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LADbible readers talk cycling...but only to moan about Highway Code changes; "The strongest message is a good bike trip!": Your thoughts on cycling advocacy; Desert Island Disc wheel; Wout van Aert potatogate; Zwift with Chris Hoy + more on the live blog

How do you do this again? Dan Alexander returns to the live blog today...don't worry, Ryan will be back soon!...
19 January 2022, 17:29
CANYON//SRAM's cool kit

Let's end the day with a colourful new kit...

I'd be lying if I said I fully understood the meaning behind it...but it's a bit different, and definitely catches the eye in the peloton. 

If you're joining Sir Chris's Zwift spin then I hope you're nicely warmed up...we'll be back in the same place tomorrow for another live blog... 

19 January 2022, 16:28
Ride with Sir Chris Hoy

One and a half hour warning if you want to go for a Zwift spin with a six-time Olympic gold medallist. It's listed as a social ride at a pace of 2.5-3w/kg up until the 20km mark when it is "every man, women and dog for themselves and a race to the finish for those with a competitive streak."

The ride is in aid of raising funds and awareness for Doddie Weir’s My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which aims to find effective treatments for the currently incurable MND/ALS.

Full info here 👉: Chris Hoy's Doddie Aid Social 25km

19 January 2022, 16:11
All Points North | Go The Distance

All Points North is a self-supported, ultra-distance, endurance cycling event, organised by Angela Walker from A Different Gear, an independent bike shop in Sheffield.

Riders are able to choose their own route around 10 checkpoints. In 2021, ultra-cyclist and Kinesis Brand Ambassador Rupert Robinson finished 9th in 60 hours and 16 minutes, on less than an hour of sleep. This documentary follows him from start to finish through the magical landscapes of northern England.

19 January 2022, 15:25
East Suffolk cycling and walking plans "lack ambition"
oxon travel cycle lane picture 2 - via twitter.PNG

Measures to encourage active travel in east Suffolk don't go far enough, according to councillors. The Green Party at East Suffolk Council told the BBC it feels safety concerns are hindering people from cycling, and the Conservative authority's walking and cycling strategy needed to go further.

A consultation on the plan ended last week, with responses now being considered. Suffolk Coastal Green party chairman Julian Cusack said that although many of the measures were welcome, "We are disappointed that the council's plans for rural areas lack ambition.

"The council does not seem to recognise that people are deterred from cycling between villages or into their local town by understandable fears for their safety. The gold standard for cycling is physical separation from motor vehicles and pedestrians."

19 January 2022, 15:13
From Somerset? Ride a carbon bike? Like cheese?

Editor Jack pitched this one to me as possibly "the most tenuous live blog post ever" so bear with while we try and unpack this into something vaguely cycling-related. The headline? Wyke Farms has launched the world's first carbon-neutral branded cheddar.

Well, if you're local to road.cc in Bath then perhaps you like riding in the Mendips? The very same Mendips where Wyke Farms, the UK's largest independent cheese producer, makes its world-first carbon-neutral cheese...

Maybe you ride a carbon bike? Carbon...as in carbon-neutral...like...Wyke Farms Ivy Reserve world-first carbon-neutral cheddar?

I told you the link was tenuous...and no, we haven't been paid to say any of this or been sent any free samples.

Anyway, it's matured for 18 months under wood to bring out an "unmatched 'rounded' flavour profile" (whatever that means)..."slightly sweet, nutty, and complex, this award-winning Cheddar cheese is everything that a Cheddar from Somerset, the home of Cheddar should be". 

If you're not from Somerset, don't like cheese and don't ride a carbon bike, then I apologise for what you've just read...right, distraction over, let's get back to the normal stuff...

19 January 2022, 15:04
Why don't Cofidis just try harder?

Fine, we're a week late to this meme, but it'll be a good reader demographic test...

I didn't have many of our readership down as big Love Island fans, but maybe you now unfortunately know who this is thanks to her heavily criticised comments a couple of weeks back about how people should just work harder...we've all got the same 24 hours in the day, after all.

Anyway, if that's all gone over your head I wouldn't bother wasting your time looking up who she is. It'll only make you wish you hadn't...

Now if only Cofidis just tried harder... 

