclists in London after Sadiq Khan warned all new cycle schemes could be ditched as part of the transport crisis facing the English capital.

On Wednesday evening the UK Government published a 15-page briefing setting out the projects that could be affected, and the “Healthy Streets” cycling and walking schemes were among them. There was also the unwelcome news that the Boris bikes scheme will not expanded and e-Boris bikes will be limited to a 500-bike trial.

How much of a backward step do you think this will be for cycling in London?

18 November 2021, 16:13
Kenny 'not optimistic' of competing at Paris Olympics
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Jason Kenny has revealed he's "not very optimistic" about adding to his record-breaking Olympic medal haul at Paris 2024.

The 33-year-old track cyclist, who has seven gold and two silver medals to his name, can't remember the last time he trained without it "really hurting" in his knees and his sole focus at the moment is on being able to train.

He told the PA News Agency he "might not have a choice" when it comes to calling time on his illustrious career and will "give it to the end of the year [...] before we re-evaluate. It is very much all up in the air."

Kenny does have previous experience on the retirement front. He walked away from the sport without telling anybody after the 2016 Games, meaning his comeback a year later was greeted with very little fanfare.

We wish him all the best in the months to come!

18 November 2021, 17:17
Reunited relatives getting set for the Somme

We wanted to give a shout out to Michael and Johnathon Bulleyment this evening who are training to ride 350 miles next year in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride (BBBR) to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The father and son, who are both wounded veterans and ride recumbent bikes, had lost contact until cycling brought them back together again five years ago, and are now preparing to undertake this mammoth trek which them down the ‘Old Front Line’ – the Western Front during the World War I.

As well as them being only recently reunited, the ride will have even more poignancy as it takes them past the war grave of Michael’s great uncle George, who lost his life in The Great War.  

It will be the first time in BBBR history that a father-and-son, wounded-veteran pairing will be taking part together and Johnathon said: “The BBBR is one of the best events I’ve done. When I look back to where I was at the beginning of my recovery journey to now, I can’t believe the difference in me.

Michael added: “When we realised BBBR 2022 was going to the Somme we were delighted. I have got George’s medals and to be able to visit his grave will mean a lot to both of us.”

Find out more about the Big Battlefield Bike Ride here

18 November 2021, 13:54
TikTok tumble: Wannabe social media star wipes out cyclist

Potholes, grates, pedestrians... all things we're used to avoiding whilst we're out on our bikes, but now maybe 'TikTokkers' need adding to that list 🤦...

If you listen with the sound on you'll hear the girl has 'done her cheek' after the crash, but we hope the totally unsuspecting cyclist was also OK!


#crash #fail #funny #meme #uk #viral #fyp

♬ original sound - 📈📈📈

Not surprisingly, the majority of the comments are in favour of the cyclist who was wiped out. Here are some of the most popular:

@arunmason: If you don't think it's her fault you're tapped

@heatherachus: 100% her fault. How would the cyclist know she was gunna run backwards? And why would you without looking anyway

@jackybrown194: Always ALWAYS blame the cyclist NO MATTER WHAT

@pokemizz.gc: Anyone who says it's the cyclists fault (unless they're joking), is an absolute fool

@primeescobar: cyclists fault

@commentor88: Although it's her fault, the cyclist couldn't have been paying too much attention either

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

18 November 2021, 11:32
Your reaction to Alexandar Richardson's incredible London to Brighton escapade

Blimey, you're a tough bunch!

Thanks a lot for giving us your reaction to Alexandar Richardson's epic ride from London to Brighton AND BACK at a blistering average speed of 39.5km/h (24.54m/h) - see that story in the thread below.

We may now need to call a steward's enquiry about its eligibility after a few of you raised concerns over its starting point, and the fact the Ditchling Beacon ascent didn't feature on the return route:

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@Rendel - We're sure Alexander would be up for it if you fancied a head-to-head battle for ultimate bragging rights? 

@alexuk we're with you. Beast mode indeed!

Have you ever attempted London to Brighton? How did you find it, and could you do muster the strength to do a return trip? If so, how long do you think it would take you?

18 November 2021, 13:28
The devil's in the details

As many of you will know, when you create an account on we ask you what bike(s) you ride - not so we can gather user data on you - but as an easy way to check you're a genuine person and not a robot who's trying to spam us.

We receive a whole hosts answers and this one from earlier today really captured our attention.

Huge kudos to the person who filled in such a detailed reply, and we have to say, we're more than a little jealous of your collection!

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If you could only pick one of those bikes, which one would you go for? 

18 November 2021, 10:11
Beware, the mythical yet very prolific cyclist dressed all in black with no lights

You know how it goes... a news website publishes an article about cycling/cyclists or someone says something about cyclists on social media, and countless stories of the cyclist dressed all in black with no lights start to appear. It's something the former pro cyclist turned popular cycling Youtuber Phil Gaimon has spotted; and with Gaimon being on the other side of the Atlantic, this stealthy cyclist certainly gets about. 

Could it perhaps just be that on the rare occasion a cyclist is spotted without lights or safety gear, these are the ones that stick out in the memory? You could try telling that to the folks in the comments section of your local paper's website, probably to little avail unfortunately... 

18 November 2021, 10:50
Bioracer UK launches to roll out custom cycling apparel direct to UK consumers
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Belgium-based sports apparel brand Bioracer has announced the launch of Bioracer UK to provide UK cyclists with a seamless journey to custom cycling gear.

