— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) September 2, 2022
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle impression worked...check one of the earlier live blog posts if you're now very confused...
Mads Pedersen added a Vuelta stage win to his one from the Tour de France, coincidentally also on stage 13. The Dane was head and shoulders, or shell and bandana, above the rest of the peloton today, kicking on the final ramp and easing to victory. Can an uphill sprint be won with an 'easing'? Probably not...
Fred Wright, who was second behind Pedersen on stage 13 of the Tour, finished fourth, Bryan Coquard and Pascal Ackermann getting second and third. In the GC picture there was no change, Remco taking red into a weekend double-header of summit finishes, Sunday's to 2,500m and the Sierra Nevada...
Rode past this recently. Ignored it completely. If the poor wee golfers can handle a <checks notes> 150-tonne *train* moving at 70MPH past them, they can handle my wife and I on our bikes. Utter entitled elitism. Into The Nearby Sea with this. https://t.co/esrNvvJbzx
— Mike Stead (@tweetymike) September 2, 2022
Plenty of comments about this one...
SimoninSpalding commented: "On the golf sign, does it not make sense for the golfist to wait until the cyclist/ walker has moved away? I would have thought that knowing you have people waiting for you to play your shot so that they can get on with their chosen exercise/ pastime would be somewhat off-putting. Plus if I was paying £270 to wander around a ruined piece of Scottish coastline I would want my money's worth and stay there as long as I could."
PRSboy replied: "I suppose the scenario is, you are cycling along with your mate and note a golfer in the midst of taking a shot. The polite request is that you wait quietly for the shot to be taken before carrying on, which seems fair enough. I'd imagine a golfer would wait until passers by had gone before getting ready for their shot."
Rendel Harris added: "If I'm riding near a course and come across a player about to make a stroke I will pause for them, however I have been in situations on some trails out in Kent where the trail either has right of way across the course or goes near a tee where a fourball has arrived on the tee and expects cyclists to wait until all four of them have played off, which I don't think is reasonable."
Common courtesy. I don't need a sign to remind me but maybe that's because I used to be golfer and some folk don't realise how seriously some golfers take themselves. 😏
— Scott ✖ (@NewSystem10) September 2, 2022
Seems quite polite and reasonable.
I would not expect cyclists to be silent or deferential if I was playing golf, and would be happy to wait 30 seconds for people to pass before I hit a shot. Just normal, mutual respect between folks.
— buysheep (@buysheep) September 2, 2022
There’s a railway line right beside the path too. Do the trains stop for the golfers too?
— Deryck Wallace (@thecooker) September 2, 2022
Days on from his emotional plea on WUSA9 Dan Langenkamp, the husband of Sarah Joan Langenkamp — a diplomat killed while riding her bike in Maryland last week — has once again spoken of being "livid" about the "way that Sarah died" and said the lack of safe infrastructure is "luring bicyclists to their deaths".
"I’m livid about the way that Sarah died," he told Streetsblog USA. "This just didn't need to happen. Cities are, rightly, trying to make themselves more liveable for those that do not want to rely on cars — but at this point, we as a society are only beginning to realise that we can't do it by just throwing paint on the streets… We're luring bicyclists to their deaths.
"Sarah and I have ridden our bikes on roads in Ukraine, in Uganda, in Côte d'Ivoire, but I feel more endangered on roads in the D.C. area than I did [in those countries]. I cannot tell you how many times we have almost been in crashes here because of the carelessness of drivers."
— Alpecin-Deceuninck Cycling Team (@AlpecinDCK) September 2, 2022
Hot or not?
Same question for Mads Pedersen's get-up...
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) September 2, 2022
This one's caused a bit of discussion on the ol' blue bird app...
This at the side of NCN 1 is a big fucking NO. pic.twitter.com/fvwi3wTmqS
— L (@howsmydriving28) August 28, 2022
What do you reckon? Invitation to cyclists/walkers to make as much noise as possible, or polite request to be respectful of others? For context, not that the relative prestige of a particular golf club really changes the principle, this sign on National Cycle Network Route 1 next to a path that runs adjacent to the Carnoustie golf course, a venue currently advertised as £270 per round and a regular Open Championship host.
