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Photoshop accusations as cyclists unconvinced by out the saddle century; Geraint Thomas backs campaign to save home velodrome; Using a chainring to cut pizza; Serious road safety legislation; Cycling up Snowdon + more on the live blog

We can almost smell the weekend, Dan Alexander is here for Friday's final live blog of the week...
23 July 2021, 16:06
Simon Geschke out of Olympic road race after testing positive for Covid
23 July 2021, 15:14
Yorkshire hoteliers bet big on cyclists with dedicated bike storage and cleaning facilities

Hoteliers Simon Rhatigan and Simon Kershaw own the Bike & Boot overlooking North Yorkshire's seaside resort of Scarborough. They told Forbes how the venue is tailored for cyclists, and their next two, soon to open in the Peak District and Sherwood Forest will follow suit. The Bike & Boot features dedicated bicycle storage in a secure basement and a cleaning zone with hose, cleaning products, lubricants, workstands and tools.

"Spending £10,000 on a bicycle isn’t unusual anymore," Kershaw told Forbes. "And if you’ve invested that much on one of your cycles, you don’t leave it in the boot of your car; you don’t leave it strapped to the car; you want to bring it into any hotel you’re staying at."

The hotel's most successful cycling night came the day before the 55-mile Velo2Velo Scarborough Bike & Boot Sportive and saw 128 bikes stored in the basement.

23 July 2021, 14:07
And just like that...everything is fine

Alejandro Valverde and the rest of the Spanish team will be on the startline...they've been given the all clear. Panic over.

23 July 2021, 14:03
Positive Covid test for Spanish soigneur risks forcing Alejandro Valverde, Izagirre brothers, Omar Fraile and Jesús Herrada out of Olympic road race

 A positive test within the Spanish camp has threatened to derail the nation's chances in the Olympic Games men's road race tomorrow. Alejandro Valverde is the big favourite for the Spaniards but it remains to be seen if they'll be allowed to start or if they avoided contact with the staff member so will be okay. One to keep an eye on...

23 July 2021, 13:19
Chad Tavernia confirms reader's detective work...Red tape is the truth behind 'The Photoshopped Pinarello' mystery
Chad Tavernia 100-mile out the saddle (Image credit: Chad Tavernia/Strava)

We got in touch with Chad to clear up the rumours and accusations...and, as reader OnYerBike spotted was the same red tape Chad uses to finish his bar tape that was covering the seatpost hole. Sherlock Holmes would be proud. Chad's even going to prove his effort by repeating it live on Zwift in December.

"I have committed to a December attempt at replicating the effort on Zwift, on my rollers," he told us. "As far as the hole. I used red electrical tape to cover the seatpost hole in case of a storm so rain would not get in my frame."

The same tape we can see on your bars? "Yeah, that's exactly what it is. It had to match!"

OnYerBike, take a bow...

23 July 2021, 12:25
Toms Skujiņš gets his hands on delicious new 'First Light' Trek Emonda

Everyone seems pretty much agreed that last night's Bike at Bedtime - Trek's special edition First Light paint job created for the Tokyo Olympics - is definitely more hot than not. 72% of our Instagram followers agreed to. 

The lucky Trek-Segafredo rider Tom Skujiņš is already showing his off ahead of the Olympic road race tomorrow - check out Trek's Project One to see more of its custom paint options. 

23 July 2021, 12:04
Elia Viviani repping Italy with the flag at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

Elia Viviani got the nod to be the Italian flagbearer alongside sports shooter Jessica Rossi. Viviani won the omnium in Rio five years ago, while Rossi took gold at London 2012.

23 July 2021, 10:48
For those wondering if UAE Team Emirates have the resources to build a dominant GC team around Tadej Pogačar

I think they're doing just fine for funds...Yesterday we took a closer look at the bike which carried Tadej to victory, it's a beauty... 