Founded 35 years ago in Belgium, over the past 20 years the custom clothing has been distributed in the UK by Onimpex, but now in collaboration Bioracer UK Ltd the custom apparel will be rolled out directly to consumers in the UK.

Now launching as a limited company, Bioracer UK says its looking to grow their community whilst ensuring that Bioracer ‘In House’ production delivers fast premium quality kit in a reliable manner at a great price. The team says it will also be focusing on a smooth and simple customer journey, together with enhancing all pillars of sustainability.

This news follows on from Bioracer’s recent announcement of becoming the performance apparel provider for Ineos Grenadiers; the Bioracer UK team will be helping to fit the team in-person and provide custom, tailored kit to ensure maximal performance.

Head over to the Bioracer UK site here

18 November 2021, 10:53
Incoming! New spare parts for Koo’s Demos and Spectro sunnies
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Koo Eyewear is now offering spare variable tint Photochromic lenses (£79.99) and an Optical Clip attachment (£49.99) for use with its Demos and Spectro sunnies. 

The Photochromic lenses are designed to quickly change to match varying light conditions (69 to 12%) while offering 100% UV protection. 

“When exposed to the harshest of light, the lens provides a light reduction effect, turning a dark pink,” says Koo. “Under low level light conditions, the lens fades, offering a brilliant increase in contrast and clarity.”

Then there’s the Optical Clip which is designed specifically for riders to attach prescription lenses to the Demos and Spectro sunglasses. Constructed using 3D printing technology, Koo says this allows for a flexible and discrete form, barely visible through the sunglasses, and it weighs just 1.8g.

“It is quick and easy to install and allows those with ophthalmic lens needs to use single lens sunglasses and experience the same world class ergonomics, precision Zeiss lenses and incredible debris protection,” says Koo.

18 November 2021, 10:41
Wanna try Everesting without descending? Race Republic indoor training platform launches with Everesting challenge
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Aiming to shake up Everesting, Race Republic has launched its indoor training and event platform with its first challenge which takes riders on a straight uphill “photo-realistic journey” up Mt. Everest. Yup, there’s no descending, or recovery. 

With 29,032 feet of vertical gain over 100 miles at an average grade of 6%, it’s certainly a tough workout, but Race Republic does give riders the ability to toggle the gradient to allow each rider to fine-tune the event to their energy level and fitness.

Riders can register for the Everest Challenge here.

Race Republic are also offering an equal purse $5,000 cash prize for the first man and woman who break the existing record, which stands at 6:40:54 for the men and 8:33:47 for the women. Tour de France champion Floyd Landis and stage winner Dave Zabriskie will be joining riders in attempting to break the record. 

18 November 2021, 09:31
Reckon you could beat this? Alexandar Richardson rides London to Brighton and back again at 39.5km/h (not a bikejacking in sight)
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The last time Alexandar Richardson made the news round here, it was because he had been violently robbed of his bike in Richmond Park... this time he ensured no thief would be able to catch him by riding from London to Brighton and back in a little over four hours, at a phenomenal average speed of 39.5km/h (24.54mph). 

> What can be done about the latest spate of bikejackings? Episode 9 of the Podcast

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For most of us, London to Brighton is enough (this journey even has its own very popular sportive)... but for the Alpecin-Fenix man it was straight back to London again, with the total elapsed time on his Strava file revealing that he only paused his Garmin for ten minutes during the whole ride; that could well have just been the time waiting for lights, so it's unlikely he stopped for a quick lunch. His loop made the trip a total distance of 178.7km (111 miles). 

In the comments, Alexandar confirmed that the ride was solo and definitely not motor paced; in the past some pros have had their suspiciously fast rides (even for pros) flagged by Strava sleuths who suspect motor pacing. He added: "…this ride was not motor paced nor with other riders and was on a road bike in a conventional position. You’ll have to work the rest out yourself ! Happy riding"

He also says that his power averaged 303 watts, with a normalised power of 332 watts. Ready to claim your free meal? See you back in London in four and a bit hours! 

18 November 2021, 09:20
Strava pronounces Manchester as UK capital of cycle commuting
Andy Burnham Bee Bikes Manchester (Andy Burnham/Twitter)

Data released by Strava Metro has found that Manchester records the most cycling commutes per capita in the UK. 

While Londoners are the most likely to record their commuting data in Europe and have far more cycle commuters overall, it's Manchester where there are the most compared to the general population with 400,000 cycle commutes recorded this year already. Strava reckons that the next-most popular cycling cities in order are Bristol, Newcastle, London and Cardiff. 

Strava estimates that in Britain, 13,000 carbon tons have been saved by cycling commuters in 2021, which is a carbon offsetting equivalent to planting 650,000 trees, or to taking 6,500 cars off the road for a year.

The data also generated heatmaps to show the most popular areas for cycling. In Manchester, those were Oxford Road, Manchester Road and the Bridgewater Canal.

Cycling legend Chris Boardman, who is of course now the Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester, commented: “It’s fantastic to see Greater Manchester leading the way on the number of commuters who chose to travel by bike and that’s before we have wide scale provision of connected routes. It’s no coincidence that the current number one route is Oxford Road which is where we have quality, segregated lanes in place. The appetite is clearly there to ride when it feels safe.

"As we roll out the UK’s largest cycling and walking network, we’ll be enabling even more people to leave the car at home and get to schools, shops and workplaces under their own steam. I’m looking forward to seeing the numbers rocket.”

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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