We think bikes are neat. https://t.co/mGyLPIHZnQ
— LiveDrive (@LiveDrive) September 22, 2021
LiveDrive, the Dublin traffic reporting account that realises how much quicker it is to commute by bike, has reacted to our coverage of its initial sassy tweet this morning with this glowing endorsement of the bicycle - scroll down to read more!
What a way to end your career @tonymartin85! 🤩
Germany wins the Mixed Relay TTT. pic.twitter.com/mUgUA9oUK4
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) September 22, 2021
"It's the best finish, isn't it?" Martin said at the finish. "Going from the cycling scene with a gold medal is a dream for me. The best situation I can imagine and I'm really thankful to the whole team, especially to our women. I think they made the difference today. I really enjoyed the whole week with the team. We were hoping for the gold, and now the dream has come true and it's time to celebrate."
Someone get that man a beer...
A 𝒇𝒂𝒊𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉 to Tony Martin's glittering cycling career 🥇
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) September 22, 2021
If Carlsberg did pro cycling scripts...Tony Martin, 36 years old, riding his final race before retirement, just won a fifth rainbow jersey of his career, five years after his last. This was in the mixed relay TTT, the other four were individual honours.
Martin, alongside Max Walscheid, Nikias Arndt, Lisa Brennauer, Mieke Kröger and Lisa Klein beat the Netherlands time by 13 seconds, the Italians were third at 38 seconds. For a while it looked like GB might cling on for a medal, but were ultimately fifth fastest.
Now that's a retirement present...What. A. Career.
Tony Martin's medals in World Championships and Olympics (ITT, TTT, TTT Mixed Relay) | #Flanders2021🌈
| 🥇 8 | 🥈 4 | 🥉 3 | pic.twitter.com/3awS9KDhVl
— ammattipyöräily (@ammattipyoraily) September 22, 2021
Bamford Clough defeated. Never have I felt more relieved. pic.twitter.com/JwIKEP0bbR
— Simon Warren (@100Climbs) September 22, 2021
100 Climbs author Simon Warren made live blog headlines on Friday after finding another brutal British berg - Bamford Clough. With a 36.5 per cent maximum gradient and 300m at 26 per cent, it's a monster. Simon made it up...and with a 34x29...impressive. Any of you lot been mad enough to make a detour up the Clough yet?
Sam Bennett has withdrawn from Ireland's team for this Sunday's World Championship road race, saying he is not yet fit enough for such a gruelling event. Bennett has struggled with a knee injury since before the Tour de France, but returned to action last week at the European Championships and competed at some smaller Belgian races over the weekend.
"It is always an honour to represent Ireland on the international stage. However, unfortunately competing in this year’s World Road Championships will not be possible," Bennett said in a statement.
"I am very happy to be back racing pain-free and with each race I know my fitness levels and race sharpness are improving. However, at this stage, a gruelling 260km+ race is probably a step too far."
Eddie Dunbar, Ryan Mullen and Rory Townsend will represent Ireland in Flanders.
Patrick Lefevere said something controversial about women's cycling again. Rather than giving that the airtime it doesn't deserve, I thought I'd find you a positive women's cycling story. Having finished eighth at the World Championships on Monday, British rider Jos Lowden is in the final stage of preparation for her hour record attempt next Thursday.
To take the record she will have to beat 48.007km, set by Victoria Bussi in 2018. Lowden's goal is a minimum of 192 laps of the track in Velodrome Suisse in Switzerland next Thursday at 4pm.
"All the training and preparation is done," she said. "From the Le Col x McLaren Project Aero Skinsuit to the tactics and pacing, every detail is taken care of. All that remains is for me to take my opportunity. I am super confident. This is my moment. When that clock starts it’s me, the black line and sixty minutes of pain." I'm pumped just reading that...
Ahead of World Car Free Day the Politics London team travelled to Bristol to see what transport lessons London could learn@helen_drew | #politicslondon | https://t.co/cvQzk4MpiF pic.twitter.com/P563ejGarz
— BBC London (@BBCLondonNews) September 19, 2021
A report on Bristol by people who don't know anything about Bristol? That's the gist of the lunchtime reaction to BBC London's report on Bristol as a leading transport city...
As someone who doesn't know Bristol too well, unlike the BBC team seemingly I got some input from someone who does...editor Jack said most people who cycle in Bristol do so because their isn't another option. Plenty others online echoed that...adding: public transport is dreadful, air quality worrying, cycling infrastructure often dangerous and traffic appalling...
This has to be a joke, surely? The reason so many people cycle in Bristol (a notoriously hilly city) is because public transport has been horrific for decades, and we've literally got no choice but to walk or cycle if we don't want to be sacked from work.
— Mike (@mikebull) September 20, 2021
Bristol's traffic is horrendous, has been for decades: illegal air pollution; massive carbon emissions; delayed projects; mere tinkering; backward steps on 20 mph & residents parking. Your unrepresentative sample of people produced an inaccurate rosy picture of my city.
