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Autoglass repair, Autoglass disgrace: why cyclists don't use cycle lanes; Max Stedman goes Everesting; Walmart sponsors CX worlds; Slippery cyclists; Wicker baskets beat bar bags; Jeremy Vine talks LTNs; Pog transfer rumour + more on the live blog

Happy Friday! You can almost smell the weekend...Dan Alexander will be bringing it home with the final live blog of the week
22 October 2021, 16:03
Autoglass responds to photo of company van blocking cycle lane (and another on the pavement)

An Autoglass spokesperson got back to us this afternoon to address the photo of two of their vans blocking active travel routes — one on the pavement, one in a cycle lane. The company said it'll be investigating and speaking to drivers to prevent future incidents. The brief statement said:

Thank you for bringing this to our attention we will be investigating this and will be speaking to the drivers so this can be prevented in the future.

No word, however, on if they enjoyed editor Jack's headline...

22 October 2021, 15:45
Crikey, Chris
22 October 2021, 14:26
Ashton Lambie beats Ganna's time in clash of the titans...Archibald's unbeaten run continues

The American got the better of Ganna, who will fight for bronze having set the third fastest time in qualifying. I guess he'll just have to settle for an Olympic gold, World Championship gold on the track, World Championship gold on the road, European Championship gold and two stages of the Giro. A pretty average year if you ask me... 

Elsewhere, Katie Archibald is on a roll. That's two from two...

22 October 2021, 13:31
Ansel Adams does bikes
22 October 2021, 13:08
UCI Track World Championships round-up: "the ultimate showdown" Ganna vs Lambie, Britain's bronze, Katie Archibald doing what Katie Archibald does best

Another busy day in Roubaix today. We've got Katie Archibald one race down in pursuit of her second omnium world title. The Scot won the scratch race and will be taking on the tempo race in about an hour's time. The day's action will finish with the fourth and final race of the event— the points race...will Archibald win a fourth rainbow jersey? 

Last night, Britain's men and women team pursuit squads both won bronze, the men renewing their rivalry with the Danes en route to bronze. Arguably the main event of today's proceedings is the men's individual pursuit where Italian powerhouse Filippo Ganna faces American world record holder, and first person to complete a sub-four minute 4km individual pursuit, Ashton that's a clash of the titans...

22 October 2021, 11:56
'Fury' over cycle path...(plus some gold standard angry people in local newspapers content)

An impeccable addition to the angry people in local newspapers pantheon. Could have done with crossing those arms for extra effect but a strong effort nonetheless...

22 October 2021, 11:28
Tadej Pogačar offered 18m per year to join Ineos, according to Italian journalist

Anyone believe this? Getting into the realms of football transfers with these numbers being chucked around...

EDIT: That went well...

22 October 2021, 11:00
Police officer fined for calling police to report stolen bike after losing key...only because he knew they'd cut it off for free
Bike lock

A police officer in Singapore found himself slapped with a S$3,000 yesterday after a bizarre series of events left him reporting his own bike stolen...just so his colleagues would come and unlock it for free. Ong Chee Seng lost the keys to his locked bike, and after searching two shopping centres for a tool to cut it he came up with a not-so ingenious plan...

He reported the bike stolen, knowing full well about the force's free service of coming to unlock unclaimed bicycles. After which he'd presumably have broken rank and thanked his colleagues for their time...

The false police report led to three officers being deployed to the scene. The 50-year-old man, who was an officer at the time of the offences, plead guilty to one charge of knowingly giving false information to a public servant, with a second similar charge taken into consideration. Channel News Asia reports he was fined S$3,000 (£1,613)...

22 October 2021, 11:26
22 October 2021, 10:39
Jeremy Vine talks LTNs

After a couple of days of negative LTN news, Jeremy Vine brought us this update that this scheme in West London is to be made permanent.

