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Is it fair enough to slap a close pass driver's car?; Reaction to Government dismissing Mr Loophole petition; Relive Cav equalling Merckx's record; CyclingMikey goes international; Sunrise scenes; But cyclists; Route-planning app + more on the live blog

The shortest day has been and gone, summer starts here...Dan Alexander is the man behind the keyboard for Wednesday's live blog...
22 December 2021, 15:58
Floyd Landis returns to cycling sponsoring new team focused on gravel and mountain bike events
Floyd Landis

Floyd Landis is back in pro cycling again, this time as the sponsor of a team focused on gravel and mountain bike events in the United States. Floyd's of Leadville Racing takes the name of Landis' CBD company and will initially start with five riders, including guest rides from the stripped 2006 Tour winner.

"Bicycle racing is where our core customers spend their energy and attention and we felt that being at the races would be an important step to further grow our brand," Landis said.

"Our aim with the programme is to create a family feeling, and develop a racing culture that emphasises the experiences and stories we will share together, more than racing results."

22 December 2021, 15:30
More Gategate
22 December 2021, 14:11
We're going to need a bigger live blog...reaction floods in for our main story of the day — is it fair enough to hit a close pass driver's car?

Well, I wasn't expecting this strong a reaction. 65 replies on Twitter, 138 comments on Facebook, an Olympic gold medallist getting involved...I reckon we could dissect this for the rest of the week.

First up, 2016 Rio gold medallist Callum Skinner had this to say... 

Other honourable mentions...

Not everyone was in agreement though. Some pointed out the danger of not knowing how another road user might react to you hitting their car...

On Facebook, Jase Clarke seperated the question into two scenarios: first, if you hit the car during the close pass to let them know you're there. Second, the situation in the original video where the rider hits the vehicle when they catch up after the close pass..."In the first case, sometimes it’s a necessity to let them know you’re there, and that they’re too close. In the second one, it’s a no."

Chris disagreed with the idea that it's ever acceptable, "No, it's not ok, as it shows self-righteousness and pompous narcissism, shout and scream but don't touch anyone's property."

Onto the live blog comments now, Bart P thinks: "Is it fair? Yes. Does it feel rewarding? F*ck yes. Should you do it? Hell no. You simply don't known who is behind the wheel of the car and unfortunately there are some proper nutters out there."

Gsteve68 added: "All I can say with regards to hitting out at a close passing car is please don't. Rise above it, record and report it by all means but we all know that many drivers have an irrational dislike of cyclists and a feeling of entitled superiority in their cars.  Many drivers have a special bond with their car and and assault on it is an assault on them

"In a moment of madness their vehicle can become a weapon and 2000ish kg v 100ish kg is only every going to have one outcome whether you're in the right or not. There are too many cases where a driver has killed or seriously injured a cyclist with a punishment pass or brake test and I'm sure the driver's reaction in that moment was simply 'I'll teach that bloody cyclist a lesson' stupidly ignorant to the potential consequences."

Awavey agreed: "It might be an understandable reaction to slap a vehicle close passing like that, but it's a really bad idea imo. It absolutely does escalate the situation and puts you in far more danger, a cyclist will always come out the loser in a fight between a vehicle with an angry driver at the wheel, no matter how big, tough or macho you think you are. Save the satisfaction for reporting the driver instead, which as the original video poster highlighted, they instantly forfeited the right to."

And to Sriracha who rightly noted I claimed the longest day has just been and gone, no, I'm unfortunately not WFH Down Under...the dangers of writing at 8am...the shortest day has just passed...

22 December 2021, 12:24
Best new pro kit? Team SD Worx' colourful number worx wonders

It's a winner in our book... 

22 December 2021, 12:02
Get your tiny violins out...reaction to Government dismissing Mr Loophole petition

Writing about Mr Loophole in the CyclingMikey post earlier reminded me to remind you to check out yesterday's story confirming the Government has "no plans" to make cyclists wear identification numbers. To be honest, we knew this would be the case, but in the face of some loopy petitioning from Mr Loophole Nick Freeman, we thought you'd be quite pleased to read the response...