23 July 2021, 10:30
Geraint Thomas backs campaign to save home velodrome

 Geraint Thomas has urged people to support a campaign opposing plans to demolish his home velodrome in Cardiff. The Maindy outdoor velodrome is set to be demolished to make was for a school expansion, and will be replaced by a new track at the Cardiff Sports Village. 

Thomas shared the petition to his 480,000 Twitter followers: "Without Maindy Stadium I'd have never fell in love with cycling, along with many other kids. Would be so sad to see it demolished!"

The project is subject to planning permission and Thomas has backed the petition, which has around 2,000 signatures in the hope it will help save the home of his former club, Maindy Flyers.

23 July 2021, 09:37
Cycling up Snowdon: Richard Parks summits Wales' highest mountain by bike (with a bit of walking)

This one slipped through my live blog net the other week...Former Welsh rugby player Richard Parks climbed Snowdon by bike for his BBC series Extreme Wales. Now, I assumed this was a unique achievement. Who'd be crazy enough to ride a bike up Wales' highest mountain? 4,232 people, according to Strava...

Anyway, it's a cool video...On the Strava segment, the climb is 6.77km at an average gradient of 14.3 per cent and gains 977m of elevation, which includes likely sections of walking on the loose surface...

Kieran Wynne-Cattanach has the glory of holding the KOM. He set a top time of 52:47 back in April, nearly six minutes faster than second place. Anyone here made it to the top by bike?

23 July 2021, 09:28
Serious cycling legislation
23 July 2021, 09:13
Move over reader investigates 'The Photoshopped Pinarello'
Chad Tavernia 100-mile out the saddle (Image credit: Chad Tavernia/Strava)

OnYerBike got involved with the Photoshop debate and suggested it could well be red tape covering the seatpost hole. Some red tape that, I don't know, perhaps matches the red tape Chad finished his bar tape with. Great spot.

Added to that, "Flicking through Chad's past Strava activities, he has done long (>50 mile) no-saddle rides before," OnYerBike commented. "In addition to generally being a strong rider. So to me it's plausible that a) he could do it and b) it's the sort of crazy thing he would chose to do. So maybe I'm just gullible, but I'm leaning towards believing Chad over random Twitter folk who can't accept someone is better at something than they are."  Hear, hear...I'm all in for believing Chad now...

23 July 2021, 08:58
Rohan Dennis to skip Olympic road race to focus on time trial
rohan dennis tt - via uci

Two-time TT world champion Rohan Dennis will skip Saturday's Olympic Games road race to concentrate fully on the time trial. The decision announced by Cycling Australia means the Aussie team will start with just three riders for the road race. Richie Porte and Lucas Hamilton will lead the team with the help of Luke Durbridge.

Dennis has unfinished business with the Olympics having dropped out of the medals in Rio because of an untimely mechanical. The world champion in the discipline in 2018 and 2019 will face stiff competition this time around...Filippo Ganna, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Tom Dumoulin, Rémi Cavagna, Kasper Asgreen, Stefan Küng and Primož Roglič are all down to start. What a race!

23 July 2021, 08:38
Use your chainring to help you refuel after a hard ride...

Using a Campag chainring to slice a Hawaiian pizza has been added to the list of things that can get you banned from Italy... 

23 July 2021, 07:52
Photoshop accusations as cyclists unconvinced by US rider's out the saddle century

We're pretty trusting here at We saw this ride uploaded by Chad Tavernia and assumed it was genuine and, to be honest, we still haven't been completely persuaded otherwise. The reaction on Twitter to yesterday's live blog story however, has been anything but trusting...

Many have accused the photo of being photoshopped, with one tweeter saying the lack of hole where the seatpost would enter the frame is the big giveaway...

Others have pointed to Chad Tavernia's claim he did it all on no food and one bottle as clear evidence he's trolling but I'm not so sure...Chad's Strava shows he's clearly a very strong rider, his bio lists his race wins and he racked up more than 30 hours on the bike the previous week. Call me naive...I've got no issue with that particular claim.

Photoshop experts, do your worst...what do you reckon? Legit or not?

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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