For a quick rundown of the past 48 hours on the live blog...first, check out Ealing Council's Wednesday blunder...encouraging cycling two weeks after seven of the borough's LTNs had been ripped out. Then, move on to Thursday's reaction...gridlock at, you guessed it, one of said former LTN sites. 

22 October 2021, 10:01
Keep your handlebar bags...get your bike ready for winter with this must-have storage solution

Winter is a time for taking it easy. Get some winter tyres, some thick clothing and perhaps even a nice pair of mudguards and you'll stay warm and dry through the nasty dark months. Handlebar bags, however, will seem vastly overrated once you see this unique storage solution. After all, you could keep all your extra layers, food and spares safely tucked away in a stylish wicker basket. No need for fiddling around with velcro in the cold. All you'll need here are some cable ties. Genius.

22 October 2021, 09:07
Max Stedman has unfinished business with Everesting record — targeting outright record in Somerset today

Max Stedman broke the British Everesting record last September, but fell short of the world record having been just 8 minutes off pace at the halfway mark. He's back on Crowcombe Hill today for another shot. Support is welcome (particularly from anyone with a broom to sweep away those nasty autumn leaves), although the fewest cars on the route as possible will obviously help his progress.

Stedman will need to first and foremost beat his time of 7hrs 32mins set last September, and then think about Ronan Mc Laughlin's 6hrs 40mins.The Canyon dhb SunGod rider admitted he got his gearing wrong on the last attempt and needed to switch out his 36x32 lowest gear for a 34T chainring on the front. 

If anyone knows what it takes to shoot up Crowcombe, it's Stedman. He completed 58 repeats of the climb last time. With an average gradient of 14.4 per cent, maxing out at 19.2 per cent, he's in for a long day in the saddle. All the best, Max. Let's hope for some positive news later on today...

22 October 2021, 08:05
Walmart becomes title sponsor of 2022 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
Matthieu van der Poel Canyon Inflite Worlds-2

Next year's UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas will have a big-name sponsor after the UCI announced US retail giants Walmart will be the title sponsors. It's only the second time the event has been hosted in the US in its 72-year history.

"We are delighted and proud that the 2022 edition of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, the discipline’s annual flagship event, can count on the support of Walmart, the largest retailer in the world," UCI president David Lappartient said. "The arrival of an economic player of this stature is testimony not only to the discipline’s appeal but also, more broadly, to that of cycling, whose societal benefits are increasingly being recognised."

Kim Tunick, a senior director at Walmart, gave the brand's perspective on the deal: "We are proud to be the Title Partner of the 2022 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships that will be held in Northwest Arkansas, where our company was founded nearly 60 years ago. This sponsorship demonstrates our commitment to the community and promoting healthy and active lifestyles for our customers and associates. We are excited to be a partner for this world-class event."

22 October 2021, 07:52
Watch out for slippery cyclists this autumn

Those pesky, slippery cyclists not riding over ladders in bike lanes... 

22 October 2021, 07:09
Why cyclists don't use cycle lanes: Autoglass and scaffolding special

Why cyclists don't use cycle lanes is an old favourite of the live blog, there's sadly just too much top-tier content for it not to be. I guess, being really generous, you could make an argument for giving this lot a pass...I wouldn't want to lug scaffolding further than I needed to either. BUT, on the other hand, showing just a little bit of consideration would probably tell you not to put vulnerable road users at risk for your own gain. Also, lobbing your ladder in the bike lane as some kind of makeshift barrier is a strange decision too.

The photo inspired others to send in their own 'why cyclists don't use cycle lanes' classics, including this double belter from get the cycle lane, I'll block the pavement.

Someone from the windscreen repair group quickly got back to John, asking him to DM them the time and location. But back to our scaffolding stoppage...while some wondered if there was a pile of wrecked wands under the truck, Mary Caulfield and Jo Kitching loved the nice touch of chucking a ladder on the floor...

That sounds like one for Danny MacAskill...

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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