— Glenn Ⓥowles 🌍🌎🌏 (@VowlesGlenn) September 20, 2021
Any more Bristolians wish to tell me how terrible their city is for transport?
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) September 21, 2021
Jeremy Vine's back on the live blog with a bang...it's been a while since the pedalling presenter featured here - possibly the first time since that nuclear two-abreast week. Who could forget that? I've just about stopped having sleepless nights...
This time, Vine clocked an Uber driver taking a look at a stop sign and planter, ignoring the restrictions (and the cyclist rightfully trying to use the route), before taking a shortcut down the segregated cycle lane and back out onto the road...
road.cc news editor Simon's encyclopedic knowledge of London tells us this is the western end of Wellesley Road in Chiswick, part of Cycleway 9.
It's not the first time Vine has snapped some cycle lane driving...back in January he saw this motorist driving down the Hyde Park segregated cycle path before mounting the pavement to rejoin the road at the traffic lights.
What a turnout yesterday at our meet up event at Ride Coffee House in Banchory.
So much fun to meet all the kids and some of people who were following and supporting the cycle.
Not sure I was emotionally ready to have so many kids want photos and sign their clothes 😭 pic.twitter.com/XSbBynUo2i
— Josh Quigley (@JoshQuigley2026) September 22, 2021
"Mum, can I cycle 2,000 miles next week?"
Wattbike has announced a new partnership with the New Zealand rugby team, as its 'Official Performance Bike Supplier'. The announcement coincides with the brand's 'Made For Real Athletes' campaign, which aims to show how anyone can achieve their fitness goals with a determined mindset.
All Blacks Strength and Conditioning Coach, Nic Gill said: "For over ten years the All Blacks have worked with Wattbike to help get the team into the best possible shape to compete on the field. The Wattbike is a highly accurate, realistic and reliable way to get intensity into our indoor and off-feet conditioning programmes. There is no doubt that the Wattbike is a world-class high-performance training tool, we’re delighted to have them officially in our camp."
Back in July, it was announced the All Blacks would be joining the Ineos sporting empire. Sir Dave Brailsford welcomed the team to the Ineos brand with a recorded message from the Tour de France's final stage in Paris. Yesterday we brought you the news that Brailsford is reportedly stepping aside from the Ineos Grenadiers cycling team to oversee the brand's entire sporting portfolio - including the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, Sir Ben Ainslie's sailing team and the All Blacks.
Here's your Dutch news from the cycle path - including rail strikes, King's speech and a walrus.
Have a wonderful Wednesday ✨
— anna holligan 🎙 (@annaholligan) September 22, 2021
Here's your two-minute Dutch news briefing...of course, delivered from the cycle path. I've never been so well-informed on Netherlands news.
The punchline 😄 https://t.co/Sm6th81kfq
— Ciarán Ferrie (@ccferrie) September 21, 2021
As far as traffic reports go, this one's pretty entertaining. It's undoubtedly one of the best things about commuting by bike. That moment when you glide down an empty cycle lane past the queue of stationary road users... normally, moments later a car door will open or someone pulls out on you and you're swiftly knocked back to reality...but it's great while it lasts!
LiveDrive, a live traffic service for Dublin, broke the terrible news last night that anyone leaving work at 5 and heading for the North Circular was in for a long commute. It was, they grimly reported, "the busiest we've seen it in a long, long time"..."Even pre-lockdown this would be a major day." And then for the punchline..."Expect major delays by car, or a six-minute cycle"...
By far my favourite reply was the person asking if these drive cycle updates were new...that was until I realised Brian O'Doherty wasn't a disgruntled driver put out by the fact those pesky cyclists were being catered for, but actually an impressed pesky cyclist himself...
It turns out LiveDrive has been doing these since before the pandemic, and there was a bit of a theme in the replies...
This is almost every journey in Dublin. Sit in traffic, or glide past on your bike... https://t.co/707uUqjY9g
— Ray (@ray_cun) September 21, 2021
Cork city centre is also a go-slow these days.
36 mins to get from North Cathedral to Elysian last Friday in car. Think I saw @righttobikeit go past too.
9 mins to get from North Cathedral to Idle Hour yesterday on bike. https://t.co/FFPHv1V6RZ
— conn donovan (@conndonovan9) September 21, 2021
Spent the weekend cycling
Late train home, ate salad with a tyre lever pic.twitter.com/tnhZH35FIJ
— Grayson Perry (@Alan_Measles) September 21, 2021
Add this one to the file alongside the person who sliced his pizza with a Campag chainring, becoming the most Italian person alive in the process.
The only question I have is why you'd pick a salad after a weekend cycling...maybe that's just me...
Dan joined road.cc as live blog editor last year. He has previously written 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 exploring the south of England.