For an upcoming episode of The Boss, Remi Clermont told the BBC that he was "almost ashamed" when he told his friends that his dad was into road cycling growing up as a mountain bike lover... and now he co-owns Cafe Du Cycliste, a company who specialise in clothing for roadies after catching the bug in his twenties. He started the company in 2009 to offer an alternative to what was out there at the time, saying:
"The only cycling jerseys you could buy at the time in France were racing ones with big logos and sponsors, that made you look as if you were competing in the Tour de France. I wanted to produce something completely different."
"I started to learn everything I could. I had some friends in Paris who were working in clothing and fashion, so I got some tips and helpful mentoring from them.
"And I started going to all the trade shows, and asking millions of questions, and contacting plenty of factories in Italy."
Cafe Du Cycliste said they shifted £3.6 million worth of gear in 2019, and the company has continued to grow by 50% year-on-year.
Dylan van Baarle told Dutch publication AD that Froome has said he doesn't plan on leaving until his contract has expired.
Van Baarle said: “That would be strange. And I don’t think it will happen that he will go early.
"Of course we’ve talked about it, because it’s in the news all the time. But, as far as I know, he’s staying and wants to ride the Tour with Ineos. In the end, I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes with him either, but that’s what he says to us, so I assume he’ll be there.”
— LiverpoolWanderer (@LiverpoolWande1) June 21, 2020
— LiverpoolWanderer (@LiverpoolWande1) June 21, 2020
— LiverpoolWanderer (@LiverpoolWande1) June 21, 2020
The lengthy thread posted to Twitter by LiverpoolWanderer includes 17 photos with cars parked in a pop-up cycle lane on Kingsley Road in Liverpool. Among them there's one showing a number of cars packed together, a licenced taxi and vehicles belonging to Providor and Carter Synergy. LiverpoolWanderer told road.cc that shockingly, all the photos were taken on just a 0.2 mile stretch and around 20 cars were counted, rendering this part of the cycle lane completely unusable.
As mention further down the page, it would seem there's plenty for Liverpool Council to get their teeth into if they want to start enforcement against parking in mandatory cycle lanes...
The artwork is from Norwich cartoonist MJ Hiblen, who said in a May interview with the BBC that he drew the pictures of NHS nurses 'fighting' the virus in a comic book style "to reflect the idea that NHS workers were superheroes."
Taking inspiration for the limited editon Sidi shoes - that won't be on sale but will be auctioned off for charity - CC rider Trentin said:
'I saw this image by an English cartoonist that immediately provoked a strong reaction in me. While his work is a direct message, I thought that the situation that the whole world is facing deserved an honest response. There is no intent behind the use of this image other than to raise people's spirits with this striking cartoon."
Meanwhile, Fizik's latest limited edition shoe is the Infinito R1 El Bala, with the Spanish theme paying tribute to the career of Alejandro Valverde and his current Spanish national title. They're £329.99 and available to buy now on Fizik's website.
With a lot of people not paying a great deal of tax at the moment because of the pandemic, it would appear life's third certainty is now weekly new everesting records. EF Pro Cycling's Lachlan Morton went and nailed the world record for real, after irregularities in his data recording last weekend meant that his 7:32:54 effort wasn't counted by record keepers Hells 500. This time it was found he did complete the necessary 8,848 metres of elevation gain - plus one extra climb to be sure - and the world record now stands at 7:29:57.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Mason Hollyman has now had his attempt verified by Hells 500 to become the new British record holder. He completed his everesting in 8 hours and 28 minutes and added a couple more laps to be sure according to his Strava upload, destroying the 9:02:25 mark set by Tom Stephenson just last weekend.
Until next time folks, which will probably be in the next few hours at this rate...
We listened and now more “no cycling” signs and graphics are being painted on to the promenade. Yes, there still needs to be better enforcement, but hopefully this will help and you feel you’re being listened too. pic.twitter.com/RiuvOcJ49N
— Councillor Chris Henry (@chrishenryman) June 18, 2020
The seafront signage shared by Labour Councillor Chris Henry has been subject to ridicule ever since, as numerous people have pointed out that the second photo doesn't actually show anything that means 'No Cycling', as per the Highway Code's guide to traffic signs and signals.
In the UK prohibition signs are a symbol on white ground, with a red border. That means No Cycling.
You have crossed out the no cycling sign, so really you have said: “No, no cycling”, or in other words: everyone must cycle. pic.twitter.com/sLjpd73Hwf
— Michael - Cyclops, Barney Kieran’s (@baoigheallain) June 20, 2020
As noted above, a Highway Code sign that 'gives orders' is typically white with a red border, with the thing that is prohibited in the middle; so to indicate that cycling is prohibited, the sign should lose the red strike-out. It's also noted that the photo on the right also has an image of a pedestrian inside a white circle with a red border, which could be taken to mean 'no pedestrians'.
Ridiculous! There should be a cycle lane on the promenade. There is so much space!
— Graham Ritchie (@graham_ritchie9) June 19, 2020
Perhaps you need to learn how Glasgow sorted knife crime - by looking at the causes rather than failing with 'unenforceable' laws
Managing the demand for cycling, not this banning regime, is how an intelligent administration deals with the 'problem'
— Dave H 🏴 🇪🇺 G3 NemoMeImpuneLacessit (@BCCletts) June 21, 2020
The Councillor hasn't replied to any of the comments, and there's nothing on Brighton and Hove Council's website about the new rules. It's also mentioned that Hove seafront is rather wide, with some locals saying that it's plenty big enough for space to be shared.