Fair enough, a 30 second wait isn’t a big deal
— Keiron Hillhouse (@KeironHillhouse) August 28, 2022
Just need to backpedal when that shot is gearing up 😏
— abperson 🇪🇺 #GoFuckYourself 🇺🇦 (@abperson_cycle) August 28, 2022
It's not a demand it's a polite request. Not everything has to be legally enforced for us to be considerate to one another.
— David Sandilands (@DNSandilands) August 29, 2022
Might have turn my annoying Garmin off mute and stick auto pause on…
— Rory McCarron (@CyclingLawLDN) August 28, 2022
I'm a keen cyclist and a keen golfer. This sign is just reasonable etiquette.
— Simon Hemelryk (@SimonHemelryk) August 29, 2022
Just ordered a new bike bell, now Where's this path. pic.twitter.com/1ue5vnqbJW
— Adam Condron (@AdsCondron) August 29, 2022
UAE Team Emirates' Juan Ayuso will continue at the Vuelta a España despite returning a positive Covid test. The situation mirrors what happened to teammate Rafal Majka at the Tour de France, where both riders are "asymptomatic and analysing his [Ayuso's] PCR found he had a very low risk of infectivity"...
We are aware of Juan's clinical picture and are closely monitoring his situation."
— @UAE-TeamEmirates (@TeamEmiratesUAE) September 2, 2022
The news comes just days after Ayuso told the press he feared he had Covid after feeling under the weather ahead of the TT. He tested negative then, finished more than two minutes down that day, recovered enough to stay with Evenepoel yesterday, but has now tested positive for Covid.
An intriguing situation that might attract a few cynical comments from fans and rivals alike as it develops...
What could Wout van Aert possibly be training for that requires seven hours in the saddle and 4,000m of climbing? I'd hazard a guess it begins with 'UCI' and ends with 'Road World Championships Elite Men's Road Race'...just a guess though...
Three weeks on Sunday, Wout will line up, presumably as favourite to be the next wearer of the rainbow bands. With current holder Julian Alaphilippe out of the Vuelta clutching his collarbone and great rival Mathieu van der Poel making tentative steps (winning a local race in Belgium this week) to his post-Tour return, the WorldTour's all-conquering S̶w̶i̶s̶s̶ Belgian Army knife will fancy his chances on a lumpy course in Wollongong, Australia...
Training on the challenging island mountain roads of Sardinia, Wout racked up a little short of 220km, seven hours on the dot, climbing 3,991m of elevation... all at an average speed of 31.2km/h (19.4mph). Strava estimates he burnt 7,388 calories (enough for 37 bottles of Duvel)...save that for after the race perhaps...
Thankfully for the rest of the field, Van Aert won't be using the Tour of Britain as his pre-Worlds warm up like last year. Great news for the peloton, less so for us watching...
Yo! Islabikes x
— Peta Cavendish (@petatodd) September 2, 2022
Cervélo P5, disc wheel, 56x11...the only option...
Being slightly less facetious, just for a second, may we point you here, G...
Youth Result: Isle of Man Youth League
Special visitor Mark Cavendish and son Casper at Tuesday night’s 19th & final round of the Isle of Man youth league https://t.co/rFkkf0u77p#Brother4Results | Thanks to the legend Dot Tilbury still helping the youth of the Isle of Man pic.twitter.com/G9TrPcrdJG
— British Cycle Sport (@VeloUK) August 31, 2022
This was the scene in one of London's cycle lanes yesterday morning...
The line of cyclists today on CS4 was so long at the lights I didn’t make it through on first sync of lights. pic.twitter.com/YyNBoBLg7R
— Rory McCarron (@CyclingLawLDN) September 1, 2022
The lane filled up with riders waiting to cross a junction as the lights were red, creating this 'traffic jam' of 16+ (maybe you've got better eyesight and can pin down the exact number) cyclists, showing the popularity of two-wheeled commuting.
One reply posed the question 'how many cars, probably with one person in them, could fit in the space taken by however many bike riders that is? Three? Four? Or conversely, 'how much further would the queue stretch if all the people on bikes were in cars?' I'm starting to see a pattern with urban mobility, effective use of space and transport for short-distance journeys...
I want traffic jams like this in my city 😍
— *k*r*i*s* (@climb8b) September 1, 2022
Absolutely. Actually happy to wait. Really pleasant journey along here today and would take cyclist traffic over motor traffic any day
— Rory McCarron (@CyclingLawLDN) September 1, 2022
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.