> Government confirms it has “no plans” to make cyclists wear identification numbers as it rejects ‘Mr Loophole’ petition

The lawyer famous for getting celebrities off driving charges scraped over the 10,000 signatures required to hear an official response, but didn't get the answer he's some of your reaction...

Steve K commented: "The response we all knew was coming, because the government has said it before (and recently) - a petition that barely made the threshold was hardly going to change their minds. Freeman could have saved himself a lot of trouble by simply writing to the government and getting the same response. But at least he can't complain that he hasn't had a full, well-reasoned and well-argued response."

EddyBerckx said: "Considering the amount of national publicity and social media hate mobs the petition just scraping over the 10k mark is actually a pretty positive thing. He knew nothing would ever come of it. He just wanted free publicity."

22 December 2021, 11:30
CyclingMikey goes international: Dutch newspaper publishes full page feature

CyclingMikey's global superstar status is getting closer...

Guy Ritchie was the first big-name celeb caught using his phone behind the wheel by Mikey. Then, this summer, Chris Eubank, plead guilty in court and was given three penalty points and £280 in fines, court costs and fees after Mikey reported his video of the former world champion boxer using his phone and jumping a red light.

Most recently, former England and Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard was caught by Mikey, allegedly juggling coffee and a phone while at the wheel. Lampard will appear in court next month, represented by a certain Nick 'Mr Loophole' Freeman...

All three of these were picked up by national news outlets here in the UK, and it seems even newspapers overseas are interested in Mikey's story...

This is a full-page feature in de Volkskrant, a Dutch daily newspaper with a circulation of around 250,000.

22 December 2021, 10:08
Could this be your new route-planning app?
Huli app

There’s a new automatic cycling route creator app on the market that works across the UK and Ireland.

The Huli Cycling Routes app creates routes for road, off-road and city riding, and you can specify distance or time, hilly, flat…

It's designed to be super simple to use, meaning you can create routes in seconds, says its developers, which sounds similar to Strava’s suggested route update this year. 

Huli app

The app also includes navigation, weather, route descriptions, surface/road types, satellite maps and the startup says that next week it’ll also be introducing its Huli Goals feature.

With this, you’ll be able to specify a weekly distance target, how many rides you want to do, and the app will automatically create routes of varying length/duration every week for you to beat the target. 

It’s available on iOS and Android.

22 December 2021, 09:58
But cyclists...'God Bless America' edition
22 December 2021, 09:32
Behind the scenes of Cav's Merckx-equalling win, Champs-Élysées disappointment and Paris party

Three days 'til Christmas but Deceuninck-Quick-Step are giving out the presents already... what more could you want than part three of the team's behind the scenes series from the Tour de France? It's the big one too...Cav's 34th stage win, the battle to stay in the race through the Pyrenees, Champs-Élysées disappointment, green jersey celebrations and post-race reflection.

You know the drill by now, it's mainly just 22 minutes of watching Cav hugging his teammates and staff (with a very wholesome scene with a fan at nine minutes too). You'll also see a little bit too much of Kasper Asgreen during the final stage pre-race meeting... most importantly it'll scratch that pro racing itch for another few hours. Roll on the new year...

22 December 2021, 09:24
Sunrise scenes
22 December 2021, 08:55
Is it fair enough to slap a close pass driver's car?

We've all been here: driver just has to get in front, overtakes just as the car ahead brakes to stop in traffic, overtaking car gets ten metres up the road before having to brake, you sail up the inside giving your best 'well that got you far didn't it mate' face.

That's what I do. Sometimes if I'm in a particularly bad mood they might get the exasperated hand off the bars and shake of the head, maybe even a cheery wave, but I can't say I've ever thought to do this...

Is it fair enough to give a close pass driver's car a slap on the way past? Righttobikeit said they'd normally just report the driver, but in this case couldn't resist more direct action.

In the Twitter echo chamber, the replies were unanimous in saying 'fair enough'...

But what do we reckon? Should you rise above it or is it a fair response to someone putting your life in danger? 

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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