Conversely Brighton and Hove have received praise for the speedy introduction of pop-up cycle lanes during the pandemic, including a 1.7 mile stretch on the busy Old Shoreham Road; however this announcement doesn't seem to have gone down so well.
Want to say a big thank-you to the generous people of @Halfords_uk ... they gave my neighbour (NHS nurse Joey) a new bike after hers was stolen outside the mental health unit where she works https://t.co/y0nwYl58jR pic.twitter.com/CSb5VaKK20
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) June 20, 2020
Mr Vine's neighbour Joey had her bike stolen outside the mental health unit where she works; and then was initially told by police that they were unable to assist her in getting it back when she spotted it for sale on Gumtree, because it amounted to 'entrapment'... this was of course untrue, and a police superintendent intervened which resulted in jail for the thief, who had previous convictions.
The debacle was spotted by Halfords, who stepped in to offer Joey a new bike. A spokesperson for the retailer commented this morning:
“It’s the right thing to do. As soon as we saw Jeremy Vine’s tweet and heard about Joey’s story we put the wheels in motion and contacted them on social media. We’re trying to do our bit for all the NHS and emergency workers and other unsung heroes across the community who seem to becoming an easy target for unscrupulous thieves.
"Thefts like this can be incredibly disruptive, especially at such a critical time when it can leave many frontline workers without a vital mode of transport. Fortunately there is widespread support from the public and companies doing their bit to keep emergency workers on the road.
“We’d recommend that if you have a bike, then photograph it, capture the frame number and any unique features it has, to help you, the public and the police identify it if it does get stolen.”
We reported earlier this month that councils in England will be able to fine drivers who park in cycle lanes using CCTV, and the new rules have come into force today.
The measures apply only to mandatory cycle lanes that are marked by a solid white line, with motorists still able to drive or park in advisory cycle lanes (with a broken white line) if it's “unavoidable".
As most of you know by now, we made the difficult decision yesterday to mutually part ways with the founder of Dirty Kanza. On behalf of all of us and our organization, we are truly sorry for the hurt and emotional… https://t.co/UyM5fDOhG7
— Dirty Kanza 200 (@DirtyKanza200) June 22, 2020
Over the weekend, the founder and director of arguably the world's premier long distance gravel event Jim Cummins shared a post on Facebook, in which he described the shooting of Rayshard Brooks by police in Atlanta as "justified". Brooks was shot dead on Friday as he fled officers after seizing a taser gun. The mayor of Atlanta and a number of politicians have described the use of lethal force as not justified, and it's sparked another wave of anti-racism protests.
Shortly after Cummins' aired his views, Life Time, the company behind the Dirty Kanza, "mutually parted ways" with its founder, and have released a new more detailed statement on social media clarifying their decision. One part says: "Our cycling community is very diverse, and it’s one of the key factors that make us so unique and strong. At the same time, we stand by our decision as a company and by our vision and values that aim to ensure that everyone is accepted and supported. Those visions and values do not have a place for racism, prejudice or discrimination.
"We are committed to taking action to ensure these values are upheld and continue to be centred in our work both as a brand and as an event. Most of all, we are committed to listening, learning and continuing to grow."
Life Time also says they have launched a 'Diversity and Inclusion Council' to 'put intentional focus' on changes they want to make to their company, clubs and events.
Change the name.
Via IG @citygirlrides pic.twitter.com/sU46vjfe1G
— Moxie, elixir for the oppressed (@ediblesticker) June 21, 2020
The team have received much praise for their decision - while others have accused them of stifling Mr Cummins' 'freedom of speech' - but many are also calling for the event to change its name, because it's claimed that the phrase 'Dirty Kanza' is actually a racial slur against Native Americans. The even has resisted calls to change its name in the past, but while the first statement on Cummins' departure made no mention, this latest statement has addressed concerns. Dirty Kanza say:
"In addition, we have been working throughout this year on options for a name change. Our event name wasn’t created with ill-intent, and while we have worked with and received support from the Kaw Nation, we also understand that our name should not cause hurt. This process does take time, and we want to make this change in the correct manner. Please know that we will share progress as we work through this process."
The Dirty Kanza is still set to going ahead this year despite the pandemic, with the dates re-scheduled for 10th-13th September.
Bus drivers in Bolivia get to know THAT feeling in training session 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Pdn2P7GjJ0
— Carlos (@carlosfgarciac) June 20, 2020
Back in 2016, a video went viral in which Brazilian bus drivers were placed on static bikes so they could experience how it feels for a bus to drive past them closely; and this latest clip that is doing the rounds on social media is reportedly from Costa Rica, despite the video's description... cue the "you think THAT was close?" comments.
As cycling's World Tour gets set to come back to life later in the summer, Slovenia has already held its national road race championships - the first major UCI event since the start of the lockdown - as the 2019 Vuelta champ powered to victory on the the 146 kilometre course. After an early breakaway that was caught, Roglič was left with UAE Team Emirates rider Tadej Pogačar for company, but eventually got away on the final climb of the day.
Roglič said: “It was a tough race with a very tough final climb. Given the results in the spring, Tadej was the favourite and it was certainly not easy to beat him. I had reckoned the climb well in the past few days, so I knew where I had to attack. The fact that I take the victory here in my first race of the season feels very good. I am definitely not in top form yet, but I am already looking forward to the upcoming races."
Been busy injecting sweet croud-less Premier League football into your veins after a 100 day hiatus? Us neither, but here's what you missed if you didn't read road.cc this weekend for any reason...
Arriving at road.cc 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 road.cc 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.