19 January 2022, 12:58
Why do less than 1% of Dutch cyclists wear a helmet?
19 January 2022, 11:45
LADbible readers talk cycling...but only to moan about Highway Code changes

LADbible: "A place for the people"...the Facebook page says. Stop laughing at the back. The news site "created for the youth community" dipped into the cycling world to share with its readers the Highway Code changes that come into force next week.

> Public must be told about Highway Code changes, says Cycling UK

As expected, the site's readership was a wealth of healthy debate and constructive feedback...not. I said they moaned about the Highway Code changes...maybe it would be more accurate to say most of the comments were actually just about what they wanted to see changed...e.g. people on bikes on the road.

 It's been too long since I heard the words 'road tax'. I now don't want to hear them ever again...

 Another classic up next...presumably Ben converted his motor to a single file seating arrangement too?

And, one we haven't heard before (rare for anti-cycling bingo, I know)...

One we definitely have heard before...

19 January 2022, 11:24
Wout van Aert sparks 'potato peelergate'

Wout van Aert has gone all big time on us. Cristiano Ronaldo represented Armani, Lionel Messi with Adidas, Roger Federer and Rolex. All the best athletes get monster sponsorship deals with high-profile luxurious brands. 

That's why Van Aert is popping up in *checks notes* Belgian household electrics brand Domo Elektro's social media ads...pro cycling has a long way to go before it's at the top table...

Some were more concerned with how Wout peels his potatoes...

Cue aero jokes...

19 January 2022, 10:36
"The strongest message is a good bike trip!": Your thoughts on cycling advocacy
Credit: Wiggle - cyclist

Right, let's round-up that morning musing about cycling advocacy with some of your comments...

Chrisonatrike reckons we should be celebrating the joy of the ride: "The strongest pro-cycling-as-transport message is a good bike trip! I got to exactly where I wanted, with less stress, got some pleasant exercise, could enjoy being outside, noticed some things along the way I probably don't in a car and might even have got there faster."

Steve K commented on the original 'cyclists don’t deserve to die riding their bikes' thought..."It's very strong message, but I think where it falls down is the response becomes 'that's why I don't ride a bike, it's too dangerous' and 'I do worry about you riding on busy roads - I wish you'd just get the bus/train/drive'. I.e - rather than let's make it safer, it's 'you're right, it's dangerous - people shouldn't do it'."

SimoninSpalding channeled his inner sub-editor: "To avoid the possibility of this being divisive I would amend the message to 'NOBODY deserves to die on the road through the actions of another.' I am sure I am not the only one that has been told to my face by a motorist that I deserve to die, and there have been the rare but high-profile incidents where pedestrians have died as a result of the actions of a cyclist."

19 January 2022, 10:31
Merckx's monster year

What did Frank Sinatra sing again? It was a very good year for Eddy Merckx in 1972, was it? I think that's how it goes...

19 January 2022, 09:20
Desert Island Disc (wheel)

It's cool, but it's not quite performing Darude's Sandstorm with the help of a Tacx Neo... 

In November 2020 (what a time to be alive that was) Aussie pro Cyrus Monk put his quarantine time to good use, recreating classic tracks with items from around his hotel room. First, Nirvana's Come As You Are, then the Tacx-enabled noughties dance classic, finishing with a rendition of Down Under by Men at Work.

19 January 2022, 08:41
What is the strongest pro-cycling message?
Leeds pop-up cycle lane (Leeds Council)

Being a cyclist is different to most hobbies/transport/sports...you rarely have to justify your existence as a Sunday league footballer or someone who commutes by train.

Yet, getting about by two wheels can land you in coffee break chats with colleagues, pub discussions with mates and Christmas dinner drudgery having to explain yourself...

Whether it's helmet use, cycle lanes, stopping at red lights, doping in pro cycling, you've all probably had it explained to you at some point or other...and, if you really want to put yourself through it, hopping on social media is a quick way to hear just how many people have something to say about you riding a bike.

So what do you say back? This Twitter thread outlines why one rider thinks the strongest cycling advocacy message is the simplest — "cyclists don’t deserve to die riding their bikes".

What about the other stuff?

What do we reckon?

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.

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