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The next Tadej Pogačar? 15-year-old boy smashes 340km at 27km/h; Should you use WD-40 on your chain?; Aero bars; You can't park there, Sir; Mur de Huy hell; Commute checklist; "A cycling city" + more on the live blog

It's Tuesday, no, it's Wednesday...being closer to the weekend than you think is another bank holiday perk, isn't it? Dan Alexander is here for your middle of the week live blog.....
20 April 2022, 16:33
Dylan Teuns steep gradients into victory

A Teun up for the books and all other Teun-related puns...

Pog went pop, Valverde was distanced moments later and Alpahilippe too far back either to make a challenge. This was the outcome:

Something of an upset with the Bahrain Victorious rider soloing away up the Mur de Huy. On a side note...

20 April 2022, 15:45
So...who is 15-year-old cycling sensation Alec Perry?
Alec Perry Strava 200 miles

We came across Alec's monster ride earlier today, and shortly after Simon pointed out he has made headlines before...

In 2016, Alec made local paper headlines for inspiring a GP to ride Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Alec was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis two years before then, and described it being like "a burning volcano in his joints" but refuses to let it get in the way of doing what he loves – riding a bike.

Then, during those surreal sunny lockdown days of summer 2020, Alec was back in the papers having become a "local legend" for racking up the miles without that pesky school day getting in the way.

Alec hit the 6,500-mile mark five months after the schools shut, clocking 400 miles a week on average.

20 April 2022, 13:35
What is it actually like to ride the Paris-Roubaix cobbles?

20 April 2022, 11:16
"A cycling city"... as a motorist drives down the bike lane

A reminder last month: "One month, two dead cyclists": Oxford's cycling city sign defaced after second death 

20 April 2022, 11:15
Commute checklist


20 April 2022, 10:56
As hard a climb as you're ever likely to find — Mur de Huy hell

Prior to this morning, 12 of the past 15 winners of the women's Flèche Wallonne were from the Netherlands, the last seven (all Anna van der Breggen) were all Dutch winners too.

But, Annemiek van Vleuten could not quite make that 13 from 16, as Marta Cavalli rounded the Movistar rider as the steepest ramps of the infamous Mur de Huy softened, meaning the Italian is on for the Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège hat-trick.

Just look at those gradients...

 Mur de Huy is one of the hardest climbs on the calendar and makes the pros look like us lot blowing our way up the local rise. The men's race is underway, with three-time champ Julian Alaphilippe back to defend his crown against: five-time winner Alejandro Valverde, Michael Woods, Tadej Pogačar and Tom Pidcock. The only big-name missing is Alec Perry...

Mur de Huy (via wikimedia commons CC BY-SA 4.0)

Tadej's tuft is out, can anyone beat him?

Pogacar tuft (screnshot GCN/Eurosport)
20 April 2022, 09:47
You can't park there, Sir!
20 April 2022, 09:36
Schwalbe UK goes carbon neutral
schwalbe pro one launch 2

Schwalbe UK is now carbon neutral, the company has announced. Bikebiz reports the tyre brand has calculated its operational carbon footprint to 70.46tCO2e and has bought verified carbon credits to rebalance its operational greenhouse gas emissions for 2021/2022.

The carbon credits project will ensure 28,752 hectares of forest is protected for conservation purposes, and by working alongside Plannet Zero, Schwalbe says it has achieved carbon neutrality in accordance with PAS 2060.

"At Schwalbe, we strive to be the most sustainable bicycle tyre manufacturer in the world. This is why Schwalbe UK began working with Plannet Zero in 2021 to help measure our operational carbon footprint," a statement said.

20 April 2022, 09:18
POLL: WD-40 as chain lube?

What could ever go wrong with a yes/no vote?

Poll Creator

20 April 2022, 09:01
Should you use WD-40 on your chain?

When does the milk go in the tea? (At the end, obviously) Tea, dinner or supper? (Tea) Disc brakes or rim brakes? (Honestly, whatever you want, I don't care) Coca-Cola or Pepsi? (Either) Was that dress blue or gold? (Blue) WD-40 as chain lube? (No comment)...

It's a community-splitting question as old as blue cans of multi-purpose lubricant... should you use WD-40 to lube your bike chain?

What do we reckon? Yay or nay? Play nicely, let's try not to fall out in the comments... 

20 April 2022, 08:53
My kind of aero bars...
20 April 2022, 07:48
The next Tadej Pogačar? 15-year-old boy from Northampton smashes 340km at 27km/h
Alec Perry Strava 200 miles

What were you doing at 15? Actually, probably best you don't answer that one... Whatever the answer, it's almost certainly not: "Yeah, I was just casually knocking out 340km rides with 2,800m of elevation in under 12 and a half hours. Average speed? Think that was 27.3km/h, but I'd have to check, pal..."

We're pretty baffled/impressed/stunned by this monster day out by 15-year-old Alec Perry. I'll say that again...15 years old...

Alec's Strava is private, so you'll have to request a follow to leave some well-earned kudos, but Leah shared her son's ride, saying he is desperate to be in the Tour de France. Going like that the 2027 peloton better watch out...(cc: Dave Brailsford).

Tom Pidcock, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Jeremy Vine were just three of the names getting the ride forwarded to them. I suspect this won't be the last we hear of this one...

Now, allow us all a second to retrieve our jaws from the floor, and we'll get stuck into some of the amazed reaction to Alec's epic...

Get that man a beer! Sorry, no...not beer...I mean...age-appropriate drink of choice... 

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.

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